New Jersey Trendy Restaurants
Top picks with reviews
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
For Diners who enjoy excellent, simply prepared food in an upscale, trendy ambiance.
Local Seasonal Kitchen
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.
Serves well prepared sea food with trendy modern ambiance and scenic waterfront views.
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
Park and Orchard
For vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore diners who enjoy well prepared dishes with full bar service and an extensive wine list.
Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge
Diners who enjoy food prepared with natural locally grown ingredients in a chic, trendy, casual setting.
Central NJ Trendy Destination Restaurants With Reviews
Diners who enjoy excellent fresh, farm to table food with an option for communal dining, in a rustic trendy setting.
Diners who enjoy good food with upscale, energetic, trendy ambiance in a Jersey shore beach front setting
Diners who enjoy well prepared, fresh farm to table food with a trendy, rustic ambiance.
An 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.
Diners who enjoy well prepared eclectic food using local sourced ingredients in a trendy, casual, yet elegant, energetic setting.
Pascal and Sabine
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.
Southern NJ Trendy Destination Restaurants With Reviews
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.
For diners who enjoy top draw Asian fusion cuisine with extraordinary decor in a trendy, vibrant setting.
Diners 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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