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From on February 20, 2024:

Hey, North Jersey — guess what?

Seven new restaurants opened in our region this week

From Morris County to Bergen (and taco joints to “eclectic” fine dining), here they are:

  • Vitality Bowls, a national health-food chain known for its acai bowls, wraps and smoothies opened its newest location in Harrison. Menu highlights include a Beach Bowl with strawberries and pineapple, and a Nutty Bowl with peanut butter, granola and banana.
  • Arca Restaurant and Lounge, an upscale Northern Italian restaurant opened in Lincoln Park. The concept took the place of the former 202 Bistro, and offers chic vibes, high-end fare and craft cocktails.
  • Yemen Land Restaurant, a Middle Eastern eats spot devoted to Yemeni cuisine opened in Paterson. Early reviews — of dishes from lamb to whole fish — suggest the food is “very tasty.”
  • Chocolate Moonshine Co., a homemade fudge and confections chain, opened a kiosk in the American Dream Mall. Fudge flavors range from Pecan Turtle to Crême Brûlée, while confections include “ultimate” chocolate dipped Oreos and booze-infused truffle bars.
  • Taqueria Los Güeros, a local fast-casual Mexican food chain opened its latest location in Clifton. The spot is located on Route 3, and boasts all of same juicy carnitas, stuffed burritos and savory tacos (of course) as its other Jersey outposts.
  • Pachamama, a Latin American fusion restaurant opened in Green Brook. The chef Ricardo Ramirez previously worked at NYC’s Mission Ceviche, and is cooking up dishes from Hanger Steak Lomo Saltado to Pork Belly Guacamole.
  • 87 Sussex, a cosmopolitan restaurant offering an eclectic, globally-inspired “new dining experience” opened in Jersey City. On the meticulously crafted menu? Escargot Wontons, Foie Gras “Cotton Candy” and Barolo Braised Short Ribs with white sweet potatoes.

Kara VanDooijeweert is a food writer for and The Record. If you can’t find her in Jersey’s best restaurants, she’s probably off running a race course in the mountains. Catch her on Instagram: @karanicolev & @northjerseyeats, and sign up for her North Jersey Eats newsletter.

This article originally appeared on New NJ restaurants to try in North Jersey: Taco places, smoothies



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