—You can get Thai staples like Pad See Ew noodles and Massaman Curry at the recently opened T & Thai Restaurant in Cliffside Park, but the specialties of the house include whole fried fish dressed in fresh herbs and tamarind-glazed duck. Chef T apparently learned from helping his grandmother operate her food stall in Thailand, so expect the wisdom of multi-generational cooking. T & Thai, 644 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park; 201-941-0009
—ToJo’s Kitchen began life as a temporary pop-up restaurant as part of the Garden State Public Market that ran between April and June. And while it functions as a pop-up in both New Jersey and New York, ToJo has found a permanent home in Garden State Plaza in Paramus—good news if you’re a ramen lover (ToJo’s menu is anchored by Tonkatsu and Shoyu ramen). The menu also features modern, fusion style dishes like “Rice Burgers” and Japanese “tacos,” as well as refined Japanese small bites. ToJo’s Kitchen, Garden State Plaza, Paramus; 201-673-7476
—The recently opened Yasou Santorini puts out a sizeable Greek menu despite occupying a relatively small space on the small strip of Washington Street in Tenafly. (The restaurant is affiliated with Yasou Mykonos in Demarest.) The menu expands on standard Greek and Mediterranean fare with some lesser known specialties like garlicky beet spread Patzaria and a vegetarian baked eggplant gyro , and in addition to souvlaki and gyro features rotisserie chicken (whole chickens go for $14). They also do a “school lunch” program, with Greek lunches prepared daily for pick-up. Yasou Santorini, 35 Washington Street, Tenafly; 201-569-1000
In the Works:
—Ava’s Kitchen & Bar is set to open its doors in the old Umberto’s Clam Bar space on North 21st Street in Kenilworth any day now. The menu is centered around brick oven pizza from four-time award winning pizza chef Attilio Guarino, though Guarino’s interest in beer and partnership with Charles Ortiz also means a serious beverage program including wines and specialty cocktails. Late night snacks, charcuterie, and other seasonal goodies should flesh out the menu, but again, between the key word here is fermentation. Ava’s Kitchen & Bar, 1 North 21st Street, Kenilworth; no phone yet.
—Mark Daniel Hospitality Group (who run Uproot in Warren and INC in New Brunswick) is slated to open Salted Lime Bar & Kitchen in Somerville this fall. The menu from chef Renner Burgos (formerly of Uproot) is going to be pan-Latin, with influences from Mexico, South and Central America. Their Instagram has dish teases like Pork Belly and Shrimp with “crispy yucca balls” as well as practice cocktails from what looks to be a serious, tropical-leaning drinks program. Salted Lime Bar & Kitchen, 46 East Main Street, Somerville; no phone yet.
—“The Meat Brothers” sounds like the name of a family-run butchery—and that’s pretty much all that’s known about a Korean barbecue spot that’s likely to open within a matter of weeks, as opposed to days, in the old Duane Reade spot on Main Street in Fort Lee. The Meat Brothers, 176 Main Street, Fort Lee; no phone yet.Click here to leave a comment