Bloomfield Restaurant Week is Here!

BY  |  Sunday, Mar 04, 2012 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (11)

Bloomfield Restaurant Week starts today. It’s a chance to sample the cuisine of 24 participating restaurants at special prices and, as an extra bonus, metered parking in front of the restaurants will be free. Yesterday, Orange Squirrel owner and executive chef Francesco Palmieri laid out a spread at the restaurant week kick-off reception, which was attended by Essex County freeholder Brendan Gill, council members Michael Venezia, Nick Joanow, Carlos Bernard and Elias Chalet and many other Bloomfield A-listers.

Participants will be offering prix fixe dinner menus of $30 or less. So if you haven’t tried the Orange Squirrel — which made the Star Ledger’s 30 best meals in New Jersey list — here’s your chance. There’s also Bloomfield’s super fancy French restaurant Mes Reves, the sexy Peruvian bistro Bohemia, the brand new Taste It Again Jamaica restaurant on Glenwood Ave., and old favorites like Senoritas, Stamna, Spice Thai Cuisine and Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House.

Here’s one tip. If you haven’t yet sampled the Bangkok Delight dessert from Spice Thai Cuisine, 26 Belleville Ave., you must. Yes that’s purple ice cream that sits atop Rodgee Cao’s sticky rice masterpiece, and yes, it’s worth the calories.

Here’s a full list of participants. Please report back and let us know what you’ve tried and what was good.

Anthony’s Cheesecake Cafe
Bar Cara
Bella Napoli
Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House
Bohemia Latin Cuisine
Boonsong Thai Cuisine
Brookside Thai
Casa Turano
Fitzgerald’s 1928
Mes Reves
Momoya Sushi
Obal’s Inn
Pandan Asian Cuisine
Señorita’s Mexican Grill
Spice Thai Cuisine
Stamna Greek Taverna
Taqueria Autentica
Taste it Again Jamaican Restaurant
The Orange Squirrel
Town Pub
Turano Pizzeria and Restaurant
Vinnie’s Pizzeria

Find all the details on the Bloomfield Restaurant Week web page.


  1. POSTED BY kbanda  |  March 04, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    Gee, I’d love to participate. If only my property taxes weren’t so high and I had a job…

  2. POSTED BY htorrone  |  March 04, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    I think all b neters should meet somewhere this week. Say like Monday? Or Thursday?

  3. POSTED BY oliveoyle  |  March 04, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

    I’m gonna try the sushi at Momdya for lunch. Bella Napoli for dinner. But my favorite “restaurant week” treat will be breakfast at ANTHONY”S CHEESECAKE. Except, I’m afraid thoughtless commuters will steal the free parking meters & I’ll have to circle the block & never find a space & go home to a frozen bagel.

  4. POSTED BY Montclair Lover  |  March 04, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    Forget the “b neters”.
    (And the free-loading A-listers.)
    What about the B-listers?

  5. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  March 04, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Mes Reves (My Dreams). I ate there last week- mesclun salad (to die for what an explosion of tastes) and Sea Bass done to perfection. My friend had the Skate- also done to perfection. We finished with a chocolate mousse- melted in your mouth.

    If you can’t find parking on the street there’s a municipal lot that you can enter on Pitt St (right by the Town Pub) one block South of Mes Reves.

    Here’s their menu – the chef said they weren’t booked fully during the week- but were for the weekend.

    Mes Reves
    407 Broad St,
    Bloomfield, NJ 07003
    Monday-Thursday 5:00-9:00pm
    Friday – Saturday 5:00-10:00pm
    Phone (973) 429-4888 / Fax (973) 429-488

  6. POSTED BY pat gilleran  |  March 04, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    If you’re lucky Spice Thai won’t be fully booked on the evening that you’ve selected. What a wonderful restaurant! I love Thai food and I loooove SPICE THAI! Here’s their menu…just remember that when the menu says that a dish is HOT it IS REALLY REALLY HOT! I really reccommend the Yum Thai Duck , Thai Style.

    Spice Thai Cuisine
    26 Belleville Ave
    Bloomfield, NJ 07003

    Hours are Noon-10pm all days except Monday when they are closed

    Here’s writeup in the Patch:

  7. POSTED BY anne prince  |  March 05, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    6 of us had a wonderful meal last night at Bohemia. None of us had been there before but I can assure you that I will definitely be back!

    It’s a good thing that we all picked from the special menu since our bar tab was more than double our food 🙂

    Excellent sangria and a lovely Malbec and Rioja were consumed and enjoyed.

  8. POSTED BY creedence  |  March 05, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    “Bloomfield A-Listers”? You’re kidding, right? Anyway, Taqueria Autentica got a real nice write-up in the Sunday NY Times “Quick Bites” Metropolitan Section column. They have really gotten the service together there. Best food for the price in Bloomfield and Montclair. Check the link;

  9. POSTED BY mimimichalski  |  March 05, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    Yes, Bohemia was great and I also concur with Pat G. about Spice Thai (one of our favorites, whether or not it is restaurant week!) and Mes Reves. We definitely have that one on our list this week as well!

  10. POSTED BY ilovecoffee  |  March 05, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    Looking forward to dining out at some of the restaurants in Bloomfield, in particular Mes Reves and Bohemia. Started the week off today at Anthonys Cheesecake Cafe with my wife and had a great meal. Mixed strawberry salad, a sirloin fajita and a black & white cheesecake for just 9.95 My wife had Belgian waffles with cookie butter and fresh strawberries-all she could mutter was OMG! the place was hopping. we’ll definitely be back

  11. POSTED BY Jimmytown  |  March 05, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    I have a problem with Restaurant week. I support local restaurants, but I don’t think restaurant week is a deal. Its basically a limited menu + dessert. If I really want to try and new restaurant, I find a $25 certificate from and eat what I want sans dessert for less than what restaurant week is selling. If its a good restaurant, we put it in rotation with our other favorites. If its a bad restaurant, well at least we paid $25 less for it

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