NJ Restaurants: Summer Openings

Serendipity3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate

It’s growing season in the Garden State and the restaurant industry is here for it. New cafes, markets, taverns, and even a Korean fried chicken restaurant popped up in early summer. Start planning your culinary trips to your home country – there’s plenty to do!

Serendipity3, Atlantic City

The iconic New York restaurant (pictured above, courtesy Serendipity3) now has a location on the coast in Atlantic City. Serendipity3 offers many exciting sweets, including varieties of Belgian waffles and massive sundaes. Of course, you can also dine on a regular savory menu. And if you have an unlimited budget (or almost!), be sure to try their $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae. (And if you do, let us know!)

Ocean Casino Resort
Atlantic City

Jugemu, Cresskill

Cresskill’s brand new Japanese restaurant offers an eight-course Omakase experience, complete with sashimi, tempura and chawanmushi. An a la carte menu is also available, with several sushi options, including maki and temaki rolls. If you’re looking for a higher sushi experience, go for the five-course prefix sushi dinner.

156 Piermont Road

the great greek
the great greek

The Great Greek, Florham Park

This fast-casual Greek chain has finally arrived in New Jersey. With most items made from scratch in-house, guests are sure to have an authentic Greek experience. Greek classics on the menu include tzatziki and spanakopita, as well as gyros, souvlaki and stuffed grape leaves.

the great greek
182 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park

Kitchen of Valente, Haddonfield

Stop by Valente’s Cucina for modern Italian dishes in a boutique setting. The restaurant offers an intimate dining experience, with fresh ingredients and a seasonal menu. Executive Chef Johnnie Reynolds, formerly of Ruth’s Chris, works with local farmers to create unique dishes for an enhanced dining experience. The restaurant reopened on June 17, with reservations available online.

Valente’s kitchen
Court of the 7 kings

Aunt Chubby's lunch
Aunt Chubby’s lunch

Aunt Chubby’s Lunch, Hopewell

The newly refurbished Chubby’s Luncheonette in Hopewell is now Aunt Chubby’s! Guests can stop in for breakfast and brunch selections like Jersey-style eggs Benedict or buttermilk pancakes. The restaurant also offers coffee, sweets and lunch options. Lunch starts at 11:30am and breakfast is served all day. Those visiting on Saturday or Sunday might want to try the cookies and gravy, a weekend-only option.

Aunt Chubby’s lunch
1 railway station

Gussy's Cafe
Gussy’s Cafe

Gussy’s Cafe, Jersey City

Gussy’s serves brunch all day, with artisan sandwiches, custom salads, plenty of bagels, and other breakfast items. The cafe focuses on serving American classics in a modern atmosphere. Accompany any dish with a specialty coffee, like a matcha latte, with beautiful latte art.

Gussy’s Cafe
292 Newark Avenue
City of Jersey


Jersey Social, Jersey City

After briefly closing for renovations, this neighborhood restaurant recently reopened with a new look and menu. Jersey Social is your place to hang out for after-work drinks, watch your favorite teams on their big-screen TVs, get together for game nights, online and offline, or just enjoy delicious food, cocktails and drinks. craft beer.

social jersey
837 Jersey Avenue
City of Jersey

Three Thirds Coffee
Three Thirds Coffee

Three Thirds Cafe, Jersey City

The team behind Amelia’s Bistro recently opened Three Thirds Café, inside the 3 Acres rental community in Jersey City. The cafe describes itself as a place where “West Coast surfer culture meets high-end East Coast roasting.” On that note, it pairs local coffee from Modcup Coffee Co. with baked goods from Englewood’s Balthazar Bakery. Plus, guests can view local artwork while enjoying the laid-back vibe.

Three Thirds Coffee
400 Claremont Ave.
City of Jersey

Maya Bar area
MAYA is located within the WAVE Resort.

MAYA, long branch

Chef Nina Clemente has crafted a menu inspired by Mediterranean shores for the new MAYA in Long Branch. Located in the WAVE Resort at Pier Village, the carefully designed restaurant offers the best of the Mediterranean, including fresh, seasonal and premium ingredients.

Wave Resort, 110 Ocean Avenue
long branch

Yesterday’s Creekside Tavern, Marmora

This Roosevelt Boulevard staple has changed owners and changed its name. The vibe remains family-friendly, but the spot is now open later and features live music in the evenings, as well as a DJ with late-night entertainment. Dine indoors or enjoy a drink and a meal in one of three outdoor spaces: The Deck Bar, under the outdoor pavilion, or at a picnic table in The Yard, where you can be close to the music live.

Yesterday’s Creekside Tavern
316 Roosevelt Blvd.

Wahine Wine Company | Fish Market and Whistles, Ventnor

The Wahine Company and Fish & Whistle Market are the newest New Jersey ventures of Vanessa Wong, owner of Philadelphia’s Fishtown Social. The two separate spaces operate alongside each other: Wahine Wine offers craft spirits, beers and wines, while Fish & Whistle Market is a place to buy prepared gourmet food, cheese, produce, etc

Wahine Wine Company | Fish market and whistles
101 N. Dorset Avenue

Salt + Seed |  Sprig Market Cafe, West Long Branch

Salt + Seed | Sprig Market Cafe, West Long Branch

Described as a vegan and omnivorous collective, with a market, BYOB restaurant and cafe. The concept brings together the Sprig Market Café, which has options for all preferences, and the vegan-only Salt + Seed. In addition, customers can buy specialty products, marinades, broths and sauces, as well as many vegan specialties from the market.

Salt + Seed | Twig Market Cafe
310 NJ-RT 36, Suite 707
West Long Branch

a barbecue.  chicken
BBQ Chicken

Chicken bb.q, Westwood

Korean fried chicken has found its way to Westwood. The new bb.q chicken has a two-day marinating and frying process that keeps the chicken extra crispy, even with the sauce on. Despite the name’s resemblance to “barbecue,” it actually means “the best of the best,” according to Youzi Seo, bb. q Chicken Marketing Coordinator. “We strongly believe in providing the best quality and proudly displaying Korea’s best fried chicken,” Seo said.

bb. q Chicken
2 Westwood Avenue

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