Gabby hits the Black and White for Bayhealth and Newark's Restaurant Week.
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Noshing in Newark
Gabby and a few gal pals bid adieu to their ever-passé New Years diets to hit Main Street in Newark for the opening night of Restaurant Week. From The Stone Balloon Winehouse to Buffalo Wild Wings to Pat’s MVP’s, restaurateurs cooked extra special menus for the week. Iron Hill won out for Gabby because a vintage dish from menus past popped back up on the radar: the divine tomato-basil soup. On a night when the temperature dipped lower than Gabby’s neckline (all in the name of good fun, lovelies) it was just what the doctor ordered.
It was almost Boys Only in the Iron Hill dining room. Loads of fraternal bonding was going on over many an Iron Hill beer sampler. Gabby’s well-trained eavesdropping ear was wholly disappointed to hear what these men were talking about: sports, social networking and the weather, for crying out loud. Nary a mention of anything even remotely scandalous. How boring.
Disappointed, Gabby focused on other things, like her fabulous barbecue salmon and aïoli sandwich and, of course, a pint of delicious Iron Hill light lager, the only brew dear Gabby will drink—and loads of, in the right mood. An after-dinner nightcap was in order, and quickly, so Gabby and Co. legged it to The Stone Balloon Winehouse, where we were more than thrilled to slip in through a lush red-velvet curtain, giving guests a little something extra to look forward to.
The Winehouse was an absolute gas. Every bar seat was occupied with well-outfitted people bonding over wine and conversation, and the dining room was abuzz with compliments on the night’s guest of honor: the truffled cauliflower soup and slow-roasted pork shoulder over bacon, egg and tomato risotto.
With a round of Riesling and an out-of-this-world chef’s choice of artisan cheeses, nuts, dried fruit and fresh, home-baked bread, Gabby forgot all about the bitter cold winter trying ever-so-gallantly to push his way through the velvet drapes, the poor darling. Till next time, stay fabulous.