A new management team took over the longtime Secaucus Italian institution Bareli’s in November, and has been rolling out changes to the formerly old-school restaurant. The dining room has been completely renovated and the menu has been modernized: it’s now Italian-American, with entrées generally in the $18 to $31 range. Fans of the former Ponte’s in Tribeca will be interested to know that Bareli’s is now serving the famous "angry lobster" entrée for $55 (Ponte’s owner Vincent Ponte is a partner at Bareli’s).
The restaurant is trying to appeal not only to its older regular clientele but also younger customers, planning a sort of upscale happy hour called "elegant hour" with drink and food specials.
It also has one upcoming special event: from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 13, Bareli’s will hold a Franciscan Winery dinner featuring five courses all paired with wines from the Napa Valley winery, for $90 a person, plus tax and tip. Call Bareli’s at 201-865-2766 for reservations.
Ponte, a longtime partner in Bareli’s, now owns the restaurant with Liam Moloney (who is also a partner in the Cedar Grove restaurant DelMonico), Bareli’s longtime executive chef Robb Welch, and Tommy Stabile.