NJ’s 20 best outside restaurants: Where to eat al fresco this summer
May 12, 2016 - Picnic Time
Warm continue is roughly finally here after a nasty, stormy spring, that means it’s time to conduct and eat outdoors.
We all know “al fresco” means “in a fresh” (or cool) air” in Italian, nonetheless in Italy it indeed means spending time in jail — the “cooler.” And there is zero like a still — or boisterous — meal outward in a summertime.
Pick your backdrop — lake, ocean, woods, garden, city travel or skyline. Heck, in a right light and with a right association even a parking lot looks alluring.
Here are 20 tip al fresco restaurants around New Jersey.
You’ll feel released during any of my tip spots, that offer a operation of views and dining experiences. Have a favorite al fresco restaurant? Let me know in a comments below! The restaurants are in no sold order; they’re all rarely recommended.
1. Haven, 2 Main St., Edgewater; (201) 943-1900. There’s a stylish loll and dining room, though conduct to a outward patio, stairs from a river, with jaw-dropping views of a Manhattan skyline. At night, even a overpower is spectacular.
2. Robin’s Nest, 2 Washington St., Mount Holly; (609) 261-6149. There are several dining rooms, though you’ll wish to squeeze a list on a outward square unaware a Mill Race waterway. The menu is eclectic, with a French-American flair.
3. Rat’s Restaurant, Hamilton. This high-end restaurant, located during a Grounds for Sculpture, is named after a impression in owner Seward Johnson’s favorite childhood story book, The Wind in a Willow. The dining room manages to be stylish though not stuffy, and a drift are gorgeous.
4. Avenue, 23 Ocean Ave., Long Branch; (732) 759-2900. Oceanfront dining finds a many high countenance in this high-ceilinged brasserie-like grill unaware a beach. The menu runs from beef frites and tuna Nicoise to seafood risotto, cassoulet and lamb shank. It’s also a good mark for that late-night drink.
5. Sunset Pub Grill, 425 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park; (973) 694-8700. Al fresco during an airport? Why not? This renouned restaurant/bar is located during a Lincoln Park Airport, that certain beats Newark Liberty as a backdrop. The green-awninged tables outward are a good place to indulge your whimsical imagination and suffer excellent food.
6. Andre’s Restaurant, 112 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta; (973) 726-6000. Nestled in a prime, pacific mark on Seneca Lake, Andre’s is run by Andre deWaal and his wife, Tracey. They did some critical restoration on a building, before Zoe’s on a Lake. The transport is “French cooking looking easterly to Japan,” according to deWaal, with such dishes as whole boiled bronzino with preserved vegetables and dumplings, pan-roasted sliced duck, and sauteed scallops.
7. Oliver, 218 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown City; (609) 298-7177. There are only 3 path tables during this sharp-witted bistro, though they’re ideal places to range a Main Street atmosphere in one of Jersey’s many desirable tiny towns. Chef Matthew McElmoyl loves his burgers; Burger Nights, Tuesdays by Thursdays, always underline opposite if not adventurous takes on a American classic.
8. Mediterra, 29 Hulfish St., Princeton; (609) 252-9680. The outward patio, framed by trees and bushes, yield a good shun from a hullabaloo inside. The menu is, naturally, Mediterranean-influenced; dishes embody octopus a la plancha, paella, and Za’atar spiced chicken.
9. Inlet Cafe, 3 Cornwall St., Highlands; (732) 872-9764 . “The Deck is Open!” admitted a new post on this restaurant’s Facebook page. You could persevere a War-and-Peace-length book to a Jersey Shore’s good al fresco spots; what sets a Inlet Cafe detached is a exquisite perspective of Sandy Hook Bay and a Atlantic Ocean; a lively, infrequent atmosphere; and a menu that spans a seafood spectrum.
10. Filomena Lakeview, 1738 Cooper St., Deptford; (856) 228-4235. You’ve got to adore a place where a 84-year-old grandmother comes in each Sunday to make a gnocchi. Don’t get in Filomena DiVentura’s approach on a weekend, though good food in a colonial American atmosphere is a lift here. Best seats in a really large house: a red-umbrella-topped list on a second building patio.
11. Moonstruck, 517 Lake Ave., Asbury Park; (732) 988-0123. Originally in Ocean Grove, Moonstruck is now housed in a large Victorian-style building. There’s a bar on a initial building and dining bedrooms on a second and third, though a outward porches yield a best views, and breezes on those moist summer nights.
12. Courtyard at The Madison, 33 Lafayette St., Riverside. The Madison provides each possible dining knowledge – infrequent (Towne Tavern); luxe loll (Martini Bar); grill (Cafe Madison); superb special eventuality space (The Madison Room); and al fresco, during a Courtyard. Set to re-open in a subsequent week or so.
13. Off a Hook, 1905 Bayview Ave., Barnegat Light; (609) 361-8900. There is something about enjoying a uninformed seafood dish on a cruise dais dockside. Pick adult soup, sandwiches, and broiled, boiled and grilled seafood here, lift adult a dais during Viking Village, a blurb fishing heart value a outing on a own. Open weekends starting May 13, open daily starting Jun 10.
14. Elysian Cafe, 1001 Washington St., Hoboken; (201) 798-5898. The Mile Square City is primary people-watching territory, and there’s no improved place than Hoboken’s oldest continually-operated bar/restaurant, that non-stop in 1895 as Dillenger Jeffson’s. The food is French bistro-influenced, and a brunch is among a city’s best.
15. McLoone’s Boathouse, 9 Cherry Lane, West Orange; (862) 252-7108. Forget a ballroom-sized dining room and roost yourself during a list on a outward flagstone square versus a South Mountain Reservoir. The menu is expansive, with apps, salads, seafood, steak, burgers and pasta.
16. Sheridan’s Restaurant Tavern, 631 Limecrest Road, Andover; (973) 383-7577. Impeccable environment – on Lake Iliff – with substantial attract and history; it started as Clearwater Lodge in 1938. Good drink menu; any bar that offers Samuel Smith and Sweetwater gets high outlines in my book – and a menu with such standards as burgers, cheesesteaks, tacos, beef and primary rib.
17. Lambertville Station, 11 Bridge St., Lambertville; (609) 397-8300. Eating in a sight hire doesn’t sound quite appealing unless it’s this renouned restaurant, inside a easy 19th century sight hire in one of N.J.’s 10 best tiny towns. There’s a pub and dining room, though a best seats are waterway side. You can sequence anything off a unchanging grill menu, as good as anniversary specials.
18. Rebecca’s, 236 Old River Road, Edgewater; (201) 943-8808. Maybe New Jersey’s many unaccompanied al fresco knowledge can be found during this Cuban/Caribbean restaurant. There’s seating for 40 inside; out behind is a friendly small patio, a overwhelming grottoed space where we can shun your worries and flattering most a rest of a world.
19. Back Bay Ale House, 800 N. Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City; (609) 449-0006. Forget a boardwalk and casino stage and conduct to this upstairs/downstairs house/restaurant in Gardner’s Basin. Great views of a brook and a AC skyline. One good day to visit: Throwback Thursday, when prices on renouned menu equipment are rolled behind to what they were in 2003, when Back Bay opened. Saturday and Sunday means $5 Bloody Mary pints.
20. Treno Pizza Bar, 233 Haddon Ave., Westmont; (856) 833-9233. “Party on a Patio” is a aphorism during this restaurant/bar, that facilities a stylish indoor dining room and a alfresco patio. Pastas, salads, wood-fired and section oven pizza and homemade desserts fill a menu, and we contingency try a homemade limoncello. Westmont is also home to Bricco Coal Fired Pizza, number 3 in my latest N.J. Pizza Power Rankings.
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