Restaurant Reviews

Everyone loves pizza and just about everyone loves sushi. Put 'em together (on rice cake) and you get the can't-miss, don't-miss sushi pizza starter.

Mockingbird Cafe

February 4, 2013

Or, rather, chefs Kathy and Tom West do the playing, serving a dish called Oysters Bingo at their little Mockingbird Café in Basking Ridge. The fare is eclectic, from those gently pan-fried oysters with beurre blanc to meatloaf, crab cakes and ricotta gnocchi. But as Pat Tanner writes in her review, one thing you can count on is quirkiness, in more ways than one.

55 Main

January 29, 2013

Jonas Gold, chef/owner of 55 Main in Flemington, recently called in his mom, Ruth, to give the place a warmer look. In the kitchen, Jonas employs his creativity to keep his largely local clientele from getting bored. As Jill P. Capuzzo writes in her review, the menu features dishes with Thai, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, French and southern American influences.

13201 Long Beach Boulevard Beach Haven Terrace (LBI) 609-492-9751 Hours: Mon–Fri, 11:30 am to 10 pm; Sat and Sun,… Read the rest

Khyber Grill

January 17, 2013

To stand out in the Indian communities of Union County, an Indian restaurant must be outstanding. Khyber Grill passes the test.
No self-respecting hillbilly would be caught dead at MoonShine Modern Supper Club in Millburn—it's much too sophisticated, and the drinks it serves are a long way from throat-searing hillbilly hooch. Just watch your step going in, advises Pat Tanner in her review.
This bustling riverfront spot is equal parts family restaurant, sports bar and late-night party scene. Civilized at lunch and dinner, it gets loud after-hours and elbow-to-elbow at the bar.
Fish and Chips

Keg & Kitchen

December 18, 2012

Kevin Meeker burned through iterations of his Westmont restaurant, Cork, before he folded it and reinvented it as Keg & Kitchen, a beer-focused pub. Adam Erace takes its measure. Among the highlights, he writes, "the beer selection is among the best in South Jersey."
Intimate Abruzzo-style restaurant housed in an early-20th-century Peapack residence offers affordable, authentic Italian standards.
Costanera in Montclair


December 13, 2012

Juan Placencia’s heritage, CIA training and work with top chefs (including his dad) combine to create a Peruvian restaurant of unusual refinement.

St. Eve’s

December 10, 2012

Steve Christianson could have named his restaurant Steve's, but by splitting and punctuating his name he came up with something that sounds grander. St. Eve's, in Ho-Ho-Kus, has a wood-burning grill, rustic yet hip decor and a loyal following. Reviewer Karen Tina Harrison takes the measure of its food.

Abigail’s Cafe

Quick Bite

December 9, 2012

Red-brick walls and wrought-iron light fixtures create the ideal atmosphere for Abigail’s eclectic mix of Hungarian, Polish and Portuguese food.
Latz's By The Bay

Latz’s By The Bay

November 28, 2012

For three generations, the Latz family ran the venerable Knife & Fork Inn before selling it in 2004 in the wake of a bitter family dispute. The Latzes also ran Latz's Inn in Somers Point from 1918 to 1942. Now Andrew Latz, 57, who once managed Knife & Fork, has opened his own place, Latz's By the Bay, across the street from where Latz's Inn once stood. Adam Erace reviews.
A casual eatery with less than a dozen tables that offers authentic island cuisine and is decorated in the hues of the Jamaican flag: bright green, yellow and black.
Ryland Inn in Whitehouse Station

The Ryland Inn

November 12, 2012

Experienced new owners, and a gifted chef whose time has come, have returned the Ryland Inn to the summit of New Jersey fine dining.
California surfer chic meets healthy, hearty fresh-Mex fare.
Tuna Tartare


October 31, 2012

Hidden behind a discount gas station on a gritty strip of Route 9 in Old Bridge, Just restaurant surprises you when you walk through the door—it's a glamorous supper club, pricey too. In her review, Pat Tanner takes its measure, especially on the plate.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

October 24, 2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker often orders lunch from the new Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant in his city, and he's a vegetarian. But you don't have to stick to fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs and a smoked portobello sandwich to work up an appetite for Dinosaur's food, writes Karen Tina Harrison in her review. You may be surprised at which dishes she finds to be the best.

The Verona Inn

Quick Bite

October 20, 2012

Modern interpretation of the neighborhood tavern, with sleek finishes but old-fashioned friendly ambience.
Chef's Table in Franklin Lakes

Chef’s Table

October 16, 2012

Dali loved the classic French food Claude Baills made him. Times change. Happily, Baills’s cooking does not.