Nothing is certain in life except death, taxes and restaurant openings.
Last year, thousands of restaurants in New Jersey closed after being ravaged by COVID-19. Many people in the restaurant industry said it was the worst year they could remember.
And yet, restaurants still opened. Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen cafes, ice cream shops, restaurants run by top chefs, swanky rooftop bars, quick counter-service joints and so much more open.
The North Jersey dining scene is constantly changing, growing and adapting. And for that, our taste buds are very thankful.
Here’s our guide to every new restaurant we’ve profiled this year.
In love with Ventanas in Fort Lee, Son Cubano in West New York or any of the other restaurants David Burke is associated with? If so, his new venture in Morristown may be of interest to you.
May new restaurant openings
May brought us Jaipur Kitchen, a service that will deliver expertly made Indian meals to your door, and Guatemalan restaurant Mi Flor Latin Cafe in Westwood.
April new restaurant openings
In April we welcomed The Craftsman, a stellar cocktail bar in Fair Lawn, Bodegon, led by accomplished chef Alex Piñeiro who specializes in the food of Galicia, Spain, and more.
March new restaurant openings
Our favorites from March include Bitol Mexican Cantina, a Clifton restaurant that offers out-of-this-world cocktails (one is literally served on fire) and Jack’s Potatoes in Westwood, which specializes in baked potatoes piled with fixins’.
February new restaurant openings
Highlights from February include Dottie’s Crispy Chicken, a delivery-only ghost kitchen churning out delightfully crispy chicken sandwiches, and Bageriet in Hackensack, a Swedish bakery with unique sweet treats.
In spring, we noticed a bunch of new ice cream shops opening. So, we decided to round them up, and throw in some classic favorites for good measure. May this list guide you to incredible ice cream all summer long.
Dining on a porch, patio, sidewalk or rooftop — with the feel of a gentle breeze and the sun on your face, people watching as pedestrians walk by — is, in many cases, infinitely preferable to being cooped up inside. OK, so maybe these restaurants are not all new. But, we couldn’t resist including this guide.
What’s old is new
This roundup from early March is outdated in that most of these eight restaurants are now open. But, all for the better! Now you can actually eat at these spots instead of just reading about them. Enjoy!
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.
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