Dining on the Fifth at The Chelsea, Atlantic City

Plus: Lillipies in Princeton, Blu Grotto in Oceanport and other restaurant openings.

The Chelsea, Atlantic City’s first non-gaming boutique hotel, at 111 South Chelsea Avenue, Atlantic City, has announced that Dining On The Fifth at The Chelsea has opened for the summer season. The restaurant has panoramic views of the beach and ocean, and the menu includes items such as jumbo lump crab cakes with a spicy aioli dipping sauce; pistachio-encrusted tuna with bean salad; and a 10-ounce rib eye with homemade steak sauce and asparagus.

From 5 to 7 PM guests can enjoy small plates and happy-hour drinks along with garlic Parmesan fries, pulled-pork tacos, and fresh summer salads. The Early Seating Menu offers three courses for $34.95 from 5 to 7:30 PM.

Dining on the Fifth is open Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 10 PM. Reservations: 609-428-4556 or visit the hotel website for more information.

Lillipies, which has been a longtime favorite at farmers’ markets, has opened at 301 North Harrison Street (Princeton Shopping Center), in Princeton (609-240-7738). The menu offers classic American dessert favorites such as cowboy cookies, fudgy brownies, special occasion cakes, as well as signature Lillipies, named one of the Top Ten Pies Coast to Coast by Food Network. Savory selections include sourdough breads, breakfast and lunchtime sandwiches, soups, and salads. Open 7 AM to 4 PM daily.

Blu Grotto, has opened at 200 Port Au Peck Avenue (Monmouth Park), Oceanport (732-571-7900). The restaurant, which will serve modern and classic Italian food, has an all-glass conservatory dining room, three large decks, and an open-air beer garden.


Take a free ride (perhaps before you eat) on the mechanical bull at El Rey Bull, which has opened at 16 Armory Street, Englewood, featuring Latin fusion cuisine (201-567–0233). Menu items include tacos, burgers, steaks, enchiladas, burritos and quesadilla.

Hakata Ramen, has opened at 334 S Livingston Avenue, Livingston (973-758-8102); BYO.

McLoones Rum Runner, 816 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright (732-842-2894).

Sayola, a restaurant and tapas bar, has opened at 50 Prospect Terrace, Tenafly.

Sugarfina, a candy store, has opened at The Mall of Short Hills, 1200 Morris Turnpike (The Mall at Short Hills), Short Hills (973-481-4050)

4 West Diner, Englewood

Amuse Restaurant in Westfield has closed but chef/owner C.J. Reycraft, Jr is in the process of looking for a new location that has a liquor license. He will also be opening a new restaurant concept at 39 Elm Street, which was the location of Amuse. Reycraft was recently honored with a prestigious international culinary distinction as one of only three American chefs to be named a Leading Chef of the Future by the International Academy of Gastronomy. For more information, visit their website or call 908-317-2640.

Osteria Giotto, Montclair

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