Moonshine in New Jersey

January 20, 2012 2:40:46 PM PST
Moonshine adds a little glow to Millburn, just off the main drag.

The two story restaurant is bistro by day and supper club by night.

Victor Delapa opened Moonshine with his childhood friend Joe San Philip.

The lunch menu has burgers, pastas, soups, salads and sandwiches.

For dinner, a menu that's a bit of a throwback.

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Braised short ribs of beef
by Chef Frank Falivene


3 pounds boneless shortribs (chuck flap)
1 cup diced onions (1/2 inch)
1 cup sliced carrots (peeled)
1 cup sliced celery (1/2 inch)
1 cup sliced leeks (white parts)
1 head garlic sliced in half (skin on)
4 each thyme sprigs
2 each bay leaves
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon corriander seeds
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 bottle red wine
4 cups veal stock or beef stock


Preheat oven to 325.
Heat 2 ounces of canola oil in large roasting pan.
Season meat with salt.
Brown meat on all sides, remove from pan.
Add vegetables, and cook till they start to color and caramelize.
Add tomato paste, peppercorns, corriander seed, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves.
Roast tomato paste slightly, and then deglaze with red wine, reduce by half.
Add meat back to pan, cover with veal stock, bring to a simmer, cover with lid and place in oven for 3 hours.
Remove from oven and let cool, when cool enough to handle remove meat from pan.
Strain liquid trough a fine strainer over meat. Let cool overnight.
Before serving, remove from fridge and heat slowly in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

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