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Pairings

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American, Contemporary
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10 Walnut Ave, Corner of Walnut Ave and South Ave East, Cranford, NJ 07016 (10 Walnut Ave for GPS - South Ave East and Walnut Ave.)
NJ Transit: Bus and Train (Raritan Valley Line) RR Station in Cranford town center across the street
+1 908-276-4026
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Sophisticated atmosphere and excellent food

Pairings is a very nice restaurant with good food, a sophisticated ambience and a friendly staff. It has a low-key but mature ambience and feels like a restaurant you might find around Lincoln Center in New York City (as opposed to our other favorite restaurant in town, A Toute Heure, which feels... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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New York, NY
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  • Casual Elegant
  • Reservations
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English first
New Jersey
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We have been going to this restaurant for some time now and last couple of visits were very disappointing. Food has been unremarkable as their prices have gone through the roof, and service has been lacking. We had to ask for the simplest of things and dinner plates were brought out an hour and a half after appetizers!! At this... More 

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New York, NY
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Pairings is a very nice restaurant with good food, a sophisticated ambience and a friendly staff. It has a low-key but mature ambience and feels like a restaurant you might find around Lincoln Center in New York City (as opposed to our other favorite restaurant in town, A Toute Heure, which feels more like something you'd find in the West... More 

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Paris
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food is top notch like any fine dining NYC restaurant, yet in the quaint town of Cranford. BYO enables us to bring our own special wines. Service is great too.

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union county, new jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Intriguing combinations of flavors and textures in each dish. Even the salads have a surprising array of items, and much appreciated. This restaurant is several cuts above others in the area. The high ceilings and large windows make for a relaxing, open feeling, the staff is attentive but not overbearing, and the food is pretty great. We've been many times... More 

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new jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Pairings never disappoints. We often come here to celebrate a special occasion. The wait staff is a perfect compliment to a beautifully prepared dinner. We have always been pleased. As a P.S. our alcoholic friends really like that it is a byob.

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I can't wait to go back, the food and atmosphere is very similiar to a NYC restaurant. The food was amazing. The duck was so delicious and the Tuna was so tender and tasty. Roasted radish omg. Rice cake. The chef is talented to say the least. The waitstaff were very professional but didn't suffocate us either. The dessert was... More 

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Cranford, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This magnificent restaurant open for 2 years now is by far the tops in the Union County area. The atmosphere is casual but elite. The dinners speak for themselves and using all fresh vegetables and ingredients. My favorite the braised short ribs. the owners are hands on and go out of their way to accomodate you. Wednesday night is the... More 

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Really good place delicious food good presentation . Only problem is they didn't have any sparkling water. Not a big problem. :) Atlantic trout with green lentil 5 star, filet mignon and lobster tail 4 star, duck breast 5 star. Good service 5 star. Our table was right by the door each time some one open door I got ice... More 

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North Bergen, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I have had several visits to Pairings, most recently on Sunday evening with family for a "multi birthday" celebration. I must say that the dining experience here is always superb. The food is creative, delicious and of high quality. The service is very attentive but not overbearing. There is attention to detail on every level from the lovely and professional... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We picked this restaurant based on its Trip Advisor rating of #1 in Cranford. We were not disappointed! Upon arrival we were seated promptly even though the rest of our party hadn't yet arrived, and were told who our waiter would be. Bottled water was brought to the table and poured and, since it is BYOB, our bottles of wine... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 10 Walnut Ave, Corner of Walnut Ave and South Ave East, Cranford, NJ 07016
    (10 Walnut Ave for GPS - South Ave East and Walnut Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: NJ Transit: Bus and Train (Raritan Valley Line) RR Station in Cranford town center across the street
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Cranford
  • Phone Number: +1 908-276-4026

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?