Euro Lounge recreates the continental lifestyle all in one establishment—you can dine on Spanish tapas, sip French wines, and dance to international tunes in the club-like lounge area. Chefs prepare both hot and cold small plates, such as fried scallops in raspberry sauce and lobster salad with angel hair pasta. You can wash down these eats with cocktails from the bar, before heading to the dance floor, where colorful lights flash from the ceiling and beneath the bar. The space features live salsa bands on Fridays, house-style dance parties on Saturdays, and Latin-inspired rhythms on Sundays, the internationally recognized day of cha-cha.
The chefs at Solar de Minho have mastered the art of Portuguese-style rodizio, cooking slow-roasted beef and lamb, intricately seasoned with traditional spices. In the dining room, gauchos yield 3-foot skewers of sizzling beef and lamb to slice tableside. In addition to rodizio, Solar de Minho’s cooks prepare other Portuguese and Brazilian dishes, such as pork medallions seasoned with port-wine sauce or fresh herbs such as cilantro, or freshly caught lobster, flounder, and shrimp. After scraping their plates clean, diners can unwind amid the dining room’s sunny, yellow walls and hanging chandeliers by sipping a glass of wine from Portugal, Italy, or California.
Family owned for 39 years, Roma Ristorante befriends neglected bellies and grants them access to a menu of scrumptious Italian dishes. Embark on a palatable journey with a hot antipasto of shrimp, clams, mussels, eggplant rollatine, and a stuffed mushroom ($12.95). Once properly teased, tongues can have their way with larger meals, artfully prepared by chef Charles Biondolillo—who learned his techniques from his father Pietro, a master Italian chef—including a plate of sautéed broccoli florets with cavatelli pasta ($12.95) and whole wheat primavera, a fusilli-based concoction that heats up a bed of garlic white wine or pink cream sauce with irresistible veggie companions ($13.95). After consulting the wine list, wash down bites of veal saltimbocca ($16.95) with delicious thoughts about a glass of Straccali chianti ($6). Diners admire the bright mural of sky clouds portrayed on the ceiling while sipping a glass of Geyser Park sauvignon blanc ($7) and savoring tilapia marechiara with clams, mussels, and marinara sauce ($19.95).
Zio Pasquale's is a neighborhood place where bring your own bottle is encouraged and good food is always being prepared from scratch, never frozen. The menu offers something for everyone from appetizers and salads to pastas, gourmet pizzas and delicious entrees.
Mykonos Restaurant's full-flavored Mediterranean menu introduces tongues to hearty gyros and classic Greek dishes and allows for familiar fizz with a BYOB policy. Shareable starters, such as the homemade tzatziki served with pita bread ($5.95), marinate mouths before meals. Greek standards, such as the gyro ($6.25) or the gyro platter with greek fries ($13.95), provide pillowy pita for putting to bed memories of eating an entire tube of vitamin-infused cookie dough for breakfast. Seafood orzo lays shrimp, calamari, and octopus over a subtly spiced tomato-sauce bed ($14.95), similar to the marinara-filled mattresses that briefly proliferated after the popularity of waterbeds. Mykonos Restaurant is home to a friendly, welcoming staff and a warm, casual atmosphere, sating hunger for both friendly faces and customary Mediterranean cuisine.
Since 1848, Applegate Farm has existed under many guises, but its purpose has always remained the same: to provide fresh dairy products for local families. Originally home to the Sitger family and their golden guernsey milk, the farm has changed hands several times since the late 1800s and survived through the Civil War, both World Wars, and all six Star Wars. It experimented with its first ice-cream cone in the late 1920s under the guidance of owner Julian Tinkham, who also had the good foresight to preserve the farm's historic structures so that future generations could visit the 19th-century farmhouse that once helped slaves to freedom or count the number of tiles in an authentic 1919 tile silo––one of only three built in the state.
Since then, the farm has expanded and operates under the current leadership of the Street family, who hold themselves to the same dedication to quality that has sustained the dairy for more than 164 years. The range of ice-cream flavors changes seasonally but usually includes at least 63 distinctive varieties ranging from orange pineapple and toasted almond to vanilla peanut butter and Graham Central Station––which won top prize at the New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival. No-sugar-added and dairy-free treats can also be found in scoopable form, along with ice-cream cakes, ice-cream pies, ice-cream sandwich breads, and other things that are best when sliced.