‘Tis the season for holiday festivities! And what better way to usher in the season than with a visit to a new and exciting eatery in your area? Here, we have curated a list of the new Garden State restaurants and bars that announced their openings this month. Consider it your guide to the vibrant culinary scene the state has to offer.
Blossoms Brunch Bar, Rahway
Attention brunch lovers! Discover the newest brunch spot in Rahway—Blossoms Brunch Bar. The menu features dishes infused with Creole flair, including Creole shrimp and grits and Creole fried pork, alongside classic brunch favorites like southern fried chicken and waffles, omelets, and a pancake flight. And don’t miss the mimosas!
Blossoms Brunch Bar
289 Monroe Street
A new restaurant offering the Omakase (aka I leave it up to you) experience, is now open in Westwood. Stop in to indulge in a handcrafted Bon-Makase experience with the 20-course menu at the sushi bar. Or make a night of it with a reservation for the Table Omakase, which is a 17-course menu for table seating.
Bone Yard, Sparta
Savor the vibrant flavors of Mexico at Bone Yard, an authentic Mexican cantina offering a selection of tacos, burritos, tostadas, ceviche, and more. Bone Yard is also a BYOB, so you can spike some of their delicious mocktails, such as Hey Mocarita, Thriller Chiller, Coco Loco, and more.
2 White Deer Plaza
Sparta Township, NJ
Cafe Basilico, Hillsborough
Explore the flavors of Italy at a new brunch spot in Hillsborough. From freshly baked pastries to savory sandwiches, salads, bowls, and pasta, the menu at this BYOB spot offers something for every palate.
378 S Branch Rd Building 1, Unit 2
Hillsborough Township, NJ
Grand Cubano, Englewood
Experience the blend of live music, food, handcrafted cocktails, and lively vibes at the recently opened Grand Cubano, in downtown Englewood. Embracing the nostalgia of old-school Latin clubs, this self-described supper club transports you to an era of complete dining experiences. There aren’t many of these restaurants left, so make a reservation and relish the Grand Cubano experience.
11 Grand Avenue
Ignite Jamaican, Willingboro
A new Jamaican spot, Ignite recently opened in the Country Club Plaza in Willingboro. The menu features an array of Jamaican specialties, including oxtail, brown stewed chicken, curry chicken, fried chicken, and curry goat.
320 Beverly Rancocas Road
Experience the luxury of fast service and all fresh ingredients at Naya’s new location, in Montvale. This modern counter-service spot offers Middle Eastern fare, with appetizers and build-your-own rolls, bowls, and salads. Naya promises a quick and satisfying service, providing a wholesome option for a clean lunch or dinner experience.
330 Market Street
The Mainstay Bar & Lounge, Asbury Park
Discover Chef James Avery’s The Mainstay at Asbury Park, where a vibrant, modern, inviting ambiance meets an innovative menu and expertly crafted cocktails. Stop in for lunch, dinner, or something in between!
The Mainstay Bar & Lounge
525 Cookman Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ
With locations is Asbury Park, Montclair, and Red Bank, the breakfast, brunch and lunch spot Toast has now opened its fourth location in Cranford. Dive into unique pancake options including carrot cake and red velvet, challah French toast, and healthy artisan salads and wraps. In the mood for more hearty lunch fare? The gourmet grilled cheese and build-your-own burgers are “musts.” Following a successful recent opening in Cranford, Toast stands to be an important addition to this community’s food scene.
10 Walnut Avenue
Uncle Willie’s Wings, Newark (Bergen Street)
This spot offers a unique twist on classics like barbecue, Asian Chi, buffalo, lemon pepper wings, roasted garlic Parmesan, and Uncle Willie’s signature sauce. Since its beginning (at its original location on Frelinghuysen Avenue, in 2019), crowd favorites such as Bitter EX, Cypress Hell, and the “Qween” Bee wings have solidified Uncle Willie’s Wings as a go-to spot for wings. Uncle Willie’s Wings has a another location, on Raymond Boulevard.
Uncle Willie’s Wings
1036 Bergen Street
Red Horse by David Burke, Bernardsville
Award-winning celebrity chef David Burke opened a new restaurant in Bernardsville, bringing a modern American steakhouse concept to the area. The menu features an exclusive wine collection, Chef Burke’s famous patented Himalayan salt dry-aged steaks, and much more. The upscale setting sets the stage for the perfect date night.
Red Horse by David Burke
27 Minebrook Road
The king of the “fast-fine” home dining experience, Wonder opened a new location, in Hoboken, this month. If you’re looking for fresh ingredients and healthy options, make it your business to place an order. Wonder features dishes from award-winning restaurants across the country, including Tejas (barbecue), Di Fara (pizza), and more. More NJ locations are on the horizon, including Cresskill and Midland Park.
121 River Street
Here’s to another month of discovering new places to eat throughout the Garden State. Do you have a tip on a new restaurant opening in your community? Send it to info@JerseyBites.com, with the subject “New Restaurant.”