There’s another new kid on the blocks of Princeton, where the restaurant scene seems to be getting livelier by the week.
Two Sevens Eatery & Cantina, 277 Witherspoon Street in Princeton, had its grand opening last week and has been segueing from soft-open status to full-out open ever since.
The newbie from Fenwick Hospitality has older, established siblings in town: Agricola, Cargot and Dinky Bar. But this 190-seat venue is all about the foods of Central and South America, with a beverage focus on agave.
The chef is Patrick Lacey and the menu encourages diners to order communally and share plates. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 609-921-2779; twosevensrestaurant.com.
Aroma Sabor, at 294 Park Avenue in Newark. Owner Richard Garcia offers classic Latin American fare morning, noon and night. BYO. 973-732-2929.
Speaking of cuisines from Spanish-speaking countries, there are several in the coming-soon department:
Los Compadres, 1224 Anderson Avenue in Fort Lee. Mexican. BYO; lunch and dinner.
Empanada Shop, 251 Valley Boulevard in Wood-Ridge. Starring the South American favorite of its moniker. Lunch and dinner; BYO. 201-559-2165.
El Merenguito, 313 Washington Avenue in Belleville.
El Picante Mexican, 3010 Route 27 in Somerset. 732-419-3277.
Meanwhile, there’s also news in the restaurant franchise world.
The Hummus & Pita Co., a New York-based Mediterranean fast-casual concept, will expand into New Jersey in 2018.
The company has signed a five-location franchise deal with Kaushal Shah and Rishi Parikh to open outlets in Monmouth and Middlesex counties, targeting Holmdel, Freehold, Old Bridge, Woodbridge and East Brunswick.
Hummus & Pita was born in 2011. Known for its pita and laffa breads, vegetarian dishes and meats cooked in taboon ovens, the company most recently added a line of sweet dessert-style hummuses.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn the details.
Meanwhile, Happy New Year! Here’s to delicious dining in 2018.