As October begins, we noticed two types of eateries rise to the top of the list of new openings in the Garden State: bakeries and seafood, an unlikely combination on most lists, but one we’re glad to see here! The newest endeavor of former Flaky Tart owner and James Beard Award-nominated baker Matthew Rosenzweig, the Bakers Grove is scheduled to open late in October, in Shrewsbury. The town also welcomes Corbo & Sons Osteria. Meanwhile, Point Pleasant Beach welcomes two new restaurants as well. Read on to learn more about new dining openings in New Jersey, and follow them on social media for updates and further announcements.
Sandpiper Coastal Bar & Grill, Atlantic City
Sandpiper is the Hard Rock Hotel’s newest upscale dining venture. With plates designed for sharing, this oceanside eatery is perfect for a night out with friends. The restaurant offers coastal bites, such as crab stuffed oysters, plus bar favorites, including flatbreads and sliders. The menu changes seasonally.
Red Crab Juicy Seafood, Cranford
This juicy seafood company has spots throughout the United States, and its second New Jersey location has just opened. (The eatery first planted NJ roots in Newark.) Red Crab offers seafood boils, where customers can pick their seafood, decide on a seasoning, and finally, choose their spice level. Seafood options to boil include snow crab legs and crawfish. Fried seafood baskets and po’ boy sandwiches are available, too.
With its first location in Mahwah, Sangria brought its own take on Spanish tapas to North Jersey. Now, the restaurant will soon open a second spot on Hoboken’s west side. Crispy potatoes, chorizo, and croquettes are only a few of the “sneak peek” dishes Sangria Hoboken has let its followers in on through social media. Classic empanadas and grilled octopus will also be on the menu. Follow Sangria on Instagram for more details about an opening date.
Scratch Taco, Maplewood
This small boutique taco shop calls downtown Maplewood home. With everything made in-house, from scratch, offerings include barbacoa short rib, Baja fish, Cajun shrimp, Cuban pork, and even a roasted cauliflower veggie taco. Fan favorites like quesadillas, nachos, and taco bowls are also available, so there’s something for everyone.
Mystic Lobster Roll Company, Point Pleasant Beach
Mystic Lobster Rolls can be found in locations throughout the country, but New Jersey’s newest location of the business just opened up shop in Point Pleasant. Each lobster roll is made with a third of a pound of fresh Maine lobster meat, and the varieties are endless—from a Hawaiian roll with mango caviar to a Deep South roll with chipotle mayonnaise. Try their tacos or lobster mac and cheese, too.
Kale Yeah Salad Shop, Point Pleasant Beach
Kale Yeah brings on the fun of customizing the perfect salad dish. Visitors start with their base salad (with plenty of leafy options), and add in any toppings they choose, from shredded cheese to seaweed. Plus, each salad includes crunchy options like croutons and wonton strips, as well as protein such as chicken or raw tuna. Top it off with the dressing of your choice.
The Baker’s Grove, Shrewsbury
The Baker’s Grove is the newest endeavor of former Flaky Tart owner and James Beard Award-nominated baker Matthew Rosenzweig. This small-batch bakery will be producing hand-crafted artisanal pastries and desserts, as well as savory treats, which celebrate seasonal and locally-grown ingredients. The bakery hopes to open its doors in late October, though there is not yet an official opening date.
Corbo & Sons Osteria, Shrewsbury
This authentic Italian eatery will be a full-service BYOB dining spot. The menu will feature artisanal pizzas and fresh pasta—and every dish will highlight local produce and ingredients. Corbo & Sons is eager to provide a warm, inviting dining experience to those within the Shrewsbury and Monmouth County communities. The restaurant is expected to open this fall.
Bamboo Village, Verona
Featuring Vietnamese fusion, Bamboo Village offers a menu of Vietnamese-style soups and salads as well as other Asian classics, including General Tso’s chicken and beef chow fun. Bamboo Village will offer special grand opening deals—be on the lookout for an opening date.
Victoria’s Cake, Westfield
This mother-daughter owned bakery brings the best of French pastries to Westfield. Chocolate croissants and lemon meringue cupcakes are only a few of the delicacies customers can enjoy in the shop’s light, fun atmosphere. Don’t miss the adorable pink bicycle that greets visitors outside the shop!