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BIG BOWLS, LITTLE PLATES
16 Glen Road, Rutherford
Big Bowls Little Plates, a ramen (big bowls) and small dishes (little plates) restaurant, can now be found in Rutherford, thanks to the owners of Village Restaurant Group (Village Gourmet – Rutherford, Taos – East Rutherford, Delmonico Steakhouse, Tina Louise – Carlstadt).
The space for this “Modern+Rustic+Fast+Casual” noodle house was completely renovated from the former Bergen Burger location.
The menu features ramen with meat and veggie broths, as well as some traditional and non-traditional plays on the classic noodle dish. Like many NYC ramen shops, they are using local ramen purveyor Sun Noodle.
The menu also offers small plates such as typical appetizers, dumplings, wontons, raviolis and buns—mostly Asian-style dishes—with about seven dipping sauces from which to choose. For drinks, they’ll tempt you with fresh squeezed lemonade, orangeade and limeade.
Customers order at the counter; they check boxes on the menu and pay, then wait to have food brought to their table when ready.
700 Plaza Drive, Secaucus
It’s been a long road for “better burger” chain BurgerFi in Secaucus. But after the initial announcement coming well over two years ago, the restaurant has finally opened.
BurgerFi burgers are made from all-natural Angus beef where the cattle are humanely raised, 100% antibiotic free, hormone free, and fed a vegetarian and natural diet. Other specialty items include Wagyu Kobe beef hot dogs, veggie quinoa burgers, hand cut fries and onion rings. There are also a number of gluten-free options, plus frozen custards and natural cane sugar sodas courtesy of Mexican Coca-Cola products.
The fast-casual dining room features environmentally sustainable elements like recycled furniture and fans that use 66% less electricity.
MITCHELL’S FISH MARKET
541 River Road, Edgewater
Replacing The Crab House, Mitchell’s Fish Market, a new seafood restaurant and bar, has opened in Edgewater. The first New Jersey location for Mitchell’s, this new eatery is housed in a nearly 10,000-square feet space overlooking Manhattan along the Hudson River.
The open-floor plan includes the main dining room, lounge, outdoor dining patio (Hudson Terrace), and the Manhattan Room for private events.
In addition to panoramic river views, guests will enjoy an upscale interior featuring wood pillars, vaulted ceilings, locally themed murals and a refined bar perfect for watching sports games, a night out with the girls or networking with colleagues.
Mitchell’s offers a diverse menu of traditional and some not-so-traditional seafood dishes, such as a charbroiled medley of oysters, shrimp and clams, iced seafood towers, smokin’ hot sizzle platters, small plates and house-made desserts.
In addition, Mitchell’s Fish Market will boast a fine wine collection that includes Cakebread Chardonnay, Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon, Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Joining the Mitchell’s Fish Market team are Victor Rezabala, who will serve as the general manager, and Anthony Assenzio, serving as executive chef. The restaurant is open seven days a week.
WHITE MAPLE CAFE
47 E Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood
White Maple Cafe, a contemporary American restaurant with a selection of familiar dishes with a local focus comprised of “seasonal, sustainable, and antibiotic-free ingredients” from owner Ryan Brining of Daniel in NYC, has opened in Ridgewood.
Brining has launched with a menu of soups, salads, flatbreads and main dishes featuring chicken, steak and fish. It’s rounded out with wine from Ventimiglia Vineyard and a mocktail menu, not to mention house-made sodas and milkshakes crafted from gelato made at small batch purveyor Bucket & Bay in Jersey City.
The restaurant has 50 seats in the dining room and an additional 16 on the outside patio. The space has been renovated from the previous bakery with a new mosaic tile floor, hand-hewn barn beams, exposed brick and concrete countertops.
White Maple Cafe will be open seven days for dinner, with lunch service weekdays (Monday-Friday). It will also offer brunch, which is expected to launch soon.
HEARTH & TAP CO.
125 Kinderkamack Road, Montvale
Hearth and Tap Co., the new gastropub in Montvale, is now open for business. Owner Fintan Seeley, who owned the location’s previous Porter House, has ditched the steakhouse for a more casual dining experience with a new focus of “craft food and drink”.
The seasonal, farm-to-table menus from Chef Paul Bazzini—utilizing purveyors like Goffle Farms located within an approximate 60- to 70-mile radius—is designed to emphasize that good food doesn’t need to be expensive. The menu includes many dishes, like flatbreads and skillet recipes, cooked in a wood-burning oven; there’s also a bar showcasing craft beers and craft cocktails.
The main dining room has been divided into two rooms, a non-smoking bar and a non-smoking dining room. Smoking will still be allowed in the other smoking bar. Seeley will also be offering both food and growler delivery, with dinner and lunch service available.
JOHN’S FRIED CHICKEN
613 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park
John’s Fried Chicken, the fried chicken chain already around North Jersey with locations in Guttenberg and Union City, and one in Manhattan, has added a new spot in Cliffside Park. John’s has had quite a run since opening its first storefront in 1974, even being crowned Best Fried Chicken in NYC by the Daily News in 2011.
The menu covers fried and rotisserie chicken along with requisite sides like potatoes, rice, coleslaw and more. According to its website, the chicken is a result of their special seasoning, a “treasure that has been passed down from generation to generation” in their family.
The simple menu features a Dominican twist, offering alternative options such as pernil, chicharron de cerdo, or side orders like arepitas and yucca.
The restaurant is open daily 10am-11pm.