Best Restaurants

Lauren Bowers is a Research Assistant at New Jersey Monthly. In May 2014, she graduated from Marist College with a degree in Communications. Lauren is a Jersey-bred homebody with a wanderer's soul and she recently backpacked Europe solo. She's normally reading a handful of books at a time and refuses to go a day without coffee.
Whether your dad is an outdoorsman or an oenophile, he'll love these exceptional Father's Day activities.

Seen in: Beaches, Jersey Living, Jersey Travel, Just For the Web, Listicle, Outdoors, Sports, State Parks

Best Chefs America, a 386-page book published this month, bills itself as the "first-ever industry peer review guide [to] chefs." The 4,650 chefs across the country who made the cut are listed state by state. A quick count shows New Jersey has 196 honorees, ranging from stars like Craig Shelton, Nicholas Harary, Scott Anderson, David Felton, Zod Arifai, Ryan DePersio and Anthony Bucco to many lesser known names.

Seen in: Table Hopping with Rosie

The James Beard Foundation today released the list of semi-finalists for this year's awards for chefs and restaurants. Three New Jersey restaurants are among the nominees. All three were named to NJM's list of Top 25 restaurants in the state last August...

Seen in: Table Hopping with Rosie

This just in from Christine Nunn, chef/owner of Picnic in Fair Lawn, one of NJM's Top 25 Restaurants in 2011 and 2012: It is with a sad heart that I announce that New Year’s Eve was our “Last Supper” at little Picnic. I wish it was not the case, but the economy got the best of Picnic.

Seen in: Table Hopping with Rosie

Ryland Redux

July 17, 2012

Veteran restaurateurs Frank and Jeanne Cretella apply their outsize personalities and hands-on style to their biggest challenge yet—reviving the legendary Ryland Inn.

Seen in: Eat & Drink

Long gone are the days when New Jersey, sandwiched between two imposing cities, could only look outward for its best food. Now the top restaurants in the state stand shoulder to shoulder with the finest in the region.

Seen in: Eat & Drink

New Jersey, of course, offers much to recommend it. But among the natural wonders and culinary treasures that abound in the Garden State, one item in particular dominated the agenda of a few out-of-town friends who stopped in for a visit this past weekend—pizza.

Seen in: From the Editors

The Whale’s Tale

April 9, 2012

You have to get there pretty early to beat Fair Lawn’s Peter Panteleakis (a.k.a. Mr. Whale) to the best seafood at the Fulton Fish Market.

Seen in: Jersey Living

Seafood is a given on virtually every restaurant menu, but some places pride themselves on providing a broad range of the very freshest catch. Here are some of our favorites, with a few words on what to expect. If none of these float your boat, there’s always sushi.

Seen in: Eat & Drink

For quality and quantity, the ocean is one of the Garden State’s richest gardens.

Seen in: Eat & Drink

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