New in Town

New And Noteworthy

The Oceanaire Seafood Room {The Shops at Riverside, 175 Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack; 201.343.8862}

The newest Oceanaire Seafood Room debuted in Hackensack at the end of 2013, just in time to celebrate the new year. And celebrate you will, once you step inside this sophisticated new seafood trove. The menu includes the restaurant's most lauded seafood specials—all sourced from the most reputable suppliers and flown in fresh daily, of course. The oyster bar is a good place to start, with its impressive selection of P.E.I., Washington, and Cape Cod varieties. Dining amid the sleek, wavy blue and aquamarine color palette, you might just feel like you can hear the crashing waves of the ocean as you dine on entrées like Jumbo Shrimp Scampi over angel hair pasta or Ecuador Mahi Mahi from Executive Chef David Mannes and his team.

Sapori Ristorante Italiano {622 Valley Road, Upper Montclair; 973.744.0200}

The new Sapori Ristorante Italiano in Upper Montclair might just be your new favorite place to chill with a glass of limoncello. Sapori offers a glimpse into a delicious world of Italian dining, courtesy of Italian Co-owners Antonio Grande and Mario Reazione, veterans of the Montclair dining scene. Their motto? Rustic Italian meets urban chic. The menu at this comfortable trattoria features authentic flavors—or, “sapori,” in Italian—inspired by generations of good food. Start with an Antipasti dish like Polpette (meatballs with San Marzano tomatoes) or Frittura Mista (fried seafood in house sauce). Fresh pastas like Canneloni and Lobster Ravioli offer a glimpse into the traditional dishes prepared with modern flair. With an authentic menu in a space both cozy and urban, this trattoria-style eatery might just become a new favorite.

Tilted Kilt {334 US 46 East, Wayne; 973.890.4859}

For a casual dinner or drinks out, try the Tilted Kilt—the newest of which recently opened in Wayne, New Jersey. As they say, “good times are always on tap” at the Tilted Kilt. Get started with some TK Irish Nachos—freshly-cooked potato chips covered in seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, and their signature TK Guinness Beer Cheese Sauce. Wash that cheesy goodness down with a Guinness, if Irish stouts are your fancy, or go for a beer cocktail, a mixed drink, or a fine aged whiskey (not just the Irish stuff, either). Of course, the Tilted Kilt is most notable for their servers' somewhat revealing kilts—and the Wayne location is no exception. Happy early Saint Patrick's Day!

New Restaurant by Maritime Parc Restaurant Owners {Address and Phone TBD}

This coming spring, Chef/Partner Chris Siverson and Restaurateur Marc Haskell will open their second restaurant in Military Park in downtown Newark. Maritime Parc, their sophisticated, successful first endeavor, beckons from its waterfront location in Liberty State Park, and has been named among the state's top restaurants. This new one—still unnamed—will be a casual, approachable eatery specializing in elevated diner fare (think hand-crafted burgers, classy salads, housemade doughnuts, milkshakes, and soft serve ice cream) alongside a wine and craft beer list. We've also heard rumblings of a frozen cocktail machine. The revitalized Military Park will be home to an expansive lawn, a new plaza, and other amenities overseen by Biederman Redevelopment Ventures and The Military Park Partnership. The restaurant is anticipated to bring new energy (and a big local appetite) to Newark.

Aldo's Italian Restaurant {640 Wyckoff Avenue, Wyckoff; 201.891.2618}

Aldo's Italian Restaurant and sister wine bar, Pane e Vino, have recently reopened after a 2012 move into the former Wyckoff Bakery location. After hibernating for over a year to extensively renovate the former bakery space, the new and improved Aldo's reopened on Wyckoff Avenue in 2013. Owner Aldo Cascio, who first opened Aldo's more than 30 years ago, aimed for an updated look reflecting the elegance and charm of the former locations—now sharing a much larger, 170-seat space. In addition to the physical upgrades, the new menu offers brick oven-baked pizzas that are perfect for pairing with a glass from Pane e Vino's high-tech new wine dispensing system. Or, buy a bottle from their on-site liquor store to enjoy at the table. Welcome back to the neighborhood, Aldo's.