Though Café Chameleon has only been open in Bloomingdale since April, it’s already making some big changes. In particular, Executive Chef and Partner Bryan Gregg is now on board; and he’s hard at work rolling out an all new menu for the restaurant.
“My background has always focused on knowing my local farmers and purveyors and sourcing products locally that are the peak of the season,” says Gregg. “What attracted me to Café Chameleon is that shared vision by my partners, the Civitano family. At Café Chameleon, I’m able to pair my food with wine, beer and spirits to create a complete experience.”
Gregg is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. His previous work experience includes Michelin-star restaurants in France and England, as well as New York and New Jersey. For example, the award-winning chef comes from Escape Montclair, Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Michael Anthony’s in Jersey City. He is also the founder of Think Local Foods, a restaurant consulting firm.
As for Café Chameleon, the reimagining of the 100-seat spot comes from Trey Civitano and Dominic Civitano. The restaurant now offers a modern atmosphere that is inviting and warm while also feeling elegant.
This Chameleon Changes Its Menu, Not Its Color
You’ll find a seasonal dinner menu in the main dining room and a bar menu in the lounge area. They use local ingredients at the height of their flavor to redefine New American cuisine with modern flair. Though the dishes change weekly, and with the season, you can always expect fresh produce, meat, and seafood. Meanwhile, favorites like duck, scallops, dry-aged beef, and a few pastas are on the menu to stay. Likewise, one other constant is Gregg’s award-winning Café Burger.
The Café Chameleon bar offers a selection of wines, spirits, and cocktails. “Our focus has been on classic cocktails with a modern twist,” says Gregg. “We’ve also started incorporating locally-sourced ingredients in the drinks to amp up our theme.”
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