Top 10 new restaurants in New Jersey - Nico + Kitchen

New Jersey doesn't suffer the precious notion of fools. So yes, we've had some buy-in to the era of Brooklyn artisanal hipster cuisine, when tablecloths were banished and foraging became trendy. We welcome some of the recession-backlash highbrow-lowbrow mix, a gathering of everyone under the tent, a certain street chic. And sure, we applaud any aesthetic that celebrates nose-to-tail sustainability and wholesome, unprocessed ingredients. But we don't marry foie gras to potato chips and we don't favor Oreos as a dessert ingredient and we…

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New York Red Bulls snap trophy drought, win Supporters' Shield

The New York Red Bulls finally have use for a trophy case. After 18 years of futility, New York claimed the 2013 Supporters' Shield on the last day of the regular season with a 5-2 win over the Chicago Fire , earning one of MLS' flagship clubs their first trophy. New York went into Sunday's clash needing a win to clinch the best record in MLS and the Shield, but they have been on the verge of winning a trophy before only to come up short. They played for MLS Cup in 2008, only to be denied by the Columbus Crew , and in 2003 they played in the U.S…

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Newark celebrates its vibrant arts scene with Open Doors 2013

An exploration of pain as muse ... a showcase of 10 solo shows in a converted retail space ... the release of a new typeface sparked by a designer's love-hate relationship with technology ... a "GhostFood Truck" that focuses on climate change and biodiversity ... an interactive poetry-art installation. Get ready for Open Doors 2013, a citywide celebration of art opening Friday and continuing through Oct. 20 at dozens of art galleries and temporary spaces around Newark. Read more..…

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"Whole Foods Coming to Newark"

As Cory Booker's term as mayor potentially draws to a close, he can finally claim victory in a very personal battle: His city is getting a Whole Foods . The specialty grocer is slated to announce Thursday that it has signed a lease to open a 29,000-square-foot store in the heart of the city's downtown. For Mr. Booker, a vegetarian and foodie who began courting the chain soon after his inauguration in 2006, the store helps fulfill a promise to bring more fresh food to the city. He called and texted Whole Foods executives for years while pursuing…

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