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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Hit the Links, Trails, and Rapids in Jersey's Skylands


2. Where to Eat

Try a pint of one of seven handcrafted brews at the Long Valley Pub. Or try them all.   

Metro Grille (380 U.S. Hwy. 206; 908-879-0051) in Flanders has a city feel with a martini bar and low-slung couches. Entrées range from interesting to over-the-top, but play it safe with the excellent sushi bar and 23 special rolls, including local favorite the Godzilla Roll—spicy tuna with eel, avocado, and fish roe.

A repurposed 200-year-old barn, Long Valley Pub & Brewery is kid-friendly and great for pub grub. Have a sampler—Best of the Wurst, a trio of German sausages; or the Ploughmans Platter, a mix of Mediterranean-style starters—out on the tiki-torch-lit patio. Order a pint of the robust, black Lazy Jake Porter, one of seven handcrafted ales made on the premises.

Seafood party joint Splash (1 West Mill Rd.; 908-876-9307), opened last November in Long Valley, is designed to look like a ship’s hull. Plasma TVs loop aquarium scenes, a huge tropical fish tank hovers behind the bar, and calypso and reggae pulsate.

Published on Sep 24, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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