Not Too Late For Valentine’s Date


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myveronanj-valentinesValentine’s Day is Sunday, but if you haven’t made reservations yet for dinner out with your sweetheart, rest easy. There’s still time to stake your place at a table in town.  This year you can take your pick of Saturday night or Sunday.  Since Monday is a national  holiday, you won’t have to hurry home Sunday night. And if you dine in town, there’s all the more time to linger over a romantic meal. All but Avenue are bring-your-own.

Avenue Bistro Pub, 973-239-7444:  Specializing in New American cuisine, Avenue has its own liquor license and bar, a rarity in these parts. Its menu has just been updated with eight new entrees and some new appetizers. It also features a Sunday brunch.

Jack’s Cafe, 973-239-5321. This homey cafe recently starting serving dinner too. It’s closed Sunday, but serving dinner on Saturday.

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Miele’s Italian Restaurant, 973-230-3363. Expect Miele’s to be all gussied up for Valentine’s Day, as it is for all holidays. It opens at 5:00 on Saturday; 4:00 on Sunday.

Pahang, 973-239-6377.   We recently reviewed this Malaysian restaurant and sushi bar. It opens at 12:00 on Sunday.

Sonny’s on the Avenue, 973-239-1919: Owned by local chiropractor Tom Malanga, this eatery has a new chef,  Al Mattia, formerly of Mezzanotte (now Luce) in Caldwell.

Trattoria Bella Gente and R’s Place, 973-239-4416:  Bring your family for a Valentine’s Day meal of thin-crust brick-oven pizza at Bella Gente; take your date next door to white-table R’s. Forget your wine? Use their wine service, and they’ll bring you a bottle of your choosing.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected]


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