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A Romantic Dinner for Six at the Pluckemin Inn in Pluckemin, New Jersey

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A few weeks back, I wrote about anniversary dinners at local restaurants.  Rex and I enjoyed a fabulous 10th anniversary dinner (along with our girls, London and Maddie) at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New Jersey.  That same weekend, our good friends Susan and Mike had hoped to celebrate their anniversary at the Pluckemin Inn.  However, they waited too long to make their reservations, and were left with a choice of the early bird special (5:00pm) or asleep in their soup (9:00pm), and decided to wait for another occasion.

Well, it may not be quite as romantic, but it’s going to be more fun…Mike and Susan, Tom and Lynette, and Rex and I have reservations for six at 6pm on Saturday, November 1st at the Pluckemin Inn.  I’ll try to be diligent about bringing my camera and photographing everyone’s food.

Now, according to their web site, the Pluckemin Inn is “a contemporary American restaurant that brings a top level of food, wine and service you might expect to find in a big city, but presents it all in a warm and inviting atmosphere, right here in North-Central New Jersey. While there are no rooms to stay here overnight, there are rooms to savor a fine meal, have a hearty drink, or enjoy a private affair. The Inn itself is modeled after a colonial-era farmhouse, complete with stone walls, arched entranceways, and large exposed beams crossing the high open-air ceilings. The restaurant is a sophisticated but approachable blend of old world colonial warmth and modern-minded amenities. The menus change seasonally to ensure you have a meal featuring the best available ingredients. The tower is a 3-story enclosed and temperature-controlled wine room that houses over 15,000 bottles to complement the flavors being produced and prepared by the chef and his team. If you prefer a more casual setting, or want to catch the game, you can always enjoy your meal in “The Plucky” tavern.”

I have these weird flashbacks about Plucky’s Tavern.  Rex and I took London and Maddie out to the Pluckemin Inn for an early New Year’s Eve dinner last year, and we weren’t prepared for a formal three-hour dinner, so we headed for “The Plucky.”  We had a fun family evening and enjoyed some terrific flavors as Rex and I shared a bunch of different appetizers and London indulged in a rack of lamb brought in from the formal dining room.  All night long, I felt that I had been there in another life, and when I questioned our waiter, my weird sense of deja vu turned out to be more right than wrong.  While our waiter assured us that the seedy bar with “real men” in guinea tees, saw dust on the floor, from Roxy’s wild single days in the ’90s, had been completely torn down and rebuilt to create our elegant surroundings, I believe the Pluckemin Inn had recreated Plucky’s with the same footprint, sans sawdust.


A Romantic Dinner at the Pluckemin Inn in Pluckemin, New Jersey

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While Rex and I are celebrating our tenth anniversary tonight at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New Jersey, our good friends Susan and Mike will be celebrating their wedding anniversary on Saturday Night with a romantic dinner at the Pluckemin Inn. While Rex and the girls and I celebrated New Year’s Eve at Plucky’s Tavern, we’ve not yet tried the more formal dining room. We wish Susan and Mike a happy, happy anniversary and hope to have a full report on the Pluckemin Inn for you early next week.

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