CHART HOUSE RESTAURANTS
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From the Jersey Shore to our many farm-to-table eateries, NJ has some really beautiful restaurants. Two of them made Love Food’s America’s Most Beautiful Restaurants list.

“If we really do eat with our eyes, there are some restaurants that wow even before the amuse-bouche is served – and, in some cases, before we’ve even stepped inside,” said Love Food about their list. They ranked the 30 most beautiful restaurants across the US.

Number one on the list? That honor went to The Marine Room in La Jolla, California. But NJ was well represented, ranking twice on the list for its pretty places to dine.

Chart House took the number 11 spot on the list. This upscale Weehawken location is known for its amazing views of the New York City skyline. Customers look out enormous windows that face the Hudson River to marvel at Manhattan while enjoying surf n’ turf and other high end dishes.

The ornately decorated Hunan Taste in Denville came in at number 15. Beautiful colors abound here as guests sit among traditional Chinese decorations under a pressed tin ceiling.  The crispy sesame chicken and Grand Marnier shrimp are popular dishes.

But of course not everyone is in agreement that these are the most beautiful dining spots NJ has to offer. Scalini Fedeli in Chatham was constructed inside of a 260-year-old New Jersey farmhouse with high vaulted ceilings, antique pine floors and a style which evokes a Tuscan feel. Rat’s Restaurant in Hamilton is designed to give visitors the sense they have stepped into a village reminiscent of the impressionist painter Claude Monet’s beloved town of Giverny. It’s often on “most romantic” lists of restaurants in our region.

Scarborough Fair in Sea Girt offers private dining alcoves and the twinkling decorations hanging from the ceiling change depending on the season, from winter wonderland to springtime butterflies.

We can all agree that the Garden State has great restaurants, but which one is the most beautiful may be in the eye of the beholder!

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