Restaurant Reviews

Salad with grilled chicken at Hapgood's in Mountain Lakes
The eatery serves up breakfast and lunch options—some of them with intriguing twists.
A platter of scrambled eggs, corned beef hash, home fries and a biscuit at the Buttered Biscuit in Bradley Beach
This downtown eatery offers Southern-style food with some French flair.
The interior of Sugar Tree Café in Nutley
The Instagram-worthy eatery aims to serve as a community hotspot.
The lamb loin at Blue Morel in Morristown
Just off I-287, inside the Westin Governor Morris Hotel, chefs Bryan Gregg and Thomas Ciszak churn out dynamic dishes.
A platter of fried shrimp, mashed potatoes and vegetables at the Shrimp Box in Point Pleasant.
The Point Pleasant eatery boasts an outdoor patio and a sunset dinner special.
A photo of fried zucchini flowers, next to a photo of a tableside chef mixing pasta inside a wheel of Pecorino Romano.
At this venerable mom-and-pop, the menu is full of winners—and tableside theatrics.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup at Priscilla's Pantry in Basking Ridge.
The eatery offers delectable pastries, fresh coffee, daily rotating specials and family-style meals to go.
A tabletop smorgasbord of savory and sweet dishes at Amici in Cherry Hill.
The restaurant has such a devoted following it moved to a larger location, though the food could use a little more refinement.
Fried whiting with sides of black-eyed peas, green beans and cornbread at Jameson's Southern Cooking in Neptune.
The Neptune restaurant serves such down-home staples as fried chicken, mac-and-cheese, peach cobbler and more.
The Sloppy Josephine sandwich with a side of sweet potato fries at Edison Automat.
The eatery offers charming breakfasts, tasty sandwiches and generous salads.
The Tour of Haiti sampler at First Republic in Elizabeth.
The club-like bar and restaurant is an ode to the Caribbean country's history.
Fried chicken on a sourdough-scallion waffle with spicy maple syrup at HoopHouse in Bordentown.
Former "Chopped" star Christine Wendland churns out from-scratch entrées, pastries, house-made breads and soups.
The lemongrass chicken banh mi at Saigon Subs & Café in Morristown.
The bánh mì takes center stage at Saigon Subs & Café, an unassuming spot on Elm Street.
Sliced porterhouse steak at River Palm Terrace in Edgewater.
Sumptuous steaks—and sushi—seriously satisfy at this timeless steakhouse.
A platter of beef brisket at Robin's Nest in Mt. Holly.
The intimate café also boasts vegetarian, heart-healthy and gluten-free dishes. 
Pizza topped with mozzarella, ricotta, Pecorino Romano, extra virgin olive oil and prosciutto at Via Sposito in Old Bridge.
Inspired by their ancestral Ercolano, brothers Anthony and Vincent Esposito Jr. whip up fresh pastas, pizzas, house-made mozzarella and more.
Mercado's pasteis de nata, the signature pastry of Portugal.
The menu ranges from simple breakfast staples (buttermilk pancakes) to sandwiches with Iberian influences (serrano pan con tomate).
A platter of eggs with melted cheese, chicken cutlets and hash browns at Amy's Omelette House in Burlington.
The restaurant's offerings include waffle sandwiches, Benedicts and over 200 omelets.
Tuna niçoise salad at Brasserie Mémère in Closter.
The dining experience can be uneven, though several dishes have proved reliably delicious.
Sushi and sides at Masa Sushi and Hibachi in Marlboro.
Marlboro's Masa Sushi and Hibachi offers discounted sushi, sashimi, hibachi, teriyaki and bento box combinations.