Seasonal Jersey Shore favorite The Diving Horse has declared its 2015 opening date to be Friday, May 22. Owners Dan Clark and Ed Hackett (Pub & Kitchen, Fitler Dining Room) have named a new executive chef for this season: Paul Carrier, a Diving Horse vet who's also spent time at FDR, A.Kitchen, and Bistrot la Minette. (Last season's exec, Palmer Marinelli, is now at Petruce et al.)
The Diving Horse menu changes frequently throughout the season, but focuses heavily on seafood and local ingredients; expect starters around $11 to $16, entrees roughly $29 to $36, and sides about $8 to $10. This season will see the return of last summer's popular Sunday suppers, featuring an ever-changing, family-style prix fixe. The restaurant is also promising new special events this year, including cooking classes held on the patio.
The Diving Horse is BYOB and opens for dinner nightly at 5 p.m. throughout its season, which runs through Labor Day. Reservations are expected to go live on OpenTable on Monday, May 18.
The Diving Horse, 2109 Dune Drive, Avalon NJ, (609) 368-5000, reopens May 22.