Welcome back to Train Stop Day Trip, About.com North Jersey’s monthly series that profiles a particularly cool NJTransit hub. Got a monthly pass? Forgo your usual stop and explore. *All locations listed are within walking distance from the train station.
This month, be transported to a Greek isle, take cooking lessons, and shop 'til you drop, all via the Westfield stop.
Line: Raritan Valley Line
Stops from NYC: 8
Fiamma Wood Fired Pizza
When the restaurant's oven was hand made in Italy, out of a fancy-sounding wood (Acunto), you know the pizza is bound to be delicious. We recommend the Vodka pie—not the booze, silly! Fresh mozzarella, tomato cream vodka sauce, mushrooms, peas, and the kicker, Prosciutto Di Parma, marry the perfectly crispy crust. 108 Quimby St.
This BYOB bistro has a seasonal menu and puts a modern spin on classic French cuisine. We highly recommend the risotto, rife with crabmeat and mascarpone cheese. Leave room for dessert, though: the profiteroles, paired of course with salted caramel ice cream, are not-to-be-missed. 39 Elm St.
Don't even bother with the menu. Order the double-fried chicken. Even the New York Times says so! Oh, and go "half-and-half" on the sauces, indulging in both the spicy soy sauce and soy garlic sauce. 251 North Ave. West
Limani Seafood Grill
Picture yourself on a Greek isle.
You're noshing on grilled octopus, lamb chips, spanakopita, scallops... the list goes on and on. Well, no need to spend thousands of dollars on airfare: try the tasting menu, for $49 (before tax and tip) at Limani's. 235 North Ave. West
Alex and Ani
No need to travel to SoHo or even rely on the measly selection at Bloomingdales: there's an Alex and Ani right here in Westfield.
Pick up a signature bangle or venture into rings, home goods, or perhaps a scarf! 200 E. Broad St.
Find beautiful accessories and gifts at this quaint boutique that carries everything from candles and home goods to jewelry and handbags. 212 Lenox Ave.
Classic Thyme Cooking School
Modeled after a cottage in Tuscany, this two-classroom school has been enlightening home cooks for over 20 years. Find the class schedule here; our favorites are the Knife Skills I Workshop (helpful!) and the Italian Boot Camp (who doesn't love Italian food? Especially right here in North Jersey?). 710 South Avenue West
Digiplex Rialto Theater of Westfield
Though it's been renovated since then, this historic theater still retains its 1922 charm. It's come a long way from showing silent films: it now has a 3-D screen and is a sure bet for catching the big blockbuster hits to end your day. 250 E. Broad St.
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