Straight from the Table 4 results
  • Straight From The Table: Via 45

    By Lori Draz If you had to choose one word to describe dining at Via 45, it would be “home.” The restaurant has a decidedly homey feeling, from the mismatched plates to the intriguing décor accented with antique fair finds, cookbooks, and curiosities. The mood continues with the comforting autumn colors of the walls, the close tables that co-mingle the energies of the other diners, and the fact that your dinner is ready when mom is done cooking it. At Via 45, they make it clear, on ...
  • Straight From The Table: B2 Bistro + Bar

    By Lori Draz B2 Bistro + Bar B2 Bistro + Bar has a cool name and a chill vibe to go with it. It occupies the space of the former Blu restaurant and has a revivalist industrial feel, with brick walls, exposed heating pipes, and a bank of tall windows, kind of Chelsea Market-style. There are two rooms: the bar, which has pub-height tables, and a dining room. Owners Andrew Rasizer and Cesare “Chez” De Chellis have clearly spared few expenses on everything from the plates to the open ...
  • Straight from the Table: The Poached Pear

    By Lori Draz This month, our eager diners traveled to Point Pleasant Beach, a town that is in no way short on restaurants. Point Pleasant Beach has one of the longest and most diverse restaurant rows, not just along Arnold Avenue, but on the side streets and right down to the boardwalk. Fish off the boats, Italian, high-end, casual, from well-known names like Jack Baker’s and Joe Leone’s to Surf Taco – it’s not hard to find any of it at Point Pleasant Beach. And there, in a humble ...
  • Straight From The Table: Mediterranean Chateau

    By Lori Draz The first rays of the summer sun put us in a benevolent mood, so we decided to let the summer visitors get an early shot at the waterfront restaurants and opted instead to travel inland. It was a great way to beat the crowds, get plenty of service, and try some new places we’ve been meaning to get to for a while, all while supporting the businesses and staffs of these great local eateries. Our journey took us to Matawan, to a place called the Mediterranean Chateau. First ...