February 2019: Hottest New Restaurants

Our 28 Hottest Restaurants issue runs the culinary gamut from fine dining to fast casual with many globally inspired ports of call in between. You can also read about high-energy chef/restaurateur Jamie Knott’s harrowing path to success, as well as the piscine passions of Jersey fishmonger Mark Drabich. Dig in!

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Hottest New Restaurants

The 28 Hottest New Restaurants 2019

For rewarding food, atmosphere, variety and value, these new restaurants have earned enthusiastic followings.

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Unchained at Last Aims to End Child and Forced Marriages

Fraidy Reiss fled a forced marriage after 12 years of abuse. Now she’s helping hundreds of other victims escape their bonds.

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Chef Jamie Knott: Mr. Flat Out, Full On

Jamie Knott was always driven—to escape childhood wounds and to pursue his passions. But to become a major chef and restaurateur he had to beat the bottle, and that took years.

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Paterson Superintendent Eileen Shafer is a New Kind of Leader

A veteran administrator takes on the challenge of leading Paterson’s troubled schools out of the dark days of state control.

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Garden Variety

Getting to Know Novelist Jonathan Miles

Novelist Jonathan Miles on writing in a shack, his friend Elizabeth Gilbert, and Hunterdon County’s solitude. His new novel is “Anatomy of a Miracle.”

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Singer-Songwriter Jared Dylan Finds His Home Away From Home

Jared Dylan, an emerging singer and songwriter from Montville, wanted to travel somewhere to amp up his creativity. He chose Ireland. Read on to find out what he’s been working on.

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Giving Back

Freezin’ for a Reason: Special Olympics NJ Polar Bear Plunge

Fearless swimmers gear up for their annual Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge in support of Special Olympics New Jersey. This year’s event is on February 23.

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Eat & Drink

At White Birch in Flanders, a Chef Unveils His Upscale Side

Sam Freund, known for cofounding a funky sandwich joint, opens a stunning restaurant on the very spot where his parents once dated.

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At Porch & Proper, Two Stephen Starr Veterans Find a Porch of Their Own

Casey and Jason Simkins, veterans of the Stephen Starr restaurant group, have finally achieved their dream of opening their own restaurant.

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Robust Italian Favorites at Aunt Butchie’s of Brooklyn

An offshoot of a venerable and beloved bakery in Brooklyn, this bustling restaurant offers a large selection of Italian favorites.

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Sparkling Sensations: Jamie Kole, Maplewood Jewelry Designer

Maplewood artist Jamie Kole’s aesthetic is at once modern and vintage. Her five-plus jewelry collections are perfect for layering.

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Of Blooms & Bliss: Colly Flowers in Morristown

After a short course at the Flower School of New York, Kori Gervasio launched Colly Flowers, a floral design shop in Morristown.

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Flirty & Fragrant

Romance your senses by spritzing yourself (and your home!) with these fresh, fun picks. ­

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It’s Personal: Scents With Your Signature

Get a whiff of these fragrance renegades that produce unique profiles.

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Only in NJ: Steve Adubato

Camden Revisited: A New Approach to Policing

In May 2013, Camden disbanded its 141-year-old municipal police department and replaced it with a force run by the county. Fast-forward almost six years. Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson says the situation is improving.

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