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Freshest Ingredients, Gracious Service— Dining at Highlawn

Highlawn Pavilion's acclaimed cuisine, diverse wine program, sophisticated service, and incomparable ambiance set the stage for an unmistakably unique culinary adventure.

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Your Storybook Wedding Begins at Highlawn Pavilion

With expansive park surroundings, a dedicated outdoor ceremony area and distinctive, historic ambiance, weddings and receptions at Highlawn Pavilion create magical moments and lasting memories.

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Corporate Events— Where Business Meets Pleasure

Whether you’re hosting potential clients, celebrating a new account, honoring a retiring colleague, or demonstrating a new product, we are dedicated to providing the best in service and cuisine.

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We Make Every Special Event Memorable

Whether it's a small private dinner or large group function, every aspect of Highlawn Pavilion creates a genuine sense of sophisticated elegance and lends itself to memorable moments.

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Welcome to Highlawn Pavilion – A Truly Unique Dining Experience

At the crest of the over 400 acres of park and nature preserve that is Eagle Rock Reservation sits the historic Highlawn Pavilion. Saved from ruin and restored to elegant splendor, this restaurant and special event venue offers sweeping panoramic views of the New York City skyline and the surrounding landscape in-between.

The impressive grand vistas are matched only by Highlawn Pavilion’s unique brand of “American Fare with European Flair.” The acclaimed cuisine, carefully-curated wine list, sophisticated service, and incomparable ambiance set the stage for an unmistakably unique culinary adventure.

Join us for lunch or dinner and experience Highlawn Pavilion for yourself.

Distinctive Weddings and Special Events

In addition to fine dining, Highlawn Pavilion is also recognized as one of New Jersey’s top wedding venues, an elite bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah venue, and a spectacular setting for milestone anniversary parties, birthday celebrations, corporate events, and a host of other private parties.

With the expansive park surroundings, a dedicated outdoor ceremony area with the skyline as a backdrop, and its striking ambiance, weddings and receptions at Highlawn Pavilion are truly distinctive. At every turn, you’ll find exquisite details setting the scene for your special event. From the dramatic arches of the authentic Florentine-style architecture to exquisite antiques throughout, Highlawn Pavilion lends just the right touch of elegance to any celebration.

Also an ideal meeting facility, corporate events impress and private social events leave lasting memories when Highlawn Pavilion is their setting.

A Tradition of Excellence and Hospitality

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Live Music Every Friday & Saturday

Join us in the bar and Piano Room for live performances by a talented lineup of musicians. No cover charge.

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The Highlawn Pavilion Gift Card is the perfect gift for friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers. To order the gift of fine dining, call 973-731-3463 or click here to learn more.

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Bouquets: Does Size Matter

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 | Filed under: Party Planning, Style Alert | author: By Keith Sly,    

By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Château
Remember playing the daydreaming game, “He loves me, he loves me not?” Well, if he’s marrying you, he obviously does love you, but some brides-to-be play a version of this game with their bouquets: they put so much attention and thought into them, they ask themselves, “Should I or shouldn’t I toss my real bouquet?”

Be that as it may, it’s smart to spend time planning your bouquet. And invariably the first question that comes up is, “What size should the wedding bouquet be?” The answer depends on a number of things. And the flowers you want to use aren’t the only consideration. Your size and, believe it or not, even your strength – no, not so you can toss the bouquet across the room – are important factors to consider, as well. The size of the wedding bouquet should be appropriate to the size of the bride. Petite brides could get lost behind an overly large bouquet, while a larger bride could make some bouquet arrangements look undersized. And consider your strength – You’ll be holding the bouquet for a long time, so you don’t want a bouquet that’s going to seem like a lead weight after a few minutes.

And let’s not forget the boutonniere for the gentleman. A smaller flower for the guy is a must. Keep the boutonniere a modest size. I’ve seen some grooms parties where the men look like they’re wearing corsages. For bouquets and boutonnieres alike, size does matter.

Have a great day!


The Music for Your Ceremony

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 | Filed under: Party Planning | author: By Keith Sly,    

By Lars Johnson, General Manager, Pleasantdale Château
The music selection for your wedding literally sets the tone for the ceremony. You’ve got a lot of options to consider – not only in terms of the music selection itself, but also the kind of musician or ensemble to play it. Do you want a harpist? A flautist? A string quartet, or Mariachi band? The truth is, you can use recorded music, but having live musicians can be a really nice touch. Keep a few simple rules in mind. First, make sure the choice of musicians is appropriate for the venue. For example, if you plan to have a harpist and your ceremony is outside, make sure that you aren’t underneath the path of low-flying airplanes – Your guests might never hear a note of music, otherwise. In a church wedding, organists traditionally provide the music, but duets singing Ave Maria or other classic songs are gaining favor with brides. We’ve seen family members who are opera singers lending a hand, or rather, voice, to wedding ceremonies, too. But we’re talking about trained singers. Your wedding is not a time or place for Uncle Al to show off the vocal talents he’s too old to showcase on American Idol. So put a little time into your music selection, and you’ll start your wedding ceremony off on the right note.



Flowers for a Spring Wedding

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 | Filed under: Party Planning | author: By Keith Sly,    

By Preston Postlethwaite, Banquet Director, The Manor
When love blossoms, flowers often mark the occasion. That’s why the floral selection is such an important part of wedding celebrations, and why so much time and attention is devoted to their selection. Usually the choice of flowers is based on the season. So with the end of winter in sight, let’s take a moment to talk about flowers for a spring wedding.

Of course the availability of flowers depends on where you live as well as the seasons. We’re assuming that anyone reading this is in the New York tri-state area and has access to great vendors like Crest Florist and Betina’s at Parkview. Of course some flowers are appropriate and available for a wedding any time of year. These include popular flowers like Roses, Lilies, and Gerber Daisies. But if you really want to say spring with your flowers, consider choosing Lily of the Valley, hyacinths (which are nice and fragrant), peonies (which have great volume, making them a great value), and Forsythia. Want to add something a little different? Think about using herbs as part of your arrangements – like lemon verbena, basil and the like. That’s a fresh idea that’s ideal for putting a seasonal spin on your floral displays for a spring wedding.

Until next time,


Putting Dash in the Sash – adding a second color in your wedding dress

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 | Filed under: Style Alert | author: By Keith Sly,    

By Laura Madden, Senior Sales Manager, Pleasantdale Château
Bill Idol was right – it is a nice day for a white wedding. But the solid white wedding gown is seeing some competition these days. In an effort to challenge conventional wisdom – and longstanding tradition – some brides are adding a splash of color in their gown’s sash. It doesn’t mean the bride is rebellious or out to topple the establishment. It’s just a simple way to express a little individuality. I’ve seen more of this trend at the Pleasantdale Château, and from talking to my colleagues at our other Knowles restaurants – The Manor and Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, New Jersey and the Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway , just west of Atlantic City, I know they are noticing this, too.

We like the idea of the colored sash and think it’s perfectly acceptable – as long as you pay attention to a couple of caveats. First, make sure the color is appropriate for the season – for example, reds, oranges and yellows in fall, and greens and lavenders in the spring. And keep the colors muted, not glaringly obvious. A little bit of color goes a long way against the background of a white wedding dress. And it’s a fine way to add a fresh tone to a bridal wardrobe.

Have a great day!


To make an appointment with a banquet manager, please contact us at 973-731-3100.