The Crosby, MishMish and more on Glenridge Avenue, Montclair's newest Restaurant Row
Glenridge Avenue in Montclair used to be the street you drove down to get to Church Street. Not anymore. This blocks long street has had a Renaissance over the past few years and it’s become its own restaurant destination, with wonderful choices and variety, and even a street fair of its own. In between are some cute boutiques to check out while waiting for your table.
MishMish Café 215 Glenridge Avenue 973-337-5648
Meny Vaknin, the owner and executive chef of MishMish came to the US from Israel a decade ago and honed his cooking skills at Daniel Boulud’s Boulud Sud, Pera Soho and Grata. The fare here is Mediterranean “home-y” with an emphasis on seasonal and locally-sourced food.
MishMish has been popular since the day it opened, serving brunch, lunch and dinner.
Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen 183 Glenridge Avenue 973-744-0068
Fin’s owners and executive chef are dedicated to sustainability and seasonal quality. Come here for a variety of wood-grilled whole fish, and dishes like monkfish osso bucco, squid ink tagliatelli, shanghai lobster and shrimp, and a wonderful raw menu featuring eight varieties of oysters.
The Crosby 193 Glenridge Avenue 973-509-2337
This gastropub opened last year and has been a huge sensation, with a spacious dining room, outdoor patio, fabulous bar open most nights until 2:00 am, and open air front that brings the party outside as soon as weather permits.
Salute Bistro 173 Glenridge Avenue 973-746-2380
This brick oven bistro brings the ambience and Italian culinary wisdom, sweeps of vineyards, and magical light close to home in Montclair. Menu items are brought to your table from an open air kitchen, and there is streetside dining in the warm weather.