The Morris Tap & Grill had a grand reopening recently with a newly designed bar area with an 8-foot communal table, 50 different local, domestic and international beers on tap and a new menu featuring street-fair/food-truck-inspired dishes from executive chef/partner, restaurateur, author and Food Network Chopped champion Eric LeVine.
The menu is large and has many ethnic cuisines such as poke tuna, chili bowls, steamed buns, pulled pork and pasta bowls as well as comfort foods, including mac and cheese, Not-Your-Mother’s grilled cheese served with chicken noodle soup, tacos, pizzettas, chicken and waffles and burgers. Vegetarians are not forgotten and the “Garden Section” on the menu features interesting options including: roasted cauliflower with dates, toasted pine nuts, pearl onions and a date olive sauce; and a mushroom stack made with four types of mushrooms plated with bok choy. Common plates (entrees) include a crispy-skin salmon, braised cod, NY strip, grilled pork chop and roasted half chicken.
Potato chips that have been dry rubbed with seven spices and a mayonnaise-based dipping sauce were placed on our table with a large bottle of water; a pleasant beginning. You could hear the crunch as we bit into an appetizer of sweet and spicy duck legs (four to an order), which came with a spicy sriracha slaw. Acorn squash, a beautiful and colorful presentation was filled with Brussels sprouts, honey-roasted almonds, cranberries and red onion; it was scrumptious. Although the entrees were tasty and beautifully plated they were immediately brought to our table after our app plates were removed, and we would have preferred if the tacos (3 to an order) filled with blackened cod and pickled red onion slaw, as well as the short ribs with mashed potatoes, yellow and green zucchini and broccoli, were served at a hotter temperature.
Chef LeVine is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and worked under celebrity chef David Burke at the River Café, chef Jean-Louis Le Massion from Le Petite Café in France, chef Giovanni Brunell at Il Tratattoire da Familia in Italy, master chef Lee Ho of Otani from Japan and Marriott Marquis in New York City.
Open daily from noon.
Morris Tap & Grill
500 Route 10 W
Acorn squash, stuffed with Brussels sprouts, honey-roasted almonds, cranberries and red onion.
Photo courtesy of Lowell Saferstein
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