Did you know that “Natirar” is “Raritan” spelled backwards? ’Tis.
Natirar is the former New Jersey estate of the King of Morocco, who purchased the plush lands of nearly 500 acres in the beautiful, sprawling countryside of Peapack-Gladstone, Far Hills, and Bedminster.
Veering off Route 206 onto the Main Street of Peapack-Gladstone, I follow the brown signs marked “Natirar” until I turn onto the smooth paved roadways of the grounds. Only a portion of the estate is open to the public: among them, The Ninety Acres Culinary Center, which has a lunch buffet every Sunday; The Cooking School; The Wine School; and The Club, a members-only health club. There will also be a spa opening soon.
I’ll follow up with another post on the lunch buffet in a future post… those photos are currently in development.
Meantime, let me digress to another farm-to-table foray that reminds me of this countryside haven. Friedman’s Lunch at Chelsea Market. The eats there taste remarkably similar to the grub found at Natirar’s lunch buffet: crunchy, crispy greens; well-blended mac and cheese; clean-tasting roasts; soft, sweet butter and airy breads.