My wife and I recently had dinner for the first time at Ninety Acres to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. We made reservations about a month ago and could only get a 9 pm seating which was fine by us.
We got to the restaraunt about 20 minutes early in order to get a drink. We orderd two house wines $35 plus tip which was a bit expensive. We sat in the room adjacent to the bar area which was fine. We got seated 15 minutes or so after our reservation which again was ok as we were not in any hurry.
For those who have not been there, the restaraunt sits in a scenic park in Far Hills/Peapack area of NJ that I believe is 90 acres. The restaraunt is actually the carriage house of an even bigger estate. The dinning area is very nice and quite large with numerous tables and booths in the main room as well as more tables near or in the kitchen.
They have a set menu that you can order, I believe it is four courses with two options for each course as well as a la carte menu. Nothing really jumped at planned dinner menu so we decided to order off the regular menu. They also handed what I would argue is the largest wine list I have ever seen. It was so large that I couldn't really get a feel for the wines. The Sommelier stopped by and after a few questions recommended a bottle for us that was very good.
We ordered an pizza special appetizer that we split. My wife orderd the prime rib special and I ordered their Cod dinner. The appetizer was pretty good. My cod dinner was very good. However, my wife's prime rib was not good. It was tough and she left more than half on the plate. When they came to take our plates and ask if she wanted it wrapped my wife told her no as it was tough and chewey. The person apologized but did not ask if something could be done to fix it etc. By this time it was getting late and so we decided not to mention this to the waiter.
Overall, the service, atmosphere and decor are quite nice. The food given my wife's experience was average at best. And for the prices they charge it is unacceptable to get an average food experience. I would probably not rush back there anytime soon for dinner. I would like to go back when the weather gets nicer and have some drinks and eat at the bar/outside at a lower price point. I hear it is very pretty in the spring/summer.
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