SOMERVILLE, NEW JERSEY
An exquisite upscale cocktail lounge with gourmet food and well-selected craft beer perfectly described as a “cozy hideaway,” TAPASTRE is centrally located on the corner of historic High Street alongside old Victorian properties and a pristine white-marbled courthouse.
A quaint patio with six umbrella-shaded metal tables and chairs welcomes patron to the dungeon-like low ceiling basement pub. A wraparound S-shaped granite-topped 15-seat bar features lots of shelved liquor and 22 draught taps as well as two TV’s and blackboard beer menu. Small pendant lighting lines the bar while beige embossed ceiling tiles cover the back dining space and several right side booths and tables add further refined elegance.
Upstairs, Project Pub pairs food such as ostrich burgers, ahi tuna, duck leg, schnitzel and chicken wings with featured brewery’s ales. Tonight, nearby Lone Eagle Brewing offers several choice beverages.
During my two-hour stay with wife in tow, I consumed Long Island duck confit and Cajun crabcakes with hummus while quaffing wide-ranging stylistic fare such as Alementary Kalamansi Gose, Nickel Brook Uber Peach Raspberry Beliner Weiss, Allagash Farm To Face Sour Ale, Flounder Sourlands Wheat, Cigar City Good Gourd, Icarus Sunwalker Smoked Pilsner, Icarus Lil Yacht Juice NE IPA, Sloop Liquid Sorcery NE IPA, Cricket Hill Comet Cloud Red IPA and red wine-barreled Brotherton Earthbound Saison (all reviewed in Beer Index).
On November ’20 dinnertime sojourn, sat outside at corner table to enjoy exquisite butternut squash soup (with roasted pumpkin-seeded nutmeg creaming) and jumbo barbecue chicken wings. Tried Icarus Kalashnikoffee PIL and Build Me Up Butternut Chili Porter, Carton Foster Imperial Cream Ale, Last Wave Frothing Milkshake: Mango, New Holland Dragon’s Milk Rum Barreled Chocolate Hazelnut Coconut Pastry Stout and Ashton Ida Weiss (reviewed in Beer Index).