Rutgers Icon Eric LeGrand Opening Coffee Shop; Other Dining News

Plus: Atlantic City is getting a new smokehouse, while Jersey City recently welcomed an Australian-inspired café.

Eric LeGrand
Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand is opening his first coffee shop in Woodbridge. Photo courtesy of LeGrand Coffee House

Restaurant Openings:

LeGrand Coffee House, Woodbridge

Eric LeGrand is set to debut his first coffee shop. The former Rutgers football player, who suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury while making an in-game tackle in 2010, opens for business on May 14. A ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 11 am. The coffee house is set to brew six roasts: Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Sumatra and a new house blend, and offer baked foods and an assortment of other coffee drinks, which LeGrand likes to call “cups of bELieve.”
10 Green Street, Woodbridge

Wild Honey Smokehouse and Tavern, Atlantic City

Tropicana opened its newest restaurant this week, offering BBQ specials and inventive cocktails. The menu features various BBQ styles, including St. Louis ribs, Charlotte pulled pork, and Memphis-rub half-chicken. Classics like hushpuppies, mac and cheese, turkey legs and more are also available. The menu includes Texas-sized cocktails and frozen drinks. Open at 4 pm during the week and 11 am on weekends.
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-428-7512

Wattle Café, Jersey City

This Australian-inspired, wellness-focused spot recently opened its third location in Jersey City’s Arts District. In addition to coffee from a New York roaster, Wattle Café offers a customizable menu, including keto and vegan options. Breakfast wraps, açaí bowls, salads, smoothies, sandwiches, and other natural treats are also offered. Located inside the Marin apartment building.
351 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City; 201-588-3510

Mr. Mian Noodle House, East Rutherford

The newest addition to the American Dream Mall is this Chinese-inspired restaurant. Offering Lanzhou Beef Noodles, a popular dish in Chinese cuisine, the eatery uses fresh ingredients to craft its menu. Located in Coca-Cola Eats (Court C) on Level 3 of the mall. Open daily, 11 am-6 pm.
1 American Dream Way, East Rutherford

Boat Drinks, Cape May

Exit Zero Hospitality opened its newest venture, Boat Drinks, at the Cape May Ferry Terminal, which is undergoing a massive makeover. The new spot offers signature salads in glass jars, appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts. With a view of the huge ferry boats coming into the harbor, the bartenders at Boat Drinks will ring a bell when boats are on their way in and run a $2 shot special as they dock.
1200 Lincoln Boulevard (Cape May Ferry Terminal), North Cape May; 609-551-4209

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