Known as the “military capital of the American Revolution”, Morristown is currently a foodie’s paradise. With an endlessly alluring mixture of contemporary, Old World, American, fusion, European, and Asian cuisine, and with everything from neighborhood pubs to fine dining, Morristown’s restaurant scene is world class and always ahead of national trends. Here are a few outstanding places worth checking out.
With bragging rights to the highest possible score for food from Zagat, (a whopping 25), Roots Steakhouse justifies how and why the West was won. Classic, killer and fabulous are adjectives frequently used to describe steak at this Morristown staple. The sophisticated 40-something crowd keeps things kosher, low key, quiet, and dignified. Hand-selected, prime, aged beef is the star, but lamb, chicken and seafood are also fair game. The pan-seared black pearl salmon is a standout. The Morristown wine list comprises 150+ vintages. The adjacent bar and lounge are equally enjoyable while waiting for a table to open up. Are there Sspecial rooms for private parties? Yes. Call for info or reservations: (973) 326-1800.
Another Zagat star, Origin Thai II places authentic Thai center stage, served with an elegant and refined French twist. “Funky vibe” and “culinary adventure” are how some diners have described this place. The low lighting contributes intimacy and ambiance. Guests can feast on Suko Thai Curry Beef, made with red curry, coconut milk and bamboo shoots. Calling all spice heads!. Then there’s Gra Paw, sauteedsautéed shrimp with Thai basil, chili peppers and string beans. The dessert menu holds its own very well with such treats as fried ice cream, chocolate cake soufflesoufflé, and a selection of herbal teas and craft coffee beverages. Reservations are a must: (973) 971-9933.
In the mood for Far East but not quite Thai? Go for Indian,. Oof course. As inTry Mehndi, the restaurant named after the henna skin-art application. for which the restaurant is named. In fact, Mehndi offers patrons free henna after supper, done by an on-site artist. The porcelain and gold Ganesh statues and other Indian motifs in the decor drive home the Bombay effect. But no rush while the night is young. Chow down on mouthwatering staples of Indian cuisine, such as tandoori and paneer. Spicy crab cakes and vegetable samosas make for scrumptious, filling sides. Cocktails, wine, beer, and soda comprise the drinks list. Make reservations online or call: (973) 871-2323.
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