I've needed to travel around the tri-state area for the past weeks, and the two meals I had at Ursino's were easily the best meals I had the entire time, even though my hotel was in Manhattan and I threw plenty of money at food there.
The restaurant is surprisingly easy to get to from Manhattan (you just take the train from Penn Station to the Union station in NJ, and walk about 10 minutes down Morris Ave.
The menus are market-driven, so by the time you go, they may have changed what's on offer. But I had remarkably wonderful gnocchi there, excellent salads with spring greens and strawberries, lovely fish, excellent desserts, and the place has an interesting wine list. What is also PRICELESS is that the space is quiet and attractive, flooded with light.
The people I was dining with were all NJ-based, living in Essex county, and they were shocked at how good the food was, especially since they had never heard of it. I had picked it, and I actually don't remember how I first heard of it, but it was a real treat to eat there and I was happy to return. (I had a lunch there, and a dinner there). Service was very professional, afternoon and evening, despite the very relaxed and informal overall feel.
Hope others go and enjoy the food like I did.
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