Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

The Wilshire Grand Hotel

The Wilshire Grand Hotel Honored As Business of the Year!

The Wilshire Grand Hotel is among the honorees being celebrated at the West Orange Chamber of Commerce 20th Anniversary annual awards dinner on May 9th!

#HipNJ will be at The Wilshire Grand Hotel to honor exceptional community members from the business community, Fire Department, Police Department and Board of Education. Philip Alagia, chief of staff to Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County executive, will be the evening’s Keynote speaker.

The honorees include:

Business of the Year
The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Educator of the Year
Gerard Frank

Police Officer of the Year
Officer Jeffrey James
Officer Sebastian deLeon

Firefighter of the Year
Captain George Hesse
Firefighter Patrick McGovern
Firefighter Craig Vanderhoof
Acting Captain Matthew Keenan
Firefighter Nicholas Manzella

For more information, visit WestOrangeChamber.com.

Braun’s Tavern & Dining Room Now Open in Bloomfield

Chef/Owner Michael Fiorianti is pleased to announce the launch of his new endeavor, Braun’s Tavern & Dining Room in Bloomfield Center, a modern-day, chef driven, casual neighborhood spot where families, friends, co-workers and groups can gather to enjoy a great meal and beverages.

Continuing his novel approach to cuisine, his accessible, creative dishes use locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients. Braun’s will be open Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays) offering lunch, dinner, brunch, and happy hour in its dining room and full menu and exclusive bar menu at the 40-foot-long full-service bar.

With 25 years of culinary experience, Chef Fiorianti has enjoyed favorable reviews from food critics, being featured in The New York Times and Montclair Magazine. He was previously the Executive Chef for Satis Bistro in Jersey City, and the sole proprietor of its sister restaurant, Satis Bloomfield at the same location. Intrigued by the location’s history dating back as far as the late 1800’s through the prohibition era and into the 1940’s, Chef decided to reinvent the space. He explains, “The opportunity to be a part of Bloomfield’s evolution of history is a great honor. We hope you will join us at the new Braun’s Tavern and Dining Room, a place for everyone.”

Braun’s will offer the same high level of culinary and service excellence and continue to source its fresh products as close to home as possible. The menu will consist of unique and familiar dishes, prepared thoughtfully and with a focus on fun. The emphasis is on house-made at Braun’s where cheese and pastas are handcrafted, meats are masterfully prepared, and accompaniments are flavorful and freshly made. Guest are welcome to order food for pick-up and shortly after opening for delivery via UBER Eats.

The beverage program features signature cocktails, a well-rounded wine list, up to 30 different craft beers on draught and by bottle. Braun’s will also feature local spirts from Silk City Distillers and an impressive selection of 36 American bourbons and whiskeys with regular featured specials.

Located in the heart of Bloomfield Center’s bustling business district just off Bloomfield Avenue, Braun’s is conveniently steps away from NJ Transit’s Bloomfield train stop.

To learn more, click here.