Author: Sam Kadko

Cheng Du 23

October 31, 2013

The grandson of a chef who cooked for Deng Xiaoping, chef Lin Qing Xiang (who answers to Kevin) started his training in the city of Cheng Du at age 13. At his restaurant named for his home city, Cheng Du 23, on Route 23 in Wayne, you can count on consistently excellent Szechuan cuisine.

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September 20, 2012

In Glen Rock, everybody knows the town's iconic rock monument. Many also know Rocca, the Italian restaurant CIA-grad Craig Levy opened in 2004. Sam Kadko twice visited the popular spot and filed this review.

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Silk Road

February 1, 2012

Silk Road in Warren was designed to replicate the experience of dining in a fine Afghan home.

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Urban Table

August 31, 2011

A respected restaurant group adds another eatery to its roster, in Morristown. How does Urban Table and its eclectic menu rate? Sam Kadko tells all.

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The namesake of Uncle Vinnie's Clam Bar in Raritan is long gone. But good fresh seafood, reports Sam Kadko, is very much what you do find at Uncle Vinnie's.

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Hurry Chutney has the look of hip chain, but the quality of its food is totally unique.

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The Bernards Inn

January 25, 2011

The Bernard's Inn in Bernardsville is more than a century old, but its cuisine is fresh (and local), thanks to executive chef Corey Heyer.

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Tewksbury Inn

October 28, 2010

Regulars at the Tewksbury Inn in Oldwick, Bergen County, call it the Tewks. Reviewer Sam Kadko calls it a place for "deftly-prepared food" with "spot-on service."

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Sophie’s Bistro

August 30, 2010

This casual, French restaurant in Somerset offers some winning entrees and delicious salads.

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A Toute Heure

May 18, 2010

This Bistro-French, New American restaurant, set in a restored 1930s house in Cranford, aims to share everything they love about local, seasonal food.

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