Restaurant Reviews

A bowl of chirashi—raw fish, vegetables, tamago (cold, sweet omelet) over rice.

Fuji

August 11, 2016

Chen Zheng, Fuji’s longtime sushi chef, buys the legendary restaurant from its founders and endeavors to extend its legacy.
The Ole Saw-Seege with Italian sausage, sautéed peppers and onions.
The Speakeatery is fun just for the cheeky Prohibition-themed names of its sandwiches (like the Elliot Mess). But the food is actually pretty good.

Plum on Park

July 19, 2016

Plum on Park, which occupies a cute little railroad car diner on Park Street in Montclair, is beloved for its brunches.

Yumi

July 7, 2016

Yumi chef/co-owner Shuenn Yang has earned a loyal following for his cooked dishes but especially for his sparkling sushi.
Beef tartare with grilled, house-made sourdough bread.
Ehren and Nadine Ryan (he from Australia, she from Austria) bring uncommonly good food to Millburn. Why there? Hint: Family.
Plump oyster shooters.
Guy Fieri visited the renovated, more than century-old Anchorage Tavern in Somers Point, where you can feasted on plump oyster shooters.
Tuna burger with guacamole.
Boulevard Seafood Company serves up plenty of creative small plates, including yellowfin tuna poke and gulf shrimp corn dogs.
The Health Kick, made with pesto-infused egg whites.
Behind a strip-mall exterior, the large dining room offers a bright, comfortable setting for a wide range of foods Jerseyans love to eat.

Park West Tavern

June 16, 2016

Serving for 400 people a night is the challenge for Park West Tavern executive chef John Benjamin, which he meets in many, if not all, respects.

Black Olive

June 9, 2016

Chef/owner George Iliopoulos opened Black Olive because he felt the area needed a good Greek restaurant. He delivered just that.
Sofrito-braised short rib lettuce "tacos" with avocado and salsa.

Cavé

June 2, 2016

Paleo devotee and Cavé chef/owner Doug Stehle calls himself the caveman culinarian. Fred Flintstone, eat your heart out.

San Lucas

Quick Bite

May 26, 2016

San Lucas' menu features mole poblano, Puebla’s most famous dish, with a thick, spicy, chocolate-tinged sauce over chicken and rice.

Hotoke

Quick Bite

May 19, 2016

Hotoke, the venerable Japanese restaurant in New Brunswick, is nothing to laugh at. But there is merriment for all in eating its authentic food.
In 2012, John Stewart and Diana Smarrito married on 5/19 and later opened Kitchen 519 in Glendora. You'll find bliss in several spots on the casual American menu.

Mekong Grill

May 12, 2016

The famous Vietnamese beef and noodle soup, pho, is pronounced “fuh.” But however you say it, Mekong Grill will deliver an exemplary version, as well as other Vietnamese staples and delicacies.
The Egg in a Nest combines a slow-cooked Double Brook Farm egg with chedder polenta, pea tendrils and mushrooms in a wreath of hay from the farm.

Brick Farm Tavern

May 4, 2016

First the farm, then the market. Now with the tavern, the owners’ vision of sustainability comes to exciting fruition.

Masala Art

Quick Bite

April 28, 2016

Masala Art in Branchburg draws from Mughlai and other Indian influences, and does them well.
Wood Stack Pizza Kitchen in Pine Brook is well-named. It bakes its Neapolitan pizzas in a wood-burning oven and offers many other Italian specialties to go with them.

Thai West

April 21, 2016

Thai West's French-trained chef Veera Premon came to America from Bangkok in 1972. His new restaurant shows moments of brilliance, also inconsistency.

Basilico

April 14, 2016

Basilico is an upscale Italian restaurant in Millburn that always has a crush at the door on weekends, even though it’s been around since 1999.
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