And Then There Was One: Last Fro-Yo Standing in Montclair is Let’s YO

BY  |  Friday, Aug 19, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Let's YO!

It was predicted in 2012 – the NJ Frozen Yogurt Fallout. Back then, Montclair had five frozen yogurt shops: Twist, Red Mango, Berry Sweet, Razz Berry Swirl, and Let’s YO. Now, with the recent closing of Red Mango on Church Street, Let’s YO is the last fro-yo place standing in Montclair. And it’s doing well.
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Montclair Restaurateurs Opening Second Locations in New Jersey

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Locals know how great Vital and Ani Ramen are and now more New Jersey residents will too.

Let the countdown begin #freetowncafe #newark #HalseyStreet #jamaican #cafe & #juicebar

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Vital in Montclair has opened their second eatery, Freetown Café in downtown Newark (41 Halsey Street). The 27-seat café, serving breakfast and lunch, draws inspiration from the popular Vital Restaurant flagship destination, reminiscent of a Caribbean oasis, with a coffee bar, inspirational art, and African décor. Chef Kwame Williams, along his sisters Kanika and Nataki Williams, designed the café to nourish the growing Newark community, satisfying the body, mind and spirit. Honoring the Jamaican town of Accompong, where the Maroons defeated the English and gained freedom from slavery, the café’s name represents tenancy, courage, and ingenuity; necessities for independent and entrepreneurial success.
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Crazy Mocha Coffee Coming to Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 10:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Crazy Mocha Coffee

Crazy Mocha Coffee Co. is making its way to Jersey next month. We reported that the Pittsburgh coffee house was coming to town back in January. After many renovations, the coffee shop is scheduled to open at 491 Bloomfield Avenue for Labor Day weekend.

Ken Zeff is the man behind the mocha. He tells Baristanet that he chose to bring his Pittsburgh coffee to Montclair because he really fell in love with the town. “My brother and sister-in-law moved up here about 15 years ago and during visits (lots of Montclair football games) I really took a liking to the town. Watchung Plaza, Bloomfield Avenue, and Valley Road all seemed like great neighborhood spots.”

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Veggie Mobile Comes to Montclair’s South End

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 11:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Veggie Mobile

Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville, in conjunction with the Township of Montclair, HackensackUMC Mountainside, Partners for Health Foundation and City Green, announces the City Green Veggie Mobile – a mobile farm stand that will bring fresh produce and other healthful foods to Montclair’s South End district. The Veggie Mobile will be at the South End Orange Road parking lot behind Schlaefer Masonry from 2- 4 p.m. every other Wednesday, beginning August 24 and continuing through November:

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Baristanet Guide To Al Fresco Dining 2016

BY  |  Monday, Aug 08, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (3)

Beautiful weather begs for dining outdoors and there are plenty of great al fresco options locally. If we missed your favorite, tell us where we can find you dining outside this summer in comments.

turtle & the wolf

Turtle & The Wolf has opened a patio behind the restaurant to enjoy the delicious food al fresco. 622 Valley Road, Montclair.  (973) 783-9800. Tues, Wed, Thurs (5 – 10pm) / Fri & Sat (5 – 10:30pm) / Sun (5-9:30pm) / Brunch: Sat & Sun 9:30-2pm



Ariane Kitchen & Bar, Chef Ariane Duarte’s restaurant in Verona has opened its patio to enjoy an al fresco meal and a cocktail. 706 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona. (973) 744-0533. Mon – Sat 5 pm to 10pm. Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm . Closed Tuesdays.


pig & prince

Pig & Prince. Enjoy great food, BBQ, beer, and cocktails all summer long at this patio. 1 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ. (973) 233-1006. Tuesday-Thursday 5 pm – closing. Friday and Saturday 5 pm – 11 pm. Brunch Only: 11 am – 3 pm (June, July, and August) Continue Reading

Tune In Friday: Samba Montclair’s Ilson Gonçalves on the Today Show

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 04, 2016 6:25pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair’s own Ilson Gonçalves, culinary director/owner of Samba Montclair, was at the Today show studio this morning making Brazilian cocktails for Kathie Lee Gifford and Jenna Bush (filling in for Hoda who is in Rio). You can see Gonçalves tomorrow when the segment airs as part of a Brazilian hour kicking off the Olympics, 10-11 am EST on NBC.

Samba Montclair's Ilson Goncalves  with  Jenna Bush and Kathie Lee Gifford.

Samba Montclair’s Ilson Goncalves with Jenna Bush and Kathie Lee Gifford.

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Garden Overflowing? Consider Donating

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 04, 2016 2:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

a lot to grow

In addition to the several places we told you about who are in need of food donations, we’ve learned that A Lot to Grow, Inc. — a community garden organization that grows chemical free vegetables and herbs for distribution to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and non- profit senior residences — is collecting vegetables for the Human Need Food Pantry. They will even pick them up from you home! Send them an email to donate.



Montclair Farmers’ Market To Offer Double Bucks for Residents in Need

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 03, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Market-SNAP2-300x269The Board of Trustees of the Montclair Farmers’ Market announces a wonderful health and wellness benefit to the members of our community who need it the most.

Montclair Farmers’ Market vendors accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) checks, and Seniors FMNP (Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program) vouchers. Once again, thanks to a partnership with the Partners for Health Foundation and with City Green — a local nonprofit working to improve access to fresh foods in underserved communities — vendors are able to give all SNAP, WIC, and Senior FMNP participants “Double Value” for their dollars.

This means that when a participant spends $10 of their SNAP or their vouchers, they can buy $20 worth of fresh, locally-grown produce and other healthful foods at the Montclair Farmers’ Market. This brings a new level of affordability and access to area residents who are on tight food budgets.

“Good food should be available to all,” said Jennifer Papa, founder and Executive Director of City Green. “People want to buy fresh healthy food; it’s a question of access.”

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The Tracks: Burgers and More Coming To Bay Street, Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 02, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Yes, we were very bummed when Anderson’s 1949 shut its doors (although happy for owner Sherry Grimes who moved out to California to pursue a great career opportunity). Now for some good news: the space will soon be open again to a new eatery, The Tracks.


David Cusumano, Montclair born and raised, already has a popular eatery in the heart of Rutgers New Brunswick, Diesel and Duke (burgers, hot dogs, fried oreos and poutine are on the menu.) Everything is made in house at Diesel and Duke (except for a special Martins potato bun the restaurant uses). Continue Reading

Montclair & Bloomfield Food News: Le Petit Cafe, Dinner at The Corner, Ramen, and Fusion Sushi

BY  |  Friday, Jul 29, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Your latest local restaurant and food news:

le petite cafe

Le Petit Cafe opened in Le Willow 83 (83 North Willow Street, Montclair) . There is a coffee bar and an organic, vegan, and vegetarian menu. You can now eat, sip and shop at the same time.

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YES!!! My favorite local event!!! Great news!!! Thank You to all who worked to make this possible!!

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