WESTFIELD, NJ — From insane wings to exquisite oysters and world-class art, Downtown Westfield Corp. has compiled six great things to enjoy among the myriad dining, drinking and entertainment choices in Downtown Westfield.
Here they are, in no particular order.
1. Eat at RoosterSpin, 251 North Ave., by the train station. Get your groove on in the karaoke rooms or check out RoosterSpin’s periodic live music. The restaurant offers “insane” double-fried wings, leveled-up sushi and other Korean dishes, set among vintage jazz records in an urban loft. Feel free to bring along some local wine or sangria at the BYOB location. For the music schedule contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. It wouldn’t be Westfield without 16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect St. This local haunt offers live music nightly, a full bar with martini menu, renowned Bloody Mary Oysters and exquisite lobster risotto.
3. For a perfect pairing, 1958 Cuban Cuisine, 305 South Ave., can help spice up your Saturday evening. The BYOB restaurant, which offers outdoor seating during warmer months, is just down the street from Ricardo Roig’s recently opened art gallery, the Roig Collection, 305 South Ave. West. The fine art gallery is open Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or later by appointment. Call: 914-319-1247.
Roig, a young local artist, formerly taught art at Westfield High School and his wife, Michelle, still teaches Spanish at Tamaques Elementary School. Roig painted the Westfield mural under the East Broad Street train underpass and there is talk of art classes slated for the recently opened art gallery on South Avenue.
4. Addams Tavern, 115 Elm St., is a farm-to-table, upscale rustic restaurant and bar with a soaring ceiling. A court-ordered closure had the public thirsting for the restaurant’s return in 2018, and that December the tavern delivered with a new menu and reinvigorated staff.
Patrons can sit by a fire for a romantic night out, cocktails, wine pairing and new American inspired cuisine. Charcoal ovens and wood-burning grills add to the ambiance as well as the flavor. The restaurant doesn’t have an official beer or wine flight but will offer a taste of any that you are considering, so you can fashion a flight yourself.
5. How about a skate and a slice? For a family night out, or even a casual date, consider ice skating at The Westfield Rink, 650 4th Ave., at Gumbert Park. Click here for the schedule of public skate sessions.
Then grab your slice at Outta Hand Pizza, 311 South Ave. If you’re hankering for more, call ahead to reserve your personal pizza-making experience ($15). You can toss the dough yourself or have the restaurant’s pizza chef show you how it’s done. Call: 908-233-9300.
6. Seeking food and fun? Farinolio Cucina, 121 East Broad St., offers a ticketed, collaborative culinary, chef-led dining experience on specific nights. These include cooking classes, olive oil tastings, Italian language classes, travel and dinners hosted by both Farinolio and, on select occasions, the nearby James Ward Mansion.
While mom and dad check out Farinolio, the kids can enjoy old school video games at YESTERcades, 151 East Broad St. The arcade, which opened its Westfield location in 2018, boasts classic arcade cabinets and pinball machines, with everything from Space Invaders and Pac-Man to NBA Jam and Street Fighter.
CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ BONUS: The downtown offers at least three places to help you satisfy your sweet tooth. Candy makers since 1904, Brummer’s Chocolates, 125 East Broad St., produces fine homemade chocolates, a variety of sugar free candies and gift baskets. The Chocolate Bar, 112 Quimby St., offers authentic Italian-style gelato, handcrafted chocolates and beverages. Kilwins, 9 Elm St., provides high quality chocolates, ice cream and confections.