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Restaurant Revue


The Windlass

Hard on the shores of Lake Hopatcong is this spot where nature’s gifts, creature-made comforts and a range of worthy food converge. Grab a glider booth, a cocktail and ponder the edible options.

Restaurant Revue TOMS RIVER

Mathis House

There are temptations in teapots, food that’s pristine and a setting that inspires nod-to-your-neighbor propriety at this historic mansion where posh reigns.

Restaurant Revue NEPTUNE CITY

The Grand Tavern

Calvin Trillin, a seminal writer with four-star ideas about food, long has campaigned to have pasta carbonara replace turkey as the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dinner. As usual, he’s spot-on correct. But there’s a new contender in the “86 the Bird” movement: the cavatelli BLT at this pub-by-the-Shore.


Bahay Kubo

This is one fun way to eat, this communal-style Filipino feast known as kamayan. Easy, too. Except for figuring out how to stop.

Manu’s Kitchen Bar and Sushi Lounge

Portuguese and Japanese plates co-exist and co-mingle at a distinctive destination in the Ironbound.

Restaurant Revue Ocean Grove

The Porch Crepe Cafe

A Bonus Brief RR: Bid the season adieu this week with crepes savory and sweet at an outdoor café that’s tres charmant.

Restaurant Revue Northfield

Taqueria Rendon

Chef Marco Rendon’s birria specialist slipped into town on Cinco de Mayo, putting into the spotlight takes on the sensation that are destined to make it even more sensational.

Restaurant Revue HARVEY CEDARS

Harvey Cedars Shellfish Company

The fish is local, the plates unfussy yet creative when called for, the setting on Long Beach Island beachy-keen. No wonder this landmark is edging towards its 50th birthday.

Restaurant Revue MORRISTOWN

Stirling Tavern

There’s a well-edited menu of neighborhood joint favorites and outside-the-norm specialties at this downtown destination with an enlightened view of what’s possible. A tip: Don’t play it safe.

Restaurant Revue PENNSAUKEN

Kim Sum

A new dim sum champ handles the morsels served forth from its piled-high carts with grace. Make a day of it on a Saturday by taking a morning’s jaunt through the nearby Collingswood Farmers’ Market and, post-dim sum, shopping at Sun Seng supermarket, at the opposite end of Saigon Plaza.

Restaurant Revue HOPEWELL

Blue Bottle Café

Some 15 years ago, a pair of chefs looking to make a commitment to a community opened a little place with big-hearted food. Their culinary style? Well, it’s something like a roasted chicken.

Restaurant Revue BLOOMFIELD

El Matador

Break out of your same-old, same-old rut at this Mexican stalwart, where the less-common shines and a spirit of adventure is rewarded.


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