Dueling Tuna, Scallops and More at Five Tastes Collab With 7 Doors Down

If you haven’t yet been to a Five Tastes pop-up dinner, then I’m not really sure what you’re waiting for. Five Tastes is Executive Chef Cedric Gayon’s tasting menu concept, which revolves around modern cooking techniques and globally spanning flavors. He runs Five Tastes along with Chefs Juan Vizueta and Kleber Gomez.

The most recent event was held at, and in collaboration with, 7 Doors Down in Bloomfield, NJ. You probably already know my opinion on 7 Doors Down, which is a restaurant I conside

New Taco Truck Concept Exceeds Expectations During Montclair Pop-Up

Last week, we broke the news of a new taco truck—Lulu’s Truck—coming to Montclair at the hands of the expert team behind Gioia Mia. You can read that announcement here.

A pop-up dinner was held for Lulu’s at Gioia Mia this past Sunday, which featured a menu rife with Mexican fare in place of the restaurant’s normal menu. If this sneak peek is any indication of what Lulu’s will bring to the table, then Montclair diners are in for a treat when the truck opens officially this summer.

As we popped

Top Montclair Restaurant Unveils Plans To Open Taco Truck

A top-rated NJ restaurant has unveiled plans for a taco truck—yes, you heard that right—coming early this summer.

Gioia Mia opened in 2023 to instant critical acclaim for their chef-driven menu, which is defined by seasonal produce and global flavors. Owners Mary Cumella and Chef Logan Ramirez have put together restaurant experience that takes diners through the likes of gelee-topped chicken liver mousse, handmade semolina cavatelli with fatty sausage, blood orange-soaked scallop tiradito and H

What Is New Haven Pizza? Plus: Where To Get It

In New Jersey, pizza isn’t hard to come by. At all. Styles range from New York slices, to Neapolitan-ish pies, to Detroit-style pizza, to paper-thin NJ bar pie. The pizza options in the Garden State are endless. Almost. There is one style of pizza that has yet to become mainstream in NJ, and fans of it say it’s the best in the world. It’s called New Haven pizza, and it comes from—you guessed it—New Haven Connecticut. So, what is New Haven pizza? And why are its fans so passionate about it?

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The NJ Media Agency Driving Restaurants to Success in the Digital Age

With the growing market for Instagram Reels, TikTok and YouTube Shorts, restaurants have begun to invest in quality video that can set them apart from their competitors. In just a few years’ time, we’ve seen restaurants have virtually zero social media presence beyond the occasional still image, to managers dabbling with video on their iPhones, to studying Instagram Reels and TikTok trends and, finally, hiring professionals to make video that goes beyond their prior capabilities. The digital age

This Supper Club Is NJ’s Best-Kept Culinary Secret

In Park Ridge, NJ—tucked inside an unassuming empanada shop—is one of New Jersey’s great dining experiences. A supper club of sorts, specializing in fresh pasta and high-quality meat and produce. Think ramps at the peak of their season, imported A5 Wagyu from Japan, briny Hokkaido uni and lobster. The list of what you might find is endless, changing daily depending on what’s available. That Pasta Club offers an unforgettable culinary journey, highlighted by culinary technique, friendly service a

The Best Restaurants in Jersey City (2024 Guide)

We’ve rounded up the best Jersey City restaurants so you don’t have to. From decades-old Italian-American red sauce joints to underground cocktail bars and award-winning Bangladeshi food, these are the best restaurants in Jersey City.

You have to know where to look to find this stellar cocktail bar in the heart of the city, but once you do, you’ll enter a world defined by boundary-pushing beverages and tasty bites. Gabriel Rieben and Arto Ozgun teamed up to bring JC a bar that isn’t just impres

Chef of Top-Rated Laboratorio Kitchen To Open Second Restaurant in Maplewood

A new restaurant is coming to Maplewood, NJ, adding yet another sought-after dining destination to the Essex County hot spot. Chef James De Sisto, owner of Laboratorio Kitchen in Montclair, has unveiled his forthcoming restaurant: Osteria LK.

Like Laboratorio Kitchen, Osteria LK will place a heavy focus on farm-to-table cooking and simple flavors—a style that De Sisto has mastered at his first restaurant. What sets Osteria LK apart from its predecessor is De Sisto’s full attention to showcasing

This Italian Tavern Is Taking Classic Bites To the Next Level

A welcome trend within the food world is more and more restaurants sprouting up that merge the reliability of NJ pizza with the complexities of a full-service restaurant, complete with Italian-American staples and inventive dishes alike. Grano in Scotch Plains exemplifies this to a tee. So much so that, while the pizzeria side of the space is impressive, I find myself sitting down in the dining room for a full-service meal each and every time I end up there.

Grano proves that we don’t have to c

Is This Distllery One of NJ's Best Date Night Spots?

By this point, you’ve probably heard of Bellemara Distillery in Hillsborough Township, NJ. This premier craft distillery produces single malt whisky, gin and a list of other creative and fun spirits. You can buy many of these bottles as is, or enjoy them at the distillery—neat, on the rocks or in one of Bellemara’s many handcrafted cocktails. This dedication to quality, artisanal spirits has made Bellemara one of the hottest destinations in Somerset County.

Bellemara Distillery’s focus is singl

Inside NJ’s Most Legendary Dive Bar

New Jersey is home to a diverse array of bars—from craft cocktail joints and old-school taverns to hidden lounges and sleek distilleries. But in Cranford, there’s one bar so famed, it’s seldom called by its real name. “The Dive” (or, “Da Dive” according to its owner). So, how did a seemingly normal dive bar become The Dive? Is it the perfect pours of Guinness or the ice-cold PBR cans? How about the fresh-griddled hamburgers or the French dip sandwiches? Is it the walls plastered in decades of ar

Newark Restaurant Wows With Japanese Bites and Hip Ambiance

My first visit to Chef Jamie Knott’s latest restaurant Kinjo was back in November for their soft opening. The Newark restaurant is the brainchild of Knott and Head Chef Bill Sanders. It was an impressive dining experience—accented by bold flavors and concepts. Still, there is always room for improvement, especially considering the restaurant was so green my first time there. My second visit to Kinjo exceeded expectations, bolstering a feeling I had already assumed to be true: Kinjo is just getti

Did a Chinese Diner Just Become NJ’s Best Vegan Restaurant?

That’s the usual reply I get when I bring up Fat Choy, and you wouldn’t be totally wrong to ask that. Fat Choy is a vegan restaurant. But it’s also much, much more than that.

At Fat Choy in Englewood, NJ, Chef Justin Lee crafts an exceptional dining experience that traverses the many flavors and techniques of Chinese cooking—from playful, veggie-forward riffs on Cantonese dishes to reinvented Chinese-American take-out staples.

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Sliders, Chili Dogs and Beyond: Pop's Place Resurrects the Roadside American Grill

When Owner Erion Lenas opened Pop’s Place, he looked to bring the roadside burger stands of the past to Rockaway, NJ. What followed was months of planning that would center around a simple concept: high-quality food at a fast-food pace. It’s a simple idea, but not always easy to pull off. When done right, there’s perhaps not a more fun dining experience in the world.

You’ll feel like a kid again when you walk into Pop’s Place—and that’s the whole idea. From griddled Taylor Ham sandwiches and on

NJ’s Best Chefs Call This Expert Potter For All Their Plate Needs

You eat with your eyes first.

It is well known in the restaurant world that the first sight of food is extremely crucial. When eating at chef-driven restaurants, the plating is often as important as the taste itself. It might seem ridiculous to think, but as diners and humans, we truly do eat with our eyes first. When a dish is visually appealing, it sets the rest of its parts up for success. The sense of taste and smell are inherently distinct, but it has been proven that visual stimuli in foo

Bracco Bread Co. Pizza Pop-Up At Aquila

Since 2020, there has been a spike in at-home pizza and bread makers. If your Instagram algorithm is laced with food like mine is, then chances are you can’t scroll through your feed for more than two minutes without seeing a homemade pizza or sourdough loaf.

For Chris Bracco of Bracco bread Co., this obsession with pizza and bread has garnered him a decent following. This past Sunday, he put his skills to the test with his first official pizza pop-up—hosted at none other than the legendary Aqu

America's Oldest Distiller Is in NJ and They Just Released 2 New Products

America’s oldest distillers are right here in New Jersey. They don’t make bourbon or gin—not vodka or rum—but instead, a spirit known by fans as Applejack. Laird & Company has been making their signature apple brandy since 1698 when founder William Laird emigrated across the pond to New Jersey.

He began distilling his signature spirit—a strong brandy derived from locally produced apples—to share with family and friends. By 1717, popularity grew and Laird established the original Laird & Company

Sopranos Fanatics Can Now Bid On Booth From Show Finale

The Sopranos is perhaps one of New Jersey’s greatest contributions to mankind. The hit HBO drama created by David Chase explores a Tony Soprano, who must navigate between the mundanity of normal family life juxtaposed against the intricacies of running NJ’s most notorious crime family. The show celebrated its 25th anniversary earlier this year.

Perhaps more famous than the show itself is the infamous final scene—which takes place in Bloomfield’s own Holsten’s with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin

Taking Notes From Uber, Surge Pricing Could Be Coming To Wendy’s

We’ve all been there before: you call an Uber after a night out only to find that the prices are currently higher than usual. This practice is referred to as surge pricing.

Surge pricing is when a company increases the cost of a good or service when there is the greatest demand for it. For example, in Uber’s case, you might experience surge pricing during high volume hours like midnight on a Friday or on New Years Eve.

According to Uber’s website, “In these cases of very high demand, prices ma

Look Out for These NJ Restaurants Coming in 2024

New Jersey’s dining scene is nothing short of extraordinary. From Bergen County to the Jersey Shore, new restaurants are constantly popping up in the Garden State. With an excess of exceptional chefs, bar minds and hospitality professionals, it’s no wonder why NJ’s restaurant scene is constantly improving—making it one of the best in the US.

This year is shaping up to be no different. Keep an eye out for these NJ restaurants coming in 2024.

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The Best Things I Ate in LA

I recently went to Los Angeles for the first time and, as I tend to do when visiting a new city, I ate my weight in good eats. Traveling to LA, I made it my mission to try a varied display of the city’s culinary offerings. From chicken tinga tacos and fatty tuna hand rolls to rigatoni amatriciana and chutney-topped pizzas, these are the best things I ate in LA.

Dan Sung Sa is a culinary experience that the East Coast is sorely missing. Fans flock to this late-night, no-frills joint in the heart

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka To Run For NJ Governor

“I want to be the Governor of the state of New Jersey,” said Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka Monday night at a Black History Month event.

Baraka indicated last year that he was considering running for NJ Mayor, but never made a formal announcement. He’s not the first high-profile Mayor to announce a Gubernatorial bid—Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, a Democrat, also intends to run. Fulop congratulated Baraka on social media, saying “I think the more voices with different viewpoints only serves to ben

3 NJ Restaurants Named Best in Country by USA Today

USA Today recently released its highly-anticipated list of the best restaurants across the nation for 2024. Among the 47 restaurants named, three are right here in New Jersey.

Here are the three NJ restaurants named best in the country by USA Today.

Arab food is not hard to come by in Paterson, AKA the Silk City. Al Basha is a Palestinian restaurant in the heart of Paterson that serves up tasty mezze like herbaceous falafel, grilled half chickens, hummus and more. It’s booze-free at Al Basha—i

Chef Robbie Felice To Host Acclaimed DC Chef At pastaRAMEN

A can’t-miss pop up is coming to Montclair.

PastaRAMEN is already the hardest reservation to get and on March 4, it will be even more difficult to secure your spot. That’s because acclaimed Chef Robbie Felice—owner and visionary behind pastaRAMEN’s Wafu-Italian concept—is hosting fellow Wafu culinarian, Chef Katsuya Fukushima of Tonari in Washington DC.

Like pastaRAMEN, Tonari is its respective city’s first and only Wafu-Italian restaurant, a Japanese-style Italian cuisine that first formed in
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