NJ restaurant openings, including the newest Ani Ramen location



It’s so exciting to see the Garden State go back to business with so many new restaurant concepts popping up and others adding more locations. Ani Ramen has added a seventh location in New Jersey, with her latest business in New Brunswick. The fast-casual restaurant concept, Fresh Kitchen, will open a third place in early July, and Bubbakoo’s now has 36 locations here in New Jersey. Find out the scoop on these restaurants and more! Where are you going to head first?

Homesickness, Asbury Park

Homesickness in Asbury Park

At Homesick, everything is done from scratch. Options like mascarpone cakes and flatiron steak are paired with craft cocktails that include combinations like vodka, ginger, and lemongrass. Homesick is the newest addition to the Smith hotel group, which owns restaurants including Porta and Pascal & Sabine. Open Sunday, Monday and Thursday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

522 Cookman Avenue
Asbury Park, New Jersey

Coffee roasters in Porto, Bay Head

Coffee roasters in Porto
Port Coffee Roasters in Bay Head

Port Coffee Roasters is a small batch roaster owned by Greg and Grace Mazzatta whose long commitment to careful roasting produces a great cup of coffee. They offer a rotating selection of single origin coffee beans. Each batch is roasted to order, to guarantee freshness and complete satisfaction.

Coffee roasters in Porto
519 main avenue
Bay Head, NJ 08742

Erlton Social Craft Bar & Kitchen, Cherry Hill

Erlton Social is located at The Big Event on Kings Highway, making it more than a restaurant. The space has an arcade, a bowling alley and a billiard room. If you’re a beer connoisseur or would like to be, you’ll love the 24 beers on tap. Try pairing a craft beer with a rib sandwich, garlic naan flatbread, or pan-seared salmon, among many other options. Open Wednesday to Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Erlton Social Craft Bar & Kitchen
1536 North Kings Highway (Route 41)
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Bella Trattoria E Pizzeria, Guttenberg

Bella Trattoria E Pizzeria - Guttenberg
Bella Trattoria E Pizzeria, in Guttenberg

Bella Trattoria offers traditional Italian cuisine in a casual setting, but what sets this Italian restaurant apart from others is that breakfast and lunch are also available daily. Start the day with a caprese omelet or enjoy homemade dishes, such as rigatoni bolognese, for dinner. Open everyday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bella Trattoria E Pizzeria
6717, avenue Bergenline
Guttenberg, New Jersey

Fresh food, Little Silver

Fresh cooking salads
Fresh food in Little Silver

In early July, the healthy and casual restaurant will open its third location at 88 Oceanport Avenue in Little Silver. Residents can expect their carefully crafted menu of salads, grain bowls, wraps and pots that offer the maximum amount of nutrition while delivering the ultimate flavor.

Fresh cuisine
88 Oceanport Ave
Little Silver, New Jersey

Ani Ramen, New Brunswick

Ani Ramen, pictured above, has seven locations across New Jersey, and New Brunswick is her new place. This place has a liquor license and offers dozens of whiskeys, sakes and other spirits. Ani Ramen opened at Montclair 2014, and its second location, in Jersey City, followed in 2017. In addition to serving ramen, the restaurant offers dishes such as karaage chicken and pork buns. Open from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Ani Ramen
37 Easton Street
New Brunswick, NJ

Vegbar, Newark

Vegbar tacos
Vegbar, in Newark

What started out as a pop-up at a Jersey City farmers market, Vegbar is now a juice bar and fresh food in downtown Newark that offers a fresh, organic menu to its patrons. Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, or just looking for healthy options, Vegbar has something for everyone. Try their grilled free-range chicken wrap, black bean burrito, or island banana punch. Open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

464 Newark Street
Hoboken, New Jersey

Delizioso Bakery and Kitchen, Princeton

Delizioso Bakery and Kitchen, in Princeton

With its roots in Jersey City, Delizioso recently expanded with the opening of its Princeton site. The menu offers many baked goods, as well as breakfast and lunch. Options include the ‘famous’ French toast, lemon zest pizza and chickpea salad. Open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Delizioso Bakery & Kitchen
205 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, New Jersey

Bubbakoo, Spotswood and Tinton Falls Burritos


This popular burrito chain originated in Point Pleasant, but Bubbakoo’s now has a presence in nine states, including its most recent locations in Spotswood, NJ, Tinton Falls, NJ and Poughkeepsie, NY. Find all of their iconic creations, including Nashville’s Hot Crispy Chicken Burrito and General Tso’s Chicken Tacos. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bubbakoo Burritos
Visit website for locations

Foodies, South Hackensack

Foodies - South Hackensack
Foodies, in South Hackensack

Family-run, Foodies specializes in “dinner classics with a modern twist”. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or brunch at this family-run restaurant, with a side dish of chicken and savory waffles or sweet chocolate chip pancakes. Once a gourmet, always a gourmet. Open everyday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

582 Huyler Street
South Hackensack, New Jersey

Gus’ last word, Wood-Ridge

Gus' last word
Gus’ last word in Wood-Ridge

Skopos Hospitality’s latest restaurant pays homage to the 1950s bar scene. The family-run restaurant was inspired by Gus himself, the grandfather of Skopos owners Thomas and Dean Maroulakos. Make sure to try their Last Word, a cocktail known to be Gus’ favorite. Official opening on July 7. Open Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Gus’ last word
191, boul.
Wood Ridge, New Jersey

Editor’s Note: Hours and menu items are subject to change.

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