Morristown Eats: Urban Table

Harvest Restaurants’s ninth restaurant, Urban Table, is located in the new complex of 40 Park Place on the Morristown Green.

NJ Urban Table serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The menu focuses on fun, casual fare.

The atmosphere is bright and full of Urban whimsy. It offers full service bar featuring great wines, Trap Rock draft beers and delicious shakes and smoothies.

Urban Table will become your new favorite spot to get together for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


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Morristown: Revolving Around the Green

via The Wall Street Journal/ JOSEPH DE AVILA

Morristown, N.J., has a rich Revolutionary War past and streets lined with Federal and Victorian homes. Its more recent history has included a downtown revitalization that has drawn young residents for its easy access to Manhattan and a lively restaurant scene all near the town center’s known as the Morristown Green.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center holds music, dance and other performances./Rayon Richards/ WSJ

Morristown is located in Morris County about 30 miles west of Manhattan with a commute time a little under an hour to Penn Station on New Jersey Transit’s Midtown Direct service. Morristown’s downtown train station has been one of the biggest factors that have fueled the town’s growth.

In 1999, Morristown was among the first towns in the state that qualified for New Jersey’s Transit Village program that gave planning and financial assistance for new development near transportation hubs. That in part helped jump start the town’s renewed urban expansion.

Since then, several condo and rental developments have been built near the Morristown Green and with them dozens of restaurants ranging from upscale steakhouses to ethnic bistros.


One of the biggest new additions to Morristown’s downtown occurred at the site of the old Epstein’s Department Store, which was razed and replaced with a 76-unit condominium complex called 40 Park that opened in 2010.

The building has private parking, a recreation center with billiards and flat-screen televisions, a lounge with a catering kitchen and a gym. The units have built-in surround speakers, cherry or walnut floors and views of the Morristown Green. There are 12 units remaining there ranging in price between $800,000 and $2.2 million.

Another major addition in town has been the redevelopment of the Vail Mansion into condominiums. The structure previously served municipal offices, but had been vacant for years before two new wings were added and a total of 36 condos were built.

The building now has concierge service, a media theater and fitness center. A 2,442-square-foot, two-bedroom condo is on the market there for 995,000.

There are also new rental buildings that have gone up in downtown. The Highlands at Morristown Train Station recently opened and has 217 units. The building has a parking garage, pool and fitness center. Monthly rents range between $1,791 and $3,250.   READ MORE AT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.COM

Restaurant Review: Urban Table

via New Jersey Monthly




FOOD: American/Global


SERVICE: Enthusiastic, sometimes to a fault


WINE LIST: Adequate; best bets are cocktails and draft beers from the Trap Rock Brewery

HOURS: Lunch/Dinner: Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 10 pm; Friday, 11 am to 11 pm; Saturday, 11:30 am to 11 pm; Sunday. 11:30 am to 9 pm. Breakfast: Monday through Friday, 7 to 11 am; Saturday and Sunday, 7 to 11:30 am.

 AX, MC, V, D, DC, wheelchair accessible

40 West Park Place, Morristown


Launched in late April, Urban Table is located facing the Morris-town Green in the swank 40 Park Place residential/commercial development. It’s the newest addition to Jersey-based Harvest Restaurant Group’s constellation that includes Roots Steakhouse in Summit (the Morristown branch is Urban Table’s next-door neighbor), Trap Rock in Berkeley Heights and 3 West in Basking Ridge.

Company president Chip Grabowski and his wife, Cheryl, along with corporate chef Bruce Johnson, developed Urban Table’s menu to attract a broad audience, including families and young adults. Chef de cuisine Patrick Aste, a Boonton native who has worked at other Harvest restaurants as well as at two Danny Meyer enterprises in New York (Blue Smoke and Eleven Madison Park), says Urban Table is “an easy and approachable concept that’s fun and casual.”

The expansive dining area has high ceilings and white tile walls with murals depicting subway scenes. Unfortunately, the hard surfaces contribute to a noise level not unlike rush hour.

The broad menu, a mosaic of comfort foods including barbecue, sushi, burgers and Southwestern, would pose a challenge for any kitchen. A good first impression was created by skirt-steak nachos. Tender steak morsels replaced the typical ground beef. The crunchiness of the house-made chips held up under layers of well-seasoned black beans, a side of guacamole and melted cheese. Another winning starter paired tasty dips-hummus, creamy cucumber tzatziki and citrusy marinated sliced beets—with toasted pitas. Melted cheese gave warm, garlicky spinach-artichoke dip nice tanginess, punctuated by mild heat from red-pepper flakes. Unfortunately, the pita wedges it came with were overtoasted. Sushi was fresh and well prepared. Spicy shrimp and crab roll came with three enjoyable dipping sauces. Hot and spicy chicken wings were neither.

Salads we tried were generous and fresh. An excellent crab-cake salad came with crisp greens, artichoke hearts, pickled onions and orange segments, all nicely tied together by grain mustard and cider vinaigrette. A cowardly dressing on the Caesar salad, however, needed more garlic, lemon and anchovy.

Main courses produced hits and misses. Tempura fish and chips was burdened with a leathery coating. Roast-chicken quesadilla was marred by a tortilla that was borderline burnt. Barbecued baby-back ribs lacked smokiness, yet the accompanying mac and cheese was delightful. Flawless Cubana roll featured tender slow-cooked pork, ham, pickles and melted provolone.

The pleasing tuna burger was actually tuna slices grilled rare, paired with avocado, tomato and wasabi cream on multigrain bread. The juicy Urban Table burger—8 ounces of coarsely ground short rib, brisket and sirloin—boasted rich, beefy flavor. Served on a brioche roll and topped with caramelized onions, melted Gruyere and rosemary aioli, it amounted to a comfort-food masterpiece. Sadly, French fries served in a brown bag were limp.

We tried the orange Creamsicle shake, which is child friendly but also plays well with adults. Shakes on the Adult Entertainment section of the menu contain booze, like the Kahlua-Iaced Not Your Momma’s Cup of Coffee. We also tried a warm dessert, Monkey Bread, consisting of yeasty dough soaked in caramel syrup, layered with bananas and baked. Superb.—Sam Kadko