August 2023: Best Restaurants
New Jersey dining is striking in its range of cuisines and price points, high quality of food, and the lack of pomposity in service—snootiness is not our thing here in New Jersey.
You will see all of these elements reflected in this year’s 30 Best Restaurants list, one of our most hotly anticipated cover stories each year, requiring months of research (and eating!) by our dining editor and restaurant critics to put together.
For this year’s cover, we chose to spotlight chef Robbie Felice, who has three restaurants on our list, including the brand-new, innovative and incredibly popular Pasta/Ramen in Montclair. Here, Felice merges Japanese and Italian cooking to create distinctive dishes like umi ramen carbonara and burrata with caviar.
fayemi shakur, a multi-disciplinary artist and writer, is also chair of Newark Symphony Hall.Read more
The theater has recast traditionally white productions and roles with BIPOC actors. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Michael Jordan have taken notice.Read more
A portion of proceeds from Steve Wagner’s new coffee-table book, Birds of Barnegat Bay, benefit a local nonprofit that protects and restores wildlife habitat.Read more
Modern artist Ellsworth Kelly was one of the most important abstract painters of his generation.Read more
The Monroe Township chapter has granted over 12,000 wishes since its founding. The mission “gets into your blood,” says president/CEO Tom Weatherall.Read more
Many of the poems in George Witte’s fourth collection, An Abundance of Caution, began on his Manhattan commute to St. Martin’s Press, where he is editor in chief.Read more
After a 2021 ruling overturned the murder conviction of Wiltsey’s mother, people involved in the case are still coming to terms with the reality that there may never be justice for Timmy.Read more
Smith famously represented former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in her successful sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News chairman/CEO Roger Ailes.Read more
The winners of New Jersey Monthly‘s 40th annual Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll.Read more
HOME & GARDEN
EAT & DRINK
With much of the catch flown in daily from Japan, “the only fresher way to eat fish is on the boat,” says Shumi’s David Seo.Read more
Desserts were the initial draw, but the expanded breakfast and lunch menu is prepared with the same freshness and creativity.Read more
Tino’s Artisan Pizza Co. is one of the few restaurants open on Sundays in Ocean Grove.Read more
Plus, watch your favorite sports teams on the large TVs.Read more