From world-class food purveyors to quality retailers to wonderful places to relax and play, New Jersey has it all. Here’s the best of the best, as chosen by our readers.
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The rest of the country might not believe it, but we know New Jersey has the best of everything. From world-class food purveyors to quality retailers to wonderful places to relax and play, the Garden State has it all. On these pages, we bring you the best of the best, as chosen by our readers.
Click on the links below to find out about the Best of New Jersey:
Food and Drink
We asked our readers to list their favorite places to eat and drink, and they responded. Read on to find out which places our readers feel are the best in the state.
We sure do love to shop here in the Garden State. Find out which boutiques, clothing stores, flea markets, and arts and crafts supply stores our readers most enjoy.
Health and Beauty
New Jersey is replete with day spas, salons, health and beauty shops, exercise studios, fitness clubs, and biking trails. But which ones do our readers favor? You'll find the answers here.
Recreations and Attractions
In the warmer months, there are no shortage of recreation activities offered in NJ. Our readers have a few unique choices of their own...along with some staple favorites.
HOW YOU PICKED JERSEY’S BEST
The listings on these pages are based on the Best of New Jersey online readers’ poll. A total of 8,272 eligible ballots were counted for the poll, which ran at njmonthly.com from November 21 through January 15. That’s an increase of 11.1 percent from the 7,442 voters last year. Voters were asked to pick their favorites in 80 categories. Only one vote per e-mail or IP address was allowed. The ballots were tabulated by J.H. Cohn LLP, the Roseland-based accounting and consulting firm with offices in Edison, Eatontown and Princeton, as well as New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and California (jhcohn.com).
We have listed the winner in each of the 80 categories, plus at least two runners-up. In the interest of honoring “bests” from throughout the state, in most categories we also have listed among the runners-up the top vote-getters in the north, central or south regions when a representative of any of those regions did not finish in the top three. New winners (that is, those that did not win last year) are marked with [NEW] icons.
For chains, votes for individual stores are aggregated into a single entry. Local and regional chains are listed as winners or runners-up if they earned enough aggregated votes to finish in the top three. National chains are not included in this year’s rankings.
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A Meal for Amiel
As mentioned earlier in the week, on February 8, chef Florian Wehrli, along with top chefs from New York and Northern New Jersey will collaborate on a benefit dinner at Perona Farms to raise money to build a greenhouse/interactive classroom for Frankford Township School. The five-course tasting meal will feature regionally grown meats, cheeses and produce.
Early in Saturday night's American premiere of a work by the South African choreographer Robyn Orlin, the dancers of the all-male Senegalese troupe Jant-Bi begin to advance steadfastly toward and then literally into the audience--standing on the backs and armrests of occupied seats and striking a pose of invincible, unyielding bravado.
At that point, who could guess that this pinwheeling, sometimes perplexing, affair at Montclair State's Kasser Theater would culminate in a flood of joy uniting audience and performers?
For some reason, that is my favorite line in what I like to think of as my favorite play, Waiting For Godot. I certainly will not forget this particular carrot. That I can't explain the contents of this picture is part of what I like about it. In other words, you can't make this stuff up.
Snow everywhere in Jersey. Nonetheless, you can celebrate the Super Bowl on the beach in Sea Bright. In Driftwood Cabana Club's rebuilt, enclosed, all-weather tiki bar, "You kind of feel like you are on a cruise ship," says beverage director Beau Keegan, "because all you see is water.”