Restaurant Reviews


January 28, 2008

Amy Russo Harrigan knows her pancakes. She grew up in a Rutherford family that owns the Broadway diners in Bayonne,… Read the rest

If one had unlimited funds, Restaurant Nicholas would be one of half a dozen restaurants worth frequenting on a regular… Read the rest

Gaslight Brewery

Quick Bite

January 25, 2008

Style: Bustling brewpub in downtown South Orange with a giant copper beer kettle in the window.  Don’t Miss: Several freshly… Read the rest

In Daryl Veritas

January 23, 2008

Daryl Restaurant and Wine Bar

Star Diner Café 325 W. Spruce Avenue North Wildwood 609-729-4900, Hours: In summer, 7 am to 10 pm. Offseason,… Read the rest

Axia Taverna

December 28, 2007

In Greece, locals commonly dine and hang out at tavernas rather than the more formal estiatorios. Axia means “worthy,” and… Read the rest


December 26, 2007

Three years ago, it looked like what it was: a weathered colonial-revival house, most recently used as a doctor’s office,… Read the rest

Lounge restaurants have become increasingly popular, particularly in areas with a university or a preponderance of young people. Verdigre, one… Read the rest

Anyone who thinks the business dinner is dead should go to Roots, the high-testosterone steakhouse where men in suits predominate… Read the rest

Freda’s Café

Quick Bite

December 25, 2007

Don’t Miss: Seafood bisque ($4.95, $7.95), a frequent special, is delicious and chock full of crabmeat. Rangoon spring rolls ($11.95),… Read the rest

Style: Pastas, veal, pork, lamb, salmon, tuna, swordfish, and shrimp—as well as salads, subs, and paninis—in a casual setting. The… Read the rest


December 21, 2007

This seven-month-old bistro has thoroughly Jersey bloodlines. It is owned by Dr. Alan Cooperman—a prominent Millburn gynecologist who in his… Read the rest

A pasta tasting menu is something you don’t often see. When it is done superbly—and superb is pretty much the… Read the rest

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