Eataly, Short Hills
It was announced last week that New York City’s beloved eatery slash Italian market would be expanding to New Jersey later this year. Eataly, which originated in Italy in the early 2000s, is set to open in the Short Hills Mall by the end of 2024, replacing the shuttered Primo Mercato. Eataly’s new location is slated to feature restaurants, cafés, a pasta bar, a meat and cheese counter, a pizzeria counter, a gelato shop and market/retail shopping.
1200 Morris Turnpike
Pachamama, Green Brook
Named after the South American Earth Mother goddess, this new restaurant merges Latin and South American cuisine and culture to create elevated dishes and cocktails—and immerses guests in Mother Nature’s beauty in its decorated dining area. Dishes on the menu include pork belly chicharron, ceviche and shrimp tacos, plus cocktails (and mocktails) like mojitos, pisco sours and palomas. Closed on Monday and Tuesdays.
87 Sussex, Jersey City
Described as “a culinary haven nestled in the heart of Paulus Hook,” 87 Sussex is a new gourmet restaurant emphasizing elegance in its food, cocktails and atmosphere. The menu, overseen by executive chef Brian Walter, features American fare with global-inspired touches and ingredients. No menu is available to view online yet, but photos on their Instagram account showcase dishes including seafood, steak and vegetables.
87 Sussex Street; 551-256-7864
Wingman By Blue 42, Lincoln Park
The extensive chicken-wing menu at Blue 42, a sports bar and grill in Elmwood Park, became so popular that it now has its own establishment. About 12 miles from the sports bar, Wingman By Blue 42 serves wings galore with more than 40 sauce and seven dry-rub options, all available for dine-in, takeout and catering. Some unique sauces include maple sriracha, Cool Ranch Dorito and Parmesan peppercorn.
188 Main Street; 973-706-8966
La Colina, Cranford
This Mexican cantina originated in Warren in December 2022, and to celebrate its first anniversary, the team announced its expansion to Cranford. Emphasizing “tacos, tequila and tradition,” the restaurant serves the same flavorful dishes and drinks—and upbeat energy—as its original location. Both spots boast plenty of weekly specials, happy hours and public/private events.
2 South Avenue West