October 21, 2011 is a day that many residents of North Jersey have been waiting for; the grand opening of a new and breathtaking restaurant called McLoone’s Boathouse, one in a chain with seven famous locations down at the Jersey shore and one in Maryland.
Sitting on the water’s edge of the 2000 acre South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ, this beautiful, newly constructed building, captures the attention of all who drive by the Codey Arena, Turtle Back Zoo and the recently built Miniature Golf Safari Complex on the corner of Northfield Avenue and Pleasant Valley Way, at 9 Cherry Lane, just minutes from South Orange, Maplewood, Short Hills and Livingston.
Just next door to the multi-level parking garage for NJ Transit bus commuters, and the newly opened Tree Top Adventure Course and Zipline ride, this restaurant is not only offering one of the most majestic views of the water, with bright afternoon sun on a huge outdoor patio, but the fall foilage will soon be peaking with amazing colors, for spectacular vistas across the water that is full of ducks and two fountains that go on and off intermittently. Every few minutes the powder blue choo choo train from the zoo, whistles through the woods across the water, and reminds you where you are. Otherwise you would be lost in the beauty and forget all about anything else that matters.
McLoone’s offers a lunch menu with 17 Apps, Paninis, Sandwiches, Raw Bar, Soups, Salads and a Six Burger selections. Most items are in the range of $10.95 to $12.95, with a few above and below, and six side order of veggies are available. The Dinner Menu has a number of the same items for a few dollars more, plus Sushi, and a broad selection of fish and steaks that range from 22.95 to $34.95. There are many different dining areas, some of which have huge black and white photographs covering the walls, from the turn of the century, 1920’s and 1930’s. The bar has over 40 stools, with several flat screen tv’s all around, and one of many floor to ceiling stone fireplace that makes the 20’+ ceilings seem cozy.
This is definitely a place where sports enthusiasts will want to come and watch football and baseball games, with a lots of room at the bar and the surrounding tables. There are many rooms to choose from, but the most exciting place to relax will be on the expansive outdoor patios with the fire pit, fireplaces, the view the gardens, river walk and and the splendour of the reservation beyond the water. Seating areas with comfy couches and chairs, beautiful furniture with cushions, will make this a favorite spot for happy hours as well. Even at 4 pm, lots of people were milling about and eager to explore this expansive restaurant on this perfect Saturday in October.
No matter the season, this will be a gathering place for people to bask in the sun, watch the snow fall or enjoy the spring fowers bloom and the fall colors change. The combination of modern architecture with historic images and the breathtaking view, all lend to providing an escape from the everyday dining experience. I personally can’t wait to go back for my second visit.
For information about private parties and large-party bookings, please contact Danielle Butera at 862-252-7108 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can book your reservations online.