Thankfully, the COVID-19 nightmare in Central Jersey is vastly different than it was one year ago. Indoor capacity limits have returned to 100%, 74% of the state population is fully vaccinated and many diners have returned to their regular local haunts.
However, not everyone feels comfortable returning to full dining rooms and maskless patrons. Some feel more comfortable dining outdoors, and these Central Jersey restaurants are keeping the heat on:
We will continue to update this list. Please let us know if your restaurant has heaters by emailing JIntersimone@MyCentralJersey.com.
The Borscht Belt, a Jewish deli run by a celebrity chef in the Stockton Market. 19 Bridge St., Stockton; 609-460-4051, theborschtbelt.com.
Green Knoll Grill, an American restaurant with sports on TV known for its frequent weekend activities. The outdoor tiki bar patio is heated. 645 Route 202, Bridgewater; 908-526-7090, greenknollgrill.com.
Hailey's Harp, an Irish pub featuring traditional dishes like shepherd's pie and corned beef. There are two heaters in a non-enclosed area. 400 Main St., Metuchen; 732-321-0777, haileysharpandpub.com.
Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe, a gastropub with an eclectic menu; Harvest Moon also makes its own beers. 392 George St., New Brunswick; 732-249-6666, harvestmoonbrewery.com.
Limani Seafood Grill, a BYOB Greek restaurant in cozy quarters. There is an outdoor awning that covers six tables. 235 North Ave. West, Westfield; 908-233-0052, limaniseafood.com.
Mangia Toscano, a cozy and modern Italian restaurant with traditional eats as well as an onsite deli. 422 Main St., Metuchen; 732-744-0100, mangia-toscano.com.
Osteria Morini, a modern Italian restaurant with national outposts featuring housemade pastas. There are five tables on the front patio with heaters. 107 Morristown Road, Bernardsville; 908-221 0040, osteriamorini.com/bernardville-nj/.
Project P.U.B., a brew pub that 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, projectpubnj.com.
Ristorante MV, a modern Italian-American restaurant in a historic stone building serving classic dishes with high-end touches. 1 Mill St., Bernardsville; 908-766-7979, ristorantemv.com.
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Sweet Waters Steakhouse, a classic, white-tableclothed steakhouse. 43 Elm St., Westfield; 908-317-2599, sweetwatersnj.com.
Tapastre, an intimate bar that pairs small plates with craft beer in the same building as Project P.U.B. 1 W. High St., Somerville; 908-526-0505, tapastre.com.
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: JIntersimone@Gannett.com or @JIntersimone.
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