Restaurant Reviews

Entrées were enjoyable, but more complex dishes proved “misguided.”
Under new ownership, the Denville staple remains a go-to spot for breakfast, lunch and lots of delicious desserts.
Chef Paul Gerard was stunned when he first saw Antique’s 30-ton, roughly century-old coal oven. Now, the two are an over-the-top team.
The strip-mall eatery in North Cape May is simple, unpretentious and delicious.
The hip Hopewell joint houses a prepared-food section, bakery, juice bar, and butcher and cheese counters.
LaScala's Birra brought its popular Italian-American menu and beer list to Camden County last year.
Last year, Miti Miti opened in the building that once housed Stony’s, a South Orange Village favorite.
Chef David Drake has won plaudits for his cooking going back to 2006. Last year, he resurfaced at the upscale Stone House. Our reviewer finds some hints of vintage Drake, but not as many as his track record would make one expect.
After years of bouncing around, the gifted David Viana finds the perfect partner and fulfills his potential in Old Bridge.
The dozens of barbecue trophies at Whole Hog Cafe in Cherry Hill reflect the accomplishments of the original in Little Rock, Arkansas, and maybe its two NJ outposts as well.
The owners of Sona Thirteen redesigned and reopened the place as South Street Social to become worthy exemplars of Morristown’s booming craft beer scene.
A large and long-vacant comedy club has been transformed into Montclair’s newest hot spot.
Casey and Jason Simkins, veterans of the Stephen Starr restaurant group, have finally achieved their dream of opening their own restaurant.
Sam Freund, known for cofounding a funky sandwich joint, opens a stunning restaurant on the very spot where his parents once dated.
An offshoot of a venerable and beloved bakery in Brooklyn, this bustling restaurant offers a large selection of Italian favorites.
At Kabab Paradise in Lake Hiawatha, the Saleh family serves a variety of tasty Afghan-inspired dishes as well as indulgences like the Mars Burger.
Cambo Box in New Brunswick has found a devoted following among Rutgers students for its small but highly customizable menu of modern Cambodian dishes. It's also a convenient quick lunch spot if you’re on jury duty at the nearby courthouse.
The restaurant, which opened last May, is bringing excitement to its part of Union County, in an attractive faux-industrial space, with some appealing dishes. But overall it needs to execute dishes more consistently.
At Holy Tomato in Blackwood, customers sit at close-set tables under ornamental lights and quippy signs to enjoy whole pizzas (no slices) and novelties like cheesecake in warm butter-rum sauce.
That is how chef Rosaria Conti’s skill with dough is described by Paula Giordano, her business partner. It's a just description for Conti’s pizzas and pastas. But he says not all of Valentina’s menu meets that golden standard.
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