Food Quality: Excellent, Many of the dishes are prepared from scratch using quality ingredients.
Service: Very friendly, attentive, with an attention to detail.
Ambiance/Decor: A dining club vibe done up with walls decorated with traditional wallpaper patterns, each of the rooms have their own theme, and a variety of "Old World" furnishings
Overall Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Note: Four star Rating System from 1/2 Star = Poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: Low- Moderate
Recommended For: Diners who seek an out of the ordinary "Old World" Style Italian family dining experience in a residential setting and are happy to hang in for a 3-4 hour slow paced 14 course dinner
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer a faster paced, traditional, casual dining experience
Recommended dishes: No set menu. Expect to be presented with a variety of well prepared dishes.
Liquor: BYOB --- except for a complimentary homemade limoncello at the end of your seemingly endless meal.
15 Fox Place once a private dining club, this BYOB Italian hidden gem is now open to the general public looking for a unique dining experience. This "in-home" restaurant, very much resembles an "Old World" Italian family gatering. The meal lasting more tha 3 hours will probably be the largest and longest meal you will ever be served
This is a great place for a couple celebrating a romantic occasion or for a group of up to 14 people looking for a dining experience they will never forget.
The restaurant is located in a residential neighborhood where the owners Richard and Kathryn Budinich (who recently passed away) once occupied but retained the house for this unique no-menu approach to marathon length fine dining.
Today the restaurant is run by the Budnich's and their son Chef, Marc Budnich who received his formal culinary training at .the Hudson County Culinary School However, the influence and style of cooking comes from Kathryn Budinich who learned to cook from Italian American relatives.
While many of the dishes are prepared from scratch, the bread is sourced locally from Elio's.
The restaurant is an attractively decorated home with beautiful furnishings from many of their personal memorabilia placed throughout each of the dining areas. Dining is spread out over five small dining rooms that can seat as few as four to as many as 14 in the the upstairs dining room. The decor is done up with walls decorated with traditional wallpaper patterns, each of the rooms have their own theme. Rooms have a variety of furnishings, including: an antique clock , a Tiffany-style lamp, an antique clock , photo albums, a doll's toy chest, and more.
During the warmer summer months there is an outdoor patio for dining.
The Budnich's welcome and treat their guests as though they are family members coming to feast on a holiday celebration.
Before coming, you are advised to either skip lunch or have a small snack for lunch to prepare yourself for an endless fine dining experience that will include up to 14 different dishes including desserts. There is no menu with the variety of courses served changing weekly.
To best enjoy the dining experience you are advised to pace your-self. After the pasta course you may want to stretch out to keep the juices flowing by visiting the upstairs of the home or take a walk in the garden.
Parking is available on residential streets
The BYOB menu is Prixe fixe and after tax and tip you can expect to pay approximately $125 per person.
15 Fox Place is open for reservations for 2 to 14 people, 3 nights a week; Friday, Saturday, and either Thursday or Sunday. For groups of 8 or more, they will open up another night. Saturday evening reservations are usually made 3 -4 weeks ahead.
(updated: March 2020)
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