Five Courses, Wine and Beer at Cru Meets Brew Charity Dinner

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Cru Meets Brew

The next Montclair Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) won’t happen until June 2015, but food aficionados won’t have to wait till then to enjoy great food and drink, because the Festival is hosting Cru Meets Brew, a wine- and beer-paired collaborative dinner that combines the culinary talents of many special chefs, on Thursday, October 16.

The five course collaborative wine and beer paired charity dinner will take place at Highlawn Pavilion and showcase the culinary skills of Guest Chef Anthony Bucco (former Executive Chef of The Ryland Inn) along with Montclair chefs Christopher Ryan Arturo (Red Eye Café); Bryan Gregg (Escape); Adam Rose (Villalobos); and Julian Valencia (Ani Ramen House). Sharon Sevrens (sommelier and proprietor of Amanti Vino) will choose the wine and beer for a truly exciting night of virtuoso flavors and inspired pairings.

Cru Meets Brew proceeds will benefit Intensive Therapeutics and the newly created collaborative program at Montclair High School MACHE: Montclair Academy for Culinary & Hospitality Excellence.

Continue Reading

Upper Montclair’s De Novo Open Today

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 10:50am  |  COMMENTS (14)

photo (10)Montclair is rooting for Demetri Malki’s new restaurant but Jeh Johnson may be Malki’s biggest fan. Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, acting as a “private citizen,” toasted Malki Friday night at a pre-opening party at De Novo. (The restaurant officially opens today.)

“I have followed this man from restaurant to restaurant to eat,” says Johnson. “He has long coat tails. Hopefully, this is his last stop.” Continue Reading

Heritage House “All American Restaurant” Opening in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 22, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


J&K Steakhouse Montclair at 44 South Park Street in the Sienna building has closed, but we’ve learned that J&K owner Jarod Zelaya is opening a restaurant in its place called Heritage House.

Consulting with Zelaya on Heritage House’s menu, branding and design is Alex Mendelsohn, owner of Orale Mexican Kitchen in Jersey City. Mendelsohn tells us that Heritage House will offer an “All American menu ranging through the heritage of the melting pot with a focus on comfort food with no cultural boundaries.”

On its website is the message:

Continue Reading

Restaurant Report (Updated)

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Restaurant ReportYour latest local restaurant news:

  • Yellow Plum in Bloomfield celebrates its first anniversary tonight with a happy hour, drink specials, live entertainment, and an all you can eat pig roast for $30 per person.
  • Pig & Prince in Montclair will throw a “Boogie Down Bash & BBQ” to celebrate its two year anniversary on Sunday, August 24. $20 admission includes food and live entertainment by The Defending Champions. There will also be great drink specials.
  • Toast Montclair is closed today for a “maintenance day.”
  • Friday September 12 will be your last chance to dine at CulinAriane in Montclair. Chef Duarte will open a new restaurant in Verona, which will have a bigger space, liquor license, and be a bit more casual.

What is this?

Continue Reading

De Novo European Pub: Family Oriented, Casual Fare Comes To Upper Montclair

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 11:59am  |  COMMENTS (5)

de  novo logo

Baristanet broke the news of De Novo (also on our map of restaurants serving liquor in Montclair). Now we can share more details about the European Pub opening late August at the Upper Montclair Train Station.

malkiMontclair restaurateurs, Demetri Malki (Table 8, D’metri’s) new restaurant takes inspiration from family-oriented casual pubs of Europe. De Nov’s executive chef is Marika Villik, who headed the kitchens at Malki’s earlier restaurants.

What is this?

Continue Reading

Learn How to Vegetable Garden at Presby Iris Gardens

BY  |  Friday, Aug 08, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Presby Iris Gardens

Sure you can join a CSA, get your produce at the Montclair’s Farmer’s Market or the Montclair Community Farms, but think of the feeling of accomplishment you could have if you grew your own vegetables? Not to mention the money you’ll save. If you’ve ever thought about having your own vegetable garden, then this upcoming event is for you.

What is this?

Continue Reading

Villalobos: Rich and True Mexican Cuisine in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Aug 08, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)


The storefront of Villalobos has come a long way from the newspaper and Mexican flag covering the windows in April. And the inside has been transformed to a chic, warm, and welcoming space to enjoy what owner and chef Adam Rose calls “Traditional Mexican with a modern technique.”

villalobosNutley native Rose has worked at Restaurant Passione (former Montclair restaurant of Chef Michael Carrino of Pig & Prince) and Bin 14 Trattoria & Wine Bar in Hoboken, where Rose  earned an “excellent” review from the New York Times. Since October 2011, he’s been Executive Chef at NICO at NJPAC. Rose’s creative partners are VJ Moscaritola, another Nutley native who currently owns Gumdrop Hairdressing in Montclair, and Ashley A. Rose, Adam’s sister, who worked as interior designer of Villalobos. 

Talking to Rose, you can feel how passionate he is of Mexican cuisine. Though not formally trained in the food, Rose said he came to admire the cuisine while working in various kitchens with Mexican staff. His travels took him to Oaxaca and Mexico City where he tasted and learned how to make what he calls “a rich and true cuisine.” Rose chose Montclair to open his first restaurant because he feels its the food destination in Northern, NJ.  He gave a shout out to El Matador in Bloomfield for offering great and authentic Mexican. 

What is this?

Continue Reading

One Less Cuban Cafe, One More Burger Joint in Montclair (Updated)

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (15)


Spotted this week in the former Plato Cubano spot on Valley Road, is a new sign for Stuffed, 100 percent grass fed burgers. The menu on the website has 6 grass fed burger options — all stuffed with cheese — various toppings, a vegetarian option of Stuffed Portabello Mushroom, fried, coleslaw and more.  The inside is currently under construction and Stuffed is expected to open this fall.


North Coast Brewing Hosts A Pre-Montclair Jazz Festival “Brewmaster Dinner” at Highlawn Pavilion

BY  |  Monday, Aug 04, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

northcoastNorth Coast Brewing Co., a 2014 Montclair Jazz Festival Stage Sponsor, is hosting a four-course Brewmaster Benefit Dinner at the Highlawn Pavilion on Thursday, August 14th. The evening, which features a sampling of highly-rated North Coast Brewing Ales, kicks off at 7:30 pm for the reception and 8:00 pm for dinner.

Even better — 100 percent of the ticket sales from the evening will support Jazz House Kids, Montclair’s nonprofit jazz education and performance organization. For every two tickets sold, three private lessons will be given to Jazz House Kids’ scholarship students during the 2014 Summer Jazz Workshop. More than 35 percent of the students enrolled receive scholarship support. All camp students will highlight their musical talents at the free Montclair Jazz Festival on August 16 in Nishune Park, where they will perform throughout the day on the same bill as internationally renowned jazz headliners. North Coast Brewing Co., a proud sponsor of jazz education and performance nationwide, will also host a beer garden at the Montclair Jazz Festival where 100 percent of the sales support Jazz House Kids. Continue Reading

The Orange Squirrel Featured on ABC 7 Neighborhood Eats Tonight

BY  |  Friday, Aug 01, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

blt soup

Tune in to ABC 7 news at 5 pm tonight (or set your DVRs) to catch Bloomfield chef Francesco Palmieri share his recipe for a vegan BLT Soup from The Orange Squirrel on Neighborhood Eats.

Check out some photos from the filming with host Lauren Glassberg below, courtesy of Raymond Helfrich:

Continue Reading

Featured Comment

That's my son and daughter this article is about and I look up to both of them even though I'm their Dad.

Tip, Follow, Friend, Subscribe

Filter Restaurant Listings

Full Restaurant Lists

Baristanet Food Guides

Restaurant Listings by Town


12 West Restaurant & Bar



Ah’ Pizz

Albert’s CLOSED

Ani Ramen

Aozora Japanese Restaurant

Applegate Farm

Aroma Palace

Asana House

Bamboo Asian Bistro

Banker’s Cafe

Bay Street Urban Chicken

Bistro 18


Blue Sushi

Bluestone Coffee Company

Bonjour Montclair

Cafe Eclectic CLOSED

Cafe La Crepe



Chia Asian Bistro

Comfort Food Kitchen

Corso 98


Cozy End

Crockett’s Fish Fry

Cuban Pete’s

Cucina 98


Cupcakes by Carousel

Dai-Kichi Japanese Restaurant

Egan & Sons

Elevation Burger

Energy Bar

Enzo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Erie Saloon

Falafel Hut



Four Seasons Kebab House


Gencarelli’s Cucina CLOSED

Gina’s Bakery

Golden River

Greek Delights CLOSED

Greek Taverna

Green Chop’s


Hot Bagels Abroad

Hunan House

Hunan House

Indigo Kitchen CLOSED

J & K Steakhouse

Jackie’s Grillette

Jefferson’s Cafe & Food Market

Joey Thai

Just Jake’s

Kei Kabob CLOSED

Koreander Fusion Cafe

La Couronne Restaurant

Laboratorio Kitchen

Le Baker’s Dozen

Le Salbuen

Leela’s Trinidad Cuisine


Let’s YO

Long Hing Restaurant

Madear’s Southern Cuisine CLOSED

Mancinni’s Coal Oven Pizza

Manhattan Juice Bar & Cafe

Manny’s Diner

Marrakech CLOSED

Marzullo’s Restaurant & Cafe




Montclair Char-Broil Restaurant

Mr Dino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Muscle Maker Grill

Nauna’s Bella Casa

New Jin Lin Chinese Restaurant

Next Door

Noodle Cafe


Osteria Giotto

Palazzo Restaurant

Panera Bread

Panzano Pizzeria

Park Sports Bar & Restaurant

Peking Restaurant

Petit Paris

Pig & Prince

Plato Cubano CLOSED

Plum on Park

Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits

Prime 151

Ray’s Luncheonette


Red Eye Cafe

Red Mango

Roberto’s Pizza Restaurant

Ruthie’s BBQ

Salute Brick Oven Bistro


Sandwich Theory

Satish Palace Indian Restaurant

Saveur Creole

Scala Del Nonna

Simit House Bakery

Smash Burger

Solé BBQ

Southend Pizzeria & Deli

Spice II

Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Coffee (Valley Road)

Stockpot Inc.


Sushi Hana Japanese Restaurant

T.S. Ma

Taj Palace

Tapastry Restaurant

Tasti D Lite & Planet Smoothie

Terra Tea Salon

Thai Chef

The Blended Beverage

The Bread Company

The Little Daisy Bake Shop

The Office Beer Bar & Grill

The Pie Store

The Wood Pit

Tierney’s Tavern



Toro Sushi Bar

Trattoria Rustica

True North Osteria CLOSED

Trumpets Jazz Club & Rest

Tuptim Thai Cuisine


Uncle Momo


Uptown Bistro

Veggie Heaven

Villa Victoria Pizzeria

Wahchung Chinese Restaurant


Aki Restaurant

Angelo’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

Anthony’s Cheesecake

Anthony’s Cheesecake


Bella Napoli

Biba’s Tavola Calda Pizzeria

Bloomfield Steak & Seafood


Boonsong Thai

Broad Street Cafe

Brookside Thai Restaurant

Cafe Tartufo

Calabrese Pizzeria and Restaurant

Casa Turano Pizzeria & Restaurant

Cheng’s Garden

Chicken & Rib King

China Taste

Cousins Pizza & Restaurant

Cozy Deli

Crown Fried Chicken

Dev’s Jamaican Cuisine

East West Chinese & Filipino Restaurant

El Matador Mexican Deli & Restaurant

Empire Chinese Restaurant

Family Buffet King

Family Garden

Frank’s Pizza & Restaurant


Giuliano’s Luncheonette

Glenwood Diner

Golden Harvest

Grill Master

Havana Sandwich Cafe

Holsten’s Brookdale Confections

International House of Pancakes

Italia Pizza


Kentucky Fried Chicken

Kira Kira

Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant

Man Hing Chinese Restaurant

McDonald’s Restaurant

McDonald’s Restaurant

Moon Palace

Mr Dino’s Pizza Restaurant

Napoli’s Pizzeria

Nevada Diner

New China Restaurant

Number One Chinese

Pandan Asian Cuisine

Parkside Pizzeria & Restaurant

Pianos Bar & Grill

Plaza Diner

Prana Restaurant

Senorita’s Mexican Grill

Shiki Wok

Spice Thai Cuisine

Stamna Taverna

State Street Grill

Subway Sandwiches

Sushi You

Tao YUEN Chuen

Taquería Auténtica

Taste it Again

The Orange Squirrel

The Pit BBQ

Town Pub

Victorio’s Restaurant

Vinnie’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Yellow Plum

Glen Ridge

Fitzgerald’s Tavern

Just Sandwiches


Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria

Bill & Harry


Burger King

Chris & Cathy’s Coney Island Grill

Churrasco BBQ & Steakhouse

Di Pietro Foods

Dunkin Donuts

Edith’s Cafe CLOSED

Food of Our Own Design CLOSED

Freeman’s Fish Market

Highland Place Steak

HLS Juice Bar & Grill

HP/Crane’s Delicatessen

Hunan Wok

iLand Breeze Cafe & Catering

Kari’s Cafe CLOSED

Luke’s Kitchen (Catering)

Maple Leaf Dinner

Mapleton Confectionery

Maplewood Country Club

Maplewood Deli & Subs

Maplewood Diner

Maplewood Pizzeria & Ristorante

Marty’s Pizzeria CLOSED

Mt. Fuji Sushi

New World Catering & Food Boutique

O’Reilly’s Bar & Grill

Panda Chinese Restaurant

Papa John’s Pizza

Park Wood Diner

Restaurant Lorena’s

Roman Gourmet

Scoops & Soups

Scott’s Deli


St. James’s Gate Publick House

Sweet Lime Caribbean Kitchen

Sweet Relish CLOSED

Tara’s Gourmet Deli

The Able Baker

The Bagel Chateau

The Laurel

Verjus Restaurant

Village Coffee

Village Ice Cream Parlour

Village Trattoria

Young’s Fish Market



Bella’s Bakery

Cafe Luna

Cafe Monet

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse

Cheryl’s Deli


Dunkin’ Donuts

Enchanté Artisan Cuisine


Jade Lake Gourmet

La Cucina Ristorante & Seafood Grill

La Strada Nuova

Ling Ling

Martini Bistro & Bar

Mia Famiglia Inc.

Millburn Diner

MS Gourmet

Oscar’s Deli & Restaurant


Q.J. Green Garden

Rockn’ Joe

Sakura Japanese Restaurant

Samurai Sushi Japanese Restaurant


Semolina Ristorante

Sono Japanese Restaurant

Starbucks Coffee

The Millburn Delicatessen

Tinga Taqueria

Trattoria Gian Marco

South Orange

Above Restaurant & Bar


Ariyoshi Japanese Restaurant

Blue Ocean

Bottagra South

Bunny’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

Cait & Abby’s Daily Bread

Carvel Ice Cream

Chris’s Texas Weiner Family Restaurant

Cluck-U Chicken

Cold Stone Creamery

Cryan’s Beef & Ale House CLOSED

Domino’s Pizza

Dunkin’ Donuts

El Greco Pizza

Family Buffet Restaurant

Frank’s Pizzeria

Gaslight Brewery & Restaurant

Giorgio’s Ristorante

Grid Iron Waffle Shop

Harrar Ethiopian Cafe


Hot Bagels Abroad

Island Life Cafe

J & J Caribbean Restaurant

Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant

Little Cuba CLOSED


Neelam Exotic Indian Cuisine

New Great Wall

New York Fried Chicken

No. 1 Chinese Restaurant

Papillon 25

Pirates Pizza

Pizza Hut

Reservoir Restaurant


Sonny’s Bagels

Starbucks Coffee



The Blue Plate Special

The Great Wall

Toro Loco

Town Hall Delicatessen

Tung Tin Restaurant

University Sub Shop

Village Diner

Village Pizzeria

Village Trattoria

Yama Sushi House

Zayda’s Kosher Meats Deli & Catering

West Orange

A Taste of The Caribbean

Al’s Pizza

Angelo’s Meat Market & Deli

Baskin Robbins

Bill & Harry’s Chinese Cuisine

Burger King

China Garden

China Gourmet

China King

Desert Moon Fresh Mexican CLOSED

Due Amici Ristorante

Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts

Eagle Rock Diner & Restaurant

East Garden Chinese Cuisine

Egan & Sons Restaurant & Bar

El Centro Americano Restaurant

El Norteno

El Primo Ristorante

Essex Green Grand Buffet

Fogon Latino

Fortissimo Osteria Pizzeria

Frank’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

Gaffer’s Pub CLOSED

Guy’s Restaurant

Hellenic Deli

Highlawn Pavilion

Hoogaard Market

Huguito’s Restaurant & Bar

Ital Mart

Johnny’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

Kim’s Sushi 2

La Delere Centro Americane

Los Tapatios

Lotus Oriental Cuisine

Main Moon Chinese Restaurant

Mamma Maria Pizzeria

Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream


McLoone’s Boathouse

Miriam’s Restaurant

Misty’s Restaurant

Northfield Bagels & Deli

Number One of West Orange

Oneway Deli

Pals Cabin CLOSED

Panera Bread

Papa John’s Pizza

Pepe’s BBQ Charcoal

Pie~Zon Pizza Cafe

Pizza Hut

Poppy’s Bagels

Primavera Ristorante

Reggiano’s Ristorante

Rockit Pizza

Star Coffee Shop & Deli

Starlite Restaurant & Pizza



Sun Wah Kitchen

SuzyQue’s BBQ and Bar

T.G.I. Friday’s

Terra Luna Pizza

The Bagel Box

The Deli Guy

The Manor

The Rock Cellar Bar & Grille CLOSED

The Supreme Bakery

Valle Pizzeria

Wendy’s CLOSED

West Orange Bake Shop

West Orange Diner

Wing Fat Chinese Restaurant


Yoshi Sono Japanese Restaurant