After 4-month renovation, Customshop reopens with new menu and open layout

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Customshop — a well respected, 12-year-old restaurant in Elizabeth — quietly reopened on Saturday night with a new menu and completely renovated space.

Chef Trey Wilson (the brains behind Flourshop as well) closed Customshop for a four month renovation and completely revamped menu. It’s going to payoff for him. I’m bullish.

Inside, you’ll find a completely renovated open floor plan which includes a mix of marble, wooden butcher block, booths and wooden tables — along with a circular table centered on the back wall for larger groups. You’ll also find a new four-seat bar in the center right of the restaurant and a new lounge seating area in the front left. It’s more of a date spot than a larger group spot.

Customshop’s hours are Monday through Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5-11 p.m. and closed on Sundays. They use Opentable for reservations and their exact address is 1601 Elizabeth Avenue (near Earl’s Grocery).

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Customshop’s two best house cocktails: Safforon Sour ($13, left) – Knob Creek Rye, Solerno blood organge liqueur, Fernet Branca, blood orange and fresh sour; and Cucumber Basil Smash ($12, right) – Hendrick’s Gin, Bittermans earl grey bitters, cucumber, basil syrup, lime and St. Germain.

Customshop’s new focused menu offers 18 dishes — 13 small plates and 5 entrees

If you’re going there on a date, my advice is to order 2-4 small plates and then split an entree.

The perfect two-person date order (split everything) is the yellowfin tuna ($14), trumpet mushrooms ($14), goat cheese mousse ($10) and then the hand-cut fancy fries ($8) with the black garlic-rubbed bavette steak ($30).

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Yellowfin Tuna ($12) – blood orange, calabrian peppers and almond kefir

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Trumpet Mushrooms ($14) – truffled pancetta and taleggio cream

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Burrata di Bufala ($14) – fermented cranberry and cherry relish

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Crispy Duck ($15) – frisée, walnuts, and sweet and sour squash

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Squid Ink Strozzapretti ($18) – nduja, shrimp, tomato and mint

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Hand-Cut Pommes Frittes ($8) with house aioli

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Black Garlic-Rubbed Bavette Steak ($30) – cipollini onion and diablo sauce

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With Customshop’s improvements and Chef Trey Wilson leading the kitchen, this popular Elizabeth restaurant belongs in the mix as one of the best restaurants in our city.

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