Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 12:22pm
Happy customers, great food, and giving back to the community is the mission of Manhattan Bagel. Montclair’s newly opened Manhattan Bagel hit a bump during its grand opening in June, leaving a number of Baristanet readers dissatisfied. Manhattan Bagel would like to reintroduce the store to Baristanet readers and celebrate its arrival in Montclair — again — with a month-long 50% discount on all orders starting August 1 and good through August 31. Continue Reading
Friday, Jul 25, 2014 4:20pm
Fresco continues to make its mark in Montclair.
Just a little over one year in business, the two brothers Robert & Franco Porporino, have sure brought the buzz to Church Street.
Franco Porporino, producer, actor and record label owner, has brought a slew of A List celebrities to Fresco making it one of the area’s hottest, hip chic Italian restaurants. Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Jul 25, 2014 1:00pm
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Save the date for an evening of fine wines, craft beers and interactive food stations at Uncorked and Uncapped — a wine, beer and food festival to benefit The Arc of Essex County. It takes place on September 18 at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston.
The event will feature fare from the following locations: Opici Family Distributing, Garden State Wine Club, Cambridge Wines, Newburgh Brewing Company, New Jersey Beer Co., Backyard Obsessive Homebrew Club, Cloverleaf Tavern, Poor Henry’s Pub & Restaurant, Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream, HearthStone Grill and Lithos Estiatorio.
A highlight of evening will be the 2014 Uncorked and Uncapped Brew Master Contest for home brewers. Attendees will be able to sample the creations of the contestants and vote for the audience favorite in addition to the judge’s awards.
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 8:00am
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New Jersey Monthly recently named Blu as one of the “25 Best Restaurants of 2014,” but fans of Chef Zod Arifai’s cuisine, or those who plan to dine there, better make their reservations soon. In the article, Arifai says he has decided to close Blu when his lease expires — no sooner than December 31, but no later than March 2015.
Arifai feels that BYO is the problem for the restaurant, which opened in 2005.
“I’m hugely grateful to my customers, who have supported me all these years,” he said to NJ Monthly, “but younger people, say 25 to 45, are not into BYOs. They want to order cocktails and craft beers. Older customers like to bring their best wines, but they eat out less often. In New York, the idea of high-level food in a super casual space is understood. Here, it doesn’t quite click.”
BY Fran Liscio | Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 7:49am
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Recognize these two little chefs? They are Carla and Alison Silvestri, seen here making their family’s pesto way back in August of 2009.
A few years ago I met the wonderful Silvestri family — Robert and Mary, and their two young daughters. Together they founded Romarsi, devoted to making outrageously delicious homemade pesto and kalamata olive tapenade I’ve ever tasted. I discovered the pesto at the Montclair Farmers Market and it’s also available in stores. I visited their local facility and watched as they all worked at whipping up a large batch of pesto using the freshest Genovese basil leaves, olive oil, and other ingredients. Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 1:30pm
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Drool worthy offerings from Stamna Greek Taverna, Taqueria Authentica, & Anthony’s Cheesecake
Get ready to eat! The 3rd annual Bloomfield Restaurant Week will offer a prix fixe lunch or dinner menu of $30 or less between August 3 - August 9.
Restaurant Week will showcase all of Bloomfield’s best restaurants. From French to Thai, from Japanese to Italian and from traditional Steakhouse to Mexican, every taste and every palate will be satisfied at the culinary event.
Francesco Palmieri, an original BRW committee member and owner and chef of The Orange Squirrel, predicts, “Judging by the success of the first two events we expect an even stronger turn out. We are excited and optimistic that our 2014 event will be the biggest yet.”
BY Georgette Gilmore | Friday, Jul 18, 2014 8:30am
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Fans of HLS Juice Bar & Grill in Montclair were sad that the health food restaurant closed, but they should be happy to learn Vital is opening in its spot.
Owned by brother and sister, Kwame and Nataki Williams,Vital will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fresh juices and smoothies, and a wide range of gluten-free and vegan dishes. The cuisine is what they call, “Health food with a Caribbean twist.”
Expect new spins on classic dishes utilizing locally farmed and organic ingredients, such as eggs from Montclair Community Farms.
BY Baristanet Staff | Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 3:30pm
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Montclair’s Pine Street is already decked in red, white and green for this weekend’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel festival.
Live music, rides and lots of food, will be available. Last year’s offerings included made to order wood fired pizza from Sanducci’s mobile oven and juicy Italian sausages from Pat; Five Chris (Nutley) serving up an array of authentic Filipino dishes, another cart dishing out arepas and crepes, as well as zeppoles and deep fried Oreos. Continue Reading
BY Georgette Gilmore | Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 2:00pm
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A “For Lease” sign was spotted early this morning on the storefront of Berry Sweet, one of Montclair’s many frozen yogurt shops.
The shop opened its self-serve frozen yogurt shop two years ago.
A call to the shop for information went to voicemail and, while there aren’t recent updates on the Facebook page, the page is listed as “permanently closed.”
BY Liz George | Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 11:19pm
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Good news about the future restaurant taking over in the space vacated by 12 West in Upper Montclair.
The affable Demetri Malki, formerly of Table 8 and Demetri’s in Montclair, is at the helm of the new restaurant, which will be called De Novo, the Latin expression meaning “beginning anew.”
Malki’s wife Marisol writes, “We think it fits nicely as Demetri is finally back in the restaurant scene after having Demetri’s and Table 8.”
De Novo will offer casual European fare such as tapas, flat breads, fresh made pasta, charcuterie and entrees, all with a European flare; the chef will be the original chef from Demetri’s.