Restaurant Reviews

El Tule

May 18, 2012

Robin Damstra & Jim Salant rave about the food at El Tule, a family-owned-and-operated restaurant in the heart of Lambertville, serving authentic Mexican and Peruvian specialties. Don't miss the exciting ceviches, they say, or the traditional—and distinctively delicious—non-alcoholic drinks.

The Diving Horse

May 11, 2012

At The Diving Horse the season is short, so don’t wait to dive into some of the Shore’s most captivating food.

The Spot Pizza Grill 1506 Richmond Avenue Point Pleasant Beach 732-701-8303; Hours: Sun–Thurs, 11 am–midnight; Fri and Sat, 11… Read the rest

Liberty House

April 30, 2012

The Liberty House in Jersey City's Liberty State Park is situated right on the Hudson River, facing Lower Manhattan. Does the food and service live up to the view? Read Karen Tina Harrison's review for the answer.

Gazelle Café & Grille

April 17, 2012

Suzanne Zimmer Lowery reviews Gazelle Café and Bistro in Ridgewood, where two young chefs with no formal training are cooking with confidence.


April 10, 2012

Zeppoli—hot Italian doughnuts—are just part (the last, best part) of the sublime experience of feasting at Zeppoli.

Alchemist & Barrister 28 Witherspoon St, Princeton 609-924-5555; Hours: Lunch: Mon–Sat, 11:30 am-5 pm; Sun, 3 pm-5 pm. Dinner:… Read the rest

Aliperti’s Ristorante 1189 Raritan Road, Clark 732-381-3200 Hours: Mon–Thu, 4–10 pm; Fri and Sat, 4-11 pm; Sun, 3-9 pm… Read the rest

TAPHOUSE GRILLE 344 French Hill Road, Wayne 973-832-4141 Hours: Sun-Wed, 11:30 am–10:30 pm; Thurs–Fri, 11:30 am–midnight; Sat, 1 pm–midnight… Read the rest

Red Horse Cafe 1211 Route 31, Lebanon 908-238-9604; Hours: Mon-Fri, 5 am–7 pm; Sat–Sun, 6 am–3 pm Price: $… Read the rest

Harry’s Oyster Bar

March 29, 2012

The setting of Harry's Oyster Bar at Bally's Park Place in Atlantic City is inviting—there is an outside section surrounded by lawn facing the Boardwalk. The pedigree is fine—it's owned by the family that owns Dock's Oyster House and the Knife and Fork Inn. The food and service, Adam Erace says in his review, may be coming together after a rough start.

The Blue Pig Tavern

March 22, 2012

The Blue Pig Tavern is located in one of Cape May's leading landmarks, the renovated 1879 Congress Hall Hotel. Its food is New American and it gets a lot of its produce from its own nearby farm. Adam Erace reviews.


March 13, 2012

Zod Arifai, wizard of Montclair’s Blu and Next Door, revives and reinvents a proud New Brunswick marquee.


March 5, 2012

Sea-wind foam, porcini "soil" and neon-hued gels are part of what Tre Ghoshal, chef/owner of Adara in Montclair, calls "postmodern dining," sometimes known as molecular gastronomy. "It can and should be be witty, provocative sleight of hand," writes Pat Tanner in her review. Does Adara meet that standard? Read her and find out.

Red Eye Cafe 94 Walnut Street Montclair 973-509-3663; Hours: Mon, 7 am–5 pm; Tues–Fri, 7 am–11 pm; Sat, 9… Read the rest

Blue Morel

February 24, 2012

The former Copeland in the Westin Governor Morris Hotel is now Blue Morel. New executive chef Kevin Takafuji has introduced an eclectic menu including New American cuisine as well as sushi. Karen Tina Harrison reviews.


February 13, 2012

On the campus of Kean University, a bold and beautiful restaurant bids for high honors.

Quaker Steak and Lube 1036 Cedar Bridge Avenue, Brick 732-255-5823 Hours: Sun–Thurs, 11 am to 1 am; Fri and Sat,… Read the rest

Chimney Rock Inn

Quick Bite

February 5, 2012

Chimney Rock Inn 800 North Thompson Avenue, Bridgewater 732-469-4600, Hours: Sun–Wed, 11:30 am–10 pm; Thur–Sat, 11:30 am–11 pm Price:… Read the rest

Artisan’s Brewery and Italian Grill 1171 Hooper Ave. Toms River 732-244-7566, Hours: Mon–Sat, 11:30 am to 10 pm; Sunday,… Read the rest