Black Swan Public House to Open July 4 in Asbury Park

Plus: Other new eateries in Wildwood, West Orange and Closter.

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Photo courtesy of The Black Swan Public House


The Black Swan Public House • Asbury Park

Chef James Avery, owner of The Bonney Read chowder house, is taking over the former location of Modine in the 1886 Byrum Building. The space will reopen this summer as an old-school pub. The Black Swan menu will include pub classics, such as shepherd’s pie and fish and chips, as well as a bevy of ales, porters and stouts. The Black Swan is set to open July 4.

The Black Swan Public House, 601 Mattison Ave., Asbury Park

Tara Kitchen • Wildwood

After opening three Tara Kitchen locations in New York, chef Aneesa Waheed is bringing her signature flavors to the Jersey Shore. Waheed’s menu is full of Moroccan and Indian influences. The traditional Tagine stews are a highlight, as are the Fish Cakes (served on charred carrots and orange salad), Cabbage Rolls (stuffed with ground lamb and rice) and Warm Fig Salad (tossed in spicy harissa and molasses).

Tara Kitchen, 5209 Pacific Ave., Wildwood; 917-414-0029

Highlawn Pavilion • West Orange

In April, the Frungillo family—Essex County residents and veterans of the Jersey hospitality and business spheres—acquired Highlawn Pavilion from the Knowles family, who have leased the venue since 1986. Situated atop Essex County’s Eagle Rock Reservation, the venue is ideal for weddings and other special events with its sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. The Frungillos plan to renovate before reopening.

Highlawn Pavilion, 1 Crest Dr., West Orange

Daniela’s Ice Cream • Closter

A new ice cream shop opened in Closter this month, just as temperatures start to soar. Daniela’s is family-owned and -operated and uses fresh, all-natural ingredients. Their creative flavors include Coffee Oreo, Orange Chocolate Chip, Coconut Almond Brownie and Green Tea. Summer hours start May 28: Monday to Thursday, 12–9 pm; Friday to Sunday, 12–10 pm.

Daniela’s Ice Cream, 234 Closter Dock Rd., Closter; 201-428-9600

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