Top things to do

Top Choice Mediterranean in Princeton

Mistral

Princeton's most creative restaurant offers plates made to share, with flavors ranging from the Caribbean to Scandinavia. Sit at the chef's counter for a bird's-eye view of the controlled chaos in the open-plan kitc…
Top Choice Seafood in Cape May

Lobster House

This clubby-feeling classic on the wharf serves local oysters and scallops. No reservations means very long waits – go early or late, or have a drink on the boat-bar, the Schooner American, docked next to the restau…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Princeton

Mediterra Restaurant & Taverna

Centrally located in Palmer Sq, Mediterra is the sort of upscale, contemporary place designed for a college town, for visiting parents, flush students and locals craving menus that highlight locally sourced and orga…
Top Choice Forest in Princeton

Institute Woods

Walk 1.5 miles down Mercer St to a bucolic slice of countryside seemingly completely removed from the jammed-up campus-area thoroughfares. Nearly 600 acres have been set aside here, and birders, joggers and dog-walk…
Top Choice American in Lambertville

Swan

This late 19th-century building – once the village hotel – is a local hangout that charms with historical bric-a-brac and warm service and wins you over with favorites such as the mashed-potato-and-onion pizza. Seri…
Top Choice Winery in Cape May

Willow Creek Winery

The 'baby' of Cape May's six wineries, this former lima bean/dairy farm christened its first bottles in 2011, and produces a solid combo of reds and whites. The tapas menu and sangria bar on the weekend is pretty mi…
Top Choice Southern US in Atlantic City

Kelsey & Kim's Café

In the pretty residential Uptown area, this friendly cafe does excellent Southern comfort food, from morning grits and waffles to fried whiting and barbecue brisket. BYOB makes it a deal.
Top Choice Pub Food in Barnegat Peninsula

Klee's

Don't ask why an Irish bar has the best thin-crust pizza on the Shore – just enjoy. The rest of the menu is solid, if standard, and comes in mammoth portions.
Top Choice Museum in Princeton

Princeton University Art Museum

This wide-ranging collection is particularly strong on antiquities, Asian art and photography.
Top Choice Tapas in Newark

Mompou

With a zinc bar and a snappy cocktail list, this chic bar-lounge hums with convivial conversation. Tapas include bacaloa (salted-cod croquettes), patatas bravas, txistorra (basque sausage) and, our fave, calamari in…