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If you are accustomed to Palermo’s Café and Bakery’s brick oven pizza, fun café menu, and wide assortment of delicious baked goods, you will be happy to know that the Bruno family’s newest venture, The Cake Lounge, is now open for business—right upstairs. Offering several Italian-inspired dishes for both lunch and dinner, as well as cocktails and an extensive wine list, The Cake Lounge takes the Palermo style of dining up a notch. The relaxing contemporary lounge atmosphere and elegant menu perfect are perfect for a date night or social gathering.
I had the opportunity to talk with one of the owners, Joanne Bruno, about The Cake Lounge and how the idea for the establishment came to fruition. I asked if it had always been in the works as a brand extension of Palermo’s. She told me they had not actually thought of expanding until recently. After many cake tasting customers had mentioned how nice it might be to have a little sambuca with their coffee during tastings, Bruno and company decided to purchase a liquor license for the business. Plans fell into place and The Cake Lounge was born.
Adding Chef Fred Carucci, a 25-year veteran on the Saddle Brook food scene, was the next step to The Cake Lounge’s success. In addition to enhancing the regular menu, Chef Carucci has put his personal touch on the daily specials including braised lamb shank over homemade fettucini and broiled filet of salmon.
I asked Bruno what she would choose from the menu. While she has trouble naming a single favorite item, she does recommend the rack of lamb and what she calls the “brontosaurus” steak, which she says is so big it looks like it should have been in the Flintstones opening credits. Also, she recommends the filet mignon au Poivre, soft shell crabs, and says all the homemade pasta is “to die for.” Right now Bruno also in love with the Harvest Salad which sounds like a perfect mix of greens, chicken, gorgonzola, cranberries, and walnuts with a vinaigrette dressing.
After your meal, relax with a cocktail paired with the perfect dessert (try their innovative caketini) or take a walk downstairs to pick up some treats for tomorrow’s breakfast at Palermo’s Bakery. Have an experience that’s been perfected over the course of 30 years.
The Cake LoungeThe Cake Lounge
389 Liberty St. 2nd Floor (upstairs from Palermo’s)
Palermo’s Café and Bakery
187 Main Street
3701 Park Avenue