Restaurant Reviews

Moulard duck with roasted artichokes, kale purée and a sweet-sour agrodolce sauce.
Digging into the regional cuisines of their ancestral land, a chef and his wife make culinary waves in a small town.
The 1859 farmhouse that for years held La Campagne restaurant in Cherry Hill has been renovated by new owners and renamed Farmhouse. It’s tapping local farms and waters for produce and seafood, but so far settling on a signature cooking style has proven to be a bit more challenging.
Hoagitos began in 2013 as a pop-up on the Asbury Park boardwalk. In 2016, it expanded to a year-round restaurant in Belmar offering gourmet small hoagies and sliders
Hackettstown, in rural Warren County, is known largely for its fish hatchery and manufacture of M&Ms. But the food at chef Bill Van Pelt's two-year-old New American restaurant, James on Main, provides more than reason enough to go.
Seafood sampler with two fried cod fillets, fried shrimp and a crab cake.
Great sunsets along with a hearty sampling of seafood dishes at this charming Atlantic City spot.
Founded more than 30 years ago as a spin-off of one of the original Jersey Mike’s sub shops, subs and sandwiches are still what the Bread Board Plus does best.
Opened in 2016, White Maple Café in Ridgewood has found a following. But under its current chef, it still needs to raise its game in the kitchen and be more informed and polished in service.
An inviting Italian restaurant serving generous portions of the classics—pizza, pasta, panini and more.
Drizzling chili-steeped honey over fried smoked chicken and biscuits.
Inspired by a resilient grandma and a six-month tour of the South, a couple adds breadth to a top dining scene.
Potato pancakes at Pierogies House
At Pierogies House in Morristown, chef/owner Evelina Berc brings the hearty and affordable cooking of her home country to soul-stirring life. Yes, the wonderful pierogies are the heart of the small menu. But the soups are not to be missed.
Tacos, pescado (left) and pastor.
The company behind three of Princeton’s most contemporary restaurants dips south of the border to create its latest crowd pleaser.
Jumbo shrimp in butter and garlic sauce.
Queen Margherita, a popular Italian restaurant in Nutley, offers a lot more than the famous pizza style created for Italy’s Queen Margherita in Naples in 1889.
Teriyaki chicken wrap.
At Tender Lovin Grill in Hillsborough, grilled, hand-breaded chicken tenders are the main event, but there’s lots more comfort foods on the menu.
Coconut-curried vegetables with coconut rice.
In Millville’s Glasstown Arts District, Eric Nyman is cooking from scratch at his super casual Wildflower Vegan Café.
The Bernards Inn in Bernardsville has survived 111 years, fire, flood and name changes while pampering a well-heeled clientele. But ownership has brought in a new chef and is launching a multi-million renovation.
Gone from the scene more than two years, chef Zod Arifai has opened the Duke and Elephant in Martinsville, a promising addition to the area’s dining scene.
The mackerel course in an omasake.
With an assist by his sensei, a sushi protégé with a gift for presentation mixes creativity and tradition at his own elegant restaurant.
Chicken tikka masala.
Aditya and Ashima Sirpal opened Aroma Indian Bistro in Merchantville last year because there was no Indian restaurant there. They serve North Indian dishes, the distinctive cuisine of the Punjab.
The Super Sub. It combines pressed ham, boiled ham, capocollo, salami, prosciuttini and choice of provolone, Swiss or American cheese.
At Tastee Sub Shop in Edison, Franklin Park or Lawrenceville, everyone orders by number. The star is the Number 5.
Paintings of boats, piers and sun-baked villages on the Greek island of Syros decorate the walls of Syros Taverna in Englewood, which reviewer Fran Schumer recommends you visit for the charcoal-grilled fish and any dish involving eggplant.