Exciting NJ Restaurant Openings to Kick off Summer

If you’re in the Garden State, summer is the season for new restaurants. From Newark to Stone Harbor, and Ramsey to Cherry Hill, take a look at some of New Jersey’s latest spots for dinner, drinks, and more.

Burger25, Ship Bottom

Now in both Toms River and Ship Bottom, Burger25 is the place to be if you’re looking for true variety in your burger options. In addition, the menu includes wings, hot dogs, and fresh salads. Don’t forget to indulge in one of their delightful hand-spun shakes.

1915 Long Beach Blvd
Ship Bottom, NJ 

Cafe Le Jardin, Audubon 

An ideal date spot, the recently opened Cafe Le Jardin is a BYOB with an outdoor patio. Need a suggestion? Order a cheese board and try the bouillabaisse served with lobster sauce, flaked halibut, scallops, mussels, tomatoes, and extruded pasta. Wrap up your experience with dessert and coffee.

Cafe Le Jardin
34 W Merchant Street
Audubon, NJ

Cardinal, Atlantic City 

Now located in the Orange Loop District in Atlantic City, Cardinal is back! With a focus on “seasonal, sustainable, and responsibly sourced ingredients from New Jersey and surrounding areas with a commitment to elevated hospitality and community,” Cardinal Bistro is set to impress. The menu showcases a  selection of contemporary American cuisine, including seasonal favorites like dressed oysters, refreshing salads, and the renowned Cardinal burger.

Cardinal, Atlantic City
201 S New York Ave
Atlantic City, NJ 

Lobster Dock, Seaside Heights  

Looking to experience the ultimate beach day vibe? Check out Lobster Dock at Seaside Heights, which specializes in serving fresh seafood and offers a perfect ocean view. What’s more, this delightful eatery is conveniently just steps away from Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach. 

Lobster Dock
2304 NJ-35, Lavallette
Seaside Heights, NJ 

Original Pancake House, Metuchen

For over six decades, the Original Pancake House has kept pancake lovers happy. And now, pancake fans from in and around Metuchen can look forward to the same classic experience. This James Beard Award-winning breakfast spot will serve a wide array of traditional morning favorites, including fluffy buttermilk pancakes, oven-baked Dutch babies, crepes, waffles, omelets, and more.

Original Pancake House
61 US-1
Metuchen, NJ

Plants & Poets, Newark 

Cold-pressed juice? Mushroom coffee? Yes, please! Recently opened in Newark’s Gilbert Gant Art Collective building, Plans & Poets is on the same floor as the art gallery BlkBoxNwk. This unique establishment focuses on vegan cuisine, with a side of poetry readings, comfort, and tranquility.

Plants & Poets
505 Clinton Ave
Newark, NJ

Raku AYCE Sushi & Seafood Buffet, Cherry Hill 

In May, Cherry Hill welcomed Raku AYCE Sushi & Seafood Buffet. The all-you-can-eat sushi and sashimi spot offers a festive vibe and seemingly endless options for sushi lovers. 

Raku AYCE Sushi & Seafood Buffet
104 NJ-70
Cherry Hill, NJ 

Royal Ganesha, Freehold 

An exciting addition to the culinary scene at Freehold Raceway Mall has arrived. With vegetarian appetizers and entrees, as well as a tandoori menu, lamb, and more, Royal Ganesha is ideal for Indian food connoisseurs as well as those new to the cuisine.

Royal Ganesha
3710 US-9
Freehold, NJ 

Rubia Tapas, Stone Harbor 

This summer, be sure to visit Rubia, where you can indulge in the exquisite creations of Executive Chef Weston Thompson. Delight in tapas-inspired small plates featuring seafood and beef options. A range of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes is also available. 

Rubia Tapas
9426 3rd Ave
Stone Harbor, NJ

Sparo’s, Ramsey

First established in 2019 in Upper Montclair, Sparo’s has opened up shop in Ramsey as well. The spot quickly became a go-to for classic, signature, and premium hot and cold sandwiches. You can also stop in for a salad or a fun create-your-own-sandwich order.

Sparo’s, Ramsey
94 E Main Street
Ramsey, NJ 

Sprig, West Long Branch 

With organically sourced meats as well as a vegan menu through a partnership with Salt + Seed, Sprig (BYOB) is open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays, and dinner on Sundays. And if you’re looking for interesting and unique drink options, check out the beverage menu.

310 NJ-36 #707
West Long Branch, NJ

Whit or Whitout, Woodbury 

Stay local and get the cheesesteak you’re looking for at Whit or Whitout. With the opening of this Woodbury spot, South Jerseyans now have an authentic Philly cheesesteak experience closer to home. 

Whit or Whitout
875 Mantua Pike
Woodbury, NJ 

Wonder, Westfield 

Lightning-fast delivery. Takeout. Dine-in. All with options from 15+ iconic restaurants. In one place. The sis Wonder. Its innovative business model of partnering with multiple restaurants may prove to be a source for change in the industry. 

210 S Ave W 
Westfield, NJ