430 Bedford Road, Armonk
Moderne Barn has joined the locavore trend with a rooftop garden—where the harvest includes beets, radishes, spinach, eggplant and more. Its chef, Ethan Kostbar, focuses on American fare with Mediterranean influences, utilizing produce from its garden.
The Inn at Pound Ridge
258 Westchester Avenue, Pound Ridge
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s latest culinary venture is a rustic fine-dining establishment at the Inn at Pound Ridge in Westchester. With two dining rooms, the cozy establishment offers the chef’s fan favorites like whole-wheat pizzas and Peekytoe crab toast.
Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant
This popular Connecticut mini-chain bottles its own truffle products in partnership with international food company Urbani Group. The choice is yours—you can dine in-house and feast on dishes like hanger steak with truffle vinaigrette, or you can stop by one of the group’s six locations and take a bottle home to work your own magic.
11 Witherspoon Street, Princeton
New Jersey native Chef Josh Thomsen gets back to his roots with this new Princeton eatery. Agricola’s rustic American cooking is based on ingredients sourced from the restaurant’s own farm and from other area growers. The cozy interior, intended to make even first-timers feel like regulars, features a 16-seat communal table where diners can enjoy hearty creations like braised beef short ribs, served with parsnips, rutabagas and more.
Cocoa’s Bakery & Bistro
275 Grand Street, Jersey City
Former Nobu pastry chef Jessica Isaacs has set up her own bakery in Jersey City’s bustling downtown. The raw-looking interiors are outfitted with mostly reclaimed wood and vintage furnishing to create an easy-going backdrop to Isaacs’ readymade and custom cakes, cookies and pastries, plus signature creations like cake truffles and a croquembouche, a cone tower of cream puffs filled with pastry cream and bound with spun caramel—all of which are packed with the finest ingredients like TCHO chocolate from San Francisco and Valrhona from France.
G Grab and Go
260 Talmadge Road, Edison
Since narrowly missing the win on Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars, Mike Isabella has teamed up with his sister and brother-in-law to open sandwich outfit G Grab and Go in Edison, where they’ll have foodies salivating over the Almost Cuban. A meaty sandwich with ham, house-roasted turkey, Swiss cheese, Dijon and half-sour pickles, it’s an Isabella take on an old classic.
184 Main Street, Beacon
A local favorite, burger joint Poppy’s from Chopped winner Paul Yeaple reopened in June with a larger dining space to welcome the throngs who congregate for the grass-fed beef patties sourced from nearby Kiernan Farm and thoroughly addictive sweet-potato chips.
The Farm and Fisherman Tavern and Market
1442 Route 70 East, Cherry Hill
Chef Josh Lawler’s Philly hotspot The Farm and Fisherman is crossing state lines with a Cherry Hill (where Lawler lives with his family) offshoot The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market, a charming 30-seat tavern-style showcase for Lawler’s famed farm-to-table, head-to-tail style with seasonal specialties and local products like seared beet steak, house-made pasta, house-cured salami and top-notch craft beers.