The fall season is in full swing, and as the weather cools, it’s time to spice up our nights out with some fresh new dining locations. Luckily, North Jersey is bustling with restaurant openings and new concepts to try. Read on for a list of seven North Jersey restaurants that are new to the scene.
Bon | 487 Broadway, Westwood
The menu at Bon features both Japanese and Korean influences. In addition to more familiar Korean dishes, Bon serves Jungsik, a traditional Korean cuisine served to royalty in ancient times, and emphasizes ingredients that promote health and longevity. In the sushi corner of the menu, Bon serves a chef-selected Omakase (reservations by phone or email are required).
Boschetto | 111 Grove Street, Montclair
This Italian eatery had a soft opening in August and is now open for lunch and dinner five days a week. The elevated fast-casual restaurant serves a variety of pizzas, pastas, and other Italian favorites. One of the chef’s many specialties is the panuozzi, a made-to-order sandwich baked with homemade pizza dough. It also serves desserts including gelato, and the restaurant is BYOB.
Forte Pizzeria + Restaurant | 160 Prospect Avenue, Hackensack
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Forte is a North Jersey favorite with locations in Caldwell, Randolph, and now Hackensack. The restaurant serves brick oven pizza and Italian-American classics in an elevated atmosphere, complete with a full-service bar. MG Pro Tip: Ask for the Lamb Shank, which is only available at the Hackensack location.
Gioia Mia | 331 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
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Gioia Mia translates to “my joy” in Italian, which is something that General Manager Mary Cumella’s grandmother would exclaim while watching her loved ones enjoy her Sunday dinners. The restaurant honors Mary’s grandmother’s legacy while using seasonal, farm-to-table ingredients for a fresh spin on traditional Italian food.
Tinjune Downtown | 494 Broad Street, Newark
Newark’s newest hot spot caters to dining and nightlife with its ultra-chic interior. The menu is Asian-inspired, and the food is made from scratch daily using fresh, local ingredients. Signature dishes include duck dim sum, tomahawk steak, lobster bao buns, and rum bread pudding. The restaurant also serves brunch every Sunday from 12PM-6PM.
Maddy Rose at Liberty House | 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City
The restaurant at the notable Liberty House now has a reimagined coastal cuisine concept with Maddy Rose. While the restaurant goes by a new name and a fresh Mediterranean flare, it still has the same unforgettable waterfront view of the New York City skyline, as a new hidden restaurant inside.
Metropolis | 96 River Street, Hoboken
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The long-awaited Metropolis opened its doors this summer in a three-story rooftop building by the PATH station. The first floor is a traditional, sit-down restaurant + wine bar, the second has a laid-back vibe with TVs for sports and live entertainment, and the rooftop is open year-round with an incredible weekend brunch.
Zaffron Bloom | 94 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights
Zaffron Bloom is a family-run restaurant and has a menu of traditional Persian food with a modern and Mediterranean influence. The restaurant serves a variety of kebabs, pita wraps, traditional stews, and salads and is open for both lunch and dinner.