Capital Grille Debuts Bar Menu

The Capital Grille, a national steakhouse chain with about 50 locations across the country, recently debuted a bar menu. Essentially a reduced menu from the one offered to dining room patrons, it’s divided into categories such as plates to share, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and sides. What’s new though are a couple just-introduced dishes: seared dry-aged sirloin with sweet chili vinaigrette and wasabi oil ($15), very tender and full of beefy flavor nicely balanced with a bright chili vinaigrette, and cast-iron garlic shrimp served over olive-oil crostini ($18). Both of these new items are sized to be shared although I would have been quite happy with the sirloin as an entree.

Cast Iron Garlic Shrimp
Cast Iron Garlic Shrimp
Grilled Sirloin with a sweet chili sauce

You’ll find the same size salads, apps, soups, salads and entrees on the bar menu as you would on the dining room menu. If you’re looking for for a quick bite before visiting the Westfield Garden State Plaza’s AMC or after a long afternoon of shopping, the sandwich selections may be just the ticket. There’s a hefty signature cheeseburger ($18) or Maine Lobster roll ($21) which are sizable portions.

Flanked by two flat screens with a row each of bar and counter seating and a half-dozen tables, the bar still offers a more luxe feeling for patrons looking for something more upscale with table linens and a full bar. In fact, the bar menu has a number of hand-crafted cocktails to boot which explains the large groups of men and women mingling at the bar. On a recent Saturday night visit to the Capital Grille at Westfield Garden State Plaza, that was the case, making it a festive scene for couples and clusters of friends who chose the bar over the dining room as their destination.

Another desirable aspect of the restaurant is free valet parking for guests. Since this Paramus, NJ mall can be challenging to park in, this feature is very welcome.


Address: 1 Garden State Plaza Blvd, Paramus, NJ 07652


Phone: (201) 845-7040

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 1130 am – 10pm; Fri & Sat  11:30 am – 11pm; Sun 4pm – 9pm

Names of Management: David Bryson, Managing Partner; Luis Estacio, Executive Chef Partner


The Cuban Restaurant and Bar in Hoboken Offers Traditional Cuban Fare with a Twist

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Interior of The Cuban

At 333 Washington Street in Hoboken resides a culinary gem wrapped neatly in an ultra-sexy package. The Cuban, opened in January of 2012, is a Havana-centric restaurant that embodies the essence of traditional Cuban fare while playing on flavorful twists all in an intimate, plush setting complete with live music that serenades.

Chef Alexis Lahens

Chef Alexis Lahens is the brains behind The Cuban’s extensive menu. Each dish boasts seasonally driven ingredients that are slow cooked to a tasty perfection reminiscent of the Cuban dishes Chef Alexis knew as a child. You will find spicy, braised oxtails, slow simmered skirt steaks and sweet, juicy plantains sure to satiate any hunger. Pair your meal with the house-made Sangria for palate perfection.

The El Classico at The Cuban
The El Classico at The Cuban

The Cuban is a far cry from the usual fare found on Washington Street. With its intimate setting, delectable dishes and wide array of cocktails, The Cuban is a must-try for any and all foodies.

The Cuban is located at 333 Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ.  Visit  To make reservations, please call 201-795-9899.


Tuesdays through Wednesdays 4:00 – 10:00

Thursdays through Saturdays 4:00 – 11:00

Sundays 4:00 – 10:00

This review was conducted by Sarah Davies.