These Central Jersey restaurants are keeping the heat on for outdoor dining – My Central Jersey

Posted By on October 27, 2021

New Ristorante MV in Bernardsville booked out for two months

Since the Bernardsville restaurant's first day of business on March 4, it's been fully booked every day.

Alexander Lewis,

Thankfully, the COVID-19 nightmare in Central Jersey is vastly different than it was one year ago. Indoor capacity limits have returned to 100%, 65% of the state population is fully vaccinated and many diners have returned to their regular local haunts.

However, not everyone feels comfortable returning tofull dining rooms andmaskless patrons. Some feel more comfortable dining outdoors, andthese Central Jersey restaurants are keeping theheat on:

We will continue to update this list. Please let us know if your restaurant has heaters by emailing

22 West Tap And Grill,a sports bar and American restaurant.1601 Route 22, Bridgewater;732-627-5012,

Espo's,a longtime, cozy Italian restaurant.10 2nd St., Raritan;908-685-9552,

Green Knoll Grill,an American restaurant with sports on TVknown for its frequent weekend activities.645 Route 202, Bridgewater;908-526-7090,

Kuay Tiew Noodles & More,an authentic Thai restaurant.42 W. Main St., Somerville;908-393-9555,

Lobster Alley, a counter-serve specializing in Maine lobster rolls and other seafood fare.18 W. Somerset St., Raritan;908-566-6414,

Osteria Morini,a modern Italian restaurant with national outposts featuring housemade pastas.107 Morristown Road, Bernardsville;908-221 0040,

Stone House at Stirling Ridge,an upscale restaurant and events venue on 10 acres featuring New American cuisine.50 Stirling Road, Warren;908-754-1222,

Project P.U.B.,a brew pub which features a new brewery each month in a tap takeover and new food menu with items designed to be paired with that brewery's beers.41 N. Bridge St., Somerville;908-393-5211,

Ristorante MV,a modern Italian-American restaurant in a historic stone building serving classic dishes with high-end touches. Outdoor heaters will be available on or about Nov. 1. 1 Mill St., Bernardsville;908-766-7979,

Tapastre,an intimate bar which pairs small plates with craft beer in the same building as Project P.UB.1 W High St., Somerville;908-526-0505,

The Borscht Belt,a Jewish deli run by a celebrity chef in the Stockton Market.19 Bridge St., Stockton;609-460-4051,

Lambertville Station,an American restaurant located in a 19th-century train station.11 Bridge St., Lambertville;609-397-4400,

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Towne Restaurant,a nearly half-century-old breakfast and lunch fixture serving American and Greek dishes.31 Main St., Clinton;908-735-7559,

Vagabond BBQ,an eclectic restaurant featuring barbecue from around the world.51 Bridge St., Frenchtown;908-505-0232,

Ani Ramen,a modern Japanese restaurant with a bar known for its creative takes on ramen.37 Easton Ave., New Brunswick;732-317-8200,

Barca City Cafe and Bar,a upbeat venue for Spanish tapas and cocktails. Outdoor heating through mid-November. 47 Easton Ave., New Brunswick;732-640-1155,

Feast Italian Kitchen,a modern Italian-American restaurant.3899 Route9, Old Bridge;732-970-8880,

Hailey's Harp,an Irish pub featuring traditional dishes like shepherd's pie and corned beef. Heating is for two outdoor tables. 400 Main St., Metuchen;732-321-0777,

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Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe, a gastropub with an eclectic menu also making its own beers.392 George St., New Brunswick;732-249-6666,

Mangia Toscano,a cozy and modern Italian restaurant with traditional eats as well as an onsite deli.422 Main St., Metuchen;732-744-0100,

Orchard Park by David Burke,a creative American restaurant run by a celebrity chef on the grounds of aFrench country estate-inspired events venue.670 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick;732-554-5714,

Ani Ramen,a modern Japanese restaurant with a bar known for its creative takes on ramen.109 Walnut Ave, Cranford; 908-325-6156,

Grain and Cane,a New American restaurant themed after a family's history in rice and sugar distribution.250 Connell Dr., Berkeley Heights;908-897-1920,

Limani Seafood Grill,a BYOB Greek restaurant in cozy quarters. 235 NorthAve. West, Westfield;908-233-0052,

Paragon Tap &Table,an upscale gastropub featuring 20 beers on draft.77 Central Ave., Clark;732-931-1776,

Sheelen's Crossing,an Irish pub.200 South Ave., Fanwood;908-753-4500,

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Summit House,a New American restaurant located in a vintage building.395 Springfield Ave., Summit;908-273-6000,

Sweet Waters Steak House,an old-school steakhouse.43 Elm St., Westfield;908-317-2599,

Jenna Intersimone has been a staff member at the USA Today Network New Jersey since 2014, after becoming a blogger-turned-reporter following the creation of her award-winning travel blog. To get unlimited access to her stories about food, drink and fun, please subscribe or activate your digital account today. Contact: or @JIntersimone.

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