Restaurant News

This week Rosie tells us about Chakra in Paramus, the Palm in Atlantic City, the Candlewyck Diner in East Rutherford, and much more news about NJ restaurants.

Looking for a new place for lunch? Chakra, West 144 Route 4 East, Paramus (201-556-1530), which serves New American fare, is now open from noon to 3 PM Monday through Friday. Some menu items are horseradish-crusted crab cake, chili-cinnamon-glazed Chilean sea bass, TC steak, lobster roll (a pound of lobster meat on a brioche roll with hand-cut fries), Chakra burger (ten ounces of American Wagyu beef, Gruyère, applewood-smoked bacon, fries), and blackened swordfish sandwich with red slaw.


MoonShine Modern Supper Club, 55 Main Street, Millburn (973-218-6042), has some don’t-miss deals. A three-course $29 prix-fixe menu (plus tax, beverage, and gratuities) is available all night Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and from 5 to 6 PM Wednesday through Saturday. The menu, which changes seasonally, now offers cauliflower purée soup, salmon Wellington, and Key lime tart. Love to lunch? A Lunch Trio tasting, with offerings that change daily, is $12, and happy hour, Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 PM, features wines at deep discounts and draft beer at half price. During happy hour Chef Frank Falivene offers complimentary house-made snacks such as cayenne-spiced popcorn, paprika bagel chips, and lemon, Parmesan, and black pepper chips.


Through March 31, the Palm, Quarter at Tropicana, 2801 Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City (609-344-7256), will offer a two-course prix-fixe menu featuring filet mignon with cognac lobster cream sauce, tamarind-glazed sea scallops, and a choice of side for $49.95 per person.


There’s a revamped menu at the Candlewyck Diner, 179 Paterson Avenue, East Rutherford (201-933-4446), where executive chef Barry Bonser is offering diner classics with a twist as well as modern American cuisine. Menu items include chicken pot pie; pan-roasted free-range chicken with pancetta and spinach risotto; Bay of Fundy salmon with wasabi mashed potatoes, roasted beets, and citrus ginger vinaigrette; and Angus hanger steak with goat cheese and potato au gratin, frizzled onions, and red wine demi-glace. For lunch, try the Sushi on a Sub, sesame-crusted ahi tuna with avocado, Asian-style slaw, and wasabi mayonnaise on ciabatta. Candlewyck uses bread from Balthazar Bakery and also has a newly installed hearthstone oven where pizzas and flatbreads are cooked, plus a full-service bar and a dessert case filled with house-made specialties.



Whole Foods Market has opened the Wellness Club in the Princeton location, at 3495 Route 1 South. The program offers a variety of educational classes to help individuals make more informed decisions about living a healthier lifestyle. Membership also includes a 10 percent discount on some items in the store, discounted meals from the supper club, unlimited access to classes, and more. For more information, log on to:



Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, famous for the TV shows Cake Boss (Buddy Valastro) and The Next Great Baker, has a new state-of-the-art kitchen called the Cake Factory, 631 Grove Street, Jersey City, where cooking and baking classes are taught. Prices range from $125 for a Chocolate Truffles class to $300 for a Piped Fondant Layer Cake class. For more information, log on to


Maxwell’s 35, 1159 St. Georges Avenue, Colonia (732-527-0293), is now open for lunch with its full menu of fish, steaks, pasta, and burgers, plus an express lunch menu for $8.99, which comes with the choice of soup or salad.

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