Restaurant Reviews

Blue Bottle Cafe

December 21, 2007

No menu is posted in the packed entryway, but the couples waiting for reserved tables discuss their favorite dishes from… Read the rest

Caron Wendell and Joe McLaughlin, co-owners of One 53, have a knack for creating charming enclaves in otherwise uninspired settings.… Read the rest

Jersey City real estate agents sometimes refer to the area around City Hall as the “new Hoboken.” In fact, the… Read the rest

Ken Mansfield spent his early career cooking in Hawaii, which sealed his love for the ocean. At Sirena, where Mansfield… Read the rest

Sometimes the most gratifying meal, at home or out, is an array of simple appetizers set out so we can… Read the rest

Loyal customers feared the worst when this sushi jewel—improbably nestled in a nondescript building between tacky motels on a busy… Read the rest

North bergen FOOD: Neapolitan AMBIENCE: An antiques store with food SERVICE: Adequate WINE LIST: BYO DINNer for two: $50 As… Read the rest

Where would the Garden State be without Greek restaurateurs? Dinerless, for sure. But much as we love diners, Greek cuisine… Read the rest

The roaring fire in the stone hearth sets the outdoorsy, Western tone, and provides some comfort to the folks who… Read the rest

Arthur Imperatore Sr., born in West New York in 1925, made his first money in the food business delivering pickles… Read the rest

As sushi has gained in popularity, a new breed of sushi bar has sprung up, typically owned by enterprising Korean… Read the rest

Did some Chinese sage once decree, “May a thousand Chinese restaurants bloom in strip malls”? Not that we know of,… Read the rest

Once occupied by a neighborhood pizza joint known as Franco’s, this modest space has been transformed by its new owner,… Read the rest

montclair FOOD: Argentine grilled meats, empanadas, seviches AMBIENCE: Relaxed, warm. Crimson walls, salsa and tango in the air SERVICE: Friendly,… Read the rest

Silvery whole fish nestled in shaved ice shimmer in the light. Bright painted scenes of Greek fishing villages with swaths… Read the rest

Not only is sushi plentiful in South Jersey these days, the quality ranges from good to ridiculously good (examples of… Read the rest

The beguiling Vietnamese flavor palette of garlic, lemon grass, coriander, chili, ginger, and peanuts—and the cuisine’s contrast of crackling and… Read the rest

atlantic city food: Italian ambience: Sunny, gracious, elegant service: Skilled, responsive wine list: About 70 percent Italian; most bottles $25–$65… Read the rest

Does any celebrity chef spread him-self thinner than Wolfgang Puck? He commands an empire of four Spagos, eight other fine-dining restaurants, four Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafes, and thirteen Wolfgang Puck Express eateries, to say nothing of TV shows, cookbooks, cookware, frozen pizzas, soups, and catering.

Gables Inn and Restaurant

December 20, 2007

On Long Beach Island in the off-season, traffic lights blink yellow over empty streets. Most shops and restaurants go into… Read the rest