I think I've found my new favorite in NJ. Just had a wonderful meal at 90 Acres. We didn't order off the menu, instead we opted for thier "Bring Me Food" tasting menu, very similar to Blue Hill @ Stone Barns concept of using whatever is at peak flavor to compose the dishes.
Chef Felton actually brought out every dish himself and explained his intent, a very nice personalized touch.
Our menu consisted of a nice simple salad with shrimp and cucs, a perfectly soft cooked eggs with garlic scapes, a nice swordfish dish, and then a very beautifully cooked piece of Neiman ranch beef with the most incredible char I've ever experienced, the beef melted in your mouth but that char gave just the right amount of "crunch", wow. All this followed by a nice simple cheese course, and a beautiful blueberry "trifle".
Wine suggestions were spot on and the cocktails before dinner were wonderfully creative, we sampled each others and I can say I would have been happy with any one of the 4 we tried.
Very happy with everything relating to food and drinks. The serive was good to very good at times, still needs a little polish. The front desk staff is the weak link, we were kept waiting for about 15 minutes for absolutely no reason and then they failed to seat us in the tasting area section even though I specified in the rez that we would be having the tasting. It was rectified but it was a very clumsy start.
Cannot wait to get back there.
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