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Lobster Rolls at Westfield Seafood

Westfield Seafood sells a great lobster salad sandwich all year, but starting mid-July, they offer a no kidding lobster roll. They put all the meat from a freshly cooked 1 ¼ pound lobster on a butter grilled top split hot dog roll and serve it with a touch of mayo and a side of fries. This is what summer tastes like!  220 South Ave. W., 908.233.3042.  www.westfieldseafood.com  

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Spring is a time for new menus, new flavor and seasonal dishes. Here are a few newsworthy things taking place this month in our downtown eateries and food establishments. 

Limani Seafood Grill
Limani has done it again! They were featured live on Fox 5 TV on Good Day New York, Friday, March 23.  Watch it here! 235 North Ave. W., 908.233.0052. www.limaniseafood.com  

Emack & Bolio's - Westfield 
Emack & Bolio's invented the flavored cone in 1980 and have been improving on the concept ever since, making the perfect accessory to their super premium Ice cream. Try their chocolate and "Marsh"mellow covered cones with your choice of Oreos, Rice Krispies, Fruit Loops, Fruity Pebbles and other flavors. Their Master Chocolatier, Michael Murphy, has also been making hand-made chocolates for over 20 years. He makes and dips several dozen varieties of unique funky chocolates which are regularly sold at their shop next to the Rialto Theatre. 258 E. Broad St., 908.228.3967. www.emackandbolios.com 

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Grand Openings April 2018

Grand Openings April 2018

YESTERcades, a classic and modern video game arcade for the whole family, is opening very soon at 151 E. Broad St. www.facebook.com/yestercades3 

Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio is now open at 407 S. Ave. W. Brassy Buddha Yoga Studio is having a ribbon cutting on April 20 at 11am. 908.230.4047.  www.brassybuddhayoga.com

Outta Hand Pizza is now open at 311 South Ave. W. They offer pizza, pasta, salads, Italian dishes and more, plus catering and delivery. The owners invite and welcome you to their Grand Opening on April 20 with 20% off your orders during that weekend. In the meanwhile, mention this newsletter with your order to receive 10% off. 908.233.9300. www.outtahandpizza.com

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Grand Openings March 2018

Grand Openings March 2018

Outta Hand Pizza is now open at 311 South Ave. W. They offer pizza, pasta, salads, Italian dishes and more, and they do catering and deliver. 908.233.9300. www.outtahandpizza.com 

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Ambeli Greek Taverna of Cranford is opening a second location in Westfield at 39 Elm St., 908.272.4111. www.facebook.com/AmbeliGreekTaverna 

Boxwood Coffee Roastery is coming soon to 143 E. Broad St. (in the location formerly Panera). Boxwood Coffee is a family run coffee shop and roaster based in Summit, NJ established in 2014 by husband and wife team Stephen and Erin Bellamy. www.boxwoodcoffee.com 

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Restaurant Hunter from FiOS1 News Reviews Two Westfield Restaurants: Chez Catherine & Limani Seafood Grill

Restaurant Hunter from FiOS1 News Reviews Two Westfield Restaurants: Chez Catherine & Limani Seafood Grill

Emmy winner Christine Sloan searches for the best eats in New Jersey. Her segment airs Thursdays at 8pm on Verizon FiOS1 News. On january 18, 2018 she aired a Westfield segment and reviewed two of our Downtown restaurants. 

"French Cuisine with a Flair" 

Watch what Restaurant Hunter had to say about Chez Catherine (431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011). She talks with French owner Stephane Bocket about his intimate restaurant, escargot, dover sole filleted tableside, his mother's chocolate mousse, and chef Christine's Grand Marnier souffle. Watch it here: www.fios1news.com/newjersey/restaurant-hunter-chez-catherine-westfield

"Flavorful Dishes at Limani Seafood Grill" 

Check out this awesome segment on Flavorful Dishes at Limani Seafood Grill (235 North Avenue W., 908.233.0052). It features Limani's flavorful Greek dishes (including their Shrimp Santorini) and showcases owners George and Vasilia Vastardis. Watch it here:  

www.fios1news.com/newjersey/restaurant-hunter-limani-seafood-grill-westfield 

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Dine Out Westfield, Downtown Westfield's Annual Prix Fixe Culinary Event, is Underway (February 25 - March 8) with Fresh New Options 

Dine Out Westfield, Downtown Westfield's Annual Prix Fixe Culinary Event, is Underway (February 25 - March 8) with Fresh New Options 

Attention foodies! This year Dine Out Westfield will be held Sunday, February 25 - Thursday, March 8, 2018. 

The Downtown Westfield Corporation (DWC) sponsors Dine Out Westfield to celebrate local dining at affordable prices. Participating restaurants offer two or more course prix fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner. Participating restaurants' menus will be published in advance (when available) for review before making a reservation. This event spans two weeks, with Friday and Saturday excluded. Tax, gratuity and beverages are not included.

Dine Out Westfield is an annual culinary event with various wine and liquor options. Participating restaurants with liquor licenses will be making recommendations for wines, beers and cocktails along with their food menus. Several wineries sell wines by the bottle in a handful of our restaurants. Local liquor stores NosVino and The Liquor Basket are making wine recommendations for other BYOB restaurants and are offering discounts for sales by the bottle. NosVino will even deliver wine bottles tableside to those who order in advance! 

This event offers diners great deals on tasty prix fixe lunch and dinner menus with unique and varied offerings. Prices and number of courses vary by restaurant, so diners are encouraged to browse the list and find one that fits their appetite and budget before calling the restaurant directly for reservations.

Many thanks to Mayor Brindle's Media Council for creating the wonderful Dine Out Westfield video!

See the list of participating restaurants and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) below. Don't forget to post your dining photos on Instagram #dineoutwestfield. Bon Appetit!

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Valentine's Day Essential Gifts

Valentine's Day Essential Gifts

Look no further than Downtown Westfield for the perfect gift for those important people in your life on Valentine's Day. Here are some of the best places to get the essentials. Show your love for your Valentine and our downtown businesses at the same time!

Flowers: 

  • Blue Jasmine Floral Design & Boutique - 23 Elm St., 908.232.2393
  • Flower Art by Design Contempo - 103 Prospect St., 908.301.0300 
  • The Green Room - 605 South Ave. W., 908.518.0400

Chocolates: 

  • Brummer's Chocolates - 125 E. Broad St., 908.232.1904 
  • The Chocolate Bar -112 Quimby St., 908.389.9000
  • Kilwins - 9 Elm St., 908.264.7476 

Champagne: 

  • NosVino - 127 Central Ave., 232.5050
  • The Liquor Basket - 115 Quimby St., 908.232.1900 
  • Trader Joe's - 155 Elm St., 908.301.0910
  • Westfield Wine & Liquors - 276 North Ave. E., 908.232.1133

Jewelry: 

  • Adler's Jewelers - 219 North Ave. W., 908.233.6900
  • Alex and Ani - 299 E. Broad St., 908.264.8157
  • Bridget's Irish Cottage - 15 E. Broad St.. 908.789.0909
  • The Farmhouse Store - 221 E. Broad St., 908.654.0444
  • The French Martini - 41 Elm St., 917.532.5776 
  • Gordin & Sons Jewelers - 135 E. Broad St., 908.232.0736
  • Juxtapose Gallery - 58 Elm St., 908.232.3278
  • Lord & Taylor - 609 North Ave., 908.233.6600
  • N & C Jewelers - 102 Quimby St., 908.233.3380 
  • Robert Anthony Jewelry - 254 E. Broad St., 908.317.5800 
  • Tamar Jewelry - 55 Elm St., 908.317.0180

Lingerie: 

  • Lord & Taylor - 609 North Ave., 908.233.6600
  • Victoria's Secret - 233 E. Broad St., 908.518.0859

Gift Certificates: 

Cakes/Cookies: 

  • Bovella's Pastry Shoppe - 101 E. Broad St. 908.232.4149 
  • Carlo's Bakery - 21 E. Broad St., 908.228.5525
  • Tutti Baci Italian Bakery & Deli - 401 South Ave. W., 908.317.9200

Dinner Reservations: 

  • See the Food & Wine section in this issue for ideas, or view a complete list of restaurants.
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Chez Catherine: A New Touch on a French Classic

Chez Catherine: A New Touch on a French Classic

Westfield NJ -- A new wine cellar and tasting room for private parties, a summer menu, a renovated dining room, new owners and a new chef….. This is what you can expect at Chez Catherine in Westfield NJ, a restaurant known as one of New Jersey’s top destinations since 1979 for classic French cuisine.

Former maître d'hôtel, now restaurateur Stephan Bocket and his business partner Michael Cowan recently purchased this renowned restaurant and have invigorated the Westfield staple in many ways, including a fresh staff headed by Executive Chef Christine Migton.

The grand re‐opening showcases a fresh and elegant European feel to its dining room with a plaster stone effect on the walls, a beautiful coffered ceiling with elegant lighting, all creating a warm comfortable ambiance.

The new menu offers many classic dishes including Dover Sole prepared tableside and other enticing new dishes prepared by Executive Chef Migton. The wild, whole Dover Sole is sautéed in brown butter with fresh lemon juice and is delicious and simple. For dessert, the soufflés are superb and come in a variety of seasonal flavors including hazelnut, mango, lemon and Grand Marnier. Seasonal menus are always changing. Don’t miss their mid-week lunch special (Tuesday – Friday) featuring two-courses for $25.

The wine cellar and tasting room downstairs can accommodate private parties up to 20 people with prix fixe menus. A fresco painted wall and wine bottle storage displays make for an intimate and sophisticated event space.

Chez Catherine has its own special monthly events as well, such as wine dinners and a Bastille Day celebration in July. Subscribe to their mailing list to be notified of upcoming events.

Owner Stephan Bocket brings 32 years of hospitality experience into this new venture. Stephan has worked alongside many renowned chefs and restaurateurs including Chef Alain Ducasse in both Paris and New York. It is with these experiences that Stephan brings a heightened level of consistency to the operations of the Chez Catherine creating an extraordinary experience with impeccable service.

Executive Chef Christine Migton started her career at Chez Catherine in 2003 as a Chef Tourant and has honed her culinary skillset at some of New Jersey’s best restaurants before her recent return to Chez Catherine’s kitchen as Sous Chef. Now elevated to Executive Chef, Christine brings traditional classic French cuisine to a new generation of sophisticated diners.

Call for reservations at this reimagined classic. You won’t be disappointed. Free self-parking is provided on the premises.

431 North Ave. W., 908.654.4011.  www.chezcatherine.com 

Photo:  Executive Chef Christine Migton and Co-owner Stephan Bocket welcome diners to a new renovated Chez Catherine. Photo courtesy of Chez Catherine.

 

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Grand Openings in February 2017

Grand Openings in February 2017

Amazing Lash Studio is now open at 225 E. Broad St. and is dedicated to raising the bar on perfection, lasting beauty and professionalism in eyelash extensions. Get your first set of eyelash extensions for only $79.99, so stop in today. 908.312.3770.

www.amazinglashstudio.com

Rock 'n' Joe Coffee Bar is under new ownership. You may see the familiar face of longtime resident Greg Gradel who is busy making changes to the interior, exterior and menu. 20 Prospect St., 908.232.1660. www.rocknjoe.com 

Next Cleaners is now Yellow Bear Cleaners. The brand relaunched its company and brand into a full service, eco-friendly dry cleaners with free pickup and delivery as well as a new app. Enjoy their Winter special with 20% off for two months, February and March. Will even offer same day service! 335 South Ave. W., 908.228.7889. www.ybcleaners.com 

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Duke’s Deli & Convenience in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

Duke’s Deli & Convenience in Westfield Celebrates Grand Opening

Duke’s Deli, a shop with a long history in Westfield, reopened recently under new owners Asad and Sofia Hussain as Duke's Deli & Convenience. The couple, with staff and their family, celebrated Saturday with free tastings of Indian and Pakistani food and a ribbon cutting with Mayor Andy Skibitsky, representatives of the Downtown Westfield Corporation and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

The original Duke’s Deli was a Westfield staple, known for its sub sandwiches. That restaurant closed more than 10 years ago and has since been both a pasta bar and a bakery. Duke’s was resurrected in the same spot, 339 South Avenue West (across from the train station) by former Duke’s employee Dominic DeStefanis in 2015.

 

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