Restaurant Opens Above Jersey City Speakeasy; More Food News

Plus: A popular Korean eatery launches a new BBQ concept in Mount Laurel, and Cedar Grove welcomes a Turkish restaurant.

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Better Days, Jersey City

The team behind the speakeasy 143 Social recently opened Better Days, a new lunch and dinner eatery sat above 143. The restaurant has an elevated food and drink menu, with dishes like scalloped duck-fat potatoes, Mediterranean beef dumplings, Wagyu French dip, tahini hot fudge skillet cake, and a collection of cocktails, beers and wines. Many dishes are vegan and gluten free.
143 Newark Avenue

Mexcal Tequila Bar, Englewood

There are plenty of agave spirits and cocktails to choose from at this new Mexican spot slash tequila bar. The full menu includes appetizers, entrées, tacos, soups, salads and desserts. Weekend brunch features such items as birria omelettes and huevos rancheros. Mexcal is conveniently located next to Bergen Performing Arts Center, making it the perfect stop for a post-show drink or bite.
24 North Van Brunt Street

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Dervish Turkish Restaurant, Cedar Grove

Enjoy Middle Eastern flavors and decor at this Turkish restaurant, where you’ll find dishes like baba ghanoush, kebabs, lamb chops and lahmacun, also known as Turkish pizza. Colorful booths and chairs, bold walls with sun designs, and abstract art are highlights of the eatery’s interior.
450 Pompton Avenue

Ocean Prime Tavern, Cranford

True to its name, this new steak house offers plenty of seafood appetizers and entrees, from clams casino to Brazilian lobster tail to king crab legs. Of course, meat lovers can also dive into filet mignon, ribeye and dry-aged porterhouse steaks. There’s also an extensive wine list.
2 South Avenue West

Dolsan Korean BBQ and Sushi, Mount Laurel

Popular Cherry Hill Korean restaurant Dolsot House has launched a new contemporary dining concept just a few towns over. Like most Korean BBQ restaurants, Dolsan features at-the-table grilling of fine meats. A plethora of appetizers, sides, noodles, sushi and teas round out the menu. Bento-box lunch specials are available on weekdays.
3747 Church Road

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