Neptune’s New Eatery Serves Up Southern-Style Seafood

Plus: Other new restaurants in Hoboken, Nutley and Turnersville.

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The seafood boil at Crabtales 66 in Neptune


Crabtales 66 • Neptune

This Southern seafood boil and bar opened at the end of March. The special Boil includes your choice of catch (like shrimp, mussels, crab and lobster tails), sauce (such as garlic butter or Cajun citrus) and heat (mild or medium), boiled with Southern house seasonings and served alongside corn and potatoes. Other menu items include Lobster Rolls, Po’ Boy Sandwiches, Fried Scallops and Seafood Buckets. Check out the daily specials during happy hour, Monday–Friday from 3–6 pm. Open daily.

Crabtales 66, 3548 NJ-66, Neptune; 732-387-5888

Wondee Siam • Hoboken

The popular New York City restaurant expects to open a second location in Jersey City sometime in the near future. The new eatery will take over a vacant spot that previously belonged to Thai restaurant Sawadee, which closed in 2019. Open in NYC for more than 15 years, Wondee Siam serves creative Asian and Thai dishes. The menu includes Pad Woon Sen (a Thai noodle dish), Crispy Pork and Chinese Watercress, BBQ Chicken and Fried Tofu. Perhaps most exciting is the “secret menu,” which is written in Thai and features special dishes not available on the regular menu.

Wondee Siam, 137 Newark Ave., Hoboken

Sonoma Bistro • Nutley

Rutherford’s “New American Cuisine” restaurant is opening in Nutley, taking over what was Huddle Sports Bar. The second spot will serve entrées such as Stuffed Chicken Breast (with prosciutto and Monterey Jack cheese), Spicy Cajun Penne (with shrimp, smoked sausage and blackened chicken) and a Garden Veggie Burger (topped with avocado crema). Brunch items range from Breakfast Burritos and Huevos Rancheros to Coconut French Toast. For dessert, there are Zeppoles, Apple Crostata and Chocolate Molten Lava Cake.

Sonoma Bistro Bar & Grill, 350 Passaic Ave., Nutley

Sushi Maki • Turnersville

This family-owned restaurant opened February in the Fries Mill Shopping Center. On the menu are Sushi Burritos packed with fillings such as Spicy Crab, Crunchy Tuna or vegetables in a rice wrap. Sushi rolls include the Snow White (crab tempura and cream cheese) and the American Dream (deep-fried spicy tuna, crab and avocado). Sushi Maki also offers Hibachi combinations, with a selection of steak, shrimp, salmon and chicken, paired with steamed rice, vegetables and clear soup. Opens Monday–Saturday at 11 am; Sunday at noon.

Sushi Maki, 245B Fries Mill Rd., Turnersville; 856-352-0416

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