Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. It’s the Shore’s right—a rite of early passage to the season that officially begins June 21.
New restaurants start to sprout in earnest along the coast in May. Last week, we told you about celebrity chef Michael Symon’s Angeline, opening Saturday, May 6 at the Borgata in Atlantic City; this week, it’s a more casual spot at a locally loved Shore resort.
Opening today at The Reeds at Shelter Haven (96th Street and Third Avenue, Stone Harbor) is the new Stone Harbor Pizza Pub. Its name says it all. It’s one of several eateries at the luxury, boutique hotel complex on the bay. For reservations and more information, call 609-368-0100 or visit reedsatshelterhaven.com.
Downtown BBQ (301 South Avenue, Westfield): Steaks, chicken and ribs, plus pulled pork, mac-and-cheese and signature combo platters. This BYO is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday; Sunday, 4 to 9 pm; closed Monday. 908-264-8252. downtownbbq.net.
Cocina de Chencha (333B Suydam Street, New Brunswick): Authentic Mexican street fare and a selection of classic entrees. BYO. Open daily for dinner. 732-448-0022.
Aura Thai Kitchen (210 Main Street, Fort Lee): Traditional Thai cuisine in the former home of Little Charm Thai Kitchen. Open daily for lunch and dinner. BYO. 201-944-0009.
Lafayette Corner Store (320 Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City): Part bodega and grill, this local favorite breakfast-lunch spot has shuttered. New owners are planning a new eatery.