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Chef Owner Thomas Ciszak Recipes - Brasserie Memere, Closter, NJ. USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Chef Thomas Ciszak - Brasserie Memere, Closter , NJ, USA
Chef Owner Thomas Ciszak of the French restaurant, Brasserie Mémère located in Closter, New Jersey took time from the kitchen of his traditional French restaurant to provide an intriguing look at his background, the restaurant, and provide one of the restaurant's cocktail recipes to provide a delicious "sip" of their menu. 


Brasserie Memere Team, Closter, NJ, USA
Braserrie Mémère Team

Chef/Owner Thomas Ciszak found his culinary inspiration to become a chef from his grandmother and named the attractive Brasserie Mémère in her honor. His grandmother was culinary trained in Germany, and the name mémère means "grandmother or granny" in English. 

Brasserie Mémère opened in December 2019 and features a dream team of Chef Thomas Ciszak (formerly of Chakra, Blue Morrell), widely respected Beverage Director and Sommelier Evelyn Ciszak (Thomas' wife and co-owner) who honed her craft as such prestigious restaurants as Chakra and Jean-Georges, Chef Kevin Takafuji (originally from Hawaii and who honed his craft working with Daniel Boulud and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin), and NYC restaurateur Michael Chin (Chakra, Bâtard, Montrachet, Red Rooster, and more), who bring their culinary and hospitality excellence to the restaurant. 

Brasserie Memere, Closter, NJ

We had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant on Sunday, February 27, 2022, where the cocktail menu is as inspired as the culinary menu which features many classic, traditional French favorites including Escargots, Moules à La Provençale (mussels), Truite Aux Amandes (trout), and Confit de Canard (duck). 

The restaurant's focus is creating excellent cuisine utilizing classic French techniques and flavors yet imprinting them with Chef Thomas' own style. His love of the garden and time well-spent with his beloved grandmother are behind the freshness of the ingredients, sourcing locally, and his commitment to delivering a memorable experience for the restaurant's guests. 

Avion en Papier -  Brasserie Mememre, Closter, NJ, USA

Beverage Director and Sommelier Evelyn Ciszak, who crafted the wine list and and cocktail menu, graciously provides the recipe for their cocktail Avion en Papier, which translates from French to English as Paper Airline. We had this very tasty cocktail at the restaurant, and it was excellent. Made with Four Roses Bourbon, Aperol, Meletti Amaro, and fresh lemon juice, this cocktail will tempt your palate into visiting the restaurant to pair it with their excellent cuisine. 


Brasserie Mémère - Avion en Papier (Paper Airplane) Cocktail Recipe
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass Used: Coupe Glass
Four Roses Bourbon
Meletti Amaro
Fresh Lemon Juice

Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into coupe. Garnish with flamed lemon peel. Cheers! 

Located in Closter, New Jersey, the restaurant Is a mere 25 miles from Manhattan, 30 miles from Newark, New Jersey, and 30 miles from Greenwich, Connecticut.

Brasserie Memere, Closter, NJ

Brasserie Mémère (winter hours): Wednesday through Saturday from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm, Sunday Brunch from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm, and Sunday dinner from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Mémère Express Counter Service is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Full-Service Lunch is available Wednesday through Saturday from noon until 4:00 pm. Take-out is available. Happy Hour is on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings. The restaurant is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

For more information or to make a reservation please call the restaurant at +1-201-660-8822 or visit their website: 

Read about our dining experience at the restaurant in the Restaurants section. 

Brasserie Memere, Closter, NJ  

Brasserie Mémère
107 Vervalen Street (Inside Closter Plaza shopping center)
Closter, New Jersey 07624
United States
Telephone: +1-201-660-8822

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