Owners Alex and Angela Nissirios, natives of the Aegean Sea island of Karpathos, set up Stamna Greek Taverna in Bloomfield in 2008 after recognizing a lack of authentic Greek cuisine in northern New Jersey. Choose from appetizers like loukaniko (a seasoned Greek sausage) or dolmadakia (grape leaves stuffed with rice, fresh dill, lemon and Greek olive oil) and mains including soutzoukakia (meatballs in savory tomato sauce on a bed of rice) and grilled kalamari stuffed with feta cheese and peppers. Finish with a traditional dessert of baklava or Greek yogurt topped with walnuts and honey.
Stamna Greek Taverna, 1045 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ, USA, +1 973 338 5151
Opened in 2008 to a flurry of rave reviews from the likes of The New York Times, The Orange Squirrel is the brainchild of chef-owner and Bloomfield native Francesco Palmieri, named one of the nation’s best chefs by Best Chef America, and focuses on contemporary, upscale American comfort food with a European twist. First course favorites like pan-seared diver sea scallops with brown butter cauliflower puree and wasabi poppy seed tuille are followed by artfully crafted pastas, pizzas and entrées including duck breast with carrot quinoa and duck jus or chicken pot pie with garden vegetables and velouté. Complement the meal with chef-selected wines and specialty cocktails.
The Orange Squirrel, 412 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ, USA, +1 973 337 6421