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Theater Square Grille at NJPAC

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Theater Square Grille at NJPAC

M-L. | Jun 8, 2003 09:07 PM

Just returned from a mid-afternoon concert and early dinner at the Theater Square Grille. Dinner was a $43 three-course affair without wine but including coffee or tea. Perhaps it was the hour or Father's Day or both that accounted for a nearly empty restaurant.

Crab cake appetizer was OUTSTANDING, what most good crab cake makers pride themselves on -- lots of lump crab, hardly any filler, with a lovely "tartar" sauce of mayo, herbs, and lemon juice, I think. Main courses: Tuscan seafood (rock lobster tails and scallops), stuffed tomato, herbed mashed potato; 3 baby lamb chops over risotto with peas, red wine and mushroom sauce. Risotto should have had fresh baby peas added at the last minute; sauce was a bit overly rich; chops done as asked and very good. Desserts -- tiramisu with three sauces and chocolate garnishes, very good but a bit over the top; lemon panna cotta with raspberries and blackberries with nut biscotti, perfect.

Had I known, I'd have opted for the $18.95 brunch. Arrived at 2:10 for a 3 o'clock concert, too early for much and too late for brunch, which is served until 2:30. The menu, posted outside on a music stand, looked terrific and a good value for an attractive, convenient setting.

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