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Seize The Summer With These Soon-To-Open Hot Spots

Everyone knows that New Jersey has some of the best food hot spots. However, do you know where the new, New Jersey hot spots are? #HipNJ has the scoop!

Somos

Somos

Acclaimed chef Juan Placencia (Costanera) and his family will open
Somos in August at 185 River Road, North Arlington, NJ. In Spanish, somos translates to “we are”; Somos will be a celebration of all Latin American flavors, with a global perspective and an approachable menu of small and shareable plates. In addition, it will have specialty cocktails by beverage director Carlos Ruiz, and Old & New World wines.

Cafe Loret

Cafe Loret

Chef Dennis Foy is also legendary among New Jersey diners. With his early attention to local ingredients, he planted the seeds of the farm-to-fine dining movement. In July, he and his partner Estella Quinones-Foy will present the pinnacle of his 40+ year career: Cafe Loret, a modern brasserie in downtown Red Bank.

Six 26

Six 26

Opening in August 2018 during Jersey City Pride Week! Six26 Lounge Bar will be the tri-state’s hottest LGBTQ destination. With a spacious lounge, a light menu, and also a stunning rooftop garden, Six26 will celebrate community, pride, inclusion, and culture, with daily programming and entertainment.

The Ashford

The Ashford

Slated for August, The Ashford will be a downtown Jersey City dining destination for every day of the week. From the team behind Manhattan‘s acclaimed Chinese Tuxedo, this stunning five-level space will offer guests an accessible yet chef-driven modern American menu. Another feature is the craft cocktails and extensive beer and wine lists.

The Edge

The Edge

Opening this fall at 109 North County Line Road in Jackson, The Edge is a stunning new dining destination. It is also conveniently placed for all Shore points due to its proximity. A seven-nights-a-week restaurant, its accomplished chef will offer an inspired New American menu.

Ani Ramen House

Ani Ramen

Coming this Fall to Summit Ani Ramen House, Summit residents can also live by the motto, “Slurp. Sip. Repeat.” The third location of this popular Japanese Ramen house will feature their signature ramen with artisan fresh noodles by Sun Noodles and other Japanese Izakaya dishes.

Farmly

Farmly

Now Open! Chef/owner James Avery’s Farmly is a welcoming neighborhood kitchen, serving slow-cooked roasted meats and also home-style sides, for grab-and-go or to enjoy on the spot. With its responsible sourcing of ingredients. Farmly offers wholesome, nutritious & delicious meals!

Anthony Davids Gourmet Specialties

Anthony Davids Gourmet Specialties

For two decades, chef/owner Anthony Pino has delighted guests with Italian classics and new creations. These are made with seasonal, local ingredients, strong flavors and simple, honest presentation, served in a relaxed, refreshed setting. Inspired by Italian trattorias, Anthony David’s is casual and welcoming. Furthermore, in warm weather, it is the town’s most charming outdoor seating.

Bin 14

Bin 14

Bin 14 is Hudson County’s most acclaimed wine bar, celebrating their 10-year Anniversary this November! The Summer menu’s contemporary blend of upscale Italian tapas also offers the town’s best gluten-free dining options. In addition, there are 80 wines by the glass and a deep list of favorite Summer wines.

Biergarten

Biergarten

The season is on and the Festhalle’s massive rooftop is open! First of all, it is the only authentic Austro-Hungarian Biergarten at the Jersey Shore. Asbury Festhalle also offers one of the Northeast’s best selections of premium import and domestic craft beers, world-class casual dining, a convivial atmosphere, and a regular schedule of live music and events!

Halifax in Hoboken Celebrates National Clam Chowder Day

Today is #NationalClamChowderDay! No need to schlep to New England to celebrate.

Chef Seadon Shouse of the Northeastern coastal cuisine restaurant Halifax showcases his seafood prowess with a sophisticated take on Clam Chowder, complete with freshly shucked cherrystone clams, potatoes, onions and celery, topped with housemade oyster crackers seasoned with caraway and shaved double-smoked ham.

Head over to Halifax in Hoboken today to celebrate! For now, check out these pictures taken from their Instagram to get you hungry.

 

Wine & Cheese, please ?? [?: @dzenijo ]

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Let’s Lunch #mixmatch #halifax

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That #clamchowder is a real crowd pleaser #halifax

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NOW… That’s a lunch ??#halifax [?: @casey2cook ]

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The perfect FriYAY meal #halifax

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Vital Restaurant and Juice bar

By Lisa Cardoso

#HipNewJersey took a visit to Vital Restaurant and Juice Bar in Montclair, and their natural and flavorful twist on vegan and Jamaican dishes really impressed us.

Chef Kwame Williams believes in fresh and never frozen ingredients. He is a vegan himself and took his dietary values and twisted them into vibrant meals that everyone could love. Their food is so fresh that the dishes with fish can only be ordered on certain days when they get it shipped in. This restaurant is not only for vegans though, as their progressive take on food reaches all types of pallets.

“When you dine with us, you find that food is not just about the maintenance of the body. It can also be healing to the soul.”

Food: The first thing we tried was the Vital Hummus, a black eyed pea hummus served with plantain chips. The plantains were just the right amount of crispy and acted like a pita bread for dipping. This dish was my favorite part! Hummus is all the rage right now, and this black eyed pea hummus paired perfectly with the plantain chips. I highly recommend this.

As another starter, we ordered the Jerk Chicken Wings. These are your typical chicken wings that most enjoy on football Sundays, but tossed in a jerk sauce. Jerk sauce is a Jamaican sauce and it is spicy! (A yellow pepper next to the jerk chicken wings is included on the menu to indicate spiciness) Our hands were dirty after eating this one!

After asking for their recommendations, the waiter kindly told me that their most popular dish was the vegan Curried Cauliflower with coconut rice and sauteed kale. As soon as the bowl hit the table, I grabbed my phone for a picture. It was colorful and presented nicely. Curry is a dominant flavored spice that paired well with the sweetness of the cauliflower. Kale is everything right now, appearing  in kale smoothies, kale sweatshirts that Beyoncé wears, and now kale on top of curried cauliflower. I’m not vegan by any means, but this is something I would enjoy having again.

Just for our own guilty pleasure, we ordered their vegan mac and cheese. Macaroni and cheese…vegan? What? Absolutely! They use a cashew cheese sauce and mix it with shell pasta. 100 percent vegan and 100 percent delicious!

They also have a variety of fresh juices, smoothies, elixirs, coffees, and teas! We tried the Sunsplash, a juice with grapefruit, orange and mango. It was refreshing! A drink I would pair with a hot sunny day. The Caribbean music helped me feel as if I was sitting at an outdoor restaurant by the beach and not in the winters of New Jersey!

The atmosphere: Located on Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, if you’re not hip, you’re out. Montclair is known for their appealing restaurants with dim lighting and exotic styled food. Vital nails it on the exotic foods, but is different in the lighting. There are bright lights and green walls that create the Caribbean vibe that helped us escape the cold weather outside. 

We went on a Wednesday and although we made reservations, we didn’t need one. They had a few tables and we were seated immediately. Our food came out quickly, which is always great when you’re starving. I can’t speak for the weekends, but I’m sure being located on Bloomfield Ave and having an individualistic take on food could call for larger weekend crowds.

Pricing

Sunsplash Juice: $3.50

Vital Hummus: $7

Jerk Chicken Wings: $10

Curried Cauliflower: $18

Macaroni and Cheese: $8