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Top Choice Forest in Princeton

Institute Woods

Walk 1½ 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-walke…
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. Visiting parents, flush students and locals all crave the dishes here, which highlight locally source…
Top Choice American in Lambertville

Swan

This late 19th-century building – once the village hotel – is a local hang-out that charms with historical bric-a-brac and warm service, and wins you over with favorites such as the mashed-potato-and-onion pizza. Se…
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 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…
Top Choice Museum in Princeton

Princeton University Art Museum

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

Newark Museum

This brick-and-limestone mansion, a legacy of the Ballantine beer family, is now part of an impressive museum with the biggest Tibetan art collection in the western hemisphere. In fact, the 14th Dalai Lama consecrat…
Park in Northern New Jersey

Liberty State Park

This attractive park hosts outdoor concerts with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. It also has a great bike trail, and the historic railroad terminal where immigrants embarked after being processed at Ellis Islan…
Basque in Newark

Casa Vasca

A Spanish hideout a few blocks off Ferry St, Casa Vasca's white-tablecloth look belies its down-home Basque cooking, featuring delights such as pulpo a la gallega (Galician octopus) and garlic shrimp. Old-school all…
Italian in Hoboken

M & P Biancamano

We only have three words for the melt-in-your-mouth 'mutz' (mozzerella) that Peter Biancamano prepares fresh every morning at 6am: Oh. My. God.