Ursino's Restaurant, a hidden gem in Union, NJ

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

It was one of those Friday nights when my youngest had a gymnastics practice -- an opportunity for an impromptu dinner date at a nearby restaurant.

We've heard of the Ursino's restaurant since last year, but with the kids' hectic schedules, we never had a chance until last Friday.

The architecture of the building is modern and beautiful. When you're inside the restaurant, there's an "I feel pretty" kind of feeling.

The staff is friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. 

The menu offers many creative items, prepared using their private 4 acre garden!  Did I mention this is in Union, New Jersey?

For appetizers, we had the Handmade Cavatelli (short ribs, butternut squash, pepper cress, Tartufo shepherd cheese) and the Seared Yellow Fin Yuna (watercress and radish salad, compressed cucumber and pear, citrus- sesame vinaigrette). The cavatelli was good and the tuna was really amazing -- will definitely have it again.

For entree, we had the Long Island Crescent Duck (Udon noodles, snap peas, micro peas, carrot, coconut chai infused broth) and Grilled Local Fed Pork Loin (apple rosemary puree, apple pommes anna, sweet and sour cabbage)

Both awesome, would recommend either.

We moved upstairs to the bar for dessert to fully enjoy the design of the place.

We ordered the Warm Bread Pudding (pear, Carsis sauce, spiced brown sugar gelato), a port flight and their cheese plate.

The bread pudding was very unique, delicious and "melts in your mouth" kind of dessert.

The cheese plate was a little disappointing. Great selection, but it should be accompanied with fruit.

The whole dining experience was lovely , accentuated with the soothing background music.

We will definitely go back to taste the rest of the menu!

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