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The Barrow House

1296 Van Houten Ave, Clifton, New Jersey, United States
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    Category: Eat
    Address: 1296 Van Houten Ave
    New Jersey
    United States
    Price Level: $$
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    1. suzanne1 Post authorThe Barrow House
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      The Barrow House offers a seasonally changing American fare, draft brews, wine, and craft cocktails in a comfortable, farmhouse-style setting. It’s suitable for large groups and families because of the small, yet varied menu of small plates and entrees, including vegan and gluten free options.

      The large and well-lighted parking lot has 5 accessible parking spaces, some with van accessibility. The restaurant sits right on the county road and has an ample sign, but the angle of the driveway apron can be challenging for low-riding vehicles, such as those tricked out for wheelchair ramp accessibility.

      The entrance is a gradual ramp from the sidewalk in front of the building. All patrons enter through the same double doors, which do not have a button opener.

      Though only 3 years old, the restaurant resembles a colonial tavern with soft lighting. The weathered wood floors are made of wide planks. Most of the main dining areas, including the portrait room, game room (as in taxidermy; sorry, kids and vegans!), bar, parlor, and barn are wheelchair accessible. While the table arrangements are snug, patrons seated in most areas should find enough maneuvering space. Helpful patrons also make that possible.
      Areas a wheelchair user would find difficult to navigate are the step-up root cellar semi-private room for special occasions and the photo booth, which is the size of an old-fashioned phone booth.

      Both the men’s and women’s restrooms have wheelchair accessible stalls, but there are no buttons to operate the doors to either restroom. Both restrooms provide under-sink access for wheelchair users. People with limited sight may find these rooms a bit dark. There is no family restroom.

      Gracious hostesses and welcoming waitstaff are polite and efficient. No one wears a name tag, though the staff wear farm-themed costumes.

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