Category Archives: Scene & Heard

Get the scoop on New Jersey’s hottest and hippest places to see and be seen. From the trendiest fashions and most stylish shopping spots, to delectable dining and eclectic events, Hip New Jersey breaks down the best places to shop, socialize, wine and dine in the Garden State. With sneak peeks at everything you need to know to stay in vogue, #HipNJ exposes everything our beautiful state has to offer.

Valentine’s Day Restaurants

The Food….The Wine….The Experience! That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about. # HipNJ is here to help you create the romantic evening of your dreams. Read more below to find the place where you and that special someone can laughing, reminiscing and connecting over elegant appetizers and creative cuisine.

 Dim lights, candle lit tables and a glass of red wine. The Char Steakhouse has the word romance written all over it, putting you in the mood to love love and eat good food. The Char Steakhouse is a New York style steakhouse with several locations in Red Bank and Raritan. Get in the Valentine’s Day spirit, have a date night somewhere new and fall in love with everything that the Char Steakhouse has to offer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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VALENTINE’S DAY MENU February 14th, 15th, 16th $135 per person (not including tax & gratuity) RESERVE: 732.345.9977 Join us for our 3-Course Valentine’s Menu for $135 per person. Each couple will receive a complimentary bag of chocolates and our freshly made banana bread MENU AMUSE Wild Mushroom Dashi, Fermented Black Bean, Roasted Scallion Oil FIRST COURSE Pickled Heirloom Beets, Mascarpone, Salted Pistachio, Local Honey Baby Field Greens, Caramelized Hazelnuts, Beaufort Cheese Cavatelli Pasta, Pickled Enoki Mushrooms, Fontina Cheese Filet Mignon Tartare, Caramelized Onion Brodo, Crispy Shallot Pan Seared Scallops, Blood Orange Margarita, Winter Citrus Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Bourbon Shortbread, Butterscotch SECOND COURSE Butter Poached Lobster, Smoked Potato Mousseline, Crispy Leek Pan Roasted Filet Mignon, Piquillo Pepper Romesco, Bone Marrow Crumbs Bourbon Braised Suckling Pig, Parisienne Apples, Toasted Pecans, Maple Jus Braised Buffalo Short Rib, Heirloom Broccoli, Burnt Onion Purée Yellowfin Tuna, Crispy Bamboo Rice, Golden Pineapple, Kumquat Marmalade, Ponzu Golden Tilefish, Crispy Pork Belly, Chorizo Clam Chowder DESSERT AMUSE Olive Oil Dried Cherry Ice Cream DESSERT Sweethearts Dessert Tasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #restaurantnicholas #newjersey #nj #redbanknj #redbank #monmouthcounty #monmouthcountynj #njfood #foodnj #njfoodie #njfoodies #jerseyfoodie #finedining #newjerseyfoodie

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Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank has been redefining the meaning of modern fine dining since 2000. Gracefully enter into the dining room, order the finest champagne they have and enjoy the presence of the person you have chosen to spend this romantic evening with. Reconnect, have some laughs and fall in love all over again while relishing in appetizers and entrees from their elegantly established menu. Restaurant Nicholas will make this a night to remember.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Take in the beautiful view, while you dine with beautiful company. . . . #views #viewsfordays #setthemood #moodlighting #tuesdaymood #drinks #goodcompany #goodeats #foodie #foodiegoals

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Start your evening nibbling on a beautiful array of savory spreads and make your way to enjoying a fresh, wild caught seafood tower. The Chart House in Weehawken is well known for their daily caught fish, infused local flavors, exotic twists and creative menus. Get a wiff of the salty sea air and admire the panoramic views of the waterfront as the stars dance upon the rippling waters in excitement of what this romantic night may bring.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s the weekend and we are at full steam! #finedining #njdining #instafood #newjersey #huffposttaste #foodie #foodporn #njrestaurants #njfoodie #eat #nj #centraljersey

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The Frog and the Peach has fine dining and a little bit of history. This New Brunswick location was founded by a husband and wife team who decided to take what once was a highly successful printing press and turned it into their dream restaurant. The Frog and the Peach was founded on passion and love, making it the perfect place to celebrate any special occasion. Enlighten you and your loved ones taste buds this Valentines Day and share the experience of finely crafted American cuisine.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Dinner at The Manor in West Orange will dazzle your night with fairy tale like feelings and ambiance. The garden view will light up your night as the waterfall shoots into the sky, sending you right into your partner’s arms as you huddle for warmth while admiring the beautiful architecture that stands before you. The Manor is a windowed castle of dreams, refined French cuisine and gourmet buffets. Whether dining in the formal dining room or dome lounge you will be feasting like royalty.

Raven and the Peach radiates luxury, this restaurant is decorated in pristine taste with the finest tablecloths and curtains, untarnished silverware, crystal glasses and large windows. The ambitious, Fair Haven based restaurant not only has a luxurious ambiance but also has opulent cuisine and service. Create a memory this Valentines day and spoil your partner with a unforgettable dining experience.

Unwind and allow IL Capriccio pianist sweep you and your loved one off your feet and into a night you both will cherish forever. Toast to the nights spent together with one of their 400 Italian wines and savor every moment of passion put into your artfully designed meals. IL Capriccio, the diamond of Whippany dining, is poised with authenticity, tradition and delicious fresh, local ingredients.

Celebrate Valentine’s day at Rat’s Restaurant in Hamilton Township and treat that special someone to their exclusive tasting and wine pairing menu. Feast and rejoice with Honey Nut Squash soup and a sip of specially paired Bordeaux Blanc wine. The last plating of Dark Chocolate Cremeux with pomegranate mouse will complete the perfect beginning to you and your loved ones romantic evening.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Host the party of the summer at Scarborough Fair! Book your celebration now to enjoy our expertly crafted menu and fantastic wine and cocktail selection – all without any stress.

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With one of the most unique ambiances in Central Jersey, the Scarborough Fair Restaurant in Sea Girt will boost you up with flavor and a touch of romance. For over a 100 years this restaurant was a farmhouse from the 1850’s to the 1970’s. This restaurant prides themselves in quality seafood and service. If you’re looking to take a rustic turn to fine dining  type holiday, the Scarborough Fair Restaurant sounds like its for you.

Love, it’s exciting and new and deserves to be celebrated! Now that you know #HipNJ’s favorite places to be wined and dined, tag us @HipNewJersey and let us know which place made you feel like a Queen on this love infused holiday!

Top Pizza Spots in New Jersey

Ding, Ding, Ding! The pizza rivalry between New York and New Jersey is over and New Jersey is the winner! Whether it’s a slice or a pie, casual or fine dining, Hip New Jersey tracked down some amazing spots you must try. Read more below on where you can find beautifully handcrafted, authentic Italian pizza near you.

Nonna’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant goal was to provide the best Italian cuisine in Florham Park, NJ and they have most definitely succeeded. Everything is homemade and absolutely delicious. Tastes just like how Nonna use to make! Nonna’s offers the choice of two large dining rooms, one for those seeking a quick bite and one for a more formal, fine dining experience. In each room the walls are lined with photos capturing culture and family creating a warming “at-home” atmosphere. They also have the option of a hot and fast at home delivery for those who want a home cooked me without the cooking.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We will be closed Sunday, September 2nd & Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day.

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The Star Tavern in Orange, NJ has been marked to be a traditional family favorite. The love for this place stems from their sauce-y, thin crusted pizza and their lively atmosphere. The Start Tavern’s consistency of quality and affordable prices keep the people coming in. This conveniently placed restaurant is perfect for friends who are looking to catch up on old times or a place for guys night out. Who could have a bad time with some thin crust and beer

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Half pizza, fully amazing. Get yours for just $5, M-F until 4PM (in-restaurant only, at participating locations).

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Blaze Pizza in Wayne, NJ is comfy, casual and BYOB! With a variety of specialty pies including their Meat lover and Veg out pie. Both pies are decorated with an array of meats or veggies, creating a flavor for anyone’s palate. Tucked away in the Willowbrook mall, this franchise is the perfect place to chow down after a shopping spree.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Inspirational lunch @pizzeriamozza Thanks a million to @nancysilverton and team Mozza. Can’t wait for dinner @chispacca #mozzaplex

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Locally sourced and delicious! What more could you want when those pizza cravings hit? Razza’s Artigianale Pizzeria in Jersey City, NJ has given the term homemade a whole new meaning. Using there locally sourced ingredients they create their own dough and butter to entice you before your main course. The food here as been created with a delicate touch, kneaded with love and garnished with elegance. Every ingredient has been hand picked, down to the salt. To make this pizza experience even more grand they have a beer and wine list that pairs perfectly with select dishes.

Bricco Pizza is committed to creating the “Old World New York-style” pizza right in Westbrook, NJ. Their custom made brick ovens maintain the proper temperatures to create every pizza charred to perfection. The aroma of fresh dough and Parmesan cheese mixed with the sweet delight of basil pulls together an all around charming experience. Like in a traditional Italian kitchen, no mouth will go unfed. All pizzas can be made vegan and gluten free. Feeling the warmth of the oven and thick scent of melting cheese will leave you delighted to come back again.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ever tried our famous homemade BUFFALO CHICKEN PIZZA?! #nofilter #delicousness

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Holy Tomato! This restaurant is bursting with color and filled with all pizza everything. Blackwood, NJ‘s Holy Tomato’s thin crust pizzas are vibrant and abstract just like their decor. All of their pies are 18 inches of pure pizza heaven. A must try is their Margarita pizza, topped with fresh mozzarella, beautifully scented basil, Jersey tomatoes and sprinkle of perfectly curated garlic. If you want to spice it up even more they have a fantasy worthy list of different meats and veggies you can add. With great decor, delicious pizza, one of their house wines and maybe even one of their homemade brownies this will be one of your favorite casual spots to go and have some fun.

Let us know where you’re celebrating today by tagging @HipNewJersey in your #NationalPizzaDay posts! 

Where to Get the Best Bagels in Jersey

Waking up to the scent of bacon, eggs and freshly baked bagels is undeniably one of the greatest ways to start your morning. Below we have listed all of our tried and true bagel spots!


Wondering where to get breakfast this morning? Wonder Bagels in Jersey City has just been awarded the title of being the number one bagel shop in North Jersey. Their extensive menu of bagels, egg sandwiches, steak and egg wraps and freshly baked muffins has something to satisfy everyone’s morning cravings. Hosting a brunch with the family? This upscale bagel shop offers easy to order catering.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You know you want it, so stop on by for lunch! . . . #waynehills #waynevalley #summer #food #bagel #breakfast

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Wakey-wakey, Eggs and Bakey! Don’t miss the morning rush of eating one of New Jersey’s famous Taylor Egg and Ham at Sunrise Bagels and Cafe in Wyckoff. Even when you’re not in a bagel mood, Sunrise Bagels has all of your diner breakfast and lunch favorites. Start your late morning with a stack of their Buttermilk Pancakes, South of the Border Breakfast Burritos or have an early lunch enjoying a large salad, chicken wrap or grilled panini.

Your sleepy eyes will open right up when reading The Bagel Nook’s  wacky menu. Listed under ‘crazy bagels’ on their menu you will find the oddest, most interesting and tempting bagel combinations. Let your first morning bite be one of these creative bagels made out with crunchy outer layers of either Fruit Pebbles, Oreo’s or even Flaming Hot Cheetos. This Freehold based bagel shop has the average plain bagel to a whole new, incredibly awesome extreme.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A warm, fresh 🥯 on a 🥶 day keeps the 👨‍⚕️ away. Or something. 🧡😉🧡 #bagelmasters #youkneadit #alwaysfresh

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Freshly baked authentic bagels with a creme twist is how the Bagel Masters of Shrewsbury like to start their morning. All of their exotic specialty spreads are homemade and the perfect way to start the day off on a good note. Schmear some of their walnut raisin spread onto to an aromatic, warm apple cinnamon bagel and you’re good to go. These creme combos will have you  cheesin’ all day!


Village Bagels has become the star of the show in South Jersey, putting all those early morning, frantic Dunkin’ Donut breakfasts to shame. Village Bagels has been providing the Mullica Hill area with quality bagels since 1995. While making your way to the beach this summer, go and get the best of both worlds with one of their pizza bagel sandwiches!

Since we have spoken enough about National Bagel Day this morning lets keep the foodie conversation going and jump right into lunch since today is also National Pizza Day! Go to the homepage and check our our top #HipNJ favorite pizzeria’s!