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: J.J. Bitting’s Brewery (Woodbridge)

4.5 Stars: Bahama Breeze (Woodbridge)

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

4.5 Stars: The National Hotel (Frenchtown)

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

4.5 Stars: Nonna’s Citi Cucina (Englishtown)

4.5 Stars: Mie Thai (Woodbridge)

4.5 Stars: Flavours of Manila (East Brunswick)

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

4 Stars: Cocina del Sol (Frenchtown)

4 Stars: Brew 362 (Pittstown)

4 Stars: Paris Baguette (Edison)

4 Stars: Don Manuel (Perth Amboy)

4 Stars: House of Chong (Middletown)

4 Stars: Atlantic Bagel Company (Atlantic Highlands)

4 Stars: Americana Diner (Shrewsbury)

4 Stars: MJ’s Restaurant (Middletown)

4 Stars: Luigi’s Famous Pizza (Matawan)

4 Stars: The Chowda House (Red Bank)

4 Stars: Little Szechuan (Little Silver)

4 Stars: Bayroot (Shrewsbury)

4 Stars: Galata Turkish Cuisine (Marlboro)

4 Stars: UJ’s Asian Bistro (Hazlet)

4 Stars: Sahara 34 (Matawan)

4 Stars: Shannon Rose (Clifton)

4 Stars: The Turning Point (Holmdel)

4 Stars: Meemom’s (Middletown)

4 Stars: Le Peep (Edison)

4 Stars: Old Time Bagels (Hazlet)

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

4 Stars: Cafe Paris (Metuchen)

4 Stars: The Globe Hotel (Red Bank)

4 Stars: Lenora’s Cafe (Keyport)

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

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: Princetonian Diner (Princeton)

4 Stars: Ichiban 18 (East Brunswick)

4 Stars: Penang (Edison)

4 Stars: Clinton Station Diner (Clinton)

4 Stars: Nunzio’s Kitchen (Sayreville)

4 Stars: New Monmouth Diner (Middletown)

4 Stars: Dusal’s Italian Restaurant (Freehold)

4 Stars: Thai Thai Cuisine (Old Bridge)

4 Stars: Jose Tejas (Woodbridge)

4 Stars: Villa Pizza (Holmdel)

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

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: Hao Sushi and Seafood Buffet (Middletown)

4 stars: Tony’s Freehold Grill (Freehold)

4 Stars: Teppanyaki Grill and Supreme Buffet (East Brunswick)

4 Stars: Simply Southern (Belmar)

4 Stars: Fiesta Grill (Jersey City)

4 Stars: Eli’s Hot Bagels (Aberdeen)

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

4 Stars: La Madona (Matawan)

4 Stars: Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)

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

4 Stars: Harold’s Deli (Edison)

4 Stars: Phil-Am (Colonia)

4 Stars: What’s the Scoop (Metuchen)

4 Stars: The Loving Hut (Matawan)

4 Stars: Ocean Bay Diner (South Amboy)

4 Stars: The Halal Guys (East Brunswick)

4 Stars: Shanghai Bun (Matawan)

4 Stars: Front Street Trattoria (Red Bank)

4 Stars: Country Griddle (Flemington)

4 Stars: Trattoria Rustica (Matawan)

3.5 Stars: Edison Noodle House (Edison)

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: Kings Arms II Diner (Belford)

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: El Meson (Freehold)

3.5 Stars: New Beijing (Atlantic Highlands)

3.5 Stars: Sultan’s Palace (Matawan)

3.5 Stars: Denino’s Pizza Place (Aberdeen)

3.5 Stars: West Lake Seafood Restaurant (Matawan)

3.5 Stars: Haldi Chowk (Middletown)

3.5 Stars: Nutley Diner (Nutley)

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

3.5 Stars: Dublin House (Red Bank)

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: Crown Palace (Middletown)

2.5 Stars: Temple (Red Bank)

2.5 Stars: Cheng’s Garden (Atlantic Highlands)

2.5 Stars: Broad Street Diner (Keyport)

2.5 Stars: Liu’s Garden (Hazlet)

2 Stars: Elsie’s Sub Shop (Red Bank)

2 Stars: Wah Mei Kitchen (Port Monmouth)

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

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?

Hats Off to Chili’s

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