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2014 PLACES TO GO

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES - PICTORIAL ~ In anticipation of the February doldrums.. We're feeling that itch to start planning a get-away. The NYT

has compiled a list of some really cool destinations, and provided gorgeous photography of each location. Perusing is like a brief mental vacation. Enjoy!

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Lacatena

20% OFF YOUR CHECK

ROSELLE PARK - LA CATENA: ★★★★ STAR LEDGER. The ultimate romantic dining experience that any couple will be excited to discover. Offering sophisticated Italian cuisine with an old school, authentic feel.

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20% OFF AT BOVELLA'S!

WESTFIELD - BOVELLA'S: Every single item is scratch baked. Cookies, pastries, cakes. No matter what your style or flavor, Bovella's desserts and breads are to die for. Rest assured every item you walk out of our doors with is made just like Grandma used to do it.

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OUT OF CONTROL SUSHI

CRANFORD - MIZU SUSHI ★★★★ YELP ★★★★ FOUR SQUARE ★★★★ URBAN SPOON ★★★★ MAP QUEST The reviews tell the story, click to see video.

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DELICIOUS AND ORGANIC

BASKING RIDGE - GRAIN HOUSE RESTAURANT: American fare with historic charm. Stop in for lunch, brunch or dinner and enjoy an amazing meal created with veggies grown right behind the restaurant in our garden.

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Tuttibaci

SUBS FOR DINNER!

WESTFIELD - TUTTI BACI: TAKE $5 OFF! Tutti Baci makes dinner healthy, inexpensive and easy. Our deli serves sandwiches using the freshest breads, cheeses, meats and homemade dressings. Don't forget to try our mouthwatering bakery items.

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Moonshine

20% OFF YOUR CHECK

MILLBURN - MOONSHINE: SIMPLY AWARD WINNING. Top Ten Restaurants - New Jersey Monthly, Table Hopping with Rosie - NJMonthly.com, Neighborhood Eats - Channel 7 Eyewitness News, Cocktail Corner - Inside Jersey Magazine, Modernizing the Supper Club - Star Ledger 3 Star Review.

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Savory

THE PERFECT GIFT BASKET

WESTFIELD - SAVORY SPICE SHOP: 150 different savory blends from over 400 all natural spices make it easy to spice things up. Creative, hand ground and oh so flavorful. Make tonight delicious.

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MADE FROM SCRATCH

SHORT HILLS: CAIT AND ABBY'S BAKERY: Using only the freshest ingredients. Stop in for a handmade apple pie, delicious cookies or even a lunch sandwich made on our freshly baked bread. Pastries, bread loaves, birthday cakes. It's homey, it's real and it's absolutely mouth-watering.

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WOW TEX MEX!!!

SCOTCH PLAINS / PLAINFIELD BORDER - FREPPE'S - WE REALLY NEEDED A TEX MEX RESTAURANT LIKE THIS ONE! NowJersey is proud to present this stunning video and special promotions. ✮✮✮✮ Yelp, ✮✮✮✮ Trip Advisor, ✮✮✮✮ 1/2 Facebook, ✮✮✮✮ Giftly. Click to watch their video, learn more, and collect your special NowJersey promotions for Freppe's...

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FROM NJ.COM

ARTICLE ~ All the classiques', "Friday the 13th", "Toxic Avenger, "Zombie Strippers" (such quality cinematography, that one)... were all made here in the Garden state. Our horror flick history is quite illustrious.. "It is the eternal danse macabre of movie-monster fandom, a slow waltz between the devils and the devoted, and New Jersey is its proud ancestral home."

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FROM COOL DAD MUSIC

ALBUM REVIEW ~ NowJersey is constantly on the lookout for NJ talent to bring to you. Cool Dad Music is a solid go-to for NJ's mainstream indie music scene. They've definitely found something special in the NJ band, 'Gates'. "I’ve sung their praises here before. Super fan. Fan boy. Whatever you want to call it, they’ve been on an infinite loop for the last two years.. This layered sonic journey with a three guitar attack is, by far, one of my favorite records of the year." We here at NowJersey are absolutely loving the tune "Not My Blood", which is both pretty and powerful. Check it out here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsueE9JMNig

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FROM NJ SPOTLIGHT

VOTER INFORMATION ARCHIVE ~ Have questions or just want to learn more about the issues? All the information to keep you an informed voter, as you head to the ballots, all in one spot. Senate races, House races, ballot questions, political party information & registration informations, and more... it's all here. Thanks NJ Spotlight!

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FROM HIP NJ

VIDEO, ARTICLE ~ Does Hip NJ know our sweet spot or what?... covering the finals of NJ's Iron Shaker competition. The BEST of the Garden State's cocktail culture mixologists, bartenders and haute booze aficionados all convene to crown NJ's BEST bartender/mixologist. Cheers!

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FROM HIP NJ

VIDEO, ARTICLE ~ "Did you know that one of the top wedding dress designers is located right here in HipNJ? In our latest HipNJWeddings segment, we visited the showroom of Justin Alexander Bridal.. HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat with creative director Terry Hilferty to talk about what every bride needs to know while shopping for the most important dress she’ll ever wear. The #HipNJ bride is 'sophisticated,' explained Terry. Justin Alexander has found that the New Jersey bride gravitates to the finer laces or some other type of special treatment. Trending now is a cap sleeve or pop-over jacket to transform the dress, creating two different looks. What the HipNJ bride wants, she gets!"

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FROM TREVOR HARMON

RECIPE VIDEO ~ VIDEO ~ We say, if you're gonna go steak, go big, bold, and no holds barred. That's exactly what NJ chef Ronaldo Linares, a Cuban/Colombian/American, former Marine, MMA fighting, salsa dancing classically trained chef and restauranteur living his dream... brings in this recipe presentation. He's as vibrant and bold as this foodie-liscious recipe. We love the raw passion for life and food. Enjoy!

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FROM ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

PICTORIAL ~ "Given its official nickname, it’s no surprise that New Jersey has a rich and vibrant gardening tradition. But what may be news to some is that it plays out on such geographically diverse terrain. A new book out this month, Gardens of the Garden State (Monacelli Press), the third by seasoned garden-writing duo Nancy Berner and Susan Lowry, provides an illuminating and visually rewarding journey through the landscapes of the fifth-smallest and most densely populated state."

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Definition: Layers

Our competitors definition of the word "Layers": the many levels of management who need to be compensated by each mattress purchase. Our definition of the word Layers: Levels of hand crafted quality and comfort built into every mattress since 1980.

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14 Acres of Healthy Plants

WHAT A HIDDEN TREASURE! PARKER GARDENS - SCOTCH PLAINS - NowJersey is proud to present this video about, and gifts from Parker Gardens. Click this banner for video and gift details.

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Virtuetile

VIRTUE TILE IN SUMMIT

We have extremely creative people who get to work with products that just don't exist anywhere else. We have a stable of artisans around the globe.

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BEAUTIFUL LUXURIOUS DECKS

DECKS BY KIEFER: Our beautiful and luxurious custom-built decks can be blended into the natural surroundings of any home. Decks with bulit-in benches, deck and patio combos, bi-level decks, raised decks, privacy walls, and even decks with hot tubs and cooking areas are all part of our expertise.

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GOOD DESIGN IS TIMELESS

SANDRA JOHN INTERIORS - BASKING RIDGE: Either for a single room or for an entire house, our Interior Designers work closely with you to clearly understand your objectives and develop a comprehensive plan. Depending on your requirements, our plans include Color Selection, Window Treatments, Wall & Floor Coverings, Furniture Selection, Space Plans, Lighting and Accessories.

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TOP 50 U.S. REMODELER

JOSEPH EPISCOPO & SONS - Our foundation of over 50 years is built on professionalism, honesty and camaraderie. Our Remodeling/Building company continues to carry out the work ethic of our father Joseph Episcopo Sr. Our satisfaction is based upon your satisfaction-we are committed to creating impeccable work. We will ensure that your home renovation project is something that you’re completely pleased with.

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10% OFF ANY DINING SET

GREEN BROOK, King Dinettes- American made furniture is of the highest quality in the world and built from the strongest, most beautiful species of woods.

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$100 OFF POND CLEAN UP

FULL SERVICE AQUATICS - Watch owner & pond artist Mike Gannon create his works of art. There is nothing more soothing than the sound of a waterfall in a beautiful natural pond.

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MEET DESIGNER DEZI FOLENTA

SPRING STREET DEZIGNS - Chatham - Designer, sculptor, artist & craftsman Dezi Folenta creates beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, better described as functional works of art.

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MEET DAVID LEIZ

DAVID LEIZ CUSTOM WOODWORKING: BEAUTIFUL WOODWORK BY A FAIR MAN, AT A FAIR PRICE. David started as a union carpenter in 1970 working full time while attending evening classes at the NYC District Council of Carpenter’s Apprenticeship School...

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BENVENUTI

GARWOOD - $20 GIFT - ★★★★ Google, ★★★★★ Facebook, ★★★★ Urban Spoon. Benvenuti means Welcome In Italian. We are a family owned and operated salumeria/ pizzeria that opened in the early 1900's. Originally started in Bari, Italy, the family has brought the Old World traditions and has blended them with New World fresh ideas. We continuously add

exciting, new recipes and products to enhance our offerings. Catering, Deli & Prepared foods - Just as a great party begins with great friends, perfect catering begins with perfect ingredients. We will never sacrifice the quality and integrity of our ingredients many of which are imported from Italy. All of our food is made fresh to order.

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$50 GIFT

KLEEN AS A WHISTLE - UNION COUNTY Click to meet owner Joe Scimemi. He prides himself on providing the last cleaning service you will ever need to hire.

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Castagno's Subway Salon

MILLBURN - Voted Top 100 Hair Salons in the United States By Elle Magazine three years in a row 2011, 2012, & 2013. Robert & Barbara Castagno continuously seek new ideas, techniques, & products to continually improve our world class salon.

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4% Sales Commission

Selling your home is usually a once-in-a-lifetime event. Rudy Daunno and his team are firing on all cylinders to assure you that you're in good hands. Your home will be marketed to the fullest extent of current technology, marketing ideas for your home will be fresh & creative, and the unique 4% commission rate will leave you smiling when your home is sold.

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CLEAN OUTS MADE SIMPLE!

Established in 1980, Champion Waste Removal Inc. is a full service property maintenance company specializing in residential and commercial cleanouts. Louis M. Mauriello is the owner and operator of the company and comes from a family that started in the garbage industry in 1912 using a horse and carriage.

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15% OFF For Subscribers

JR'S CARPET CLEANING: Click to meet Earle Wallo Jr. and his staff. Earle is the owner of Jr's Carpet Cleaning. He runs his business with honesty and professionalism - with guarantees for every cleaning.

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WHY SERVICE PROFESSIONALS?

SERVICE PROFESSIONALS - We guarantee 100% satisfaction. You're purchasing a premium product, you should expect a premium service.

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Jamesward

EVENT MANSION

WESTFIELD: The James Ward Mansion has been called "The Best Kept Secret" in Union County. The sheer magnificence of the 24 foot ceilings, gold gilded architectural detail, spiral staircases, fireplaces, and French appointments set the atmosphere of unsurpassed elegance and charm.

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SALES HELP WANTED

NowJersey is a weekly digital email magazine. The mid-term goal for NowJersey is to continue to build the single most valuable digital subscriber list in the State of New Jersey. When our subscribers receive weekly editions in their inbox, they get excited. Our independently assessed email reputation hovers around 99% with 22,000 NJ subscribers. Our emails are religiously opened, read, clicked-on, shared and forwarded from one subscriber to the next. Click to learn more about getting involved...

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FROM DISTRACTIFY

PHOTO COLLECTION ~ "This is how future generations will remember us as people of the early 21st century. Take a moment with me to reflect on the conflicts, triumphs, and world changing moments all of us have witnessed together in the past 14 years. We chose this list of 100 photos to capture the most iconic moments so far."

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FROM MOM MAYHEM

VIDEO ~ An hilarious rated 'R' look at romance. C'mon.. we all know the drill. Romance can sometimes fall into the "One last chore before sleep", kind of realm. Don't judge... it happens to all of us... right? Well, what if we had lawyer-like Romance Negotiators representing our 'needs'? Too funny!

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FROM BIG THINK

VIDEO, ARTICLE ~ During his Big Think interview, renowned author, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach expounded on the topic of male infidelity... "Boteach, who has written numerous books on passion and intimacy, offers a compelling metaphor to explain a man's support structure, comparing the construction of the male psyche with the architecture of European cathedrals. As he explains, there are two ways to keep those buildings standing.."

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FROM THE OODA

ARTICLE ~ "The inscription at The Temple of Apollo at Delphi, 'Know Thyself', implied the same thing that Aristotle’s notion of the “virtuous activity of the soul” had. This simple truth— that the control of consciousness determines the quality of life— has been known throughout the ages.. Today, it is known as Flow.. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, breaks down the state of flow into its various components in order for one to gain a deep and holistic understanding of this elusive experience."

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FROM JULIEN DOUVIER

PICTORIAL, WEB SITE ~ Every so often we come across content that is simply, beautiful eye candy. The gorgeous photography of Julien Douvier, and the subsequent animating of it, is a step beyond eye-candy, and dives into hypnosis. Peruse during some downtime, and we promise you'll feel enriched in some odd way... or at least like your time wasn't wasted. Hat-tip to PurpleClover.com for the story inspiration.

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FROM MARIANNE COOPER PhD

BOOK REVIEW~ "We see the charts and hear the statistics, but what does economic data really mean in the day-to-day lives of American families? In search of answers, sociologist Marianne Cooper, Ph.D, spent two years interviewing and shadowing 50 families in California’s Silicon Valley. The families’ incomes ranged from $21,000 to several million, and their experiences provide a unique insight into the daily realities of life across the economic spectrum. These families laid their lives bare for Cooper, revealing their finances and anxieties, kids’ struggles and even marital woes." Review written by Maria Shriver

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FROM ELITE DAILY

ARTICLE, PICTORIAL ~ "Unfortunately, not too many of us will be able to experience a $95-million view of New York City.. 432 Park Avenue, will house some of the wealthiest people in the world. The true beauty, however, lies within the recent photos released by Macklowe Properties, which reveal how much bang you’d get for your buck. Harry Macklowe, the chairman of Macklowe Properties, told Daily Mail: We are proud to have created a New York City landmark that can be seen throughout all five boroughs, and which will enhance our city’s iconic skyline. The building will be completed in 2015, but units can be purchased now."

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Build fond memories

1 FREE LESSON OR FREE REGISTRATION -whether you are a mom or dad We offer classes that will genuinely bring you and your child together. Enjoy quality time with your little one- and learn how to dance together, play together, and interact with other families. Children 18 months and up will develop balance, coordination, and the ability to follow a steady beat using books, instruments, and dance props. Share the love of dance with your child.

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CERTIFIED PEDORTHISTS

WALKWELL SHOES SUMMIT: Sure, we’ve got style, but our certified pedorthists help people from the foot up improve their everyday comfort and over all well being. At every age our feet carry a lot of stress so let us guide you, young or old, to a lifetime of happier feet.

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WE KNOW GLASS

GLASSWORKS OF SUMMIT-We provide custom tub and shower enclosures, custom mirrors, glass tabletops, shelving and all of the newest innovations in glass design including artisan sandblasting.

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EVERY CHILD FEELS BELONGING

CAMP SPEERS ELJABAR YMCA - Something magic happens here. The culture has always been a social dream come true for ALL campers. Perfect for that child who needs to find their social self.

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STROKE TREATMENT

ATLANTIC NEURO SURGICAL SPECIALISTS - A.N.S. is the leader in stroke treatment for the state of New Jersey. We head the stroke rescue teams at the three major comprehensive stroke centers in the state while being renown as the only group that has four endovascular neurosurgeons on staff.

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Pilates

FREE PERSONAL PILATES CLASS

NEW PROVIDENCE - PURE PILATES: Pilates is an amazing way to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit in a comfortable and positive environment. If you want to change your life or simply try something new while having fun and making friends, Pure Pilates is the place to forge a healthier and happier you.

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THE FRIENDLIEST PET GROOMER

CLARK - MUDDY PAWS GROOMING SALON: We want to meet you and your best friend! We treat each dog or cat that comes through our doors as if they were our own- with love and meticulous attention. We groom them to your preferences and make sure that he or she feels stress-free.

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FAMILY FUN DOG WASH!

GARWOOD, IN-N-OUT DOG WASH: Sore back, ripped-down shower curtains , a water-soaked bathroom and clogged drains- these are the reasons we created a mess free, stress free, and family fun environment.

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THE MOST AMAZING HOLIDAY GIFT

PET PORTRAITS BY DENIS ORLOFF- Surprisingly affordable and strikingly personal. When you're looking into the hand painted eyes of a pet, you will see that it is not just another pet…it's yours.

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Orangetheory

UP TO $40 OFF MEMBERSHIPS

GARWOOD- ORANGETHEORY FITNESS: Orangetheory Fitness uses scientifically proven concepts to push your body to do it's best. Participants complete four 10-30 minute intervals throughout the hour. This workout helps build strength, increase energy, surpass workout plateaus, and tone and shape your body like nothing else.

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FROM GROUPON

GILLETTE, NJ ~ 90% of Groupon Customers Recommend.. Cajun-American Food for Dine-In for Two or Carry-Out from The Meyersville Inn (Up to 45% Off) "They really impressed me last night.. When the food came it was de-lish! I had the Chicken Nola, wow, very flavor-full. The chicken was moist, the sauce creamy but not over barring. I will have it with spicy level hot next time." Lisa S., Yelp review

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FROM GROUPON

WESTFIELD, NJ ~ 88% of Groupon Customers Recommend French Prix Fixe Dinner for Two at Amuse (Up to 33% Off) "The food was wonderful, the service exquisite. I had a chilled lobster bisque, my husband the mixed green salad and both were out of this world. The mussels had just the right spice level, the chicken tasty and moist, with a wonderful crispy skin. The desserts were just as good." Lee S. Yelp review

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FROM LIVINGSOCIAL

ROSELLE, NJ ~ $20 to Spend on Mexican Food, Tequila, and More at Lunch on Wednesday Through Sunday. What goes better with margaritas than tacos, guacamole, and plentiful sides of chips? Pretty much nothing. Head to this vibrant eatery for your favorite Mexican plates and specially-crafted cocktails. "This great find in Roselle,NJ serves amazing, unique plates. I would classify it as Mexican cuisine with an American twist. I ordered Churrasco Steak with mashed potatoes the first time I came around, since I wasn't familiar with the menu, and fell in love. Other favorites are: -Salmon a la Plancha -Mar y Tierra The portion and flavor are more than enough!" Susie C., Yelp review

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FROM GROUPON

RAHWAY, NJ~ 94% of Groupon Customers Recommend.. Contemporary American Cuisine at The Rail House (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available. "The first thing I have to say is the service was fantastic. Multiple members of the waitstaff helped us and all of them were super friendly.. If one of my friends was unsure about which beer to order, the waitstaff brought them little tasters to try." James S., Yelp review

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FROM GROUPON

KENILWORTH, NJ ~ 95% of Groupon Customers Recommend.. Pub Cuisine and Craft-Beer Flights for Two or Four at 10th Street Live (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available. "The owner is hands on and his staff are on point. Classy if you ask me. We are fans of 10th st live and we are coming back!!! Thanks guys!!!" Glenn K., Yelp review

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FROM LIVING SOCIAL

CLARK, NJ ~ $40 to Spend on Classic Italian Fare and Sushi: International Flair Abounds at This Standout Spot. This Clark resto fashions Asian porcelain floors, exposed brick walls, reclaimed woodwork, and antique light fixtures for a unique interior, and the menu of Italian fare and sushi keeps the originality going. Try some of the best sushi around and more. "Food came out quickly, appropriately temped and delicious.. Very impressed. We ordered the octopus appetizer (fresh and tender with perfect charring), 1051 roll (a very good version of standard American style spicy tuna roll, very tasty) shrimp cocktail and shrimp/chorizo app (shrimp were huge and firm but a little bland; chorizo was really good!)" Krystal H., Yelp review

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FROM GROUPON

WESTFIELD, NJ ~ Artisan Sandwich Carry-Out Meal for Two or Four from Maggie Cooks (50% Off) "This place is amazing! My boyfriend and I purchased a Groupon before going which included 2 sandwiches, 2 sides, and 2 desserts. Everything was really fresh and tasty. I got the fried chicken sandwich and he got the southwestern chicken wrap and we went halfsies. The raspberry squares we got for dessert were really good too. Will definitely go back.." Marisa B., Yelp review

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