10 Stories You Loved This Year

Some of the most popular reads New Jersey Monthly published in 2022.

The paneer papad roll at Aarzu in Freehol

The paneer papad roll at Aarzu in Freehold, one of NJM’s top restaurants of 2022. Photo courtesy of Jessica Murga

The 30 Best Restaurants in New Jersey of 2022

Our favorite eateries in the Garden State span all types of cuisine, from modern American at 1776 by David Burke in Morristown to French at Faubourg in Montclair. | READ



The tomahawk steak and fixings at the Pub in Pennsauken.

At the Pub in Pennsauken, the tomahawk steak arrives with plenty of delicious fixings. Photo by Felicia Perretti

The Best Steakhouses in NJ

Our quest for the tastiest cuts of meat in the state. | READ



Lisa and daughter Marissa Paragona share a laugh in the bar area while family and friends enjoy the kitchen behind them

This Spring Lake home hosts family and friends of all ages. Photo by John Bessler

How a Couple Meticulously Designed a Multigenerational Home in Spring Lake

A longtime builder and a nurse with a knack for design collaborated on their year-round family gathering spot. | READ



Frankie Valli

Jersey boy Frankie Valli has a special place in his heart for Newark. Photo courtesy of Lindsay George

A Q&A with Frankie Valli

The Four Seasons frontman on jazz, his go-to Jersey restaurant and what he sings in the shower. | READ



Beach Plum Farm

Beach Plum Farm is a gem nestled in West Cape May. Photo by Jessica Orlowicz

52 Things You Must Do in New Jersey

The best places and experiences in the Garden State. | READ



Lois M. Henderson’s “Lake Hopatcong (Breaking Fog)” won first place in the Landscape & Nature category of our 2022 Cover Search.

The Winners of New Jersey Monthly and Unique Photo’s 2022 Cover Search Contest

Check out the captivating results of our annual search for local photographers’ best work. | READ


Ruthie Henri sits outside of Henri’s Hotts Barbeque in Folsom

“What we do here is pretty easy, but there’s a lot of it,” says Ruthie Henri. “And I’m doing it all on my own now.” Photo by Rebecca McAlpin

Covid-19 Claimed Her Husband. Now, She’s Running Their Beloved BBQ Restaurant

After Doug Henri—the pitmaster behind Henri’s Hotts Barbeque—died in December, his wife stepped up to the smoker. | READ



Illustration showing small colleges riding waves

Illustration by Anna Godeassi

Small Colleges Are Struggling. Will They Survive?

Small private colleges and universities in New Jersey—and around the nation—are facing reduced resources and other challenges in a changing landscape. | READ



Saint Peter's

Saint Peter’s University grabbed the national spotlight earlier this year with an all-time underdog performance in the men’s NCAA Tournament. Months later, the small Jersey City school is still feeling the impact of its March Madness run. Photo courtesy of Saint Peter’s/Rich Shultz

Saint Peter’s Still Reaping Rewards of Miraculous NCAA Tournament Run

Saint Peter’s, a tiny commuter university in Jersey City, shocked the basketball world in March. The school has continued to benefit far beyond the court. | READ



Doo Wop-style landmarks in Wildwood.

Take a Doo Wop tour in the Wildwoods to experience unique architecture. Courtesy of Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority

Best Things to Do at the Jersey Shore

Bookmark this ultimate coastal bucket list, filled with destinations, day trips and activities you absolutely must check out. | READ

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