Opening Alert: The Barrow House, Clifton, NJ


The Barrow House in Clifton is now open for cocktails and dinner. The creators of Cowan’s Public, brothers Thomas and Dean Maroulakos, designed their new restaurant with a similar attention to detail, but towards a different era. The Barrow House is a recreation of a farmhouse, put together from pieces of the past, and wood from the original barn that once existed.

Guests eat surrounded by American oils on canvas and local taxidermy, under a chandelier in the barn hall, or in the private wine cellar. These rich rooms coordinate with the American comfort food served inside. Executive Chef Frank DeGruttalo emphasizes seasonal produce and traditional farm fare: think fried green tomato sliders, buttermilk fried chicken tenders, cheezy grits, short rib ravioli, spare ribs, and stuffed poussin (young chicken). (View Menu)

Cocktails akin to The Federalist–bourbon, simple syrup, lime, mint, and angostura– are served at the reclaimed canoe-wood bar, as a nod to the Industrial Era’s Morris Canal. The study and parlor are outfit with antique arm chairs, delicate upholstery, warm fires, and a bell service for drinks and dining. A photo-booth, one of the few signs of modernity inside the venue, is disguised as a telephone box.


In its entirety The Barrow House offers multiple narratives, exclusive yet seamless, as New Jersey’s farmscape heritage meets nineteenth century Americana; even the wallpaper has a story.

Currently, The Barrow House is open from 3 pm to 3 am everyday. Dinner is served Sunday-Wednesday from 5 pm to 10 pm, extending service Thursday-Saturday until 11 pm. The Bar Menu is available from 3 pm to 5 pm all week, and a Late Night Bar Menu is available after 10 pm.

The Barrow House
1296 Van Houten Ave
Clifton, NJ

[photo source: The Barrow House]


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