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).
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).