Sátis Bistro Opens in Bloomfield This Weekend

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (4)

Sátis Bistro

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Michael Fiorianti has been the executive chef at Sátis Bistro in Jersey City since it opened in December 2010. The restuarant has gained a great reputation for excellence with high ratings from the NY Times and Zagat. Now Fiorianti will open a second location in Bloomfield at 289 Glenwood Avenue in the space of the original Braun’s Tavern. Sátis Bistro Bloomfield will have its Grand Opening this Friday, December 9 with seatings beginning at 5:30 pm.

Fiorianti grew up in Ridgewood, NY and now lives in Glen Ridge. “It always makes me chuckle a bit at the coincidence to open a place on Glenwood Ave,” he joked when we spoke about the opening. 

Fiorianti started working in NYC in 1993 at Park Bistro and Les Halles, and then spent the following years working throughout NYC under great Chefs such as Daniel Boulud and Terrance Brennan at Picholine until he opened Sátis Jersey City six years ago. Now, he’s ready to expand to a location closer to his home.

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Mezoco, A Mexican Taqueria, to Open at Montclair’s Walnut Street Station

BY  |  Monday, Dec 05, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Montclair is getting more heat just in time for winter! Mezoco, a new Mexican Taqueria serving traditional street food, will have its Grand Opening on Saturday, December 10, from 12 pm – 8 pm at the Walnut Street Train Station at 25 Depot Square.

At the Grand Opening, Mezoco will have a 1000 taco giveaway fundraiser to benefit the Community FoodBank of NJ!  Pay what you think is fair but be as generous as you can going into this holiday season.  Regular business hours will start on Monday December 12.

The restaurant is a partnership of Montclair residents Greg Cuoco, who serves as the Executive Chef, and Dave and Bridget Placek, who happened upon Cuoco’s cooking at a party and were thrilled to find authentic and delicious tacos reminiscent of those Mr. Placek grew up eating in Southern California. Mezoco will be in the newly refurbished kitchen and dining space of 25 Depot Square, shared with the Erie Saloon. Continue Reading

Amanti Vino Presents Holiday Survival Class

BY  |  Sunday, Dec 04, 2016 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Amanti Vino

Amanti Vino, Montclair’s boutique wine, spirits, and specialty microbrew shop at 30 Church Street, will host a Holiday Survival Class on Saturday, December 10 from 5 – 7 pm.

The Holiday Survival Class will feature servings of organic wines from around the world plus a presentation from Dr. Vincent Caruso, Jr., DC of New Jersey Total Health, who’ll share and demonstrate ancient traditional Chinese medicine tips that will help attendees to enjoy (and survive) the year-end holidays in a healthy way – both mentally and physically.

Seasonal wines that will be poured at the class will include the following:

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The Seinfeld Soupman to Visit Toni’s Kitchen With Soup from The Original SoupMan

BY  |  Thursday, Dec 01, 2016 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

the original soupMan

The Original SoupMan and the Seinfeld Soupman, who coined the phrase “No Soup for You” in the famous Seinfeld soup episode, will team up on December 5 with Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair, to provide one thousand soup cartons during the Holiday Season to people in need.

The Original SoupMan will donate 1,000 soups to Toni’s Kitchen to support its feeding program.  The donated tetra pack soups will include such famous flavors as Crab & Corn Chowder, Lobster Bisque, Jambalaya Soup, Lentil Soup, and Chicken Noodle Soup.

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And the Winner in the MSU and Montclair Bread Co. Great Doughnut Challenge is….

BY  |  Monday, Nov 28, 2016 1:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Back in September, Montclair State University’s Commuter Student Programs and Services teamed up with Montclair Bread Co. to host The Great Doughnut Challenge. The mission was to create a new, limited-edition MSU inspired doughnut. Today the results are in and the winner is MSU student Valerie Neuhaus’s creation —the “It’s All Here” Doughnut. Continue Reading

Baristanet Thanksgiving Round Up 2016

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)




The big day is almost here — Thanksgiving, Turkey Day, Gobble ’till you Wobble Day!

Here is a collection of recipes, cocktails, decor advice, playlists and more that we have given you over the years to help you host a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner:

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Big Montclair Food News: Oh My Cod, Fiamma, Diesel & Duke, Jack’s Lobster Shack, Belgiovine’s Grill, Absolute Zero

BY  |  Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 2:35pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

It’s our favorite news to report — a ton of new eateries open or coming soon to Montclair. Here’s the scoop:


Oh My Cod will open on Wednesday, November 30 at 103 Forest St. in Montclair, thanks to Rachael Crampsey at Montclair Bread who is launching the new chip shop offering quality Irish Styled Fish & Chips. Oh My Cod will serve both cod and whiting as well as Montclair Bread Company bread for those tasty fish sandwiches. They will also have traditional sides including mushy peas, baked beans, and curry sauce, as well as imported sodas.



Fiamma Wood-Fired Pizza, of Westfield and Millburn, has opened a third location in Montclair. Located at the former Greek Delights space on Bloomfield Ave. (used to be the Soda Pop Shop), Fiamma is a sprawling space with comfy booths serving wood-fired Acunto brick oven pizza as well as pastas, salads and subs. What we want to try: Sorrentina pie with crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, wood fired sausage, roasted peppers and basil. Individual pies (12″) are $9-11, large pie (16″) $18-19.



Also open, is Diesel & Duke, located at 39 Glenridge Ave., in the space last occupied by Andersons 1949. Check out their burgers!




Have you tried Thai-inspired rolled ice cream? Now you can. Absolute Zero opened last week at 410 Bloomfield Ave. (by the Wellmont Theater) and social media is filled with folks taking videos of the super cold, super fun treat you can customize with toppings like Pocky Sticks, pretzels, toasted marshmallow, coconut flakes, crushed oreos, berries and more. Liquid is poured onto a surface with a freezing point below zero and then gets spread out and turned into ice cream rolls. Watch and learn.

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A lobster roll after a trip to Montclair Art Museum? Sounds divine right? Get ready because Edgewater’s own Maine-style seafood shack, Jack’s Lobster Shack, will open a Montclair location in January 2017 in the space last occupied by Lalezar. What we love: A menu that offers both Maine and Connecticut style rolls along with other seafood delights.



Love Belgiovine’s Deli? Soon there will even be more to love. “It’s true,” manager Gerard Cope tells Baristanet. “We’re expanding next door and opening a casual sit down restaurant in February featuring top sirloin burgers freshly ground daily, Italian hot dogs, grilled sausages, chili, and stacked New York style pastrami and corned beef sandwiches.”

Look for the grill to have an old-fashioned vibe complete with stools and a counter where Holsten’s ice cream and Junior’s cheesecake will be the star desserts.

Baristanet Guide To Dining Out on Thanksgiving

BY  |  Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 9:30am

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, November 24. Does dining out for turkey dinner make you thankful you don’t have to cook a huge meal and then do the dishes? We’ve  got you covered.

Here are some local places to go out for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal:


Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at Strip House in Livingston. Choose a three-course prix fixe menu (Poached Pears or Butternut Squash Soup; Roasted Organic Free Range Turkey or Grilled Atlantic Salmon; Pecan or Pumpkin Pie) or enjoy signature Strip House a la carte menu items like Lobster Ravioli, Branzino or your favorite cuts of steak. Seatings from 1-9 pm, $53 pp or $29 children under 12 (plus tax + gratuity) Reservations at 973.548.0050


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The 26th Annual Pagan Thanksgiving: Anarchy in The Gravy, Plus a New Location in Montclair!

BY  |  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 9:00am

Pagan Thanksgiving

The story goes — 26 years ago, a few guys going to Montclair State decided to throw a Thanksgiving feast the Monday before the actual holiday. About 20 people showed up, and there was plenty of beer, but not much in the way of napkins and silverware. Hence the nickname: The Pagan Thanksgiving.

Throughout the years Pagan Thanksgiving has grown into a full feast with many more guests.

This year, the 26th Annual Pagan Thanksgiving shindig will take place at a new location in Montclair — Fin, but the feast is the same. They’ll be food, drink, and the annual Wishbone Grudge Match! They’ll cook up turkeys, ham, potatoes, stuffing. You bring a delicious side dish to share. If you are too busy to prepare something, no problem. Go and have fun, and please consider making a donation. Every year, the organizers of Pagan Thanksgiving collect donations for the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Your donation ensures that a hungry person receives nutritious food with dignity.

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Montclair’s 578 Grill: Think Middle Eastern Meets Chipotle

BY  |  Friday, Nov 11, 2016 2:30pm


Looking over the menu at 578 Grill, my first thought was “this can accommodate every one in my family with no problem and we’ll all be happy.” Not a small feat, considering we have eaters who are vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, slow carb, and low fat. Of course, if none of those restrictions apply to you, you will just have that many more choices at this casual new Middle Eastern eatery.

Similar in concept to a Chipotle, each person builds his own platter combining ingredients from four food categories, and then some, to end up with a personalized meal for under $10 per person.

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