Double Dyme Tavern Opens in Redeveloped South Amboy Waterfront

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Double Dyme Tavern South Amboy
Double Dyme Tavern, an upscale dive bar with craft cocktails, opened this summer in South Amboy. Image courtesy of Double Dyme Tavern.

Double Dyme Tavern, an upscale dive bar with craft cocktails and an elevated take on tavern-style cuisine, opened in South Amboy this summer as part of the extensive $500 million redevelopment of its waterfront.


Situated at 528 Ridgeway Avenue, the tavern offers a seasonal menu that includes options such as chili chicken wings, penne vodka, street tacos, summer greens salad, and the Double Dyme cheeseburger. There is also a children’s menu, dessert menu, daily specials, and “Dyme Tyme” happy hour specials twice a day.

Owned by Sayreville native Michelle Gadaleta, outdoor dining options are available on the tavern’s front porch while a raw bar and regular events, such as live music nights, are planned for the near future. The tavern features a French countryside decor with a few feminine accents and contains repurposed wood – some of which is over 200 years old – from a recently demolished barn to provide the restaurant’s interior walls with an authentic, rustic look.

Station Bay South Amboy
Station Bay in South Amboy. Image courtesy of Station Bay.

Opening the tavern was part of Ms. Gadaleta’s lifelong dream after growing up in Sayreville, New Jersey, then living in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. She undertook the project with her partners, Steven Schmidt and Lauren Lenihan, and has relocated from Manhattan to live at Station Bay in the South Amboy waterfront redevelopment.

“I have worked in the hospitality industry since I was 17 and owning my own restaurant is something that I always wanted to do,” Ms. Gadaleta said. “This opportunity kind of fell into my lap and I jumped at it. The space really worked out and it’s my hometown. I wanted to come home, create something special, run my business and be closer to my family.”

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