Restaurant Reviews


December 12, 2013

A southern-inspired, new American BYO that boasts local Jersey ingredients and a down-home atmosphere.
This 75-year-old Italian restaurant, located half a mile from the Atlantic City Boardwalk, is an American Institution.

Orale Mexican Kitchen

December 5, 2013

Three veterans of Rosa Mexicano set out to channel the lively flavors and casual vibe of Mexico City in a place of their own. So far, so bueno.


October 31, 2013

A master of Spanish tapas, chef Jose Garces has opened a fourth restaurant at the Revel Resort in Atlantic City. Joining his tapas temple, Amada, his taco stand, Distrito Cantina, and his retro tavern, Village Whiskey, is a dim sum and Asian noodle joint, Yuboka.
The grandson of a chef who cooked for Deng Xiaoping, chef Lin Qing Xiang (who answers to Kevin) started his training in the city of Cheng Du at age 13. At his restaurant named for his home city, Cheng Du 23, on Route 23 in Wayne, you can count on consistently excellent Szechuan cuisine.

The Pass

October 24, 2013

Fleeing the summit of fine dining, Matt Ridgway swept floors and made prosciutto. Now he’s back, boldly elevating the basics.

The Beanery

Quick Bite

October 16, 2013

A coffee and sandwich shop that boasts superb service and charmingly mis-matched tables and chairs.

Blue Fig Cafe

October 1, 2013

A bright and cozy cafe with a tourist bureau motif, Blue Fig Cafe exists to honor the foods of the Northern and Eastern Mediterranean.
A hipster honky-tonk on a lakefront that serves up Texas-style barbecue.

Strip House

September 26, 2013

At Strip House, the wet-aged, prime steaks star, with strong support from side dishes and “naughty” decor.
Can't find parking on or near Hoboken's busy main drag, Washington Street? Head six blocks west to Three A's Olde Bar & Grill. Not only is parking easier but the food is good and the vibe friendly.


September 4, 2013

Last October 10th, after a $1.5 million renovation of the existing space, Bocca opened its doors for the first time,… Read the rest

"Chopped" winner Matthew Zappoli brings Italian classics alongside odd, but delicious, "risky" dishes.

Park Avenue Bar & Grill

August 21, 2013

With five dining areas in a beautifully restored 19th-century brick building, this Union City charmer offers options ranging from upscale, globally influenced, New American fare to a hip bar with a late-night menu to Sunday brunch.
Mistral Dining Room


August 20, 2013

From the owners of Princeton's Elements comes a casual, affordable, global tapas bar named for France's famous wind.
Forno Italiano of Sparta

Forno Italiano

August 5, 2013

Large, busy restaurant with an open kitchen and rustic Italian cuisine.

Thai Tida

Quick Bite

August 2, 2013

Thai cuisine with twists from other Southeast Asian nations served in an intimate, simple dining room.
Tuna carpaccio Saddle Riverl Inn

Saddle River Inn

July 19, 2013

The Saddle River Inn has undergone a gentle metamorphosis. New owners balance rustic tradition with modern sensibilities.
Rue Noir in Branchburg

Rue Noir

July 17, 2013

A retro-chic steakhouse conjures 1930s France.
Perched above the Metedeconk River, River Watch offers a surprising escape from the bustling traffic on Route 70 and a mostly maritime menu.