Restaurant Reviews


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.

Bistro Seven. Three

December 12, 2013

A modern bistro with global eclectic fare.
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.