While in New York City, we took the train to Newark, NJ to meet friends for dinner. They wanted us to experience Delicious Heights restaurant. In every way, this Berkeley Heights establishment was a delicious surprise.
No reservations are accepted by Delicious Heights, so we were lucky to be early enough to avoid a line. We seemed to time it just right between seatings. As this restaurant’s reputation grows, we hope it will adopt a more conventional reservations approach.
Upon entering the restaurant, its design, decor, and lighting were exceptional. It felt like we were still in New York City. Space was laid out to accommodate families, couples, groups – you name it. Obviously, attention to detail was made in every aspect of this establishment.
When I reviewed the Delicious Heights menu, it was so varied and extensive that I was concerned they were offering too much. Offerings included appetizers ranging from mozzarella sticks to pierogies to dim sum, entrees ranging from meatloaf, bay back ribs, sesame crusted ahi tuna, pork chops to an assortment of pasta creations. They also provided a large assortment of specialty sandwiches.
Since ours was a party of eight, we were able to taste a wide selection off the menu. Our group selected Barbeque Danish Baby Back Ribs – slow cooked, finished on the grill with barbeque sauce, served with sweet potato French fries and creamy coleslaw; Grilled Pork Chops – topped with fire roasted apples and carmalized onions, served with Bousin mashed potatoes and braised red cabbage; Shrimp Scampi – jumbo shrimp cooked in a white wine, lemon, garlic butter sauce, served over angel hair pasta; and Tortellini Alfredo with Shrimp – in a Reggiano Parmesan cream sauce. Every dish was delicious and the presentation was nice. We topped off our dinner with Molten Chocolate Cake, served piping hot with vanilla ice cream.
Our friends dine there regularly, so obviously, the varied menu, good service and ambience of Delicious Heights keep bringing customers back.
The trio of owners, Alex Rubinstein, Domenick Acquaviva, and Ralph Acquaviva work magic together. This is not a new spot that has just opened. Rather, it started as a six year catering business that was so successful, they decided to take it a step further to a restaurant. The establishing is run as a family affair, with many family members working onsite.
Domenick and Ralph gained their experience as executive sous chefs at Sterling Affair, one of the top New York caterers. Domenick has studied Hospitality Management, Ralph has a BA in Business Management, and Alex graduated from New York Restaurant School.
Their goal is to give customers what they want, at a reasonable price in a great atmosphere. From the crowds we saw, the food we deliciously experienced, and the friendliness of the staff, Delicious Heights is succeeding. Try it, I’m sure you’ll enjoy and as always, I appreciate your comments.
428 Springfield Avenue
Berkeley Heights, NJ
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