Morristown Restaurant Week April 27 – May 3

14808534-mmmainMore than 50 local restaurants will be offering deals and specials during Morristown Partnership’s annual Morristown Restaurant Week. From Monday, April 27 – Sunday, May 3, 51 participating restaurants in town will offer prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner, along with special promotions and other drink discounts, as part of the fifth-annual event. More than 40 types of food are expected to be served throughout town. Restaurant-goers can also take advantage of making reservations online at for the 18 Morristown restaurants that are signed up on the website. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit or call the Morristown Partnership at 973-455-1133.

How to Have a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

iStock_000041911150MediumThanksgiving is arguably the biggest meal of the year.

It is a time when friends and family come together to share food and enjoy one another.  But there is usually a lot of stress that goes into preparing for the Thanksgiving meal.  The key to a stress-free holiday is advance planning.  Here are a few tips that will keep your stress levels in check:

— Make a holiday meal plan.  Write out the dishes you have in mind and the names of the guests you are expecting.  Be sure and allow for an uninvited guest or two.  Remember, part of what people look forward to on Thanksgiving is leftovers for days to come.

— Start shopping early.  Grocery stores usually begin running holiday sales on turkeys, hams, and dessert items in late October and early November so there is no reason not to take advantage of those pre-holiday specials.  Remember, most people wait until a few days before the holiday to shop.

— Cook ahead.  Many dishes can be made, at least in part, ahead of time.  Casseroles can assembled and frozen.  Pie crusts and bread dough can be prepared weeks before the big day and frozen.  You can even mix all but the wet ingredients in cake and muffin mixes before holiday festivities begin.  Doing what you can far in advance of Thanksgiving will be a real stress-reliever – not to mention a time-saver.

— Plan a buffet-style meal.  Serving a meal buffet-style eliminates the need for one person to be responsible for serving a large group.  It also eliminates the need to set a table to perfection.  Just stack up some plates and lay out some silverware and let everybody get their own plate.

— Make it potluck.  Gone are the days when just a few good cooks carry the burden of all the holiday cooking.  There’s nothing wrong with requesting that everybody pitch in.  Call your guests ahead of time and ask them to bring appetizers, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, or paper products.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that should be spent being thankful for blessings and spending quality time with family and friends.  It shouldn’t be a time of stress and anxiety.  Follow these tips for an unforgettable and stress-free Thanksgiving meal.

Boonton Farmer’s Market



Every Saturday 8:30am-2:00pm

(Thru Nov 22nd)

Feel like freshening up?

Allow the Boonton Farmer’s Market to help you out.


Boasting local fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, jams, organic grown favorites, cheeses and breads, gourmet foods and more, The Boonton Farmer’s Market will fulfill your needs. Located in the Upper Plane Street Parking just behind Main Street in Boonton, you won’t have to go far for quality produce.

Come on down!

You Will Be Grateful for Grato – Grato, Parsippany, NJ

As a Morris County native, I can safely say that Grato has some of the best, if not the best Italian food in the area. The combination of the great decor, service, and food never fail to leave customers happy and full! I highly recommend any of the pasta dishes – you will not be disappointed.

“Grato means ‘grateful’ in Italian, and thats just how you’ll feel after a meal at this pleasing restaurant.” -Star Ledger, August 2009

“Seasonal Italian dishes armain-image-grato-emaile paired with a comprehensive selection of wines from all regions of Italy at this upscale restaurant with a swanky yet rustic feel.” -New Jersey monthly

Tabor Road Tavern Takes Tavern Dining To A Whole New Level

main-image-grato-emailOne write from New Jersey Monthly reflects on her meal at Tabor Road Tavern: “A recent meal at Tabor Road Tavern, 510 Tabor Road, Parsippany (973-267-7004), reminded me of how delightful a leisurely lunch can be when the service and the food are of good quality. The restaurant is eye-catching, with cathedral ceilings, wooden beams, a wrap-around porch (for outdoor dining when weather permits), and fireplaces.

To start we shared mini monkfish tacos (two in the order) with a zesty sauce. One main was a pulled pork sandwich topped with spicy coleslaw and accompanied with house-made potato chips. The sandwich was lip-smackin’ good—just be prepared to wipe your face after each bite. I had the special of the day, an open-face spinach, roast tomato, and melted mozzarella sandwich on crunchy-crusted peasant bread, with pommes frites. I wished they’d served this bread rather than rolls at the table. A dessert special of banana cake topped with caramelized bananas was superb. The cake was served with chocolate mousse and what was described as praline crunch but tasted like crispy rice cereal mixed with chocolate. I was impressed that our waiter offered to refill our coffees, as I’ve been seeing less and less of this attentiveness recently. Wines by the glass were priced from about $8 to $15. We had a 2006 Brandal Albarino from Spain, which was $10.95. If you’re having more than one glass, you may want to look at the extensive wine list.”


Morris Plain’s Hidden Gem – Ristorante Civile

imagesOld world dining awaits you at the newly opened Ristorante Civile in Morris Plains. Although the menu features dishes we have all seen before such as pasta fagioli, hot Italian peppers and fried potatoes, meatballs, veal parmigiana or Milanese and osso buco, what we ate was quite good. We shared pappardelle with mildly hot Italian sausage, broccoli rabe, garlic and extra virgin olive oil which was listed on the menu with orrechiette. The pasta substitution request was happily fulfilled; a plus in our book as this is not always the case. A special of Chilean sea bass which we haven’t seen on menus in a long time was perfectly cooked and so tasty that we wished that the piece was larger. The accompanying sautéed shiitake mushrooms added deep richness to the fish. The standout of the evening, which we can highly recommend, was a tender, delicate, and satisfying veal chop cooked medium rare as ordered. Dessert was a mascarpone cheesecake that was overcooked and dry.

Ristorante Civile is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. There is a bar in the entrance with a lovely Italian countryside mural where diners can opt to sit rather than in the dining room.

Pictured is a Ristorante Civile veal chop. Photo courtesy of Lowell Saferstein.

Ristorante Civile

2900 Rt 10

W Power Mill Plaza

Morris Plains





Ruth’s Chris Steak House: A Delightful Steak House in Parsippany

Fine steaks and more are on the menu at Ruth's Chris Steak House. It's a great spot for a romantic date night dinner for two or fun night out with friends. 

Visit and enjoy a relaxing evening with a delicious steak and cocktail. Start with the blue crab cake appetizer before moving on to your steak. The steaks are cooked to order, made from the finest cuts of beef. Pair them with a side of the mashed potatoes or broccoli au gratin. In addition to steaks some seafood and meat entrees are available like fresh lobster, lamb chops, and stuffed chicken breast. The service is attentive and friendly: it's just what you'd expect from a fine steak house.

Ruth's Chris Steak House is open for dinner every night.

Ruth's Chris Steak House
1 Hilton Court
Parsippany, NJ 07054
(973) 889-1400

Paul’s Family Diner: Throwback Classic Since 1947!

images-2Classic diners are few and far between theses days. Ever wonder why that is? What makes an iconic landmark? No need to go any further to get all your answers. Mountain Lakes is proud to be the home of Paul’s Family Diner.

Paul’s Family Diner has been serving up delicious home-style meals since 1947, back in the day when route 46 was still just a dirt road in “downtown” Mountain Lakes. Paul’s Family Diner has been family owned and operated since 1997. Not sure too many diners can boast about that!

Over the years, both the inside and outside of Paul’s Diner has changed for the better, along with delicious menu options evolving as the times have. Countless familiar faces continue to walk through the doors that have now become extended family. Paul’s Family Diner has truly come a long way. Browse through several menus incorporated over the years to see just how much has transformed since the early days.

Make Paul’s Family Diner your home away from home, and enjoy a meal with friends, family, and colleagues, just as you would in the comfort of your own home, only without the cooking! Sounds perfect to me!

Paul’s Family Diner is open 7 days a week.

Paul’s Family Diner
320 Route 46 East
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046

The Thirsty Turtle: Dine and Unwind

A contemporary cafe with pub-style offerings, The Thirsty Turtle adds a wonderful bit of comfort to the Florham Park area. Walking through the doors you’ll find friendly servers filling a clean and beautifully decorated interior. The menu consists of a a lot of classic favorites, with burgers, wings, and flatbread pizzas waiting to fill you up. There are also some larger entrees ranging from a macadamia crusted tilapia to a bangkok-style stir fry. It’s a diverse range of dishes that’s sure to satisfy any appetite. The spacious bar area has TVs to catch the game on and a great selection of beers on tap. The number of wines available is nice, too.

186 Columbia Tpke
Florham Park, NJ 07932
(973) 845-6300

Asahi Sushi: A Morristown Spot for Sushi

Asahi Sushi might serve some of the freshest sushi in Morris County. Praised by regular diners, this Morristown sushi spot has a full menu of classic rolls along with inventive new options.  Visit and you can try rolls like the Fire Cracker Roll with deep fried soft shell crab, asparagus, and cucumber topped with spicy crabmeat, and more soft shell crab on the side, or the Monkey Monkey Roll with tuna, salmon, banana, crabmeat, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, tobiko wrapped in edamame paper, and the chef's special sauce.

Not sure what to order? Try Asahi's dinner box, which comes with a little bit of everything like soup, salad, dumplings, tempura, sashimi, and a California roll. Kitchen entrees are available, as well, like teriyaki, noodle dishes, and tempura.

Asahi Sushi is a BYOB and also offers take out. Reservations are recommended.

Asahi Sushi
65 Morris Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 631-8585