Lots of exciting places to visit for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Whatever you do...enjoy yourself and look forward to 2013!
Congratulations to FIGARO 3 Ristorante Located in Basking Ridge
Ranked Number 1 out of 22 restaurants from Trip Advisor.
What makes a great restaurant? Certainly the food, superior service, and consistency. Congratulations to Frank, Eddie, and  Benni and their Figaro 3 Ristorante.
While visiting the area, do stop by and say “Hi” to Eddie and Staff at Cafe Figaro and Pizza.
Please remember Figaro 3 is available for private parties and catering.
Also: In keeping with the holiday season, Figaro 3 and Cafe Figaro and Pizza will be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. They will be serving their regular menu with many of your favorite special dishes. Call for reservations and information. 908.903.1111.
For Cafe Figaro and Pizza, Call:908.903.0884.
Grand Opening of Pita Grill & Creperie in Westfield
Tuesday, December 18th marks the day that Pita Grill and Creperie opens in Westfield. General Managers Sam and Robi have designed and decorated their restaurant in shades of lime green and soft lavender. With seating for 24, the menu features a variety of Mediterranean pitas such as Shawerma, sliced marinated beef, rotisserie beef, chicken kabobs and sandwiches.
Look forward to their grilled chicken with fresh mozzarella cheese, and falafels with lettuce, tomato, and tahini sauce. For dessert: Crepes and Baklava. From the sauce to the meat, Robi and Sam will prepare all of your food. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and !0 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Pita Grill & Creperie, 108 Quimby Street, Westfield: Call: 908.232.3845 or 232.3846.

Order Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes for the Holidays
Want to serve Mud City Crab Cakes at your Holiday dinner?  Contact Online Shopping by Thursday, December 20th. Crabcakes will  be sent straight to your door.You may  also order them from the Forked River location for pickup on Christmas Eve, or New Year's Eve. Mud City Crab House is  located at the corner of Lacey Rd and Rte 9 in the corner of the plaza. Call: 609-693-1130. For further information:Call: 609.978.3660. For Online Shopping: Click:  Mud City Online Store
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at La Pergola in Millburn
Open Christmas Eve from 4 to 10 p.m. Open Menu: Serving all of the special dishes you expect for the Holiday Season: Dover Sole, Rack of Lamb, Roast Prime Rib of Beef, and more.
Open New Year’s Eve from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Prix Fixe Menu. La Pergola, 120 Essex Street, Millburn, Call for reservations: 973.376.6838.
Christmas and New Year’s Eve at La Griglia and Water and Wine
Christmas Eve
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
New Years Eve
5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The restaurants will be serving their regular dinner menu plus several holiday specials. Make Your Reservations Today
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New Year’s Eve at URSINO in UNION
Come ring in the New Year at Ursino’s in Union. Enjoy  an expertly prepared meal, served in their chic, comfortable dining room. The menu features 2 seatings. First seated guests will be offered their regular a la carte menu. Seating times are: 5:30 and 6 and 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Guests dining at the second seating will be offered a 5 course Tasting Menu prepared  by Chef Peter Turso.

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“We have carefully selected wine pairings to further enhance the tasting experience,” said Richard Edgemore Manager. “The price for the tasting menu is $95, with wine pairings costing an additional $45.”

Second seating times are: 8 and 8:30 and 9 and 9:30 p.m.
All guests are invited to get together in the Lounge for a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

For reservations, please call Ursino at 908.249.4099, or check the website: UrsinoRestaurant.com. When calling to make a reservation, please be prepared to leave your credit card information. Ursino Restaurant, 1075 Morris Ave., Liberty Hall Campus, Union.  www.UrsinoRestaurant.com
New Year’s Eve at Restaurant Nicholas
3-Course Menu $125
(plus tax and gratuity)
Champagne toast at midnight
Click for New Year's Menu
Be advised that Restaurant Nicholas is also accepting reservations for Christmas Eve. Click to make a reservation or call 732.345.9977.  Nicholas, 160 Route 35 South, Red Bank.
New Year’s Eve at Gladstone Tavern in Gladstone
Yes, there will be a grand New Year’s Eve Party at Gladstone Tavern. Yes, it will feature Executive Chef Tom Carlin’s special Prix Fixe Menu.
Come and enjoy Live Music with the Atmosferics from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. And guess what? You are welcome to return the next day, January 1st, for your 2013 Hangover Lunch. Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, Call for reservations and information: 908.234.9055.
Make Reservations at Above in South Orange
Lunch...Dinner or Cocktails. Accepting reservations for Corporate and Family Holiday Parties. Enjoy New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve at Above. Located at: One South Orange Ave, South Orange: Call: 973.762.5900.
Grand Opening: Babaghanoush BBQ
Middle Eastern Halal BBQ. Charcoal Grill. Beef, Lamb, Chicken Shish Kabob, Vegetarian Entrees, Falafel, Middle Eastern Desserts, Catering and Delivery. Babaghanoush BB!, 1324 South Ave., Plainfield. Call for directions and information: 908.444.4880

New Year’s Eve at Limani Seafood Grill
Proprietor George Vastardis of Limani Seafood Grill in Westfield, is accepting reservations for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Gather friends and family and come to Limani Seafood Grill for a most rewarding dinner. Call George, and let him know you’ll not only be there for Christmas Eve, you’ll also be there to ring in 2013. Limani Seafood Grill, 235 North Ave., W., Call: 908.233.0052.
Huck Finn Diner in Union
Featuring special 5 course Holiday Menu with Angus Prime Rib of Beef, Roast Loin of Pork, and Roast Leg of Lamb.
Enjoy their famous BBQ RIBS, Daily Specials and an exciting new menu. Serving cocktails. Purchase Gift Certificates. Huck Finn Diner, 2431 Morris Ave., Union. Call: 908.810.9000.
Giovanna’s in Plainfield Celebrates New Year’s Eve
Celebrating their 29th year, Giovanna’s offers customized packages for parties from 25 to 100 guests. Private party room, and lovely restaurant for those who want to come for dinner. Call for reservations and information: 908.753.6900.
PATRIA NJ’s Trendiest Restaurant and Mixology Lounge
Celebrating their 2nd Anniversary and New Year’s Eve.
Music by DJ Rocstasy, DJ Crazy, DJ Jonathan Lopez. Hosts: Karim Ramos and Paulie Casta. For VIP Reservations and information re: Overnight stays, Call: 908.693.1513. Patria, 169 Main Street Rahway. email: info@patrianj.com.
The Strip House at Westminster Hotel in Livingston offers an excellent menu for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Do treat friends and family to a most enjoyable evening. The Strip House,
550 West Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston: For reservations, call:  973.548.0050
New Year’s Eve at Maritime Parc in Jersey City
This New Year's Eve, Executive Chef/Partner Chris Siversen and team are holding 2 dinner seatings in addition to a party on the 3rd floor Aviary! Featured dishes from the restaurant's new Winter menu,include:  Chestnut-Mushroom Soup; Wagyu Beef Carpaccio; Coconut Poached Lobster; Pan Roasted Venison; Truffle Risotto; Kumquat Moscato Lollipops; Chocolate Tart; Torrone Semifreddo; Champagne & Strawberries.
Seating at 6 p.m.:  3-Course Prix-Fixe $75 per person
Seating at 9 p.m.:  5-Course Prix-Fixe $125 per person
(Glass of sparkling wine included with each meal; exclusive of tax and gratuities)
All-night Party.  DJ, Dancing, Cocktail Style Dinner Buffets, Passed Sweets, Open Premium Bar featuring Belvedere,Grand Marnier and Moet $175 pp
(Party tickets discounted for NYE diners!) MARITIME PARC. 84 Audrey Zapp Drive,Liberty State Park, Jersey City. For reservations call: 201.413.0050
A Quick Note from Millicent
Thanks to all of you who have been kind enough to send me your favorite new places to eat, shop, or explore. Please remember this is your column,  and your suggestions are always welcome.
My best to you for this coming week. Enjoy and Stay in touch.