Tuesday, December 20, 2016

5 New Restaurants Opening Soon In Jersey City

As the end of the year approaches and a new one begins, Jersey City has several restaurants in their final stages of development. Here are five new restaurants to look forward to over the next few months.

1) Ani Ramen, 218 Newark Ave - Ani Ramen is expanding from their popular Montclair location to Jersey City and have brought notable NJ Chef Chris Arturo on board. Serving up traditional ramen and Japanese appetizers (with some vegetarian/vegan options), the space will be larger than their Montclair location with approximately 2000 square feet including a full bar and secluded backyard courtyard with a yakitori grill. They've had to postpone their anticipated opening and haven't given an updated date, but their ribbon-cutting is scheduled for late January.

2) El Gordo, 291 Central Ave - This is the 4th location, but the first in Jersey City, of this popular Peruvian chicken restaurant. Serving up specialties like a variety of ceviche and traditional Peruvian platters, all dishes are under $20. The restaurant is still waiting on one more inspection, but celebrated a private ribbon-cutting and they hope to open before Christmas.

Photo from El Cocotero
3) El Cocotero, 749 Bergen Ave - Another expansion, the original El Cocotero is located at 228 West 18th Street in Manhattan and is known for their traditional Venezuelan cuisine that covers everything from arepas to green plantain sandwiches to entrees including more specialty dishes like stewed goat. They do offer vegetarian options, but almost everything has cheese, making it tough for vegans. They plan to open in early 2017.

4) Sam a.m., 196 Pine Street - As previously posted, local Paulus Hook breakfast favorite Sam a.m. is opening a second location geared towards a casual and neighborhood dinner and brunch spot. They expect to open in early 2017.

5) Hard Grove, 328 Montgomery - Formerly located on the corner of Grove and Columbus, Hard Grove was originally slated to move to Newark Avenue, but when there were issues with the structural safety of the building, they started looking elsewhere and recently found a home on Montgomery Street. While no official date has been given, a recent look showed work was underway. It should hopefully be open by early-to-mid 2017, in time to enjoy their excellent mojitos during the summer.

*Bonus* Recently, the Bright Street Cafe at 239 Barrow Steet, a fast/casual cafe and deli, closed down and as of Friday, has reopened as Sol Azteca Mexican. They are open, but don't have a website as yet. 

1 comment:

  1. If you google map 328 Montgomery, restaurant by name of Havana Mamma pops up...there's a website (no info, aside from Hard Grove basic stuff), but interesting they changed name.