We recently had dinner with friends at Jay’s on Third in Stone Harbor, and yes, I know it’s not Wildwood, but the experience was so delightful that I felt I just had to share! Located on 98th and 3rd Streets, you’ll find Jay’s on Third well worth the trip to experience such a fantastic culinary experience!
Open from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. (only Fridays and Saturdays pre-season) Jay’s on Third is BYOB and while they don’t require reservations, I suggest making one. The restaurant is very popular, and who likes to wait, really. Since we did make reservations we were seated immediately, and our dining experience was sheer perfection from soup to dessert! Two of us had the salmon, one a surf and turf and another had a delicious pad thai which was made vegan upon request.
The prices at Jay’s on Third reflect the quality of their meals, service and atmosphere. The night we ate the entrees ranged from $28 to $50. This might sound a bit expensive, but when you bring your own wine or beer (there’s a liquor store across the street and they deliver), you save on alcohol. Ultimately the final cost isn’t much more than you would expect to pay at a lower-budget eatery.
I strongly recommend taking a ride to Stone Harbor this summer to check out this one-of-a-kind restaurant. You won’t be disappointed!
A quick note:
This year chef and co-owner Jason Hippen received the Chef of the Future Award given by the Academy of Gastronomy. Customers who are members of the Academy nominated him (it’s the only way to be considered for the honor) and there was a private 9 course tasting held at the restaurant. Winners were announced this past February in Paris where Chef Hippen was declared the winner of the award for the whole U.S. east coast (restaurants from Maine to Miami competed)!