Celebrate National Cheesecake Day at Anthony’s Cheesecake

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

National Cheesecake Day

It’s National Cheesecake Day today and Anthony’s Cheesecake in Bloomfield is celebrating. Customers will get free cheesecake bites with the purchase of a lunch or dinner entree. Anthony’s will also give away an eight-inch NY-style cheesecake to one lucky patron.



Ultimate Alfresco Meal? Breakfast On A Ferris Wheel

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Have a very special occasion coming up? Is the sky the limit for your celebration? This might be just what you’re looking for.

Celebrate a birthday, engagement, graduation, or anniversary, with a private breakfast a top one of the largest Ferris wheels on the east coast. This summer, Morey’s Piers in the Wildwoods has launched the “Breakfast Buyout.” Your group can take over the 156′ hight Giant Wheel and enjoy the cool ocean breeze and a hot breakfast served “wheel-side” complete with white linens and fine china and dishes including Belgium waffles, shrimp and lobster omelets or steak and eggs. Breakfast Buyout is available on Friday, August 7, 14, and 21 only. The cost is $3,000 (does not include tax or gratuity) for the two-hour package for a maximum of 48 people.

Not ready to part with $3000? Individual Breakfast in the Sky reservations are available July 25 through August 24 on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays only. Price is $85 per car with two people; $40 per additional person. Limit of four guests per car; advance reservation required.

To book Breakfast Buyout or for more information,  call 609-846-1624.



Authentic Shanghai Chinese Food in Fairfield

BY  |  Monday, Jul 27, 2015 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Shanghai 46

For locals looking for really good authentic Chinese food (and those mourning the closing of Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove) you’ll be happy to learn of a gem of a place in Fairfield, NJ. I had the pleasure of attending a tasting at Shanghai 46 last week and came away with a very full belly and a new love of the cuisine. Tip: Bring a bottle of Riesling!

Shanghai 46, the latest restaurant from Chef-trained/ Owner Kevin Lin who also owns the highly regarded Cheng Du 23 in Wayne, is one of the only truly authentic Chinese restaurants in New Jersey serving Shangai cuisine. The cuisine—the youngest of China’s 10 major food styles—reflects the variety of cultures that have influenced the enormous coastal city-province.

“People are more familiar with heavier, spicier Cantonese or Szechuan style dishes. Home-style Shanghai cooking is lighter and more delicate, with less oil, subtle spicing and saucing and always a hint of sweetness.” notes Lin.

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Euro BBQ Opens in Montclair

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 26, 2015 1:27pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

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If you’re craving Portuguese barbecue, you now have a local option. Euro Barbeque opened this week in the space vacated by Elevation Burger. The restaurant is still casual dining, but has a fresh, attractive new look, with lots of dark wood, granite counters and leafy green walls.


You can eat in or take out. Menu offerings include appetizers and main dishes and feature a Portuguese pulled pork sandwich ($7.50), BBQ chicken or ribs, (beef or pork, half or whole orders), steak and onions ($14.95) as well as seafood dishes including shrimp in garlic sauce ($14.95), Portuguese seafood with rice, clams in white wine ($10.95), codfish cakes (5 for $5.95) and grilled salmon.

Ribs served with choice of two sides.

Ribs served with choice of two sides.

Euro Barbeque, 367 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973-509-1177 (delivery – minimum $12). Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Goodbye A&P, Hello Acme

BY  |  Friday, Jul 24, 2015 1:19pm  |  COMMENTS (22)


You don’t have to be a super genius to know what comes next for A&P on Valley Road.

Following A&P’s bankruptcy announcement, Pennsylvania-based Acme Markets announced it had entered into an agreement to acquire 76 A&P, Superfresh and Pathmark stores in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, including Montclair’s A&P at 510 Valley Road. The Pathmark at 1 Lackawanna Plaza was not on the list of supermarkets Acme intends to buy.

Pending regulatory and bankruptcy court approvals of the transaction and other conditions, the stores will be run under the ACME Markets banner.

Is this good news for Montclair area shoppers? Well, it might be a slight improvement. NJ.com looked to Consumer Reports’ supermarket ratings. Based on a 100-point scale, A&P scored a 64; Pathmark scored a 66; and Acme and Stop & Shop scored a 70. Wegman’s topped the list with a score of 90, followed by Trader Joe’s with a score of 87, Whole Foods at 81 and Shop-Rite at 78. Continue Reading

Montclair’s GROOV Cafe and Juice Bar Combines Healthy Fare & Live Music

BY  |  Friday, Jul 24, 2015 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

FullSizeRender copyMore space, more music, and more on the menu. The new-ish GROOV Cafe and Juice Bar (formerly Asana House Juice Bar) now offers fresh salads, inventive dishes, delicious Pho, smoothies and juices.

Family-run GROOV Cafe and Juice Bar made its just-down-the-block move to 127 Valley Road to expand, create a homey, comfortable, “walking into our living room” feel, and gain more space for live music.

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Fusion Empanada: Mouth-Watering Mofongo and Much More

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 11:29am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Say the word empanadas and people get excited. When I hear the word empanadas, it takes me back to a favorite vacation spot, Rincon, Puerto Rico, where we would stop at Kaplash, an empanada joint perched on a cliff over the beach and chase down platters of meat, seafood and cheese empanadas with cold Presidentes.

Empanada lovers can rejoice now that Fusion Empanada, which won acclaim for its empanadas at its Hackensack location, has opened in Montclair. You’ll definitely want to visit for the empanadas — a tempting 15 varieties currently on the menu, available fried or baked, $2.50 apiece for beef, chicken, pork, vegetarian or dessert empanadas, $3.50 for seafood. But there’s much more than the restaurant’s namesake dish to try. Fusion Empanada serves up some inspired entrees (priced from $13-22) such as fried pork and tostones, red snapper with sweet potato puree and papaya mojo, and my personal favorite — mofongo.

Empanadas – baked or fried #fusionempanadas

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Owner Kenny Candelaria, born in Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, offers this traditional Puerto Rican dish you won’t find elsewhere in Montclair, made with a choice of green plantain or yuca. Either starch is fried until crispy, mashed with extra virgin olive oil and garlic and served with your choice of fillings. We devoured a delicious green plantain mofongo with with jumbo lump crabmeat in a Creole sauce.

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Blu and Next Door to Offer ‘Eat What You Want, Pay What You Want’ Until Closing in August

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Blu and Next Door, two side-by-side restaurants in Montclair owned by Chef Zod Arifai, will close in August. But before they do, Chef Arifai has been offering sweet deals. Last month he tried out an “eat what you want, and pay what you want” night. Arifai tells us it worked so well that, starting today, he’s going to offer it for the next six weeks.

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Make Your Reservations for Bloomfield Restaurant Week

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Bloomfield Restaurant WeekStart making reservations! Bloomfield’s Annual Restaurant Week will run from August 1 – 9 with over 20 local restaurants showcasing the town’s culinary best.  From French to Thai, from Japanese to Italian and from a  traditional Steakhouse to Mexican, every taste and every palate will be satisfied at Bloomfield Restaurant Week.

Participating restaurants will offer a prix fixe menu of $30 or less (not including drinks, tax and tip)for lunch and dinner.

Restaurants will also raffle away a gift certificate to the guests that come during restaurant week dates, in addition, information cards will be handed out and collected to continue to contact our visitors throughout the year.

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July Wine Pairing Dinners: Montclair’s Laurel & Sage and Clifton’s Spuntino Wine Bar

BY  |  Friday, Jul 17, 2015 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

July Wine Pairing Dinners: Laurel & Sage, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Cheers! Next week, two area restaurants are hosting wine pairing dinners.

Laurel & Sage hosts its first Wine Pairing Dinner with Amanti Vino on Wednesday, July 29. Chef Shawn has created a special menu, below, that will be paired with selected wines by Amanti Vino’s Sharon Sevrens. Cost is approximately $130 per person ($65 for food and approx. $65 for the wine) Space is limited; RSVP to sharon@amantivino.com


Upon Arrival

2014 Piaggia Rosato “Viti Dell’erta”

Amuse Bouche


Butter-honey-lavender salt

First Course

Green Curry Mussels

Coconut Milk, white burgundy, apple

Paired with Agrapart Blanc de Blanc 7 Crus Champagne

Second Course

Brown Butter Quail & Poached Egg

Celery root, chickory, gougeres du Langres, fondue

Paired with 2005 Lopez de Heredia Rioja Gravonia Blanco

Third Course

Crispy Branzino Filet & Ratatouille

Cockles-cured lemon-turmeric

Paired 2013 Domaine Vincent Latour Meursault “Cuvee St. Jean”

Fourth Course

Steak Bearnaise

Chimmichurri, medley fries

Paired with 2012 Passopisciaro Contrada Rampante


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