Author: Andrea Clurfeld

Andrea Clurfeld's "Dining Companion" restaurant review column first appeared in the Asbury Park Press in 1990. Shortly thereafter, she introduced New Jersey readers to the concept of locavore eating through her "Foraging" column, and to artisan wine and food pairings through "Match Point," a column that subsequently was syndicated. The veteran journalist has published in-depth reporting on topics ranging from agriculture to criminal street gangs; her food writing has been featured in such magazines as Saveur, Gourmet and Town & Country, on websites including The Atlantic and Details, and on TV and radio broadcasts. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in Public Service in 2010 for her work exposing the flaws, injustices and abuses in New Jersey's property tax system. Andy has been affiliated with the James Beard Awards for more than 20 years, including serving for 15 years on its Restaurant and Chef Awards Committee. She has been editor and chief contributor for Table Hopping since January 2017

From Asbury Park to Union City, these restaurants offered the most enjoyable dishes during the first half of 2018.

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Plus: Other openings in Closter, Jersey City, Franklin and more.

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Bombay River's sense of adventure brings energy to its plates.

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Plus: Where to celebrate Dad on Father's Day.

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Plus: Other openings in Long Branch, Jersey City and Fair Lawn.

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At WildFlour Bakery-Cafe, chef-owner Marilyn Besner executes gluten-free tartines, crepes, pastries and more with passion and care.

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Plus: Other openings in Long Branch, Jersey City and Fair Lawn.

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The Long Branch restaurant is the antithesis of the Velveeta Mexican genre.

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Pizza, wine, and tequila dinners in Lambertville, Bloomfield and Ocean Township.

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An upbeat report from a tasting of chardonnays produced by a collaboration of Jersey wineries.

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