Restaurant Reviews

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.


January 20, 2014

The concept: “Amazing food without preaching.” Add a sexy space, nice price and cocktails, and you’ll forget it’s vegan.

Sergio’s Bistro

January 14, 2014

At Sergio's, an Italian BYO in Clifton, the action is not on the menu but in the specials. The waiter will read you the list. Be patient. The list is long, but worth paying attention to.


January 8, 2014

Reaching beyond the familiar dishes of his native region, a chef strives to bring India’s culinary diversity to the table.
Mexican food served in a setting inspired by owner Joe Montes’s 1968 red Cadillac instead of the usual terra cotta colors of the Southwest.
This place is a breakfast-lovers’ paradise, but lunch is just as tasty. Coastal Chaos serves all the basics, but come for something different.