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
Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House
Bohemia Latin Cuisine
Boonsong Thai Cuisine
Pandan Asian Cuisine
Señorita’s Mexican Grill
Spice Thai Cuisine
Stamna Greek Taverna
Taste it Again Jamaican Restaurant
The Orange Squirrel
Turano Pizzeria and Restaurant
Find all the details on the Bloomfield Restaurant Week web page.