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mosaica in nj to reopen as el trattoria under etc steakhose seth warshaw

Mosaica on vauxhall road in union nj is closing and reopening as al trattoria under etc steakhouse seth warshaw's guidance.

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    1. re: GilaB

      Any idea on menu? Italian? Fleishig? When is this going down?

      1. re: DeisCane

        My father's coworker is friends with someone at ETC, so clearly this is at a few removes, but it's apparently supposed to be Italian. I don't think my father asked about milchig/fleishig, but I would be very surprised if it weren't a meat restaurant. They're offering a Thanksgiving prix fixe, so I'd assume it's going to be up and running very shortly, if they aren't already. The restaurant was still Mosaica when my parents were there last week.

        1. re: GilaB

          Meat Italian is underwhelming but I guess dairy would be even underwhelminger.

          1. re: DeisCane

            More to the point, how many even semi-formal dairy restaurants do you see outside of major Jewish communities? Meat restaurants seem to be more sustainable.

            Meat Italian isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it's a big category and there's plenty of excellent food there.

            1. re: GilaB

              Oh, I agree. Especially as someone who eats dairy out. :-)

              1. re: DeisCane

                Yes, it's people like you who make it hard for people like me to find a decent dairy restaurant! :D

          2. re: GilaB

            I spoke to Seth Warshaw, the chef at Etc. You are correct, the restaurant will be Italian. Also, unlike Etc. Steakhouse, Et Al will be open for lunch Monday-Thursday. I was told they'd have a reasonably priced lunch menu, likely including various panini sandwiches (among other things, of course).

            1. re: danielf82

              Well, to be fair, Mosaica was reasonably priced for lunch. Almost everything was $12. The hours were sketchy though, as I recall.

              1. re: DeisCane

                I'm aware - I work nearby, and often went to Mosaica to pick up lunch, or for business meetings. They officially opened at 12, but they would often be running late. Sometimes they'd get there at 12, so if you tried to order something it would take a while because the ovens and grill needed to heat up.

                I was told that Et Al will be opening at 11 each day, which gives some more flexibility for picking up lunch.

                1. re: danielf82

                  That is good news. With that and Tokyo Hibachi, we have some nice lunch options in Southern Essex/Northern Union.

            2. re: GilaB

              It is called "Et Al Tratoria". According to Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine's website, it is fleishig, American fare, and opens its doors on Thanksgiving. http://www.greatkosherrestaurants.com...

        2. I'm disappointed that Mosaica closed. Really, really loved that restaurant.

          1. Et Al Trattoria's opening was delayed. Apparently they opened for Thanksgiving as a preview service, but are not fully opened yet.

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            1. Also very sad to see Mosaica close. It was hard to believe we had top notch kosher French/Moroccan food ten minutes away. It was our go to place for special occasions, and I guess the fact we thought it was a great secret shared by a select few wasn't a good thing. The cuisine was a world a way from most other kosher upscale establishments. It will be sorely missed.

              Hopefully, Et Al will serve as a worthy successor.

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              1. re: dk50b

                You cant be surprised, when i was the chef there the place was dead way too many nights. if people dont support the local places they have, especially if they are in the boonies, they are guarenteed not to last. I hope Seth does something cool there.

                1. re: Moishefrompardes

                  It's true. It is so, so important to support kosher restaurants. The problem with this one was not the food nor the service. It was instead a lack of visibility and an extension of that--being unknown to the non-kosher-keeping community at large. A real shame.

                1. re: helou

                  My parents attempted to go last week, but couldn't get a reservation, so apparently yes.