The biggest restaurant news this week: Indoor dining is set to resume at 25 percent capacity on Friday, September 4, based on an announcement from Governor Murphy earlier this week. Restaurants will be able to open at 25 percent capacity with social distancing between tables. Governor Murphy released this information in a tweet, emphasizing “our goal is to ensure this step is done properly to prevent the kind of spikes we saw in other states.”
Beyond that, here’s a handful of other eateries that have opened recently.
The Highwood, Weehawken
This new riverfront restaurant and bar gives you breathtaking views of New York City while you enjoy your dinner. Chef Nicholas Karoly crafted a rustic menu that includes salads, seafood, pizza and more. Try their southern fried chicken sandwich topped with house pickles, bacon and maple chipotle sauce or their featured menu item, the roasted Scottish salmon cooked over a creamy beurre blanc sauce. Pair your delicious meal with one of their many creative cocktails or take a look at their ample beer menu. The Highwood is open Monday-Friday, 4pm-midnight; and Saturday-Sunday, noon-midnight.
The Highwood, 500 Avenue at Port Imperial, Weehawken; 201-520-4554.
This famous NYC spot has joined forces with the Englewood Florist to bring their wellness café to the Garden State. PlantShed offers a variety of fresh flowers and plants to purchase, as well as lifestyle products including candles, fragrances, lotions and more. Enjoy their menu of coffee drinks and pastries surrounded by beautiful greenery. Retail is open Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm. Café is open Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm. Both are open Saturday ad Sunday, 10am-4pm.
PlantShed, 47 E Palisade Avenue, Englewood; 212-662-4400.
BSO Wings, Hackensack
After 20 years in the restaurant business, chef George Nwokocha crossed the Hudson to open a place where finger foods are the star of the menu. Though the name of the restaurant would have you think differently, wings aren’t the only thing on the menu. Sliders, burgers, hand-cut fries, and a handful of Nigerian dishes are also featured—food that Nwokocha grew up eating. The signature sauces for the wings include brown sugar, sticky ginger garlic, sweet chili, and classic (salt and pepper). Open Tuesday-Friday, 11:30am-3pm and 5pm to close. Open all day Saturday and Sunday. Closed Mondays.
BSO Wings, 215 Main Street, Hackensack; 201-267-0029
The famous Colombian bakery and restaurant has opened its first location in Bergen County. This family owned business is reliant on their motto, “Mi Casa Es Tu Casa,” to bring customers an authentic, family style meal they will love. The traditional Colombian menu includes dishes made with chicken, pork, beef, and seafood with an assortment of bakery items to choose from. Brisas also sells at the Red Bulls arena in Harrison and have been deemed “the official empanada of the Red Bulls.” Open Monday-Thursday, 6am-9pm, and Friday-Sunday, 6am-10pm.
Brisas, 99 W Palisade Avenue, Englewood; 201-731-3192.