SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much to talk About. So much to do. We’re all basically “Getting Ready for the Holiday Week” with Passover on Friday and Saturday, and Easter Sunday, April 8th. Just a few tid bits about what’s available in Scotch Plains and Westfield, followed by a list of where to go and what to do for Easter Sunday and after that.
FYI: I could not believe all of the incredible “shout-outs” I received on the “new” Don’s in Morristown. Do keep me informed of whatever charming places...and not so charming places, you’d like us to know about.
A Helpful List of Where to Go and What to Do for the Passover and Easter Holidays.
Deli King of Linden and Eddy Levy are offering a rousing Passover Menu. Give him a call: 908.925.3909
. Tell him what you’ll need, and they’ll deliver to your door.
The following items are available: Chopped Liver, Gefilte Fish with Horseradish, Matzoh Ball Soup, Roast Turkey with Passover Stuffing, Fresh Brisket of Beef, Stuffed Cabbage, Roast Chicken, Carrot Tsimis, Potato Kugel, Farfel Kugel, Cole Slaw, Health Salad, Farfel with Onions and Mushrooms
Be aware that Deli King of Linden has Special Meals available for a Special Price. Free delivery on any holiday order. Deli King of Linden is located at: 628 St. Georges Ave., Linden. Again the number: 908.925.3909
Be it Cookies, Pies, or Your Favorite Desserts, Proprietor Ralph Bencivenga and Staff At Bovella’s in Westfield, are ready for Passover and Easter. For Easter, stop by and order a Red Velvet Cake, or have Baker Bobby Fischer decorate a special cake for you and your family.
If you are celebrating Passover, Bovella's is prepared with all of your Passover favorites. You’re sure to find something tempting and delicious on all of the shelves at Bovella’s. Bovella’s Italian Pastry Shoppe, Westfield: Call: 908.232.4149
Readers of New Jersey Monthly Magazine Voted John’s Meat Market in Scotch Plains Best New Jersey Butcher for the third year. John’s Meat Market is located at 389 Park Ave., Scotch Plains. Stop by or call. Vinnie, Nickie, Charlie, Vinnie Jr. and all the rest of the guys will have your order ready and waiting for pickup. 908.322.7126
Swisse Pastry Shoppe is Baking All of Your Favorite Holiday Desserts Baker John is busy preparing all of your Passover and Easter Baked Goods at Swisse Pastry Shoppe in Scotch Plains. You’ll love his Sponge Cake, Honey Cake, Macaroons, and all the delicious treats available for the Passover and Easter holiday.
But that’s not all, this extraordinary baker is ready with bulging shelves and counters filled with fruit pies, specialty cakes, cookies, Danish pastry, brownies, and all of your favorite holiday treats. Stop by, or give him a call and place your order. You definitely won’t be sorry. Swisse Pastry Shoppe, 1711 E. 2nd Ave., Scotch Plains. Call: 908.322.4751
Easter Sunday Restaurant News:
Andiamo Restaurant will be open Easter Sunday at 1 p.m. The restaurant is located at 23 Hardenburgh Ave., Howorth: 201.384.1551
Gather in the Ballroom for a sumptuous Easter Buffet at The Bernard's Inn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those wanting a regular menu, reserve a place in the Dining Room . Guests will be offered a selection of fine meals from a delightful prix-fixe menu. The Bernard's Inn, 27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville. Call for reservations and information: 908.766.0002
Easter Sunday at Blue Morel Enjoy a Three Course Easter Sunday Dinner Time: 12.30 to 9 p.m. Cost: $59 per person; 12 and over, $59; 12 and under, $29. A children’s menu will be available. Wake up to their famous breakfast buffet with Omelet Stations: 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $19 per person (excluding tax, beverages, and gratuities.) For reservations call: 973.451.2619
. Blue Morel, 2 Whippany Road, Morristown.
Boulevard 572 in Kenilworth, will be serving an Easter brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $40 adults; $17.50 children under 10. Two menu options are available for the evening: Sunday supper: Cost; $48 to include family-style appetizers with the choice of an entree. Time: 4 to 9 p.m. Call for reservations. 908.709.1200
GARY'S WINE & MARKETPLACE The Gary's team has selected their top picks for Easter and Passover pairings:
* 2011 Hecht & Bannier Languedoc Rosé $8.99 sale
*2009 Domaine La Blaque Pierrevert $14.99 sale.
*2011 Barkan Classic Pinot Noir $9.99 sale
*2010 Binyamina Bin Series Cabernet Sauvignon $12.99 sale
Enjoy a regular a la carte dinner at Catherine Lombardi. Time:1 to 6 p.m. 3 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick . Call: 732.296.9463
Executive Chef Ryan DePersio of Fascino in Montclair, and his mom Cynthia, (who is known for her desserts), will be open on Easter Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. Look forward to an a la carte menu, as well as lovely specials for the spring. 331 Bloomfield Ave., Call for reservations: 973.233.0350
Executive Chef Mitchell Altholz at Highlawn Pavilion, Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, will be serving a four-course Easter dinner, with seatings from noon to 7:30 p.m. Cost:$59. Reservations: 973-731-3463
For more information about Easter Sunday at Liberty House Call:201.395.0300
; For more information about Stone House and Easter Sunday, Call: 908.754.1222
Luciano’s in Rahway: Easter Sunday Brunch: From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: 35 adults; $19 children; children under 12 free; Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The menu will feature Italian specialties From your favorite appetizers and pasta to veal parmigiana, chicken all different ways, and scrumptious desserts. Luciano’s Italian Ristorante, 1570 Main Street, Rahway. Call for reservations: 908.732.815.1200.
Moonshine Supper Club, Executive Chef Frank Falivene's two-course brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost: $17 per person. A three-course $29 prix-fixe menu will be available all day. A la carte dinner will be available from 3 to 9 p.m. (Price of meals does not include tax, tip or gratuities.) Moonshine Supper Club, 55 Main St., Millburn: Call for reservations: 973.218.6642
Easter Sunday Menu and Spring Menu at Restaurant Nicholas. Restaurant Nicholas, will be serving a three-course Easter menu for $65, a four-course garden menu for $65, a six-course tasting menu for $85, and a children’s menu for $32. Hours: 1 to 7 p.m. 732.345.9977
Be among the first to try their latest spring menu selections including:APPETIZERS:Caramelized Carrot Raviolini, English Peas, Mascarpone, Coriander Tea; Dungeness Crab, Puffed Amaranth, Melon Chutney, Lemon Aioli; Day Boat Sea Scallop, Sugar Snap Peas, English Pea Purée, Mint Oil: ENTREES: Trio of Colorado Lamb, Zucchini Mint Purée, Spring Beans, Lamb Jus, Grilled Florida Cobia, Asparagus Flan, White and Green Asparagus, Meyer Lemon, Butter Poached Halibut, Fiddlehead Ferns, Spinach Purée, Stinging Nettle Consommé, Filet Mignon, Potato Croquettes, Broccoli Rabe, Veal Brown Butter. DESSERTS: Pistachio Mousse, Milk Chocolate Cream, Pistachio Ice Cream. Cookies & Cream Soufflé, Sweet Cream Ice Cream, Chocolate Crumble, Mint Chocolate Pavé, White Chocolate Sorbet, Mint Chocolate Crumble. Nicholas, 160 Rte. 35 S., Red Bank. Please call: 732-345-9977
Pairings Palate and Palate in Cranford
Easter Sunday Brunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A yummy brunch sample: six layer egg stack, fresh mozzarella, wild mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, red pepper couli, balsamic molasses, ($15); blueberry stuffed French toast, coconut crunch, cream cheese soufflé, maple butter, ($12); Easter Sunday Dinner: 5 to 8 p.m. Pairings Palate and Plate, Walnut + South Ave., Cranford: Call for reservations: 908.276.4026
Stage House Tavern Restaurant and Bar, 366 Park Ave., Scotch Plains: Serving from Noon to 7 p.m. 3 course prix fixe menu on the Stage House side, A la carte dining in The Tavern. Call for reservations: 908.322.4224
Buffet Brunch: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dinner: Buffet 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, please give each restaurant location a call.
Strip House at Westminster Hotel
Strip House Executive Chef Bill Zucosky’s offerings will include:Smoked Salmon w/Caviar, Tomato Confit, Red Onion Marmalade,($16.00); Grilled Lamb T-Bone w/Warm Goat Cheese, Fingerling Potato Salad, Rosemary Vinaigrette. ($38.00), Rhubarb Strudel w/Dark Chocolate Ice Cream, ($9.00). Serving dinner from Noon to 9 p.m.; Breakfast Buffet: 8 to 11 a.m. The Strip House: Westminster Hotel, 550 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Livingston: Call for reservations. 973.548.00
Celebrate Easter Sunday at Tre Piani
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.; Enjoy an A la Carte Dinner Menu with special Easter Additions. A special Children’s menu will be available. Please note: Children under 5 are free. Reservations Suggested. Please call: 609.452.1515
. Tre Piani is located at Forestall Village Shopping Center, 120 Rockingham Row, Princeton: Call: 609.452.1515
Easter Sunday at Ursino Restaurant
One hour seating from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Ursino will be serving a seasonal, 3 course prix-fixe menu for $48 per person, and an $18 children’s menu for kids 12 and under. Both menus feature the best locally sourced ingredients of the season. Reservations are available through their website: Ursinorestaurant.com
Don’t forget to let me know any of your special “finds”,.. or whatever comments you’d like to share. Email me: Mkbrody@aol.com
Have an absolutely great week!