Marcus at NoHu Rooftop, Weehawken
Acclaimed chef and TV personality Marcus Samuelsson opened his second restaurant in New Jersey, atop the EnVue hotel in Weehawken. With views of the Hudson River and Manhattan, this rooftop bar and restaurant will feature seasonal dishes and hand-crafted beverages (including beers from Hoboken Brewing Co.) along with a bar menu with wings, fries and baked mac and cheese. Brunch is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am–3 pm, with a menu featuring Apple Pie Waffles with sweet cream, Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon and many more creative plates. Open daily.
Marcus at NoHu Rooftop, 550 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawken; 201-758-7920
Lucy’s Creamery, Glassboro
Over the summer, this South Jersey creamery moved into a brand new spot just around the corner from Rowan University. Serving up all your favorite flavors, Lucy’s is home to some of the most creative sundaes in the area. Topped with candies, syrups, sprinkles, etc., their unique sundaes include The Funfetti (vanilla soft serve, blue raspberry hard shell, funfetti cereal, with pink marshmallow around the rim of the cup). Their most recent creation is the Spooktacular Sundae, your choice of any ice cream topped with Halloween candy favorites like Nerds, Snickers and Kit-Kats. If you’re a Rowan University student, show your student ID for 10 percent off your order. Opens daily at 2 pm.
Lucy’s Creamery, 211 West High Street, Glassboro; 609-486-2110
Willow & Whisk, Wyckoff
This new North Jersey brunch spot opened mid-summer, putting new twists on breakfast and lunch classics. Putting “thought and soul” into every bite, Willow & Whisk’s extensive menu includes Mini Brioche French Toast Bites (with a whipped cream cheese topping), a Poached Kale Caesar Salad (tossed in a lemon-Parmesan dressing) and a creative list of coffee drinks (like the Lemon Cold Brew Tonic and Nutella Latte). W&W is BYO, but they also offer mocktails like the Willijito—their spin on a classic mojito with lemon and basil. Open daily from 8 am–3 pm.
Willow & Whisk, 319 Franklin Avenue, Wyckoff; 201-425-9931
Whole Foods, Wayne
Whole Foods has opened its 50th location in the northeast region. The new 40,000 square foot store includes many special features, including Market Burger, a burger bar offering plant-based and grass-fed burgers available for take-out. An in-store cheese expert is there to offer information for any event, and the dairy section includes local products from Cherry Grove Farm and Valley Shepherd Creamery. A full service butcher, seafood counter and floral department are all in-store as well. Open daily from 8 am–9 pm.
Whole Foods, 560 Valley Road, Wayne; 973-587-1470