Summer Date Nights in New Jersey

Whether you prefer the outdoor seating, summer cocktails, or a nice refreshing brew, summer date nights are a perfect way to end a beautiful sunny day.   But how do you choose where to make the reservation to impress YOUR date tonight? Check out this list of date-night worthy restaurants in New Jersey and your stomach will make the decision!

Porta, Asbury Park

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Porta, located in Asbury Park, NJ is a destination known for its Acunto pizza ovens hand built in Naples, their fabulous brunch menu, spectacular libations, and outdoor seating. From their Brazed and Confused short rib pizza to their brunch menu with pesto eggs, Porta is sure to please the palette. Grab a drink and some delicious pizza and hang inside in the spacious restaurant, or enjoy the fresh air in the Porta Park. Eat. Drink. Be honest.

One 53, Rocky Hill

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One 53 is an American/Euro bistro restaurant serving seasonal farm to table cuisine. A relaxed, local atmosphere, combined with a contemporary crisp décor is a perfect setting for your next date night. The owners of One 53 also owns Lucy’s Raviolis in Princeton, NJ which guarantees fresh pasta dishes on the menu at all times. To kick off your meal they also have small plates such as Proscuitto wrapped dates with Manchego cheese. Their drinks also are something you cannot pass by. Try their One 53 Martini mixed with St. Germain Elderflower, Magellan Gin, and lemon juice. A perfect cocktail on a hot summers day!

Avenue, Long Branch

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Avenue is a gorgeous destination for lunch, dinner, or even brunch on the weekends. Sitting right on the beach in Long Branch, NJ, Avenue offers a menu full of seafood.   Yellow Fin Tuna Nicoise, Oysters, King Crab Legs, Lobster, and the best crab salad ever! Enjoy a table for two outside overlooking the ocean, or indulge in the cool, modern environment inside with vaulted ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and beautiful bar. If you get lucky, maybe you will get invited to the super chic pool parties on the roof!

Rat’s Restaurant, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton

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Dining at Rats is an experience that brings you in to Claude Monet’s beloved town of Giverny. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and a lily pond, sculptor Seward Johnson created a beautiful restaurant full of impressionist-inspired sculptures.   You can make a day out of this visit and start off walking through the Grounds for Sculpture and ending at Rat’s Restaurant for Lunch, Dinner, or Brunch.

Maritime Parc, Jersey City

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Maritime Parc is located on New Jersey’s Liberty Landing Marina and has a modern spin on a classic coastal fish house. The executive chef and owner, Chris Siversen uses local, fresh, sustainable ingredients and spins them with bold flavors. Maritime Parc offers Hudson River views from every table and there is also a view of the kitchen, with its open plan kitchen. Also, there is a split-level stone patio outside that seats about 100 guests with a full service bar.

Let me know how your date goes! These restaurants are sure to impress!




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