Here’s a look at the latest restaurant openings in New Jersey. With a new vegan spot, a new hookah bar, a fresh spot for Mediterranean, and more, the Garden State is the place to be for true variety in food and drink.

Aspendos, Princeton

Mediterranean restaurant Aspendos serves favorites like hummus, bowl salads, crispy octopus, tirit (Göbekli Tepe), baklava, and much more. The restaurant is the brainchild of two brothers, each boasting over two decades of experience in the food industry. Marking their fourth establishment, this new spot will bring a menu that beautifully highlights the culinary mastery within the Mediterranean culinary landscape.

182 Nassau Street
Princeton NJ

Big Easy, Ewing

The popular Trenton restaurant Big Easy expands its horizons to Ewing, offering a wide-ranging menu that covers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu includes standard American, Cajun, Caribbean, Creole, and Southern delicacies. Beyond delicious food, you can expect entertainment as Big Easy hosts community events, providing a platform for many local talents.

Big Easy
1410 Parkway Avenue, Suite C
Ewing Township, NJ

Chris’ Red Hots, Verona

From a food truck to a thriving brick-and-mortar destination, Chris’ Red Hots has been around for half a century. Renowned for its iconic Red Hots (hot onions), mild and meaty chili, signature hot cherry pepper mashed potatoes, and famous cheese, chili, and potato combinations, Chris’ Red Hots offers a varied menu that allows you to enjoy classic combinations or mix and match toppings as you wish.

Chris’s Red Hots
478 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ

Crespo, New Milford

Hookah, vibes, BYOB, and food: what more can you ask for? Go check out the new Crespo hookah bar in New Milford. The menu is a mix of carefully crafted appetizers and small plates designed to share with friends, setting the stage for an unforgettable dining and hookah experience.

160 Henley Avenue
New Milford, NJ

Fat Choy, Englewood

Looking for a new vegan spot? Fat Choy, a new Chinese restaurant in Englewood, fits the bill, describing itself as “Kind of Chinese, Also Vegan.” Originally opened in NYC, Fat Choy gained acclaim, even earning a spot among Esquire‘s best new restaurants in 2021 for its first location. Menu options include “Not Quite” beef and broccoli and cashew-based ice cream. 

Fat Choy
52 E Palisade Avenue
Englewood, NJ

Honeygrow, Toms River 

Get to know Honeygrow, Toms River’s newest restaurant, where the spotlight shines on made-to-order stir-fries, salads, and desserts featuring the star ingredient, honey. This fast-casual eatery is committed to showcasing a “wholesome, simple” menu. The Philadelphia-based restaurant offers a choice of five year-round stir-fry selections plus one seasonal option, all crafted with fresh noodles. They each have fewer than 800 calories. You can also choose from one of the six salads, each with fewer than 700 calories. 

1201 Hooper Avenue, Space #A10
Toms River, NJ

Little Bar, Hoboken

dishes from Little Bar
Little Bar

Hoboken welcomes a fresh addition to its culinary scene with the opening of Little Bar. This restaurant-meets-bar spot offers a laid-back ambiance. Order preserved bites, boards, homemade chips, specialty and pickled seasonal veggies, and much more. Enjoy an array of handcrafted cocktails like a That’s a Damson Good Negroni (Citadel gin, Campari, damson plum), Jack Picked a Peck of Pink & Peppercorn (Beefeater’s gin, Peychaud’s bitters, Jack Rudy tonic), Did the NY Yacht Club Serve Grog? (Brugal aged rum, eau du vie, amaro), and I Think Tom Collins Lives on 14th Street. 

Little Bar
1401 Hudson Street
Hoboken, NJ

Marmara, Freehold

Experience the authentic and quality flavors of Turkey’s Marmara region. Freehold’s latest dining destination, Marmara, offers a blend of warm hospitality and expert chefs. Menu options include eggplant salad, fried calf’s liver, oven-baked lamb shank, salmon shish kebab, and more.

3710 US-9 
Freehold, NJ

Namkeen, Chatham

For an authentic taste of Pakistani flavors, look no further than Namkeen in Chatham. The menu boasts hot chicken prepared in traditional Pakistani street food styles. Try out the Tikkaville sandwich, the Mint Tamarind Smash burger, and the masala fries.

233 Main Street
Chatham, NJ

Pizza Da Napoli, Basking Ridge 

Whether you prefer dining in or ordering out, Pizza Da Napoli, conveniently situated in the Lyons Mall, offers various classic Italian dishes. Choose from pizzas, pasta dishes, wraps, subs, paninis, burgers, and delicious desserts. The menu also features seafood, chicken, and veal dinners.

Pizza Da Napoli
973 S Finley Avenue
Basking Ridge, NJ

RP Prime, Fair Lawn

The well-known Mahwah steakhouse, RP Prime, has now extended its reach to a second location in Fair Lawn. This establishment offers a classic steakhouse experience, featuring a variety of steak cuts, seafood, salads, pastas, and delectable sides. Whether you’re craving a perfectly cooked steak or seafood dish, RP Prime in Fair Lawn offers a gastronomic journey that leaves a lasting impression.

RP Steakhouse
41-11 Rte 4
Fair Lawn, NJ

Strickland’s Steakhouse, Woodbridge

Once an iconic historical building, the former Woodbridge Bank has been transformed into the new Strickland’s Steakhouse. This new restaurant is dedicated to serving dishes crafted with the freshest ingredients, including a raw bar selection. If you’re looking for a truly elegant and delightful experience, add Strickland’s Steakhouse to your list.

Strickland’s Steakhouse
106 Main Street
Woodbridge Township, NJ