Food & Drink

Westfield’s Amuse Reopens as Butcher Block Burgers

Award-winning chef  C.J. Reycraft, Jr, with his new menu at Butcher Block Burgers. formerly Amuse. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
The Bare Bones Burger at Butcher Block Burgers. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — C.J. Reycraft, Jr, award-winning chef and owner of the restaurant formerly known as Amuse, has reopened his space at 39 Elm St. in Downtown Westfield as Butcher Block Burgers. The restaurant features some of Amuse’s most popular items — gourmet burgers — as well as sandwiches, salads, ice cream desserts and sides like lobster mac & cheese.

“Everyone loves a burger,” Reycraft said. “If I had to choose my last meal it would definitely be a burger with fries and a Coke.”

While classic beef burgers are a big part of the menu, diners can also expect some more exotic options.

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“Duck burgers, lamb burgers, shrimp burgers to name a few,” Reycraft said. “We have a lot of signature burgers set up with amazing sauces and ingredients and a build-your-own option too.”

The signature Butcher Block Burger is a 6 oz. dry-aged burger blend with caramelized onions, gruyere cheese and horseradish mayonnaise on a brioche bun.

Vegetarians have plenty of options, too.

“We have salads, veggie burgers and a gluten-free vegan portabella ‘burger’ on romaine with roasted garlic hummus,” Reycraft said.

There’s also a kid’s menu, gluten-free buns, kobe hotdogs, fish tacos and sandwiches like the shrimp po boy and grilled cheese with bacon. Brunch, available on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., features eggs, waffles, French toast and another Amuse favorite — the croque madame sandwich.

Takeout is available. For the latest updates, follow Butcher Block Burgers on Facebook.

Amuse, a French brasserie run by Reycraft for more than two years, closed on July 10. Reycraft said he is scoping out a new location for that restaurant somewhere in New Jersey where liquor licenses are less expensive and easier to come by. Outstanding Amuse gift cards will be honored at both new restaurants, he said.

Editor’s note: Butcher Block Burgers is an advertiser on TAP into Westfield. To learn about becoming an advertiser, call 917-676-2302 or email

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