57 Main Opens In Oldwick

Chef Scott Cutaneo launches a new venture.

57 Main at the Oldwick General Store, previously known as the Oldwick General Store, has opened under the direction of executive chef/owner Scott Cutaneo at 57 Main Street, Oldwick (908-439-2642); BYO. The restaurant serves Modern American cuisine from Tuesday through Saturday, 6 PM and accepts reservations for 20 to 25 people nightly. Prices are very approachable with appetizers form $9 to $14; entrees $29 and under, and desserts from $9 to $12. The menu will change often depending on seasonal availability. Menu items include: braised short ribs with celery-root puree and roasted butternut squash; blue-fin tuna with curry cream; and veal ravioli with roasted mushrooms. Chef Cutaneo previously owned Equus and Le Petite Chateau in Bernardsville

FRANCESCA GOURMET FOODS OPENS IN RIVER EDGE
Francesca Gourmet Foods, 1051 Main Street, River Edge (201-678-1188), has opened offering prepared foods from around the world—with a focus on classic Italian fare—made fresh daily, along with a selection of artisanal products. Individual stations are within the 6,000 square foot space such as a live mozzarella-making booth, a rosticceria carved meat station—featuring prime rib daily—sandwich/panini bar, build-your-own salads, and seasonal soup, as well as a central counter featuring dozens of rotating gourmet dishes. An assortment of artisanal products such as imported oils, vinegars, spreads and jarred specialties, alongside fresh-baked breads from Balthazar, cheeses from around the world, packaged pastas and more are also available. There are 30-seats to enjoy food on-site, or quick and easy service to grab something and be on your way. Francesca Gourmet Foods is open Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 8 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM. The team plans to launch a catering program in the coming weeks.

GREEK EATS, SHREWSBURY
George Lyristis, who owns Teak and The Bistro at Red Bank with his brothers Charlie and Taso Lyristis, has opened Greek Eats, a fast-casual, authentic Greek rotisserie at 89 Newman Springs Road, Shrewsbury (732-530-0777). The restaurant offers a build-your-own pita, salad or plate your choice of bifteki (ground beef and lamb, fresh Greek herbs); spit-fire roasted chicken, pork, or beef and lamb; spicy feta; halloumi cheese; or Santorini hummus. Guests then choose a sauce, with options including traditional tzatziki, sriracha tzatziki, harissa yogurt, lado sauce, chipotle cilantro cream, Greek vinaigrette, Greek chimichurri or avocado tzatziki. Additional toppings, including crumbled feta, Kalamata olives, pickled onions, are available, as well as a range of sides, including village fries (fresh thyme, rosemary sea salt and grated Greek cheese), saffron rice pilaf, ancient grain salad and more. For those interested in a sandwich, the Greek Eats’ ‘Sanmuches’ section includes seven options, ranging from the Titan (beef and lamb, lettuce, tomato, pickles onion and harissa yogurt) to Liga Polla (fava hummus, super greens, tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives and Greek vinaigrette) and an assortment in between. A kids’ meal section, as well as frozen Greek yogurts,  are alsoavailable. Open from 10 AM to 10 PM daily.

OTHER NJ RESTAURANT OPENINGS
Aumm Aumm Pizzeria & Wine Bar,
7701 Broadway North Bergen (201-713-9937). Along with 100-plus wines and pizzas made in a wood-burning stove, salads, pastas and entrees are on the menu.

The Archer Bar, offering cocktails and a limited menu, has opened at 176 Newark Avenue, Jersey City (201-309-1090).

 Bazille at Nordstrom, Garden State Plaza, Paramus, has replaced Marketplace Café. The menu features contemporary American cuisine such as: grilled farm bread bruschetta; blue cheese and pear salad; prosciutto and arugula salad pizza; prime rib French dip; and roasted chicken pommes frites. Calories are listed with the menu offerings. A full bar menu is also available. Reservations can be made on Open Table.

 Dark Side of the Moo Cafe,  a food truck winner of the Top Truck 2015 Monmouth Park Food Truck Wars, has opened at 52 Bowers Street, Jersey City (201-216-0495). The restaurant offers burgers, sandwiches and sides, as well as game meats such as bison, kangaroo and elk burgers; alligator sausage; and wild boar.

Burgers, salads, sides, shakes and malts are offered at the newly opened Habit Burger, 178 Rt 35 S, Eatontown.

Lili’s Bistro, has opened at 251 Pascack Road, Washington Township (201-664-5454); BYO. Menu items include soups, salads, pastas, seafood and meat entrees. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

The Spot has opened at 104 Walnut Street, Montclair, offering comfort food, including mac n’ cheese, grilled cheese, burgers, salads, sandwiches and soup. The restaurant is BYO, but celebrates Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 4:30 PM with any snack for $5; any two snacks for $10 and any two snacks and a drink for $12.

CLOSINGS

Baked in a Cup, Ramsey

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