Rare, the Steak House 440 Main St, Little
Falls (973-256-6699). Steaks and Italian seafood,
featuring house-made pastas, veal chops and
desserts from Il Tulipano. L—Mon–Fri, noon– 5
PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 5–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–11 PM;
Sun, 5–9 PM. $$. AX, D, MC, V. G ;
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub; 98 Kingsland
Rd (Route 3 E), Clifton (973-284-0200). Irish-American fare, featuring corned beef spring rolls,
Harp beer-battered fish and chips, and homemade Irish soda-bread pudding. L— 11 AM– 5 PM.
D— 5 PM– 3 AM. $/$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ;
Dre’s; 188 Spring St, Newton (973-300-4192).
New American fare, featuring beef sliders,
penne pasta with duck confit in truffle cream
sauce, and cinnamon-spiced bread pudding.
D—Wed–Sat, 5–9 PM. $/$$. AX, MC, V, DC. G
; (;; 4/15)
Forno Italiano 191 Woodport Rd, Sparta (973-
726-4202). Italian cuisine, featuring domestic
and imported cheeses and house-made meats,
duck and creamy ricotta cheesecake. Tues–Sat,
noon– 10 PM. Sun, 3: 30–9 PM. $$. AX, MC, V. G ;
Krave Café 102 Sparta Ave, Newton (973-383-
2600). New American cuisine, featuring PEI
mussels, fettucini with duck confit and tres leche
cake. Tues–Fri, 11 AM– 9 PM. Sat, noon– 10 PM. Sun,
11 AM– 3 PM $$. AX, D, MC, V. G ; (;;½ 1/15)
Lafayette House Olde Lafayette Village,
between routes 94 and 15, Lafayette (973-579-
3100). American cuisine. L—Mon–Sat, 11: 30
AM–2: 30 PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 4: 30–10 PM; Fri and
Sat, 5–11 PM; Sun, 4–9 PM. Brunch—Sun, 10 AM– 2
PM. Marquis Tavern, light fare and oyster bar.
Entertainment Fri and Sat, 8 PM. Open Mon–
Thurs, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM; Fri and Sat, 11: 30 AM– 11
PM; Sun, noon– 9 PM. $/$$. AX, MC, V. G I
Restaurant Latour Crystal Springs Resort,
1 Wild Turkey Way, Rt 94, Hardyston (973-827-
0548). American cuisine, featuring locally grown
produce, artisan cheeses and organic rack of
Colorado mountain lamb; Wine Spectator Grand
Award-winning cellar with more than 100,000
bottles. D—Thurs–Sun, 5–10 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V.
Trinity Lounge 173 Spring St, Newton (973-
940-7916). American cuisine, featuring apple
salad with blue cheese, pan-seared duck and
white-chocolate bread pudding. Tues–Sat, 11: 30
AM– 10 PM; Sun, 4–9 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V. G ; (;;
100 Steps; 215 Centennial Ave, Cranford (908-
276-6600). Seafood menu, featuring Samish Bay
oysters, octopus and pasta. D—Tues–Sat, 5–10 PM;
oyster happy hour, Thurs–Sat, 4–5: 30 PM. $$$.
AX, MC, D, V. ; (;;; 11/14)
Amuse; 39 Elm St, Westfield (908-317-2640).
Modern French cuisine, featuring whipped duck-liver mousse, lollipop kale with scallops and
passion-fruit soufflè. L—Mon–Sat, noon– 3 PM.
D—Mon–Thurs, 5–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun,
5–8 PM. Brunch—Sun, 11 AM- 3 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V.
; (;;; 7/14)
A Toute Heure; 232 Centennial Ave, Cranford
(908-276-6600). Bistro French/new American
cuisine, featuring shrimp fritters, Atlantic cod
and peanut butter pie. L—Tues–Sat, 11: 30 AM–1: 30
PM. D—Tues–Sat, 5–10 PM. Brunch—last Sunday of
the month, 10: 30 AM-1: 30 PM. $$. AX, MC, V. ;
Boulevard Five72;572 Boulevard, Kenilworth
(908-709-1200). American cuisine with global
influences, featuring Jersey scallops, filet mignon,
hazelnut tiramisu. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 3 PM. D—
Mon–Thurs, 4–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–11 PM; Sun, 4-8
PM. $$$. AX, D, MC, V. G I ;
Chez Catherine 431 North Ave W, Westfield
(908-654-4011). French cuisine, featuring escargots with garlic and parsley, breast of duck with
orange sauce and apple tart. L—Tues–Fri, noon–
2: 30 PM. D—Tues–Sat, 5:30–9: 30 PM. $$$. AX, D,
MC, V. G I
Giovanni’s Bistro;449 Springfield Ave,
Berkeley Heights (908-464-6464). New American
cuisine, featuring housemade gnocchi, seared
organic black pearl salmon and salted caramel
brownies. D—Mon–Wed, 5–9 PM; Thurs–Sat,
5-9: 30 PM. Lunch—Mon–Sat, 11: 30 AM–2: 30 PM.
$$. AX, D, MC, V.
Khyber Grill;684 Oak Tree Ave, S Plainfield
(908-226-5544). Northern Indian cuisine, featuring kabobs, chicken korma and bhuna goat. D—
Sun–Thurs, 5: 30–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5-11: 30 PM.
Lunch buffet—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 3 PM; Sat and
Sun, 11 AM–3: 30 PM. $$. AX, D, MC, V. BYO
Patria; 169 W Main Street, Rahway (732-943-
7531). Pan-Latin cuisine, featuring ceviche, slow-roasted pork and marinated grilled skirt steak.
D—Wed–Sun, 5–11 PM. Tapas and appetizers—
Wed–Sun, until 2 AM. $$. AX, D, MC, V. G
Red Knot; 3 Golf Drive, Galloping Hill
Golf Course, Kenilworth (908-241-2211).
Contemporary pub fare, featuring house-made
empanadas, duck-and-jicama spring rolls and
toasted almond crème brulée. L— 11 AM– 5 PM.
D—Mon–Sun, 5–10 PM. $$/$$$. AX, D, MC, V. G
Ursino;1075 Morris Ave, Union (908-249-4099).
New American farm-to-table cuisine, featuring
Tuscan kale with lamb, tortellini, Barnegat scallops. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 2 PM. D—Mon–Thurs,
5: 30–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5: 30–11 PM. $$$. AX, D,
MC, V. G
The Inn at Millrace Pond 313 Johnsonburg
Rd (Rt 519), Hope (908-459-4884). Seasonal
American fare, featuring roast half duckling,
mixed grill and fish. L—Daily, 11: 30 AM– 5 PM. D—
Sun–Thurs, 5–8 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–9 PM. $$. AX,
D, DC, MC, V. G ; I
Mattar’s Restaurant;1115 Rt 517 (corner of
Ridge Rd), Allamuchy (908-852-2300). Italian/
French cuisine, featuring a seasonal menu. D—
Mon–Sat, 11: 30 AM– 11 PM; Sun, 11: 30 AM– 9 PM.
$$$. AX, MC, V. G ; I
Anton’s at the Swan; 43 S Main St,
Lambertville (609-397-1960). New American
fare, featuring grilled shrimp with coconut
rice and peanut sauce, grilled rack of lamb
and Readington River buffalo strip steak. D—
Tues–Thurs, 6–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 6–10 PM; Sun,
4: 30–8 PM (Bar has extended hours). $$$. AX,
D, DC, MC, V. G I
Brian’s; 9 Kline’s Court, Lambertville (609-460-
4148). Provençal cuisine, daily menu featuring
head cheese, mushroom soup, ravioli. L—Tues–
Sat, 11: 30 AM– 2 PM. D—Tues–Sat, 5: 30–9 PM; Sun,
5–8 PM. B—Sun, 9: 30 AM–1: 30 PM. $$$. D, MC, V.
El Tule; 49 N Main St, Lambertville (609-773-
0007). Peruvian and Mexican cuisine, featuring
ceviches, Afro-Peruvian stew and lamb shoulder.
Sun, Tues–Thurs, 11 AM– 9 PM; Fri and Sat, 11
AM– 10 PM. $$/$$$. D, MC, V. BYO I
Hamilton’s Grill Room; 8 Coryell St,
Lambertville (609-397-4343). Mediterranean
cuisine, featuring grilled shrimp in anchovy but-
429 Piaget Avenue, Clifton
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11 AM- 9 PM; Fri, 11
AM-9: 30 PM; Sat, noon-9: 30 PM; Sun, noon- 8
Style: Creatively prepared home-style Italian
specialties in a no-frills storefront setting.
Don’t Miss: What you can’t miss is the
excellent bruschetta—the tomato-and-basil-topped toasts are complimentary with dinner. The mussels appetizer ($13.95)—served
with garlic-and-oil or marinara sauce—is
exceptional as well. There are many soups
and salads; a standout (and frequent special)
is the caprese with fresh mozzarella ($9.95).
The menu lists almost 30 pastas ranging
from penne marinara ($16.95) to mussels and
clams over linguini ($21.95). The outstanding
shrimp Orecchiette à la Nonna tosses aru-gula, sun-dried tomatoes and plump shrimp
over house-made ear-shaped pasta in a light
garlic-and-oil sauce ($22.95). Chicken Murphy
($24.95) is a popular special just added to the
regular menu. Generous meat, fish and chicken entrées range from $19.95 to $24.95. For
dessert, there are complimentary chocolate
mousse, cannoli or biscotti—or choose from
one of several desserts on the menu.
Heads Up: La Riviera has only 10 tables, so
be prepared to wait on weekends. Bring wine
and cash. It’s BYO and they don’t take credit
cards. Gluten-free and whole wheat pasta are
available, and take-out orders are welcome.
The Scoop: This La Riviera is not to be
confused with the more upscale La Riviera
Trattoria next door. The two restaurants were
once a partnership, but have been separately
owned and operated for several years.