I hope everyone is staying warm in this frigid weather. This newsletter has some food and drink (hot toddies, anyone?) recommendations that will warm you right up. So let's get to it!
Bourbon Street Beignet, Westwood
Founder of Glaze Donuts Jule Hazou is onto something new and a little bit southern. He sold Glaze Donuts in October of 2020 and has now opened Bourbon Street Beignet, a café that specializes in beignets and chicory coffee a la New Orleans' famed Cafe du Monde. The menu includes fluffy fried beignets, croissant sandwiches, big cookies, flatbreads made on puff pastry and crumb cake croissants. $. 301 Center Ave., Westwood; 201-497-8429, bourbonstreetbeignet.com.
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Kebab & Kurries, Fairfield
Kebab & Kurries, a modern Indian BYOB that opened nearly two months ago in Fairfield, is part of a mini-chain of restaurants primarily based in New York City. Its flagship restaurant, Dhaba, is located on New York City's East Side and serves fiery Punjabi specialties. Kebab & Kurries has its own menu, focusing primarily, as its name would indicate, on kebab and curries. Among its most popular dishes are fiery organic chicken kebab and the "very very" hot chicken vindaloo. Also popular are chicken dumplings. $$. 244 Route 46, Fairfield; 862-702-8266, kkbydhaba.com.
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Charcuterie businesses are popping up all over North Jersey. The owners are ready to make darling plates of meats, cheese, etc. for your party. Heaven! $$$.
A Chick-fil-A restaurant and drive-thru will replace a shuttered Hooters on Route 4 in Hackensack. $.
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Finding it hard to get your hands on COVID test kits? Head over to Cenzino Ristorante in Oakland and order a "Vaccinator," the Italian restaurant's newly created Manhattan made with oak-barrel-soaked bourbon, Italian sweet vermouth and Italian cherries. In return, you'll receive a box containing two rapid COVID test kits. The cost of the drink: $20. The cost of the test kits: $0.
It's cooolllld out there, my friends! Esther and I pulled together some hot soups, stews and cocktails to warm you up. Many are available to-go, if you're not keen on dining out.
That's it from me! Until we meet again, here's where to find more dining news:
$ Affordable (can get a filling meal for under $15 per person)
$$ Average (can get a filling meal for $15 to $25 per person)
$$$ Pricey (can get a filling meal for $30 to $40)
$$$$ Treat yourself (can get a filling meal for $50+ per person)
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.
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