by Rachel Holtzman
Amuse, a new restaurant downtown, opened in January at 39 Elm Street.
Amuse offers upscale French cuisine with a Manhattan vibe, according to Head Chef CJ Reycraft.
Reycraft and his co-owner and fiancee, Julianne Hodges, said they have been cooking French food for years. Both Reycraft and Hodges attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City, and they met working at local restaurant Chez Catherine in 2011.
Hodges said that she and Reycraft enjoyed their time there and wish the staff continued success. However, when a customer at Chez Catherine approached Reycraft with a business offer, Reycraft said that he “jumped at the chance” to start his own restaurant.
According to Hodges, some of Amuse’s most popular items are Moules Frites and French Onion Soup. Other dishes on the menu include Boeuf Bourgignon and Escargots.
Said Reycraft: “The restaurant is a place where you have an open-area feel, but the focus is still on high-quality food. Here, you can come as you are and enjoy the atmosphere.”
According to amusenj.com, Amuse is open from 12 p.m.-3 p.m and 5 p.m.-9 p.m., with hours extended on Fridays and Saturdays. Brunch is also offered on Sunday mornings. Reservations are optional but recommended on the weekends.
To make a reservation at Amuse or to learn more information, call (908) 317-2640 or visit amusenj.com.