Escape to Paris at Closter's Brasserie Mémère
Enjoy All-Day Dining, Cocktails,
French Ambience and Warm, Worldly Hospitality
New Lunch Service + More
Closter, NJ … February 1, 2022 ... Tucked into the far corner of le trés chic Closter Plaza shopping center, Brasserie Mémère is an inviting beacon for la vie française ... if only for a few hours. Mémère's welcoming, soigné Parisienne esthetic was lovingly created by partners Chef Thomas Ciszak; his wife, Evelyn, an acclaimed sommelier and hospitality professional; and longtime successful NYC restaurateur Michael Chin.

At Mémère, the team has painstakingly crafted an homage to Chef's first kitchen inspiration, his mémère (granny), in a large, airy, authentic French brasserie setting that feels both like home and a visit to your fave neighborhood spot à Paris. An instant hit when it opened in December, 2019 (aka "the before times"), Brasserie Mémère has been able to ride the ups + downs of the Covid era by staying nimble, keeping prices reasonable, and maintaining high service and culinary standards. The result? Business is strong, and exciting innovations continue.
Full Lunch Service Begins;
Popular Express Menu Also Available

Exciting news: Brasserie Mémère debuted sit-down lunch service on January 26. The winter menu includes starters like Soupe de Courge (Butternut Squash ); Steak Frites (top), Saumon Grillé and of course, Le Grande Burger; Salade Niçoise (pictured) and Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée.

The popular Mémère Express counter service remains, where diners can grab-n-go sandwiches (like a perfect Croque Monsieur), salads + coffee, along with scrumptious house-made pastries & baguettes from Mémère's boulangerie.

Lunch served Wednesday- Sunday 12.00-4.00pm
Mémère Express counter service Wednesday - Sunday 10.00am-4.00pm

Something Special Every Day
"Brasserie Mémère is a cozy, appealing, all-day eatery; a place to enjoy classic French fare," says Chef Ciszak. "So we created a bunch of delicious reasons for people to join us."
Among them:

  • Happy Hour Wednesday-Friday all day at the glorious 30-foot custom-designed zinc-topped bar, featuring $5 select beers, $6 well drinks and house selected wines, $8 specialty cocktails, and $10 classic French tartes
  • $2 oysters at the bar on Wednesdays
  • Bottled champagne 50% off Thursdays
  • $18 Bottomless Mimosas at Sunday brunch
  • Takeout and delivery (including cocktails-to-go!)
Winter Food and Drink Highlights
Serving up refined, robust classic French fare
Signature dishes include savory Tarte Parisienne (foie gras, red shallot confiture, taleggio, pear, baby arugula); Soupe aux Oignons (onions, oxtail broth, Gruyère cheese toast); and Poulet Roti Citron (chicken thighs, lemon segments, mushrooms, garlic, Brussels sprouts, fingerling potatoes, onions).

Vegetarians have a place here too, with delicious options including house-made Vegan Toulouse Sausage (beluga lentils, Brussels sprouts, demi-sec tomato).

Cocktails and/or wine are a MUST. The bar is Evelyn Ciszak's "baby," and her list is full of elegant, flavor-layered, brilliantly balanced drinks. Customer favorites include the Habanero Margarita; a barrel-aged Boulevardier (Four Roses bourbon, Campari, sweet vermouth); and seasonal Teapot Cocktails ... warm, potent libations like Glühwein, served in a charming antique tea pot and cups. Right on trend: low-proof and no-alcohol options as well.

The wine list highlights all the important regions of France while paying strict attention to pricing and winemakers. Beer is choice, sophisticated + local, featuring a custom Mémère brew – a Saisson brewed by Ramstein, plus bourbon barrel aged beer and 2 IPAs.

About Brasserie Mémère
Created by a powerhouse team, Brasserie Mémère melds timeless French technique and flavors with warm, gracious hospitality. Impeccable French-focused wine list and balanced, brilliant cocktails, too.

The partners? Renowned Chef Thomas Ciszak (Chakra, Blue Morel), Evelyn Ciszak (sommelier + managing partner, Chakra; former Beverage Director, Jean-Georges), and acclaimed NYC restaurateur Michael Chin (Chakra, Bâtard, Montrachet, Red Rooster, Bond 45 Steakhouse). Partners in work and life, the Ciszaks curated many of the furnishings, decorative pieces and accessories themselves from French antique shops and flea markets.

Private dining room available for parties, and large, elegant, heated patio with retractable awning open in season. Open Wednesday - Sunday for takeout, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Check social sites regularly for updates re: Mémère's superlative Monthly Wine Dinners, held on the third Thursday of every month.
Also pictured above: Executive Chef Kevin Takafuji.

Brasserie Mémère
107 Vervalen Street 
Closter, NJ 07624

Winter hours:
Wednesday - Saturday 4.00 - 10.00pm
Sunday Brunch 11.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday Dinner 4.00 - 8.00pm
Mémère Express Counter Service, Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4.00pm
Full-Service Lunch, Wednesday - Saturday noon - 4.00pm
Closed Monday + Tuesday
Takeout available
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