The Chef Recommends....


May I cordially invite each and every one of our loyal Monday With Millicent Readers to check out “The Chef Recommends,” a feature of the Book Smart Issue of Edge Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 4. With thanks to their publishers and Managing Editor, Mark Stewart, please enjoy these lively suggestions of local restaurant favorites.

Millicent K.Brody  

The Chef Recommends....
* The Black Horse Tavern & Pub, 1 West Main St., Mendham. Call: 963.543.7300: , A signature dish: Sliced buffalo sirloin prepared with  a blackberry demi-glaze, served with roasted vegetables, lima beans and grilled pita.  Kevin Felice, 40North Executive Chef

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* Cafe Z, 2333 Morria Ave., Union. Call: 908.686.4321: This fabulous meatball dish started out as a homemade, stuffed meatball favorite, served with spicy, marinara sauce. It quickly became a favorite at Cafe Z. 
Patricia Inghilleri, Owner

* Chestnut Chateau, 649 Chestnut Ave., Union:
Call: 908. 964.8696: The line-caught tilefish served at Chestnut Chateau arrives pan-seared and served over broccoli rabe. It is sauteed in garlic and oil, and diced with kalamata olives and roasted red peppers.                                                   George Niotis, Chef

* George and Martha’s American Grille, 67 Morris Street, Morristown: 973.276.4700:  Regular diners “Love” the Pork Osso Buco, paired with savory mashed potatoes and crispy fried leeks.  
Kevin Felice, 40North Executive Chef

* The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange: Call: 973.731.2360.
Executive Chef Mario Russo pairs pan-seared, prime filet mignon with a butter-braised lobster, and fresh seasonal vegetable accents, which currently include baby carrots, beets, turnips, haricots verts, and wild mushrooms. Plus an airy shellfish emulsion and the creamiest mashed potatoes, make perfect partners for this classic dish.
Mario Russo, Executive Chef

* Mario’s Tutto Bene, 496 Chestnut St., Union:  Call: 908.687.3250.
A signature dish features three, thin-cut Frenched pork chops, that have been coated with Italian bread crumbs, sauteed with sweet vinegar peppers, prosciutto, and garlic. They arrive with house-made roasted or mashed potatoes.
John Garofalo, Owner

* The Office Tavern Grill, 3 South St., Morristown: Call: 973.285.0220 
The most popular dish, features buttermilk fried chicken, served with Gruyere and Applewood bacon in a maple syrup reduction. While the chicken is flavorful, the waffle batter is infused with rosemary and thyme, with a touch of cayenne pepper. The hearty, sweet, and salty flavors really work well together.
Kevin Felice, 40North Executive Chef

* The Office Beer Bar & Grill, 411 North Ave, West, Westfield; 619 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair; 61 Union Place, Summit, 1-7 South Avenue, Cranford; 728 Thompson Ave., Bridgewater; 32-34 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood. 
The Wedge Burger combines two classics--the Hamburger and the Wedge Salad. Developed when Executive Chef Kevin Felice was searching for a gluten-free burger that offered a bit of creativity. The Wedge Burger has become a signature dish at The Office Beer Bar & Grill.

*     Plattino Neighborhood Bistro, 88 East Main Street, Mendham: Call: 973.543.0025
Braised chicken and linguine prepared with a 24 hour red wine glaze is very popular “We prepare our own fresh Italian ingredients. They include; fresh tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, fresh rosemary, oregano, and garlic butter with an American technique and influence.
Kevin Felice, 40North Executive Chef

* Publick House, 899 Mountain Avenue, Mountainside: Call: 908.233.2355.
“We’re best known for our high-quality seafood and meats, including our pan-roasted, blackened, Scottish Salmon, served with a pine-nut quinoa. The dish arrives with fresh asparagus and a creamy carrot puree.
Bernie Goncalves, Owner

* Rio Rodizio, 2185 Route 22 West, Union:
Call: 908.206.0060
“An all-you-can-eat-dining experience, featuring the ambiance of a Brazilian Steakhouse. A never-ending parade of roasted meat and poultry is delivered to your table by a team of experienced Gaucho chefs, who carve the freshly prepared beef just the way you like it.
Paul Seabra, Owner

* Thai Amarin, 201 Morris Avenue, Springfield; Call: 973.376.6300
Known for their huge array of Thai food, customers love their Drunken Noodles, a stir-fried, broad rice, noodle dish. Drunken Noodles are sauteed in a special sweet and spicy garlic basil sauce, topped with a “fresh holy basil”. The dish pairs well with their signature fried cheesecake dessert. Amy Thana, Owner 


Please enjoy this fine list of restaurants that appeared in “The Book Smart Issue of Edge Magazine”
Please be kind enough to send me a note regarding your favorite places to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and, or dinner. Be it a diner, “Hole-in-the-Wall” local deli, Steak House, or a special place that you’re really familiar with, please share your good new!
The best always,

Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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