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Stage Left and Catherine Lombardi Restaurant Blog
New Jersey
Food, wine, and the finer things in life
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Feast of The Seven Fishes Antipasti Stuffed Mushrooms Baked Clams Mozzarella & Roasted Red Peppers Chilled Seafood Salad Macaroni Linguine with Clam Sauce Or Spaghetti with Anchovy Black Olive Sauce Main course Baked Shrimp with Crabmeat Stuffing Or “Cumare” Nancy’s Stuffed Calamari with Red Sauce Salad course Caesar Salad Dessert Mascarpone Cheesecake Mrs. Palmisano’s Cookie Plate Zabaglione with Fruit Chocolate & Hazelnut Bread Pudding Gelato or Sorbeto $69.95 per person plus tax, service and beverage 2 Person Minimum Menu must be ordered by all persons at table Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
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Thanksgiving Menu 2017 Seating for dinner from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM Our regular a la carte menu is also available! $49.95 per person Antipasti course Pizza Rustica Macaroni or Salad course Garganelli, Truffle Cream, Prosciutto, Asparagus Orecchiette, Sausage (Hot or Sweet), Garlic, Broccoli Rabe Caesar Salad Spaghetti with Marinara & Meatballs Long Fusilli, Walnut Basil Pesto Cream Pappardelle Bolognese Lasagna Mixed Green Salad Salad of Arugula with Parmigiano-Reggiano Turkey (American) course (Family style) Includes: Natural Turkey (Locally-Sourced) Sausage and Roasted Garlic Stuffing Caramelized Cipollini Onions with Prosciutto Cranberry Sauce with Citrus Zest Limoncello Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes Dessert (choose... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
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Walk-Around Wine Tasting Thursday, October 26 5:30 - 8:00 In the past couple of months, Mark and Francis will have tasted thousands of wines. From those wines, probably a couple hundred wind up on the 'consider' list, with relevant notes. From those compiled notes, we choose a few dozen to bring in. Some have gotten the golden buzzer treatment and have already arrived in our cellar. Some are in-bound with expected delivery this month. This is always an exciting time of year for us, made even more so with the launch of stageleftwineshop.com ! We can honestly say that this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Sunday, October 22 A Live Radio Play and Dinner Dracula Reyka Vodka Bloody Mary's Agustino Perrone Style - The Most Elegant Bloody Raconteur Radio Presents : Orson Welles' DRACULA: A Staged Radio Play FEATURING: Danielle Illario, Jason Jackson, and Laurence Mintz. With Alex Dawson. Count Dracula travels from the Carpathian Mountains to London where he preys on the virtuous Mina, daughter of Dr. Seward. He calls in a specialist, Dr. Van Helsing, to diagnose the sudden deterioration of Mina's health. Van Helsing, realizing that Dracula is indeed a vampire, tries to prepare Mina's fiance, John Harker, and Dr. Seward for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
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Antiquum Farm Wine Dinner An Extraordinary Oregon Property: A Family Making Exceptional Wines Friday, November 3 (A Ridiculous Bargain $99!) The Hagan family at Antiquum do things a little differently...well, a LOT differently. I posted the pictures above to give you a small glimpse into just how they run their farm (and their lives). I'm never interested in a wine-maker's story unless I like the wines. The more I like the wines, the more I am interested in the story behind them. Here we have compelling wines, completely in line with the compelling story of the family that makes them.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Hello My Friends, It was just one of those lucky things. I happened to be in Madrid, and I was invited to tag along to dinner at the estate of The Marqués de Griñón, Carlos Falco. It was a heady day that started with churros in the Plaza del Sol, and went on to include one of the best rejoneo bullfights I've ever seen, dinner with the Marqués, Cuban cigars and very old Spanish brandy. The highlight of the day was when Don Carlos introduced Jacqui Naylor, whom he had engaged to sing for us after dinner. She broke my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Macallan Tasting & Virtual Tour Thursday, September 28 Can't get to Scotland in person? We've got the next best thing. We will provide everything you need to turn your phone into VR Goggles. It was 1986 and I had been tending bar at The Frog and The Peach for about a week, when my manager TJ Foderaro taught a few of us about this newly popular thing called 'Single-Malt Scotch.' It was a hands-on training. The bottle did not survive. Bottle empty! We're still good friends: TJ and me AND The Macallan. At that time there were only THREE single... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
A Live Radio Play and Dinner Sunset Boulevard Sunday, September 24 Raconteur Radio Presents SUNSET BOULEVARD: A Staged Radio Play ABOUT: The lifeless body of struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis floats in the swimming pool of long-forgotten silent-film star Norma Desmond's palatial mansion on Sunset Boulevard, as Joe narrates, in flashback style, the story of his becoming Desmond's kept man and the events leading up to his own murder. FEATURING: Theatrical lighting! Vintage commercials! Golden Age radio equipment! Period costumes. Extensive sound effects! STARRING: Laurence Mintz and Jane Hardy. With Alex Dawson. WHERE & HOW: Performance at Stage Left Steak... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Labor Day Weekend - Cookout Knob Creek Bourbon (25th Anniversary) Live Music Sunday, September 3 Food (Seating 2:30 - 9PM) On the sidewalk (and in Stage Left), we'll be serving our Famous Burger, Lobster Rolls, Wild Salmon, Grilled Giant Prawns, Wild-Boar-Chili-Cheese Dogs, Iberico Ribs, our entire Steak Menu, and a Mixed-Grill for those who can't decide! It won't be exclusively a meat-fest, as tomatoes and corn are at the height of their season. Music (4-7 PM) We'll have live music on the street from 4 to 7 PM, provided by The New Brunswick Jazz Project (NBJP.org). Bourbon (Any time, but... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
This Weekend is Lobster Fest at Stage Left Saturday and Sunday at Stage Left we will offer the following specials. August is the perfect time for Lobster. Lobster Bisque - $10 Lobster Roll (Whole Lobster) - $24 Lobster Tempura (Whole Lobster) - $22 Lobster Club Sandwich (BLT- Whole Lobster) - $24 Lobster with Creamed Corn and Australian Black Truffles - $39 1 Steamed 1.25 lb Lobster - $25 2 Steamed 1.25 lb Lobster - $39 And for those inclined to Steak Instead of Seafood, we will have a Lobster Butter as a complimentary topping on any of our delicious Stage... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Fusion & Fusion Steel Drums and Spiced Whiskey Sunday, August 20 Raj Gaur came to visit us a couple of years ago, when he released his excellent spiced whiskey. It is just delicious and extremely versatile. He calls it "Original Fusion #1 Blend." When he asked us about sponsoring an event this summer, we didn't hesitate. Fusion is also the name of Rick Dalgedi's Calypso Band that visits us every summer. The happy sounds of the steal drum will return to the streets of New Brunswick Sunday, August 20. Music is from 5 - 8. We will feature $9 Gaur... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Riesling Madness 85 Rieslings - 33% off Sunday, August 13 One of the most underrated, under-valued, age-worthy and delicious categories of wine is Riesling. Well, we collect Riesling. We certainly have the best and deepest Riesling list in NJ and one of the best in the country Eighty-five wines from Germany and Austria that date back to the 1990s and range in price from $36 to $400! This Sunday we are opening up the cellar and making all Riesling available at 1/3 off.These wines are some of the most food friendly on the planet, and while they don't go well... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
A Dew and Brew ...and A Brew ...with Your Bro Sunday, August 6 Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey is a classic and we made some great fancy cocktails with it. But Irish whiskey is also basic. Maybe 'fundamental' is a better word. A shot and a beer is nothing to look down one's nose at, especially if the shot is a great quality and so is the beer. The fine folks at Tullamore are pointing that out, with their Dew and A Brew campaign. We love the idea, and we're taking it a step further...because that's what we do. Dew and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Big Night: Dinner and a Movie Thursday, August 24 - 6:30 Our favorite food film of all time, Big Night, came out in 1996. A cult classic, it's a hysterical account of the sometimes heated relationship of two brothers who open a very authentic Italian restaurant in not-so-worldly New Jersey of the 1950's. Tony Shaloub, Stanley Tucci, Minnie Driver, Isabella Rossellini, Liev Schriber, Marc Anthony, Allison Janney The music, the dialogue, the cinematography, are just perfect. At the center of it all, is the food: A huge feast and all the love and care and drama that goes into it.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Davis Family Winery Essential Sonoma Wine Dinner Saturday, August 19 7PM By 19 years of age, Guy Davis was working as a sommelier in Seattle. Judy Davis also began her romance with wine in those heady college days. Their shared passion these last 30 years, first lead to a retail operation. In 1997, they realized a dream and acquired their own vineyards and winery. Guy will be here to host this dinner with his wines. The wines are simply spectacular. They're generous and juicy, but also sophisticated wines that show grace and restraint. They are very much Sonoma. The wines... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Tequila Pig Roast I still remember the first time I tasted El Tesoro de Don Felipe Tequila. It was the early 1990s and the brand was still owned by Carlos Camarena Curiel, grandson of the original Don Felipe Camarena. While it's no longer family owned, the current owners seem to be doing things the right way. It's still made by hand, crushed in a stone mill, baked in an old fashioned horno, fermented with natural yeast and distilled to proof with no addition of sugar or water. That's some serious Tequila right there, and it shows in every glass. Sunday,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Dinner at Dreyer Farms We're taking Stage Left Steak out for a walk. The Dreyers have been farming their land in Cranford for 113 years. Today it's run by John Dreyer and his oldest daughter Jess. We're going to serve dinner on the farm. Friday evening, July 28th, we are going to host a Midsummer Night's Dinner on The Farm. Talk about eating locally? Much of the food that night will have been grown yards from where you will eat it and picked only hours before. Click here for the Menu You know we never neglect the beverage aspect of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
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Casablanca: A Staged Radio Play by Raconteur Radio Sponsored by Rémy Cointreau "...all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, and she walks into mine." --Rick Blaine Perhaps the greatest movie of all time, Casablanca celebrates its 80th anniversary, while we celebrate our 25th. Raconteur Radio will stage an old-time Radio Play Production of Casablanca at Stage Left Steak on Sunday, July 16 at 7 PM. Dine before or after the show (in Stage Left Steak OR Catherine Lombardi) and the performance is just $20. This WWII classic takes place in Casablanca and tells the tale... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
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The Fourth of July! Independence Day Jazz Cookout Tuesday, July 4 Cookout 2-9:30 PM Music 4-7 PM Did you know that New Brunswick was the home of the first ever celebration of Independence Day? Yup, by order of George Washington in 1778. At Stage Left, we will celebrate on the sidewalk with our annual Cookout: Our Famous Burger, Lobster Rolls, Wild King Salmon, Grilled Giant Prawns, Wild-Boar-Chili-Cheese Dogs, St. Louis Ribs, our entire Steak Menu! It won't be exclusively a meat-fest, as our compressed watermelon and summer vegetables and wood-grilled pineapple will round out the menu nicely. We'll have live... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Blue Crab and Spaghetti Jersey Italian Sunday, July 2 Crabs in Marinara with Spaghetti, Clams, Garlic Mussels, Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms and wine! Sunday, July 2nd, we party Catherine Lombardi style. It is a joyous summer tradition in the Lombardi family. Blue crabs tossed in bright, fresh marinara and served over spaghetti. Is it messy? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Catherine Lombardi will take over the sidewalk cafe (weather permitting) for a seafood feast, Italian style. We'll have great Italian wines to choose from, as well as beers from the new and exciting movement of craft brewing in Italy and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
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Father's Day June 18th. We're the perfect place to bring dad. Don't make him grill! Let us grill the steaks! To mark the occasion, we're going to be offering 1/2 off all whiskey in the house on Father's Day to anyone from our e-mail list. You just have to tell us and we'll cut all whiskey prices in half. Did you know that we have the largest whiskey collection in New Brunswick and one of the largest in the state. We have hundreds of carefully selected Bourbons, Scotches, Irish, Rye etc. Don't you think Dad could use a drink? We... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
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An Old Fashioned Beefsteak Dinner! $99 per person plus tax and service. Friday, May 26 - 6:30 PM - 9 PM Though the centerpiece of beefsteak culture was indisputably the frenzied consumption of beef and beer, with diners eating with their fingers and drinking with abandon, serving styles varied. 1930s-era beefsteaks could be grouped into two styles, referred to by Joseph Mitchell in a 1939 The New Yorker article as "East Side" and "West Side." "East Side" beefsteaks were largely patronized by the working-class and immigrants, with courses consisting of items like sliced beef short loin, beef kidneys, and ground... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Memorial Day Lobster & Crab Crustacean Celebration Sunday, May 28 Live Music by Cancion Booze by Hudson Whiskey Crustaceans We're ringing in the summer season Stage Left with Lobster and Soft Shell Crabs. Weather permitting, we'll be seating in the sidewalk cafe; but whatever the weather, crustaceans will abound. Lobsters (1.25 lb) will be $25. Two for $40. We'll also have Soft Shell Crabs, Soft Shell Crab Sandwiches, Crabcakes and Lobster Rolls. Music We're happy to invite back our former maitre d', Cancion Franklin, whose making quite a mark in the New York City music scene. I took in a... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Tuscan Wine and Burgers with Anastasia Mancini of Buccia Nera $59 Some Tuscan wines are profound and meant for long-aging and serious meals. Some are like a Tuscan summer day, simple, bright, delicious and quaff-able. We love the wines of Buccia Nera and have been buying them for years. They are friendly and delicious and surprisingly complex. They are also inexpensive and great values. These should be your Italian house wines this summer. Our Maitre d' and wine steward, Beverly, was in Tuscany just recently and made a special trip to the estate for a visit with Ms. Mancini. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys
Stage Left 25th Anniversary Weekend Gamblers, Whiskey & Flying Horses Cocktails, Stories and The Preakness with Dale DeGroff Saturday, May 20 Dale DeGroff, father of the modern cocktail renaissance, helped us put together our first cocktail program in 1993! That made Stage Left one of the first bars in the country to join the contemporary cocktail movement, and the first in Jersey by about 15 years! It's only fitting that Dale help us celebrate our 25th anniversary with a cocktail party and a talk on his twin passions of whiskey and horses. After Dale's Stories, we'll stick around and watch... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at The Restaurant Guys