Are you looking for a restaurant with an intimate environment?
There are a number of places around New Jersey that offer just that. No matter what part of Garden State you live or plan a night on the town, there is a restaurant at the neck of the woods where you can dine by the fireplace.
The Barrow House is a colonial farmhouse located in Clifton, NJ, on the site of a former farm. The room is modeled after a traditional Hall & Parlor Home and consists of seven unique rooms.
Guests can enjoy American Farm Fare such as chicken Milanese, wild mushroom pasta and filet mignon, 100-bottle curated wine list, handmade cocktails and a large selection of craft beers. This rustic, rustic bar / restaurant is so warm and inviting and unique decor invites you to feel comfortable.
This is one of the historic properties that New Jersey is famous for. And on a cold winter night, nothing is as warm and cozy as this beautiful eatery built in 1882.
The Cranford Hotel has served the warmth of Cranford community for almost 140 years with its intimate lighting, casual bar, seating in wooden cabins and brick fireplace. Reviews of the food and the staff here are lit. Great for an intimate, romantic meal with the special person.
Filomena does Italian like no other in the area. Filomena Lakeview, an 18th-century diligence stop named after the owner’s mother, is now one of Gloucester County’s best-known Italian restaurants. There are fireplaces in both the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms, and you should definitely try the gnocchi, made by the restaurant’s 85-year-old namesake.
With its soaring vaulted ceilings and double-sided fireplace, you could almost be in a smart cottage in the Swiss Alps. I could spend all winter at the ski hut-like bar, and the menu ranges from hummus samples, tomato-braised meatballs and spicy shrimp egg rolls to Niman pork chops, fried vermilion snapper and homemade pens.
Tabor Road specializes in local, seasonal food and award-winning wine and spirits offerings. It is beautiful but nothing at all and great for casual light food or an elegant dining experience.
This is a kind of sports bar … but wait, there’s more! 360-degree view of sports at all times – which is made even better with a craft cocktail or refreshing beer in hand. But the cool modern fireplace makes the atmosphere warm and special.
With a relaxed, sports-centered atmosphere, Brickhouse is a fun, energetic evening in the city with a large selection of local, craft and imported beers and a fun and eclectic menu of American food.
Do not let the fact that this is a chain restaurant fool you. Its atmosphere is spectacular and almost everything is – as the name suggests – wood burning. Look for perfectly cooked delicious steaks as well as lots of healthy options. Their 21-day aged steaks are cut in-house and hardwood grilled together, as are their sustainable seafood dishes and half-pound burgers.
Opened in the 1870s as a diligence inn, travelers in horse-drawn carriages along Polifly Road (later called Terrace Avenue) stopped here to eat and drink in the tavern below and sleep in one of six guest quarters above. With its brick walls and live piano music you will be brought back to another era where it was a special occasion to eat out. The fireplaces in the dining rooms make it extra special, and chef Jack Zaorski is an excellently skilled chef whose dishes get raved.
The Metuchen Inn has been serving fine food in its charming, historic atmosphere since 1843. This famous landmark features a world-class wine list, 3 working fireplaces and private rooms to make the special occasion truly memorable. It is beautiful but not stuffy and cozy but also elegant. It has a very simple mission: Serve delicious food at an affordable price that guests will return to week after week. And according to their rave reviews, they do.
Named one of the 12 most beautiful restaurants in New Jersey and also twice voted “the best cozy place for drinks” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Grain House has become something of a legend. With an atmosphere dating back to the 18th century, The Grain House offers casual dining in unique surroundings. Imagine original beamed ceilings, impressive fireplaces and a warm rustic décor. And Kornhuset’s organic garden provides organic ingredients and herbs for their delicious recipes.
Delicious American comfort food in beautiful surroundings. Where every single thing is made from scratch. Every dessert. Each loaf. Everything. But what makes Gladstone Tavern so special is the atmosphere. An exclusive taverna set in a beautifully restored farmhouse from 1847, it is chic but friendly, with an incredibly varied menu that has everything from duck confit to an impossible burger. There is also a children’s menu. Enjoy dinner with the family or a romantic evening. Either way, it’s a cozy evening by the fire. And as if that’s not enough, there’s live music every Friday night.
This is luxury. Stonehouse at Sterling Ridge is, in a word, exquisite. Set in the shadow of the Watchung Mountains, Stone House has a western lodge feel with stone walls, beams and a copper fireplace. The Stone House bar has comfortable sofas and a large selection of cocktails and wines by the glass. But it is not only the crackling fire that brings energy to the place. They also have monthly cocktail classes, live music and jazz brunch on Sundays. Its website calls it a mix of “rustic cottage and city chic.”
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