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Madison Restaurants

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    by davenjus Updated Jul 12, 2012

    Sister restaurant to Resto, next door on Main St, this casual french bistro serves great food in a relaxed atmosphere. BYOB (there is a liquor store across the street and Gary's Wine & Marketplace on the next corner) and you'll almost be transported to Paris. Mussels, great salads, soups and entrees are my favorites. Many of the appetizers are very small for the price as are the desserts so be forewarned. There are nightly specials which should be considered. Pork Osso Bucco and Calves Liver are two of the choices on different nights. Steak frites are a winner at dinner and the brunch entrees are also good on weekends. Service is attentive but slows down when busy as there is only one server.

    Be careful not to fall into the unprotected open basement door which is almost always open next to the front door - a definite safety hazard and unattractive view of the basement.

    Favorite Dish: Steak Frites - wonderfully seasoned frites and great peppercorn sauce on perfectly cooked steak, Pork Osso Bucco - falls off the bone

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    by davenjus Written Apr 7, 2012

    One of Madison's finest restaurants, L'allegria has been operating for over 25 years providing innovative and traditional italian dishes with attentive, old world service. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or wish great food and service, L'allegria will please with it's extensive seasonal menu and great wine list. A bar offers cocktails adjacent to the dining rooms. A great place for business lunches with a private room available.

    Favorite Dish: Have enjoyed the lobster entrees and the tender calves liver with pistachios and grapes. There is a wide selection of pasta and appetizer pizzas as well as fish.

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    by davenjus Written Apr 5, 2012

    A neighborhood gem with a busy take-out counter and comfortable dining rooms on the side, this restaurant provides personable service and large portions of freshly prepared italian and continental dishes.

    Favorite Dish: chicken and sausage giambotta - tender chicken breast pieces and grilled sausage with potatoes, peppers, and onions in a brown sauce - order with hot peppers

    Comfortable neighborhood gem with parking onsite
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Madison Transportation

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    by davenjus Written Apr 7, 2012

    There is convenient daily train service to/from New York Penn Station (Midtown Direct) and to/from Hoboken (for lower Manhattan) on the Morristown Line to the collegiate gothic Madison train station. Trains run east and west hourly, more often during rush hours. From NY Penn and Hoboken stations take the Dover bound trains. During rush hour a few express trains will have fewer stops. Service to Newark Liberty EWR airport can be accomplished by taking a train east to Secaucus and transferring to an NJTransit train which stops at the airport station. Morning commuters can buy coffee, pastries, and newspapers in the eastbound side of the station.
    Station agent/ticket office open M-F, 5:30 to 9 am, other time use ticket vending machines on ground level tunnel. Elevators and ramped, elevated platforms on each side allow handicapped access. Taxis meet many trains and can be called for service at other times. Daily parking is available in lot southeast of the station operated by the Borough of Madison, bicycle racks available at station and under Waverly Place/Green Ave underpass.

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Madison Shopping

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    by davenjus Written Jun 28, 2012

    The Farmers Market sets up downtown on Waverly Place every Thursday afternoon starting at 2 pm until Aug. 16, then the market moves to Green Village Road from Aug. 23 to Oct. 25, in front of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.

    Residents and visitors enjoy shopping from the producers - farm to table

    What to buy: Besides farm fresh produce, flowers, cheese, meats, baked goods, olives and pickles, caramel corn, several restaurants offer walk-away food and drink. Merchants offer specials and there are vendors offering homemade ravioli, pasta, & sauce; local goat's milk soap and lotion. Special events are planned by community groups and organizations.

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