Restaurant Reviews

The vegan burrito , stuffed with plantains and served with avocado, black-bean-and-corn salsa, tomatillo sauce and a side of fruit salad.
The comfort-food BYO lists 31 entrées at brunch. At lunch and dinner, there are just seven appetizers, 15 sandwiches and eight entrées to choose from.
So admits owner Mike Caracappa That is both a happy statement and a lament. The narrow restaurant has just 32 seats, and lines often form outside.
What Tablespoon Café in Cranford lacks in designer decor it more than makes up in the quality of its classic French food.
Skewered, grilled shrimp with tomato and cucumber salad.
After a peripatetic career, chef Josh DeChellis has come home to Jersey’s wealthiest county to turn a former bank into a showcase of fresh, contemporary cooking for all.
Grilled salmon with white sauce and vegetables.
Lights blink over the little bar at Don Juan, Juan Landaverde’s cozy Latin eatery in West Orange.
The Que, a burger topped with pulled pork, brisket, coleslaw and smoked Gouda.
Burger/Que boasts indulgent, decadent fare. One example is the Que, a burger topped with pulled pork, brisket, coleslaw and smoked Gouda.
The Channel Marker Café at the Ocean Beach marina in Lavallette stays open all year. It’s been rebuilt since Sandy, and remains popular for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Victor Vinciguerra grew up in Argentina eating meats cooked on a parillada, or grill. At Choripan Vinciguerra cooks meats over a charcoal-burning parillada.
Chef Michael Brennan was just 24 when he and his father opened Cardinal Bistro in Ventnor in July 2016. Just over a year later, the Cardinal moving in the right direction.
Seafood stew.
On the banks of the Hudson, a Nova Scotian chef draws on his roots and his travels.
Crispy fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and collard greens.
Veteran caterers Arienne and Arman Wilson opened Down Home Cookin in Franklin Park in 2016. The casual BYO features Southern specialties.
California chicken salad.
In 2016, father and son Gus and Solo Apostolotoulos turned their Italian restaurant, Bruschetta, into a gastropub called Tavern 292. Now the Fairfield restaurant is doing brisk business.
Stuffed grilled calamari.
Rocco Farahmand opened Zaffron Mediterranean in Haddonfield with a menu based on the countries where he had lived. That means smoky baba ghanoush, stuffed grilled calamari, and more.
Established Hoboken restaurateurs Anthony and Liz Pino call their big new stylish restaurant and bar, Porter Collins, “our Don Draper.”
Summit House's renovation took longer than expected. And with noted chef Martin Kester at the helm, expectations were high.
The view from the main dining room.
Iron Chef Jose Garces returns to AC with a vibrant Latin seafood restaurant that embraces the ocean, visually and in every category of food and drink.
In 2015, the modern restaurant brought authentic Vietnamese food—including aromatic and comforting bowls of pho—to the Finderne area of town.
The battered cod sandwich.
The Ark Pub and Eatery in Point Pleasant Beach is a longtime local favorite, offering “You catch it! We cook it!” service if you call ahead.
Gnocchi with shrimp, broccoli rabe, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, garlic and oil and a touch of marinara.
Izzy and Nafi Sela, owners of Prime Time, a pizzeria and Italian restaurant in Bloomfield, “pride themselves on using fresh, high-quality ingredients.”
Spicy squid salad with pineapple, cucumber and chili.
Opened 11 years ago by Tom Carlin, Gladstone Tavern has earned a devoted following.
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