Spring is in Bloom With A Bevy of New Restaurants

Latin-influenced eateries, bistros and grills open their doors.

There’s a Latin flair to restaurant openings this week—a nod to the growth of and culinary contributions from the many Latin cultures in the Garden State.

Though Mexican bodegas serving forth tamales and tacos are commonplace in the state, more restaurants specializing in South American fare are opening their doors.

For example: La Caravana Grill, 190 Kearny Avenue, Kearny. Specializing in Peruvian cuisine, La Caravana took over the one-time space of Burger Bound. 201-626-2646.

Alabrasa Cafe opened at 1600 East St. Georges Avenue, Linden. This cafe offers the signature dishes of Venezuela and is owned by Pedro Mendez. 908-469-3524. alabrasacafe.com.

Of course, Mexican eateries are almost everywhere—and now there’s a new one called El Buen Gusto, in the former home of El Bohio at 218 South Center Street, Orange. 862-766-5328.

Additional openings:

One18 American, 118 Norwood Avenue, Deal. American. 732-686-1210. one18americanbistro.com.

5 Dollar Comfort, 311 South Avenue West, Westfield. American. 908-233-9333.

Gyro Grill, 783 Hamburg Pike, Wayne. Mediterranean. 862-221-9242.

SaladWorks, 341 West Main Street, Freehold. American. 732-462-0275. saladworks.com.

Wasabi. 80 Main Street, Hackettstown. Asian. 908-850-8080.


Runa, 110 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. After almost four years, this Peruvian restaurant has closed. Catering operations remain; information is available on Runa’s Facebook page.

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