When Eugene Gillespie left Ireland to visit his brother in New York in 1972, he didn't know that he would be inspired to stay. The Irish economy was down, so Eugene decided to pursue the American dream by moving to the Mid-Atlantic region. He didn't leave Ireland entirely behind him though, and Eugene proceeded to spend the next several decades opening traditional Irish pubs and restaurants throughout New York and New Jersey.
With two locations, Blackthorn Restaurant & Irish Pub demonstrates a commitment to the flavors of Ireland. The menus feature familiar comfort foods—certified Angus burgers and thin-crust pizzas—including a number of Irish favorites, such as beer-battered fish and chips and stews filled with Guinness-braised beef. To achieve an even more authentic taste, the chefs occasionally import ingredients such as Irish cheddar cheese, Irish sausages, and Irish rainbows.
The menu's iconic dishes contribute to the pubs' cozy, inviting ambiance almost as much as accents such as the stone fireplaces or the bar made of imported red mahogany. Spirits remain lively and the mood stays festive thanks to the live entertainment hosted throughout the week. Live bands perform contemporary hits as well as traditional Irish songs.
Choose your own cut of steak at Millburn's Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill.
Life is all about choices, and they are not limited here with plenty of gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.
Get online gratis thanks to Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill's complimentary wifi.
After-work revelers can fill up Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill on weeknights, especially since no reservations are accepted.
Can't get enough of Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill offers free parking just steps away from the door.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
A mid-priced establishment, Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill offers meals that typically cost about $30 or less.
If it’s not clear from its name, MoonShine Modern Supper Club is an amalgamation of concepts. This is also demonstrated in its dark walls and bright paintings of pink birds and horses, and its menu that takes comfort-food classics and adds a spin of sophistication. Appetizers of truffle gnocchi with meatballs bathe in sherry-cream sauce, and the duck egg and hash is served with duck confit, peppers, and onions. Cooks put a twist on classic ravioli, filling it with sheep-milk ricotta and piling on hazelnuts, brown butter, and a pear puree, and they dress roasted atlantic salmon in cilantro-basil pesto and chorizo.
A restaurant called MoonShine wouldn’t be complete without its share of housemade beverages, and double-certified sommelier and mixologist Joe San Philip delivers. His take on the manhattan combines white whiskey with Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, cherry bitters, and a cherry garnish. The Winter Moonshine Punch takes cranberry-infused Midnight Moonshine and adds cinnamon-infused rye whiskey, amaretto, pomegranate juice, and walnut bitters.
Martini Bistro & Bar’s specialty drink should come as no surprise. Creative martinis—such as the Lebowski, which features Three Olives Dude lemon-lime vodka—fill out the majority of the cocktail menu. The restaurant’s red-hued space sprawls over 5,000 square feet and encompasses both a lively lounge and a private dining area. Here, chefs serve plates of upscale American fare. They spread a smoked-jalapeño aioli over ahi-tuna burgers and sprinkle pepper jack, mozzarella, and cheddar over barbecue-chicken pizzas. The chic eatery also has a full sushi menu. Specialty rolls include the Mustang roll—with layers of tuna, crayfish, and yellowtail—and the shrimp-and-crab-filled King of the Sea, the only sushi roll that’s okay to eat with a trident.
Visit Ursino for some true American comfort food.
If you want a dainty meal, go elsewhere. If you want a craveworthy dish, get to Ursino.
The drink list at Ursino has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
If your Friday or Saturday night plans include a trip to the restaurant, it's best to reserve a table before heading over.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Ursino.
Ursino is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
The Maplewood Theatre's name hovers above the marquee in an art-deco script over a row of lights, conjuring up nostalgia of the classic cinemas of yesteryear. But the retro-style facade doesn't mean that the movies are also throwbacks. Instead, the modern movie screens flicker with first-run films. The theater's 3D capabilities allow patrons to slip on glasses that make them feel as if they're in the middle of the action or to protect their eyes when they accidentally dunk their faces into 3-D popcorns.