Restaurant Reviews

After a multi-million dollar renovation, Dock’s Oyster House in AC reopened last year. The 105-year-old seafood establishment is still going strong.
Taphouse 15 is a spacious gastropub bedecked in wood, tile and stone for a rustic yet modern look.
The Manor in West Orange is a leader in high-end weddings, but its lesser known dining room, the Terrace Lounge, turns back the clock in a worthy way.
Duck pozole, a twist on tradition.
A talented team take Mexican traditions on a rollercoaster ride of scintillating flavors in food and drink.
Lentil tacos with red salsa and guacamole.
Ashley Doyne, 29, a vegan, was encouraged by her parents, who are veteran restaurateurs, to open a café for people with dietary restrictions.
Cuban sandwich on a pretzel roll.
After John Cowan closed his venerable Nutley Pub in 2014 brothers Tom and Dean Maroulakos resurrected it and named it for its founder.

Kimchi Smoke

February 16, 2017

At Kimchi Smoke in Westwood, chef Robert Cho “is not just a pitmaster; he’s a chef.”

St. Moritz

February 15, 2017

St. Moritz, just off Lake Mohawk in Sparta, proudly proclaims its chicken schnitzel “Our #1 seller.”
Tuna with Chinese broccoli, gigante beans and hazelnut aillade in black garlic sauce at Two Fish in Haddonfield.
After a dizzying rise and sobering fall, chef Mike Stollenwerk pares down to 26 seats and his affinity for seafood.
Shrimp with grits.
At Vonda’s Kitchen in Newark, owner Vonda McPherson serves what she calls “healthy comfort food.”
Named for early-1700s pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the Bonney Read, the Asbury Park seafood house that opened in 2015, is pretty shipshape.


January 12, 2017

At age 26, chef Robbie Felice is on what promises to be a journey worth following. His restaurant's name, Viaggio, means “journey” in Italian.
The Gigantic beef rib at Hamilton Pork

Hamilton Pork

January 5, 2017

Two Greek-Italian brothers and a Mexican chef bring a smokin' taste of Texas to Jersey City's Hamilton Pork.


December 22, 2016

Visiting the Sax restaurant at The Reeds at Shelter Haven hotel in Stone Harbor, there is promise but also some problems, which seem quite solvable.

Latham House

December 15, 2016

Taking over and barely changing a handsome Jersey City restaurant space that did not make it, chef Daniel Latham and his baker wife Kris Yettra reinvented it as Latham House.
Creamy polenta with tureen of truffled mushroom fricassee.


December 8, 2016

Famous but ill fated, the former hot spot in one of Jersey's toniest towns is revived in a style both neo and retro.
chicken parm sub with Parmesan, mozzarella and house-made marinara.


Quick Bite

December 1, 2016

The big portions and wide variety of American favorites at the venerable Ocean City eatery provide solid value.
The broccoli rabe with hot peppers and sausage
For about three decades, the people who love chef Julio Rodriguez’s cooking have been following him from one West Orange location of his restaurant, Julio’s, to the next.

Spain Inn 2

Quick Bite

November 23, 2016

Brothers Pepe and Luis Rodriguez grew up on Northwest Spain’s Atlantic coast. Their food at Spain 2 brings to life that area’s cuisine.
The company that helped spur Asbury Park’s restaurant revival sees Burlington, on the Delaware, as ripe for a revival of its own.