On Tuesday, Zagat released its annual list of “New Jersey’s 50 Best Restaurants: a mix of tried-and-true classics, affordable eats and trendy hot spots spanning the beach towns of the Jersey Shore up to the northern suburbs.”
With 565 towns in New Jersey, it’s pretty impressive that Maplewood has two of the 50 top-rated restaurants. Atlantic City blew everyone else away with seven of the top 50, but, hey, they’ve got casinos and tourism. Only a few other towns (like Cape May, Princeton and Ridgewood) scored a two-fer like Maplewood.
Zagat reviewers wrote that Lorena’s was a “jewel box” from chef Humberto Campos Jr. and his wife, Lorena, offering a “top-notch” experience of “divine” French cuisine and “wonderful” service in a “cozy, romantic” setting.
Meanwhile, Zagat lauded chef Dan Richer’s “outstanding” pizzas at Arturo’s with their locally sourced produce and “blisteringly beautiful crusts.”