August 2017: The 25 Best Restaurants

We name the state’s best places to eat. Plus, reader poll winners and critics’ picks.

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Best Restaurants

The 25 Best Restaurants of 2017

A decade ago, we created the Top 25 in recognition of the dynamism of NJ’s dining scene. Every year since, the scene has grown more competitive, contemporary and varied, creating a boon for Jersey diners.

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Talent on the Rise: Viaggio Chef Robbie Felice

At 26, Robbie Felice has shown the talent, work ethic and team-building attitude it takes to succeed in a state awash in Italian restaurants.

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Features

Christian McBride: Jazz Showman

As a performer, mentor, educator, radio host and festival curator, Montclair’s Christian McBride has plenty on his plate. But that does nothing to dim his enthusiasm for a life in music.

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Boxed CEO Chieh Huang is A Young Upstart

Online startup Boxed has Jersey roots and a philanthropic bent. But has it got what it takes to compete with the retail giants?

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Warming Waters, Looming Crisis

It’s no fluke: Fish populations are on the move, chasing cooler marine temperatures. At Rutgers, scientists track their alarming migrations.

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Garden Variety

TerraCycle Is Putting Beach Junk Back to Work

TerraCycle’s latest project is turning plastics chucked into the world’s oceans into shampoo bottles.

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Cozying Up to Cat Cafés

New Jersey and cat cafés: Purrfect Together.

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Toys With Love are a Cure For the Summertime Blues

Hands-on toy store offers goodies galore.

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After the Deluge, the Raising

Photographer Ira Wagner new series captures the unique visual of shore homes being raised after Hurricane Sandy.

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Finger-Friendly Creations with FingerSmear in Lambertville

Aspiring artists connect with their inner child to craft remarkable works of art.

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Cancer Inspired Her Soothing Treats

A cancer survivor created a candy that would temper at least some of chemo’s notorious side effects.

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Dining

South America by the Sea: Olón in Atlantic City

Iron Chef Jose Garces returns to AC with a vibrant Latin seafood restaurant that embraces the ocean, visually and in every category of food and drink.

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Restaurant Latour’s Martyna Krowicka is a Woman For All Seasons

Martyna Krowicka, chef of Restaurant Latour, has come into her own—yet her mentor says “she isn’t remotely close to hitting her ceiling.”

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Long-Awaited Summit: Summit House in Summit

Summit House’s renovation took longer than expected. And with noted chef Martin Kester at the helm, expectations were high.

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Hoboken’s “Mad Man” Homage: Porter Collins in Hoboken

Established Hoboken restaurateurs Anthony and Liz Pino call their big new stylish restaurant and bar, Porter Collins, “our Don Draper.”

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Quick Bite: Zaffron Mediterranean Cuisine

Rocco Farahmand opened Zaffron Mediterranean in Haddonfield with a menu based on the countries where he had lived. That means smoky baba ghanoush, stuffed grilled calamari, and more.

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Home & Garden

Peek Inside NJM Style Editor’s Colorful Farmhouse

Her love of color matched only by her love of the hunt, New Jersey Monthly’s style editor reimagines a historic home with an unexpected vibe.

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Stylephile

Dream Weaver

It’s all about the texture for eye-catching woven looks— from fashion to furnishings.

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Mudcloth, Unraveled

West Africa inspired, this hip textile, traditionally known as bògòlanfini, has become a global rock star in home design.

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Only in NJ with Steve Adubato

The NJ Restaurant and Hospitality Association Has a Full Plate

Immigration, workforce development and new business models are key concerns for NJ’s restaurants, hotels.

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Exit Ramp

Tipping the Scales at Asbury Park’s Promenade of Mermaids

At Asbury Park’s annual Promenade of Mermaids, the costumes are fin-spirational.

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