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.

616 Grove St.
Montclair,
NJ
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Muscle Maker Grill grew out of a small smoothie shop, where owner Rod Silva prepared health-conscious alternatives to fast food. The restaurant has since expanded with a menu tailored to accommodate diners with vegetarian, carb-free, and gluten-free diets. The new "lighter side" menu features healthy treats that are 400 calories or less under $5.99. The crew prides themselves in creating healthy versions of popular foods, and continues to serve the shop’s original protein shakes with favorites such as chocolate peanut butter and strawberry banana. Additionally, Muscle Maker Grill displays the calorie count for each dish on the menu.

10 Park St
Montclair,
NJ
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When the hot-dog restaurant in their building closed unexpectedly, leaseholders Greg and Cheryl Spinelli decided to use the space to create a cuisine rarely found on the Montclair restaurant scene: authentic Spanish tapas. According to Baristanet, the duo paired with chef Gonzalo Fernandez—a native Galician—to create a menu of small plates that includes grilled chorizo, Galician-style sardines, and bacon-wrapped dates as well as a Sunday brunch. One of the eatery’s most flavorful dishes, paella, combines seven varieties of seafood—including grilled langoustine, scallops, and mussels—with spoons that have learned to swim. Every Friday night, Tapastry extends its vibrant Spanish influences to the dance floor, where the renowned flamenco group Romeria Flamenca performs in back-to-back shows.

12 Church St
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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At Ah' Pizz, pizzas only leave the chefs' hands for 90 seconds during the creation process. That's how long it takes the hand-stretched, Neapolitan–style pies to bake inside the imported Italian pizza oven, which burns through enough oak wood logs to reach temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees. After 90 seconds, the thin pies emerge with a crispy, chewy crust and melted medallions of housemade mozzarella. By adhering to these rigorous, time-honored traditions, Ah' Pizz was one of four New Jersey eateries to receive a seal of approval from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana—an international non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic culinary arts of Neapolitan pizza makers. Although the oven imparts a signature, smoky flavor, Ah' Pizz's chefs further distinguish their pizzas by incorporating premium ingredients whenever possible. San Marzano tomatoes, ham, and burrata cheese are imported directly from Italy, lending distinctive, Mediterranean flavors to the 13 different pies. At the same time, the chefs keep the menu's flavors close to home by making everything from caesar dressing to ricotta gnocchi in-house. Much like the menu, the restaurant's ambiance aspires to be more refined than the typical neighborhood pizzeria. Pillars and archways of exposed brickwork lend a rustic vibe to the space, although it is balanced by sleek, modern touches, such as the dark wooden tables and the floating pendant lamps that are presumably operated by remote control.

7 N Willow St
Montclair,
NJ
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Terra Tea Salon offers both full-service and ? la carte afternoon tea. Visitors enjoy a lovely spot for tea from China, Guatemala, India, Japan, Kenya, or Sri Lanka. The experience includes all the simple pleasures of teatime, with large pots filled with brewing fair-trade leaves and nibbling on finger sandwiches, scones and sweets, made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. While sitting in the cozy tearoom at the Montclair Public Library, visitors sip from a huge selection ranging from ambrosia-plum white tea to golden-lily oolong.


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50 S Fullerton Ave
Montclair,
NJ
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