New Jersey Trendy Restaurants

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New JerseyTrendy Restaurants


New Jersey restaurants are quickly taking hold of the latest trend that appeals to younger diners who seek out restaurants with a refreshing, energetic, casually elegant dining experience that is a departure from the "Old World" stuffy style of dining.



Formal, stuffy, and expensive is a dying trend! Restaurants are reinventing themselves by becoming more casual with fewer costly amenities. Chandeliers, drapes, table linens, and waiters in tuxes are on the way out.


What are the new breed of younger diners looking for?


Vibrant Ambiance - "Old World " ambiance with waiters in tuxedos, chandeliers, elegant draperies, and other costly amenities are out! Younger diners are looking for a vibrant atmosphere with rustic, upscale, trendy ambiance.


Healthy Food - Diners are increasingly aware of healthy and environmentally safe food choices. Restaurants committed to buying local, and using fresh farm to table, organic products and wild caught seafood are increasingly in demand.


More Creative, Smaller Food Portions. Diners are no longer interested in huge portions that result in left over doggy bags. Small plates and more portion options that can be shared. Plate sharing enhances a more intimate dining experience amongst couples and and friendship amongst groups.


Minimal and Lighter Menus. Less menu options with an emphasis on quality ingredients, smaller portions, and the use of light sauces to bring out the flavor of quality ingredients. Menus with fewer choices are done so to insure that the ingredients are fresh, purchased daily and the menu items are prepared when ordered. The new, trendy restaurants avoid the use of heavy sauces that mask the taste of frozen, reheated, and poor quality ingredients.


Serving Alcohol - BYOB is out with younger 25 - 45 year old diners. This demographic enjoys ordering cocktails and craft beers. Older dining patrons prefer bringing their own favorite, less costly wines.


Popular New Jersey Trendy Restaurants

Northern NJ Trendy Restaurants With Reviews


Chakra Restaurant

For Diners who enjoy excellent, simply prepared food in an upscale, trendy ambiance.


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Local Seasonal Kitchen

Allaire Village

An excellent example of a restaurant committed to using locally grown produce, meat, and wild caught seafood with an emphasis on organic ingredients and farms supplying only hormone-free, antibiotic-free meat.

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Maritime Parc
Jersey City

Maritime Parc restaurant

Serves well prepared sea food with trendy modern ambiance and scenic waterfront views.


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Ninety Acres at Natirar

Ninety Acres at Natirar

Ninety Acres is one of the top restaurants in Northern NJ for decor, ambiance, and for a scenic rural setting. They serve creative dishes using local and sustainable food sources

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Park and Orchard
East Rutherford

Park and Orchard RestaurantFor vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore diners who enjoy well prepared dishes with full bar service and an extensive wine list.

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Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge

Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge Restaurant Diners who enjoy food prepared with natural locally grown ingredients in a chic, trendy, casual setting.

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Central NJ Trendy Destination Restaurants With Reviews


Agricola  RestaurantDiners who enjoy excellent fresh, farm to table food with an option for communal dining, in a rustic trendy setting.

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Long Branch

Avenue  RestaurantDiners who enjoy good food with upscale, energetic, trendy ambiance in a Jersey shore beach front setting

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Eno Terra

Eno Terra RestaurantDiners who enjoy well prepared, fresh farm to table food with a trendy, rustic ambiance.

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Langosta Lounge
Asbury Park

Langosta loungeAn Asbury Park boardwalk hot spot, popular with the 20 + to 40+ crowd who come to enjoy a lively bar, good music, and reasonably priced food and drinks, in an attractive beach front setting with ocean views.

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Mediterra RestaurantDiners who enjoy well prepared eclectic food using local sourced ingredients in a trendy, casual, yet elegant, energetic setting.

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Pascal and Sabine
Asbury Park

Pascal and Sabine Restaurant

One of the top French restaurants in Monmouth County, it's an upscale version of a French/European Brasserie where dining patrons come to enjoy quality, simply prepared food, and top end drinks in an atmosphere of elegance.

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Southern NJ Trendy Destination Restaurants With Reviews


Arugula Restaurant For diners who enjoy well prepared, non- traditional food with a trendy modern ambiance. Menu is created using locally sourced, fresh farm-to-table ingredients.

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Atlantic City

Buddakan RestaurantFor diners who enjoy top draw Asian fusion cuisine with extraordinary decor in a trendy, vibrant setting.

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Sea Salt
Cape May

Whitesbog VillageDiners who enjoy food prepared with fresh local ingredients, with an upscale, trendy ambiance. Offers a scenic view of the beach and ocean from the dining room and outdoor patio --- one of the top ocean views in Cape May.

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