Author: Marissa Rothkopf Bates

In a space with a vaunted history, new owners introduce a classic cuisine, imaginatively updated.

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Risa Boyer opened Vanillamore in Montclair last September. As you might expect, desserts were a big feature of the menu. But the savory menu is anything but token.

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Gone from the scene more than two years, chef Zod Arifai has opened the Duke and Elephant in Martinsville, a promising addition to the area’s dining scene.

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Take a century of tradition, add local color, a new wave of artisanship and imagination, and what you get just might be Jersey's favorite food.

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At Zeugma Grill in Montclair, chef Can (pronounced John) Alp, 28, scores with his unique Avoganoush, a literal mashup of avocado and baba ghanoush.

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Partners have turned a single block in Montclair into a restaurant fiefdom, culminating in the smash opening of their pub, the Crosby.

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