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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

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Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Consistently great food and service.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Love this restaurant! I have never had a bad or even average meal. The menu is seasonal so the ingredients are fresh. Always made to feel we are the most important diners in the place. Perfect place to meet friends as it is located 5 minutes off the parkway.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always a wonderful dining experience. Lovely ambiance and staff is polished and professional. Love the starter biscuits ! Crab cake appetizer and snapper entree were perfectly prepared. Perfect date night!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We happened to go on a Wednesday night which features a '$40' four-course prix fixe dinner menu. The menu online looked amazing. Unfortunately for us it was not the same at the restaurant. The amuse bouche was an odd 'shot' of bourbon, prosecco, juice and tasted a bit medicinal. The first course options were both rich and heavy in flavor. For the pasta course, unless you wanted cheese ravioli in a not-so-italian restaurant, there was a supplemental charge. The lobster and black pepper fettucine was a small mound of pasta with a small piece of lobster on top. It lacked sauce. and pepper. The entrees appeared to be good choices but again the best choices had a supplemental charge which we opted for. The short ribs tasted like pot roast and the fish was dry. The chicken, on the other hand, looked awesome and evidently tasted great. Desserts were not appealing but the chef put one together for us that was the highlight of the dinner.

Based on this experience, i would not return but others in my party said that the full menu is much better and we will likely give it another try.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I have been dining at Pairings for close to five years. Each experience has been categorically exceptional. The entrees, ambiance and overall comfort of Pairings exceeds any restaurant in Manhattan or elsewhere. You are immediately met with a sense of warmth and grace. The entrees are prepared with a delicateness that speaks to the atmosphere that Carol and Vincent create; clearly in collaboration with their culinary family. My palate looks forward to each new taste I experience with each delicious meal. Dining at Pairings is always special. Their site depicts an atmosphere where you will relax, sip, rekindle and dine. Pairings is truly a full-bodied, delicious, beautiful delight.
Jennifer Ritz

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Pairings is always a great dining experience. The service and food are outstanding!!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We attended their New Years dinner. The whole restaurant was set up with extra tables squeezed in to awkward areas and, with most of the restaurant empty, they sat us at the worst tables. When my husband requested to sit anywhere else, they made it very clear to him he was inconveniencing the
I called three days in advance to specify my husband’s allergies - when I originally booked the menu was not prix fixed (at least it wasn’t made known to me) and when I received their email that it was, I called to see if they could accommodate us. They spoke with the chef and she said it would be fine.
My husband is allergic to dairy, gluten and a few other specifics. I can’t drink alcohol, this was made clear. The amuse Bouche was half champagne mixed in, I had to spit it out and reminded the waiter I can’t consume that. My husband’s first dish was sprinkled with cheese. The head chef came out to apologize, and while she was there, since his meal was being redone and the food had already taken forever, he asked for something instead of the bread and butter that I was chowing down on. She said she had nothing. He asked for even raw vegetables. She said no. He pointed to the menu and said there’s clearly raw vegetables hanging around, she said she would check. I called her back when my steak was completely raw inside. I ordered it medium. She said that’s how she does it. She had attitude now. When my husband asked her where the vegetables were she raised her voice and said she tried and found nothing except crackers but realized he can’t eat them, in a snide voice. If he could eat them, we wouldn’t be in this conversation. I was later served a between course gelato. Yeah, it was loaded with alcohol. I made it clear to the server he can’t keep serving me food with alcohol and not telling me. My steak then returned. They made it “well done”. It was horrible, I could barely eat it.
Just very clear they do not take allergies seriously. And the attitude was the worst part.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a wonderful evening! Food is innovative and the menu is always changing. Ambience SBS service are top-notch!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was great! Service was impeccable! Will definitely be back again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Yet another fantastic meal and experience at Pairings!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Pairings is my go to restaurant for an excellent dinner. It is nice without being stuffy. The food is fresh and prepared well. The menu varies with the season. It is BYOB which helps keep the price down. Highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

First time visit - very impressed with welcoming environment, seating choice, very attentive service, and excellent food. Somewhat limited menu. A bit disappointed in limited choice of dessert on price-fix menu - ice cream choice didn't compare to excellence of other courses.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

wonderful atmosphere, food and service. Owners went out of their way to make the night special for a birthday celebration. Highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Super nice staff. Accommodating waitress and homely fell.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We had a wonderful time at the Wednesday price fixe. The food was excellent and plentiful. The restaurant added so many extras. Service was on point.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

A wonderful time at this upscale restaurant... Had requested a table for a special occasion and when we arrived the friendly owners escorted us in... Great service, great food, and special attention to requests... A memorable experience indeed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of the best restaurants in the area. All the food is made from scratch. My only suggestion is that they need more upholstered chairs. We heard other guests complaining about the wooden seats and backs.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Simply an outstanding restaurant on all counts. You will not be disappointed.

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

Great dining experience. The wait staff were professional and on point with the service. Nice setting for a romantic dinner or group dinner. The décor is modern and luxurious and the seats were very comfortable. We shared the octopus and pork belly for appetizer and the pork chop and salmon dish for our entrées and everything was cooked to perfection. The cost for entrées is a bit steep ($30-$44) but balances out since it is a BYOB. I'm looking forward to the next visit to try their other entrées. Loved this neighborhood gem!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Beautiful dining room, wonderful service, very good food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food and service were exceptional. A bit pricey, but should be expected given the high end dining experience. Highly recommend for a date or just a nice dinner out.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful experience as always. Owners so thoughtful. I have food allergies and they marked up a menu before I arrived so that I could easily see what I could order. Couldn't ask for better service!

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

Vince and Carol are gracious and continually make their guests feel welcome.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I’ve been to Pairings several times and it’s always great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Very accommodating from the moment we walked in the time we left --- . The waiter and chef were especially accommodating and attentive to the one guest who had a food allergy. I highly recommend Pairings for the atmosphere, the food, and the staff.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Anniversary dinner. Fantastic special occasion place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were greeted at the door by the very hospitable owners to kick off a wonderful dinner with great food and ambience at this Cranford gem. As local foodies, we definitely plan to keep this one in our rotation!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Came with friends. The service was excellent. The food was delicious- highlights were the tomato basil soup, horseradish encrusted salmon and snapper special. Dessert was great and they gave us fresh baked cookies on top of what we ordered. Highly recommended- maitre D was very accommodating

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great for date night. Food is amazing. The owners greet at the door and a very personable.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Lovely evening out

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

We love it here. The owners are so kind and attentive. Food was delicious.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing restaurant with wonderful owners, beautiful ambiance, terrific food and great service!!! Absolutely love Pairings and would recommend it to anyone!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have always liked Pairings , but I am disappointed that you have not made a real effort to accommodate Gluten and dairy free diets. Gluten free bread, pasta and goat cheese would be fabulous additions to the menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We went for our anniversary and a message was pre-printed onto our menus! Ambiance and decor were perfect for an anniversary date. Food exceeded our expectations in every way.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, service, and most importantly food! Very welcoming staff. We had the cab cakes as an appetizer. My God, my wife and I couldn't eat those things fast enough they were so good!
After that I enjoyed the duck which was cooked medium, perfect! My wife had the halibut which she enjoyed as well. Awesome date night!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Unique menu, great preparation and taste as always.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of the best NJ restaurants I know. Always fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Second year in a row that we’ve celebrated our anniversary at Pairings. This year I had the halibut with scallops and my wife had the duck(same thing she had last year). The food was fantastic!! The ambiance is very warm and the decor is beautiful. If you want to go out for a special occasion let them know what the occasion is and they will print up special menus specifically for you. They don’t miss a thing!! Perfect dinner out!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Organic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was our first time dining at Pairings. We brought a friend and had a wonderful time. The service was exceptional! We never felt rushed and all three of us really enjoyed our dinner. We were greeted by a very friendly host and shown to our table. There we were introduced to our wait staff who couldn't be more cordial! The entire dining experience was very enjoyable!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and staff. Perfect for a special occasion or date.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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