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Restaurant Revue


Concepts are smart and primary ingredients properly handled at a BYOB storefront where Korean accents and influences permeate French classics.

Restaurant Revue PHILLIPSBURG


Jordanian specialties take the lead at a new Middle Eastern restaurant in western Warren County. Once you’ve been awakened to the considerable charms of mansaf, mutabal and magluba, there’s no turning back.

Restaurant Revue ENGLEWOOD

Fat Choy

It’s a mishmash of cultures, of times and of places. It should be fun. But this refugee from the other side of the Hudson is plagued by cooking lapses that shortchange its concept.


Muddy Waters Gastropub

The Asbury of the Garden State’s northwest has an agrarian heritage that today is sparking a culinary hub. If a newcomer intends to be part of that burgeoning scene, it must dig into local sources and make connections.

Restaurant Revue RED BANK

The Smoky Cottage

Its sign now may say “Salt & Smoke,” but a name-change suited to its residential neighborhood on the borough’s East Side is in the offing at this market with outdoor seating and a giant smoker out back. Family-style barbecue is, and will be, the focus.

Restaurant Revue MONTCLAIR

Le Salbuen

This eclectic café aims to do it all. But its atmospheric charms can’t make up for missteps in the kitchen that result in plates delivered to diners with serious flaws.

Restaurant Revue NORTH WILDWOOD

Yugoslavia Balkan Soul Food

Signs of the times are showing at a newcomer to the South Shore that pledges to offer foods not typically served in restaurants in these parts.

Restaurant Revue LONG VALLEY

Red Lantern

One of a quartet of eateries in Restaurant Village, located at a crossroads community at the foot of Schooley’s Mountain in Morris County’s Washington Township, is this Pan Asian indoor-outdoor spot with a menu that brings even more choice to a locale created for choice.

Restaurant Revue METUCHEN

Red’s Leaf Café

A two-month-old vegan-when-you-want-vegan eatery in a restaurant boomtown shows no shortage of ingenuity in dishes that explore the possibilities of plant-based fare.

Restaurant Revue GALLOWAY

Oxtail Pho and Banh Mi

Evolving demographics are helping to spread the reach of ethnic cuisines ever farther and deeper in the Garden State, giving diners options unimaginable a generation ago. It’s a welcome shift, even if some eateries need a nudge to go all-in authentic.

Restaurant Revue HAMMONTON


From Jalisco, a state in central Mexico known for diverse ecosystems that range from Pacific coast to plains, comes the homespun foods of chef Marquez Amador.

Restaurant Revue TOMS RIVER

Safu Sushi

The noise and the hubbub might be on the beach, not downtown, when summer’s at high pitch. But there are mod takes on sushi and its mates at this year-rounder in an always-hopping county seat close to the coast.


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