Friday, May 4, 2012
The Glen Ridge pub-restaurant won Patch Reader's Choice for best place to celebrate Mother's Day
When the Patch Reader's Choice poll asked, "Where's your favorite place to go for Mother's Day Brunch?" many readers chose Fitzgeralds 1928, an old-fashioned pub and restaurant located at 13 Herman Street in Glen Ridge. With its natural, gleaming wooden bar, comfortable booths and down-to-earth, classic charm, it's no wonder Fitzgerald's is a popular destination for locals. For Sunday brunch, Fitzgerald's serves old-fashioned favorites like NY strip steak-and-eggs, pancakes and traditional Eggs Benedict, as well as some trendier options like Breakfast Pizza and Vanilla Bean French Toast. For $18, brunch specialties come with fresh fruit and a variety of drinks like Mimosas, Bloody Marys and St. Germain cocktails. “Come over if you haven…
Friday, April 27, 2012
Bloomfield's newest florist is popular with patrons who are looking for a flower shop and a boutique all in one
This week, Patch’s Readers' Choice poll asked, “Who is your favorite florist in town?” The answer, surprisingly, was a florist that had its grand opening ceremony this week! Most readers voted for Bloomflora, a boutique floral and home shop at 385 Broad Street. Owner Mimi Betancourt’s stylish shop features graceful floral arrangements that visually harmonize with a sophisticated array of home goods like candles, soaps, vases and exotic potted plants. The mood is friendly, welcoming and uncompromisingly chic. Betancourt says her mission is to create floral creations that are both beautiful and affordable. “It’s about the experience,” she smiled. “You can come in and spend $20 and feel like you spent $100.” This summer, the township …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tell us which is your favorite store in this week's Readers Choice poll.
Spring sports season is well underway and athletes of all ages are heading outdoors to hit baseballs, softballs, try out lacrosse sticks and kick soccer balls. For those not on teams, it's wonderful weather to ride bikes or play a pick-up game of football with some friends. So where do you go to get your sporting goods? Your spring running and tennis shoes, your warm-up pants, your golf clubs, your summer swimsuits? Essex County has lots of stores to choose from and Patch would like to hear about the ones you like the best. Take a minute to vote for your favorite sporting goods store. We'll announce the winner this Friday. Encourage your friends to vote. And if we've forgotten a store, be sure to recommend it in the comments sections. …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Here's who readers said were the best CPAs around
This week Patch asked, Who’s the best CPA for last-minute tax preparation? Readers voted and here are the town-by-town results: In Bloomfield, Delson Associates edged out Lynch & Murray and H&R Block by just one vote. Delson Associates have been providing services of tax preparation, retirement and tax planning to businesses and individual clients for over 50 years. They are located at 138 Bloomfield Avenue near the intersection of Grove Street. To contact Delson Associates call 973-743-5582 or email: tom@delsonassociates. Patch readers from nearby towns also responded to the readers’ poll. In Montclair, Thomas Conk, CPA garnered the most votes, followed by Andrew A. Mitchell, Robert A. Chiappone and Dennis Haase. In West …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
April 15 looms. Which local accountant or firm is going to get you to the finish line?
There are a few dates in life that we dread, but none more than Tax Day, April 15 (unless, of course, you're filing for an extension — but that's another story). If you're not firing up the Turbo Tax software or shipping your W-2s, 1099s, financial statements and receipts to Uncle Morty to prepare and file your annual taxes, you're probably using someone local. Local accountants abound in Essex County — from the independent CPA hanging out his or her shingle in town to the big national firms with a local office on the main drag. Who will you be using for your 2012 tax preparation? Vote below or tell us in the comments!
Friday, March 30, 2012
AKI family restaurant is located at 1273 Broad Street near W. Passaic Avenue
Friday, March 30, 2012
Well, Bloomfield has spoken and Aki Japanese Cuisine Restaurant tops the list for readers’ favorite sushi in town, followed by Momoya as a close second. Aki's is located at 1273 Broad Street near the bend at West Passaic Avenue. The family restaurant has a cool, sleek décor with gold walls, abundant floral arrangements and black lacquer tables. The wait staff is friendly and accommodating. Aki’s sophisticated menu features a distinctive, varied assortment of Japanese favorites like Tako Su (octopus with lemon vinegar sauce), Grilled Salmon Roulade and Sushi Pizza. For customers who prefer cooked dishes, there is a wide variety menu items like noodle soup, Japanese curry rice or Teriyaki chicken, vegetable, beef, shrimp or salmon. (…
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Pubs and restaurants throughout the county are a great place to spend St. Patrick's Day, according to this week's Reader's Choice poll.
Patch readers know where to get great corned beef, a cold ale or simply a friendly atmosphere to hang out with friends while they celebrate St. Patrick's Day. After a week-long poll, readers in Essex County chose several fun local places where they plan to enjoy the holiday. One of the favorite places was Tierney's Tavern in Montclair—a no frills, cash-only establishment that plans to sell 250 pounds of corned beef on Saturday and feature an Irish band starting at 4 p.m. A little less than 15 minutes away is the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, a family-friendly pub on Bloomfield Avenue that opened in 1933 and is known for its wide selection of beers. Bagpipers will be joining in the celebration on Saturday. Also along the Bloomfield Avenue …
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Over a thousand votes show that readers like to eat Italian food from North Newark to downtown Millburn.
From intimate bistros to elegant dining rooms and homey pubs, Essex County has got some delicious places to eat. As Patch readers weighed in on some of their favorite Italian restaurants this week during the first-ever Best Of poll, they highlighted popular eateries as well as hidden gems. Montclair readers said they loved the cozy atmosphere and delectable food at Osteria Giotto in Midland Avenue. Chef Luca Valerin, a native of Italy, serves up seafood and pasta dishes in a stylish restaurant with wood and glass accents. In North Newark, near the Belleville border, readers picked a mainstay of Italian food, located right on Bloomfield Avenue by voting for the Belmont Tavern, a modest eatery decorated with pictures of celebrities, well-…