I’ll have my chef medium smoldering, thank you.
Chefs are the new rock stars — let’s face it, what could be sexier than a man who will cook for you? Manhattan’s chef’s are all bold-faced names, some with faces telegenic enough to make them regulars on Food Channel and the morning news shows. Montclair’s no slouch in this department. We’re always catching Ryan DePersio from Fascino on TV, and we got to think it’s about more than just his way with a whisk.
In this new culinary tradition, enter Chef Barry (McSizzling) Bonser, to take Church Street Cafe to a new level. The first thing to go is the “cafe” part of the name, a good idea since it never really fit. The next is bringing in a chef who is willing to radically shake up the menu. Bonser, Baristanet dropped by for a taste of what’s already started showing up on tables at Church Street and Bonser, who apprenticed at Bouley and worked at name-drop worthy Aja, Osteria del Circo and the “21” Club, wowed diners with a velvety butternut squash and apple soup, with a hint of caramel, and smoky applewood bacon wrapped sea scallops. What we like on Bonser’s fall menu: pumpkin pierogies with sage and caramelized onions, a pulled duck and homemade pappardelle with chestnuts, porcini mushrooms and white truffle cognac sauce, and a super-rich, sinful chocolate caramel tart. Church Street is open for lunch and dinner; for reservations, call 973-233-0216. Baristanet readers will recall that the Baristas hold a special place in our hearts for Church Street, as the first and only restaurant to throw our readers a party. For more food porn, click here.
Photos: Andy Cohen