#SCBDEvent Alert: THIS Sunday, April 6 – Chef Francesco Palmieri of The .@OrangeSquirrel .@WilliamsSonoma #Montclair for Demo & #EatInk Book Signing

scbdevent

 

Chef Francesco Palmieri of the

image002

will be at

 

Williams-Sonoma

Sunday, April 6, 2014

630 Valley Road, Upper Montclair

(973) 783-1799

1pm-3pm

image004 image006

for a Demonstration and Book Signing with

“EAT INK” Author, Birk O’Halloran -

Chef Francesco is a featured Chef in this NEW book about Chefs, Recipes & Tattoos

#DealAlert: .@JSRWeek returns this Friday, April 4th #JSRWeek

dealalert

 

photo 1

The 10th Jersey Shore Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday, April 4 and goes until April 13, 2014. The week features three course dinners at top Jersey Shore Restaurants for either $20.14 or $30.14. Nearly 70 restaurants have signed up for the Spring event and the timing couldn’t be better after this long winter. The event is sponsored by JVrola Meats, Shore Foodie and Pine Belt Autos.

photo 2

Celebrating it’s 5th anniversary JSRW has become a much anticipated event for both consumers and restaurants. A post event survey in November showed the number of people who dined out more than once jumped 134% vs. a non-RW. Consumers also try new restaurants during RW. Over 65% went to a new restaurant during the November Restaurant Week. Restaurants reported dramatic revenue increases with 35% realizing increases of 31% and up.

New restaurants participating for the first time in April include Schneider’s in Avon, Blend on Main, Manasquan, Even Tide Grill, Sea Bright, Farrell’s Stout and Steak, Point Pleasant, Park East, Hazlet, Shore Points Coastal BBQ, Point Pleasant. We also welcome back previous participants Giamano’s Ristorante, Bradley Beach, Tulipano’s, Belmar and Bahr’s Landing, Highlands. Our new favorite, Coastal Chaos Waterfront Restaurant, is also participating!

Special events planned for the week include:

photo 1
First Bites: Kick-Off to Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. 6 top Jersey Shore Chefs create an extravagant 6 course small plate tasting menu paired with wines followed by strolling dessert carts featuring cheese, pastries, chocolate and port. Thursday, April 3rd, The Mill, Spring Lake Heights. Participating chefs include Michael Bonner of The Mill, Spring Lake Heights, Chris Brandl of Brandl, Belmar, Phil Deffina of David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson, Terry Eleftheriou of Shipwreck Grill, Brielle, Mike Jurusz of Chef Mike’s Atlantic Bar & Grill, Seaside Park and Lou Smith of the New Blend on Main, Manasquan

photo 2 (1)

“The Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest” returns to Bar Anticipation in Lake Como on Saturday, April 5th. Top Jersey Shore restaurants compete for the title of “Best Burger at the Shore”. Judging panel and People’s Choice award. Sponsored by BeachHaus Beers.

photo 3

Eat, Drink, Indulge: Mastering the Art of Wine Blending. A unique and interactive evening where the guest becomes the winemaker for the night. Guests will taste 4 different wines from Lyeth Estates, learn what differentiates them from one another and based on their own tastes, create their own perfect blend. Monday, April 7th. Squan Tavern, Manasquan. Tickets include wine and the best pizza at the Jersey Shore!

photo 4

Burgers, Bloodies and Brews is one of the most popular events on Saturday, April 12th. Harpoon Willy’s. From noon. Something new this time: Beer tasting flights! No advance tickets necessary.

Tickets on sale at at www.jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com. Ticketed events fill up quickly and limited tickets are available at the door.

Don’t miss out on these great events and amazing dining deals! Stay tuned and see where we will be dining by the shore over the next week! Cheers!

#SCBDEventRecap: .@GSFoodTours #LoveBites Event .@LITMJC

scbdeventrecap

photo 1

 

A few months ago I had the opportunity to attend a Garden State Food Tours (aka GSFT) event at LITM (Love is The Message) in Jersey City. I’m really happy I went because it gave me a taste of what tours are like and the type of restaurants they work with. GSFT is a company that has tours that focus on Montclair and Jersey City (which is an up and coming foodie community).

photo 2

The event itself focused on dessert bites and cocktails. The cocktails were made by the bartenders at LITM, I had the Cherry Champagne cocktail and it was delish! The desserts were brought in and served by two local vendors, Cholita Dessert Bar (formerly All Kinds of Whoopie aka AKW) and Milk Sugar Love. Both were delicious, I loved the cupcake from Cholita’s and the white chocolate lavender macaron was delish from Milk Sugar Love. It was also an honor to meet Adriana (of Cholita’s) and Emma (of Milk Sugar Love) while I was there.

3 photo 5

I had come to the event after work so I was definitely was really hungry. LITM is known for their award winning macaroni & cheese so I figured that would be a great bite for dinner. I’m so happy I got it, because it was some of the best macaroni and cheese I’ve had. I even got it with mushrooms and spinach in it. It’s phenomenal and made with Vermont cheddar, dash of nutmeg and truffles. I was so impressed I want to go back soon and have it again. While I had my amazing macaroni and cheese I also got to try one of the cocktails they have that wasn’t part of the event. It was delish and did not disappoint.

photo 3 photo 4

LITM is the perfect event space and restaurant. The cocktails are crafted to your liking and have some great top shelf ingredients for a great price. It’s also a gallery which is a great environment to be in for any creatives like myself out there. I was so happy I attended and even met with the ladies behind GSFT, Alessia and Janis.

4

I can’t wait to attend my next tour, so stay tuned as we’ll keep you up to date on where they will be next! Cheers!

#SCBDExclusive: Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant debuts this Thursday in Brick, #NJ

scbdexclusive

 

Josh and Executive Chef. Matt

Josh and Executive Chef. Matt

Get your tastebuds ready, Jersey Shore. Josh Barnhard, restaurateur of Taylor’s Dockside Restaurant and  Josh’s Coastal Chaos is back with a new restaurant– Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant.  Coastal Chaos is located ideally along the Metedeconk River on Princeton Avenue in Brick, NJ. Josh is taking up the space where his brother, Ryan Michael formerly  had his restaurant, Ryan Michael’s Waterfront Restaurant. Ryan has now taken up Josh’s old space and has a coastal barbecue concept in the works, stay tuned for details on that within the next few weeks. Now let us give you the details on what Josh has in store for you at  Coastal Chaos

photo 5

If you dined at Ryan Michael’s before this, be ready for a completely new concept. This time around, Josh is running operations and has an Executive Chef running the kitchen. Chaos’ Executive Chef, is a fellow Howell native and Howell High School graduate, Matthew Levine. Levine got his classical French training at The Culinary Education Center (an extension of Brookdale Community College)  in Asbury Park, NJ where he apprenticed under Chef John Brendesma. After graduation Levine became Executive Chef of the late Plan B in Asbury Park, Dive in Sea Bright, and last at Toast in Asbury Park. Levine told me, “I am really excited to part of the new restaurant with Josh. We are a great team and are excited to serve up ‘classy casual’, ‘chaotic comfort’ food in the new space.”

photo 3

 Coastal Chaos is definitely a foodies heaven. The lunch menu has soups, salads, and handheld items in it. This includes their take on the Caesar salad called,  Ides of March ($8.99) which has fresh romaine lettuce, grilled tomato, homemade croutons, grated asiago cheese, tossed in one of their three homemade dressings: Classic Caesar, Vegan, or Creole. I was also told that the Triple C Soup ($3.99/$5.99) is delicious and has fresh crab, herb roasted chicken, and sweet Jersey corn in it. Levine even included a the Brandesma Burger ($9.99), paying homage to his mentor, Chef John Brandesma. The burger is a seasoned half pound burger, topped with cheddar jack cheese, garlic-herb roasted tomatoes and pickled shallots. Getting hungry already?

6

Dinner is just as delectable as lunch and features dishes such as Lucky Town Clams ($9.99) which is roasted clams topped with bacon hash, chorizo, onion leeks, carrot, celery and herb and Speakeasy Shrimp Cocktail ($8.99) three shrimp with a Bloody Mary cocktail sauce. The pasta selection also isn’t to be missed with dishes like, Lobster Mac N Cheese (19.99) which has Conchigle Giganti pasta tossed in their decadent truffle and cheese sauce with chunks of Fresh Lobster meat and topped with breadcrumbs. They also have something for those who are vegetarian and vegan, Vegan Lasagna ($16.99) which has fresh, local veggies layered with a vegan red sauce and tofu ricotta. If you are looking for seafood Coastal Chao definitely has you covered with dishes like Chaotic Paella ($20.99) Big Kahuna Salmon ($18.99). Last, the Georgia Baby Backs ($19.99) are not to be missed. These ribs are slow-cooked and topped  with the house-made grilled peach BBQ sauce and served with pan roasted corn and garlic smashed potatoes.  Coastal Chaos prides itself for serving fresh, never frozen and locally sourced ingredients in their dishes.

4

The restaurant will be open for dinner opening night, this Thursday, March 20th from  4:30pm- close and will be open for lunch and dinner from this Friday. March 21st forward. They will also start serving breakfast beginning the weekend of March 29th. The breakfast menu will be the same menu from Josh’s previous breakfast & lunch concept, Josh’s  Coastal Chaos which will be sure to bring in some of his loyal regulars! Since the restaurant is along the Metedeconk River they also welcome anyone on their boats to dock & dine as they please. Coastal Chaos is currently a BYO restaurant but we hear working with a local winery is in the works.

another picture

 Coastal Chaos is a family owned and operated BYO waterfront restaurant with a fun and friendly atmosphere. It’s tastefully decorated with a magnificent, scenic view of the Metedeconk River with outstanding cuisines, fair prices, and excellent customer service.” Levine and Barnhard plan to make it to their mission to give you that exactly.  Plan on coming to the  Coastal Chaos, The Waterfront Restaurant opening this Thursday or Friday? Let us know what you think! We’d love to see you there and know Josh and Matt along with their team are ready to feed you!

photo 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#SCBDExclusive: St. Patrick’s Day Fun in the Tri-State!

scbdexclusive

stpatrickig

Whether you’re Irish by blood or Irish in spirit, you can find tons of fun ways to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day in New Jersey. The top bars and restaurants are hosting events all weekend long to help celebrate the Luck of the Irish! Check out these cool events happening in your neighborhood:

5303d6ca40c70

NCAA March Madness at The Village Pourhouse Hoboken | Sunday, March 17th – Monday, April 7th

The only place to watch the NCAA March Madness tournament is with us! With specials on everything from pitchers of beer, to our signature wings and burgers, and enough HDTV’s to watch every minute of every game….how could you say no? Join us for “March Madness” and reserve your space now! For additional information and reservations, visit this site!

K&E_SB
Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” St. Patty’s Weekend at Manhattan’s SideBAR | Saturday, March 15th – Monday, March 17th

iAdventure.com and SideBAR (115 E 15. St, NYC) bring Manhattan their 3rd Annual Kegs & Eggs “Green Breakfast” weekend bash! Join us for a weekend of everything green…Green Beer, Green Eggs, Green Bagels, Green Pancakes & of course, Lucky Charms. Tickets, including our breakfast buffet & open bar options, are available here.

OreoSliders

Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders | Little Town Hoboken

Little Town’s Executive Chef Jordan Andino is whipping up his New “Secret Menu Item!”

Try chef’s Carnival Style Deep-Fried Oreo & Ice Cream Sliders, with a scoop of Chocolate, Vanilla & Strawberry ice cream sandwiched between each warm cookie. For more information & menus please visit their website.

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities @ Red Knot @ Galloping Hill Golf Course

From Executive Chef Ralph Romano: a series of delicious Dinner Specials, including Corned Beef Sandwiches, Shepherd’s Pie and Guinness-Steamed Mussels as well as (of course!) a traditional Corned Beef Dinner ($18) with potatoes, cabbage
and carrots. Irish Soda Bread, too.

This special menu will be available Friday night, March 14th through Monday night, March 17th. Additionally: From Friday to Monday, Red Knot will be decorated for the holiday and (recorded) Irish music will be playing BUT on Saturday night, a Live band playing Irish music will be featured!

For more information and to register for these events, visit the Galloping Hill Golf Course website.

 

#SCBDReview: In Heaven at Veggie Heaven in Denville, NJ

scbdreview

 

Picture 1 (1)

I decided to try this restaurant I pass by all the time in Denville, NJ. It is called Veggie heaven. It is a 100% natural vegetarian cuisine restaurant. They pride themselves to being super healthy and vegetarian. They cook with pure olive oil and other healthy oils that all have positive nutritional value. They are an Asian inspired place as well. They create their dishes with vegetables and vegetable derivatives. They even quote on their menu that “our ‘meat’, ‘poultry’, and ‘seafood’ are made from ingenious blends of bean curd, taro root, wheat gluten, mushrooms, yams, and other vegetables.”

They are located right on the main street in the center of Denville. They start out by giving you water and a dish of a cabbage mix. It was sweet and so tasty. A great start to the meal.

Picture 2 (1)

For my meal I decided to go with a lunch special. It costs $6.95 and included a choice of soup or spring roll. The main dish had a choice of white or brown rice. I decided to start with the spring roll. It came with sweet and sour sauce to dip it in. The taste was so fresh. It was delicious and honestly was the best spring roll I have ever had. The crust was flakey but not super oily.

Picture 3 (1)

For the main dish I ordered the sweet and sour ‘chicken’ with brown rice.

Picture 4 (1)

This was outstanding. I asked if it was fried, and she said it is lightly but can be cooked without it being friend, so I took that option. Everything was delicious. The rice was soft and good, it came with broccoli and mushrooms. These were soft and fresh. The sauce I got medium spice, it was the right amount of kick to enjoy. The ‘chicken’ was delicious. It was better than chicken, it was full of flavor and was a cool consistency. It was soft but not too soft. It had a consistency similar to tofu, but more hard. It was outstanding. I even had a little left over that I brought home. It was a good portion for lunch!

I also ordered the house tea. They do have other flavors but I was unaware of this when I ordered. It was similar to Chinese tea but not as strong. It was a delicious combination to accompany my meal. This was also no additional fee for the tea.

Picture 5 (1)

The meal finished with the bill and a fortune cookie. I love finishing my tea with a fortune cookie; the combination of the two is delightful. My fortune cookie read ‘solid gains are possible today, but with a headache.’ I can relate to this. It has been a long day, but one where I accomplished a lot of difficult things. I love fortunes.

Finally my bill was under $10, it cost $7.44 with tax. Then I left a tip on top of that. It was a great deal for some amazing food. Even the average meat lover would love this place. I love a good steak, chicken, or pork dinner, but this place is outstanding no matter what type of eater you are.

I rate this place an A plus. Service was outstanding and alert, really friendly too. The food is beyond outstanding and the atmosphere is so relaxing and pleasant, it is like a getaway. Please try this place, a must go in Denville.

 

http://www.veggieheavennj.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veggie-Heaven/106379826139652

They do have other independently owned locations, listed below.

Veggie Heaven Teaneck: www.veggieheaventeaneck.com

Veggie Heaven Montclair: www.veggieheavenmontclair.com

Veggie Heaven New City: www.veggieheavennewcity.com

#SCBDEventRecap: #SCBDTeam takes Pizza Making Class at .@MilliesOldWorld

scbdeventrecap

image

Recently, the SCBD Team attended a pizza making class at Morristown, New Jersey’s own Millie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza. Millie’s is a family style restaurant that was first opened by two brothers in honor of their grandmother and boasts an extensive menu of authentic Italian cuisine prepared in wood-fire and coal-burning ovens. Read what the team had to say about Millie’s, but be warned: your taste buds will soon be screaming for a taste of Millie’s dinner menu!

Being founder & Editor-in-chief of SCBD, I am always happy and love to give my team and I awesome experiences that we all love, whether it be a food and beverage adventure, fitness, etc! I came across Millie’s this summer when Jason & I were walking through Morristown looking for a place to have dinner. We didn’t want to go to a place we ate at before and Millie’s looked interesting, and we really liked the menu. We had a superb experience that time we went so once I saw Millie’s offered pizza making classes I knew the SCBD Team and I had to check it out and fill you in on the amazing experience.

Mind you, I was jetlagged that day due to work travel the week before and I had a great time and tried not to let it get in my way. Our instructor was the executive chef, Pete. He gave us the basics on the pizza dough, showed us how to properly roll it and last, create and cook our pizzas. We were treated to lunch filled with Millie’s specialties from their vodka and marinara meatballs, signature salads, prosciutto and handmade mozzarella and more. They also provided us with their variety of fountain drinks and they had ice for us to put our wine in.  I would recommend this to any foodie who wants to have a fun party or celebration, you learn a lot about pizza making and get to enjoy the great food serve.
 - Sara Monica, The Small Chick

photo 4photo 1 (1)20140125_134936

This Small Chick, Big Deals team event was a Pizza Making Event, and I do recommend doing this with your friends or family. We were taught how to properly roll out the dough, some history of the restaurant, and the options of pizza we have. Then, our instructor explained all the choices of toppings, cheese, and sauces we could use. They had a ton of choices. I couldn’t choose just one, so I split my pizza into three sections. The first two sections I put red sauce and a white pizza base with a vegetable mix (which included eggplant, peppers, artichokes, zucchini, and mushrooms,) and I topped it with basil. The final section was a white truffle cream and Prosciutto. Once the toppings were on it, we had the chef take the pizza and cook it. It took less than 90 seconds to bake! Then it was done. I loved all three types, but my absolute favorite was the Truffle cream and Prosciutto.

photo 1 (7)

Once we got back to the table, we had meatballs waiting for us in two different sauces: Vodka and Marinara. We also had two salads, the Arcadian Salad (which had candied walnuts, gorgonzola with apple smoked bacon in an apricot vinaigrette) and an Antipasto Salad. Everything was so good, the meatballs were so big and tasted so fresh. I couldn’t choose which sauce I liked better, both were so tasty. -Kristen Heard 

My first time at Millie’s was definitely a memorable one. Pete, our instructor, was very friendly and patient with us pizza novices, and I really enjoyed learning about what it takes to make some delicious pizza. I loved how hands-on the experience was and that we could make mistakes and Pete was there to help us get it right. The best part was being able to be behind the counter and make my pizza just like the employees do. Watching the process while dining is one thing but to be a part of it was fun and exciting. The sauces and toppings to choose from were delicious from freshly made mozzarella to a truffle sauce, (what?!) which were both absolutely amazing on my pizza. After making our pizzas we came back to a table full of meatballs, salads, fresh mozzarella and prosciutto as well as an antipasto. We ended the meal with a Nutella pie which was the cherry on top of a delicious meal. I highly recommend going to Millie’s for some amazing food and a friendly staff. I will definitely go back for more deliciousness! -Kristen Lefkus 

image (1)image (2)image

If you have a chance to take one of Millie’s Worlds Pizza making classes, it is definitely a must do! Not only do you get to make your own pizza, you also get to eat it along with learning some cool facts about Millie’s Restaurant. While attending this class, I learned about two different kinds of ovens they use for their pizza making: coal-fired and wood-fired, each adding a little different touch. Peter the Chef at Millie’s teaches the class and gives hands on instructions of how to properly roll, flatten and prepare your pizza. Next, we went over to the kitchen where we were able to get creative with as many toppings and sauces as we would like. Since I couldn’t choose just one, I made four different slices in one! Our pizzas were cooking in the wood-fired oven, which bakes at 900 degrees and is finished in a matter of 90 seconds. When our pizza was finished we got to try some of their antipasti salads and their fresh mozzarella platter with prosciutto. We also had their famous meatballs! This recipe was passed down by the owner’s grandmother. You have a choice of marinara meatballs or meatballs with vodka sauce. Everything was to die for at Millie’s, but my absolute favorite was the Nutella pie for dessert which is topped with fresh cannoli cream. My experience at Millie’s was so good, I was back the next week for more! -Jessica Danto 

photo 2

Despite running late due to a “light dusting” of snow, I had a really awesome experience at Millie’s Old World Meatballs and Pizza. I walked in to a table full of beautiful salads, mozzarella cheese platters, and meatballs. I started with a plate of the arugula salad and some homemade mozzarella. The salad worked so well together, especially with the prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks. I tried the arcadian mix salad next and was equally impressed; however, the star of the dish was the applewood smoked bacon. The strips were thick and crispy, with a really deep smoky flavor. The mozzarella was creamy and incredibly fresh. There is a huge difference between mozzarella made in house and mozzarella that is brought in. Because I was late, my pizza lesson was a private lesson. I went into the kitchen prepared to show off my pizza-making abilities only to find that Neapolitan pizza is very unique. After a valiant first attempt at stretching the dough, I was ready to top my pizza. I decided to make a ½ margherita, ½ Helena pizza. I topped the margherita side with fresh basil, homemade mozzarella, tomato sauce, and sprinkled it with parmigiano reggiano. The Helena side was my own creation of white truffle cream sauce, broccoli rabe, roasted tomatoes, mushrooms, and diced onion. The pizza was so light and crispy and restored my confidence in my pizza craftsmanship. For dessert, we had nutella pizza with scoops of cannoli filling on each slice. Pizza, nutella, and cannoli: there is so much beauty in this world. I am so glad that we had this experience as a team, and I will definitely be back soon. -Helena Riede

I am so pleased that I was able to take part in the experience of learning how to make wood-fire pizza at Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza. Chef Peter and the staff provided a fun and interactive class for our group. What made the class special was learning the background and technique of what makes Millie’s pizza dough so unique. Chef Peter exudes passion for everything from the fresh and homemade ingredients down to the final product. This really shone through in his teachings and demonstrations. Savoring our homemade pizzas paired with some other house specialties that Millie’s shared with the group was the perfect end to a great afternoon. Millie’s Old World Meatballs & Pizza will definitely become a regular in my restaurant rotation!  -Missy Somers

photo 5 (3)

The Wood Fire Pizza Making Class is new to Millie’s. It is around $25 per person (tax & tip not included) and involves you making your own pizza, meatballs & salad for the table. Contact 973.267.9616 or email events@milliesoldworld.com for more information or about having your own event or private party!

#SCBDReview: Fab #Dinner .@HAVENEdgewater #NJ

scbdreview

SCBDReview_Haven_Collage

If you are looking for a great new date night restaurant, Haven Riverfront Restaurant in Edgewater is the place to go. With a gorgeous view of NYC and ambiance, Haven creates an eccentric atmosphere that is not to miss. Upon entering, you will be greeted by a hostess who immediately offers you the option to check in your coats. When walking to your table you will notice the well designed interior and dim lighting, which set the scene for a perfect night out. Waiters were very friendly and paid very close attention to detail. Waters were filled constantly and we were always asked if we needed anything else. Our waiter was EXTREMELY helpful with the menu. He was not only able to provide specific recommendations, he was also able to share a background of where they get their meat and about the food preparations. They have a very nice cocktail menu, which includes a set of holiday drinks. For an appetizer I had the Pretzel Calamari, which consisted of the perfect crunch with salty flavor. The sauces that came with this dish were a Garlic Aioli and a Marinara. The Garlic Aioli was so good that I kept it to have for my main dish.

SCBDReview_Haven_Entree

SCBD’s POV: I was so happy I was able to bring Jessica out with me to Haven Riverfront Restaurant in Edgewater, NJ for a post-interning dinner– a tradition I’ve started with all my interns who are local. I had heard such remarkable things about the restaurant from some colleagues, so I had very high expectations. Every expectation I had, they exceeded. First, as Jessica mentioned above, the drink menu was on point and very seasonal. I got a French inspired cocktail, Fleur de Lis, which was delicious. I drank it pretty quickly since it was so good! Since it was a media dinner, we were able to try different options on the menu. For an appetizer, I opted for the Yellowfin Tuna Tartare which was fab! I love tartare’s and this did not disappoint! I also got to try an oyster, which usually I’m very picky about, but was really impressed by the selection. Those were just a few that stuck out to me, but every dish I tasted did not lack any flavor. I think I’d recommend everything. For my main entree, I went with the Rosemary Leg of Lamb. That dish was phenomenal and I even brought leftovers home. I had a long commute home to the Jersey Shore that night but I couldn’t leave without sipping on a latte and trying the chocolate mousse dessert and trust me, I’m so happy I did.

SCBDReview_Haven_ChocolateMousse

I would highly recommend Haven Riverfront Restaurant to anyone whether you are coming from NYC across the river or traveling in NJ. The service is spectacular because the waiters are so knowledgeable. The chef is excellent and the food is worth every dollar. The cocktail menu is also excellent, seasonal and extensive. I know I’d definitely come back for happy hour with my friends who live in the area or even dinner. I really want to go back and try their brunch which is now offered every Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-3PM, I’m sure it’s fabulous!

*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for our meal. We were not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

#SCBDReview: Prospect Tavern

scbdreviewIt’s usually a terrible idea to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, but in this case I’m glad that I did. I not only bought enough groceries to feed a small army, but also stumbled upon my new favorite spot for food and drinks. Prospect Tavern is a relatively new restaurant, but it has gained a lot of popularity in Madison, NJ, among locals and college students alike. It has a classic tavern feel with a dining room complete with a stone fireplace and a full bar with a patio, but it wasn’t always a restaurant. The building originally housed a coal company in the late 1800s.

Prospect Tavern has a new menu, encompassing everything from tavern favorites like wings and burgers to gourmet dishes like brie and spinach stuffed pork chops and lobster mac & cheese. While I am usually partial to all things brie, I decided to try their lobster roll. As the daughter of a Maine native, I must admit that I am a bit of a lobster roll snob. My expectations were exceeded by far, especially because it was served in a toasted hot dog bun (the New England way). The roll was perfectly complimented by their sweet potato fries.

iphone 007No visit to Prospect Tavern is complete without having a drink (or two). I am a big fan of their pumpkin pie martini, but after trying the new apple cider fizz, I might be a convert. The apple cider fizz is a seasonal twist on a mimosa in a cinnamon sugar rimmed flute. It’s served with an individual bottle of prosecco, which is not only adorable, but gives you the ability to make this sweet concoction as boozy as you want. Aside from specialty drinks, Prospect Tavern offers a variety of draft and bottled beers and wines. They also have happy hours at the bar almost every night of the week including College Night on Tuesdays, which draws in a nice bar crowd.

iphone 005If you find yourself in Madison, check out Prospect Tavern for great food, drinks, and service.

#SCBDReview – Mehndi at Morristown

scbdreviewphoto 1On Friday night, the Small Chick and I got mehndi at Mehndi in Morristown from the lovely lady doing henna artwork during dinner. Every Friday night, the henna artist is there to give mehndi artwork for free on a tip-by-tip basis, with the standard tip being about $5 per person. We also enjoyed a delicious press dinner with several other local New Jersey journalists and enthusiastic foodie representatives.

              photo 3 photo 2

 The meal was served family style. Appetizers were aplenty since we were given Maachli Koliwada (deep-fried tilapia), Paneer ke Sholay (homemade Indian cottage cheese, celery, carrot, and green chili) Mango Jhinga (jumbo shrimp, onion, tomato, ginger, and fresh mango), and Tandoori Lamb Chops.

photo 4

The main course dishes were Parda Biryani (bone-in goat, basmati rice, saffron, cinnamon, clove, mint, and green chili), Bhey Kofta (lotus root dumpling and mustard termping), Baingan Bharta (eggplant concasse, green peas, tomato, onion, and whole red chili), Murgh Tikka Masala (boneless tandoor-baked chicken, onion, and tomato-based sauce), Garlic Naan and Rosemary Naan, Jeera “cumin” Rice, and House Raita.

photo 3 photo 2

Finally, the dessert was a simple but delicious Rasamalai—homemade fromage blanc dumplings in reduced milk with pistachios.

photo 5

My Harry Potter fangirl dreams came true when I drank their Hazelnut Spiced Hot Buttered Rum which was exactly the way I pictured Butterbeer to taste. The drink was made of rogue hazelnut spiced rum, unsalted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and warm water. I slept like a happy, inebriated panda that evening, curling my body up in my slumber and dreaming of visiting the SM23 Happy Hour in the near future. I also highly recommend visiting their lounge next door called SM23 which has an extremely low-key, downtown Manhattan feel due to the low-lighting, 25-and-over young urban professional crowd, and exotic cocktails. Cheers!

photo 4 photo 5

 

LINKS

MAIN WEBSITE                                       http://www.mehndimorristown.com/

BAR/LOUNGE NEXT DOOR (SM23)    http://www.sm23morristown.com/

Follow @MehndiMTown on Twitter

www.facebook.com/MehndiMtown

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...