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  • Pandan Room in Hackettstown is Winning
    sauce and a cucumber onion mixture hand made pork dumplings served in a boat shaped dish came with a soy ginger sauce and bamboo leaves filled with sticky rice containing pork mushroom and chestnuts All were good but not served piping hot Two of the entrees stood out The lemongrass pepper ribs brushed with brown sugar and a sweet mild chili sauce were tender and succulent Served with sautéed mixed vegetables sweet potato puree and two sauces ginger scallion and chili this dish is my I am ordering this the next time we come here choice Additionally this entrée included a salad The half roasted duck with a mild Masaman Thai curry also a winner came with rice pumpkin and a slew of vegetables including string beans red pepper and tomatoes and was topped with finely chopped peanuts Butter seared Maryland style crab cake grilled tilapia and shrimp served on a bed of Thai basil fried rice was also a generous portion paired with a sweet spicy mayo and a ginger scallion chutney Thin mae fun noodles were stir fried with chicken and vegetables with mild flavors from the yellow curry sauce Recommended Reading Amore in Woodland Park is a Great Find All dishes can be ordered mild medium hot or extra hot and although we ordered our dishes medium we found them to be mild Let the waitress know if you like your food very hot The dessert we shared was disappointing a long thin fried dough filled with peanut butter with a raspberry dipping sauce This dish read better than it tasted Open daily for dinner from 5 PM lunch Monday through Friday from 11 30 AM to 2 PM Dim Sum on Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 2 PM Pandan Room Thai Indonesian Cuisine 100 E Moore Street Hackettstown 908 850 5999 BYO Roasted duck with a Masaman Thai curry Photo courtesy of Lowell Saferstein Please send press releases and restaurant news including information on staff changes wine tastings and cooking classes to rosie njmonthly com Get dining articles like this delivered straight to your inbox Read more Eat Drink Restaurant News Table Hopping with Rosie articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A Bronx Tale Millburn

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  • Ultimate Chef New Jersey to Crown State's Best Chef
    in truffles foie gras chestnuts lamb and more The regular five course menu will also be available Restaurant Latour will be open 3 to 9 PM on Christmas Eve and 3 to 7 PM on Christmas Day Crystal Tavern brings a New American approach to Christmas with a three course menu 65 94 with wine pairing featuring Shrimp and Grits with red eye gravy Rib Roast with Yorkshire pudding and spinach and a Yule Log with chestnut cream Crystal Tavern will be serve this special menu from 5 to 10 PM Christmas Eve and Christmas Day The a la carte menu will also be available from 11 AM to 10 PM each day Recommended Reading Tickets on Sale For Frost Bites in Montclair Springs Bistro will serve a four course menu inspired by the Feast of the Seven Fishes 69 98 with wine pairing from 3 to 8 PM on Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day The regular a la carte menu will also be available At Minerals Resort Spa Route 94 Vernon NJ Kites will be serving a four course menu on Christmas Eve from 5 to 9 PM 65 88 with wine pairings Reservations for all the restaurants can be made by calling 844 207 3203 For more information and online menus click this On Christmas Eve Fascino 331 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair will offer their new seasonal a la carte menu along with winter specials Reservations 973 233 0350 A Christmas Eve Buffet will be served from 4 to 8 PM at The Grain House at the Olde Mill Inn 225 Rt 202 Basking Ridge Reservations 908 221 1150 Christmas Eve dinner will be held at the Ho Ho Kus Inn One East Franklin Turnpike Ho Ho Kus with a limited a la carte menu and specials 3 to 8 PM Reservations 201 445 4115 On December 24 Nonno s Ristorante 401 Main Street Bradley Beach 732 455 3778 will offer a family style Feast of the Seven Fishes from 4 to 6 30 PM featuring fried calamari sautéed conch with butter and garlic shrimp scampi mussels fra diavolo octopus with lemon caper sauce clams oreganata and baccala alla pizzaiola BYO From December 21 through December 24 Francesco Palmieri chef owner of the Orange Squirrel 412 Bloomfield Avenue Bloomfield will offer a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner 65 plus tax and gratuity Reservations 973 337 6421 The Peacock Inn 20 Bayard Lane Princeton will offer a three course dinner form 5 to 9 30 PM 95 children s menu 36 Reservations 609 924 1707 Celebrate Christmas Day at the Ram s Head Inn 9 West White Horse Pike Galloway with a four course prix fixe dinner Reservations 609 652 1700 Salt Creek Grille 4 Bingham Avenue Rumson will celebrate Christmas Eve with a special holiday inspired menu from 4 to 9 PM A children s menu will also be available Reservations 732 933 9272 OTHER NJ FOOD EVENTS WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16 FEAST OF SEVEN FISHES INSPIRED BY

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  • Ho-Ho-Kus Inn Boasts Smart, Savvy Staff
    beets smoked bacon and crème fraiche Nantucket Bay Scallop A colorful presentation of scallops were presented on a plate swept with beet oil Carrot risotto spiced with ginger accompanied this memorable dish Roasted Venison Rare roasted venison had a supporting cast of braised rainbow Swiss chard pearl onions baby carrots and fingerling potatoes joined with a cherry cognac sauce Onion Rings and Brussels Sprouts Cast iron dishes were used to serve both the humongous and super crispy onion rings and the sautéed Brussels sprouts drizzled with honey and sriracha giving them a sweet hot flavors On the first bite the Brussels sprouts were sweet and then the sriracha made their presence known delicious Recommended Reading Super Snacks For Super Bowl 50 Two dishes were served that are available on the Tavern menu Grilled marinated octopus was a pinterest worthy presentation with toasted fennel chorizo couscous and a Piquillo pepper Romesco sauce A highly recommended Hudson Valley duck and sweet potato gumbo was served in a soup bowl along with Andouille dirty rice and cornbread Madeleines Salads oysters burgers sandwiches and pizza are also on the Tavern menu Dessert An apple and pear tart with rosemary an innovative use of this herb was topped with brown sugar ice cream and a Baked Alaska was surrounded with cherries soaked in cognac both were gobbled down The Ho Ho Kus Inn Tavern can accommodate 150 guests in six separate dining areas on two floors The Crystal Room is stunning with dark red walls a large 1 100 bottle wine cabinet an etched glass mirror over the original marble fireplace and a dramatic crystal chandelier Guests can gather in the Library Bar or the Tavern which features an eight seat solid pine bar working fireplace and four TV s An outdoor bluestone patio is used weather permitting The Ho Ho Kus Inn is open Monday through Sunday for lunch and dinner Monday s present a dining deal as you can BYO without a corkage fee and kids eat free Ho Ho Kus Inn One East Franklin Turnpike Ho Ho Kus 201 445 4115 Grilled marinated octopus with toasted fennel chorizo couscous and Piquillo pepper Romesco sauce Duck and sweet potato gumbo with Andouille dirty rice and cornbread Madeleines Photos courtesy of Lowell Saferstein Please send press releases and restaurant news including information on staff changes wine tastings and cooking classes to rosie njmonthly com Click to enlarge images rosie17 rosie22 Get dining articles like this delivered straight to your inbox Read more Eat Drink Table Hopping with Rosie articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We

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  • Finding Versatility in Vanilla
    starters mains brunch desserts and everything in between using vanilla The gorgeous food photographs and tips on how to recognize good vanilla and store it adds to the appeal of this book Known as the dancing chef Mac Aller is a former professional ballerina and trained in the pastry kitchens of Charlie Trotter and under Sherry Yard at the original Spago Hollywood She has been published in Food Wine Gourmet Bon Appetit LA Times Magazine and in Best of Food Wine Cookbook Here is an easy recipe to try that would be great anytime ROASTED STONE FRUIT WITH VANILLA CINNAMON RED WINE By Gale Gand partner and pastry chef at TRU in Chicago Serves 4 6 2 medium plums ripe but firm 2 medium peaches ripe but firm 2 medium pears ripe but firm 1 vanilla pod split 2 tbsp honey 2 tbsp light brown sugar 2 tbsp light bodied red wine Beaujolais would be perfect ½ tsp cinnamon ¾ cup sliced almonds ¼ cup white sugar 1 large egg white Recommended Reading Valentine s Day Plans Around the State Preheat the oven to 400 F 200 C Quarter the fruit and remove all seeds and pits Do not peel Combine the vanilla pod honey sugar wine and cinnamon in a 9 inch 22 centimeter baking dish Add the fruit and toss to coat Bake until tender 20 30 minutes When the fruit is done remove it and reduce the oven temperature to 350 F 180 C Meanwhile toss the almonds and sugar together then add the egg white and mix well to coat Lightly grease a baking sheet and spread the almond mixture on it Bake the almonds turning them with a spatula every 5 minutes until golden brown and caramelized about 10 12 minutes Serve the fruit warm or at room temperature with the almonds sprinkled on top Recipe reprinted with permission from Jacqui Small LLP part of the Quarto Publishing Group 2015 Please send press releases and restaurant news including information on staff changes wine tastings and cooking classes to rosie njmonthly com Get dining articles like this delivered straight to your inbox Read more Eat Drink Table Hopping with Rosie articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift Locate a Newsstand Purchase back issues View older issues Paper Mill Playhouse presents A

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  • Cranetown Flies Into Montclair
    catching presentations prepared with finesse and lovely layers of flavors Edible flowers and lacy crepe topped pan fried pork and chive dumplings were accompanied by a soy and vinegar dipping sauce Tomato egg drop soup with a chicken broth base topped with finely sliced green scallions was a refreshing interlude during our meal while the steamed shumai one pork and one black tiger prawns and baby bamboo were chock full of ingredients and textures Our meal ended with green pea and garlic fried rice enhanced by a duck egg which added creaminess to the dish Chef Emperor grinds his spices and let us take a whiff from one of his jars It was a quite aromatic albeit heady experience Recommended Reading Episode 6 George Faison on Heritage Breeds and the NJ Situation The restaurant is decorated with pictures depicting Shanghai street scenes Chinese lanterns framed Asian fans and Chinese themed red and white wallpaper Cloth napkins and a glass full of chopsticks don the wooden tables The name Cranetown originates from two sources Azariah and Mary Crane settled in the southern section of Montclair in the late 1600 s and that part of town became known as Cranetown Additionally the crane which is the logo of the restaurant symbolizes good fortune and longevity in Asia The Safersteins should try to eat at Cranetown often The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 PM Parking will be validated at the garage on Crescent Cranetown 44 S Park Street Montclair 973 337 8722 BYO Steamed shumai Green pea and garlic fried rice with a duck egg Photos courtesy of Lowell Saferstein OTHER NJ RESTAURANT OPENINGS Bagel City Grille a full service deli and catering establishment has opened at 1004 Tabor Rd Rt 53 Morris Plains 973 998 9455 Gluten free bagels and many vegetarian options including spreads and sandwiches as well as hamburgers cheesesteaks and grilled chicken are offered Dolma offering Mediterranean cuisine has opened at 270 Grand Street Jersey City 201 433 6391 BYO The Farmer And The Chickpea a food and grocery store has opened at 3523 Rt 22 E Somerville 908 635 1684 Food is prepared daily so offerings will change weekly or seasonally Some items that are available are pizzas sweet pies potpies soups and a crispy chickpea stand Greek Eats 89 Newman Springs Road Shrewsbury 732 530 0777 BYO We only smoke the good stuff is the motto at House of Que 340 Sinatra Drive Hoboken which offers authentic Austin BBQ 201 706 8755 Valet parking available Ozu Foods a Japanese restaurant has opened at 106 Hutton Street Jersey City 201 205 2323 BYO Please send press releases and restaurant news including information on staff changes wine tastings and cooking classes to rosie njmonthly com Get dining articles like this delivered straight to your inbox Read more Eat Drink Table Hopping with Rosie articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey

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  • A Cozy Night at Da Nico in Millburn
    came with saffron rice The lamb was soft and fork tender a recommended dish The duck surrounded by broccoli and roasted potatoes was dry The menu described the duck as a half duck with crispy skin We were served two thighs and two legs We think of a half of duck as a breast wing thigh and leg The orange sauce was not overly sweet but it was poured over the duck rendering what might have been crispy skin soft Dessert was a ho hum tiramisu Da Nico was packed on a Tuesday night with regulars and could be an acceptable choice if you are going to the Paper Mill Playhouse or if you are in the Millburn area Da Nico 291 Essex Street Millburn 973 467 7873 BYO Da Nico calamari Photo courtesy of Lowell Saferstein Please send press releases and restaurant news including information on staff changes wine tastings and cooking classes to rosie njmonthly com Get dining articles like this delivered straight to your inbox Read more Eat Drink Restaurant News Table Hopping with Rosie articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7 Dining Trends to Watch in 2016 February 2016 Best New Restaurants Table of Contents Subscribe Give a Gift

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  • Montclair Food & Wine Festival Hosts Frost Bites
    a Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner that is celebrated on Christmas Eve in many parts of Italy On Wednesday December 16 Heirloom Kitchen 3853 Rt 516 Old Bridge will offer a hands on class where attendees will learn how to make Mario Batali s Feast of the Seven Fishes Dishes will include Clams with Oregano and Bread Crumbs Vongole Origanate Marinated Fresh Anchovies Alici Marinati Spaghetti with Mussels Spaghetti con le Cozze Salt Cod with Tomatoes and Capers Baccalà alla Vesuviana Broccoli Sautéed in Wine and Garlic Chocolate Chip Orange Cannoli Cannoli di Ricotta and Christmas Honey Fritters Struffoli 7 PM 95 Reservations 732 727 9444 OTHER NJ FOOD EVENTS SUNDAY DECEMBER 13 BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT THE BERNARDS INN Enjoy a festive buffet breakfast at The Bernards Inn 27 Mine Brook Road Bernardsville that includes made to order omelets pancakes with toppings bacon sausage salads fresh fruit and caroling by the Bernards High School Choir Guests will have the opportunity to meet and take photographs with Santa and delight in the spectacular Gingerbread House Special holiday treat tables for children will feature gingerbread and a selection of holiday cookies cupcakes candy canes and more 9 30 AM to 2 30 PM 35 20 children 3 to 12 years old children 2 and under Reservations 908 766 0002 Recommended Reading Amore in Woodland Park is a Great Find TUESDAY DECEMBER 15 RIEDEL GLASS COMPARATIVE TASTING An interactive comparative tasting featuring Riedel Veritas collection will be held at Mana Contemporary Fifth Floor Gallery 888 Newark Avenue Jersey City 6 30 PM 50 includes three Riedel glasses with the option to purchase more at a special price Register at this website or call 201 484 1495 for more information THURSDAY DECEMBER 17 HOLIDAY CELEBRATION The Palace at Somerset Park 333 Davidson Avenue Somerset is hosting a Holiday Celebration which includes a buffet DJ photography and holiday decorations 6 to 10 PM 60 inclusive of service charge tax and 2 free drink tickets Information or reservations 877 PALACE4 HOLIDAY MENU AND OFFAL NIGHTS AT THE BROTHERS MOON HOPEWELL Through December 23 The Brothers Moon 7 W Broad Street Hopewell will be offering a special three course holiday menu Additionally from December 16 through December 18 Offal Nights will be celebrated when chef Will cooks up the following chicken fried sweetbreads grilled chicken hearts with parsley and vinegar chicken liver pate pig s ear salad beef heart with chimichurri steak and kidney pie pig s cheek raviolis tongue tacos beef liver and onions Reservations 609 333 1330 BYO Please send press releases and restaurant news including information on staff changes wine tastings and cooking classes to rosie njmonthly com Get dining articles like this delivered straight to your inbox Read more Eat Drink Food Events Table Hopping with Rosie articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion

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  • Cretella Chairwoman for Restaurant & Hospitality Association
    Inn 1 Main Street Stockton 609 397 1250 has announced he will be offering a five course prix fixe tasting menu through January 3 2016 The menu which will be available with wine pairings features oysters pasta pork belly wagyu and chocolate 75 with wine pairings 100 The a la carte menu will be available except on Christmas Eve and New Year s Eve Chef Heckman will be presenting at the James Beard House in New York City on January 28 2016 CHEFS MICHAEL FIORIANTI AND YOHAN JEON Restaurant Development Group RDG based in Jersey City has announced that executive chef Michael Fiorianti has replaced Ed Radich at Raval 136 Newark Avenue Jersey City 201 209 1099 He is also executive chef at Satis Bistro 212 Washington Street Jersey City 201 435 5151 where Yohan Jeon is the chef de cuisine Jeon has worked in the kitchens of Jean Georges and Momofuku Recommended Reading Meet the Monkey Please send press releases and restaurant news including information on staff changes wine tastings and cooking classes to rosie njmonthly com Get dining articles like this delivered straight to your inbox Read more Eat Drink Table Hopping with Rosie articles By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly Dining Podcast If you love dining out have a passion for great food or want to hear about the latest food trends our new podcast Eating With Eric should be on your plate Listen to episodes Subscribe in iTunes 7 Songs to Comfort Christie on His Failed Presidential Bid Podcast Why We re Called The Garden State Table Hopping Jersey Shore Restaurant Week Melange in Somerville A Dress For Every Occasion NJ Father and Son s Wines Win Big 7

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