Food & Drink in New Providence

Meal for Two with Cookies, Drinks, and Footlongs or Five 6-Inch Subs at Subway of Scotch Plains (Up to 45% Off)

Subway of Scotch Plains

Scotch Plains

$17.34 $10

Freshly baked bread holds tasty ingredients such as meatballs, turkey breast, provolone cheese, and vegetables

Old World vs. New World Wine Class for One or Two at The Wine List of Summit (Up to 54% Off)

The Wine List of Summit

Summit

$70 $35

A professional sommelier contrasts Old World and New World wines while leading students through a tasting

$30 for $50 Worth of Italian Food at Theresa's Restaurant

Theresa's Restaurant

Westfield

$50 $30

Italian entrees from veal scaloppini to asiago-crusted chicken; pasta made in-house daily

Artisan Sandwich Carry-Out Meal for Two or Four from Maggie Cooks (50% Off)

Maggie Cooks

Westfield

$31.96 $16

Chefs prepare made-to-order artisan sandwiches, such as the Southwestern chipotle chicken wrap or Italian grilled vegetable sandwich

French Prix Fixe Dinner for Two at Amuse (Up to 33% Off)

Amuse

Westfield

$90 $60

Airy BYOB French restaurant serving fresh seasonal plates

Comedy Show for Two or Four with Wings or Mozzarella Sticks at The Comedy Cove At Scotty's (Up to 54% Off)

The Comedy Cove at Scotty's

Springfield

$48.95 $25

Comedy club with an outdoor tiki bar hosts weekly shows, including sets from pros featured on Last Comic Standing and The Tonight Show

$8.99 for Two Quarts of Soup at Z Deli & Catering ($15.90 Value)

Z Deli & Catering

Springfield

$15.90 $8.99

Kosher-style deli serves fresh, house-made soups

Middle Eastern Food at King Falafel (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

King Falafel

Millburn

$25 $15

Diners dig into fresh Middle Eastern dishes, such as falafel, shawarma, and kebabs

Burger Meals for Two or Four at The Brook (Up to 41% Off)

The Brook

North Plainfield

$19.53 $12

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Specialty burgers include The Hangover with a fried egg and cheese, the Bleu with Maytag Bleu cheese and bacon, and the Baja with avocado

Three Groupons, Each Good for $8 Worth of Dine-In or Carryout Italian Cuisine at Dorina's Kitchen ( 50% Off)

Dorina's Kitchen

Florham Park

$8 $4

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Mangia hand-rolled meatballs, pizza, pasta, and a caprese burger stacked with mozzarella, basil, and tomato, followed by a scoop of gelato

Italian Cooking Class for Two or Four at Trattoria Bel Paese Cooking Academy (Up to 55% Off)

Trattoria Bel Paese Cooking Academy

Cranford

$150 $69

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Classes center on Italian classics such as fresh pasta and homemade sauces as well as locations, including Southern Italy and Tuscany

$6 for $11 Worth of Deli-Counter Food — Mike's Place

Mike's Place

Kenilworth

$11 $6

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Pub Cuisine and Craft-Beer Flights for Two or Four at 10th Street Live (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

10th Street Live

Kenilworth

$46 $22

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A selection of pub cuisine—all made in-house—pairs with frosty craft beers at a venue with frequent live music and comedy

American Cuisine at The Hub at Holiday Inn (Up to 51% Off). Four Options Available.

The Hub at Holiday Inn

Clark

$40 $20

Eatery dishes out New American and bistro-style cuisine such as jumbo shrimp in sweet red chili sauce, burgers, and steaks

$10 for $18 Worth of Groceries at Campy Raviolis

Campy Raviolis

Maplewood

$18 $10

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Café Cuisine and Drinks at The Rack (40% Off). Three Options Available.

The Rack

Maplewood

$10 $6

Café creates drinks such as protein shakes and lattes and food like eggs and home fries, barbecue chicken paninis, soup, and buffalo wings

Deli Lunch for Two or Four, with Soup or Chili, Entrées, and Beverages at Cozy Corner Deli & Caterers (Half Off)

Cozy Corner Deli & Caterers

Union

$26 $13

Cozy Corner Deli’s chefs serve homemade soup or chili and lunch entrees such as hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, and wraps

Beer-Festival Entry for One or Two from Big Brew NJ on October 11 (10% Off). Four Options Available.

Big Brew NJ

The Morristown Armory

$50 $45

Revelers sip unlimited beer tastings from a 5 oz. souvenir glass while listening to live music; more than 250 craft beers available

Latin American Fusion Cuisine at Veronica's Restaurant Bar & Lounge (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Veronica's Restaurant Bar & Lounge

Morristown

$40 $20

Sip sangria while perusing a menu of Latin American fusion cuisine and catching up on the latest sports games on the bar’s flat-screens

$20 for $40 Worth of Portuguese Cuisine at Joia De Portugal at The Castle

Joia De Portugal at The Castle

Roselle Park

$40 $20

Portuguese cuisine such as pork loin medallions with shrimp in port wine sauce and slow-roasted beef, pork, lamb, or chicken

American Dinner for Two or Four with Appetizers and Sangria at Central Park (Up to 48% Off)

Central Park

Roselle

$76.85 $45

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Hearty burgers and crisp pizzas in a sports bar setting with more than 50 HDTVs, stadium seating, and three massive projector screens

$15 for $30 Worth of Cakes, Cupcakes, Bread, Pastries, and More at La Bonbonniere Bake Shoppe

La Bonbonniere Bake Shoppe

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Dutch-apple, chocolate-fudge, and seven-layer cakes at a family bakery with roots in 19th-century Italy

Pizza Dinners for Dine-In or Take-Out at Pizza Oven Mamma Mia (Up to 39% Off). Three Options Available.

Pizza Oven Mamma Mia

Hanover

$29.35 $18

Guests can chow down on salad and pizza, which can feature unorthodox toppings such as tortellini, at a restaurant or in their own home

Organic Burgers and Sandwiches or Three-Hour Burger Party at IMO Burger (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

IMO Burger

Hillside

$599.85 $299

Eatery dishes out diner food such as chicken fingers and fries, salmon sandwiches, and burgers with with turkey bacon and plantain chips

Ice Cream Treats and Cakes at Cold Stone Creamery (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Coldstone Creamery

Raritan

$10 $5

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

Contemporary American Cuisine at The Rail House (Up to 54% Off). Four Options Available.

The Rail House

The Rail House

$34.90 $17

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Eatery with semiformal atmosphere pairs beer with burgers that include toppings such as jalapeños, horseradish cheese, fried eggs, and steak

Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Peruvian Food at Cebbellini (Up to 50% Off)

Cebbellini

Elizabeth

$15 $7.50

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Flavorful Peruvian dishes such as lomo saltado, rotisserie chicken, arroz chaufa, mixed ceviche, and potato drenched in queso fresco sauce

Cuisine at Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bar (Up to 60% Off). Two Options Available.

Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bar

Elizabeth

$30 $12

Eatery that offers dancing and live DJs cooks up ceviche, grilled sirloin, barbecued ribs, and more

Contemporary American Cuisine for Two or Four at Pure Parsippany (50% Off)

Pure Parsippany

Parsippany-Troy Hills

$70 $35

Simple flavors shine through in contemporary cuisine with heavy American and Asian influences in a spacious, elegant setting

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Deli Food at Maggie's Country Deli ($20 Total Value)

Maggie's Country Deli

Hanover

$10 $5.50

Casual, down-home deli wakes up the morning crowd with coffee and fresh muffins, and stacks lunchtime sandwiches with cold cuts and cheese

Frozen Yogurt Treats or Birthday-Party Package at Planet Swirl – Whippany (Up to53% Off). 3 Options Available.

Planet Swirl

Hanover

$14 $7

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Frozen yogurt treats; up to 10 kids celebrate a birthday with provided frozen yogurt, cake, and bags filled with goodies to take home

$11 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Smoothies and Drinks at Nutritional Juice Bar at WOPAS ($20 Value)

Joss' Nutritional Juice Bar at WOPAS

West Orange

$5 $2.75

All-natural, made-to-order smoothies, holistic juices, and fiber rich juices support healthy diets and lifestyles

Meals for Two with Drinks at SuzyQue's BBQ & Bar (Up to 59% Off)

SuzyQue's BBQ & Bar

West Orange

$64 $26

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Dry-rubbed & slow-smoked BBQ served au-natural with four sauces on the side for slathering; traditional fare including baked mac & cheese

Baked Goods at Supreme Bakery (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Supreme Bakery

West Orange

$20 $11

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Family-owned bakery crafts fresh artisan breads, custom cakes, cookies, and pies that are certified kosher and made from scratch each day

$14 for $25 Worth of Japanese Hibachi Cuisine and Sushi for Two or More at Shogun 22

Shogun 22

Green Brook

$25 $14

Hibachi chefs grill meat and seafood and sushi chefs create unique rolls; Asian bistro menu includes thai chicken wings and shrimp tempura

Dinner for Two or Four at Mie Thai (Up to 42% Off). Four Options Available.

Mie Thai

Woodbridge

$30 $18

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Fried golden spring rolls and moo ping sliced pork served with fried rice with seafood, panang curry, or a number of vegetarian options

$16 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $8 of Food at Sandwich Time Deli & Tex Mex ($32 Value)

Sandwich Time Deli & Tex Mex

Woodbridge Township

$8 $4

Deli builds custom sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, along with a selection of tacos, tortas, quesadillas, and breakfast fare

One or Two Dozen Bagels With Cream Cheese at Bagelwich Bagel Bakery (Up to 53% Off)

Bagelwich Bagel Bakery

Multiple Locations

$22.40 $11

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20 varieties of bagel such as sesame and onion hoist globs of rich cream cheese

Fruit and Gourmet Gift Baskets at Fruit Basket King (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Fruit Basket King

Caldwell

$60 $30

Themed gift baskets include gourmet edibles such as dried fruit, pasta, chocolates, and fresh cookies

Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for One Combo Meal with 6-Inch Sub, Drink, and Chips at Subway (Up to 43% Off)

Subway

Verona

$8 $4.66

Freshly baked bread holds tasty ingredients such as meatballs, turkey breast, provolone cheese, & veggies at a location owned by a veteran

$7 for $12 Worth of Pizza — Giustino's Pizzeria Restaurant

Giustino's Pizzeria

Newark

$12 $7

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Made-from-Scratch Cupcakes or Cake at Sweet Retreat Boutique (Up to 56% Off)

Sweet Retreat Boutique

Newark Central Business District

$10 $5

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Bakers decorate made-from-scratch chocolate cupcakes, red velvet cupcakes, and full-size, custom-designed cakes for special occasions

Paella and Pitcher of Sangria for Two or Four at Vivo Tapas Lounge (Up to 56% Off)

Vivo Tapas Lounge

Vivo Tapas Lounge

$80 $35

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Paella marinera with mussels, clam, and shrimp; Valenciana with seafood, chicken, and chorizo; de carne with chicken, veal, and chorizo

$5 for $9 Worth of Cocktails — Barú Lounge

Barú Lounge

North Ironbound

$9 $5

Barú Lounge's delicious recipe for a Red Devil: vodka, peach schnapps, Southern Comfort peach liqueur, sloe gin, triple sec, orange juice

Portuguese Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers, Entrees, and Wine at PortuCale Restaurant & Bar (Up to 53% Off)

PortuCale Restaurant & Bar

North Ironbound

$80 $39

Seafood-heavy menu based on Portuguese recipes, which draw from influences as far as Africa and Asia

Pub Food and Drinks at Lucky Dublin (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Lucky Dublin

Carteret

$30 $15

Shepherd's pie, stout beer cheddar soup, burgers, and other Irish and American entrees

$15 for $30 Worth of Baked Goods at Hot Breads

Hot Breads

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Fresh baked goods with a focus on Indian flavors, such and paneer danishes, chicken tikka puffs, and vegetarian masala buns

Pakistani Fare for Groups of Two or Four at Zaika Barbeque & Grill (Up to 53% Off)

Zaika Barbeque & Grill

Edison

$20 $10

With all halal ingredients, chefs cook traditional, spiced-to-order Pakistani barbecue meats, vegetable curries, and tandoor-cooked dishes

Lavell Crawford at Wellmont Theater on Friday, December 5, at 8 p.m. (Up to 41% Off)

Lavell Crawford

Wellmont Theater

$50.50 $30

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Huell from Breaking Bad inspires laughs with his expressive storytelling talents and seasoned joke-slinging skills

Homemade Ice Cream at Applegate Farm (Up to 42% Off). Two Options Available.

Applegate Farm

Upper Montclair

$20 $12

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164-year-old dairy farm with homemade ice cream in more than 63 unique flavors, hand dipped chocolate, cupcakes, and cider donuts made daily

Three Fresh Juices or Smoothies, or a Vegetarian Caribbean Dinner for Two or Four at Vital (Up to 50% Off)

Vital

Montclair

$8 $4

Fresh fruit in the form of freshly squeezed juice or smoothies; vegetarian Caribbean dinner made with organic, local ingredients

Friday Night Jazz Package for Two or Four at Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant(Up to 63% Off)

Trumpets Jazz Club & Restaurant

Montclair

$66 $25

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Enjoy an evening filled with music and elegant eats at this jazz club where the greats stop in

$35 for an Indian and Asian Fusion Dinner for Two at Chatni Indian Restaurant (Up to $64.70 Value)

Chatni Indian Restaurant

Montclair

$64.70 $35

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Sophisticated restaurant with elegant decor serves classic and contemporary Indian and Asian fusion cuisine

Jamaican Cuisine for Two or Four at Taste It Again (Up to 58% Off)

Taste It Again

Bloomfield

$46.95 $21

Fragrant Jamaican dishes of jerk chicken, curry goat, ackee and saltfish, and stew peas

$45 for Fondue Meal for Two at The Melting Pot ($71.75 Value)

The Melting Pot

Somerville

$71.75 $45

Cheese fondues made with swiss, cheddar, or fontina precede customizable entree dishes, such as filet mignon and Atlantic salmon

Hoagies and Drinks at Primo Hoagies (45% Off)

Primo Hoagies

Primo Hoagies- Somerville

$10 $5.50

Piquant Italian meats, oven-roasted beef, and chicken parmigiana cutlets layered between bread

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Oops It's Frozen Yogurt ($20 Total Value)

Oops It's Frozen Yogurt

Lower Southampton

$10 $6

20+ rotating fro-yo flavors with plenty of fresh fruit, candy, nuts, and chocolate to top it all off

Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Dinner or Lunch at Toro Sushi Bar (40% Off)

Toro Sushi Bar

Upper Montclair

$30 $18

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Chef channels Japanese culinary training to wrap 18 specialty sushi rolls such as Garden State and July 4 alongside authentic entrée

Mexican Cuisine for Two or Four at Rattlesnake Cantina (Up to 52% Off)

Rattlesnake Cantina

Denville

$30 $15

Mexican cuisine such as fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, and jambalaya chicken plates

$18 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Bensi

Bensi

Multiple Locations

$30 $18

Each day the chefs hand-toss pizzas, blend homemade soups and salads and whip up housemade sauces to pour over made-to-order Italian cuisine

Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice-Cream Treats or $12 for $20 Toward Ice-Cream Cake at Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery in Monmouth County

Multiple Locations

$10 $5.66

Customer-selected candy, fruit, and nuts blend with fresh-made ice cream to form more than 11.5 million flavor combinations

Asian Fusion and Thai Cuisine at Bombay Wok (Up to 57% Off)

Bombay Wok

Hillsborough Township

$35 $15

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Asian Fusion and Thai specialties such as chicken in hot garlic sauce, panang curry tilapia, and ginger lamb, paired with desserts

Indian Food at Pooja Restaurant (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Pooja Restaurant

Somerset

$19.90 $11

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More than 160 expertly spiced, traditional Indian dishes, including paneer masala, lamb rogan josh, and chicken dhingri

Indian Food for Two or Four at Punjabi Food & Chaat (45% Off)

Punjabi Food & Chaat

Located inside Desi Food Galaxy

$20 $11

Tender braised-goat korma and plates of spicy aloo gobi masala with cauliflower pair with garlic naan and tandoori roti

5 or 10 Coffeehouse Visits to Slave to the Grind (Up to 56% Off)

Slave to the Grind

Bronxville

$25 $12

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Coffee shop brews eight types of coffees and sells more than 50 types of beans by the pound; fresh baked goods and sweets also available

Three-Course Latin Meal with Drinks and Desserts for Two or Four at Zoila's (Up to 52% Off)

Zoila's

Circleville

$56.90 $29

Margaritas or piña coladas set the mood for Latin meals like Dominican-style stewed beef, sautéed mussels, mofongo, and coconut flan

$14 for $25 Worth of Indian Cuisine for Dine-In and Weekend Buffet at iSpice

iSpice

North Brunswick

$25 $14

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Authentic dishes from North and South India, including chicken cooked with sorrel leaves and tandoori tasting platter

$22 for $40 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Two at at Panico's

Panico's

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

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Chefs plate artistically crafted seafood and Italian dishes including homemade pastas, sauces, and fishes deboned tableside.

Japanese Cuisine at Ninja Sushi (44% Off). Two Options Available.

Ninja Sushi

North Brunswick

$25 $14

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Signature sushi rolls, teriyaki and hibachi steak, and fresh sashimi

$15 for $30 Worth of Indian Cuisine for Dinner at Guru Palace. Two Options Available.

Guru Palace

North Brunswick

$30 $15

Entrees such as vindaloo with Portuguese lamb and goat masala with onion and garlic

Dinner for Two or Wine Tasting for Four at Mara's Continental Cuisine (Up to 50% Off)

Mara's Continental Cuisine

South Amboy

$50 $25

Fresh-prepared rack of lamb, mushroom steak, and white ricotta wood-fired pizza; wine tasting with four glasses and an antipasto plate

One, Three, or Five Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Fried Chicken, Biscuits, & Drinks at Popeye's (40% Off)

Popeye's

Perth Amboy

$10 $6

Louisiana favorites such as buttermilk biscuits and fried chicken marinated for 12+ hours and then battered and breaded by hand

Sushi Dinner for Two or Four at Amboy Asian Cafe (Up to 51% Off)

Amboy Asian Cafe

Perth Amboy

$50.70 $25

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Soups and salads kick off sushi dinners, which include regular rolls, such as a philly roll, and specialty rolls, such as a spider roll

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Italian Food at Luigi's Pizza & Restaurant ($20 Value)

Luigi's Pizza & Restaurant

Perth Amboy

$10 $5.50

Pizzas and pizza-by-the-slice, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella paninis, calzones, chicken francaise, and tortellini with bacon alfredo sauce

Dinner or Weekday Lunch for Two at Portuguese Manor (50% Off)

Portuguese Manor

Perth Amboy

$20 $10

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Portuguese classics such as paella, stuffed clams, and veal marsala for dinner or weekday lunches

Pizza and Italian Cuisine for Dine-In, or Delivery or Takeout from Goodfella's Bayonne (Half Off)

Goodfella's Bayonne

Bayonne

$30 $15

Italian restaurant specializing in brick-oven pizza made with signature semolina dough, fresh mozzarella, and homemade sauces

Italian Dinner or Lunch at Buon Appetito Restaurant (55% Off). Three Options Available.

Buon Appetito Restaurant

Bayonne

$50 $25

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Chefs stock their menu with elegant Italian staples, including housemade ravioli with portobello-garlic cream sauce and veal parmesan

Tapas and Drinks for Two or Four at Euro Lounge in Arlington (Up to 57% Off)

Euro Lounge

North Arlington

$56.85 $25

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Spanish tapas in stately dining room and dancing in European-style lounge

$14 for Two Groupons, Each Valid for an American Meal for Two at 202 Grill ($29.80 Value)

202 Grill

Lincoln Park

$14.90 $7

Chili-topped hot dogs or cheeseburgers served with fries and soda

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Smashburger isn't just the name—it's the way chefs, otherwise known as Burger Smashers, cook every burger. First, they form never-frozen, 100% Certified Angus Beef into a giant meatball. Then they season it, place it on a butter-glazed grill, and smash it into a patty. The process caramelizes the beef, locking in flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. Each slab is then sandwiched in an artisan bun and is turned into one of an array of standard burgers or locally inspired specialties unique to each market.

This handcrafting approach typifies everything else the restaurant does, from blending handspun shakes to hand painting Smashburger's logo onto every beverage cup. Letting its food stand for itself and relying mostly on word of mouth for advertising, the Smashburger franchise expanded from one restaurant in 2007 to 220 today, with its swift growth from zero to 100 stores making it one of the nation's fastest-growing restaurant companies. This rapid development even caught the attention of Forbes and Inc. along the way.

1260 Springfield Ave
New Providence,
NJ
US

With 70+ toppings available each day at Strawberry Fields Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt, the potential treat combinations seem almost endless. Items such as crumbled Heath bars, cookie dough, and strawberries make it hard to only choose a few, though limiting yourself is not required: the self-serve nature of Strawberry Fields makes it easy to customize each treat exactly how you like it. Beyond candy, popular toppings also include Ghirardelli sauces and healthier add-ins such as wheat germ and fresh fruit. Though the frozen yogurt flavors change daily, the menu often includes yogurt options such as cake batter or honey lavender tart. And though all these toppings were designed to crown the shop's frozen treats, they also serve another purpose: bakers here stuff them into custom frozen yogurt cakes. Strawberry Fields also offers their candies a la carte, along with smoothies, and other non-yogurt treats.


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12 South St
New Providence,
NJ
US

More than a dozen sauces simmer in the kitchen at Galileo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, ready to top unsuspecting pasta with rich flavors. In addition to classic francese, marsala, and milanese preparations of chicken, veal, and seafood, the restaurant also prepares various heroes, wraps, and paninis. There's gourmet pizza, too, such as Galileo’s Special, whose pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and mushrooms aren’t yet convinced that the Earth is round. A wrought-iron lamp hangs over the dining room, where black-upholstered booths are flanked by walls painted a rich chocolate brown or inlaid with stones.

1288 Springfield Avenue
New Providence,
NJ
US

For some, the test of a good burger is how juicy its center remains after coming off the grill. For others, satisfaction correlates with the number of condiments the bun can hold. When Bella was a child, her test was simple: if the burger was good, it would make her hum a little song. At least that's the story Bella's father tells.

Today, the team at Bella’s Burger Shack aims to inspire that same musical urge in its patrons. The cooks primarily do so with grade-A, never-frozen Bella burgers, served on Martin's potato bread beside steaming sides of hand-cut fries. Signature bacon-wrapped and deep-fried dogs also whet customers' humming whistles, aptly washed down with Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned soda, always free of high-fructose corn syrup, or a creamy Bella milk shake.

52 S Finley Ave
Basking Ridge,
NJ
US

Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.

977 Valley Rd
Gillette,
NJ
US

While the sophisticated dishes at Sette Cucina Italiana are derived from simple and classic Italian flavor combinations, the culinary background of its chef, Allan Philip Russo, is decidedly more complex. His heritage draws a roadmap through central Europe; born in Switzerland, he comes from a long line of Sicilian fishermen and used to watch his aunt as she worked as a personal chef to the stars in Zürich. In the 1980s, his father, Filippo Russo, assembled the family’s recipes and moved from Sicily to America, where he established his own Italian restaurant and allowed young Allan to join him in the kitchen. Today, Allan pays homage to his Sicilian heritage by adding fresh ideas and what he refers to as a “New York City twist” to his father’s methods. His petite filet sates several senses with aromas such as green peppercorns and truffle essence, and his mediterranean gray snapper comes with a French–style tomato ratatouille. Venetian vialone nano rice transforms into risotto, which he finishes with saffron, asparagus, and parmiagiano-reggiano. In a reflection of its menu, the restaurant’s décor calls to mind European hospitality and creates an ambience deemed “chic [and] hospitable” by New Jersey Monthly. To keep it cozy, the New Jersey–based architecture firm Cerminara Architect designed a dining room that seats about 32 guests and juxtaposes elements of fine dining with rustic touches. A high, tin ceiling allows for impressive full-length windows, from which natural light illuminates sheer drapes, white tablecloths, and wrought-iron chandeliers. Therein, families, couples, and business partners raise crystal stemware in a toast to Italian culinary traditions and Galileo’s discovery of crystal stemware.

7 Mine Brook Rd
Bernardsville,
NJ
US

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