FLEMINGTON, NJ - After a one-year hiatus, Flemington will once again be offering Restaurant Week, with savory menu offerings and special pricing from April 22 through April 27.
Titled the “Taste of Flemington,” it’s a chance for people to discover why Flemington is such a “great little restaurant town,” according to Ann Meredith, Executive Director of Flemington Community Partnership, which is organizing the event. “Flemington’s restaurant scene is full of wonderful, delicious surprises,” she added.
Almost 20 restaurants will be participating in the Sunday through Friday event, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner with new menu items, free offerings and special price-fixed meals. At 55 Main, chef/owner Jonas Gold said, “This is an opportunity to get new people into my business. When they come in for the first time, you really want to wow them.” For Restaurant Week, he’s featuring a four-course meal for $35 that includes a choice of Barbecue Filet Mignon Pupusa (a corn tortilla), Duck Bolognese with Sweet Potato Gnocchi, and Blackened Ribeye Pho (a Vietnamese noodle bowl).
A few blocks south, near the former train station, is a new entry to the borough restaurant scene, Dolce Ristorante, where northern Italian gourmet food is served. Here, owner Adrian Mataj’s $35 three-course meal for the week includes a popular favorite, Braised Lamb Shank with a Demiglace Sauce, normally a $26 entrée.
Just across the tracks on Stangl Road are the Blue Fish Grill, which serves So-Cal-style lunch and dinner, and Factory Fuel Co., a bustling coffee house built around a huge pottery kiln. Both restaurants are owned by Kelly Casanova. “We’re very excited about this because we’re going to be launching our breakfast menu for Factory Fuel,” she said.
Factory Fuel’s two in-house baristas will serve a complimentary coffee or tea – including locally-brewed kombucha – with meals. The new breakfast bowls include Tequila-Cured Salmon, Candied Plantains and Lebanese Hummus. Next door, Blue Fish will be featuring vegetable and non-seafood entrees to showcase the restaurant’s non-fish entrees, along with appetizers and Affogato for dessert – hot espresso over ice cream.
For a step back in time to the more genteel Victorian era, there’s always Teaberry’s Tea Room, located in an early 19th century home at the northern end of town. Teaberry’s serves more than a hundred loose leaf teas and during Restaurant Week will feature a three-course afternoon tea service for $25 with soup or salad (including the tasty Windsor Pear), assorted tea sandwiches, and scones with clotted cream, lemon curd and preserves.
The selections in this one-square-mile town are virtually endless, including those at Matt’s Red Rooster, a long-time Flemington staple, where the open kitchen adds a touch of drama to every meal. Market Roost will offer many sweet creations from its in-house bakery, and newcomer to the block, Aunt DeeDee’s Brick & Mortar – a former food truck famous for its blueberry cobbler – will be serving comfort food such as stuffed baked potatoes and gourmet mac and cheese.
“We invite everyone to come to Flemington and find out why we are such an awesome restaurant town,” says Meredith. “It’s a great way to explore Flemington – with your taste buds and all of your senses.”
Participating restaurants include: 55 Main, Aunt DeeDee’s, Blue Fish Grill, Brunello Trattoria, Capuano’s Ristorante Italiano, Dolce Ristorante, Garden State Salad, Grateful Bites, Luca’s Ristorante, Factory Fuel Co., Market Roost, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, Mi Sabor, Platform One and CTO Catering, Teaberry’s Tea Room, Viva Mexico, and Zoup!
Reservations may be necessary for some dinner adventures. For more information on The Taste of Flemington, visit ExploreFlemington.com.
About Flemington Community Partnership (FCP): Flemington Community Partnership was established in 2016 to create a better quality of life for residents and a thriving business environment by developing a plan to revitalize local businesses, working in strong alliance with commercial building owners, retailers, civic leaders and municipal government.