FOR LOVERS OF GREAT FOOD, ONE OF
life’s prime pleasures is discovering
a terrific new restaurant. It’s a tricky
business. In food-crazed New Jersey,
restaurants sprout like daffodils in the
spring (although openings happen year-round). How do you know if your first
meal at a culinary newcomer will be
worth the tab?
That’s where New Jersey Monthly
comes in. All year, the magazine’s team
of discerning critics, writers and food
bloggers—led by deputy editor/dining
editor Eric Levin—visits restaurants (old
as well as new) to assure that our readers are kept abreast of the latest developments in Jersey dining.
Based on the team’s input, we present in this issue our picks for the state’s
30 Best New Restaurants. The list runs
the gamut from funky burgers to fine
dining and all points between. The restaurants are distributed throughout the
state and include a number of wallet-friendly BYOs.
In addition to heaping praise on
these 30 dining discoveries, we tip our
caps to seven ambitious entries waiting in the wings for 2016 debuts. Take
note: Three of the six restaurants on last
year’s “Coming Soon” roster made it to
this year’s top 30.
ON JANUARY 8, 2014, THE BOMBSHELL
now known as Bridgegate exploded in
the local media. We may never learn the
whole truth about the George Washington Bridge lane closings, but we now have
the sharpest picture yet of what was going on at the time within the Christie
administration. This month’s exclusive
excerpt from American Governor: Chris
Christie’s Bridge to Redemption by journalist Matt Katz (due to hit booksellers in late January) provides an unparalleled peek at the finger-pointing and
bloodletting that the scandal unleashed
among Christie’s closest lieutenants.
The story is still unfolding; consider this
your chance to catch up.
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