Secaucus foodies rejoiced on Sept 27 as the seventh annual Restaurant Night returned to the Buchmuller Park ice rink.
The event serves as a way to get locals acquainted with the town’s various eateries, and for restaurant owners to gain exposure. Those in attendance had access to hearty samples for $5 each.
Customer Luydmilla Liberman of Secaucus gave a thumbs up to the salmon that the Hudson Regional Hospital prepared for the event.
“It’s diet food, but delicious diet food,” she said. “Very light. It’s my first meal here, and I’m already stuffed.” She planned on getting sweets and wine later on.
Natasha Smith had already tried the renowned Bang Bang Shrimp from Bonefish Grill, located at 200 Mill Creek Dr. “It was easy to eat,” she said. “It wasn’t spicy.” She also planned to try Sweet N’ Flour, but other than that, “I don’t eat much.”
Her mother, Pooja Punjabi, had the rice and vegetable plate from Tadka’s Indian Cuisine at 1297 Paterson Plank Rd., and the pasta and meatballs from town staple Natoli’s.
Punjabi was looking forward to trying wares from Big Bowls, Little Plates, a fast food joint specializing in ramen and tapas. They recently opened a Secaucus location on 700 Plaza Dr.
One Secaucus couple, who requested anonymity, enjoyed the big beef and eggplant offering from La Reggia’s – located at 40 Wood Ave – and burgers from Cheeseburger in Paradise – located at the Plaza at Harmon Meadow. The couple also gave Jersey Mike’s, which is soon opening in town, a try. They picked up an Italian and a turkey sub. “Very good subs,” the woman said.
Dennis Yusko, a managing partner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill at 475 Harmon Meadow Blvd., was offering passerby pork ribs agrodolce and sausages, peppers and onions.
“This is a nice, sweet barbecue sauce,” Yusko said of the ribs, which were a hit with attendees. “The ribs are slow roasted in our tomato-seasoned sauce for about an hour. They fall off the bone. The sausages, peppers, and onions are sautéed together.”
Dulce de leche, chocolate mousse, cannoli cheesecake, and velvet cheesecake cakes were available at the Sweet N’ Flour table.
“It’s diet food, but delicious diet food.” — Luydmilla Liberman
“The chocolate mouse is by far my ultimate favorite,” said Gina Argudo, the store’s owner, at their table. “It’s very light, silky, and creamy. It’s not so heavy where you feel gross afterwards.”
Other vendors who participated at the event include Outback Steakhouse, Filomena’s Italian Deli and Catering, Which Wich Superior Sandwiches, Olive Garden, China Chef, Cuatro Amigos, La Caasa de Los Tacos, and Vito’s Bakery.
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