Amazing Escape Room is a live-action game that tests your team-building skills with a challenging twist. There are a handful of locations around the state: Cherry Hill, Freehold, Princeton, Montclair, Paramus, Greenbrook and Red Bank. Before starting, the room has a set time limit of 60 minutes in order to make it more challenging. In addition, there are different “level” rooms based on skill. For example, the hardest rooms have an under 10 percent success rate while the easier rooms have a 20 percent success rate. 

A standard room holds up to 10 people, though smaller rooms (six people) and larger rooms (12 people) are available as well. “We host varying amounts of game players, especially group organizations, that come out and give it a try,” says owner Howard Klotzkin.

Upon entering the Escape Room, your group is given a series of puzzles, riddles and tricks to solve. In order to complete the mission and escape the room, you need to finish the different tasks. If you solve the room before time’s up, you receive a team photo and bragging rights. 

If groups can’t crack the code, a game master (who is monitoring progress and helping if needed) will enter and demonstrate what is left to complete and what you could have done to figure it out.  

Brewing together for pure pleasure since 2006, four guys (Tim Hanna, Matt McDevitt, Chris Konicki and Jim McAfee) finally made their dream a reality in 2011 by opening Tuckahoe Brewing Company. Located in Egg Harbor, Tuckahoe offers tours, private parties and sample tastings of their flavorful on-tap beers. Currently, Tuckahoe has 16 different beers in their tasting room that come in various sizes: 4-ounce pours, 10-ounce goblets and 16-ounce pints.

 

Food trucks have taken the industry by storm. Long gone are the days of dirty water hot dogs; today’s food trucks are moveable feasts. Case in point? The Taco Truck. What began as a truck patrolling the streets of Hoboken and Jersey City has expanded into a miniempire, with a truck, cart, pop-up and restaurants (Hoboken, Morristown and Princeton are the three locations in New Jersey). 

 

Stage Left Restaurant in New Brunswick is gearing up to celebrate their 25th anniversary. On top of that, the contemporary American steakhouse, owned by Francis Schott and Mark Pascal, recently underwent a renovation. The owners hired Alfano Renovations of Union County, N.J., and Dublin, Ireland-based Restless Design for a $200K-plus+ remodel of the dining rooms and bar. So what’s changed? New banquettes excude a clubby, yet comfy feel in the bar area (which is still centered by its 1930s vintage bar).