Urby, a leader in crafting innovative residential communities known for its imaginative design and vibrant communal spaces, announced a collaboration that brings a new and exciting culinary experience to Downtown Newark. Kinjo, a Japanese-inspired Izakaya, has opened its doors within Newark Urby, promising a dynamic dining experience to both Urby residents and the broader community.
Situated at 155 Washington Street, adjacent to Rutgers University in the heart of Downtown Newark, Urby features brand new apartments, inventive interior design and a strong focus on community events and resident experiences – now further supercharged with the addition of Kinjo.
Each Urby location integrates a unique food and beverage experience next to the lobby. Urby Founder and CEO David Barry was drawn to the neighborhood-centric approach of Kinjo and said, “We are thrilled to introduce Kinjo to Newark Urby, a thriving enclave that draws its vitality from Newark’s diverse and dynamic spirit. Kinjo reflects our dedication to nurturing a lively atmosphere and extending a welcoming hand through an exceptional dining experience and public space.”
Kinjo, which translates to ‘neighborhood’ in Japanese, is the brainchild of Owner and Chef Jamie Knott, a renowned chef with a track record of success. Collaborating with business partner Robert Palmer, Knott is celebrated for his acclaimed dining establishments in Jersey City, including Madame and Cellar 335, as well as the Saddle River Inn. Kinjo marks his fifth venture in the culinary world.
“Newark is a city known for its cultural hub and diverse dining options. We are thrilled to bring Kinjo to this dynamic community, adding another vibrant thread to Newark’s dining fabric,” Knott said. “Kinjo aims to be more than a restaurant; it’s a neighborhood gathering place, inviting Urby residents and the surrounding community to enjoy modern Japanese-inspired cuisine and create memorable moments in a welcoming and approachable setting.”
Kinjo’s menu, curated by Knott and Executive Chef William Sanders, offers a contemporary interpretation of Japanese cuisine, featuring a diverse selection, including dumplings, bao, sushi rolls and Ramen. The restaurant boasts 120 seats, a full bar, and a captivating cocktail list.
A design collaboration between Urby and Kinjo, the restaurant blends Japanese-inspired elements with modern design features to create an atmosphere that feels lively and fresh. The restaurant includes five separate, yet coheisive dining areas, including the Bar Room, Dining Room, Salon, Courtyard, and the Private Dining Room.
Kinjo is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30a.m.-10:30 a.m. for light morning items, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. -9 p.m. for dinner; and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. for dinner.