Restaurant Reviews

Bernard’s Café

May 7, 2014

This cafe is a favorite hangout with wooden tables and chairs and a large, diner-like menu.
The dark wood paneling, linoleum floors and dim, yellowish lights suggest a 1960s basement where The Godfather would feel right at home.
An upscale, pub-like spot, this South Orange watering hole serves sophisticated bar food.

Settimo Cielo

Quick Bite

April 29, 2014

Behind the restaurant’s unimposing façade, Trenton’s business and political haymakers rub elbows in a fine-dining atmosphere that can be clubby by day and romantic by night.


April 28, 2014

A Newark restaurant steps from NJPAC, this hybrid Japanese and Korean restaurant boasts fresh fish and a lively bar scene.

Yellow Plum

April 23, 2014

Originally offering a small but ambitious New American menu, Yellow Plum has since expanded to include more familiar, price-friendly dishes.


April 17, 2014

Marc Vetri, Philly’s master of Italian cooking, opens his first NJ outpost. It’s a spin-off (and can be pricey), but it's molto bene.

Jersey Girl Cafe

April 12, 2014

A quaint shop with a stacked menu of sandwiches and breakfast sweets, this cafe fully embraces its Jersey heritage.

Xunta Tapas Espana

April 9, 2014

A warm, modern BYO reminiscent of Northern Spain where patrons can make a meal out of bite-size delights.

The Kitchen

April 7, 2014

Amped-up comfort food served in small portions to give the spot a catered-feel.

Trinity Lounge

April 3, 2014

Trinity, named for the street behind it, is best at expanding pub grub in new directions. Its small plates are fun; its cocktails, too.

Scala del Nonna

March 27, 2014

Opening his fifth restaurant, onetime whiz kid Michael Cetrulo combines veteran know-how with youthful brio.
An industrial-chic deli with an ever-evolving menu of fresh, fantastic food.
The restaurant at the Papermill Playhouse provides reasonably priced food and efficient service that gets you into your theater seat on time.

Centro Grille

March 5, 2014

The Robbinsville restaurant boasts a lengthy happy hour, a lively bar scene and a menu stacked with comfort food.

Orange and Olive

February 17, 2014

There are other top tasting menus, but none offer an experience quite like that of the Orange and Olive Chef’s Table.
At this kosher eatery, husband and wife David and Esti Shatz make excellent falafel platters, which you'd expect, but also tasty pizzas and fettuccini Alfredo.


February 4, 2014

After putting aside his cuisine dreams for nine years, Tom Finnelli has finally opened his own New American BYO Mémoire in Ridgewood.
At Samba Montclair, chef and owner Ilson Gonçalves pays homage to his grandmother's kitchen with a homey, Brasileiro menu.

Carmel Haifa

Quick Bite

February 3, 2014

A hole-in-the-wall, grab-and-go kebab joint that makes up for its lack of seating with aromatic, high-quality food.