Like the much anticipated spring temps, things are heating up on the restaurant front here in the Garden State. From another location for Tommy’s Tavern + Tap in Edison to a long-awaited gluten-free bakery in Hoboken, to a Mexican spot in Cherry Hill, there’s good news across the state for hungry readers.
Congratulations—and welcome—to all of New Jersey’s newest restaurants!
Pancheros Mexican Grill, Cherry Hill
With its fast-casual Mexican vibe, it’s no wonder Pancheros is such a hit. From its burritos and quesadillas to its tacos and bowls, the options on this menu will satisfy any Mexican food craving. Pancheros prides itself on using the finest ingredients and fresh-pressed tortillas to create “perfectly mixed” bites. With meat and vegetarian options, it’s suitable for any diet.
Pancheros Mexican Grill
1871 Marlton Pike East
Tommy’s Tavern + Tap, Edison
This popular bar and restaurant has added its eighth spot with its just-opened Edison location, which began welcoming diners on March 2. This popular restaurant, bar, and pizzeria is serving up all of its best dishes at the new site, including coal-fired pizza, a slew of burgers and sandwiches, and extensive small-plate and sushi menus. Tommy’s also does on-site events and off-site catering.
Tommy’s Tavern + Tap
Edison Town Square
Real Fruit Bubble Tea, Freehold
It’s all in the name—Real Fruit Bubble Tea uses real fruit, plus only the highest-quality ingredients, in all of its drinks. Real Fruit Bubble Tea’s specialty is handcrafted drinks and fresh teas brewed from loose-leaf and espresso tea machines. The fruit drinks are made only with real fruits processed on site. No premade or prepackaged juices are available in store. Each drink is customizable, with a selection of toppings. The Freehold Mall location opens March 10.
Real Fruit Bubble Tea
Freehold Raceway Mall
Annie & Em’s Bake Shop, Hoboken
This Hoboken bake shop’s long-awaited opening is officially here. As of February 22, fans of Annie & Em’s gluten-free baked goods can visit the brick-and-mortar Hoboken location. Beyond gluten-free items, Annie & Em’s also offers a selection of vegan and dairy-free options, too. Some of the most popular items include Nutella sea salt brownies and zucchini chocolate chip bread.
Annie & Em’s Bake Shop
155 Third Street
Bon Banh, Hoboken
A new restaurant is finally taking over the former Stacks Pancake House, which has been vacant for more than a year. Enter Bon Banh, a Vietnamese fast-casual eatery with a friendly vibe. Owners Tony and Kathy Kim told The Hoboken Girl that this laid-back restaurant will feature classic Vietnamese options such as the Banh Mi sandwich, plus summer rolls and rice bowls, with plenty of meat options as well as vegetarian and tofu choices. Stay on the lookout for an opening date.
506 Washington Street
Joe Leone’s, Manasquan
Joe Leone’s adds to the family with its newest location, in Manasquan. This Italian specialties store offers sandwiches, salads, and soups, as well as daily specials. Plus, plenty of prepared Italian foods are offered daily, such as Tuscan garlic chicken and spaghetti pomodorini, though options vary. Catering is available as well. The Manasquan location opened its doors on March 2.
113 Main Street
Now officially a trio, Porta’s new Montclair location joins the well-known Jersey City and Asbury Park spots. The newest spot opened its doors on February 25 and offers a vibe similar to that of the other locations. Porta offers an extensive menu of pizza, pasta, and plenty of small plates. Try the mozzarella or ricotta, which are both freshly made daily. Plus, Sunday is brunch day—and it’s hard to say no to lemon ricotta pancakes and orange walnut French toast.
499 Bloomfield Avenue
Cuzin’s Seafood and Clam Bar, New Brunswick
Cuzin’s of Marlboro has expanded to open a New Brunswick location. This seafood eatery prides itself on the freshest catch, imported daily and prepared to perfection. Seafood options include a raw bar menu, a lobster menu, and of course, plenty of entrées straight from the sea. In addition, an extensive cocktail menu and steak menu are available.
Cuzin’s Seafood and Clam Bar
78 Albany Street