April 2022: The Great Steaks of NJ

Any way you slice it, there is nothing trivial about steak.

It comes from the biggest animal humans raise for food, and it takes about two years for that animal to reach its ideal weight of about 1,200 pounds. It’s no knock on vegetables or, for that matter, on lamb, veal, pork, fish, chicken or the trusty burger to say that steak is the summit of carnivorous eating.

When you consider the time that goes into raising a great Black Angus steer, the aging that tenderizes the meat, and the deft management of intense heat that creates the mouthwatering char, it’s no wonder it tops the menu in price.

Although we don’t raise beef in our ocean-hugging state, our chefs sure know what to do with it in its most rarified form. (Want to brush up on the different kinds of steak cuts? Look no further.)

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GARDEN VARIETY

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Kate Whitman Annis on Hockey, Resiliency & the Devils Game That Changed Her Life

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Meet the NJ Social Club Where Everybody Knows Your Name

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Frederick Law Olmsted, Famous Architect Behind Central Park, Left a Legacy in Jersey, Too

Olmsted, who was born 200 years ago on April 26, designed green spaces throughout the Garden State.

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Little Free Pantries Pop up to Help Those in Need Around NJ

Located outside of churches, libraries and even private homes, the freestanding wooden boxes are open 24/7 and restocked daily.

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Jersey Author’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park’ Centers on Shore-Town Struggles

Daniel H. Turtel’s debut novel, named after Bruce Springsteen’s debut album, echoes the tensions between Asbury Park’s gentrification and poverty.

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Two Moms Met While Volunteering. A Year Later, They Opened a Boutique Together

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Toxin-Free Beauty Products to Try

These eco-friendly items will make lovely additions to your self-care toolkit.

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New Jersey Organization Farms to Fight Food Insecurity

“Everyone should have access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” says Chip Paillex, the founder of America’s Grow-a-Row.

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Institute of Jazz Studies is a Hidden Gem in Newark

IJS is the world’s largest archive and research facility dedicated to jazz.

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FEATURES

Shuttered NJ Movie Theaters Are Reopening as Indie, Arthouse Cinemas

While big chains may not find it worthwhile to keep struggling cinemas open given their huge overhead costs, smaller groups are stepping in to save theaters.

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‘A Real Field of Dreams’: Paterson, Baseball Greats Pitch MLB Game in Negro Leagues Stadium

Paterson’s mayor wants Hinchliffe Stadium to host an MLB game. Why he and others think it could, and should, happen.

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The Best Steakhouses in NJ

A guide to the top 20 steakhouses in the Garden State

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Steak Tips: A Guide to Different Kinds of Cuts

How well do you know your nomenclature? From rib eye to filet mignon, we’ve got you covered.

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New Jersey Holocaust Survivors Share Their Stories, Inspiring Hope in New Generations

They made New Jersey home after World War II. Now, they speak out across the state, educating young people about what they endured.

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A Remarkable Reunion 70 Years After Auschwitz Liberation

Photographed together as children leaving the concentration camp in 1945, three New Jersey Holocaust survivors reunited in North Caldwell in 2017.

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See Birds Migrating Through New Jersey This Spring

Our state is a major stopover for birds migrating north every April and May.

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An At-a-Glance Guide to 2022 Bird Walks in NJ

Here’s where to spend a day getting to know some feathered creatures.

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NJ Bird Walk Leader Makes Passion Permanent With Cardinal Tattoo

Liana Romano, a dementia-care specialist and speech-language pathologist, leads bird-watching field trips in her free time.

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HOME & GARDEN

How a Designer Overhauled a Decrepit Garage Into a Gorgeous Home Office

Sally Ross’s airy, light-filled space is the perfect business headquarters.

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EAT & DRINK

Restaurant Review: River Palm Terrace Is a Carnivore’s Kingdom

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The bánh mì takes center stage at Saigon Subs & Café, an unassuming spot on Elm Street.

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HoopHouse in Bordentown Boasts All-Day Breakfast and More

Former “Chopped” star Christine Wendland churns out from-scratch entrées, pastries, house-made breads and soups.

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Inside the Box: Jersey Winemakers Embrace Eco-Friendly Packaging

Bottles are sleek, but not so sustainable. Make way for cans, boxes and kegs.

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