Chef C.J. Reycraft Jr., a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, and former chef de cuisine at Chez Catherine in Westfield for over six years, has teamed up with fiancée Julianne Hodges to open a new French restaurant in the familiar neighborhood in which he has already made a name for himself. The couple opened their bistro at 39 Elm Street in Westfield, in the space formerly occupied by Isabella’s, just a few weeks ago, during one of the coldest Januarys most residents could recall. And while some may say that the cold weather keeps people from venturing out to eat, the business owners saw it as an opportunity to ingratiate themselves with the neighborhood by offering a bowl of good soup or stew and hot apple pie.
This adorable, welcoming French bistro offers French classics with a modern twist, and offers lunch, dinner, and a weekend brunch. They use primarily fresh, local ingredients, and believe in supporting local growers and suppliers to help build the community. It is casual, affordable, and BYOB . . . . the perfect combination to enjoy local comfort food.
The reasonably priced restaurant offers an outstanding menu that changes somewhat with the seasons. And anytime you can finish off a meal with a honey apple crisp with oatmeal, cinnamon, and sugar crumbles . . . . I say go for it!
So if you need a little comforting during these cold winter months, or just need to pretend that you are strolling through Paris, try out this new neighborhood bistro and “Amuse” your “bouche.”