French Restaurants in Hopatcong Hills

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Epernay’s executive chef Jayson Grossberg trained under legendary French chef Jean-Louis Palladin before attending New York’s Culinary Institute of America. Grossberg has used his pabulum-preparing powers for good and not evil, recently redesigning Epernay’s menu to add flavorful new dishes, such as the summer gazpacho with crab meat and lime ($10.95). Fresh-caught mussels come in three broths, such as the “a la Linda” with saffron and tomato ($15.95 single serving, $19.95 shared platter). If you'd like to keep your meal as light at a globetrotting eccentric's hot-air balloon, try a juicy beet salad with summer melon, arugula, and feta cheese ($10.95). Reward your stomach for keeping quiet during last night’s visit to the opera with an entree such as caramelized sea scallops with sweet corn, bacon, and tomato ($26.95). Or delve into the crispy duck breast with wild mushrooms, pistachios, and asparagus soaking in a sundried blueberry jus ($26.95) to enjoy a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves.

6 Park St
Montclair,
NJ
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The chefs at Crepe N Grill serve both sweet and savory crepes, thin pancakes crowned with fresh ingredients such as honey-cinnamon apples or braised pork. Freshly blended fruit smoothies, lattes, and cappuccinos from the espresso bar pair up with crisp salads, soups, and paninis.

14 Turntable Jct
Flemington,
NJ
US

Red Hen Bistro's made-from-scratch menu revolves around the fresh, seasonal meats, fish, and produce in French and Californian cuisine. Francophiles will feel conflicted in trying to select only one dish, be it the croque madame, an upscale ham-and-cheese sandwich topped with a sunny-side-up egg ($10.95), or the salad nicoise, a hearty helping of organic greens crowned with roasted potatoes and hard-boiled eggs ($8.95). California dreamers can sample West Coast–inspired temptations such as tamales with braised pork ($8.95) and fish tacos served in crisp tortillas ($9.95). Simplicity seekers can opt for the tomato soup and grilled cheese ($9.95) while enjoying the restaurant’s attention to detail—evident in both the food and front-of-house service. With rich-red walls, large windows boasting street views, and touches of French country charm, Red Hen Bistro exudes an air of casual intimacy, though lacy nightclothes are discouraged.

525 Moonachie Ave
Wood Ridge,
NJ
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Farm 2 Bistro specializes in hot, steaming platters of the freshest comestibles, with seasonal ingredients sourced solely from local farms and markets. High noon hunger-havers can swing by for a lunch of barbecue pulled pork tacos with mango and sour cream ($9). As the sun dips below the horizon, the thoughtfully arranged dinner menu unleashes an eclectic home-cooked avalanche of fish, ribs, and chicken dishes. Quiet tummy grumbles with an appetizer of crab-meat-stuffed mushrooms ($10), or go straight for an entree of shepherd's pie ($15), freshly mashed potatoes over seasoned peas and beef. A different vegetarian dish rolls onto the menu each time the season changes.

100 Hibernia Ave
Rockaway,
NJ
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Realizing the neighborhood was already buzzing with great restaurants and a nearby community theater, owner Jun Yoon knew the only way to improve on it was to add a memorable dessert destination to the equation. With his desire to be part of an enlivened community, he opened his café’s doors to serve frozen yogurt, cakes, truffles, and organic, fair-trade Counter Culture coffee. Within the 26-seat sweets shop, Jun doles out dollops of the Italian ice-cream treat called tartufo, as well as belgian waffles, crepes, salads, and sandwiches. He specifically designed the menu to make it an ideal spot for stopping in before the theater, after dinner, during lunch, or on the way to a castle storming. Jun also welcomes the community to his friendly confines for parties and private events.

78 South St
Morristown,
NJ
US

The chefs at The Montville Inn pamper palates with an eclectic menu of American fare. Customers can rev up taste buds with an appetizer of braised short-rib ravioli in a red-wine reduction before diving tongue-first into the seafood gumbo with diced cherry peppers served over basmati rice. Like the first European explorer to discover tomato sauce, diners can stake a claim to The Montville Inn's bar pie, a pizza topped with barbecue brisket, red onion, and mozzarella cheese. Teeth test their sharpness with the succulent 14-ounce new york strip steak, served with caramelized onions and smoked pepper bacon whipped potatoes, or the country-style pork chop with sweet italian sausage and roasted fennel. Duos can augment their meal with selections from the drink menu, which includes wines, eight beers on draught, and 11 bottled beers that long to join 99 friends on a wall. The Montville Inn, which sits atop the site of the pre–Revolutionary War Mandeville Inn, showcases a classic colonial exterior and a charming farmhouse-inspired ambiance. Overhead lighting casts a glow over the spacious dining room, which houses plank oak floors and a fireplace to warm diners chilled from harsh winters or spring breaks spent inside a walk-in freezer.

167 Rt
Montville,
NJ
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