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Barrow House & Cowan's Public

NEW MENU ITEMS AT THE BARROW HOUSE & COWAN’S PUBLIC

If you’re looking for something new to enjoy on this #FoodFriday, look no further. #HipNJ has all the new menu items at The Barrow House & Cowan’s Public right here in New Jersey!

The Barrow house, located in Clifton NJ, is serving some HOT new dishes. Some of them including:

A Seasonal Grain Bowl – includes poached egg, spun beets & carrots, citrus vinaigrette, barley, flax seed, red pepper puree, and a micro green salad.

Roasted Duck Pizza – includes Duck confit, sugar snap pea puree, farmers cheese, tarragon.

Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwich – includes walnuts, apples, dried cranberries, onions, celery, sliced tomato, press greens, rustic bread.

And a Turkey Burger – that includes havarti cheese, avocado puree, jalapeño oil, dressed arugula, onion brioche.

The Barrow House isn’t the inlying place with new items. Cowan’s Public, located in Nutley NJ, has some dishes that include:

White Bean Dip, a vegan dish – includes pickled vegetables, bean sprouts, paprika, grilled naan.

Blueberry Lavender Pie – includes blueberry & Lavender Pie topped with whipped ricotta mousse.

Cauliflower Tacos, a vegan dish – includes pickled watermelon, roasted long hot, chimmichuri.

And Filet Skewer – includes cippollini onion, cherry pepper, portabella mushroom, zucchini.

Head on over to The Barrow House and Cowan’s Public to try out these delicious new items!

How to explore New Jersey in 24 hours

How to Explore New Jersey in 24 Hours

We are all so busy living our lives that sometimes we forget to try unfamiliar places to eat, drink and visit in our beloved #HipNJ. There is no better way to attain a fresh look at our home city than by seeing it through the eyes of a tourist. Imagine that you had just 24 hours to spend in New Jersey – how would you spend it? Why not check out our handy go-to guide to exploring the Garden State in just one day and night?

Brunch time!
First agenda of the day is brunch! You can’t beat a great brunch either people watching by yourself or with friends. We love Amanda’s in Hoboken where you can enjoy an efficient and polite service in a stylish setting. Diners can enjoy a classic French toast or a delicious Eggs Benedict. For the more adventurous amongst us, you could swap your espresso for Amanda’s Bellini.

Get Arty
If you are into your culture, why not channel your inner tourist and visit a local gallery featuring art from local artists? A trip to The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is a must-do and you can experience great exhibitions such as ‘Oh, What a World! What a World’, which has been listed as a presentation of work that “addresses issues such as climate change, immigration, politics, gender identity, race relations, feminism, and the state of our democracy.”

Making elefriends!
For a quirky twist to your day out, take a wander over to Margate which is just six miles from Atlantic City. Here you can find the Lucy the Elephant – a 65-foot-high building in the shape of the elephant. This is not only a fun way to while away an hour or two, but it is a protected National History Landmark, too.

Dinner by the Ocean
It’s time for dinner! There are so many incredible restaurants to visit throughout the state but one of our favourites is by the ocean. 2nd Jetty in Sea Bright ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a cool restaurant that truly represents the fun side of Jersey.

From the Sea to a Showboat
Who doesn’t love a night out playing the slots and other games at the casino? Showboat is one of the coolest casinos in the state and as well as playing poker, you can also enjoy events like the ‘House of Blues Party Pit’ on the gaming floor on Friday and Saturday nights. One of their most popular games for people to play is Texas Hold’em and one of the reasons for this is because it’s one of the simplest.

Whether you favour Hold’em, Omaha Hi or Lo or even Badugi, it is important to undertake your research to make sure you know what hand to play. The player with the highest-ranked poker hand is the winner, so it is crucial to understand the correct hand rankings.

Seeing the Stars

One of the best ways to fall in love with New Jersey time and time again is to view it from a relaxing vista or from a fabulous rooftop bar up above. The SkyLab in Newark is one of the coolest places to vibe out and see the city and beyond. In fact, you can even see the New York city skyline whilst enjoying a sublime cocktail at the same time.

We are sure that exploring our wonderful State and seeing it through the eye of a tourist will help you fall in love with New Jersey all over again. Whilst there is something very comforting and familiar about revisiting your favourite places to eat and drink, sometimes we all need a little bit of extra encouragement to try somewhere different. Where will your New Jersey journey take you next?

HipNJ's Weekend Recap: July 6 - 8

HipNJ’s Weekend Recap: July 6 – 8

Too busy over the weekend to attend some eye catching events? That’s okay, because #HipNJ has everything you missed out on in our latest Weekend Recap!

HAIR – THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE MUSICAL

HAIR – THE AMERICAN TRIBAL LOVE MUSICAL JUNE 6 – 8

Pioneer Productions presents Hair – The American Tribal Love Musical directed by Daniel Peter Vissers. The event took place on July 6-8, and will be shown again on July 13-15 at The George Fry Center for the Arts at the Fair Lawn Community Center. The shows themes of rebellion, activism and also speaking truth to power had the audience on their feet with empowerment and pride.

Blueberry Bash

BLUEBERRY BASH JUNE 7 & 8

The Blueberry Bash festival enjoys a successful opening weekend! The event had over two acres of land for guests to pick to their own blueberries. Events for children were also available such as Tucker’s Tales Puppet Theater. In addition, tractor rides were available for people to travel the grounds and pick as many blueberries as they wanted.

TUCKERTON WITH A SIDE OF BACON

TUCKERTON WITH A SIDE OF BACON JUNE 7 & 8

This event had everything bacon that you could imagine. The event included Live Music, Craft Beer, Gourmet Food Trucks & Restaurants serving up bacon’s best, and Ice cold craft beers on tap. It also included Mini Pig Races on Saturday and Sunday, 

EXIT 82 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS

EXIT 82 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS JUNE 8

Exit 82 Studios proudly announced the new studio venue opening in Toms River New Jersey! The brand new theater venue offered an immersive, intimate atmosphere. Doors opened on July 6th, 2018 with THE DROWSY CHAPERONE. The show had the audience full of laughter and featured one show-stopping song and dance number after another.​ Taking place in a New York City apartment, a man in a chair takes us through his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical.