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  • Restaurant Recommendation: Strip House

    There’s nothing bare bones about this steakhouse.

     
    POSTED May 30, 2017
     

Don’t let the name scare you off—you won’t be required to shed any clothing upon entrance. Strip House, snuggled inside Livingston’s Westminster Hotel, is a jewel of a steakhouse that eschews that old boys-club vibe of the steakhouses of yesteryear for a chic European look and feel. From the elegant bar to the rich red walls punctuated by vintage black-and-white photographs, Strip House exudes exclusivity.

While the restaurant’s main dining room is available for buyouts, the jewel-in-the-crown here is the private dining room. With space for up to 18 guests, the intimate private room is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner events, as well as meetings. “The private dining room at Strip House is designed to make people feel as if they were in our home, yet has all the high-tech amenities an event planner requires to hold a successful business meeting, luncheon or intimate dinner,” says Penny Glazier, partner in the restaurant group that owns  Strip House at Westminster Hotel and Michael Jordan’s The Steak House in New York City.

Strip House isn’t just good looking; the food is sensational. Prime cuts of beef are the restaurant’s main dish, while traditional sides, such as thick-cut fries and creamed spinach, are given an upmarket flair. Private dining clients are treated to special touches, including menus printed with company logos (if desired), as well as Champagne toasts and specialty cakes. And speaking of cake, don’t leave without a taste of the 24-layer chocolate cake—it’s that decadently delicious. Have a dog at home? Pick up one of Strip House’s bones on the way out.  

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A new trend is sweeping across the Chicago event industry, unifying the people that take part in producing live experiences with the places that host them. Established event production and catering companies have ventured into opening their own well-equipped spaces, designed for planners, by planners. We took a look at three trailblazers—Kehoe Designs, Paramount Events and The Revel Group—that are making events feel right at home.

The Geraghty from Kehoe Designs

 

Awards do not come easily in the restaurant business. Michelin, AAA and Forbes tell us who the best is (and Wine Spectator when it comes to vino), and there are only a select few of local establishments that make the esteemed cut. The Bernards Inn is in rare company, as it is the only restaurant in New Jersey that has made the Forbes list of the top restaurants in the United States. AAA counts just 11 restaurants in its Four-Diamond rating in our state. While you may hear that trophies are handed out just for showing up, it’s clearly not the case when it comes to dining.