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#1440142 Anyone know where to get "Omurice" in NNJ

Posted by paryzer on 17 April 2019 - 01:18 AM

If you are willing to go into Manhattan, Hi-Collar at 214 E. 10th Street has several versions of Omurice for lunch only (11 to 4).

https://www.hi-collar.com/day


#1440118 Osteria Crescendo...Westwood

Posted by paryzer on 16 April 2019 - 07:03 PM

Thanks for the reports. Looking forward to trying it. Regarding price...if I can pay Manhattan prices and get Manhattan-quality food with an hour+ less driving, no traffic, no expensive garage, and an hour+ less babysitter, I'm totally ok with that. We shall see!

I'm looking forward to your report Tubbs. If you don't mind paying Manhattan prices, then I think you will love this restaurant. The food was outstanding, and just a little different than what is offered at Viaggio. We eat out a couple of times a week, so I have to stretch my dining out budget into a couple of meals, and don't want to blow it all on one meal.




#1440104 Osteria Crescendo...Westwood

Posted by paryzer on 16 April 2019 - 01:03 AM

Thanks for the recommendations E.L.A. We definitely have to give Mezza in Westwood a try. We tried the one in Livingston and weren’t as impressed. The food wasn’t bad but the indifferent service turned us off.

By the way Chef Robbie is having trouble getting help. He is still looking for some cooks and servers. Friday night they were slammed and only had 3 servers. They literally had a line out the door since they didn’t have enough servers to take care of them all.


#1440054 Osteria Crescendo...Westwood

Posted by paryzer on 14 April 2019 - 05:04 PM

Nice write up E.L.A.! Thanks for the parking recommendations. Yes, the waiters in Viaggio are very rehearsed as well. They must teach them from a script :) The tile floors are going to be a nightmare for Mrs. P. who only wears high heels. She already fell and broke her wrist last year on a concrete floor at another restaurant. I'll have to hold her hand when we walk in.I was eyeing that funghi crespelle or the gnocchi, as well as the 14 month prosciutto to start. Chef Robbie used to make the most pillow soft gnocchi at Viaggio until he took it off of the menu for some reason. We also might share the whole branzino, but your scallop and prosciutto dish also sounded really good. I'm looking forward to it.




#1439946 [Wayne] Viaggio

Posted by paryzer on 11 April 2019 - 11:05 AM

E.L.A, how was Osteria Crescendo? Was it that bad (since we haven't heard back from you) ;) How was the renovation? Does it look better than Baci did? What did you eat?




#1439942 Supper

Posted by paryzer on 10 April 2019 - 10:48 PM

Mrs. P made an awesome pan seared boneless quail salad with roasted sugar snap peas, mini peppers, Brussels sprouts, red onions, shredded sweet and smoky beets, red grapes, arugula, in a reduced balsamic syrup :P 

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#1439873 [Wayne] Viaggio

Posted by paryzer on 09 April 2019 - 12:06 PM

I’m looking forward to your report!


#1439815 Esty Street...April 2019

Posted by paryzer on 08 April 2019 - 02:20 PM

Excellent write up E.L.A. This sounds like an amazing restaurant. I would love to try it, but I don't think they have any wines under $50 a bottle LOL. Most of their wines are in the triple digits. I doubt that they would let me bring my own wine with a corkage fee LOL.

 

As far as posting pictures it is very convoluted. You would have to sign up for a service like imgur.com and upload your pictures there. Once you are signed into imgur.com you would click on your user name on the top right hand corner, then images, then add images. After you upload your image, you click on that image, and on the right hand there is a box that says view and edit post. On the bottom of that box there is a field that says sizes. You choose the size you want (i.e. small square, huge thumbnail, etc). Then you click on the the 'copy' button of the 2nd field that says 'direct link'. You then click on the little green square icon in Mouthfuls that says 'image' and paste the URL from imgur into that field (control/V). I hope that helps.




#1439692 Strange request...near West Orange...dinner, Friday night

Posted by paryzer on 03 April 2019 - 10:53 PM

I haven’t been to Montclair Social Club but I heard it is very noisy. It might be difficult to have a conversation. If you want a really nice dinner, and are ok without having any live entertainment, then I would highly recommend Laurel and Sage in Montclair. If you don't mind Spanish food, Sayola in Montclair is a beautiful looking new restaurant with exemplary service. Both are BYO’s.


#1439668 Supper

Posted by paryzer on 02 April 2019 - 11:36 PM

Mrs. P made rabbit browned in olive oil with red and white onions, garlic, shallots, white wine, mustard, chicken broth, salt and pepper with fresh shaved orange rind on top :P  She also made an excellent side dish of roasted fennel, leeks, red and white onions, sugar snap peas, sweet peas, sautéed in olive oil with salt and pepper. 

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#1439575 [Wayne] Viaggio

Posted by paryzer on 01 April 2019 - 08:37 PM

Viaggio Chef Robbie Felice's new restaurant in Westwood called Osteria Crescendo has their grand opening on April 9th and is taking reservations through Open Table. They had a soft friends and family opening the other day. Below is a link to their menu. It looks very expensive. Some larger family style steaks made for sharing below. He cures and ages his own meats. Below is a picture of the black angus ribeye from their Instagram page.

https://osteriacrescendo.com/menu/

 

 

Florentine Steak | 135 
30 day dry aged local black angus porterhouse 
porcini | rosemary potatoes | black truffle mustard 
dry aged beef fat bittersweet onion sweet

Tomahawk Reserva Ribeye | 175 
60 day dry aged local black angus ribeye 
rosemary potatoes | dry aged beef fat sweet and sour chips | dry aged beef fat sauce

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#1439161 Supper

Posted by paryzer on 23 March 2019 - 04:47 PM

This week Mrs. P was able to make three meals out of a huge Costco chicken. The first night she made beer can chicken. She already removed it from the beer can before I could take the picture. The next day she made chicken tostadas out of the leftover beer can chicken. She baked the tortilla to make it nice and crispy, and easier to hold. Besides the pulled chicken, the tostada contained fresh garlic, red onions, chopped red, yellow, and orange mini peppers, chipotle powder, hoisin sauce, homemade guacamole, radishes, green onions, fresh parsley, queso cotija cheese, English cucumbers, and arugula. With the final leftovers she made a deconstructed chicken taco using the same ingredients as yesterday’s chicken tostadas plus shredded smoky beets (from Fairway) plus blue corn tortilla chips, from Trader Joe’s. We had air fried mini peppers on the side.

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#1438873 What's with the no activity?

Posted by paryzer on 16 March 2019 - 04:02 PM

 

I tried posting regularly, but then got beat up for only writing about restaurants near me, and not further up North near the other posters (who never post about their dining experiences, but like to complain), so I just gave up. I now mainly post on Instagram, or another food blog which is much more welcoming. ELA, of course, you are the exception. I always enjoy your posts. I really miss Rail Paul.

 

paryzer -- interesting, and I was unaware. First, I don't understand the "got beat up" thing. 

 

Well, I think a few of the bullies were tired of me posting about the same restaurants each time (like Laurel & Sage, Cafe Panache, Tillies, Viaggio, etc.), even though I would only post the new and interesting specials that they had that time, and not the same meals. It just wasn't worth it. 

ELA, you should give Hungry Onion a try. They have a New Jersey section. Although the majority of the members are from Central Jersey they are very friendly and welcoming, and are looking for more North Jersey posters. I actually met a few of them and had dinner with them. They have little HOdowns (HO for Hungry Onion) at some of the restaurants and invite everyone that is interested.




#1438871 [Wayne] Viaggio

Posted by paryzer on 16 March 2019 - 03:51 PM

I think the new place won't be as gourmet as Viaggio. Chef Robbie is looking to serve 'Italian street food' at the bar, and will also have a lot of fresh pastas and maybe some large family style dishes. When we were there over the weekend he had an excellent appetizer special of tramezzini carozza which is basically a fried cheese sandwich with mozzarella, stracchino, and mortadella, that is tempura battered and fried. He was trying it out at Viaggio and plans on serving it at the new restaurant Osteria Crescendo.

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They also had an excellent pasta special of squid ink linguine with uni butter, ground salumi, and scallions.

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#1438835 What's with the no activity?

Posted by paryzer on 16 March 2019 - 12:12 AM

I tried posting regularly, but then got beat up for only writing about restaurants near me, and not further up North near the other posters (who never post about their dining experiences, but like to complain), so I just gave up. I now mainly post on Instagram, or another food blog which is much more welcoming. ELA, of course, you are the exception. I always enjoy your posts. I really miss Rail Paul.