Kate’s Faves

When my buyers close on their new home and start to settle into
Montclair or a neighboring town, I relish keeping in touch with them
by sharing my favorite vendors, contractors and restaurants.  But I
thought it might be helpful to those of you still in the hunt to be
aware of the best (just in my opinion!) of what we have to offer!  Let
me know if you have suggestions for additions or if your experience is
different than mine.  Attorneys and home inspectors are listed first
as they are usually the first of my recommendations.

Real Estate Attorneys

Jim McDonald – 973-239-2800

Alan Trembulak – 973-746-3888

Lori Golia – 973-744-2100

Home Inspectors

Neal Lewis – Total Home Inspection Service – 201-819-4361

Augustus Smith – 973-376-7740

Mark Cruz – Pro-tec Inspections – 973-226-1089


The following Fave’s aren’t business-related so I don’t give multiple

options unless warranted. Let me know if you’d like additional

information about any of these.


Best Drycleaner – Moline Kronberg, 225 Lorraine Avenue, Upper

Montclair (They deliver!)


Best Electrician – Anderson Electric 973-857-4333 and Don Kemper 973-239-6823


Best Fences – Artistic Fences 973-661-4430


Best Floor Refinishers – Bella Hardwood Flooring 973-735-3993 and Walsh Flooring 201-945-9014


Best Carpet Cleaner – Bob Mroz at 908-512-9976


Best Plumber – Rob Heyrich at 973-744-0454 or Garner Bros. at 973-748-0981


Best Oil Heat Company – Pierson Oil at 973-673-5000


Best Hairdresser – Eric Salon at 343 Bloomfield Avenue, 973-746-3742

(He books a bit in advance but is terrific).


Best Hardware Store – American Hardware, 251 Park St, Upper

Montclair (SO helpful)


Best Kitchen and Bath Designer – Clair McCreath at 973-744-4150


Best Contractor – Kip Siebert at 973-746-3655 or Jack Finn at 973-744-4629


Best Painter – Joe Testa at 973-746-0883 or Peter Mulroe at 973-746-7383


Best Supermarket – I bounce between Kings at 650 Valley Road and Whole Foods

located downtown at 701 Bloomfield Avenue.


Best Butcher – Rosario’s, 252 Park Street just across from American

Hardware! Amazing fresh mozzarella, prepared Italian dishes, and

fresh meats and sandwiches.


Best Deli – hotly contested but my kids’ vote is Watchung Deli at 117

Watchung Avenue. Close and delicious contenders are Nicolo’s (also a

bakery) at 6 Baldwin Street in Montclair and Belgiovine’s across from

Whole Foods at 714 Bloomfield Avenue. Fresh, fresh Italian

specialties and sandwiches.


Best Yoga Teacher – Danielle Diamond at 917-838-0302 (private or classes locally)


Best Nail Salon – Utopian Nails at 973-744-8969


Best Florist – J. Clores Flowers at 973-744-2291


Best Restaurants – too many to name! But be sure and try:

* Raymond’s at 28 Church Street for consistently excellent casual, comfort food

*  Dai Kichi  best sushi place at 608 Valley Road

*. Fascino – elegant, serious, delicious Italian food with the

DePersio family warmly welcoming. The chef is Ryan, his sweet mom,

Cynthia makes the most amazing desserts all served at 331 Bloomfield Ave.

*. DeNovo – 275 Bellevue Avenue in Upper Montclair.  Located in the

Upper Montclair train station.   Perfect for drinks and dinner after the


*. Brookside Thai – Located in Bloomfield at 380 Broad St, Bloomfield but

it is terrific, plus you can get take-out.

*. T.S. Ma – speaking of take out, the fastest delivery in town has

got to be this super fresh Chinese restaurant located at 199 Bellevue



There are SO many more phenomenal restaurants. Most are bring your

own wine…Lebanese, Peruvian, Ethiopian, Indian, Mexican, French,

Italian, Tapas, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and more. Let me know

what you discover and enjoy.

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