April 2023: Our Favorite Restaurant Towns
Going out for a meal is an experience, one that often extends beyond the restaurant’s walls. In this month’s issue, we celebrate our favorite restaurant towns.
Some are longtime favorites, while others may surprise you. But they all have in common a lively vibe, walkability and plenty of great dining establishments.
You could enjoy just one meal in a town or, if you have the time, take a day trip and support various small businesses. All of the towns on our list have great options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and most also have boutiques, parks and other attractions that would make for a fun day out—especially when the weather is nice.
Newark native Marcus Sibley draws on the hip-hop soundtrack of his upbringing—”the voice of the people”—in his work as a national activist.Read more
Following two operations in six months, Donald Cooper returned to racing in tough competitions.Read more
With the April 27 opening of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, middle-aged women are planning visits to the Judy Blume Service Area and heading by the car load to movie theaters.Read more
Scenic grounds in Bordentown that belonged to Joseph Bonaparte—Napoleon’s older brother and the ex-king of Naples and Spain—are set to open this spring.Read more
Researching and writing her new memoir brought Dionne Ford, who is a survivor of sexual assault, “a lot of comfort and courage.”Read more
Sue Sartor is delighted that many styles of her unique flounce dress—in fresh, joyous prints—are selling out quickly.Read more
Sustain & Serve NJ purchases meals from local restaurants that have been hurt by the pandemic, then distributes the food to those in need.Read more
The Freehold native is one of Major League Baseball’s highest-ranking women.Read more
Michelle Miller’s new memoir explores how her mixed-race heritage shaped her experience and informs her perspective.Read more
Zach Braff, who grew up in Maplewood and South Orange, NJ, set and filmed his movie, “A Good Person,” in his hometowns.Read more
The AI program is making waves around the world. Despite valid academic-integrity fears, the consensus is: Don’t write it off just yet.Read more
HOME & GARDEN
WHERE & WHEN
Ahead of the E Street Band’s April 14 homecoming show, the Newark native is looking forward to passing by the tiny venues and dive bars he once played.Read more
EAT & DRINK
The Jersey Shore’s new outpost of a renowned Japanese fine-dining destination turns out to be a gamble.Read more
Rombiolo Bakery Café is a fun spot for drinking coffee, enjoying fresh pastries and empanadas, and perhaps catching a soccer game.Read more
It’s long been one of the most polarizing wines. But winemakers are winning over consumers by bringing out the brighter, crisper side of the grape.Read more
Our efforts to create a sanctuary space for undocumented or asylum-seeking immigrants at Montclair’s Bnai Keshet also shaped my young adult book.Read more