New Jersey Al Fresco Dining Guide

Down to the Bone - Photo by Veronique Deblois
Down to the Bone - Photo by Veronique Deblois
Down to the Bone – Photo by Veronique Deblois

Father’s Day comes at the perfect time for some Al Fresco dining, and we all know that outdoors is Dad’s favorite place to be (next to the BarcaLounger). We’ve got some suggestions from Hudson County to Atlantic County, and our favorite places in between.

Bin 14, Hudson County

Escape to the shady, secluded backyard at Bin 14, Hoboken’s first and only wine bar. Savor Chef Anthony Pino’s modern Italian tapas and sip one of 80 wines by the glass or an artisanal cocktail.

1314 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ. 201.963.WINE

Submitted by Veronique Deblois

Central Kitchen, Bergen County

Outdoor seating for 40 on two glassed-in patios (one with its own bar!). Bergen County diners can people-watch while enjoying the restaurant’s Contemporary New American cuisine with an Italian twist.

717 East Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ. 201.503.0104

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Courtyard Grill at The Madison, Burlington County

The outdoor bar and barbecue grill is featuring a new casual, economical menu featuring hot dogs and hamburgers, sausage and salads.  Gorgeous setting conveys a rustic elegance; brick courtyard with an oversized fieldstone fireplace; wrought iron umbrella tables arranged on on the bluestone patio; bar crafted from timber and stone with black louver accents.

Tuesday – Sunday starting at 4:00 p.m. (weather permitting) Closed Mondays, Happy Hour daily 4pm-6pm, Entertainment Friday and Saturday night

33 Lafayette St Riverside, NJ 08075 (856) 764-4444

Photo Courtesy of Pilsner Haus
Photo Courtesy of Pilsner Haus

Down to the Bone Barbecue, Sussex County

Located on beautiful Lake Lackawanna in Byram, Sussex County NJ, we’ve got all of your classic BBQ faves: ribs, fried chicken, wings, po’boys and platters

172 Lackawana Drive, Byram, NJ. 973-347-BONE

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Maritime Parc, Hudson County

Damaged during Superstorm Sandy, Maritime Parc’s outdoor bar has been completely rebuilt. Overlooking Liberty Marina, the Hudson River, and the glorious Manhattan skyline, the restaurant’s al fresco space seats 60 for à la carte dining, 30 in the bar area. Also available for private cocktail parties or dinners for 100-200 guests on Monday and Tuesday.

84 Audrey Zapp Drive, Liberty State Park – Jersey City, NJ 07305. 201.413.0050

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Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, Hudson County

Pilsener Haus & Biergarten brings the old-world biergarten tradition to life. Meet old and new friends at sunny communal tables with frosty mugs of  premium draft and bottled craft beers and sizzling sausages from the grill.

15th St., btw Adams & Grand, Hoboken, NJ. 201.683.5465

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Porta Park, part of Porta the restaurant in Asbury Park

Porta, Monmouth County

Porta in Asbury Park takes their outside dining so seriously, they’ve dubbed it “Porta Park.” Porta is a place to go for inventive pizza and pasta,  very healthy and delicious salads and lot’s of fun: live bands, bocce ball, picnic table dining inside and out, and so much more.

911 Kingsley Street, Asbury Park, NJ.

Red Knot at Galloping Hill, Union County

This Contemporary American gastropub features a grand covered slate terrace that seats 50 and overlooks panoramic views of the challenging 271- acre municipal course known as “the home of public golf in New Jersey”. The new restaurant showcases the Garden State’s bounty of fresh farm produce, Jersey shore day boat catch, specialty meats, fine chocolates, cheeses and beer.

3 Golf Drive, Kenilworth, NJ 07033. 908.686.1556

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Courtesy of Bin 14
Courtesy of Bin 14

Sam Mickail’s CUT Steak House, Essex County

On June 4th, Sam Mickail’s CUT Steak House will launch its After Work Patio Party on the 5,000 square-foot patio. Think cool drinks + small bites in one of the dozen Miami-style cabanas, surrounded by palm trees with great contemporary sounds in the air. The Patio will be open Tuesday-Friday 5.00-7.00 pm.

466 Prospect Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052. 973.474.9896

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Samba Montclair, Essex County

Score one of the few marble-top bistro tables outside Ilson Goncalves’ Brazilian restaurant for an even more charming experience than you’d have indoors. Nighttime features twinkling white lights, candles and truly authentic homestyle Brazilian cuisine.

7 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 973-744-6764

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Ventura’s Greenhouse, Atlantic County

This Margate beachside mainstay jumps in the spring and summer with their large tiki deck and raw bar offerings, along with tons of other great bar offerings like juicy burgers and fries and all the rest. The place to see and be seen in the heart of the summer. Enjoy your favorite libation as well, right next to famous Lucy The Elephant the iconic mascot, larger than life NJ attraction which was designed to be a hotel where you could look out the pachyderms’ “arse” through a window in your room! What more could you ask for?! Check for times and dates of opening due to weather and season.

106 S. Benson Ave., Margate, 609-822-0140,

The Boondocks Fishery Red Bank, Monmouth County

Be sure to visit Kelly at The Boondocks this summer as she reopens after being washed out by Hurricane Sandy. Currently in the process of renovations, The Boondocks is expected to be open this summer. Diners will enjoy fresh lobster while sitting outside on the deck overlooking Marine Park and the Shrewsbury River. Bring your favorite bottle of wine or six pack of beer and make it an evening with friends! Find them on Facebook for opening dates.

1 Marine Park, Red Bank, 732-747-7177

Submitted by Melissa Beveridge