Author: Maggie Leenas

Maggie Leenas is a contributor to New Jersey Monthly's food & drink coverage, and finds the most joy in chatting with NJ chefs, business owners and foodies. Since graduating from Rowan University in 2020, she has returned to Ringwood, her hometown in North Jersey. You can contact her at [email protected].
“It’s great to carry on the legacy my parents started,” says Shaun Mehtani, second-generation owner of the 40-year-old Mehtani Restaurant Group.

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Plus: A Cuban coffee shop is bringing a taste of Havana to American Dream, while a smash burger spot has settled in Westwood.

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Plus: A bar-slash-bistro is bringing some Miami flavor to Clifton, and Morristown boasts a brand-new gelato spot.

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Chef Maria Campbell founded her not-for-profit to support the health and well-being of workers in the food and beverage industries.

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Plus: Ani Ramen is adding a Princeton location to its arsenal, and a dog-friendly bar is coming to Atlantic City.

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Chef Ryan DePersio is honoring his late grandparents with Rosie's Rustico, a month-long pop-up featuring a special menu.

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Christina Vazquez of Glen Rock's Petal Dust Cakery won Prime Video’s Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge, adding to her impressive résumé of culinary competitions.

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Plus: Morris County has two new Japanese restaurants, and Paramus is getting a popular Brazilian steakhouse.

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Plus: A new pizza place in Little Falls is serving Italian favorites, while an eatery in Edison is whipping up wontons.

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The duo teamed up for a culinary exchange that saw each chef create a new dish for the other's restaurant.

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