Restaurant Reviews

Old Oar House

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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

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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.

Keg & Kitchen

February 11, 2016

With its communal table, booths, bare-bulb chandeliers and fireplace, Keg & Kitchen looks like the neighborly pub it is.
Peel-and-eat shrimp with horseradish remoulade.

Greene Hook

February 4, 2016

After a so-so sojourn at Lake Hopatcong, chef David Drake returns to stellar form at a new pub hard by the Hudson River.
The former train station ticket window now serves as the pass between kitchen and dining room of the Woodbury Station Café in Woodbury.


January 20, 2016

During their years at Girasole, chef Rosaria Conti and bookkeeper Paula Giordano talked of opening their own restaurant. Now they have.
Umeya in Cresskill has one of the most devoted cast of regulars, including many chefs. The reason is simple: extraordinary sushi, much of it from Japan.

Amendment 21

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January 19, 2016

A cozy retro tavern named for the amendment repealing prohibition which boasts 30 beers on tap and 60 in cans and bottles.
Spicy tuna cones.

Just Restaurant

January 7, 2016

The chef of Just Restaurant in Old Bridge turns familiar favorites into fun new foods, just by adding imagination and verve.

Savor Restaurant

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December 29, 2015

Savor is a cozy BYO in Somerville where the classic French onion soup makes a great starter.


December 9, 2015

Philadelphia-based Honeygrow has brought its fast-casual salads and stir-fries to Cherry Hill and Hoboken.
Since opening in 1998, Steve & Cookie's By the Bay, in Margate, has become a beloved local institution that pulses 365 days a year.
Potato agnolotti with littleneck clams.
David Viana, after stints under several top chefs, now leads his own crew. His Kitchen at Grove Station is worth a stop.

The Counter

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November 24, 2015

The Counter Burger, an industrial-chic California chain, dizzies with its six types of burger and long list of options (16 cheeses, for instance).