A restaurant needs to bring something extra if it wants to have impact when it opens its first location in New Jersey.
Eddie V’s feels it’s more than up to the task.
The national restaurant, which began in Austin, Texas, in 2000, is opening its 28th location May 19 in Paramus. And, if you don’t come for the prime seafood, the hand-carved steaks, the self-described theatrical cocktails — or even the live jazz — the owners of Eddie V’s figure you’ll stop by just to check out their motto:
“Man cannot live by music, wine and fine dining alone, but it’s worth exploring: Here’s to living it up.”
The 9,630-square-foot restaurant, which will be located at the Westfield Garden State Plaza, aims to offer an experience where fine dining meets a glamorous night out in a vibrant atmosphere. It will offer four private dining rooms and an outdoor patio.
The restaurant’s culinary style is classic American with a touch of modern Asian, with signature items including Chilean Sea Bass Steamed Hong Kong Style, Parmesan Sole and Crab Fried Rice. In addition, Eddie V’s serves critically acclaimed prime steaks, hand carved daily by the in-house butcher.
The V Lounge will offer live music along with what the restaurant calls its “Cocktails With Attitude” menu, featuring eye-catching signature cocktails, hand-crafted and poured with a touch of theater. The Smoked Old Fashioned is torched tableside on a wooden plank and the smoke captured in a glass, while the Hope Diamond changes color from deep blue to magenta.
In addition, an expansive walk-through wine tower made entirely of glass houses the restaurant’s wine and champagne selection of more than 300 acclaimed labels.
The dining room will be open seven days a week, starting at 5 p.m. The V Lounge opens an hour early.