Central New Jersey restaurants with outdoor heating
Fortunately, the COVID-19 nightmare in central Jersey is very different from what it was a year ago. Indoor capacity limits have returned to 100%, 65% of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, and many diners have returned to their usual local haunts.
Not everyone feels comfortable returning to full dining rooms and unmasked customers, however. Some feel more comfortable dining out, and these central Jersey restaurants keep the heat in:
We will continue to update this list. Please let us know if your restaurant has heaters by sending an email to JIntersimone@MyCentralJersey.com.
22 West Tap And Grill, a sports bar and an American restaurant. 1601 Route 22, Bridgewater; 732-627-5012, 22westtapandgrill.com.
Espo, a long-standing, cozy Italian restaurant. 10 2nd Street, Raritan; 908-685-9552, esposraritannj.com.
Green Knoll Grill, an American restaurant with sports on TV known for its frequent weekend activities. 645 Route 202, Bridgewater; 908-526-7090, greenknollgrill.com.
Kuay Tiew noodles and more, an authentic Thai restaurant. 42 W. Main St., Somerville; 908-393-9555, ktsomerville.com.
Lobster alley, a counter specializing in Maine lobster rolls and other seafood dishes. 18 W. St. Somerset, Raritan; 908-566-6414, mycateringsolutions.net/lobster-alley.
Osteria Morini, a modern Italian restaurant with national outposts offering homemade pasta. 107 Morristown Road, Bernardsville; 908-221 0040, osteriamorini.com/bernardville-nj/.
Stone house in Stirling Ridge, an upscale restaurant and event venue on 10 acres featuring New American cuisine. 50 Stirling Road, Warren; 908-754-1222, stonehouseatstirlingridge.com.
PUB Project, a brewery that features a new brewery each month in a takeover and a new food menu with items designed to be associated with the beers in that brewery. 41 N. Bridge Street, Somerville; 908-393-5211, projectpubnj.com.
Tapastre, an intimate bar that pairs small plates with craft beer in the same building as Project P.UB. 1 W High St., Somerville; 908-526-0505, tapastre.com.
The borscht belt, a Jewish grocery store run by a celebrity chef at Stockton Market. 19 Bridge Street, Stockton; 609-460-4051, thebortschbelt.com.
Lambertville Station, an American restaurant located in a 19th century train station. 11 Bridge Street, Lambertville; 609-397-4400, lambertvillestation.com.
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City restaurant, a nearly half-century-old breakfast and lunch service serving American and Greek dishes. 31 Main Street, Clinton; 908-735-7559, clintontownerestaurant.com.
BBQ vagabond, an eclectic restaurant serving barbecues from around the world. 51 Bridge Street, Frenchtown; 908-505-0232, vagabondbbq.com.
Ani Ramen, a modern Japanese restaurant with a bar known for its creative interpretations of ramen. 37 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick; 732-317-8200, aniramen.com.
Barca City Café and Bar, an optimistic place for tapas and Spanish cocktails. Outdoor heating until mid-November. 47 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick; 732-640-1155, barcacity.com.
Italian Cuisine Feast, a modern Italian-American restaurant. 3899 Route 9, Vieux Pont; 732-970-8880, festinj.com.
Hailey’s Harp, an Irish pub offering traditional dishes like shepherd’s pie and corned beef. Heating is for two outdoor tables. 400 Main Street, Metuchen; 732-321-0777, haileysharpandpub.com.
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Harvest Moon Brewery and Cafe, a gourmet pub with an eclectic menu also making its own beers. 392 George Street, New Brunswick; 732-249-6666, Harvestmoonbrewery.com.
Mangia Tuscany, a comfortable and modern Italian restaurant with traditional dishes as well as a delicatessen on site. 422 Main Street, Metuchen; 732-744-0100, mangia-toscano.com.
Orchard Park by David Burke, a creative American restaurant run by a celebrity chef on the grounds of an event venue inspired by a French countryside estate. 670 Cranbury Road, Brunswick East; 732-554-5714, orchardparkbydb.com.
Ani Ramen, a modern Japanese restaurant with a bar known for its creative interpretations of ramen. 109 Walnut Avenue, Cranford; 908-325-6156, aniramen.com.
Cereals and cane, a new American restaurant inspired by the history of a family in the distribution of rice and sugar. 250 Connell Dr., Berkeley Heights; 908-897-1920, grainandcane.com.
Limani seafood grill, a BYOB Greek restaurant in cozy neighborhoods. 235 North West Avenue, Westfield; 908-233-0052, limaniseafood.com.
Paragon Faucet & Table, an upscale gastronomic pub offering 20 beers on tap. 77 central avenue, Clark; 732-931-1776, paragonnj.com.
The Sheelen crossing, an Irish pub. 200 South Avenue, Fanwood; 908-753-4500, sheelenscrossing.com.
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Summit House, a new American restaurant located in a vintage building. 395 Springfield Avenue, summit; 908-273-6000, sommethousenj.com.
Freshwater Steak House, an old-fashioned steakhouse. 43 Elm Street, Westfield; 908-317-2599, sweetwatersnj.com.
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