Restaurants to still eat out

In 2020, we discovered the wonders of igloo dining.

These futuristic huts, with metal skeletons and transparent walls, became an ideal way to eat outside during the cold months, keeping us warm and protected in our own capsules.

The Blossom, an Asian-American fusion restaurant in Palisades Park, introduced igloos even before the pandemic. They were originally intended to provide a single, semi-private place for customers to sit, employee Swan Son told The Record.

Le Blossom temporarily closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic and reopened in July. By then the igloos were set up and ready to go.

Other restaurants across the state followed. What was once a novel concept has become quite mainstream. Now, two years into the pandemic, we still see those little globes set up outside restaurants.

Photo of the igloos, which are assembled with a clear plastic surface cover, seen at the back of The Blossom in Palisades Park on 08/26/20.

Granted, Governor Phil Murphy has rescinded mask mandates in schools and the COVID numbers are plunging. But still, many people are not yet ready to dine indoors.

Here is a complete list of igloo restaurants in New Jersey. Most require reservations and some have capacity limits and minimums. Call ahead for details and to make your reservation.

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Bergen

The outdoor dining area at Pearl Restaurant in Ridgewood has been a particular target of projectiles from local youth since the Hudson Street garage opened in November.  Winter "igloos" have been removed for more open dining this summer.

The Flower: 320 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park; 201-947-4588, theblossomnj.com.

Blue42: American pub food, known for its wings. 158 Market Street, Elmwood Park; 201-773-0970, blue42bar.com.

Club competition: 379 Route 17 South, Wood-Ridge; 201-710-6459, concourseclubnj.com.

Restaurant Donatella: Italian. 12 Tappan Road, Harrington Park; 201-767-4245, donatellasitalian.restaurant.

Emma Bistro: Argentinian fusion. 2 Hilliard Avenue, Edgewater; 201-402-7719, emmabistronj.com.

It’s Greek to me: Mediterranean. 21 E. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood; 201-612-2600, itsgreektome.com.

Ohbahm Pocha: 1645 Lemoine Avenue, Fort Lee; 201-363-8900, no website.

Pearl Restaurant: Italian. 17 S. Broad Street, Ridgewood; 201-857-5100, pearlridgewood.com.

Azuma Ramen: Ramen and Japanese food. 39 S. Van Brunt Street, Englewood; 201-567-1283, azumaramen.com.

Cape May

Congress hall: 200 Congress Square, Cape May; 888-944-1816, caperesorts.com/congress-hall/dining.

Essex

Flowering: French and Korean. 648 Bloomfield Ave., Verona; 973-433-7256, bloomverona.com.

Bloomfield Steak and Seafood House: Steak and Seafood. 409 Franklin Street, Bloomfield; 973-680-4500, http://eatbeefgethooked.com.

Calandra’s Mediterranean grill: Mediterranean. 118 Rte 46, Fairfield; 973-575-6500, calandrasmedgrill.com.

Hudson

It may look like a scene from outer space, but it's down-to-earth or rooftop igloos at Marcus NoHu Rooftop in Weehawken

The Source Bistro: Eclectic. 85 Morris Street, Jersey City; 201-209-1717, bistrolasource.com.

Tavolo di Palmisano: Italian. 700 Clinton Street, Hoboken; 201-345-5980, iltavolohoboken.com.

Iron Monkey: Upscale pub food. 99 Greene Street, Jersey City; 201-435-5756, ironmonkey.com.

Kitchen step: Modern American bistro. 500 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City; 201-721-6115, kitchenstepjc.com.

Light Horse Tavern: Modern American. 199 Washington Street, Jersey City; 201-946-2028, lighthorstavern.com.

Marcus at the NoHu roof: Seasonal American. 550 Avenue in Port Imperial, Weehawken; 201-683-2132, envuehotel.com/dining/nohu.

Northern Soul: Food for the soul. 700 1st St., Hoboken; 201-217-8784, www.nortansoulbar.com.

monmouth

Igloos at the Red Rock Tap & Grill at Red Bank.

Asbury Beer House: Comfort food and a great beer list. 531 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-455-3808, asburyalehouse.com.

Asbury Festival & Biergarten: German food and craft beer. 527 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-997-8767, asburybiergarten.com.

Red Rock Faucet and Grill: Elevated pub food. 14 Wharf Ave, Red Bank. 732-747-2999, redrockrb.com.

Morris

Fig & Lily Garden igloos

Bistro 46: Eclectic. 12 Elm Street, Morristown; 973-302-6727, bistro46morristown.com.

Garden of fig trees and water lilies: Modern Mediterranean. 2 Cattano Ave, Morristown; 973-539-3999, figandlilygarden.com.

ocean

ManaFirkin Brewery: Craft brewery. 450 E. Bay Avenue, Manahawkin; 609-756-4798, manafirkin.com.

Somerset

Bellemara Distillery: Single malt distillery. 2 Clerico Lane, Hillsborough; bellemaradistillery.com.

Warren

Marley’s Gotham Grill: 169 Main Street, Hackettstown; 908-852-2446, marleysgothamgrill.net.

Did we miss any? Email [email protected]hjersey.com with your recommendations.

Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please register today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.

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