Nine Days of Fabulous Food at Montclair Restaurant Week

BY  |  Monday, Aug 31, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)



Make your reservations! Montclair Restaurant Week kicks off September 19. The nine-day event is the Montclair Rotary Club’s thank you to the restaurants, food crafters and businesses that support Taste of Montclair, the club’s annual March culinary event.

Brick Lane Curry House

Brick Lane Curry House

During Restaurant Week, these participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menus or other specials for lunch and dinner. Early risers will discover breakfast specials:

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A Mac N’ Cheese Burger: Yay or No Way?

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

cloverleaf tavern

This week’s food question features another specialty burger. This time, it’s a Mac N’ Cheese Burger from Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. It’s the Caldwell House Burger topped with melted cheddar mac n’ cheese and crispy bacon bits.

The restaurant and bar likes to be inventive with its burgers and regularly offers a specialty”Burger of the Week.” Past offerings were a BBQ Brisket Burger, a Guinness Short Rib Burger, and a French Onion Burger.

Tell us what you think: Mac N’ Cheese Burger: Yay or No Way?



Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar Coming to Bloomfield, December 2015

BY  |  Monday, Aug 24, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

 Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar

This December, Bloomfield will get a great new culinary edition—Essex Junction Craft Kitchen & Bar.

Experience Management Group CEO & Partner Jeremy Goldberg—a North Caldwell native, CIA graduate and Miami restaurateur—returns to his NJ roots to open a fun, community social gathering place at 90 Washington Street. Essex Junction will be a neighborhood restaurant and bar serving house-made signature dishes with a focus on quality ingredients, accompanied by great craft beers from local and national brewers, great cocktails, and artisanal wines. Breakfast (an early option for commuters), lunch, and dinner will be served daily along with happy hour and weekend brunch.

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Cancelled: Pig & Prince Celebrates its 3 Year Anniversary With a Boogie Down Bash & BBQ on Sunday

BY  |  Friday, Aug 21, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Pig & PrinceUPDATE: Baristanet has just been notified that the anniversary celebration has been cancelled. Stay tuned for information on new plans for the celebration.

It’s been three years since Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastrolounge opened at 1 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair and to celebrate they are throwing a Boogie Down Bash and BBQ!

What can one expect at a Boogie Down Bash & BBQ? A pig roast, brisket, pulled pork and chicken, slaw, fried pickles, potato salad, corn bread, collards, hush puppies, beans and more! Pig & Prince’s own Anniversary Ale will be flowing along with other drink specials. Live music will play (that’s the Boogie Down part) and the final round of the Cornhole Tournament will crown a winner will take home a pair of Brooklyn Brewery Cornhole Boards, a six month supply of Pretzel Crisps and a $200 gift card to Pig & Prince Restaurant & Gastro-Lounge.

“We are excited to celebrate our third anniversary,” said Michael Carrino, chef and partner of Pig & Prince. “We wanted to throw an anniversary celebration that mirrors the Pig & Prince persona – and the Boogie Down Bash and BBQ is a perfect fit. We invite guests from Montclair and beyond who have supported us over the years to come out and eat, drink and continue the party. With a mix of great food, drinks and entertainment, we’re looking forward to a great day.”





Turtle + the Wolf to Offer “Quality Eats” in Upper Montclair This Fall

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

turtle + the wolfSimple, local, seasonal, and quality ingredients are what Chef Lauren Hirschberg’s new Upper Montclair restaurant Turtle + the Wolf (622 Valley Road) will offer when it opens this fall.

Hirschberg grew up in Montclair and began his culinary career as a cook at Craft in Manhattan. For the last thirteen years, he worked his way from a line cook to the culinary director for Tom Colicchio’s restaurants. Now, along with fellow Montclair native Matt Trevenen, Hirschberg is excited to open his own restaurant in his hometown.

“Turtle + the Wolf is the restaurant I’ve thought about opening for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Montclair left an indelible mark on me and created a longing to one day return to this community to raise my family,” says Hirschberg.

“Matt Trevenen and I have talked of opening a restaurant in our hometown since before we were out of high school. Back then, we envisioned a warm, inviting setting with great food and reassuring hospitality. Today we move closer to realizing this dream as we prepare to open Turtle + the Wolf.”



A Stuffed Burger on a Doughnut: Yay or No Way?

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (12)

Stuffed Burgers

I love burgers and I love doughnuts, but putting them together seems so wrong to me. But apparently, I don’t know what I’m missing.

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Bareburger Coming To Montclair’s Hinck Building This Winter

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 18, 2015 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (8)


If you’ve noticed work on three storefronts on Bloomfield Ave’s Hinck Building and wondered what was coming, now you can get hyped! Bareburger, known for its organic, sustainable, local fare, is coming to Montclair, scheduled to open Winter 2015.

I’ve dined at the Bareburger near NYU and another in Forest Hills, Queens, and had great meals at both. It’s not your run of the mill burger. Toppings and options include duck bacon, manchego cheese, wild boar, bison, curry ginger ketchup, tomato fig jam and more. Continue Reading

Montclair Chef Wins at the 2015 Great American Seafood Cook Off in NOLA

BY  |  Monday, Aug 17, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Escape Montclair

After winning the Jersey Seafood Challenge held at Viking Village in Barnegat Light in June, Chef Bryan Gregg of Escape Montclair (345 Bloomfield Avenue) went on to represent New Jersey at the 2015 Great American Seafood Cook Off in New Orleans. Gregg won one of the two events—The Seafood Showdown!

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Eat Food, Take Fresh Food Home at Anderson’s 1949

BY  |  Friday, Aug 14, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


You can now go to Anderson’s 1949 to eat chef Sherry Grimes’ delicious chicken & waffles, killer sandwiches, and burgers and then go home with some fresh food. Anderson’s is now a Farmigo pickup spot.

For those who haven’t heard of Farmigo, it’s a farm-to-neighborhood access to fresh food. They source all the food from farmers and food makers that are located within 500 miles. You order—produce, dairy, eggs, meats & seafood, and even bread and snacks—online, then you pick up your order at your local pickup spot. It’s like a CSA, but you get to choose exactly what you want (no more overflowing Rainbow Chard left wilted in your fridge).

Montclair has three Farmigo spots at Nishuane, Hillside and Watchung Schools, as well as a residential spot, and now Anderson’s 1949.

Since Anderson’s is a “farm-to-table” restaurant and catering company, it seems a perfect fit.

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Montclair Is Getting Sweeter: Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory to Open in the Fall

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 13, 2015 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (5)

Mr. Tod's Pie Factory

Montclair is getting sweeter! Mr. Tod’s Pie Factory will open a shop this fall at 410 Bloomfield Avenue, near The Wellmont in the space formerly occupied by a Subway.

Mr. Tod’s, named for its owner Tod Wilson, opened its first shop in 2012 in Englewood, NJ. Now Wilson is expanding his pie shop to Montclair.

“We chose Montclair for its diversity, great food scene and its small town feel…i.e. Best Main Street in America,” Wilson told Baristanet.

With online reviews of “better than life itself,” “Holy (insert noun), I just had their Apple crumb pie,” and “Wow. Let’s just start off with that. Wow,” we’re excited to welcome Mr. Tod’s to the neighborhood.



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