SideBar Gastropub, Hackensack
This renovated pub has replaced General Poor’s Tavern, boasting a new look and atmosphere. The bar features local craft beers, wine and cocktails; the menu includes small plates, bar snacks, salads, sandwiches and classic pub dishes like shepherd’s pie and braised beef short rib. Open Tuesday–Friday, 4–10 pm; Saturday noon–10 pm.
45 Main St., Hackensack; 201-820-2894
The new farm-to-table restaurant is serving authentic Italian dishes. Executive chef Antonio De Leso and his wife, Brenda, the co-owner, are working with local farms. Dishes include fresh pastas, poached pear salad, Mediterranean octopus and more.
98 Park Ave., Rutherford; 973-721-3404
Cob Fathers Roasted Corn & BBQ, Runnemede
What began as a food truck is now going brick-and-mortar. Coming soon to Runnemede, Cob Fathers will add barbecue offerings—pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken and more—to its menu. Classic BBQ sides like coleslaw, potato salad, baked mac and cheese and baked beans will be available, too. Takeout and delivery only.
68 W. Clements Bridge Rd.; 856-312-8184
Offshore BBQ, Seaside Heights
Offering takeout and delivery only, Offshore has recently been approved by the Seaside Heights borough. The restaurant will replace what was previously a daycare center. This will be the restaurant’s second location; the first is in Point Pleasant.
1520 Blvd., Seaside Heights