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About PAIRINGS palate + plate

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.

10 Walnut Ave
Cranford, NJ 07016
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Mediterranean, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
PAIRINGS is a causal fine dining experience and BYOW.(We'll uncork and pour the first glass...)

DINNER RESERVATIONS
Wed Four Course Prix Fixe Menu 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Thurs 5.30 pm to 9:00 pm
Fri 5.30 pm to 9:30 pm
Sat 5.30 pm to 9:30 pm
Sun 5.00 pm to 7:30 pm
Closed Mon + Tues

Cross Street:
For GPS use 10 Walnut Ave - Corner of South Ave East and Walnut Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(908) 276-4026

Website:
http://pairingscranford.com/#globally-inspired-contemporary-american-cooking

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)

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.

Parking Details:
300 space parking deck steps away, free after 6pm everyday and all day on Sun.
To go to the parking deck, after you turn under the railroad underpass onto N Union Ave, make a quick right turn into the parking garage. Come out of the garage, the same side you drove in, and walk down the lane directly ahead of you (behind the Cranford Hotel.) We are immediately on your right at the end of the lane.

There is also lots of street parking, FREE AFTER 6PM AND ALL DAY SUNDAY.

Public Transit:
NJ Transit: Bus and Train (Raritan Valley Line) RR Station in Cranford town center across the street

Executive Chef:
Carol Murphy Clyne

Private Party Contact:
Carol Murphy Clyne, chef/owner: (908) 276-4026

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

PAIRINGS palate + plate Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (30)
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Creative Cuisine (28)
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Cozy (19)
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Local Ingredients (17)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Business Meals (13)
Seasonal (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Authentic (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Healthy (6)
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Fun (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Casual (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is the first time I’ve been to Pairings. I loved it. The food was absolutely delicious and the ambience was great. Can’t wait to go again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We took my wife’s parents out to celebrate their birthdays. From the moment we arrived, and until we left, everything was as perfect as you can imagine. They personalized our menus with a “Happy Birthday”, started us off with a palate cleanser. The food was fantastic, everyone enjoyed it. We grabbed a bottle of wine at the wine store up the block. At the end, the waiter brought out a plate of cookies with a lit candle and “Happy Birthday” was written on the plate.

Thank you for making our night!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and wonderful service from an attentive staff.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Have always been a fan of Pairings. The food and service has been and still is outstanding.
We noticed that the wait staff has been changing but still remains excellent and enthusastic.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We chose Pairings for our wedding anniversary dinner. It seemed as if they went out of their way to make our evening very special. Would recommend this venue for that special evening you may be planning.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Service was attentive and not overwhelming. The food is excellent. Wednesday is their prix fixed menu and still selections were varied and enough. It’s a great deal!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was pleasant but timing was terrible. We ordered shortly after we sat down at 7:15 but did not get entrees until 9:00. Unacceptable. No visit from the manager, no offer of compensation (dessert, for example). Our server was lovely and apologetic, but kitchen could not meet the diners’ needs

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is a friendly establishment that makes you feel like a welcomed guest. The amuse-bouche was a nice touch.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was amazing. Everything that they served from the beginning to the end was divine. The loveseat was very comfy. We celebrated our anniversary here and without a doubt became a memorable experience. Costumized menu for every occasion which was perfect. Me and my husband totally enjoyed it.Thank you.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

From owner to chefs to service. All 100

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was great, service a bit lacking this time. Did not receive chocolate chip cookies at the end of the meal. Hosts were warm and welcoming. Banquettes very comfortable

Tags: Cozy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent service. Beautiful restaurant. Very good for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food, service and atmosphere great. Will be back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Every course of the prix fixe menu was amazing.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate his birthday. The staff was extremely friendly, helpful and knowledgeable when it came to explaining their menu options. The portion sizes were appropriate and the food was all excellent. Thank you PAIRINGS for a wonderful experience! We will definitely be visiting again!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food and value. Staff was attentive and kind to call me and let me know I had forgotten something. An advantage of open table was that they had my cell #.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

My spouse and I were so pleased with this place. It's hard to find a romantic restaurant that is upscale and has quality food that is also BYOB. This place checked all those boxes. Would definitely go again.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

This was our first visit to Pairings and it certainly will not be our last. The food, service and attention were all outstanding.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Absolutely delicious food, along with a beautiful restaurant, and gracious host and hostess continue to make this my number one choice for dinner out.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Seasonal, Organic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant! Excellent food, ambiance, service and byo. The owners are lovely and pay attention to every detail of the dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The service, attention to detail and food were all excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The one thing BETTER than the food here is the SERVICE!!! From the very engaging and friendly greeting (Owners?) to the knowledgeable and attentive server this was one of the best dining experiences in quite awhile...I'll definitely return!!!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 15, 2017

THe ambiance was nice but the food was disappointing and the chairs were very uncomfortable. Overpriced, as well.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

It's been about a year since visiting Pairings. Every time we go, we wonder why we don't pick it more often. We're spoiled in central NJ with restaurants, but few are as spot on as Pairings.

The menu is foody, creative, and varied without being bourgeois; we love the BYOB factor; the mains are not tiny portions.

The staff is always friendly and good here, but the server we had this time bordered on awesome.

If you haven't tried it, try it. If you have, remember to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

I am never disappointed at Pairings. The menu is not overly large, but gives plenty of choices. I would like to have everything. Locally sourced food and seasonal ingredients are the hallmark of this restaurant. I had halibut and scallops, absolutely delicious. My husband had a wonderful salmon dish. We shared a delicious arugula salad with some local cheese. BYOB certainly helps keep the cost down. In addition to the wonderful food and stylish decor, I have to say that the welcome is so warm from the owners and the service is absolutely marvelous. Go!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great restaurant with great tastes Owner Host Vince cares

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Pairings is a special place for amazing food,great preparations,wonderful service, lovely ambience and fabulous presentations! We highly recommend it for any occasion!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Amazing restaurant with wonderful owners, an amazing chef, terrific service and a beautiful atmosphere! I would highly recommend Pairings to anyone!!!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great place. Lovely ambience. Good food. Highly recommended.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Absolutely outstanding as always. Best food I have ever had and A++ service.

Thank you!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Beautiful restaurant and absolutely delicious food topped off by the most welcoming host and hostess! I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Pairings is a great restaurant. The whole experience there is too notch! The staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The food is excellent.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We are never disappointed by Pairings! This time, we made a last-minute Friday night reservation because of an enticing email that described a kitchen-to-table tasting menu based on the chef's cultural influence and food passion. Each course was a delicious and sophisticated delight with significant effort made for the five courses. We could not decide which was our favorite.

Because of gracious hosts, a lovely atmosphere, wonderful cuisine, and our own wine selections, we just love Pairings!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Carol and Vin, we are forever grateful for how you made us feel so special tonight. from the amuse-bouche to the last bite of dessert. everything was absolutely delicious! we shared the pork belly and octopus and the orecchiette pasta. excellent! the duck and the steak were wonderful. special thank you to Aura and Gerardo. for dessert we had the macaron ice cream sandwiches and the warm brownie sundae. we loved it so much!! Laura and Vanessa are simply amazing. we had so much fun tonight and we look forward to going again. thank you so so so much!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Pairings never disappoints! Food is fantastic and the staff is knowledgeable & friendly. The pork chop our waitress recommended was perfect

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Wonderful food, cooked with love and inventiveness. Very good service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We recently moved to Cranford and have been on the hunt for a location to hold our twins' baby shower. I came across Pairings and it just so happened to be an anniversary for me and my husband. I made a reservation that day, and we were so excited to see the location in person and try the food.

From the moment we walked in, we were truly impressed. Carol the owner was at the door to greet us with her husband. She let us choose our table in the back for privacy, and right away, I fell in love with the ambiance. The decor is modern and luxurious, and the table we sat at was beyond comfortable. My husband, who is oblivious to furniture, commented numerous times on how much he liked the "couch-like" seating... he wants one for our house now, haha.

The waiter was courteous and very welcoming. We started with 2 salads, the Caribbean Mango salad and the Arugala salad. They were fresh, light, and full of flavor, and the portion size was perfect. For entrees, I ordered the eggplant fettuccine with pesto, and my husband the angus steak. Both were cooked to perfection... the eggplant was flavorful and the pasta was dressed just right with a devine garnishing of pesto. My husband's steak was prepared beautifully, and the side dish, which looked like a form of French fries was amazing!!! I'm not sure exactly what or how they were made, but I could order an entire bowl and eat just that! They were unbelievable!!! Lastly was dessert, we were torn on what to order but went with the warm brownie sundae. Almost the best way to end the dinner, until the waiter came one last time with 2 cookies on a platter with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate. :)

This was an exquisite experience and we will definitely be back. I am completely won over by the hospitality of Pairings, and plan on booking my baby shower here!

5 stars all around!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

This is the best restaurant in town. Always a great attention to detail. It will always be my favorite and I will continue to visit.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

A gem in Cranford. Nothing else like it. Service, food, ambiance all 5 star! You won't be disappointed

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. I was looking for some place that we hadn't been to before but had an exceptional reputation. I spoke to Carol by phone to discuss my wife's food allergies. She assured me that they were used to accommodating such requirements.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Carol, wishing us both a happy anniversary. When we were seated, we were introduced to our server. The server knew the food that was being offered and was already aware of my wife's food requirements. We didn't need to review or say another thing. We later were told that he was provided a copy of a marked up menu by Carol, so that he would be prepared to offer suggestions. The server also told us that they all taste the foods being offered so that they can provide their personal experience and flavors.

Not only were our menus printed for us with a 'Happy 20th Anniversary' message at the top but any other server who heard about our special occasion stopped by and offered their congratulations as well.

The appetizers and main course offerings all sounded very tasteful and carefully paired with interesting ingredients. My wife had the octopus as a starter and I had the ribs. They were both cooked perfectly and offered flavors that were different and surprising. I had the NY Strip Steak. This was the most tasteful and juicy, thick cut strip steak i've ever had. It was cooked to perfection and each bite was better then the last.

We were beyond satiated but, i had to try a dessert. It was very good but beyond what I could eat at the time.

I didn't mention the decor and comfort. For a party of two, we expected to be pushed into a corner at a narrow table. Instead, we were seated in over-stuffed and over sized seats. The decor was modern and noise levels minimized due to the use of acoustic ceiling tiles and soft surfaces.

We will absolutely come back to Pairings for another occasion and have already recommended the restaurant to a number of friends.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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