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somos

SOMOS Latin Kitchen and Bar

Regular guests of Costanera will be familiar with
Chef/Owner Juan Placencia‘s commitment to serving
delicious cuisine with bold flavors in a
warm, casual atmosphere.

Now, he elevates Latin cuisine further
with his sister restaurant, SOMOS.

SOMOS translates to the simple, inclusive phrase “We Are”:
an inspiration to celebrate the world of Latin cuisines
in a delicious and creative way;
this is the guiding principle behind the new
restaurant, just opened in North Arlington
by Chef Juan and his family.

SOMOS is a celebration of Latin American
flavors with a global perspective.
A lively bar pouring the full spectrum
of Latin spirits, a gathering place for drinking, dining,
late-night entertainment, a new brunch destination…
SOMOS will be all this and more.

Cocktails by award-winning mixologist
Rachael Robbins are beautifully
presented, and reflect her expertise in coaxing
stellar, well-balanced flavors out of a few simple ingredients.

In addition to select Old and New World wines
and craft beers, SOMOS cocktails include:

For A Good Time Call…
1615 Pisco, Vanilla, Passionfruit, Lemon, Cane Juice, Cava

Carmen Sandiego
Pisco, Ginger Beer, Calamansi, Cardamom, Orange Blossom

Have A Cigar
Cask & Crew Rye, Banana, Lime, Panela, Coffee/Cocoa Bitters

Humbert & Lo
Rum or Horchata Vodka, Lime, Pineapple, Cotton Candy

(Pssst – there are also special cocktails that are not
on the list — all you have to do is ask for them,
or look for clues on Instagram @chickologist.)
Happy Hour Menu is available NOW!

SOMOS. “We Are”…the universe of Latin food: familiar flavors,
new dishes, made from scratch.
Chef Placencia is thrilled by the opportunity
to present an innovative yet very
accessible menu that includes both traditional flavors
and unexpected mashups of multiple cultures’
cuisines, for dinner, lunch, brunch and late night.

The SOMOS Menu includes:

Starters:

Croquetas – Aji de Gallina
Chicken & Aji Amarillo Fritters

Cachapa
Corn Pancake, Melted Monterey, Grilled Leeks & Mushrooms

Shrimp Ceviche
Passionfruit, Crispy Quinoa, Gala Apple, Radish

Alitas De Pollo
Chicken Wings (6), Spicy Romesco

Cubano Flatbread
Mojo-Marinated Pork, Jamon Serrano, Monterey Jack Sauce

Chicharron De Pescado
Quinoa-Crusted Cod, Pico de Gallo, Piquillo Pepper Aioli

Mejillones
PEI Mussels, Creamy Aji Amarillo Broth,
Scallions, White Wine, Tomato

Mains:

Asado de Res Pappardelle
Peruvian beef pot roast, Carrots, Tomato

Frutos del Mar Cavatelli
Shrimp, Pulpo, Mussels, Calamari, Tomatoes, Puiquillo

Pollo Adobado
Achiote Roasted Chicken, Yukon Potato Puree, Jicama Slaw

Churrasco
Grilled Skirt Steak Encebollado, Rice & Black Bean
Hash, Fried Egg, Sweet Plantains

Click here to view the SOMOS opening menu.
Lunch and Brunch coming soon!
Also available for private events.

185 River Road, North Arlington 07031
201-621-0899

Hours:
Open Christmas Eve,
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Dinner: 4PM-11PM Mon-Wed-Thurs, Sunday;
4PM-midnight Friday-Saturday.
Bar: 4PM-12AM Sun, Mon, Wednesday;
’til 2AM Thursday-Saturday
Daily Happy Hour: 4PM-7PM Mon, Wed-Friday,
Bar Area only (Taverna & Plaza)
(Closed Tuesdays)

Photos, recipes or interviews available upon request.

farmly

#FoodFriday Farmly’s New Fall Menu Is On!

Hey #HipNJ foodies! To celebrate #FoodFriday, let’s take a look at Chef James Avery‘s new fast-casual restaurant, Farmly!

“All Farmly food is prepared thoughtfully by chefs with premium, purposeful ingredients, from farmers who share their values of wholesomeness and authenticity.”

“Farmly is more than fast-casual: it’s a Neighborhood Kitchen conceived out of necessity, like many of the best ideas: after a chef’s full day, what could James feed his family of six? Now families of all sizes can enjoy his solution.”

“Farmly believes in the importance of ingredients’ origins, the authenticity of home cooking, and the significance of making wholesome, nutrient-dense & unprocessed food convenient to its community. At Farmly, there is something savory for every diet. Vegatarians and keto dieters will be thrilled.”

Farmly’s slow cooked meats include:

  • Organic Rotisserie Chicken (Shenandoah Valley Organic)
  • Herb Roasted Pulled Pork (Beeler Farms)
  • Grass-Fed Roast Beef (Silver Fern Farms)
  • Seasonal Vegetarian Option
    • Sauces: Chimichurri, Atomic Horseradish & Chive, Honey Mustard, Gravy

Farmly’s Chef-created hot or cold sides include:

  • Roasted Cauliflower
    • Za’atar, Sesame
  • Roasted Carrots
    • Brown Butter, Sherry Vinegar
  • Gigante Bean & Broccoli Rabe
    • Roasted Garlic, Chili Flakes
  • Squash and Quinoa
    • Craisins, Pumpkin Seed, Mint, Sherry Vinegar
  • Cashew Kale Salad
    • Lemon-Tahini Dressing
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Radishes
  • Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Farmly’s Sandwiches include:

  • Roast Beef
    • Cheddar, Atomic Sauce, Carmelized Onion
  • Roasted Pork
    • Broccoli Rabe, Provolone
  • Classic Chicken Salad
    • Lettuce, Celery

Handcarved, served on Sourdough with Garden Pickles and Chips

Sounds so yummy! Check out Farmly at 2100 Route 35 N, Sea Girt, NJ. Enjoy!

 

holiday gifts

Cara’s Cucina Holiday Gifts

Who said you had to battle the mall parking lots to get those last-minute holiday gifts? Your best party pleasing options are right in the kitchen!

Cara Di Falco of Cara’s Cucina is here with #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino to give you some easy and delicious ideas to bring to your next #HipHolidays bash:

1) Cardamom Spiced Crumb Cake

Cardamom is an under-used yet oh-so-flavorable spice that screams “holiday!” As a bonus gift, include a pan that your guest can keep. We suggest something from the Gotham Steel collection, a #HipHolidays 2017 pick.

2) Homemade Granola

For those that are sticking to their healthy diets throughout the holidays (more power to them!), homemade granola is a perfect guilt-free snack. Put it in a seasonal mason jar to give it an extra festive flair!

3) Aunt Linda’s Anisette Cookies

This Italian favorite is a holiday staple that is sure to wow any crowd!

4) Marinara Sauce

Who doesn’t love a dish of al dente pasta with some fresh tomato sauce (or gravy, depending on which side of the debate you are on)?! Your hosts will be moved by this gift from the heart.

For more on Cara and her recipes, visit CaraDiFalco.com.