Montclair, NJ

Iconic New Jersey Bar + Restaurant to Open Montclair Location

Vanessa Vanacore

According to their official website, Porta will be opening a location soon at 499 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair. The site of the former Montclair Social Club that closed amidst the pandemic. This will be Porta's third location. The restaurant has been operating in Asbury Park since 2011 and Jersey City since 2014.
Asbury Park Location

Since opening a decade ago, Porta has become one of the most popular bars in Asbury and Jersey City. Known for their live music, extensive selection of alcoholic beverages, and delicious artisan pizza. The space is transformed on weekends past 11pm into one of the most electric clubbing scenes complete with multiple DJs spread out over the dance floors on the rooftop, the ground level, and basement space. Porta has even been dubbed one of the best late night spots in the country by GQ magazine.

Their menu is comprised of updated Italian classics from meatballs and fried calamari to more substantial dishes like branzino and spaghetti pomodoro. Their stand-out however is by far their pizza selection. Known for their thin, black-freckled crust with an equally complex savory flavor. Toppings can range from smoked eggplant, San Marzano tomatoes, and ricotta. Their menu currently offers 14 different artisanal pizza options.
White Pie Pizza from Porta

Porta is also known for their heavy focus on community. This can be seen in numerous ways but one of the most obvious is by the way the dining space is set up. Patrons are seated together shoulder to shoulder at wide communal tables. It is not uncommon for smaller groups to be sitting next to complete strangers.

Amidst the pandemic Porta has had to think of new ways to bring people and the community closer together. They have recently donated to various national and local social causes and organized pop-up events to promote local vendors. Small local musicians have recently been brought back to perform on their rooftops as the restaurant world has slowly begun to reopen again. Porta has even been host to micro weddings and family gatherings within their communities.
Lively Indoor Dining Scene

The restaurant is currently in search of experienced and dedicated individuals to help build their team to hopefully open soon in Montclair. The news comes as of November 6th via an Instagram post from a recently created account titled @portamontclair. An official opening date has yet to be announced, however, you can follow their newly created Instagram page for all news and updates regarding the Montclair location here.


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