Two Montclair Eateries in NJ Monthly's Hottest New Restaurants List
New Jersey Monthly Magazine has just published its list of the 28 Hottest New Restaurants of 2019 and Montclair Social Club and Da Pepo have both earned the honor. The magazine, known for its hip vibe and in-depth reporting of great New Jersey trends, has recognized these two new establishments as must visit destinations for anyone who already knows what a dining magnet Montclair is.
So go and enjoy!
54 Fairfield Street, Montclair
Da Pepo is a tiny place, adjacent to Montclair’s much loved Watchung Booksellers. It’s clearly destined to be loved in its own right.
There are only 19 seats in total, and they don’t take reservations, so make sure you go early, and come prepared to wait for a table. The chef serves dishes like traditional spaghettoni carbonara; rich meatballs with whipped ricotta in thick red sauce; lancia e scudo, asparagus wrapped in mozzarella and prosciutto, breaded and fried; and panini.
Montclair Social Club
499 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
Anyone who has been to downtown Montclair has seen the huge empty space that used to be Rascals Comedy Club. The space, in the center of the business district had sat empty for over a decade. Now it has been completely transformed into the spectacular Montclair Social Club. The club has a stylish vibe and decor, a wonderful bar, and live music. The menu is creative and appealing. There is valet parking and they do take reservations.