PAIRINGS palate + plate

4.8
1661 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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PAIRINGS, a family owned and operated restaurant, brings together globally inspired cooking, local and sustainable practices and the comfort of grandma's recipes. We welcome you into our dining room to slowdown, to disconnect from your electronic devices and to reconnect with family and friends over our food and your wine. Your dinner is leisurely paced as all of your meal is thoughtfully crafted for you.

Our plates, which change based on seasonal availability, extend from gourmet to comfort. Each dish is prepared with ingredients strategically paired to intrigue and invigorate, to stimulate and satisfy; just-baked breads and desserts, freshly rolled pastas, slowly braised meats, à la minute sautéed seafood and churned daily ice creams, leave no palate untingled.

Sit back. Relax. Sip. Rekindle. Dine. We welcome you into our house with open arms.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–11:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(908) 276-4026
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carol Murphy Clyne
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Private party facilities
PAIRINGS palate+plate offers on-site private (25 to 110) and semi-private (8 to 15) party dining. We also offer off-site dining for up to 1000.
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Private party contact
Carol Murphy Clyne, chef/owner: (908) 276-4026
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Catering
PAIRINGS palate+plate offers on-site private (25 to 110) and semi-private (8 to 15) party dining. We also offer off-site dining for up to 1000.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
10 Walnut Ave - Corner of South Ave East and Walnut Ave.
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Parking details
300 space parking deck steps away. Train station parking steps away. On the street parking.ALL FREE AFTER 6PM AND ALL DAY SUNDAY.
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Public transit
NJ Transit: Bus and Train (Raritan Valley Line) RR Station in Cranford town center across the street
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Entertainment
Stay updated on our menu, events & cookbook launch party by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pairingscranford.

We also offer onsite private parties for up to 110 people.

Bring Your Own Wine (BYOW)
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Special events & promotions
Join us Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday Nights to enjoy our daily amuse-bouche, intermezzo palate cleanser and a finale of a sweet treat from the chef, complimentary.
Additional
Banquet, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
Reviews from verified diners
1,661 reviews
4.8 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
81%
Very Good
15%
Good
2%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LB
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Menu was diverse with each part of the course complimenting the whole. Service was just right. Only disappointment was the dessert menu. Overall dinner was very good albeit very expensive —

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BC
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Elegant but yet casual restaurant with nice atmosphere and always delicious and fresh food.

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n
New York Area
4.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

We had a lovely time; the owners made us feel welcome; our server was very friendly; the food was very good; I would have preferred more choices for dessert..

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CL
4.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

Amazing service/hospitality would recommend to friends.

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New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 12, 2018

We have eaten here many times but not for over 1 year

They remembered that we used to
Come with friends

Service, as always , was excellent as was the food

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Went for my mom's 97th birthday and they even provided a personal menu with a birthday wish! That's the kind of great service they provide. Food is always great. Certainly not inexpensive....but worth it

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Great meal from start to finish, and excellent service.

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G
New York Area
3.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

I had high expectations since it is always recommended to me based on my dining history and because it has such high scores; however, if you are used to eating in Manhattan, you will not be impressed. There was absolutely nothing exceptional about this place, except the prices, which are astronomical. Thank Goodness we could bring our own wine.

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CS
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

The food was extraordinary! My gazpacho was out of this world and FRESH! Sirloin done perfectly, and the sides on the plate were seasoned so well. Finished our meal with a big hunk of raspberry cheesecake for dessert, and that was so creamy and delicious as well. Coffee was cold, but replaced happily. Service was 9 out of 10, just because we were not offered a refill on the delicious coffee.

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d
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Excellent food,not rushed, very enjoyable experience

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J
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Food is extremely fresh and incredibly delicious.The chef is truly talented . As for the ownership and staff, they treat you like royalty. What a gem in Cranford

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MS
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

The restaurant was great! The food, service, and ambience was perfect! The owners were very sweet and they thanked us over and over again for coming to their restaurant for our anniversary. Loved it!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

Great evening with a group of 6. Excellent service and meals.

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HS
3.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

It was our first visit, the fruit flies wouldn't leave us , I lost two glasses of wine to fruit flies, apparently, they liked my wine, we killed seven of them, and when we told the waitress, she said she was sorry.
It was not a good experience, will not go back again

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M
5.0
Dined on June 17, 2018

Pairings is always a favorite for my family!! We have a new situation with food allergies and Carol, the owner, could not have been more accommodating. We spoke to her upon arrival and a special meal was made. Can never go wrong at Pairings!!

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DS
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Would like more comfortable chairs, and some round tables.
The owners host and executive chef are wonderful.

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MA
Philadelphia
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

I’ll sum it up in 1 word. Fabulous

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SP
Tampa
5.0
Dined on June 13, 2018

Another splendid meal at Pairings. We met friends who drove more than 35 (or so) minutes to get to Cranford; they're ready to do the drive during rush hour. That's how good the food, ambiance, parking convenience, welcome by hosts etc. are.

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M
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Excellent BYOB. When I'm here, I forget I am in a small town in NJ! Elegant establishment! Top shelf food! Excellent and friendly service.

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B
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

What can I say, always a great meal know matter what you order.

Service outstanding the ambience is just right.

We try to go to Pairings at least once a month or more.

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JG
New York Area
4.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Very good but was surprised that the average entree is $40+. I suggest look at the menu beforehand so there are no surprises.

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DN
5.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

We were celebrating my birthday. We arrived early and were welcomed with a Happy Birthday and our choice of tables. The room was beautiful, the service great, and the food very fresh and delicious!
We will come again.

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Tampa
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

Very welcoming greeting from the host. Fantastic service. The waiter even brought me a special version of the menu with edits to comply with my dietary requirements. Food was so delicious. It was a little pricy but totally worth it for a special night. Would highly recommend

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SH
New York Area
5.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

Delightful meal as always. My friends said they definitely will come back to try other items on the menu.

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C
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 31, 2018

What a lovely restaurant! We had a late Mother's Day celebration here and it was wonderful.
This is a BYOB and we took advantage of it, bringing a special Trefethin winery Cabernet and
our daughter bought us a lovely white Albarino. We all ordered something different with each course, different appetizers, entrees (steak, duck, seafood), and desserts. All, all of them, looked wonderful and tasted even better. We truly enjoyed this meal, and plan to return soon.

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PE
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent! We will definitely go again! Food and service were both above our expectations!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

The pork chop was so tender and delicious I couldn't believe it! I rarely bother with pork chops because they tend to be dry. I figured if it's coming from their kitchen it must be the best pork chop ever. it was! PAIRINGS is always a win. Carol and Vincent make it a very welcoming place. See you soon.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Perfectly prepared fresh food with outstanding service. Always a pleasure to dine with Carol and Vincent. We’ve been many times and have never been disappointed. We love dining there.

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OT
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Overall food is good as there aren’t that many restaurants that have a similar offer around the area. We had the tuna tartar which was pretty good overall but not memorable. As main course I had the duck which was cooked perfectly but again missed the extra mile to make it great. Same for the pasta that my wife had. A pasta that costs over 30$ without seafood or meat needs to be homerun or at least include truffles. For dessert we had a chocolate mousse which was great. Net overall a solid restaurant, I probably would come back since food was very good but...value is a little off, I expect a bit more (not quantity) just more memorable flavors. BYOB is good option. The service is very good in general, although they only pour the wine once, so if you really care about this things do mention it as you arrive.

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C
Atlanta
2.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Food was expensive for what it was. It tasted good going down, but made me very sick.

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F
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

The food is exceptional, every bite was a treat. My salmon was cooked to perfection and all the accompanying food had great balance of flavor. The atmosphere was sophisticated and has a fun vibe. Everyone at our table was thrilled with their food. I would highly recommend dinner at Pairings!

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AJ
Washington DC
3.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

This restaurant charges A La Carte and is on the very expensive side. For what they charge I would expect a little bit more in a few different areas. First, while the main course of the sirloin was excellent, the duck was only ok, and actually the duck could have been a little better prepared. In addition, it should not have been served in a bowl, but in a dish. Also, a steak knife might have been helpful for the steak. For the money charged I was really surprised that the staff will not and does not pour the wine. I had a very fancy bottle of wine which was decanted into a glass milk bottle (ok?) but never once was any wine poured by the waiters. I have been to many BYOB upscale restaurants and all of them still pour the wine for the guests. This was unusual. Also, we were stuffed into an area not suitable for a table, where my back was up against the bar that jutted out into my seat, the chairs were not particularly comfortable, and my wife was out in the aisle, being annoyed everytime someone had to get by. Our other offered option for the two of us for a romantic dinner was right on top of a babyseat with baby attached! (not a better option). Also, it became increasingly hot int he restaurant and finally, the manager came and turned up the thermostat, but by that point everyone in the place was sweating! Appetizers were okay, but not imaginative. Overrall for the money, a lot of better options and I was disappointed as had a better experience last time I was there.

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G
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Pairings always delivers on great food and great service. You must stop by.

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D
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

This was our first visit but it won't be our last! Everything was exceptional from the complimentary goat cheese and nut covered individual grapes to our entrees and dessert. The featured glazed pork chop with apples and fresh asparagus was wonderful; my husband also loved his steak and mashed potatoes. It was our anniversary, which I had mentioned in the Open Table reservation, and the restaurant gave us personalized menus with our anniversary listed on it and also wrote anniversary wishes in chocolate around the dessert plate. If you reserve on a Wednesday, for $44.00 a person you will receive a 4 course meal with a limited menu but still, some of the items we ordered, and some we want to try, are listed on that menu.

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DJ
5.0
Dined on May 16, 2018

Everything was absolutely delightful, from greeting to customer service to food and finally to sendoff. I would return in a heartbeat and heartily recommend Pairings to anyone who values delicious food offered in step with outstanding service. The owners clearly care about their customers and their staff, and it shows!

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 16, 2018

Excellent food and service! Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch

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PM
New York Area
3.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was good although prices jacked up for Mothers Day. Service was non- existent. Food was just dropped off at the table without any verbal exchange.

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AT
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Always delicious food and excellent service. Beautiful decor and very welcoming owners. Worth every penny.

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KG
New York Area
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Went there for Mother’s Day and will definitely be back. Service was excellent and food very tasty. Excellent atmosphere and we took our 7 month old there. Very kid friendly as well as server took our family pic. My wife and I plan to be back and will try dinner here as well.

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