Garden State Dining

Restaurant Reviews

5 Stars: Portuguese Manor (Perth Amboy)

5 Stars: Thai Tida (Lambertville)

5 Stars: Bollywood Tadka (East Brunswick)

5 Stars: Neelam Exotic Indian Cuisine (Middletown)

5 Stars: Kunya Siam (Atlantic Highlands)

4.5 Stars: The Sitting Duck (Long Branch)

4.5 Stars: The Wine Cellar (Lambertville)

4.5 Stars:  Barnacle Bill’s (Rumson)

4.5 Stars: Los Corrales (Keyport)

4.5 Stars: Bahama Breeze (Woodbridge)

4.5 Stars: Nonna’s Citi Cucina (Englishtown)

4.5 Stars: Mie Thai (Woodbridge)

4 Stars: La Cipollina (Freehold)

4 Stars: Sichuan Cottage (Marlboro)

4 Stars: Cocina del Sol (Frenchtown)

4 Stars: Don Manuel (Perth Amboy)

4 Stars: House of Chong (Middletown)

4 Stars: The Chowda House (Red Bank)

4 Stars: Little Szechuan (Little Silver)

4 Stars: Bayroot (Shrewsbury)

4 Stars: J.J. Bitting’s Brewery (Woodbridge)

4 Stars: Galata Turkish Cuisine (Marlboro)

4 Stars: UJ’s Asian Bistro (Hazlet)

4 Stars: Taliercio’s Ultimate Gourmet (Red Bank)

4 Stars: Sahara 34 (Matawan)

4 Stars: Shannon Rose (Clifton)

4 Stars: The Turning Point (Holmdel)

4 Stars: Meemom’s (Middletown)

4 Stars: Esposito’s Pizza and Pasta (Matawan)

4 Stars: The Globe Hotel (Red Bank)

4 Stars: Nemo (Keyport)

4 Stars: McDonagh’s Pub (Keyport)

4 Stars: Max’s Restaurant (Jersey City)

4 Stars: Antoinette Boulangerie (Red Bank)

4 Stars: Pete & Elda’s Bar and Carmen’s Pizza (Neptune)

4 Stars: The Brothers Italian Cuisine (Red Bank)

4 Stars: Sissy’s at the Harbor (Atlantic Highlands)

4 Stars: Penang (Edison)

4 Stars: Clinton Station Diner (Clinton)

4 Stars: The National Hotel (Frenchtown)

4 Stars: Flavours of Manila (East Brunswick)

4 Stars: Nunzio’s Kitchen (Sayreville)

4 Stars: New Monmouth Diner (Middletown)

4 Stars: Thai Thai Cuisine (Old Bridge)

4 Stars: H-Mart Food Court (Edison)

4 Stars: Piero’s Restaurant (Union Beach)

4 Stars: Toki Japanese Restaurant (Red Bank)

4 Stars: The Brass Rail Bar and Grill (Matawan)

4 Stars: Melody’s Cafe (Lincroft)

4 Stars: Hailey’s Harp and Pub (Metuchen)

4 Stars: Teppanyaki Grill and Buffet (East Brunswick)

4 Stars: Simply Southern (Belmar)

4 Stars: Woody’s Ocean Grille (Sea Bright)

4 Stars: Phil-Am (Colonia)

4 Stars: What’s the Scoop (Metuchen)

4 Stars: The Halal Guys (East Brunswick)

4 Stars: Shanghai Bun (Matawan)

4 Stars: Front Street Trattoria (Red Bank)

4 Stars: Trattoria Rustica (Matawan)

3.5 Stars: Holmdel Bagels (Holmdel)

3.5 Stars: Brew 362 (Pittstown)

3.5 Stars: Paris Baguette (Edison)

3.5 Stars: Edison Noodle House (Edison)

3.5 Stars: Amy’s Omelette House (Long Branch)

3.5 Stars: Americana Diner (Shrewsbury)

3.5 Stars: Water Witch Coffee (Highlands)

3.5 Stars: Time for a Bagel (Morris Plains)

3.5 Stars: Off the Hook (Highlands)

3.5 Stars: Lenora’s Cafe (Keyport)

3.5 Stars: MJ’s Restaurant (Middletown)

3.5 Stars: Kings Arms II Diner (Belford)

3.5 Stars: Luigi’s Famous Pizza (Matawan)

3.5 Stars: Atlantic Bagel Company (Atlantic Highlands)

3.5 Stars: Old Time Bagels (Hazlet)

3.5 Stars: Le Peep (Edison)

3.5 Stars: Reo Diner (Woodbridge)

3.5 Stars: Ming Chu (Atlantic Highlands)

3.5 Stars: Bei Jing II (Cliffwood)

3.5 Stars: Nakayama Sushi (Hazlet)

3.5 Stars: Surf Taco (Red Bank)

3.5 Stars: Princetonian Diner (Princeton)

3.5 Stars: El Meson (Freehold)

3.5 Stars: New Beijing (Atlantic Highlands)

3.5 Stars: Sultan’s Palace (Matawan)

3.5 Stars: Mike’s Dairy and Deli (Atlantic Highlands)

3.5 Stars: Denino’s Pizza Place (Aberdeen)

3.5 Stars: West Lake Seafood Restaurant (Matawan)

3.5 stars: Tony’s Freehold Grill (Freehold)

3.5 Stars: Ichiban 18 (East Brunswick)

3.5 Stars: Hao Sushi and Seafood Buffet (Middletown)

3.5 Stars: What’s Brewing at Maria’s (Frenchtown)

3.5 Stars: Villa Pizza (Holmdel)

3.5 Stars: Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy)

3.5 Stars: Giuseppe’s Pizza and Restaurant (Hazlet)

3.5 Stars: La Madona (Matawan)

3.5 Stars: The Loving Hut (Matawan)

3.5 Stars: Jose Tejas (Woodbridge)

3.5 Stars: Dusal’s Italian Restaurant (Freehold)

3.5 Stars: Haldi Chowk (Middletown)

3.5 Stars: Eli’s Hot Bagels (Aberdeen)

3.5 Stars: Cafe Paris (Metuchen)

3.5 Stars: Fiesta Grill (Jersey City)

3.5 Stars: Harold’s Deli (Edison)

3.5 Stars: Nutley Diner (Nutley)

3.5 Stars: Country Griddle (Flemington)

3.5 Stars: Dublin House (Red Bank)

3 Stars: Salerno’s Pizza (Hazlet)

3 Stars: Miami Club (Keansburg)

3 Stars: Kyoto (Atlantic Highlands)

3 Stars: Chilangos (Highlands)

3 Stars: Sheepshead Baygels (Holmdel)

3 Stars: Red Bank Diner (Red Bank)

3 Stars: Quaker Steak and Lube (Edison)

3 Stars: Amravathi (Matawan)

3 Stars: Middletown Pancake House (Middletown)

3 Stars: Memphis Pig Out (Atlantic Highlands)

3 Stars: Old Glory Kitchen + Spirits (Keyport)

3 Stars: Number One Chinese (Union Beach)

3 Stars: Menlo Park Diner (Edison)

3 Stars: Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)

3 Stars: Crown Palace (Middletown)

3 Stars: Uncle Jack’s Good 2 Go (Ocean)

2.5 Stars: Pru Thai (Clinton)

2.5 Stars: Temple (Red Bank)

2.5 Stars: Broad Street Diner (Keyport)

2.5 Stars: Liu’s Garden (Hazlet)

2 Stars: Pasquale’s Pizza (Middletown)

2 Stars: Cheng’s Garden (Atlantic Highlands)

2 Stars: Elsie’s Sub Shop (Red Bank)

2 Stars: Wah Mei Kitchen (Port Monmouth)

1.5 Stars: D’Alessio’s Bagel Express (Leonardo)

1.5 Stars: Hazlet Pizza (Hazlet)

1.5 Stars: Zhang’s Grille (Holmdel)

1 Star: Asian Fun (Matawan)

Restaurants We Miss

Casey Jones (Long Branch)

Tre Amici (Long Branch)

Don Quixote Inn (Old Bridge)

Eurasian Eatery (Red Bank)

The Poet’s Inn (Matawan)

Hao Sushi (Middletown)

Melody’s Cafe (Lincroft)

Mie Thai (Woodbridge)

Steak & Ale (Middletown)

Do You Remember…

Jack O’Connor’s Restaurant (Bridgewater)

Larison’s Turkey Farm Inn (Chester)

Odds & Ends

The Breakfast Gold Mine in Holmdel

Stir-Fry on Sandy Hook

Our Anthony Bourdain Memorial BBQ

So This is Pittstown

Dunkin’ Donuts to Add “Donut Fries”

IHOB: What’s in a Name?

A Quick Stop at Gaslight

Wall’s Legendary Circus Drive-In Demolished

Kunya Siam 2018 Thai New Year Celebration

The Dinner that was Closure

“Liver…AND ONIONS!” (Part Two)

“Liver…AND ONIONS!” (Part One)

Hazlet’s Red Oak Diner Bites the Dust

What Eternity Feels Like

Old Time Bagels in Hazlet Achieves Perfection

So, How About Pumpkin Spice?

One Year of “Eating New Jersey”

Pitaya on the Beach

A Note from One of My Favorite Restaurants

Chair From Memphis Pig Out to Reside at Historical Society

Perth Amboy’s Portuguese Manor Has Sold; Will Changes Come?

Dining Establishments Coming and Going in Atlantic Highlands

What’s Going on at the Old Ruby Palace in Holmdel?

Portuguese Manor’s Lethal Spanish Coffee

Moroccan Food at a Friend’s House

The Hierarchy of Awful Chain Pizza

10 Bottles of Glenlivet at an Indian Restaurant

IHOP or Perkins?

Admit It, You Go to Ikea Just to Eat

The Unlikely and Heroic Combination of Scotch and Indian Food

Zarzuela at Portuguese Manor