When was the last time you walked into a chain restaurant?
How about the last time you called an eatery to voice your feedback?
Or the last time you ordered a standard dish like chicken fingers or meatloaf?
If you’re a millennial — someone roughly between the ages of 20 and 40 — there’s a good chance you won’t be able to answer any of these questions. That’s because today’s typical millennial foodie doesn’t have a lot in common with older generations.
“We have a slight advantage over other geographical areas since we are in the middle of the Rutgers University campus, but regardless, we continue to evolve with every trend, we employ millennials and we use Instagram, Snapchat and other social media outlets to engage millennials,” said Gus Sleiman, Barca City Café and Bar owner.
Barca City Cafe and Bar is currently featuring its $8 Sangria de Guayaba, one of the tapas restaurant’s 22 cocktails.
“This sangria is refreshing, yet strong and delicious, and perfect for a hot summer day,” said Gus Sleiman, owner of Barca City Cafe and Bar.
The red-or-white cocktail, which is made to order, includes muddled fruits, real McCoy Silver Run, the restaurant’s secret ingredient and guayaba purée.
New Brunswick’s Easton Avenue is known more for college bars and pizzerias than fine eateries. So City Cafe & Bar definitely stands out. Opened in early 2015 as an American interpretation of the Spanish Taverna (their motto is “Born in Spain, Reassembled in New Brunswick”), City Cafe & Bar has a chill, European vibe. Ceviche ($7.99), tostones ($4.49), buckets of empanadas ($5.99-$9.99), and Spanish cheese plates ($7.99) are among the highlights of tapas. 47 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick. 732-640-1155.
Born in Spain but revitalized in New Jersey, City Cafe & Bar is proud to present an American spin on a Spanish taverna. Sip wine and enjoy delicious tapas at this Barcelona-style tapas bar. The bar top is decked with Spanish tiles, which will make you feel like you’re in the Mediterranean. City Cafe & Bar is a popular nightlife spot, and always has DJs and live music on the weekends.
Only a few years ago, the yearned-for dining experience revolved around a white tablecloth and the hope in receiving as much food as possible for the number written on the bottom of the check. As small plate and tapas restaurants, which are eateries that encourage people to purchase several small dishes to taste and share with companions, throughout Central Jersey have gained in popularity, it’s clear that the times have changed.Instead, the primary demographic – those about 25 to 45 years old, said Gus Sleiman, owner of Barca City Café and Bar in New Brunswick. Barca City Café and Bar has seen its visitors quadruple since its opening in May 2015, now fetching 1,100 weekly customers. Tapas at Barca City range from $2.25 to $16 with some of the most popular dishes being the chorizo al fuego, a tableside flamed sausage, the tres leches and Eduadorian-style ceviche.