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Alt Eats Café
622 North Maple Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus
Alt Eats Café, a new vegan cafe from the owner of Eric Alt Salon, with locations in Ho-Ho-Kus, Saddle River, Wood-Ridge and Ridgewood, has opened next door to their Maple Avenue salon location.
The vegan café offers a variety of coffee shop drinks – smoothies, coffee, cold brew on tap and lemonade – and bites – avocado toast, vegan cupcakes and yogurt bowls – and salads, such as the perfect for summer St. Barth’s salad with fresh watermelon and feta, and much more.
The café is open Saturday to Friday with “candlelight coffee” Friday nights.
City Place – 86 The Promenade, Edgewater
Izzy’s Pizzeria, a Neapolitan-style pizza shop, has opened in Edgewater with some heavy hitters in tow, including ownership from Motorino (NYC) and Greek Taverna (next door in City Place). Both of the chefs trained with Roberto Caporuscio, the pizza chef from Don Antonio and Keste (NYC).
The menu is obviously pizza along with piadinas (sandwiches), salads and Neapolitan street food, such as Saffron Arancini with fontina and potato and goat cheese croquettes. Seasonal specials, such as zucchini flowers, figs and ramps, should be expected, so keep an eye out.
Pies are crafted from imported Caputo 00 flour for the dough, which is fermented for 24 hours. They use San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy and cook the pizzas in a Gianni Acunto wood-burning oven – imported from Naples – at 850 degrees for approximately two minutes.
Sweet Green Café
25 North Spruce St., Ramsey
Sweet Green Café, a new vegan restaurant, is now operating in Ramsey. This means their kitchen is entirely animal product and byproduct free – no meat, dairy, eggs, honey, gelatin or other animal byproducts of any kind.
The restaurant owners formerly owned Skyline Luncheonette in Ringwood. After some family health issues, family members began adopting a vegan lifestyle so the idea was born to bring it to the area.
The menu offers plant-based alternatives to common favorite foods, including sandwiches, salads, soups, smoothies and more. Sweet Green is currently open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch with plans to expand the menu to include dinner and additional options as well.
501 Route 17, Paramus
Eons, the fast casual Greek concept from former Varka (Ramsey) Executive Chef and partner George Georgiades, has opened in Paramus.
After two years in Manhattan, the concept offers a menu of Mediterranean food in similar fashion to other fast casual outlets (think Chipotle) where you choose a base (pita, rice or salad) and then a protein. Georgiades has stepped up the choices with options like hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and lamb, wild caught shrimp, “sushi grade” wild octopus and more.
201 Food Fun Sports
375 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park
201 Food Fun Sports, a restaurant and bar has opened in Rochelle Park at the former BOOM Burger location. The “Family Friendly Sports Restaurant & Bar” will offer a vast menu of sushi and Italian food (pizzas, pastas, etc.) from Trovato Due and Fratellis restaurants, bar food and appetizers, like wings and burgers, using Pat LaFrieda’s custom blend.
201 is aiming to be the place to sports games on the 50 televisions present or to enjoy their happy hour or late night menus and so much more.
15 Park Ave., Rutherford
Trattoria Giotto, a new BYO Italian restaurant, has opened in Rutherford.
The concept is the brainchild from the various owners of Blue Eyes in Hoboken, Queen Margherita Trattoria in Nutley and Aroma di Napoli Bakery in Nutley, along with the former chef/owner of Spiga (Manhattan) Stefano Bosetti.
Bosetti has also previously worked as an executive chef at Ciao Bella, Mosaico, Chelsea Trattoria, Mezzogiorno, Baraonda, Bella Blu and Due Restaurant. His menu is a mix of starters, salads, charcuterie (imported from Italy), pasta, fish and meat options.