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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Maybe you normally avoid walking tours, but Princeton walking tours aren't your typical guided tour. On the Princeton Genius Tour, the so-called "Shameless Name-Dropping Tour," a guide shows you all the places where Princeton's most learned men...
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95 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030, USA
Before he became famous on the TV show Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro was just another Jersey boy with an Italian bakery, albeit a popular one that dates back more than a century. Since the success of Cake Boss, however, Buddy has expanded the family...
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15 Farber Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
As a college town, Princeton has its share of diners and dives that are budget-friendly, but there aren't as many places that strike the sweet spot of being classy and affordable. Peony Pavilion, opened in November 2013, is one of them. Peony...
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Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
Wonder Bar, easily recognized by the iconic mural of Tillie’s grinning face, is a favorite hangout just off the boardwalk. This venue has a musical history associated with many famous Jersey acts like Bruce Springsteen and Ron Bon Jovi. A...
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1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
The old casino at the end of Asbury Park's boardwalk has an interior covered with an old checkered floor, ornate weathered walls, and a cool mermaid (more like squid-maid?) mural painted by local artist, Porkatomic. This covered walkway serves as...
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1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
The old Carousel House at the end of Asbury Park's boardwalk is a beautiful, abandoned space that's a photographer's dream to shoot. The Carousel House, built in 1932, would run for more than half a century until Asbury Park went into decline in...
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I went home, back to the Jersey Shore, in October and those fews days there, it felt like an endless summer. As you can see from the photo (taken from the Convention Center), the day was full of t-shirts and shorts. Always nice to get back home...
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New York, NY, USA
The Statue of Liberty may be the most iconic sight that comes to mind when one thinks of the history of immigrants in New York, but not far from it in the harbor is another important landmark—Ellis Island. Until the Supreme Court ruled in...
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205 Martin Luther King Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
No website, no Facebook page, no Twitter handle... Fischer Confections, a family-run chocolate and candy shop established in Jersey City in 1919, likes to keep business old-school simple. Don't expect fancy-schmancy artisanal truffles here—just...
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275 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
The name alone should be enough to draw clients in. Once inside Cocoa Bakery, expect thick, frothy cups of whipped hot chocolate. For those who prefer coffee, baristas pull perfect espressos from a shiny La Marzocco machine. Those with a sweet...
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1 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
No one would ever catch theirs. Say good bye grubby little train bars and the times when people called this particular triangle of land embracing an abandoned train station "Crackawanna Plaza" -- the Pig and Prince Restaurant (do I really need to...
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23 S Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Bangz is Montclair's original high-end hair salon and spa, located in a Masonic temple erected in 1889 by Joseph Ireland. The treatments here do not disappoint. From the "no cell phones in the spa" sign, to the warmed robes, hushed changing rooms...
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64 1/2 Chestnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
What happens when you cross great thin-crust pizza, pulled pork, blues, and barbecue? You get Ruthie's, a local Montclair favorite. While weekdays find high school students lined up down the block for a slice, many nights feature local and...
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Montclair, NJ, USA
When Apple let Cat Morris out on her own, away from corporate training (which she had done so well) she finally had time to play with her iPhone as an art toy. Wonders have ensued. Working with a variety of developers, Cat is poised to bring her...
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104 Walnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Mac Attack serves truffled mac and cheese, manchego and apple grilled cheese, and just about everything in between (there's even a dessert). Open until 3 a.m. on Saturday, it's also the perfect stop for late-night munchies.
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200 Congress Pl, Cape May, NJ 08204, USA
This historical (and colorful) property in Cape May, NJ is the place to dine, drink and rest your head while vacationing in this area. The food at the Blue Pig Tavern alone is reason to make the trip out here and make sure you saddle up for a...
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168 Stevens St, West Cape May, NJ 08204, USA
What's not to love about Willow Creek Winery? The staff is phenomenal, the wines are excellent and the indoor and outdoor space encourages you to stick around to savor the sunset view they have from the tasting room. A lovely place for a private...
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127 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Remember the baseball diamond in the middle of the cornfield? Thought in Motion wants to help you build your dreams. A "pharmacy for the future", owner Jaye Regincos believes visualizing your thoughts helps to focus your attention, and in her shop...
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97 Walnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Christina and John Salierno are the heart and soul of the sweetest cafe on Walnut Street in Montclair. Christina's Portuguese background and John's chef parents may have given them their love of food, but the two together are more than the sum of...
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Started over ten years ago by artist My Dog Sighs, Free Art Friday is a global movement of artists sharing art freely ... with the public, with each other. Using the web, instagram and Twitter and hashtags designed for each locale, Free Art Friday...
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140 Morris St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
The wait is over. There’s a gastropub in Morristown. Located literally a stone’s throw from the train station (please don’t put this to the test), End of Elm was started by a couple of local restaurateurs who felt there was demand for a locale...
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13 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
A favorite local hangout of the young and sometimes boisterous, Sona Thirteen is Morristown’s take on the modern Irish pub. This is definitely a beer place, as evidenced by a second bar specializing solely in craft brews. The high ceilings and...
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2 Whippany Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Raw bar fanatics, your cup runneth over. Situated adjacent to the Westin Governor Morris Hotel, the Blue Morel is a fine dining establishment offering an enviable fresh seafood menu, and other highlights of New American cuisine. Although select...
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146 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Located right in the middle of Morristown’s main drag, South Street Creamery Café is a family-owned ice cream parlor that’s been a local favorite since 1999. There are savory options on offer, like fresh soups and paninis, but the homemade ice...
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90 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Nostalgic for the kind of burger drive-in joint your pops went to? Look no further than Don’s. This retro slice of pure Americana is modeled after the original Don’s Drive-In in Livingston, New Jersey, which closed in 1993. The menu is a...
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42 Washington St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
The Orient Express has gone brick and mortar. With its tuxedoed waiters, crystal chandeliers and baroque napkin folds, The Grand Cafe is a nod to old-world luxury. Expect French cuisine with slight Asian and American touches, and an affable...
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4109, 7 Elm St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
A local favorite since 1978, Morristown Deli is a family business that takes “dog friendly” to another level. If you don’t know what a doggie high chair is, ask someone working here and you’ll find out. For us homo sapiens, Morristown Deli is an...
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30 Washington Pl, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Built just prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Ford Mansion on Morris Avenue was brand new when George Washington made it his headquarters during the winter of 1779-1780. No doubt the General had a lot on his mind during...
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16 Cattano Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Everything is made from scratch at The Artist Baker, which feels oddly like it was transplanted from San Francisco. (Is it the hillside location?) Okay, the SF-vibe may be entirely inside this reviewer’s head, but one can’t have any illusions...
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43 South St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Those expecting flaky baklava or succulent slices of döner will be disappointed when they walk into A Taste of Turkey. This initial dismay will quickly morph into wonder, since this South Street store specializes in breath-taking pieces of Turkish...
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8 Dehart St, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
In business since 1983, Enjou Chocolat specializes in customized chocolate creations. Owner/founder Wendy Taffet has over 50,000 different molds at her disposal, which she expertly employs to manufacture confectioneries in every shape–from...
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56 South St A, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Tracy Silverman opened Sweet Lucy’s on South Street in 2011. Before starting her own bakery, Tracy worked in finance, which makes her at least the fourth person I know of who has made the transition from banker to baker. Seriously, it’s some kind...
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154 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
What’s an old-fashioned college town without a proper hotcake joint? Maybe it’s that I’ve seen too many movies, but for me the image of a tweedy (and slightly cracked) professor having an informal diner breakfast with an ambitious underclassman is...
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73 Palmer Square W, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
Touting the resplendent creations of the late Lilly Pulitzer, Palm Place on, yes, Palmer Square is the ideal antidote to a drab wardrobe. You may need to don some shades when you enter this haven of Palm Beach-chic attire, with its bright, floral...
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138 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
Occupying the space of a former bowling alley, the Princeton installment of the Triumph Brewing Company (two other locations exist in New Hope and Philadelphia) has a deceptively subtle façade on Nassau Street. A narrow entryway descends into a...
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66 Witherspoon St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
The “e” may be lower-case, but the cuisine is capital at elements, chef Scott Anderson’s farm-to-table restaurant on Bayard Lane. This is the place for those who value fine dining without haughty attitudes or prices that require you to mortgage...
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Elm Dr, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
When vising the campus, it would be a sin not to stop by the Princeton University Art Museum. Directly adjacent to McCormick Hall, not only does this building contain one of the most impressive university art collections in the world, but there’s...
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252 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
As Princeton’s main drag, Nassau Street features an eclectic mix of restaurants, from the higher-end spots frequented by visiting dignitaries, to reliable and affordable student favorites. Tiger Noodles falls into the latter category. Come here...
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Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
It may be the most photographed spot on the Princeton University campus, but just because it’s rather touristy doesn’t mean Nassau Hall isn’t worth checking out. Erected in 1756, the building is now home to the office of the University President...
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Carnegie Lake, New Jersey 08540, USA
On sunny days, you could do worse than pack a picnic and head down to the banks of Carnegie Lake, the three-and-a-half-mile expanse of water that serves as the training site for the Princeton University rowers. Created in 1906, the Lake was a gift...
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112 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
There has been no shortage of brilliant academics during Princeton University’s luminous history, but in terms of reputation one German-born physicist towers above all others. One of the most recognizable figures of the 20th century, Albert...
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55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
The Morven Museum & Garden on 55 Stockton Street gives visitors a chance to view a historic landmark and take in an exhibition or two while they’re at it. Enter from the street and pass under the towering elms of the garden before reaching this...
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Princeton Pike, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
Founded in 1930, the Institute for Advanced Study is one of Princeton’s more renowned research centers, not least because the IAS was where Einstein decided to take up a position. And if it’s good enough for him . . . Those of us who are less...
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Undoubtedly one of the best things to do when visiting Princeton is to spend an afternoon walking around the university campus. One of the oldest and most beautiful campuses in the United States, Princeton is also among the most architecturally...
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5761, 126 Village Blvd, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
Luxe Home Company is a local furniture and design store that offers myriad options and advice to guide you along the way. The 10,000-square-foot space showcases both modern and traditional pieces, from beds and couches to chandeliers and rugs....
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1 Rockingham Row, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
The meat-focused menu at Salt Creek Grille includes such items as “Princeton’s best cheeseburger” served with garlic fries, a coffee-encrusted New York strip steak, and mesquite-grilled ribs. Those with lighter appetites can pick the kale and...
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4428 NJ-27, Kingston, NJ 08528, USA
You can sate any Italian craving at Osteria Procaccini, a New York Times-lauded restaurant that serves authentic fare made with fresh, organic ingredients. Started by two sons of Italian immigrants, Osteria Procaccini is known for churning out...
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2 Whippany Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Restore your equilibrium near downtown Morristown and multiple corporate headquarters, with a drink in our lounge following by a restful night's sleep.
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210 5th Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
Housed inside a former Salvation Army building, The Asbury is the town’s first new hotel in 50 years. The 110-room property reflects the music and arts culture of Asbury Park through its vintage design—from the Soundbooth bar with a wall of vinyl...
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Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
Growing up, I could never envision the Asbury Park my parents told tales of. Small little remnants of their stories still remained in Asbury when I was a kid. I remember the carousel, the Palace Amusements, the Five and Dime store. I also remember...
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140 Bay St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Calm comfort right off the Marin shortcut to the Holland Tunnel—trust me, it feels like a different world. Located in Jersey City's Powerhouse Arts district, Warehouse Cafe serves Intelligentsia Coffee and Balthazar Bakery goods. Communal tables...
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171 Schraalenburgh Rd, Closter, NJ 07624, USA
Azucar Cuban Cuisine offers you a slice of 1950's Havana in Jersey City. Here, you can relax with a glass of rum in your hand on the outside patio and admire the fresh flowers, or dine inside the restaurant. The spacious restaurant offers a full...
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555 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA
This Irish-style pub and restaurant is an elegant version of your traditional sports bar, with a private bar area (Curragh) where you can get some quiet time too. Dorrian's on Washington Boulevard has been in existence for over ten years, and...
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When in Jersey, this is the place to enjoy a stroll right off Washington Boulevard. From this scenic, boat-lined walkway you'll get a glimpse of the majestic New York City skyline in the lower part of Manhattan. Resident Canada Geese, a beautiful...
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85 Morris St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Bistro La Source is a classic European bistro off-the-path to almost everyone but expats. With a personal touch, they make everyone feel like a regular and offer some savory home-cooked dishes. The food ranges from typical pub fare to fan...
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140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Multimedia mavens can shop for art, glass in hand, at one convenient, stylish lounge in Jersey: LITM. Small but sleek, it's the perfect venue for local artists to show their work while patrons to sip seasonal cocktails. Pop in for a beverage or...
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116 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Located on Grove Square, the Bistro is a recent addition to Jersey City's vibrant dining scene. A slice of France on the East Coast, the restaurant takes a note from the book of Parisian brasseries, displaying its stylish menu on polished mirrors....
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795 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
"Little India" in Jersey City always looks festive, with streamers, bright colors, and welcoming hidden-gems to explore. While Newark Avenue is filled with Indian restaurants and snack shops, Mithaas stands out. Their freshly made sweets...
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Stan's Square Records is a local music institution—for new music and old hits this is the place to go. Stan has a passion for the pure sound of vinyl and is a great resource for music knowledge. As I stared at brand new records of Adele and Amy...
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200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305, USA
Liberty State Park is an ideal way for families to spend the afternoon or evening overlooking Manhattan's landmark triumvirate (including the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the New York City skyline). The long boardwalk/pier is a great...
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195 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
There's nothing trashy about this expertly curated vintage treasure trove, where embroidered Chinese silk kimonos and curvaceous one-piece bathing suits from decades past find a stylish second home. Each piece is hand-picked by the owners, who...
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500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
At just over a year old, Thirty Acres is a relative newcomer on the Jersey City food scene, but it's putting the city on the epicurist's map. Run by husband and wife team Kevin and Alex Pemoulie (Kevin served five years as chef for NYC's notable...
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415 U.S. 9, Englishtown, NJ 07726, USA
This sister-run shop carries all the makings of a typical confectionary—bins upon bins of classic taffies, hard candies and chocolate covered gummy bears, along with fine chocolates and macadamia pralines. But there's more in store for the...
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888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
The concept behind Mana Contemporary is a work of art itself. A hub for artists and art aficionados, the venture brings together artists of every medium with art enthusiasts and service providers. Housed in an cluster of old warehouses and factory...
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54 Journal Square Plaza, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
Opened in 1929, The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre was once one of the state's largest movie theaters. Today, the bonafide "movie palace," equipped with a pipe organ, orchestra pit and an impressive screen, remains a notable Jersey City...
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197 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
A lifestyle boutique devoted to one-of-a-kind items, Kanibal Home features a revolving collection of found objects and distinctive pieces that come from, in the owners' words, "all walks of life." The inventory is eclectic—you'll find anything...
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302 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
From silver earrings to vintage clutches, Aspasia's Boutique carries whimsical, stylish finds. Launched in 2006, Aspasia's carries everything from contemporary to vintage, but the vintage-inspired items truly stand out. It's one of those stores...
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1000 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
We fell in love with the up and coming Asbury Park. The historicity of the early Jersey shore still remains but has new and delicious additives. We spent the day on the beach and when the sun revved up our appetite we took a visit to Langolista...
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510 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
Asbury Park, NJ is full of artistic flair. Cafe Volan offers chill background music and delicious coffee. They have a large community sink g room table stacked with magazines and books of surfing and outdoor sports. Wifi is also available if there...
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529 Main Ave, Passaic, NJ 07055, USA
Slightly hidden downtown, this small consignment shop is a locals’ favorite in the NYC metro area. Score designer duds, like a Kate Spade dress, Prada purse, or Yves St. Laurent suit, usually for less than $100. Sometimes the clothing is still new...
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254 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
This cozy coffee shop is worth a visit—whether you come for a cup of joe to go, or stay for a sandwich. Locals' favorites include soy lattes, scarlet tea, the smoked gouda sandwich, and banana muffins. There's even warm apple cider. Delish.
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19 Chambers St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
Indian food is always tasty, but when it's made from fresh, organic ingredients, it's somehow even better. Masala Grill serves this and more, with a full range of curry dishes, kebabs, and salads.
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475 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310, USA
VB3 combines Italian fare and a lively American bar atmosphere. Their classic menu, often updated with modern specials, is well complimented by a range of craft cocktails and special entertainment. Located right near the water, it's a pleasant...
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354 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
If you're in Princeton on a Wednesday, visit Drumthwacket, the former home of William Penn. Now the residence of the Governor of New Jersey, the property—with a fascinating barn and garden—is officially on the National Register of Historic Places...
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911 Kingsley St, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
Porta is just one of the genius creations of the Smith group in Asbury Park, NJ. Their Cavolo Nero salad puts Tuscan kale center stage in a tangy lemon garlic dressing topped with sunchokes and watermelon radish, a touch of Parmigiano Reggiano...
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Yesterday, we began our day quietly sipping coffee at America’s Cup and ended the day with an order of pasta fagioli and a Dizzy Dame sandwich from The Speakeatery. In between, I got my locks pampered at Hot Mess Salon while Paul took his camera...
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1 Washington Rd, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections includes the unpublished stories of J.D. Salinger. "The majority of the Salinger material (including The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls) ...is housed on-site and no...
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1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
At the end of Asbury Park's boardwalk lies an old Beaux Art casino. Only the facade and skeleton of the building remain, making it a hauntingly beautiful landmark and popular site for wedding photographers. The structure serves as a covered...
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1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
This is Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ. This is the real Jersey Shore. The beach below is our "terrace" as we call it. From early May to late September, you can find us here with our toes in the sand and Springsteen playing on our radio....