—A new barbecue spot has opened in Somerville and specializes in house-smoked meats all made from scratch. Co-owners Kevin and Josh traveled the “BBQ Belt” from the Carolinas to Texas, wanting to bring the southern flavors back home to the Garden State. With homemade and gluten free barbecue sauces, Oink and Moo BBQ Market has a classic barbecue menu with a tex-mex twist. Meals include smoked brisket sliders, pulled pork taacos, and their You-Pick-Two meat platter served with fresh cornbread and two sides. Open Wednesday–Friday, 3–9 pm; and Saturday and Sunday noon–9 pm.
Oink and Moo BBQ Market, 63 West Main Street, Somerville; 908-864-4277
—This new seafood restaurant and raw bar opened in Hoboken last week, specializing in all the best fish, oysters, clams and more. Sirenetta opened in early October and is a sister restaurant to Sorellina, a popular Italian restaurant also located in Hoboken. With a menu full of the freshest ingredients, Sirenetta offers creative dishes like seafood towers (oysters, littlenecks, tiger prawns and more shellfish stacked high), grilled octopus (with a melon vinaigrette), swordfish Milanese (served with arugula & tomato salad), as well as a bar menu with signature cocktails. Open daily from 5pm–midnight.
Sirenetta, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken; 201-683-9900
—Bucket and Bay Gelato closed both their Jersey City and Hoboken locations at the end of September. Known for their creative gelato flavors (like Salted Caramel Popcorn and Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookie), they were also popular for their delicious pies and lattes. After being open for five years, co-owner Jen announced that she and her family will be moving to the West coast, resulting in the closings of both locations. This husband-and-wife owned dessert spot will be missed.
Bucket and Bay Gelato, Jersey City & Hoboken
—La Côte recently closed its doors after opening only three years ago. Located in the Jersey City neighborhood of Paulus Hook, with views of boats from the marina, the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, La Côte was focused on serving authentic French dishes, including a Duck Confit Burger, Escargot, and Goat Cheese & Arugula Pizza. The eatery closed, citing personal reasons, in early October, but not before thanking their “wonderful clientele and friends for all of the support these past years.”
La Côte, 199 Warren Street, Jersey City
—The delicious and creative bakery located in Atlantic Highlands has made the decision to close. After becoming a popular spot near the Jersey shore, The Flaky Tart (one of our Best Bakeries) served unique baked goods like Coconut Cold Brew Pound Cake, Cherry Vanilla Key Lime Tarts and Root Beer Float Macarons. If you hold any outstanding gift cards, contact [email protected] to get refunded for the remaining balance.
The Flaky Tart, 145 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands