Happy hour returns to Kean

Located in the S.T.E.M building, this “farm-to-table” restaurant brings fine-dining to Kean. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Panico

Located in the S.T.E.M building, this “farm-to-table” restaurant brings fine-dining to Kean. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Panico

By Jasmin Kee l Published Oct. 21, 2016

Ursino, the high-end, farm-to-table restaurant in the STEM building that closed last year, has reopened this semester under a new name, Enoteca Ursino, with an interesting, but expensive new menu.

Like the old Ursino, the menu remains pricey, at least for students.
But a bonus is that the restaurant serves liquor even though Kean is a dry campus and bans students – even if 21 – from partaking in alcoholic beverages.

Anyone 21 and over can go for a drink at Enoteca Ursino and the bar is open Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to close.

Happy Hour is Tuesday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. with a special menu and cocktails for $12, draft beer for $4 and wine, from $5 – $7 a glass.

“I’ve been there a couple of times and I thought that some of the cocktails were ok and some were not so good, but I wouldn’t say that any of them were really great,” said Chloe Benson, an education major.

The overall look of the restaurant is stylish, with a modern look. The restaurant is spacious, with a lot of seating and a good amount of space between each table.

As you enter the restaurant, a bar is on the right, with another bar upstairs and more dining room seating. There is also an outdoor patio with tables.

The hours vary. Lunch is only served on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner is served Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m to 10 p.m.

The lunch menu offers starters such as Butternut Squash Soup for $12, Liberty Hall Farm Greens for $11; Kale salad for $12; Salt baked beets salad $12, veal meatballs $10, pan seared octopus $16 and mussels fra diavolo $14.

“I had the veal meatballs as a starter and I thought it was really well done and it tasted really good and I liked the way that they cooked it” said student Ashley Dudrow, a nursing major.

Entrees include grass-fed beef burger $10;, grilled chicken panini $12; prosciutto and arugula panini at $14 and the Florida red snapper for $21.

The menu also has a nice selection f personal pizzas, which includes a $12 margherita pizza $12; shibumi farm mushroom pizza for $14, bianca pizza $14, hot soppressata pizza $13.
From the dinner menu, the selection of starters includes Tuscan chicken liver plate sheep’s milk ricotta and bread $14, filet carpaccio $16, grilled quail $15.00 and blue hill bay mussels $14.

The entrees for the dinner menu include Dayboat scallops $34.00, lobster risotto $28, L.I Peking duck breast $32, grilled wagyu sirloin $31, oven roasted Amish chicken $26 and the 18-hour lamb osso buco for $36.

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