Restaurant News

Another year of meals that we have licked our plates clean, and delighted in the food of many talented New Jersey chefs. Here are some memorable dishes that we highly recommend from NJ restaurants:

ANI RAMEN, MONTCLAIR: Shoyu, Ani ramen, pork buns.


Pork buns.

BLU, MONTCLAIR: Skate with white-bean puree; duck, red cabbage, turnip, and fig-red-wine emulsion; chocolate and peanut butter crisp with caramel ice cream.


Duck with red cabbage, turnip, and fig-red-wine emulsion.

CAFÉ MATISSE, RUTHERFORD: Meatballs with garlic toast crostini topped with melted robiola cheese, and surrounded with a spicy marinara sauce. Caramelized brussels sprouts with cranberry relish, cranberry butter and toasted pumpkin seeds; cabernet balsamic-glazed beef short ribs with pumpkin-squash puree, caramelized brussels sprouts, potato fontina-cheese fritter, toasted pumpkin seeds and an apple cider vinaigrette; and cherry cheese cake with cherry marshmallow crème, bing cherry candied ginger jam and a caramelized banana.

CHENGDU 1 PALACE, GREEN BROOK: Spicy baby wontons, sautéed snow pea tips; Kung Pao chicken with peanuts.

CHEZ CATHERINE, WESTFIELD:
Seared day-boat sea scallops with fennel-asparagus risotto and warm tarragon citrus caper vinaigrette; crisp rendered duck breast with spiced-root vegetable puree, warm beet salad and a lavender-honey reduction; cheese plate; raspberry soufflé.


Raspberry soufflé.

DE NOVO, MONTCLAIR: Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with almonds, and Gorgonzola; braised short ribs with creamy, soft polenta and brussels sprout leaves.

DIVINA RISTORANTE, CALDWELL:
House-made cavatelli with shiitake and porcini mushrooms; ribollita soup.

FRICASSEE, MONTCLAIR: Cote de boeuf, mussels, lemon tart.

GRISSINI RISTORANTE, ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS: Artichoke stuffed with colossal crabmeat; pollo scarparello on the bone.

HIGHLAWN PAVILION, WEST ORANGE: 28-day, dry-aged DeBragga beef sliders with truffle pecorino cheese and applewood-smoked bacon; trio of fish tacos (tuna, salmon tartare, and lobster salad); heirloom squash soup and Gala apples, infused with cinnamon; New England-style Chatham cod with Meyer lemon dashi, bok choy, baby corn, wild mushrooms, and shaved baby vegetables.

JOCKEY HOLLOW, MORRISTOWN: Roasted sirloin with radish, carbonara and kale.


Roasted sirloin with radish, carbonara and kale.

LOVIN’ OVEN, FRENCHTOWN: Blueberry crisp.


Blueberry crisp.

MILLIE’S OLD WORLD MEATBALLS & PIZZA, MORRISTOWN: Coal-fired pizza with mashed potatoes, mozzarella, applewood smoked bacon, sour cream and Pecorino Romano.

MISTRAL, PRINCETON:
Roasted duck ramen; charred squid salad; rye sourdough pancake with smoked cod butter, caviar and sauerkraut; shrimp toast.

NEXT DOOR, MONTCLAIR: Pumpkin ravioli; salmon with cranberries, brussels sprouts, and butternut squash; lamb loin with polenta, wild mushrooms and a garlic-herb sauce; mocha custard, topped with hazelnuts.

NOVO, RIDGEWOOD:
Trio of tzatziki, carrot and hummus spreads; charred cauliflower that is slow-roasted in a stone-hearth oven served with currants, pine nuts and a green tahini sauce.


Trio of dips.

ORANGE AND OLIVE CATERERS AND CHEF’S TABLE, JERSEY CITY:
62-degree egg with a confit of sweated leeks, truffle-honey sabayon and bits of bacon.

ORANGE SQUIRREL, BLOOMFIELD:
Mesclun salad; dry-aged rib eye; pan-seared diver sea scallop with brown butter, cauliflower puree and a wasabi poppy-seed tuille.


Salad.

PARK & SIXTH GASTROPUB, JERSEY CITY: Wings with Park & Sixth special sauce; dry–aged, rib-eye sliders.


Sliders.

PICNIC ON THE SQUARE, RIDGEWOOD: Salt-roasted pear with Stilton, candied pecans, mache and a port-wine vinaigrette.

PLUCKEMIN INN, BEDMINSTER: Cauliflower steak with organic grains, toasted nuts, lady apple, brussels sprouts and vadouvan; spaghetti alla chitarra with cherry tomato, Mangalitsa pancetta with Oldwick Shepherd cheese.

RAZZA PIZZA ARTIGINALE, JERSEY CITY:
Any of their pizzas, housemade bread and churned butter; fire-roasted meatballs, kale salad.


Pizza.

SAMBA, MONTCLAIR:
Whole acorn squash filled with shrimp in a creamy sauce.


Stuffed acorn squash.

SATIS, JERSEY CITY: Pappardelle al ragu di cinghiale with homemade spring garlic noodles, wild boar ragu, and spiced pine nuts; cacciucco, an Italian fish stew made with a seared diver sea scallop, braised calamari, and crisp rock shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce.

SCALA DEL NONNA RISTORANTE, MONTCLAIR:
White bean soup; risotto porcini with arborio rice, peas and porcini mushrooms; double-cut butterflied pork chop; walnut-honey tart.


Walnut-honey tart.

SCHNACKENBERG’S LUNCHEONETTE, HOBOKEN: Grilled aged-cheddar cheese with leeks and onion on a multi-grain bread; coconut cake.

SERGIO’S MISSIONE, LODI:
Fettuccini Bolognese; stuffed artichoke.

SEVENTY SEVEN WALNUT, MONTCLAIR: Lobster pan-roasted with scallions, fennel and tomato oil served over house-made garlic croutons; five-spice, pan-roasted pork chop with sweet and sour cabbage, bacon lardons and potato gratin.

STRIP HOUSE, LIVINGSTON:
Porterhouse for two, 24-layer chocolate cake; baked Alaska.


Baked Alaska.

STUFFED BURGER, MONTCLAIR: Bacon Jam burger with Havarti cheese, bacon jam, roasted garlic aioli, and arugula.

UNION REPUBLIC, JERSEY CITY: House-made pappardelle with spring ramps in a creamy sauce; 28-day dry-aged rib-eye steak; ramen.


Rib-eye steak.

UZBEKISTANA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE, BOONTON:
Chochvera (boiled handmade dumplings filled with seasoned lamb and topped with yogurt and a slightly spicy tomato sauce).


Lamb dumplings.

VILLALOBOS, MONTCLAIR:
Churros with stone-ground chocolate sauce.

WASHINGTON HOUSE, BASKING RIDGE: Niman Ranch sirloin steak; boneless Durdoc pork chop with warm barley salad, mint and grilled peach chutney puree, salsify, bok choy and pork jus; shrimp and grits.

WASHINGTON STREET BISTRO, MORRISTOWN: Warm wilted kale, shredded brussels sprouts and apple-smoked bacon salad tossed with a warm maple-hazelnut vinaigrette.

Photos courtesy of Lowell Saferstein.
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