Restaurant Reviews

Black Olive

June 9, 2016

Chef/owner George Iliopoulos opened Black Olive because he felt the area needed a good Greek restaurant. He delivered just that.
Sofrito-braised short rib lettuce "tacos" with avocado and salsa.


June 2, 2016

Paleo devotee and Cavé chef/owner Doug Stehle calls himself the caveman culinarian. Fred Flintstone, eat your heart out.

San Lucas

Quick Bite

May 26, 2016

San Lucas' menu features mole poblano, Puebla’s most famous dish, with a thick, spicy, chocolate-tinged sauce over chicken and rice.


Quick Bite

May 19, 2016

Hotoke, the venerable Japanese restaurant in New Brunswick, is nothing to laugh at. But there is merriment for all in eating its authentic food.
In 2012, John Stewart and Diana Smarrito married on 5/19 and later opened Kitchen 519 in Glendora. You'll find bliss in several spots on the casual American menu.

Mekong Grill

May 12, 2016

The famous Vietnamese beef and noodle soup, pho, is pronounced “fuh.” But however you say it, Mekong Grill will deliver an exemplary version, as well as other Vietnamese staples and delicacies.
The Egg in a Nest combines a slow-cooked Double Brook Farm egg with chedder polenta, pea tendrils and mushrooms in a wreath of hay from the farm.

Brick Farm Tavern

May 4, 2016

First the farm, then the market. Now with the tavern, the owners’ vision of sustainability comes to exciting fruition.

Masala Art

Quick Bite

April 28, 2016

Masala Art in Branchburg draws from Mughlai and other Indian influences, and does them well.
Wood Stack Pizza Kitchen in Pine Brook is well-named. It bakes its Neapolitan pizzas in a wood-burning oven and offers many other Italian specialties to go with them.

Thai West

April 21, 2016

Thai West's French-trained chef Veera Premon came to America from Bangkok in 1972. His new restaurant shows moments of brilliance, also inconsistency.


April 14, 2016

Basilico is an upscale Italian restaurant in Millburn that always has a crush at the door on weekends, even though it’s been around since 1999.
Hickory-smoked pork-shoulder tacos with chipotle mayo, pickled carrots and cucumbers, cilantro, and mint on house-made tortillas.

INC Restaurant

April 7, 2016

The name stands for Ingredients-N-Craft. Kinda hokey, yet INC's ingredients, craft—and concept—truly rock.

Old Oar House

Quick Bite

March 24, 2016

The Old Oar House in Millville is a classic, Irish-style neighborhood pub with more than 40 beers on tap. Perfect with the Pub Sampler (wings, rings, chips & dip) or the Guinness Irish stew.


March 17, 2016

Sabrina’s Café has been a hit since the first one opened in Philly in 2001. The first NJ location has exquisite egg dishes at breakfast and brunch.
Prosciutto Verde Pie.
Never mind Coney Island Pizza is in Morris County. Its pizzas, baked in a wood-burning oven, come in classic and contemporary varieties and are terrific.

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn

March 11, 2016

New owners renovated the venerable Ho-Ho-Kus Inn when they took it over in 2009. Last fall they brought in a new executive chef, their fourth.
Ricotta gnocchi in mushroom-Parmesan butter.

The Peacock Inn

March 3, 2016

Jason Ramos, 35, just the second executive chef in the Peacock Inn’s almost six-year history, has splendor up his sleeve.

Social 37

Quick Bite

February 25, 2016

The bar at Social 37 stocks 30 craft beers, nearly 100 wines, plus specialty cocktails. But, the aroma of the wood-fired grill will stimulate your appetite.
Marco Polo, the upscale pub in Summit, serves Cajun shrimp, not to mention nachos and wings.


February 12, 2016

Romulus in Englewood sets out to interpret the distinctive cooking of Rome for a contemporary, suburban audience.