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Restaurant Latour Named to New Jersey Monthly's The 30 Best Restaurants in New Jersey 2018 August 1, 2018

Restaurant Latour Named to New Jersey Monthly's The 30 Best Restaurants in New Jersey 2018

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This list began in 2007 as a Top 25. Since then, New Jersey’s dining scene has steadily gotten bigger, better, more varied and contemporary. Expanding to a Top 30 simply recognizes that fact. It was not an easy decision—Top 25 had a certain alliterative ring, and during its 11 years it became a recognized standard. But the need to expand the list is reason to celebrate.

Restaurant Latour, Hamburg
When Anthony Bucco, one of New Jersey’s best chefs, left Crystal Springs Resort this year to open his own restaurant, Robby Younes, the resort’s chief operating officer and wine director, interviewed 13 possible replacements, five of whom had won Michelin stars. In the end, he promoted Bucco’s deputy, Aishling Stevens, 39, to succeed him as executive chef of the resort and overseer of its crown jewel, Restaurant Latour. “I don’t have the technique Anthony did,” she admits, “but I’m always thinking, and I have really good instincts for ingredients and how things will present on a plate.” Recent visits to Latour show Younes chose well. Under Stevens and her chef de cuisine, Matt Laurich, Latour has actually upped its game in every area except wine, where it was already in a league of its own. (It’s the only Jersey wine list in Wine Enthusiast’s new Hall of Fame.) The bread course alone is extraordinary, if you can imagine such a thing. It’s a virtual tasting menu as delicious as it is daring (Charcoal brioche? Spruce and blackberry rye stick? One of each is not enough.) Equally out there and irresistible are the platters of nougats, fruit-and-nut treats and handmade chocolates from which you choose at the end of the meal, following sophisticated desserts. In between come stunning savory courses to unpack in bite-by-bite discoveries. At $115 for a five-course menu, with little treats along the way, Latour is a splurge, but at the same time, unsurpassed bang for the buck.
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