Montclair Goes Mediterranean

Openings, moves and coming soon.

Montclair is going Med.

New to Montclair is a Turkish-leaning lunch-and-dinner spot, while coming soon to Upper Montclair will be a breakfast-lunch bakery-with-takeout cafe that’s a spinoff of a beloved fixture.

Zeugma Grill (and soon to be Zeugma Grill + Wine Bar; BYO for now) has opened at 44 South Park Street in Montclair. Owner Mustafa Coskin, who also owns Above Bar in South Orange, is offering a Mediterranean menu with signature Turkish dishes, including manti, the addictive Turkish dumplings. Also on tap: shish kebab and a pistachio steak burger that’s getting a good early word. There are cheese plates, salads and pastries as well.

Open daily for lunch and dinner. 973-744-0074,

Coming this September from Meny Vaknin, owner of the hyper-popular MishMish in downtown Montclair, is Marcel Bakery + Kitchen, to be located in the old Cozy End address at 631 Valley Road in Upper Montclair.

The setting will be counter-style cafe, with quick-eat options, takeout and lots of baked goods. Like MishMish, Marcel will lean Mediterranean. Mark your dine card now.

Chic Sugars, 1428 Bergen Boulevard in Fort Lee. Pastry; breakfast and lunch daily.

Sol Azteca, 328 Montgomery Street in Jersey City. Mexican, BYO; lunch and dinner daily. (Relocated from Barrow Street.) 201-433-5202.

Cucci Momma’s, 571 Route 36 in Belford (Middletown Township). Italian, BYO. Relocating from Keansburg. 732-201-0775.


In The Works:
Clasico Dominicano, 243 Thomas Street in Newark. New Dominican BBQ spot on the edge of the Ironbound. BYO. 973-578-2552.

TKO Mexican, 8 West Main Street in Freehold. Mexican, BYO. 732-637-5287.

Patisserie Florentine, 234 Closter Dock Road (Heidenburg Plaza; former Starbucks location) in Closter. French food and pastries planned for breakfast, lunch and dinner. BYO.

The Raw Squeeze, 1033 River Road in New Milford. Juice bar.

Downtown Dhaba, 31 Westwood Avenue in Westwood. Indian, BYO. Lunch and dinner daily. In the former Grange location.


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