Lunched at Uptown, the new bistro on Valley Road in Upper Montclair, NJ. I have been looking forward trying their interesting menu. Read our 2011 Review Here
Drawing on her travels in France, Susan Pinkwater and her partner Maryanne Sanchez have created a beautiful place. Delicious to the eye and palate. We had a scrumptious lunch and are planning to make dinner reservations soon.
I admire anyone who braves the challenges of opening a restaurant in Montclair. Acquiring space at a realistic price, dealing with contractors, fighting through Montclair municipal barriers, finding and training good staff, and then the customers, oh the customers, pleasing the demanding Montclair foodies. By the way I count myself among the most fussy and unforgiving. Launching a new restaurant in this town is a venture only for the very brave.
I have been eyeing Uptown since it opened in February. It looked great, beautifully designed with a French Paris/Provence urban/country feel. The menu intrigued me with dishes of French, Italian, American and health-minded influences.
Some of the early posts on Baristanet were a little discouraging, some posters complained of poor service and unfriendly attitudes. What ever was causing that seems to have been resolved. This past Saturday Uptown was busy, full with a solid lunch crowd. Yet, we found the service to be impeccable. All the staff, including the owners, could not have been more friendly and brightly attentive.
In a fit of Parisian nostalgia I ordered the Crouque Madame and a Cafe Latte, the only thing that could have made it more perfect would have been serving the cafe in a bowl the way it is done in France. It was served with crisp fresh greens lightly covered with tangy vinaigrette. Eggs, ham and cheese were perfect over warm white bread. I love this dish. So do other bloggers, in Australia and traveling in France, "Un croque madame S’il vous plait."
Diana, she is still on her vegan kick, ordered the Health Sandwich with sprouts avocado and fontina on a multi-grain bread. The breads are all from Eli Zabar's Bread in the city. Diana asked that the cheese be replaced with arugala. The sandwich was a little dry so she asked for some extra dressing. It came in a flash. Still not quite perfect for her. Next time she plans to order it with humus to replace the cheese. That will probably be just right.
Their breakfast menu makes them the best in Upper Montclair. We will e back after our first dinner their.
Uptown is open Seven Days for Breakfast and Lunch, Wednesday - Sarturday for Dinner.
596 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ