With its proximity to the water, New Jersey commercial fishermen regularly reel in more than 100 million pounds of fish and shellfish each year, which is why so many seafood restaurants thrive in the state. For those looking to enjoy the freshest catch in the company of friends and colleagues, many of these seafood restaurants offer private dining space for groups and parties.
More than Lobster
Lobster is always a favorite of any seafood lover, and The Lobster House at Fisherman’s Wharf in Cape May serves up plenty of scrumptious dishes. “Being The Lobster House, we are definitely known for lobster, but one of our favorite dishes is The Lobster House Specialty, which consists of lobster tail, scallops and shrimp served over linguine with garlic butter,” says Jessica Cicchitti, the restaurant’s manager and event coordinator.
The Lobster House offers multiple indoor private dining spaces, which can accommodate both small groups and large events (up to 120). During the spring, summer and fall, it also offers an outside event space that can hold up to 200 for cocktail events. “Hosting an event at The Lobster House is special because we make it special. We take great pride in our food and service, therefore you will only get the best,” Cicchitti says. “You also can’t beat the amazing view of the harbor, marinas and our very own fishing fleet that you won’t find anywhere but here.”
A Side of Entertainment
If you’re interested in seeing your fish filleted tableside, Cherry Hill’s Caffe Aldo Lamberti is the place. Its whole fish selections change daily and can include Dover sole, black bass, grouper, red snapper, branzino, orata and many more. According to Denise L. Earle, marketing coordinator, Caffe Aldo Lamberti was the first restaurant in the region to bring in Florida stone crab claws over 10 years ago, and they remain one of the most popular items. In addition, some of Caffe Aldo Lamberti’s signature dishes include grilled Spanish octopus, zucchini crab cake and lobster asparagus salad.
The restaurant has a variety of versatile private rooms. “We have seven private party spaces, including three beautifully decorated wine cellars below the main level,” Earle says. “We can accommodate 18 guests in our Chef ’s Table room, 32 guests in our Bordeaux Wine Cellar and 100 in our Granite Room. Each event is customized to our guests’ specific needs and wants, and a banquet specialist works with each guest from the time of booking to the day of the event. ... Guests find that the exceptional professional service, as well as the consistent and delicious Italian cuisine and seafood, make Caffe Aldo Lamberti the No. 1 go-to establishment for private events.”
Room with a View
Situated on the perimeter of New Jersey’s Liberty Landing Marina, Maritime Parc in Jersey City follows the tradition of a classic coastal fish house with a seafood menu designed by executive chef and co-owner Chris Siversen. According to Siversen, the menu includes the best local, organic and sustainable ingredients and “spins them into refreshingly accessible cuisine fashioned with a personal touch and bold flavors.” The restaurant also offers a raw bar comprised of pristine local shellfish and whole roasted fish.
“The restaurant can be used for private events certain nights of the week, but we also have an attached catering space that has two separate floors that are waterfront, facing New York City and located in a park inside a marina,” Siversen says. “We are a unique, modern and refreshing space compared to a typical hotel or traditional catering hall, and we serve the cuisine of our restaurant for private events. We can accommodate up to 1,500 for cocktails.” Additionally, private functions can take advantage of amenities such as a coat-check service, VIP rooms for each floor, a state-of-the-art sound system, customized lighting motifs, IT infrastructure and relationships with the region’s best florists and party planners to create a personalized celebration.
Tim McLoone’s Supper Club in Asbury Park is known for its nontraditional setting and incredible live entertainment, plus an incredible array of seafood on its menu. On any given night, a Grammy winner, jazz legend or popular blues guitarist could be playing. With a much ballyhooed raw bar (featuring Blue Point oysters, Little Neck clams and chilled shrimp), plus lobster and its signature McLoone’s crab cakes available each night, the restaurant is a seafood lover’s dream.
Private events are held in the restaurant’s private dining space. “The Supper Club is a very unique venue and the room is reminiscent of a 1930s/1940s NYC Supper Club with sweeping views of the ocean and historic Asbury Park,” says Rachel Koeppel, events director. “We host all of our private events in the Supper Club on the second floor, allowing guests full access to the indoor/ outdoor space.”