Lifestyle : Dining

Dining is always a special event at Crane’s Mill

The Candleberry Dining Room is open for indoor dining, and the Heartwood Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for eat-in and takeout. Our new, heated patio is adjacent to the Heartwood and makes the perfect spot to enjoy an al fresco meal.

Residents are encouraged to call dining services at 973-276-6908 or 973-276-3078 with any questions.

For full details and all the latest updates on our dining program, visit our Meals and Menus page.

From family gatherings and holiday meals to fun lunches with friends, food plays a major role in all our lives. With that in mind, Crane’s Mill continuously works with its residents to ensure a dining experience that exceeds expectations in taste, quality, variety, and service.

Candleberry Dining Room

Our formal dining room is akin to a top area restaurant, complete with hosts and hostesses and a friendly wait staff. Residents can arrive any time from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and are seated promptly without a reservation. Restaurant-style are offered every evening, with a rotating menu of chef’s specials and a set menu of resident favorites.

The Heartwood Café

Our main café is a feast for the eyes, complete with a myriad of food options, all prepared directly in front of our residents and guests. We offer a pizza oven, salad bar, coffee and drink bar, sandwich station, grill area, dessert case, and more.

The Corner Market

Residents love the convenience of having this mini-market on campus. It’s stocked with milk, eggs, butter, juice, freshly prepared sandwiches, frozen entrees, desserts, snacks, and more of our residents’ favorites.

Hungry for More?

Additional dining spaces include Center Stage, which is home to a state-of-the-art display dining kitchen and has played host to celebrity cooking talent including Chef Cary Neff (The Today Show, Oprah) and Chef Bal Arneson (The Cooking Channel’s Spice Goddess).

Flexible Meal Plans

Every three months, residents receive a set amount of flex dollars to spend as they wish. The amount is enough to cover dinner every night in the Candleberry Dining Room. All three meals are available a la carte in the Heartwood Café and vary in pricing.

Sample Menu

Here’s a look at a recent menu from the Candleberry Dining Room:

Fresh Asparagus wrapped with Applewood Smoked Bacon


Braised Greek Style Lamb Shanks
Grilled Succulent Baby Back Ribs
Scottish Salmon

Snap Peas
Steamed Parsnips

Freshly Baked Fruit Tarts