282 November 2015 NJMONTHLY.COM
Talde; 8 Erie St, Jersey City (201-630-0077).
Asian-American cuisine, featuring wonton ramen,
pretzel, pork-and-chive dumplings and oyster-and-bacon pad Thai. D—Sun–Wed, 5–11 PM;
Thurs–Sat, 5–midnight. Brunch—Sat and Sun, 11
AM– 3 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V. ; G (;; 7/15)
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen
110 South St, Morristown (973-644-3180).
Italian-influenced American cuisine, featuring
dayboat scallops, salumi boards, and oysters.
L—Tues–Sun, noon–2: 30 PM. D—Tues, Wed, Sun,
4 PM– 10 PM; Thurs—Sat, 4 PM– 11 PM.$$$. AX, D,
MC, V. G ;
Rod’s Steakhouse & Seafood Grille
1 Convent Rd, Morristown (973-539-6666).
American cuisine, featuring crab cakes, prime
New York sirloin and sea bass. L—Mon–Sat,
11: 30 AM– 4 PM. D—daily, 4–10 PM. Brunch—Sun,
10 AM– 2 PM.$$$. AX, MC, V. G ;
Serenäde 6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham (973-701-
0303). American-modern cuisine with fried oysters, slow-roasted duck and flourless chocolate
tart. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 2 PM. D—Mon–Fri,
6–9 PM; Sat, 5: 30-10 PM; Sun, 5–9 PM. $$$. AX,
MC, DC, D, V. G ;
NEW South + Pine 90 South St, Morristown
(973-260-9700). New American cuisine, featuring pan-seared bronzino, hanger steak with
horseradish hollandaise and chocolate stout
pudding. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 4 PM. D—Mon–
Thurs, 5–9: 30 PM; Fri and Sat, 5-10: 30 PM; Sun,
5–9 PM. Brunch, Sat and Sun, 11 AM– 3 PM. $$$.
AX, MC, V. ; (;;; 10/15)
Brigantine Seafood Eatery & Market; 112
Lincoln Ave, Hawthorne (973-949-5600). Italian
seafood specialties, featuring grilled Portuguese
octopus, pastrami-cured salmon and chocolate
pecan pie. Mon–Fri, noon– 10 PM; Sat, 2–10 PM;
Sun, 3–9 PM. $$. AX, MC, V. BYO
Kirkers Inn; 237 Diamond Bridge Ave,
Hawthorne (973-427-7700). German-American
fare, featuring sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel and
apple strudel. Mon–Sat, 11: 30 AM–midnight. $$.
AX, MC, V. G
La Riviera Trattoria 421 Piaget Ave (Rt 46 E),
Clifton (973-478-4181). Italian cuisine, featuring
fried calamari, fusilli in mushroom-and-white-wine sauce and cannoli. Gluten-free menu available. Tues–Thurs, 11 AM– 9 PM; Fri, 11 AM– 10 PM;
Sat, 4–10 PM; Sun, 2–8 PM. $$. AX, D, MC, V. G ;
NEW Shanghai 46; 14 US Highway 46, East
(973-808-5888). Chinese fare, featuring Shanghai
specialties, including shredded fish fillet, pumpkin with salted egg yolk and lion head meat ball
in casserole. Mon and Wed–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM;
Sat and Sun, 10: 30 am– 10 PM. $/$$. AX, D, MC, V.
; (;;½ 10/15)
Krave Café 102 Sparta Ave, Newton (973-383-
2600). New American cuisine, featuring PEI
mussels, fettucini with duck confit and tres
leche cake. Tues–Fri, 11 AM– 9 PM. Sat, noon– 10
PM. Sun, 11 AM– 3 PM $$. AX, D, MC, V. G ; (;;½
Lafayette House Olde Lafayette Village,
between routes 94 and 15, Lafayette (973-579-
3100). American cuisine. L—Mon–Sat, 11: 30
AM–2: 30 PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 4: 30–10 PM; Fri
and Sat, 5–11 PM; Sun, 4–9 PM. Brunch—Sun,
10 AM– 2 PM. Marquis Tavern, light fare and
oyster bar. Entertainment Fri and Sat, 8 PM.
Open Mon–Thurs, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM; Fri and Sat,
11: 30 AM– 11 PM; Sun, noon– 9 PM. $/$$. AX, MC,
V. G I
Restaurant Latour Crystal Springs Resort,
1 Wild Turkey Way, Rt 94, Hardyston (973-827-
0548). American cuisine, featuring locally grown
produce, artisan cheeses and organic rack of
Colorado mountain lamb; Wine Spectator Grand
Award-winning cellar with more than 100,000
bottles. D—Thurs–Sun, 5–10 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V.
Trinity Lounge 173 Spring St, Newton (973-940-
7916). American cuisine, featuring apple salad with
blue cheese, pan-seared duck and white-chocolate
bread pudding. Tues–Sat, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM; Sun, 4–9
PM. $$$. AX, MC, V. G ; (;; 4/14)
Upstream Grille 161 Route 181, Lake Hopatcong
(973-663-2222). New American cuisine, featuring
tuna tartare tacos, tilapia with crabmeat crust, and
pan-seared scallops. Wed and Thur, 11: 30 AM–11: 30
PM; Fri and Sat, 11: 30 AM–1: 30 AM; Sun, 11: 30 AM– 10
PM. $$$. AX, MC, DC, V. G ; (;;½ 9/15)
100 Steps; 215 Centennial Ave, Cranford (908-
276-6600). Seafood menu, featuring Samish Bay
oysters, octopus and pasta. D—Tues–Sat, 5–10 PM;
oyster happy hour, Thurs–Sat, 4–5: 30 PM. $$$.
AX, MC, D, V. ; (;;; 11/14)
Chez Catherine 431 North Ave W, Westfield
(908-654-4011). French cuisine, featuring escargots with garlic and parsley, breast of duck with
orange sauce and apple tart. L—Tues–Fri, noon–
2: 30 PM. D—Tues–Sat, 5:30–9: 30 PM. $$$. AX, D,
MC, V. G I
Giovanni’s Bistro;449 Springfield Ave,
Berkeley Heights (908-464-6464). New
American cuisine, featuring house made gnocchi, seared, organic Black Pearl salmon, and
salted caramel brownies. D—Mon–Wed, 5–9 PM;
Thurs–Sat, 5-9: 30 PM. Lunch—Mon–Sat, 11: 30
AM–2: 30 PM. $$. AX, D, MC, V.
The Inn at Millrace Pond 313 Johnsonburg
Rd (Rt 519), Hope (908-459-4884). Seasonal
American fare, featuring roast half duckling,
mixed grill and fish. L—Daily, 11: 30 AM– 5 PM.
D—Sun–Thurs, 5–8 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–9 PM. $$.
AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ; I
Mattar’s Restaurant;1115 Rt 517 (corner of
Ridge Rd), Allamuchy (908-852-2300). Modern
American cuisine, featuring a brick oven pizza,
burgers and pasta. D—Mon–Sat, 11: 30 AM– 11 PM;
Sun, 11: 30 AM– 9 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V. G ; I
Anton’s at the Swan; 43 S Main St,
Lambertville (609-397-1960). New American fare,
featuring grilled shrimp with coconut rice and
peanut sauce, grilled rack of lamb and Readington
River buffalo strip steak. D—Tues–Thurs, 6–9
PM; Fri and Sat, 6–10 PM; Sun, 4: 30–8 PM (Bar has
extended hours). $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G I
Harvest Moon Inn;1039 Old York Rd, Ringoes
(908-806-6020). Creative American fare, featuring pan-roasted rack of lamb, Cajun blackened
tuna and hazelnut-crusted chicken breast. L—
Tues–Fri, 11: 30 AM–2: 30 PM. D—Tues–Thurs,
5–9: 30 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun, 1–8 PM.
$$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ; I
Milford Oyster House 92 Water St, Milford
(908-995-9411). Seafood, featuring oysters, lem-
374 Route 3 West
Hours: Sun–Thurs, 11 AM– 10 PM; Fri and Sat,
11 AM– 11 PM
Style: Industrial-chic burger joint with
retro lighting, wood floors and seating at
tables, booths and the bar. Big chalkboards
Don’t Miss: The cooked-to-order burgers,
Baby! Choose from antibiotic-free Angus
beef, ground turkey, chicken breast, hand-cut
ahi tuna, bison or vegan veggie ($8.50–$16).
You can build your own burger by checking
off items on a sheet. Choose from 16 cheeses
(horseradish cheddar to vegan cheddar), 26
sauces (Thai peanut to spicy sour cream), 36
toppings (carrot strings to Daikon radishes).
For $1 each, choose from 13 premium picks
(fried pickles to applewood-smoked bacon).
Or “simplify” matters by picking one of the
19 Expert Builds, each an enticing combo.
You can also build your own grilled cheese
sandwich, milkshake or float. Avoiding carbs?
Order one of several creative salads or a
burger bowl—burger, toppings, sauces, no bun.
Burgers and bowls come with choice of a side,
including crispy onion strings, grilled veggie
skewers and sweet potato or shoestring fries.
Yes, it can all be a bit over whelming.
Heads Up: The Counter is located in the
River Center strip mall, across the highway
from the AMC Clifton Commons.
The Scoop: The restaurant, part of a
California chain, has a second Jersey location
at 341 George Street in New Brunswick, which
serves alcohol. Choose from more than a
dozen craft beers on tap, or indulge in an adult
milkshake. The Apple Moonshine is made with
vanilla ice cream, apple crumble and Stillhouse
Apple Crisp Moonshine corn whiskey ($7.50).
The Chocolate Cherry Pinot Noir combines
vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, cherries
and California pinot noir ($7.50).
—DEBORAH P. CARTER