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New Jersey Monthly Magazine
Carter, Deborah P.

The Downtown

The Downtown, an urban-chic eatery in Red Bank, earns praise for its deviled eggs, short-rib nachos and "sloppy but tasty" grilled cheeseburger on brioche toast. more

Stylephile: The Dessert Ladies

Specializing in baked treats and gift items, this sweet shop keeps it personal. more

FIx (Or Clean) Anything!

Got a family heirloom in need of restoration or a garage-sale find and requires sprucing up? Here's your guide to Jersey's top fix-it professionals. more

Ice Skate Into Shape

A former Olympian is offering ice skating lessons for adults who want to slim down for 2015. more

Colorful Tomes for Tots and Tweens

This holiday season, pick up any of these great publications for your favorite li'l bookworm! more

The Best of New Jersey 2014

Our readers have spoken. Here are your favorites for food, shopping, recreation and all kinds of fun—in every corner of the Garden State. more

Newark Says Goodbye to Clement A. Price

Family, friends, colleagues and legions of admirers said goodbye today to Clement Alexander Price, one of the staunchest advocates the city of Newark has known.


Calling All Cooks!

Start your ovens! As the holiday entertaining season gets under way, this new kitchen gear will help make light work of your culinary chores. more

Chris's Texas Wieners

Chris's Texas Wieners in South Orange has a lot more to offer than the big dogs in its name. more

Deharty's Cafe & Grill

Tucked away on a side street off of Morristown's main drag, this place hits the spot with overstuffed specialty sandwiches served on artisan hero rolls. more

Where Victorians Still Reign

Seasonal celebrations of past and present in Cape May. more

Fancy Fun: Low-Tech Kids Toys

It’s a high-tech world, but with another month of summer, these colorful, low-tech toys may beat the doldrums. more

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

A modern and elegant seafood establishment nestled in the upscale Riverside Square Mall. more

Il Vecchio Cafe & La Taverna Bar & Lounge

With so many menu choices at this Italian joint, you can't go wrong! more

Teresa Caffe

This bistro brings a friendly, casual vibe to tony Palmer Square, and it's personal pizzas and other Italian fare are sure to delight customers of all ages. more

The Cat's Meow: Purr-Fect Kittie Accessories

With bright colors, lots of imagination and a touch of humor, these sassy accessories have the meow-factor to please even the fussiest felines—and their owners. more

Beach Bound: Hot Trends for Summer

Whether heading for the Shore, the pool or tooling around town, these trend-savvy accessories will up your cool factor. more

Stylephile: Belmora Spa

A pampering oasis for skincare and relaxation. more

Ricalton's Village Tavern

An upscale, pub-like spot, this South Orange watering hole serves sophisticated bar food. more

Stylephile: Bliss Activewear

This boutique’s bright, spirited apparel blurs the line between workout wear and all-day attire. more

Mansion on a Mission

The opulent Blairsden estate in Peapack-Gladstone was an architectural showplace even before its dramatic makeover as this year’s Mansion in May designer show house. more

Salvage & Surplus

Slightly-used and recycled building materials are a do-it-yourself dream. more

Bargain Hunters' Havens: South

These South Jersey gems will help you color your wardrobe with eclectic, affordable pieces. more

Bargain Hunters' Havens: North

These North Jersey thrift, consignment and vintage stores will help you find one-of-a-kind deals at perfectly reasonable prices. more

Off-Price Apparel: Drastic Discounts

Find brand new, deeply discounted items at any of these retailers with locations all over the Garden State. more

Xunta Tapas Espana

A warm, modern BYO reminiscent of Northern Spain where patrons can make a meal out of bite-size delights. more

Lucy's Kitchen and Market

An industrial-chic deli with an ever-evolving menu of fresh, fantastic food. more

Mondo has the "World" on a String

A multiuse community resource brings 30 businesses under one roof in downtown Summit. more

Stay On Track: Keeping Your New Year's Resolution

Is a resolution to be healthier on your 2014 to-do list? These products might help with your goals. more

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Getting into the spirit? Whether you spend as little as $10.99 or as much as $29K, these picks will coax broad smiles from everyone on your shopping list. more

Architechtural Aesthetic

Inspired by building design, Montclair artist Andrea Panico’s jewelry line, Pico Design, offers large-scale looks in small packages. more

Stylephile: Good as Gold

Eschew traditional turkey plates and autumn hues for gilded glam on your holiday table. “Scatter found objects like acorns, fall leaves and branches, then add flameless votive candles to create an unconventional centerpiece,” says style editor Susan Brierly. more

Give Your Face A Holiday

With a full roster of seasonal happenings just around the corner, here are the latest beauty bets for looking your best. more

A Capella Group Take 6 Hits A High Note at SOPAC

It was a dreary Wednesday evening, but the house was nearly full and the energy was high at the South Orange Performing Arts Center as the 10-time Grammy winning group Take 6 took the stage.


Zip-A-Dee? Doo-Dah!

Flying on a zipline at Mountain Creek proves fear is in the thinking, not the doing. more

Newark Native Michael B. Jordan Shines in "Fruitvale Station"

Fruitvale Station, starring Jersey-born actor Michael B. Jordan, chronicles the last day on earth for Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old sometimes drug dealer, father, son and friend who, in San Francisco on New Year’s Day 2009, was shot in the back by a BART officer while handcuffed.


Weston Gallery

Liz Claman: We Like Her Style

For Fox Business Network news anchor Liz Claman, the show won’t go on without her Revlon lipstick... more

Fashion Forward: Chic, Rattle & Roll Fashion Mobile

Two freewheeling moms hit the road in the name of style. more


A cozy, casual restaurant that offers traditional Italian fare. more

Hail The Red, White and Blue: Hot Summer Items

Whether it's poolside, beachside or as the parade passes by, these chic yet practical items will keep you (culturally) cool this summer. more

Fit For A King: Natirar's Newest Partner

A new spa and luxury hotel is slated to open next year at Natirar. more

Cafe Picasso

Open brick with tawny yellow stucco-like walls conjure a Mediterranean mood. Picasso reproductions hang throughout. Seating is ample and the kitchen is open. more

AOL Founder Is New Natirar Partner

AOL founder and former chairman Steve Case is entering the New Jersey tourism business. Miraval, the award-winning Arizona resort owned by Case and his wife, Jean, is partnering with the Natirar estate in Peapack-Gladstone to create a new hotel and spa destination: Miraval at Natirar.


Avant-Garde Yard

Don't be a bore outdoors! These head turners add a wow factor. more

The Landmark

A former stagecoach stop that now serves burgers, deli-style sandwiches, and bar fare spiced with creative twists. more

Profile: J&M Home and Garden

Family-owned J&M Home and Garden in Madison has become a mecca for garden needs since launching over 30 years ago. more

Earth Angels

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with eco-conscious shopping. Easy on the environment, these thoughtfully designed items are functional, stylish, recyclable and sustainably made. more

March's Hot Trends

Hail to the utilitarian umbrella! Bring on the precipitation; these artistically designed weather warriors repel rain in high style. more

Celebrate Your Sweetie: Valentine's Ideas

Cool gifts for a hot Valentine's Day. more

January's Hot Trends

Planning a 2.0 you this year? These items will complement your quest. more

Profile: Beauty Lounge

This feel-good oasis quenches thirsts for beauty, scents, fashion and jewelry. more

Turkey Drive in Gladstone

Thanksgiving is next week and the need to help others is more crucial than ever—especially in our state’s post-Sandy condition.


Real Jamaican Jerk An'Ting

A casual eatery with less than a dozen tables that offers authentic island cuisine and is decorated in the hues of the Jamaican flag: bright green, yellow and black. more

Home For The Holidays

A few savvy touches will make your guest room positively dreamy. more


A modern, family-friendly space with a wide selection of oversized special rolls. more

Our Editors' Don't Miss Picks

Jersey native Patrick McDonnell's latest story features a grumpy gang who plot to create a monster. more

This Month's Hot Trends

Give autumn a welcoming nod with these outdoor motifs! more

Profile: Braunschweiger Jewelers

Time-tested jeweler steps out of the box by showcasing up-and-coming designers more

Show Time in Newark

Having never watched a broadcast of America’s Got Talent, I had no idea what to expect when I was invited to attend an actual live performance of the NBC summer blockbuster at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.



Red Eye Cafe

The Linkages of Motherhood

A Montclair resident's new novel follows one family through three generations of mothers. more

Saveur Creole

An intimate bistro with canary yellow walls that remains a hidden gem among restaurant-obsessed Montclair. more

Slate Restaurant and Lounge

Little Island


Pizza Man Family Restaurant

The Artist Baker


Green Savings

Katherine and Matt Sheeleigh transformed their Harding Township home into a shining example of energy-efficient technology. more

SuzyQue's BBQ

Beach Reads

Looking for that perfect volume to tote down the Shore? Here are some Jersey-related titles to consider. more

Don Pepe II

In Name Only

What's in a name? Wes Moore's memoir recounts the events of two men with the same name whose lives couldn't possibly be more different. more

Steakhouse 85

Seeking Success in Suburbia

Themes of parental expectations, elitism, and suburban insularity drive Lauren Grodstein’s second novel, A Friend of the Family (Algonquin, 2009). more

The Sheeleigh Project: Jan/Feb Update

A late-winter construction update for the LEED-certified residence of Matt and Kathy Sheeleigh. more

O'Reilly's Bar and Grill

Toro Loco

The Sheeleigh Project: Nov/Dec Update

Things are moving along at Sycamore Farms, the soon-to-be completed, LEED-certified residence of Matt and Kathy Sheeleigh. more

A White House Holiday

Glen Ridge resident Coleen Christian Burke helps decorate the White House. more

The Sheeleigh Project: Sept/Oct

Deborah Carter's serial article on the construction of a LEED-certified home continues this month by answering a question—what type of insulation is necessary to maintain an energy efficient home? more

Positively Enlightening

Regan Hofmann publishes a memoir designed to remove the stigma and allay some of the misconceptions about HIV and AIDS. more

Great Falls

In the midst of a struggling urban center, you can witness nature at its powerful and beautiful best at the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park. more

Market (Harding)

Day Trip: New Brunswick

A college town elevates its preppy profile with fine dining and cultural attractions. more

The Sheeleigh Project: July/August Update

Work on the Sheeleigh residence was in full gear on my mid-July visit. more

The Sheeleigh Project: June Update

When I first visited the Sheeleigh house back in March to learn about the LEEDs project I was reporting on, there wasn’t much to look at. more

The Wood Pit

Leeding The Way

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the new wave of ultra-green certification, moves from schools and businesses into private homes. more

Sweet Traditions

Here at New Jersey Monthly, we know all of the fine points of this great state; but have to admit, one of the cool things about being from the Garden State is that NYC is just across the river. And there is no more magical time to visit the city than during the winter holidays.



Home Work

The home office is a way of life for many New Jerseyans, but it makes some nervous at tax time. more

A New Life for a Still Life

The director’s office at the Jersey City Museum looked like a scene from Antiques Roadshow last May, when a patron brought in paintings that had been behind a dresser for years. more

Bella Italia Ristorante

Bellisimo Ristorante

Tinos Barbeque and Grill

It's Time to Turn Up the Heat

Do You Need a Financial Planner?

Before you say no, here are five reasons hiring a professional may help your bottom line. more

Elevation Burger

Health-conscious fast food. more

Paper Trails

Zen Japanese

Japanese more

New Faces: Chelsea Palermo

For Rumson resident Chelsea Palermo, jazz is all about love. She became smitten with jazz as a young girl. “I could sing just about before I could talk,” says 22-year-old Palermo. “I remember sitting in my grandmother’s Mustang at about five years old, when a Louie Armstrong song came on and I started scatting along with the record. My family was really surprised.” more

Taste of Louisiana

Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest will keep you coming back for more.


Managing Mow Money

Zorba's Brother

Walt Street Pub

College Savings Plans

What's Your Beef?

Identity Gotcha

Walls That Talk

Interior designer Suzy Moran’s New Vernon manse brims with personal touches that illuminate her family's history, interests, and style. more

Gaffer's Pub

Old Man Rafferty's

Freda's Café

First Lady

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