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Kai Yang

NOW OPEN: Kai Yang, Thai Restaurant in Montclair

Are you craving some authentic Thai food? Do you have a taste for something new? Well luckily for you, Kai Yang, an authentic Thai food restaurant, has recently opened in Montclair. With its traditional decor and intimate seating, Kai Yang puts you right in Thailand, without the hassle of flying!

Thai food features rich combinations of flavors, making it a very popular and favorable cuisine. Sweet, spicy, tangy, savory, they have it all! Kai Yang specializes in authentic Thai Rotisserie Chicken and street food. Their name, “Kai Yang”, actually translates to “grilled chicken”. Served half or whole, their platters of organic marinated chicken, along with traditional sides such as papaya salad, sticky rice, and dipping sauces are shareable for the whole family.

If you are craving more, there are add-on options for their marinated chicken dish. These include Moo Ping (grilled pork skewers), Nuea Yang (sliced grilled beef), and Larb Kai (minced chicken). Their menu also features many other traditional Thai dishes which include stir fry, curry and noodle dishes like Pad Thai and Panang, duck, specialty entrees, seafood, and fried rice. They also offer several Thai desserts which include fried ice cream, fried banana, and sweet sticky rice with ice cream. Kai Yang is BYOB and they offer drinks such as Thai iced tea, lemongrass iced tea, coffee, and more. 

Owner and Chef Sheree Sarabhaya is an award-winning veteran restaurateur, who owns Boon Thai Kitchen in Livingston, Spice II in Montclair, and now Kai Yang. Sarabhaya grew up on these foods in Bangkok, and wants to share them with us all.  Kai Yang is open for lunch and dinner, Monday and Wednesday-Sunday. They are closed on Tuesdays. Take our and delivery are available. Reservations can be made for four or more at (973)-509-2110. 

Remember, September is National Chicken Month!

 

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!

Olivella Italian Restaurant’s Opening Party

#HipNJ has details on Olivella, a new Italian cuisine restaurant in North Bergen, and on its opening party on Friday, March 10th. The event was a huge hit, with many influential NJ residents in attendance. North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Executive Chef/Partner Salvatore Olivella kicked off the event with a ribbon cutting to unveil the new spot. Some special guests, including Cliffside and Edgewater Mayors, and Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, Robyn Levy and Christina Flores, were also in attendance.

The party started off with DJ Pacheco of New Line Entertainment setting the scene while Chef/Partner Salvatore Olivella, one of the country’s top pizza makers, passed out his specialty brick oven pizzas and many of the menu’s antipasti, pasta, and entrees.

Salvatore Olivella, a native of Naples, Italy, has established a resume for himself that is truly impressive. He co-owns Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana, a group of four restaurants located in Dallas, Texas. He also has consulted for many top pizza spots in New York, including Marta, the Serafina Group, L’asso, Numero 28, and more. The 50-seat restaurant was built with a wood-burning pizza oven as the centerpiece, and the rear dining room is flooded with natural light through a glass roof.

His menu includes many different Italian dishes, such as…
Sushi di Parma, housemade fior di latte cheese wrapped in prosciutto di San Daniele
Gnocchi Alla Romagnola with porcini, fresh truffle in a Pinot Grigio sauce
Farfalle di Olivella, bowtie pasta sautéed with smoked Norwegian salmon, shallots, vodka and salmon caviar
Pollo alla Valdostana, chicken breast sautéed with wild mushrooms, prosciutto and fontina sauce
Filet Mignon al Barolo with porcini mushrooms
Costoletta di Vitello Milanese, thinly pounded veal that’s breaded and served on the bone, topped with salad and parmigiano

The wood fired pizzas are Neapolitan traditional pies made with the highest quality house-made fresh mozzarella, imported San Marzano tomatoes from Italy, ‘nduja (spicy spreadable pork sausage from Calabria), spicy soppressata (dry salami) and spicy honey. The tomatoes are imported San Marzano DOP certified tomatoes from Italy. The Don Maradona Snow White is made with fresh ricotta, housemade fior di latte cheese, garlic, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. Olivella also gets creative with his Frank Sinatra pizza, which is topped with burrata, bresaola, arugula, and lemon dressing. Another creation of his is the Agrodolce Olivella, a sweet and sour marriage of housemade fior di latte, gorgonzola, pear, parmigiano, walnuts and honey. The menu also offers calzones, such as their Classico or La Vesuviana. The Classico is made with mozzarella, ricotta and San Marzano tomatoes. The La Vesuviana is half calzone and half customer’s choice of pizza.

Next time you’re in North Bergen or neighboring towns, make sure to check out Olivella’s new Italian dining experience! Check out www.olivellanj.com and follow @olivellarestaurant on Instagram for more details.

Here are some more photos of #HipNJ’s finest at Olivella’s Opening Party: