We sit down with Jon Gjoni, the dynamic young owner of Pastrami House in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Jon talks about the incredibly delicious pastrami and their freshly baked breads. They offer many creative side dishes and homemade soups. Despite being a new business, they are already giving back to the local community whenever they can.
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Because of COVID-19, we are checking in with businesses to see how they are adapting to the challenging environment. Today we checked in with Jon Gjoni, the owner of Pastrami House in Berkeley Heights. With the dining room closed, they are offering curb side pickup as well as delivery through multiple platforms. They are also giving free junior sandwiches during lunch hours to the hero first responders.
We visit long-time Warren resident and owner of Silk Road, Abdul Hashim Sidiqee. From the moment we walked in, we were captivated by the lamb chops, chicken kabobs, salmon kabobs, sabzy (spinach) and banjan (eggplant.)
This week, we venture to Plainfield to meet chef Arman Saqe, owner of Jessica's Cafe. Arman has a vision to bring fine dining but in a casual setting. He and his sous chefs have many years experience as a team at one of NJ's best restaurants Lorena's in Maplewood. The menu is largely Italian - Neapolitan pizzas and pastas - though there are specials that are French inspired including a foie gras pizza. They also offer brunch on the weekend with classics like eggs benedict and french toast; and I assure you there will be a long wait in the coming months to get a table in the dining room.
This week, we venture to Basking Ridge to meet Joe Canderozzi, the owner of The Ridge Restaurant & Pizza which has been serving Italian comfort food for over 30 years. Hear about the family recipes that have been passed down over generations. With winter right around the corner, learn about their homemade soups to warm you up. Also hear about their best selling dishes, catering and delivery.
Chris speaks with Eugene Onishkevich owner of Green Point Juicery with locations in Verona, Morristown and coming soon (September 2019) to Maplewood. Green Point Juicery opened its doors in the summer of 2015 in Verona. They had two goals in mind: 1) bringing the purest, tastiest, and most affordable cold pressed juices to the community, and 2) committing to sustainable business practices. It is recognized as a sustainable business by the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC) for its use of biodegradable products, use of seasonal local produce and its composting initiative.
Chris speaks with Michelene Lambros, owner of Soul Bowls in Scotch Plains, NJ. In 2017, Soul Bowls got its start as a food truck selling at the Scotch Plains farmers market. It build a loyal following and in 2019, Soul Bowls opened its first retail location on Mountain Avenue. Soul Bowl offers homemade food that is fresh, vegan and organic. From acai bowls to juices to raw soulnola, customers love the food! This is a true local story as Michelene grew up and is still a resident of Scotch Plains.
Chris speaks with Tora Uttarapong, owner of Proud Thai Cookery in Berkeley Heights, NJ. While many people are familiar with Thai food, Tora wanted to bring authentic Thai street food to NJ. Their drunken noodle has been a huge success and their Bangkok boat noodle soup is another unique dish that will surely satisfy your hunger. Not only is the food great, but Tora and his staff are wonderful people and it is well known in local the community. During the terrible snow storm earlier this year when many people were stuck on the roads for many hours, Tora delivered food personally when no other business in town even had a driver. This family run restaurant is a standout in the community.
Chris speaks with Craig Bass, owner of Bagel Café of New Providence, NJ. Craig worked many years on Wall Street but after 2008, he decided to go back to his college roots of hotel and restaurant management. While Bagel Café seems to be just a neighborhood bagel store, Craig has dreams of transforming it far beyond just bagels. A foodie at heart, Craig has already elevated the coffee with a signature blend that is arguably the best in town. His next step is bringing customers incredible burgers, including the Jersey burger with Taylor ham, egg and cheese. The future is bright for Bagel Café with a foodie pushing the menu far beyond just bagels.
Andy visits Marcy's Kitchen in Gillette, New Jersey. Mexican kitchen connoisseurs Marcela "Marcy" Navarrete and Hector Jimenez have been serving both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food.
Marcy's Kitchen interior, designed as a reflection of a kitchen in Puebla, Mexico, reflects the comfortable sensibilities of a home cooked meal while also paying tribute to Puebla's artisanal storied past. The humble take-out restaurant offers the choice to observe passersby of Valley Road, or watch the art of cooking as it occurs in the dream restaurant of Marcela and Hector.
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