Food & Drink in Upper Montclair

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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, like apple cider donuts, can also be found in scoopable form, along with ice-cream cakes, ice-cream pies, and ice-cream sandwiches.

356 W Main St
Freehold,
NJ
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Committed to coupling fine fare with fellowship, Tutti Vous lets diners pair imaginative Continental and Italian-style entrees with appetizers and desserts for two-course ($26) and three-course feasts ($31), alongside a delectable à la carte menu. Behind the kitchen doors, gastronomical alchemists meld disparate ingredients into dishes of unadulterated flavor, such as a juicy pan-seared filet mignon in a red wine reduction ($23) or spicy caribbean jerk chicken with sautéed spinach and garlic mashed potatoes ($18). Opening for these taste sensations are the appetizers, running the gamut from soup of the day ($6) and house salad ($7) to sautéed mussels ($10) or a lump crab cake in spicy lemon aioli ($12). The dessert menu, also available à la carte ($6–$7), features guilty pleasures such as new york cheesecake, bread pudding in whiskey-caramel sauce, or a pot of fine melted chocolate for fresh strawberry dipping or leftover jerk chicken punishment.

348 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair,
NJ
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Sofra's fourth-generation Turkish chef assembles a menu of authentic Turkish cuisine updated for the modern palate. After a long night of trimming the neighbor’s hedges into grazing cattle, customers can refuel with mashed zucchini, carrots, and potatoes flattened into pancakes ($9.95) and topped with yogurt and tomatoes. Adventurous diners can sample breaded and fried calf’s liver ($7.95) before savoring char-grilled, marinated cubes of lamb shish kebab ($18.95) or turkish ravioli stuffed with ground beef and topped with garlic-yogurt sauce ($14.95). Chicken chops ($15.95) lounge atop a bed of rice, char-grilled tomatoes, and green peppers, looking as appealing as a cushy mattress stuffed with hundred-dollar bills. Sofra does not charge a corkage fee, encouraging guests to bring their own libations.

151 Valley Rd
Montclair,
NJ
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A local business for more than 22 years, Alan’s Avenue Delicatessen and Caterers’ freshly sliced deli sandwiches continue to entice the palates of locals and of prestigious patrons such as Tony Bennett, Roger Daltrey, and Rosie O’Donnell. Owner Alan Bispo captains a skilled staff of sandwich smiths as it carves honey-smoked turkey, baked virginia ham, and hot pastrami into heroes, club sandwiches, and sloppy joes. Each served with a smile, fresh pasta salads, deli meats, and cheeses line the glass display case of the cheerful downtown delicatessen, where diners order before feasting upon the culinary treasures on tabletops inside or outside the shop. Special occasions, such as birthdays, meetings, or retired-circus-performer reunions call for bites from Alan’s extensive catering menu of continental breakfast items, fresh sandwiches up to 6 feet long, and hot entrees.:

405 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair,
NJ
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This down-home restaurant's menu hosts a heap of traditional Southern comfort foods served by an attentive and friendly staff. Start off with a scoop of hush puppies, a cornbread-pepper medley served with maple butter ($7), and then chow down on some vegetarian corn chowder ($5). Tempt Northern taste buds with new entrees, such as the Alabama blackened catfish, served with tartar sauce and a sidecar of collard greens ($16), or the fried chicken and waffles with a gob of green-bean casserole ($16). The baby-back ribs quell carnivorous cravings with a smattering of barbecue sauce and a side of fries ($17). Conclude forays into Southern cuisine with a swig of a non-alcoholic mint julep ($3) and a slice of hummingbird cake, made with pecans, pineapple, and banana, and capable of flapping its frosting 90 times per second ($6).

615 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair,
NJ
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Fire-roasted eggplant. Shrimp curry. Lamb with nuts and cream. House-made cheese paired with onion-laced spinach. Chatni Indian Restaurant welcomes guests to its elegant dining room with an extensive, flavorful menu of Indian and Asian fusion cuisine. Opt for one of the myriad vegetarian entrees, or choose something with chicken, lamb, or fish. Whether they are for herbivores or omnivores, all meals are crafted from scratch and intricately woven with spices.

But vivid sensory experiences accented by traditional motifs, aren't limited to Chatni's menu. These qualities also pervade the restaurant's atmosphere and decor. Indian art hangs on the rustic brick walls that alternate with white drapes. White tablecloths and red napkins echo this color scheme. Meanwhile, strings of white lights cross the private patio outdoors, offering some light after the sun grows its nightly shell.

381 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair,
NJ
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