Category Archives: Venues

chakra restaurant

#HipNJWeddings: Chakra Restaurant

Say “I do” in one of #HipNJ‘s most romantic spots- Chakra Restaurant in Paramus!

Chakra boasts an intimate setting and ultra-sexy vibe.  The “modern American” menu, whipped up by German-born Chef Thomas Ciszak, is an eclectic mix of farm-fresh ingredients.  It’s the perfect reception spot for the trendy bride and groom seeking an alternative to the traditional catering hall!

Chakra’s general manager, Evelyn Hsu, dished to #HipNJ’s Sam Selvaggio about how her staff accommodates customers’ wishes.  “We customize everything.  From cultural traditions to guests’ dietary restrictions, we make sure that every detail is just perfect!”

Chakra is a restaurant before a catering hall, so definitely take advantage of their a la carte menu with your friends or a date.  Their romantic setting is great for popping the question too!

For more on Chakra, visit

#HipNJWeddings: Vegas NJ

Looking for something different and unique for your #HipNJWedding? Want something that is “out of the box?”  Then check out Vegas NJ, where you are always guaranteed to have a standout party!

#HipNJ’s Kelly Dillon paid a visit to Vegas NJ to meet with owner Sam Pelligrino. Sam tells #HipNJ this venue is full service and the complete package. Vegas NJ has everything from food and entertainment to centerpieces, lounge furniture, LED lighting… even casino favorites!

The interesting WOW factor that Vegas NJ gives is their 800 gallon exotic fish tank. This amazing tank is filled with all different kinds of unique freshwater creatures, Vegas NJ’s “river monsters“.

Vegas NJ’s endless array of food options is a sure-fire hit. They host a monthly food tasting, so guests can experience what they have to offer.

Sam says that a beautiful new outdoor garden is now in the making said to be complete by 2015! With this new garden space, the venue will be able to accompany over 200 people!

For more information and to book your wedding or event, visit

#HipNJWeddings: Bridal Shower Trends at Cielo


Your grandmother’s Sunday brunch bridal showers are a thing of the past.  #HipNJ brides are now incorporating tradition with a fun night out with the women they love!

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino recently celebrated her bridal shower at Fairfield hotspot Cielo.  While the modern Italian fare (rock shrimp arrabiatta, orecchetta w/sausage & cauliflour, and chicken scarpiello) satisfied all generations, the Friday night soiree’s standouts were the custom cocktails (“The Lisatini!”), music and dancing.

Lisa Marie enjoyed her night so much, she had to sit down with Cielo owner Chef Anthony Pucciarello for #HipNJWeddings.  Lisa Marie discovered that #HipNJ brides are flocking to Chef Anthony’s old school-meets-new world experience; bridal showers make up 80% of their private parties!

Cielo’s other standouts include the beautiful bar area, which boasts ornate ceilings and granite countertops.  Chef Anthony’s signature “Inside-Out Meatball” is a must-have (yes, it’s a meatball filled with spaghetti, tomato and basil!)  And no #HipNJ‘er can resist the “Dirty Jersey” martini!

To book a bridal shower, or to make a reservation for dinner, call 973.808.1414 or visit their website.