Author: Peg Rosen

Taking over the kitchen of a beloved Cranford restaurant, A.J. Capella, 29, stays true to its charm while making it his own.

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At the Jersey City bistro, newly helmed by chef Nicholas DeRosa, several dishes shine. Others need work.

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Entrées were enjoyable, but more complex dishes proved “misguided.”

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

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The restaurant, which opened last May, is bringing excitement to its part of Union County, in an attractive faux-industrial space, with some appealing dishes. But overall it needs to execute dishes more consistently.

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The Korean word "Gayeon" translates to "beautiful encounter" into English. With few exceptions, the restaurant lives up to its name.

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Rodrigo Duarte spared no effort to bring the prized pig of his native Portugal here. His long quest nears completion.

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After launching Satis Bistro to success in Jersey City, chef Michael Fiorianti did less well with a Satis branch in Bloomfield. So he closed it and reopened as Braun’s Tavern.

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The Bernards Inn in Bernardsville has survived 111 years, fire, flood and name changes while pampering a well-heeled clientele. But ownership has brought in a new chef and is launching a multi-million renovation.

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The new owners of A Toute Heure in Cranford changed the menu, the chef, almost everything but the name. The other thing they didn’t change was the high quality of the food and service.

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