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Must-Visit Italian Restaurants in West Orange, NJ

Italian Restaurants in West Orange  NJ

For some of the best Italian food in North NJ, you simply must head to Italian restaurants in the West Orange, NJ area. Two of these fabulous eateries are located right inside The Wilshire Grand. Visit for an Italian feast to remember!

Delicious and Affordable Restaurants in West Orange, NJ for Italian Food

If you’re hankering for an authentic Italian meal, look no further. Visit one of these Italian restaurants in North Jersey for classic dishes, catering services, or fresh specials.

Primavera Ristorante

Eat at Primavera Ristorante for lunch on Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, and 2 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Here you’ll find a menu loaded with Italian favorites, such as pastas, pizza, and traditional dishes, along with daily specials. Catering is available, too – choose from a breakfast brunch buffet, passed hors d’oeuvres, a brunch or dinner buffet, or a hot buffet served from chaffing dishes.

La Primavera Trattoria

La Primavera Trattoria is the spot to hit for fresh, seasonal Italian food heavy on tradition. Lunch is served on Tuesday-Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy dinner on Tuesday-Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.

The menu is full of fresh seafood dishes along with hearty classics like penne vodka and Bolognese. If you need a meal catered, the restaurant offers customizable menu packages for banquets, parties, and special events for 20 to 140 guests.

Affordable restaurants in West Orange, NJ are conveniently located at The Wilshire Grand Hotel. Book your stay with us and enjoy an Italian meal to remember.


The Wilshire Grand: Affordable Wedding Reception Venue in NJ

Affordable Wedding Reception Venue in NJ

Looking to cut some of the stress out of wedding planning? You can when you involve the Wilshire Grand, an affordable wedding reception venue in NJ.

The Wilshire Grand: One of the Best Wedding Reception Halls in NJ

We’ve recently been awarded the “Manhattan Bride Best of 2017.” Here's what you can expect while with us:

  • The Accommodations: Our rooms are luxurious and comfortable. Every room has a comfortable bed (or two), a large-screen TV, massaging showerheads, and more.
  • One of the Most Ideal NJ Wedding Venues with Hotel Rooms: Weddings are held in our beautiful courtyard and receptions in our grand ballroom. Your wedding concierge and bridal attendants will accommodate your every need and make sure that all of your religious, family, and cultural traditions are respected.
  • Wilshire Caterers: At the top of the list of reception stressors is the catering. Our Wilshire Caterers will put your mind at ease. Not only do we accommodate every taste and dietary requirement, we provide class and sophistication.
  • The Wedding Package: Along with comfortable accommodations and a gorgeous space for your reception, those who purchase our wedding package will have access to our Bridal Hospitality Suites to get ready for the big day in privacy.

The Perfect Wedding & Reception Has to Involve the Wilshire Grand

Cut the stress out of wedding planning by booking with the Wilshire Grand Hotel. We have been voted as one of the best wedding reception halls in NJ for a reason: we provide you and your guests with the very best.


Make Your Meeting Work for You at Corporate Event Venues in NJ

Corporate Event Venues in NJ

Business meetings are a cinch when you have the right setting. The Wilshire Grand’s corporate event venues in NJ fit the bill, providing you with ample space and amenities for all your needs. That means you can get down to business and leave the little details to us.

NJ Meeting Venues: Service and Space Meet Elegance and Sophistication

Everything you’ll ever need out of NJ event venues is right here.

Services

Our business services keep you connected and offer convenience. We have a dedicated staff to help with planning and coordinating your meeting, not to mention take care of your business needs.

We also offer complimentary Wi-Fi as well as a business center that’s open 24-hours. Don’t forget that we’re just a quick five-minute ride from Newark Liberty Airport, and you can hop on a shuttle for a free ride within a five-mile radius of the hotel.

Stay with us during your meetings, conferences, or business gatherings and you’ll also get complimentary breakfast each morning.

Space

Our event space is flexible and can be configured to your needs. With over 20,000 square feet available, we can come up with the perfect set-up for your event.

We also offer world-class catering, customized menus, audiovisual equipment for presentations, an outdoor reception area, and free parking for every guest.

If you’re looking for NJ venues for a business meeting, look no further. The Wilshire Grand Hotel has everything you need for a smooth, seamless meeting so you can focus on work. Request a proposal to hold an event at our NJ meeting venue and the rest will fall into place.


The Sounds of Jazz Grace the New Jersey Performing Arts Center

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

If you enjoy the sounds, soul, and rhythm of jazz, you’ll love what’s on the docket for this February through April at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Giants of modern jazz, plus up-and-comers, will hit the stage as part of the Jazz Series.

Spring Jazz Concerts in NJ

The upcoming schedule for the Jazz Series at New Jersey Performing Arts Center is full of variety and talent.

Kevin Mahogany – February 12

Hear the famed baritone jazz singer at NPAC’s Jazz Brunch Series at NICO Kitchen + Bar.

Rob Paparozzi – March 12

Paparozzi has fronted many musical outfits and plays a range of styles, from blues to jazz to pop. He’s another entry in the Jazz Brunch Series.

The Bucky Pizzarelli/Ed Laub Duo – April 2

Classic jazz guitar duets from the ‘30s will serenade another Jazz Brunch.

Here is the Place, Our City – April 7

Grammy-nominee Adegoke Steve Colson gathers a bevy of performers for a jazz tribute to Clement Price and Amiri Baraka.

Cecile McLorin Salvant with Sullivan Fortner – April 21

This will be a unique performance by a theatrical jazz singer and jazz pianist.

Wayne Shorter: Weather Report and Beyond Reimagined – April 22

This tribute to Wayne Shorter will be headlined by modern jazz stars like Christian McBride and Rachel Z.

Christian McBride with Esperanza Spaulding – One on One – April 23

One jazz mainstay and a new talent join together for an evening of conversation and music.

Wayne Shorter Quartet with Herbie Hancock – April 23

Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock were once members of the Miles Davis Quintet. Hear these jazz legends together once again.

Hear your favorite jazz performers and see jazz concerts in NJ when you book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel.


Couples Hotel Getaways in NJ for Expecting Parents

Couples Hotel Getaway in NJ

If you and your spouse or significant other are parents-to-be, you're probably bursting with excitement and nervousness for your expected arrival. During this special time, you should make sure to enjoy each other's company and savor the moments when it's still just the two of you.

Take some time away and consider couples hotel getaways in NJ to make some memories before your family grows.

Deals and Things to Do for a Couples Getaway in NJ

Escape into Nature

Peaceful and quiet surroundings establish the perfect backdrop for a couples' retreat. Verona Park in NJ is a beautiful escape from the bustle of the daily grind.

Bring a picnic and have a romantic meal for two among the scenic lake, ornamental bridge, and picturesque woods. Take a leisurely stroll along the park's trails. Visit the boathouse to rent a row boat for a lovely excursion on the lake. Spend some time in the Children's Garden and wander along brick pathways, reveling in nature's bounty.

Parents to Be Hotel Packages in NJ

The Parents to Be package is an ideal way to plan a couples getaway in NJ. It includes transport to and from the park, a relaxing pedicure or foot massage from Bijou Nails, early check-in, late check-out, complimentary breakfast, a suite upgrade, WiFi, and free parking.

Book your stay at The Wilshire Grand Hotel with this package and enjoy a relaxing getaway for two. We have everything you need for a calm, serene retreat while you're preparing for your little one's imminent arrival.


Go on a Tasting Journey at Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017

If your palate could use a kick, you should attend Winter Wine Festival NYC 2017. Taste a variety of reds, whites, champagnes, grape blends, and more, and sample artisan foods that will delight your taste-buds. This is a can’t-miss event for both wine aficionados as well as foodies, or if you just love tipping back a good glass of wine.

New York Wine Events: Winter Wine Festival

Details

Winter Wine Festival will take place at PlayStation Theater in Times Square, NYC. There will be two different sessions on Saturday, February 4: one from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and one from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

What to Expect

Taste wine from all over the world, sample artisan foods, and munch on light hors d’oeuvres at NYC wine events for 2017. All of it will be set to the tune of live jazz from Brian Simpson, a Grammy nominee, and J.J. Sansaverino.

Try wines you have never encountered, including sips from New Zealand, Japan, Austria, South Africa, and Portugal. All attendees will receive a free wine glass for tasting.

A general admission ticket gets you access to all of the above for wine festivals in NYC this winter. Early access and VIP tickets are also available. This festival would make the perfect day trip or weekend trip!

If you will be attending New York wine events, The Wilshire Grand would love to host you for your trip, whether it’s a day, weekend, or week-long affair. We’re only a train ride away from NYC, and offer relaxing accommodations for putting up your feet after a day spent enjoying the city.


Top Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in NJ

Valentine's Day Hotel Packages in NJ

For some couples, the best gift to give for Valentine’s Day is stolen moments alone. Make those moments more memorable this year with a holiday stay in a world-class hotel. The Wilshire Grand is the perfect setting for your romantic getaway ideas in NJ.

Pampered in Pink

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, meant to be spent with those closest to your heart. The Wilshire Grand has created a package especially for those lovers who just want to relax and enjoy being together. The Pampered in Pink package includes a stay in a plush superior king room, with all of the amenities. Chilled pink champagne will be delivered upon request, alongside fresh pink flowers and chocolate kisses to start your stay.

Wine and dine with dinner for 2 at our exclusive Primavera Ristorante before heading out to see the sights in West Orange, New Jersey. Located conveniently on the first floor, Primavera Ristorante cooks up an exciting assortment of Italian fare that will tantalize all of your senses.

After dinner, our concierge will be happy to help you find a local attraction that will thrill you both, or you can opt to be pampered some more in your luxurious suite. Don’t worry about staying up late — with the Pampered in Pink package, checkout is delayed until 2 PM the next day.

A Plush Room for a Romantic Getaway

Your superior king room will have all that you need to make this a Valentine’s Day trip worth remembering. Take advantage of your in-room fridge and microwave to have all your favorite snacks on hand, plan a movie marathon on the 42-inch flat screen, and lie back to relax on the plush pillow-top bed.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel has romance in mind for Valentine’s Day. Book your Pampered in Pink getaway, and spend the holiday wrapped around the love of your life in the lap of luxury.


Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter Include Superstars You Don’t Want to Miss!

Concerts at the Prudential Center This Winter

Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center is not only home to the New Jersey Devils, it provides an ideal forum for the powerhouses of the musical industry. This winter, in between puck shots, you are invited to witness world-class concerts and events at this one-of-a-kind venue.

Saturday, January 21st – The alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots is bringing their “Emotional Roadshow” tour to New Jersey and the Prudential Center. This award-winning musical duo is best known for their haunting chart-toppers like “Heathens” and “Stressed Out” and have received critical acclaim for their most recent album, “BLURRYFACE”.

Friday, February 10th – Eleven-time Grammy nominee Charlie Wilson is making the Prudential Center a stop on his “In It to Win It” tour in February. This concert event is further enhanced by Wilson’s special guests Fantasia, John Gill, and Solero. On his own, Wilson is captivating, but alongside his talented friends this concert will be nothing short of extraordinary.

Saturday, February 11th – The Latin Concert Series gets spicier with the legendary Marc Anthony and his Valentine’s Day concert at the Prudential Center. Anthony is arguably the best salsa artist to ever grace a stage, with a romantic side that makes the girls swoon. Don’t miss out on the chance to enchant your Valentine’s Day with a live performance from this sizzling artist.

Help With Winter Shows at the Prudential Center

The Wilshire Grand Hotel in New Jersey is your ideal resting ground for before and after an exhilarating concert. With our expertise at your fingertips, you can treat yourself to an unforgettable winter show that starts with dinner and ends with a nightcap in your lavish room. Our proximity to the Prudential Center and long list of amenities make the Wilshire Grand your obvious choice when planning a music filled getaway.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations in NJ - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year

New Year’s is a special time to both look back over the year that was, and look forward to a fresh start and a blank slate. Your family deserves to remember the best of 2016 and make some new memories to send it off in style. New Year’s Eve celebrations in NJ let you do that in unique settings.

Unique NYE Events in NJ 2016

How to Ring in the New Year in NJ

If you want to do something slightly off the beaten path for NYE, a great option that is also family-friendly is New Year’s Eve cruises in the area.

There are a variety of cruises happening at various times on the eve before New Year’s Eve (December 30), New Year’s Eve (December 31), and New Year’s Day (January 1). If you have been wondering how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in NJ with your entire family or just a big group, any of these Spirit of New York or Spirit of New Jersey cruises will fit the bill.

Lunch and Brunch Cruises

If you have small children and are looking for a way to include them in festivities, consider the New Year’s Eve Family Lunch cruise or the New Year’s Day Brunch cruise.

Dinner Cruises and Fireworks

Hop aboard for the Eve of the Eve Dinner cruise on December 30 with a live DJ, or head out for a Fireworks Dinner cruise that will set sail past midnight and offer a premium open bar. Both events are perfect for couples, groups, or families with older kids.

Happy End of 2016 to You and Yours!

NYE events in NJ for 2016 will make sure you and your family end the year with a bang. Happy New Year from all of us at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!


Holiday Events in NJ Light Up the Night - Happy Holidays!

We wish you a safe and happy holiday season from all us here at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!

Happy Holidays

The holidays are in full swing, and that means getting in the spirit of the season. Take the whole family to holiday events in NJ and get that warm, fuzzy feeling of merry cheer. There’s a little something for everyone, both young and old.

Holiday Events in Essex County, NJ for One and All

Holiday Lights at the Turtle Back Zoo

The Holiday Lights Spectacular is going on at the zoo through January 3. The event is open nightly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., so there are plenty of opportunities to visit and see this winter wonderland. Plus, admission is free!

Here’s why you should visit: Turtle Back Zoo illuminates the night in grand spectacle at this event. The dazzling display features 50 different winter animals and holiday characters. Not to mention, each weekend features a different themed event. For instance, the final weekends of December will feature visits from Santa, face painting, s’mores stations, and a chance to meet characters from both sides of the Force from Star Wars.

Hotels Nearby for Ease and Convenience

The Wilshire Grand is just minutes away from the Holiday Lights Spectacular. While you’re in town for the holidays, visiting relatives and enjoying the season, stay with us for an easy and stress-free trip.

We Wish You a Merry and Bright Season!

Holiday events in Essex County, NJ keep the spirit of the season kicking well into January. Happy holidays from everyone at The Wilshire Grand Hotel!