Serving his extraordinary and unique style of cuisine which is infused with other cultural influences, creating an... See More. Located at the heart of Backpack Lake in Wayne, New Jersey, you’ll find a warm atmosphere and no-frills ambiance at Lakeside Restaurant and Bar. That being said, the menu is serious... See More.
The bar features 24 rotating craft beer lines and a creative cocktail and wine program. Meat Market Steak House has a modern NYC style feel with classy dishes and an upscale atmosphere.
At More of Wayne, you'll find Northern New Jersey's finest Italian and Steakhouse dining experience. We offer a variety of choices from all over Italy to please any guest, and we have added our new Steakhouse menu featuring different prime cuts of steak.
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The closing of Cucharamama in Hoboken, Iodine in As bury Park, Astoria Radii in Allentown, and Versus in Maple wood opened four more slots. The pandemic may have hastened the demise of Cucharamama and Iodine, where investors stepped in to halt operations amid a decline in revenue.
Appearing in the Top 30 for the first time are Aaron in Freehold, Café Chameleon in Bloomingdale, IL Dido in Marlboro, James on Main in Hackettstown, and Turtle and the Wolf in Montclair, all of which we visited this year. Modernizing traditional Indian dishes, chefs Caravan Shetty and Dayan and Shetty (no relation) offer creations like a smoky, rich, classic butter chicken, and avocado mango BAEL, a twist on a traditional Mumbai dish of puffed rice, which they enliven with avocado and mango and present in colorful layers.
Their duck Maratha tacos cradle the curried meat in small, round flatbread instead of tortillas. The building blends in on a fairly nondescript street, but Gregg’s cooking stands out for flavor and finesse, whether he’s pairing a roasted-onion tart with chicken mousse and a Coffee Road Farm egg, combining heirloom grits with fine herbs and lobster, or acing a straight-ahead hanger steak.
When he opened for outdoor dining on July 20 after nearly four months of Covid-19 closure, Kevin Kohler didn’t know what to expect. People wanting to sit at tables in a parking lot in 90-degree humidity.” After 34 years in business, maybe he shouldn’t have been surprised.
Drawing from French, Italian, American and Asian influences, Kohler ranges from filet Mignon ravioli to sea-scallop sashimi with scallion-cucumber vinaigrette. When owner Jamie Knot shut down in March, he funneled proceeds from sales of bottled spirits, beer and wine to his furloughed staff.
The restaurant does occupy a cellar, color scheme black and red, but the chairs and booths are upholstered and comfy. The staff is eager-to-please, and so is the menu, a kicky mélange of bad buns, garlic/chili shrimp, whole roasted branding and a wild wedge salad studded with bacon, blue cheese and pineapple.
Owner Stephane Rocket was luckier than some in that he was able to set up tables this summer in the covered parking area of the building in which Chen Catherine is situated. Meanwhile, he upgraded the ventilation system, “so now it’s probably safer indoors than outdoors,” he claims. Chef Christine Milton has subtly lightened the modern French cuisine that has long made Chen Catherine a destination.
“We were going to hemorrhage money if we did takeout and outdoor dining,” says chef Efren Ryan, who owns Common Lot with his wife, Nadine. Dishes were as frisky and flavor forward as ever, ranging from corn-and-manchego croquettes to confined duck leg with red curry sauce.
Chefs Scott Anderson and Mike Ryan scaled back their larger tasting menus to a regularly changing five-course for $125. For that money, you expect, and they present, a set of dishes that reveal the complexities of a few rigorously sourced, often locally foraged, ingredients.
You want to linger over it, something the patient, informative service and well-curated wine list and cocktail program encourage. Chef/owner Ryan Depression closed Fashion in March and enjoyed spending time at home until he realized, “my kids have a future I need to support, and I couldn’t sit on my ass and wait.” So he reopened for takeout and, later, outdoor dining and brunch, none of which he had done in the restaurant’s 17 years.
That trend should continue as Bunco transitions the modern Italian menu from lighter pastas to richer ones and to braised meats “that warm the tummy.” Chef DE Cuisine Martina Krowycka, meanwhile, has perfected her pizza dough, fermented three days for feathery-crisp crusts. Chef/owner Bruce Leftover and his team took the Covid-19 lockdown as an opportunity “to do a total deep clean, all the nooks and crannies, a lot of hands-and-knees and ladders.” With new chef DE cuisine Joe Benito, a Jersey veteran, the F&P dialed up a sophisticated spectrum of pleasures, from black-truffle ricotta gnocchi to pepper-crusted Way skirt steak with green-peppercorn Cognac sauce.
Venturing far beyond red sauce, IL Dido chef Joseph Roller presents invigorating delicacies such as crab meat and lobster salad with peeled grapefruit, mustard oil, tarragon and chives. Though chef Joseph Roller is not Italian, he’s traveled widely in Italy and has crafted a ravishing menu that ranges from a lobster and crab salad sparked with citrus and mustard to a unique pasta dish, muggier, consisting of one long, unbroken strand in a light sauce braced with crush peppers and garlic.
Van Pelt, tending the wood-burning grill and overseeing the tiny open kitchen, has a biology degree from Rutgers, but we’d give him a PhD in deliciousness. His lamb sausage with olive talented makes the Mediterranean seem local, and his shrimp and grits could pass muster in N’Awl ins.
Little wonder, given items like Capella’s Jersey scallops in brown butter with corn pudding and lemon-verbena shrimp sauce. Owner Chris Cannon’s wine list is packed with under-the-radar labels offering great bang for the buck.
When restaurants were restricted to takeout and delivery on March 16, chef Josh Seychelles and his wife, Jennifer, decided, as Seychelles puts it, “to offer a lot of choice, for the sole reason that, having a family of my own, I know everyone has likes and dislikes.” Casual dishes, like grilled pizzas cooked over mesquite and the buttermilk-fried-chicken sandwich, would sell well early in the week; as the weekend neared, the needle swung to substantial items like slow-roasted pork shoulder and halibut with Vietnamese chili-lime dressing. It’s worth the drive to the northwest corner of the state to experience that out-of-fashion art, the tasting menu, at its most adventurous and rewarding.
Stevens has bolstered the resort’s local foraging and supply chain with exotic ingredients from afar, such as Mercedes, a tasty Spanish crustacean harvested from aquatic caves at low tide. Reopening in May after a two-month Covid-19 shutdown, chef Joe Mooney was unsure what to expect from Mother’s Day, usually a grand slam for any restaurant.
Mooney pan roasts a smoked breast and serves it with an intense duck just, creamed cabbage, marinated beets, duck-liver sausage and rye settle. If one dish can capture the spirit of a restaurant, at Astoria Crescendo it just might be chef Robbie Felice’s whole deep-fried octopus.
The rest of the menu may not be as visually arresting, but is equally devoted to unabashed gustatory pleasure, whether Sicilian eggplant cappellacci or whole branding with smoked tomato and black-eyed peas. Executive chef Jason Ramos can seduce you with a salmon fillet gentled in a miss Rosetta or, as he did this summer, summon your inner lumberjack with slow-cooked suckling pig nested in corn and peaches.
But he asked himself, when he reopened after a couple of weeks of Covid-19 shutdown in March, “Will our level of food work for takeout?” He needn’t have worried. When he resumed indoor dining, signatures like the braised pork chop with red cabbage marmalade and crispy settle were as compelling as ever, and nightly specials broadened the appeal.
The Inn resumed indoor dining in late September with classics like its fennel-dusted pork chop, and branding with capers, raisins and Romeo sauce. After nearly 23 years of fine-dining excellence, chef James Laird pivoted to takeout in March, sharply reducing the menu and adding Jersey favorites like calamari salad and chicken part.
Among chef Lauren Hirschberg’s fetching creations at Turtle and the Wolf: his chicken liver mousse with figs. A beet-and-watermelon salad could turn out prissy, but chef Lauren Hirschberg’s comes at you joyously crisp, juicy and bright.
Hirschberg, a Montclair native who rose to the upper ranks of Tom Radicchio’s restaurant group before opening Turtle and the Wolf in 2015, does not overcomplicate dishes. He’s a flavor maximizer, attentive to textures, whether in his fried chicken or his signature duck pot pie.
Chef Joey Balding’s core menu remains Sicilian, like his roots, but late autumn brings two hearty specials to fight the frost. There will be tortellini filled with puréed pumpkin and butternut squash, cosseted in a sauce of sage and brown butter.
Pappardelle, broad and silky, will be lavished with a cocoa-powder enriched reign made from braised shoulder of wild boar.