Author: Karen Tina Harrison

Pig & Prince

February 13, 2013

In a renovated 1913 train station, chef/owner Michael Carrino hits his stride, gladly shifting from haute and formal to rustic and relaxed.

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Costanera

December 13, 2012

Juan Placencia’s heritage, CIA training and work with top chefs (including his dad) combine to create a Peruvian restaurant of unusual refinement.

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St. Eve’s

December 10, 2012

Steve Christianson could have named his restaurant Steve's, but by splitting and punctuating his name he came up with something that sounds grander. St. Eve's, in Ho-Ho-Kus, has a wood-burning grill, rustic yet hip decor and a loyal following. Reviewer Karen Tina Harrison takes the measure of its food.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

October 24, 2012

Newark Mayor Cory Booker often orders lunch from the new Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant in his city, and he's a vegetarian. But you don't have to stick to fried green tomatoes, deviled eggs and a smoked portobello sandwich to work up an appetite for Dinosaur's food, writes Karen Tina Harrison in her review. You may be surprised at which dishes she finds to be the best.

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Nico Kitchen + Bar

August 21, 2012

Mayor Cory Booker and other Newark movers-and-shakers often talk business over lunch at Nico Kitchen + Bar (formerly Theater Square Grill) in the NJPAC lobby. Executive chef Ryan DePersio (of Fascino in Montclair) has created a new menu in the style he calls "Italian without borders." How goes dinner? Read Karen Tina Harrison's review.

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Liberty House

April 30, 2012

The Liberty House in Jersey City's Liberty State Park is situated right on the Hudson River, facing Lower Manhattan. Does the food and service live up to the view? Read Karen Tina Harrison's review for the answer.

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Blue Morel

February 24, 2012

The former Copeland in the Westin Governor Morris Hotel is now Blue Morel. New executive chef Kevin Takafuji has introduced an eclectic menu including New American cuisine as well as sushi. Karen Tina Harrison reviews.

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Esty Street

January 17, 2012

In a setting that evokes a swank supper club from decades past, patrons enjoy food deliciously of the moment.

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Rare

October 18, 2011

Rare steakhouse in Little Falls may look a bit like a sports bar, but wander back into the dining room and you are in the realm of terrific aged prime beef.

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Mes Rêves

September 13, 2011

From Vietnam to Bloomfield, a dream of fine French food becomes reality.

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