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The Best Manhattan Summer Events

Few things beat Hudson and Bergen Counties’ prime location just across the river from Manhattan. It’s good to be in the Jerz, but sometimes it’s better to head across the Hudson for the inimitable sights and delights of the city. In this new recurring section, we’ll collect the best that NYC has to offer, from festivals and special events to ... Read More »

Spotlight on Biddy O’Malley’s

Biddy O'Malley's Englewood

Want an exquisite meal in a laid-back atmosphere near bergenPAC? Look no further than right next door. The Irish bistro and bar Biddy O’Malley’s {30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood; 201.608.5545; biddyomalleys.com}, owned and operated by County Clare émigré Noel O’Malley, opened up shop in Englewood earlier this year to serve up cuisine that is anything but standard pub fare. ... Read More »

Chicago Comes to NJ

Self-described as the “rock and roll band with horns,” the legendary group Chicago is heading to bergenPAC in August as part of their 2016 Heart and Soul tour with co-headliners Earth, Wind & Fire. Chicago’s recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a long time coming for a band with 25 platinum albums; 21 Top-Ten singles ... Read More »

Discover Almayass Restaurant

Almayass NYC

What better way to celebrate the introduction of DiningOut New Jersey’s new “Across the River” section than by profiling a Manhattan restaurant known for creating the kind of exotic Armenian culinary experience described in our inaugural “Food Culture” section? Almayass {21st Street between Broadway and Park Avenue South; 212.473.3100} infuses authentic Armenian food and flavors into traditional Lebanese dishes. The restaurant has been ... Read More »

Food Culture: Armenia

Armenian food

Growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s and ‘60s, I had some explaining to do whenever I opened my lunchbox. Everyone else had ham sandwiches or tuna salad, while I had lamb and rice wrapped in grape leaves, or little onion-filled pies that looked like flying saucers made out of meat—all traditional Armenian foods. My friends thought this was ... Read More »

Glass Bottles, Glass Ceilings

Cynthia Lohr

In 2005, New York City-based tech marketing guru Deborah Brenner took a trip to Napa that would change her life—and the role of women in wine—forever. During her tour of the area’s famous wineries, she discovered how male-dominated the wine industry is. She even learned of several cases where a winery made a conscious decision to omit a female winemaker’s ... Read More »

Grape Ideas from Make Wine With Us

Making wine is any wine lover’s dream—the perfect blend of tasting and crafting. Luckily for New Jersey oenophiles, Make Wine With Us in Wallington offers both experiences in one location. All it takes to get started is a passion for good wine and a desire to learn. Make Wine With Us has simplified the winemaking process so that each step ... Read More »

Dreaming Big with Drew Nieporent

“You have to dream big if you’re gonna win.” Sound advice from America’s legendary restaurateur, Drew Nieporent. As founder of Myriad Restaurant Group (which operates Tribecca Grill, Nobu New York City, Nobu Fifty Seven, Nobu London, Nobu Next Door, Bâtard, and Crush Wine & Spirits), Nieporent is no stranger to winning. With 35 restaurants worldwide under the Myriad umbrella—most recently ... Read More »

Doggie Bag

Longtime residents of New Jersey, Marge and Mark Dabakian are foodies through and through. “We love to eat out,” Marge says. Which works out for both of them, since she hates cooking. “There are lots of places we love to go, but we’re regulars at Jersey Boys Grill in New Milford. They have great specials, but Mark and I will ... Read More »

Cold Weather Comforts

When the holidays are over, many of us start to feel the winter blues. That’s when we crave comfort foods—the rib-sticking goodness that invariably boosts our mood. DiningOut asked three New Jersey chefs what their most popular comfort food items are this season. When you get the craving for something warm and hearty, take their advice for soul-satisfying indulgences. David ... Read More »