The Cassidy Bar + Kitchen

4.4
45 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Cassidy bar & kitchen is an American bar and restaurant located in the heart of Maplewood village. Born and raised in town, chef Tom Carlin has spent his entire life in the restaurant world, working alongside such renowned chefs as Jonathan Waxman, Tom Colicchio, Alfred Portale and Barry Wine. Since 2005, Carlin has been serving his signature food and beverage as chef/owner of Gladstone Tavern in Gladstone. He and his wife Jennifer Carlin, are excited to now welcome friends, families and neighbors to eat, drink, laugh, love, relax, and celebrate life in the unique town that they love…Maplewood.

We are kid friendly and weather permitting, dog friendly as well!

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Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 45 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waiter very nice but not always there. Might have been because restaurant not busy

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S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Four of us dined on a Saturday Night (8 PM) at CB&K. I had reservations, and when i asked for a booth they balked that they were reserved. A little coaxing produced a nice booth.
Appetizers were good, especially enjoyed the pork buns and killer brussel sprouts. The Vegan pad thai entree was just okay but the steak frites was excellent. Nice drinks and our waitress Anna was great and made it a really nice out.

While the place has a nice buzz it like so many other places gets really quiet after 9 PM and is basically done by 11. All in all a very nice place to go with good food and good drinks (even though they have a very weak selection of Bourbon) and a good vibe until 930 anyway.

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JM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious. Bar service is very slow. Service in general was friendly and somewhat attentive.

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new favorite Restaurant.
After just one visit, you can understand that the owners (husband Chef and wife) love what they do.
Food is a feast of the palate, innovative and very exciting.
Staff is well trained, friendly and knowledgeable, they have their own Pastry Chef and he does not disappoint.
I highly recommend it.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Definitely a nice place to go on a date. The wine selection is awesome, and the service is good.

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RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Every dish we had was very good (except dessert, which was mediocre), but portion sizes were surprisingly small. Hostess and manager were very friendly and helpful, but our waitress was inattentive and clearly not interested in serving us. When asked a question about an ingredient in a dish, she actually gave a wrong answer instead of checking with the kitchen.

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H
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, excellent service, noisy up front, quieter in the back. All good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Very nice place and the food was delicious.
Unfortunately our server had no interests in serving us. I made reservations through open table for my best friend and I. 2 women in our mid 30s who live in South Orange. When we arrived at our table we ordered 2 drinks and 4 appetizers. We later ordered main courses and dessert.

Our server kept disappearing on us and was very short. So much so the woman who was busing the tables and another server (named Jason) who were both extremely pleasant helped us on two occasions. I thought maybe our server was just having a bad day but my friend observed her smiling and being very attentive to her other tables. I then noticed it too. She never even smiled at us.

We were 2 pleasant women excited to try a new place in town, we never complained about the food, didn't have any questions and ordered several dishes. At the end she dropped the bill on our table, said "thank you" and abruptly walked away. Our server never even fully stopped at the table, she literally dropped the bill on our table. It was not a pleasant experience.

We still tipped her 18% because we are just that type of people. But I don't know if I can return after the way I was treated. My friend loved the food and although she was not happy with the way the server made us feel (unwelcome) she would return and just ask for a different server.

I'm just not sure if I will return no matter how great the food. Please see the food we ordered on the receipt attached to my review.

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BC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, delicious apps and cocktails. Perfect for a date night. But also looked good for casual drinks with friends.

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H
New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We particularly enjoyed the Ryan Hernandez jazz trio. What a treat to have great live jazz music during our brunch !

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is consistently good. Good seasoning and interesting, yet tasty, offerings. Cocktails excellent too. Service friendly and efficient.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Fish dish was bland and overpriced. Carry out order for a kid took forever, and then when we got home we realized they forgot an order of fries. Bland food and bad service make for not a great meal.

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GH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

As usual the food was fine. But the service was awful. We have never been there where we have not waited 20-30 minutes between courses. They are understaffed and the kitchen is lost in the weeds. This time 2 of our 6 entrees were wrong and had to be sent back. If it wasn’t one of the few places in town with a liquor license we would not go back.

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Y
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the menu
Love the drinks
Service was terrific
All great stuff!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and interesting dishes in a lovely, comfortable setting. Nice wine selection. Enjoyed the whole experience.

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AM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cassidy is the best restaurant in Maplewood. The menu changes seasonally and the cocktails are masterpieces. Each is carefully crafted. Dangerously delicious!

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time here. The service is friendly and knowledgeable, the cocktails are interesting and well-made, food is great, and desserts are homemade and never too filling.

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CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and dining experience was excellent. Bao Buns and Hanger Steak were exceptional. Branzino was good, but took too much work as it was not filleted....severing the head did help. Will be back

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L
New York Area
248 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great new restaurant/bar. We went on a Saturday afternoon it was quiet but busy. Crab cake with eggs was very delicious and great drinks of Prosecco and Cointreau and cranberry. We will return.
We heard that it’s very busy and very noisy on Saturday nights. Was great on a Saturday afternoon.

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B
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at this establishment which was very busy on a Saturday night, with a good vibe, moderate noise. Tables was spaced well apart which is unusual but welcome.
Menu is varied, something for everyone including vegetarians. Lots of choices in small plates and traditional entrees.
Open kitchen was fun to watch; service was good particularly wait staff but assistants who brought food to table were not able to answer simple question (which is split pea soup and which mushroom bisque?) and need further training.
All dishes were nicely presented and very tasty; portions were ample.
They do charge extra for bread... needs to be clear.
All in all a great addition to Maplewood and NJ food scene.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Keep up he good work

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JC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, good service but it got very busy and we saw less and less of Benjamin our waiter. Unfortunately he forgot to put in our dessert order and we had to miss out on the mini brownie sundae so we could still catch our movie. He was very apologetic, completely owned it. Couldn’t be mad or upset and really my fat stomach did not need it — he did us a favor, LOL. Recommend without any hesitation!!

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great service and delicious food. But much too noisy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Go for drinks, but not for the food. Cocktails are very good, and they always have a good beer selection. However, food is outrageously overpriced for what they serve. There are a couple of tasty things, but the majority of the menu simply isn’t good.

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g
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, decent food. Good for group cocktails & dinner. There seemed to be some hiccups in the overall running of the restaurant. Our waiter was great & tried to compensate for the delays.

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RB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This place has been on my radar for about 6 months and it didn't fail to disappoint. The food was exquisite and you get the feeling you are in a Michelin star restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hated the hostess. She tried to force us to sit at a table by the noisy kitchen and when I said something like “may I sit elsewhere more quiet” she said she had “other reservations” as if they were more important than my reservation???
But after speaking with the manager, he gave us a great table and the waiter was excellent, James. He knew the menu inside and out and alll of the drinks made excellent suggestions, great conversation and salvaged the whole night.
We are regulars at the Gladstone Tavern and the Cassidy was a beautiful expansion. Love the seasonal menu love the ambiance and the meal was divine !
Will be back !!

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m
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was very good!! Great neighborhood place!

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OM
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a welcome addition to Maplewood. Enjoyed the duck, duck, duck appetizer. However the short ribs ravioli was super al debate. The speciality cocktails tend to be a little tart for my taste.

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GT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were fortunate to get a booth here for dinner on a Saturday evening. Great place, with a very active bar scene, great cocktails, great food and service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Cassidy, it’s always just a little loud

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R
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had lunch here with our daughter who works nearby. The food and service were very good. Interesting menu with healthy choices.

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LJ
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Cassidy is getting better like aging wine. The portion sizes are more generous than when they first opened. The waitstaff is great and attentive. This is on its way to becoming a neighborhood gem

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MA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

dinner for 3 last friday nite. food was very good, all were pleased. service was excellent and it was quiet as we had the booth all the way in the back.

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OT
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and the staff was attentive without being overbearing. All my guests were pleased with their meals.

Will definitely be back.

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PD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had a nice night. Buffalo cauliflower was tasty. Whole fish was cooked nicely but accompaniments were not great including unevenly cooked potatoes. Shrimp pasta dish was ok - fettuccine clumped together as though not stirred while cooking, shrimp a little over cooked, but tomatoes and broccoli rabe good. Cocktails were interesting. Our server was very pleasant. The bar space is comfortable and was busy but not overcrowded on a Saturday night. I would go back happily for drinks and snacks but wouldn’t expect a killer meal.

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MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience at Cassidy. The service was outstanding.

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N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to the restaurant twice. I loved the food and the ambiance and will definitely be back again. My only complaint is I don’t like being sat right in front of the kitchen. The first time I went we were sat in front of the kitchen and ended up moving to the bar. The second time the same thing happened but there was no room to move. While I do appreciate who makes my food I do not want to watch it happen while I’m trying to have a quiet meal with my husband. The noise in the kitchen was distracting and it was so bright. We did however, love our meals and dessert! Our waiter was also superb. I will be back but I will make sure to call ahead for a booth seat in the bar area.?

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OD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Food was very good with creative combinations. Two in my party had the brisket, which they found good but not he best they have had. The Duck confit was excellent with very good and complementary vegetables. The bar and beer choices were a plus, but there was no escape from the bar based cacophony.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our meal there. Duck and pork chops were incredible. The place has trendy/NYC feel. We will certainly be back. Also, the hostess was very attentive and sat us in a booth next to the window - just like I asked on the open table. Thank you!

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