New Upscale Asian Restaurant opens in Newark

November 18, 2023 by No Comments

Downtown Newark’s dining scene just got richer with the opening of Kinjo, an Asian-inspired restaurant, spearheaded by renowned restaurateur Jamie Knott. The new establishment lit up its sign on November 15 at 159 Washington Street, situated on the ground floor of the Newark Urby project.

Jamie Knott, known for managing Jersey City’s Cellar 335 and the popular Bergen County spots Saddle River Inn and Saddle River Cafe, also launched Madame in Jersey City last year. For Kinjo, which means neighborhood in Japanese, Knott collaborates with Chef Bill Sanders to bring a vibrant culinary experience. The restaurant, adorned with both bar and table seating, showcases a fusion of Japanese and Korean flavors.

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The menu at Kinjo features appetizers like dumplings, temaki rolls, bao buns, and sushi, along with a unique bread service – a steamed bao complemented with miso butter, scallion, and crispy garlic furikake.

While a complete menu is yet to be published on their website, Kinjo has hinted at ramen options and main courses such as their shortie – an 18-hour slow-cooked short rib in beef broth, accompanied by umami tomato, kimchi, and haystack potato.

Kinjo is now welcoming guests for dinner, starting from 4 p.m. each day. On a final note, this shows that Newark’s food scene is definitely on the up and is possibly a sign of more good things to come.

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