Restaurant Reviews

The Bum Rogers Crabhouse was renovated post-Sandy and draws a crowd for its steamed hardshell crabs, complete with ear of corn, potatoes and wooden mallet.

Shanghai 46

October 8, 2015

Though owner Kevin Lin pads his menu with crowd-pleasers from other provinces, the Shanghai classics are worth getting to know.
South + Pine is about seriously fun food, well-conceived and well-executed, at reasonable prices.
The Scotch egg, encased in ground pork and panko bread crumbs.
With two Hell’s Kitchen winners at the stoves, brash Gordon Ramsay creates a fantasy pub with surprisingly refined grub.
A lively sports bar with a deep roster of specials, combos and dishes.

The Cheese Cave

Quick Bite

September 23, 2015

The staff of the Cheese Cave will help you pick out a cheese platter, and there are creative, cheese-enhanced sandwiches as well.
Salugo Bistro is part pizza parlor, part Tuscan-inspired BYO bistro in a Best Buy strip mall in East Hanover.

Raval

September 10, 2015

Inspired by the famous Raval neighborhood of Barcelona, Jersey City's Michael Garcia and chef Michael Fiorianti (of Sátis fame) opened Raval in J.C.
Summer's over, but Upstream Grille is worth the drive to northernmost Morris County for chef Ken Salmon's delicious, imaginative and affordable food.
Spreads and Breads, a platter of smoky hummus, romesco sauce, chickpea fries, pickles and puffed pita.
Two Philly chefs (each married, with kids, and living in Jersey) create an eatery with an urban vibe yet plenty of free parking.
Seagrass Restaurant is an upscale yet casual café just three blocks from the beach in Ocean Grove.
Wolfgang Zwiener spent 40 years at the venerable Peter Luger steakhouse in Brooklyn and began opening his own steakhouses in 2004. This is Jersey's first Wolfgang's Steakhouse, in Somerville.

Anthony David’s

August 20, 2015

A Hoboken institution since 1998, Anthony David's recent revamp reflects Italian trattorias' mix of change and tradition.
A plate of plump weisswurst, sauerkraut and frankfurters.
A hip evocation of an Old World beer hall brings the Shore a two-fisted festival of wursts, schnitzels, strudel and 90 beers.

Tiffin

July 23, 2015

A Philly-based chain of casual restaurants serving Indian food that can be surprisingly good. The vegetarian dishes at the Cherry Hill location get the thumbs up.
Chef Dale Talde, a first-gen Filipino-American from Chicago, made his name with Asian fusion in Brooklyn, serving mashups like the McBao. Does his Jersey City post hold up?
A no-frills Italian joint serving creatively prepared, home-style specialties.
Get your fill of all the Mediterranean staples, including hummus, baba ganouj, tabouli and falafel.
A Latin American spot offering terrific, hand-cut potato chips with a trio of Peruvian sauces, complimentary with every meal.
Seared Scottish salmon over spring vegetables, herbed bulgar and Asian broth, with tumeric-coated cashews.

Novo Mediterranean

July 2, 2015

An Israeli chef brings a modern sensibility to the foods and flavors of his homeland, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.