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 breed of restaurants! Restaurants are reinventing themselves by becoming more casual with fewer costly amenities. chandeliers, drapes, table linens, and waiters in tuxes.
Vibrant Ambiance - Younger diners are looking for a vibrant atmosphere with rustic, upscale, trendy ambiance. "Old World " ambiance with waiters in tuxedos, chandeliers, elegant draperies, and other costly amenities are out!
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, More Options, Smaller Food Portions. The appetizer/entree menu format is being phased out. People like to customize their dining experience. 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 among couples and friendship 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.
Serves well prepared sea food with trendy, modern ambiance and scenic waterfront views.
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
For diners who enjoy a creative American menu with healthy food options, in an attractive, modern - rustic atmosphere with a well stocked bar.
A popular Italian Trattoria with a trendy industrial - chic atmosphere that features good wines, beer, and Italian food
Serves New American Eclectic food in trendy industrial chic setting with bare wooden floors and wooden tables.
For diners who enjoy top draw Asian fusion cuisine with extraordinary decor in a romantic, trendy, vibrant setting.