You Gotta’ Go, I Gotta’ Go Restaurants!
Oh man, guys....it has been too long since I’ve been taken to my table, offered a wine list and given my bread basket.
Going out to dinner-one of the countless activities that was silenced by Covid19. Ovens off, tables stacked, waiters unemployed.....just a sad situation.
Phew, NJ has just welcomed in phase 2, and the hopefully downturn of this pandemic, and I’m super pumped about the return of dining. Although outside and accompanied by awkward yet neccessary regulations, it is still a happy day in my book.
That being said, I’ve compiled a list of places that I always recommend to friends and the places that have been recommended to me in return. Now I don’t know the exact setup at these spots, so do your homework and click their link to read up. You don’t want to get all dolled up and find out it is reservation only or seating times are set and you’re SOL. :/
Here they are, in no particular order. I hope you get out, enjoy and support the restaurant world we all so hungrily need right now.
You Gotta’ Go:
Heirloom Kitchen- Old Bridge
Restaurant Nicholas- Middletown
Osteria Cucina Rustica- Marlboro
Cafe Panache- Ramsey
Catch 19- Red Bank
Il Giardinello’s- Toms River
Liberty House- Jersey City
The Ryland Inn- WhiteHouse Station
The Red Store- Cape May
The Poached Pear- Point Pleasant
Mohawk House- Sparta
Esposito’s- Matawan, Manasquan
Atlantic Offshore Fishery- Point Pleasant
Chef Mike’s ABG- Seaside Park
Old Man Rafferty’s- New Brunswick, Hillsborough
I Gotta’ Go:
Batello- Jersey City
Anjelica’s- Sea Bright
Atlantic House- Atlantic Highlands
The Butcher’s Block- Long Branch
The Proving Ground - Highlands
Blue Plate- Mullica Hill
Wood Stack Pizza Kitchen- Metuchen, Pine Brook