For 21 years, Proprietor Tony Del Gatto has been sharing his love of vera cucina Italiana—true Italian cuisine, the way it’s found in Italy today—at Grissini, his swanky, stylish restaurant in Englewood Cliffs in Bergen County. Old school in all the best ways, Grissini presents fresh, delicious food in a classy space. Enjoy a well-made cocktail at the restaurant’s convivial, buzzing bar or a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive list of fine Old World Wines while savoring a true taste of Italy.
Part beehive of artistic activity and part raw space, the Art Factory isn’t like anything else you have ever seen. While others work to create an industrial chic appearance, this place is the real McCoy. The Art Factory occupies a former textile mill dating to the 1800s. Comprising 26 buildings, the mill manufactured jute for riggings on sailing ships but closed in the 1950s.
With the closure of Trump Plaza, Showboat and Revel Resort in September, some say Atlantic City is old news. But not Jim Wood, president and CEO of Meet AC, a private nonprofit sales agency started in June 2014 and funded by the CRDA luxury tax. Meet AC’s raison d’être is to drive meeting and convention business to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, Convention Center and surrounding hotels.
More than ever, millennials are changing the way destination corporate meetings are held, according to Karen Shackman, president of Shackman Associates, a special events management company. “They want highly social events that are out of the boardroom and, instead, under the boards in a location like a barn,” Shackman says. New Jersey offers a wide variety of traditional venues, yet these spaces often tend to lack that wow factor.
There are outsiders who think New Jersey is simply shopping malls, smokestacks and highways, but those of us who live here know better. We smile at the “Joysey” jokes because the joke’s on them. After all, they’re the ones missing out on the many charms of the state’s small towns. Lambertville, perched above the Delaware River, is one of those very gems. This river town is at once historic and current. It’s a destination that’s free of tourist traps, making it a visitor’s paradise. And, it’s just the place to plan your next meeting or event.
From strip malls and airports to even the local Walmart, spas have popped up virtually everywhere. These places cater to time-starved and stressed-out clients who just want to buy a little relaxation. In contrast to day spas that offer just an hour of peace and quiet, hotel spas promise to keep that glow lasting just a little bit longer (is there anything better than going to your room in a fluffy bathrobe?).
Chances are you know someone who insists that her grandmother makes the best gravy or pasta sauce. After all, New Jersey is home to more than 2 million Italian descendants, and it’s probably no coincidence that there’s no shortage of Italian restaurants in the state. For a sampling of some of the best for private dining, read on. Buon appetito!
Often, the key to the success of a live corporate event is choosing a great audio-visual partner. If you are looking to bring in an A/V partner, it is imperative to qualify the company since in large part you’re relying on them to make the meeting a success. Here are some of the most important questions to ask before you select an audio-visual provider.
Downtown Manhattan, filled with industrial chic spaces and effortlessly stylish people, is the epitome of cool, but fighting traffic at the tunnels to make it to an event? Definitely not cool. So where do you hold an event when you want that New York City flair without the hassle? The Loft at 350 in West Orange! This stylish venue is tucked inside the Wilshire Grand Hotel, a full-service hotel with 89 rooms and 13 suites.
Porta is proof positive that down and out can be turned completely upside down. This uber-hip Neapolitan pizzeria occupies a formerly vacant building in Asbury Park and the transformation from humdrum to humming is dramatic. With room for dancing and private event space, this place isn’t your average pizzeria. And the Vermont Laundry is just the drink to get you moving.