Opened in October, J’s Place (named for the owner, Jay Mesnica) is part tapas bar, part restaurant—its eclectic menu bringing diversity to downtown Middletown and a new look to the completely renovated 110-year-old building. The restaurant maintains its historic charm—high tin ceilings, exposed brick and wood floors—but with added modern touches, including a sleek wraparound bar, lighting fixtures and a virtual fireplace that gives new life and warmth to the space. Created by CIA grad Chef Victoria Ingrassia, the menu features small plates, including brie and caramelized onion flatbread, a local sausage board with a homemade pretzel, fish tacos and desserts like chocolate bread pudding and a seasonal fruit cobbler. A well-curated (and well-priced) wine, beer and drink list complements the selection.
J’s Place is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday; on Sundays, the restaurant also offers a brunch menu featuring dishes like bacon-wrapped French toast and salmon benedict, and an extensive wine list and seasonal cocktail menu. Mesnica hopes those who visit can “get away from the world for an hour or two.”
39 West Main St, Middletown
(845) 467-4156; jsplaceny.com