Welcome Spring with These New Jersey Restaurant Openings

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As the days get longer, so does the list of new restaurants across the Garden State. Check out these 12 new and about-to-open eateries in New Jersey.

Carmen’s Cocina, Beachwood

Calling all pernil lovers! Stop by Carmen’s Cocina, now open in Beachwood. This new spot serves authentic Puerto Rican meals, including empanadas, carne guisada, pollo frito, and more. Please check the website for hours and menu announcements.

Carmen’s Cocina 
244 Atlantic City Blvd
Beachwood, NJ

Chicken Guy, Atlantic City 

Created by Guy Fieri and Robert Earl, a new Chicken Guy spot just hit Atlantic City. Stop by Harrah’s and walk on in for fries, macaroni and cheese, fried pickles, slaw, and of course, chicken. Be sure to check out the 22 options on the Signature Sauces menu. Finally, if you have a sweet tooth, try out one of the Flavortown shakes before you go.

Chicken Guy
777 Harrah’s Blvd
Atlantic City, NJ

East Hudson Cafe, Jersey City 

The owners of East Hana recently introduced a new Japanese spot, also in Jersey City. Located at the Goldman Sachs tower on the waterfront, East Hudson Cafe offers a range of options. The menu includes noodles, dumplings, rice bowls, and more. Fresh ingredients are sourced from local farmers markets.

East Hudson Cafe 
30 Hudson Street
Jersey City, NJ

Fogo de Chão, Paramus  

Garden State Plaza, in Paramus, welcomes Fogo de Chão. Enter the two-story Brazilian steakhouse and watch the chefs do their thing at the open-air churrasco grill. Or have a seat at Bar Fogo and enjoy a cocktail to remember.

Fogo de Chão 
1 Garden State Plaza Blvd, Unit B2
Paramus, NJ

The Habit Burger, East Brunswick

Now open in East Brunswick, the Habit Burger got its start in California, in 1964. Stop by their 15th Garden State location for s Santa Barbara Char, served on grilled sourdough, or one of the many other charburgers or signature sandwiches.

The Habit Burger 
751 NJ-18
East Brunswick, NJ

Khao Thai, Englewood 

Taste authentic Thai cuisine at Khao Thai restaurant in Englewood. Choose from an extensive list of options for dinner, including duck tamarind, a shrimp claypot, and Northern Thai-style egg noodles. And if you’re in the area for lunch, check out the lunch combo menu.

Khao Thai
4 E Palisade Ave
Englewood, NJ

Kurry & Naan, Bridgewater  

Now open in Bridgewater, Kerry & Naan specializes in Tandoori appetizers, seafood dishes, special lamb and goat curries, vegetarian dishes, Biryani specialties, and more. 

Kurry & Naan 
1303 Prince Rodgers Avenue
Bridgewater, NJ

Luigino’s Parmigiano, Montclair

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A 45-year career in the restaurant business has prepared Luigi Tripodi for his next adventure. Luigino’s Parmigiano opens April 5, in Montclair, New Jersey. Exciting menus for lunch and dinner include pork belly; soft polenta; beef, veal, and pork meatballs; and stuffed gnocchi.

Luigino’s Parmigiano
173 Glenridge Avenue
Montclair, NJ

Made in Miami, Clifton 

Miami party vibes are on the scene in Clifton, New Jersey. Made in Miami offers a unique dining and high-energy experience inspired by Miami’s culture. Check out the menu of creative tapas and entrees. And make a note of the specialty cocktails created by award-winning mixologist Carlos Ruiz, including Only Fans, We Outside, and of course, Miami Nights. Make a night of it!

Made in Miami
39 Harding Avenue
Clifton, NJ

Mamajuana Cafe, Plainfield

Coming soon to Plainfield, NJ, Mamajuana continues to grow. When the doors open you can enjoy Dominican and Caribbean cuisine, including paella, ceviche, baby back ribs, and more.

Mamajuana Cafe 
44 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ

QDoba, Manalapan Township 

The fast-casual Mexican restaurant QDoba recently opened its 22nd New Jersey location in Manalapan, NJ. Conveniently located on US Highway 9, locals and passers-by alike have easy access to grabbing a quest bowl, surf-and-turf burrito, or maybe an order of chips and guacamole.

33 US-9 
Manalapan Township, NJ

Taim Kitchen, Florham Park 

Now open in Florham Park, Taim Kitchen serves vibrant and fresh dishes featuring a range of Mediterranean herbs and spices. The build-your-meal spot originated in NYC’s West Village.

Taim Kitchen
176 Columbia Turnpike
Florham Park, NJ

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