Author: Eric Levin

Eric Levin, New Jersey Monthly’s deputy editor/dining editor, is an award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Texas. His most recent show, "Vehicular," took place at the Majestic Theater Condominium Gallery in Jersey City in 2019. His books of photography include Vehicular (2016), Unscheduled Stops (2014), Pink's Peak (2013) and Souls Have Shapes (2011).
Mark Drabich, a human boom box, celebrates the 30th anniversary of Metropolitan, his primo seafood market in Lebanon, by talking it up big time.

Seen in: Eat & Drink

Sam Freund, known for cofounding a funky sandwich joint, opens a stunning restaurant on the very spot where his parents once dated.

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For rewarding food, atmosphere, variety and value, these new restaurants have earned enthusiastic followings.

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About 40 percent of all food produced in the United States goes to waste. Jersey chefs and the state are tackling the problem. You can, too, with tasty results.

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Scott Hermo, a longtime fan of Memphis (Bluff City) barbecue, gave his heart, soul and carpentry skills to create Bluff City BBQ in Montclair. The restaurant got off to a fast start, but after two years proved unsustainable, and shut down this week. He talks about his sad decision.

Seen in: Table Hopping

At a rehearsal of August Wilson's "King Hedley II" at Two River Theater in Red Bank, director Brandon J. Dirden speaks softly and lets Wilson's language soar.

Seen in: Arts & Entertainment, Just For the Web, On Stage

Osteria Crescendo, in Westwood, will feature Italian street food and, unlike Felice's Viaggio in Wayne, will have a liquor license.

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Ben Pollinger, who won a Michelin star in New York in 2006, finally opens his own restaurant—in his home county.

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The innovative stand left Stockton in March for a spot in a Whole Foods across the Delaware. But next month the creators return to NJ.

Seen in: Table Hopping