Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Agree or disagree with the citizen-driven restaurant ratings on Yelp!?
Wednesday, February 20
Websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their local neighborhood's New York Times food critic, praising and damning behind the anonymity of a computer screen. Some peeved restaurateurs have argued Yelp! is little more than a "forum for the uninformed," a digitally-savvy clan of unsophisticated palates with little-to-no culinary education. True or not, the reviews listed on the website unquestionably impact popular perception. Will you dine at a place one newspaper critic gave a dazzling review to if the same restaurant was scorned by the unwashed masses? Maybe. Maybe not. So how does the average joe review the many restaurants in Verona and Cedar Grove? Based on Yelp!'s number of reviews, we countdown from #5 down …
Friday, June 22, 2012
A new restaurant offers a little touch of Europe in Montclair.
At only 620 square feet, Le Salbuen Cafe Market is a tiny restaurant. But it packs a big punch of European-inspired cuisine. Opened in mid-May, the restaurant run by John David Salierno and Christina Buenano Salierno of Bloomfield was full of patrons at lunchtime on Thursday. And it's easy to see why. First and foremost, the menu boasts a vast range of delicious—and unusual—options. Most popular seems to be the Walnut Street Salad priced at $13. The item, recommended by the waitress, was described on the menu as follows: Organic baby spinach, carmelized walnuts, fresh corn, figs, avocado, red onions, and egg, drizzled with roasted walnut balsamic dressing and served on top of a walnut goat cheese crust. Is your mouth watering yet? …
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Modern Meets Traditional at Sonny's on The Avenue in Verona
"One for dinner? Where would you like to sit? At a table? The counter?" I know that voice. I turn and quickly realize I'm talking to the owner, Tom Malanga. He's well-known around town for his personable nature and dedication to the Chamber of Commerce (he's currently it's president). He's also known for his "cracks" - he's a chiropractor with an office also in town. Tonight, he's also Sonny's chief operator. Who's "Sonny?" "That was my father's nickname - his real name was Salvatore. He hung out on Bloomfield Avenue in Newark, so that's where I got the name from." Looking around, it's clear that Tom picked up more than a name from his dad; the decor is the story keeping family at the heart of things. Taken with the modern, rich color …