A new American gastropub has opened in Weehawken, right on the edge of the Hudson. From small plates to entreés, the menu—crafted by chef Christopher Lim—includes items like prosciutto with gnocco frito, hand-crafted pizzas like the Mott Street (topped with sausage, peperonata, cherry peppers, provolone and mozzarella), as well as duck breast served with braised red cabbage. A creative menu of craft beers, wine and cocktails is available to enjoy with dinner. The restaurant is also home to a bakery and café, Porter Provisions, providing homemade baked goods made daily by executive pastry chef Tara Glick. Following the opening, brunch will also be served on the weekends. Dinner is available Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 5–10 pm, and Thursday through Saturday from 5–11 pm. Porter Provisions will only be open on the weekends to start, but will eventually operate from 8 am–3 pm daily.
Porter, 1100 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawken; 201-430-8415
Tommy’s Tavern + Tap, Princeton
Executive chef Joel Ellis is bringing another Tommy’s location to the Garden State. Kicking off the opening on December 7, the Tavern will be offering a special menu for the month of December. Included items are New England clam chowder, burrata flatbread, and creamy-sweet crispy shrimp, as well as seasonal cocktails like a peppermint espresso martini and cranberry old fashioned. Other favorites include specialty sushi menu, burgers, salads and appetizers. Open daily.
Tommy’s Tavern + Tap, 3535 US-1 Suite 370, Princeton; 609-452-0268
The Little Hen Market, Haddonfield
The previous Little Hen space has adapted during the tough year and turned its restaurant into a market full of local goodies and groceries. Although dine-in services are no more, guests can still enjoy French-inspired take-out sandwiches that you can build yourself, with options like olive oil poached tuna, duck confit and chicken breast. The market is filled with items like Reserve Jean Reno olive oil, Delice De Bourgogne cheese, fine cookware like French presses and more. Open Thursday-Monday 11 am-6 pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
The Little Hen Market, 220 Kings Hwy. E, Haddonfield; 856-528-2282
South House, Jersey City
Owner David Hohensee announced in November that after five years, South House will be closing its doors. Hohensee thanked the community for the support of his restaurant, and said the memories made at South House are things he will never forget. The Southern Texas inspired restaurant served brunch classics like chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos and country-fried steak, as well as Southern favorites like braised brisket, fried catfish and St. Louis BBQ ribs. The social spot was home to live music and social events, with Rec Room games like pool, foosball and shuffleboard.
South House, 149 Newark Ave, Jersey City