Manhattanites are starting to make the trek to Jersey City for excellent dining options thanks to glowing reviews like this one, ample parking and lower prices. Dining in New Jersey is the best it’s ever been — and it’s about to get even better with a handful of new restaurants debuting this fall in the Garden State. Here are four hot openings to watch for the fall season, some to come and some already open.
Marcus B & P
When celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson announced plans to open a new restaurant in Newark, fans of the chef rejoiced. Recently, the team announced that the highly anticipated project is called Marcus B & P — “B” is for bodega and beer while “P” stands for parlor, patisserie, and provisions. The team is still mum on the specifics of the new space and an exact opening date but reports have said that the opening will happen sometime in the fall. Diners can expect a menu of pizzas made in a brick-oven pizza and some of Samuelsson’s signature items like fried chicken similar to the signature dish at his Harlem restaurant, Street Bird. Marcus B & P will open on the ground level of new apartments in the Hahne & Co. building in the Central Business District and will also have a full bar. 56 Halsey Street, Newark
What happens when a Dinosaur BBQ alum and the team behind Hoboken’s popular Pilsener Haus & Biergarten team up? Hudson Hall, a beer hall and smokehouse that has just opened in Jersey City. Chef Dan Hoose is in charge of the menu, which features Eastern European dishes with a heavy emphasis on smoked and pickled items. On the menu it’s charcuterie, sandwiches made with house-smoked and -cured meats, plus pub favorites like cheeseburgers and fish and chips. The smoke theme is also part of the drink menu with cocktails that incorporate a smoky element. There’s also a walk-up window for take-out orders and a to-go menu of sandwiches and smoked meats by the pound. 364 Marin Boulevard, Jersey City
Ample Hills Creamery
Jersey City is getting its very own location of one of New York’s top-rated ice cream shops, Ample Hills Creamery. Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna, co-owners of Ample Hills Creamery started this craft ice cream business selling interesting flavors in Brooklyn in 2011 and quickly attracted a legion of adoring fans (including Oprah). Now, six years later they’re opening a shop on the Jersey side of the Hudson River in the Urby Tower near Paulus Hook. While the team hasn’t shared the exact opening date, Ample Hills Creamery fans can rest assured that there will be plenty of fun flavors on hand including the classic ‘The Munchies’ with made with pretzel-infused ice cream studded with potato chips and candy. 200 Greene Street, Jersey City
Fine-dining chef moves to the suburbs and opens a farm-to-table restaurant next to a farm: It’s the story of chef Ben Pollinger, former chef at Oceana in Manhattan where the restaurant was given a Michelin star for his interpretations of classic seafood dishes. Pollinger is going to helm The Hill, a farmhouse-inspired restaurant in Closter, New Jersey about 45 minutes north of Jersey City. There will be 200 seats and a menu of simple, seasonal, farm to table dishes. Pollinger says diners should expect a more casual, neighborhood atmosphere. 252 Schraalenburgh Road, Closter