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Old 08-05-2013, 02:07 PM
 
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I just moved to Montclair from the Princeton area and I was wondering if there were any other lively, cool downtown areas that are similar to Princeton besides the one near Church Street in Montclair. I love when there is a variety of one-of-a-kind restaurants with great food and bars/pubs/hookah lounges to hang out at all night.

Although Montclair's 2 downtown areas I have seen are amazing and I still need to explore them, I would like to have a few more options that are a half hour or less drive away. The fact that every place is basically BYOB is a bit annoying at times.

Thanks!
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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you're going to find most places are BYOB with a liquor store not far away. Personally I prefer BYOB becasue i dont end up with a huge liquor bill at the end of the night. South Orange has an ok downtown area with some decent restaurants. Montclair is my go to for just walking around downtown and grabbing a bite to eat. But once you settle in you'll find all sorts of great restaurants and bars in most of the surrounding towns.
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:15 PM
 
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Morristown would be my #2
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:25 PM
 
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Wow I didn't realize Morristown was so close to me now!

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Any other suggestions for some good towns?
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Old 08-05-2013, 03:27 PM
 
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Outside of Church Street there's a few new places with liquor licenses in Montclair: Upstairs, 12 West, and Pig and Prince. Walnut Street has a few new coffee shops and cafes that have opened up also, and Egan and Sons has a license. Don't forget The Orange Squirrel in Bloomfield either.
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:51 PM
 
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Great! Thank you very much for your suggestions
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:05 PM
 
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I'd also check out Lambertville and Somerville. Lambertville has some wonderful "boutique" restaurants as well as a nice walkable downtown area filled with interesting shops, plus you can also hop over the bridge to New Hope and all it has to offer. Somerville is really coming back with a revitalized downtown area. I was there over a recent weekend trying a new (to me) restaurant and the whole downtown area was packed with plenty of people. It was a nice mix of families, couples and singles. They even closed off a small side street and set up a stage where they had a few bands performing. I am told they do that most every summer weekend. Almost all of the restaurants and cafe's have outdoor seating.

KoalaNJ

OOPs, I read the OP incorrectly as moved from Montclair to Princeton....sry
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:15 PM
 
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Nutley has some wonderful restaurants, as does Caldwell/W Caldwell and Clifton. All have small walkable downtowns worth checking out.

KoalaNJ
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:21 PM
 
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montclair and morristown are great, i live in the south orange area, there are some good restaurants but it is nothing like morristown and montclair.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:00 AM
 
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I just moved to Montclair from the Princeton area and I was wondering if there were any other lively, cool downtown areas that are similar to Princeton besides the one near Church Street in Montclair. I love when there is a variety of one-of-a-kind restaurants with great food and bars/pubs/hookah lounges to hang out at all night.

Although Montclair's 2 downtown areas I have seen are amazing and I still need to explore them, I would like to have a few more options that are a half hour or less drive away. The fact that every place is basically BYOB is a bit annoying at times.

Thanks!
Use to live in Motown. It is a very nice downtown. For the past year I've been living in Jersey City and enjoy it more than Motown. It is more interesting and better food options. Recommend the following for you to try in the JC if you venture out of Montclair:

Satis Bistro (Satis Bistro | Salumeria & European-Style Café in Paulus Hook, Jersey City)
Orale (Orale Mexican Kitchen)
Edwards Steakhouse (Edward's Steakhouse - Jersey City - Home)
Lighhorse Tavern (Light Horse Tavern - Welcome)
Thirty Acres (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/24/ny...rsey-city.html)
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