Ani Ramen House Coming to JC

The Jersey City outpost will offer a full bar serving craft cocktails and sake.

Ani Ramen House, which is located in Montclair will open their second location this fall at 218 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Ani means “big brother” and this new “brother” location will feature their signature Japanese ramen noodle soups and other dishes such as pork buns, crispy gyoza and yakitori. Additionally, the Jersey City outpost will offer a full bar serving craft cocktails and sake. Lunch and dinner will be served daily and there will also be a secluded outdoor courtyard.

Butcher Block Burgers has opened at 39 Elm Street, Westfield (908-317-2640). Chef C J Reycraft is also the owner of Amuse, which he opened in 2014. Amuse will be reopening with a liquor license at a yet-to-be-determined location.

Butcher Block Burgers will feature dishes for meat and fish eaters, as well as vegetarians. Menu items include a lamb burger with tzatziki sauce and feta cheese on an onion roll; duck burger patty with spiced mango mint compote and butter lettuce on a ciabatta roll; and Mangalitsa pork burger topped with melted smoked gouda, red onions and fiery creamy habanero mayo on a pretzel bun. The 6-ounce signature Butcher Block Burger is made with a dry-aged burger blend with caramelized onions, Gruyere and horseradish mayo on a brioche bun. A variety of sauces, toppings and cheeses are available for burgers to be customized. Sandwiches, sides and desserts and gluten-free options are also available. Open 11:30 AM to 9 PM daily; BYO.

Tom Kulnis and Rosie Tangtrakul are the new owners of The Milford House, (previously known as the Milford Oyster House) at 92 Route 519 (Water Street), Milford (908-995-9411).

Aki Asian House, 70 Washington Street, Bloomfield (973-337-5946); BYO.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, a chain with eight other New Jersey locations, has opened at 10 Sterling Boulevard, Englewood (201-431-9404) Englewood.

Baozi Brew, an outdoor dim sum beer garden, has opened at Liberty House, 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City (201-395-0300). Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Cinar Turkish Restaurant with a location in Cliffside Park, has opened at 632 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell (862-702-3861); BYO.

Vital Restaurant in Montclair has opened their second eatery, Freetown Café at 41 Halsey Street, Newark. This 27-seat café offers premium Jamaican coffees, freshly made juices, smoothies, house-made pastries, paninis and small bites. Open Monday thru Saturday, serving breakfast and lunch.

Fujiya Ramen, 413 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair (973-655-8855).

Mezcal Kitchen, a Mexican restaurant, has opened at 482 Broadway, Bayonne (201-471-2135); full bar. Open daily from 11 AM.


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