I'm a restaurant reviewer for the NY Times New Jersey section. I've been asked to write an article for the annual "Best of New Jersey" section in November.
The premise -- subject to challenge, obviously, in which case I may not have a story -- is that these are the best of times, that restaurants in this state are a whole lot better than they were 10 or 15 years ago, when I was reviewing restaurants for the Bergen Record.
If this is true, why is it true? My guess is that the explosion of interest in food, the increase in disposable income, and the influx of immigrants are the most important factors. But I'd love to know what you think and would appreciate specific examples. And also contrary ones.