Ryan’s Public House
31 West Madison Avenue, Dumont
Ryan’s Public House, the new bar and restaurant replacing Frontier Room, has opened in Dumont. New owners Mike and Julie Ryan have done a complete restore of the space, with the restaurant offering pub-style eats with a good variety of Irish fare, though the Ryans expect the menu to expand.
Some items you can expect to see include corned beef and cabbage rolls, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and the Ryan couple’s American take on the classic Irish meatloaf.
The roughly 2500-square-foot space seats about 90 to 95. It will be the perfect spot for karaoke, DJs and live bands. Ryan’s Public House serves lunch, dinner and brunch; it’s open 7 days, 10:30am-2:00am.
303 Herbert Avenue, Closter
La Tabatiere, a new classic French boulangerie, has opened in Closter. The menu appears to be a rotating selection of tarts, cookies and breads with various other pastries as well. All baking is done on premises, and La Tabatiere serves a variety of coffee drinks using beans from Stumptown.
The bakery is open 5 days a week (Tuesday through Saturday), 8:00am-5:00pm.
Jack’s Lobster Shack
1040 River Road, Edgewater
Jack’s Lobster Shack, a new restaurant promising live Maine lobster and fresh seafood, has come to Edgewater. Owner Jack is bringing “Maine to you” along River Road in a casual restaurant environment that offers a menu of fish fries, fresh lobster by the pound, and seafood sandwiches such as lobster rolls. Other standout items include the lobster-grilled cheese, the shrimp tacos, and the “Philly Steak Steak,” for those who are not seafood lovers.
The BYO restaurant is open 7 days a week, 11:00am-10pm.
Francesca Gourmet Foods
1051 Main Street, River Edge
Francesca Gourmet Foods, the specialty food market combining the “heart-warming comfort food of old world Italy, with the artisan flavors of a local farm and upscale kitchen,” has opened at the New Bridge Landing shopping center in River Edge. The market, named after owner Keith Alliot’s daughter, is serving homemade prepared foods and artisanal goods.
The deli will include fresh meats and classic sandwiches. Prepared food items feature their classic specialties: meatballs, chicken parm plus seasonal specialties rotated daily. The rosticerria is a rotating carving station of meats like leg of lamb and brisket.
Keeping things local, Francesca is sourcing chicken (including fresh carved turkey and chicken breasts) from Goffle Poultry Farm in Wyckoff, NJ, while their sausage hails from across the river, from Esposito Meat Market in Hell’s Kitchen.
There are also custom salads and a market full of imported oils, vinegars, spreads and jarred specialties like roasted peppers and artichokes, as well as many cooking ingredients.
Helming the kitchen is Executive Chef Mike Matonti, who brings 20 years worth of experience in the industry from having worked at many Bergen County restaurants such as Café Panache and The Saddle River Inn, as well as at New York City’s Oceana, Lenox Room and Judson Grill. Matonti is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. Francesca Gourmet Foods is open daily beginning at 10:00am.
7701 Broadway, North Bergen
Aumm Aumm Pizzeria & Wine Bar, a new wood-burning pizzeria and Italian restaurant, has opened in North Bergen. Featuring an imported oven from Naples, the eatery boasts a menu that’s a mix of authentic Neapolitan-style pizza from Mastro Pizzaiolo Mimmo Esposito, and salads, pastas, entrees (meat, seafood, shrimp) prepared under the eye of Executive Chef Antonio Savino. Aumm Aumm also offers a 100+ bottle wine list from many regions from around the world.
Standouts on the menu include Ortolana pizza, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, eggplant, zucchini and roasted yellow and red peppers, and the Grigliata di Mare: grilled scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels and calamari.
Aumm Aumm is currently open 7 days for lunch and dinner, 12:00noon-10:00pm on weekdays; 11pm on weekends.
36 Engle Street, Englewood
Sofia, the long delayed restaurant project from Bronx restaurateur Eddy Sujak, has opened in Englewood. The restaurant is serving a menu of Italian dishes, such as homemade pasta, along with traditional steakhouse fare, all USDA Prime dry-aged beef. The menu is further complemented by a full bar of wine, cocktails and beer.
Some notable menu items include the cognac lobster tail and the Tomahawk chop from the steakhouse menu.
The restaurant also features a sophisticated and high tech filtration system at its dedicated cigar bar.
Sofia is currently open for lunch and dinner; the restaurant also made the Boozy Burbs’ Most Anticipated Restaurant List in both 2014 and 2015.
Nordstrom at Garden State Plaza
501 Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Nordstrom at Garden State Plaza has opened its latest restaurant concept Bazille, which replaces the Marketplace Café.
While Marketplace Café was considered a quick service concept, Bazille is a full service restaurant and bar. The space underwent a very significant renovation that kept the restaurant closed for a full 13 weeks.
Bazille’s concept is to be a stylish and comfortable restaurant featuring a contemporary American interpretation of bistro cuisine. The menu is “bold in flavor” with a bar menu of handcrafted cocktails and wines from many regions. Expect the menu to change about once a year, with weekly chef specials available.
The restaurant is open 6 days (Monday-Saturday), 10:00am-9:00pm with online reservations available via OpenTable.
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