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Common Lot Makes NJ Monthly’s “The 25 Best Restaurants of 2017”

By Eric Levin

“A decade ago, we created the Top 25 to augment the Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll in recognition of the dynamism of New Jersey’s dining scene. Every year since, the scene has grown more competitive, contemporary and varied, creating a boon for Jersey diners and a greater challenge for us to select the best of the best. But, hey, it’s a wonderful problem to have.” Read More…

Live the Glamour: A Taste Experience at Common Lot

By: Dawn Del Russo

“I have been wanting to try a place in Millburn, NJ called Common Lot for a while now. I checked out the menu online and it was intriguing. The idea that it is an open kitchen also got me. I love when you can see what they are cooking. I decided to give it a try for lunch. I know dinner is always the star meal, but figured, if they can get lunch right, I would certainly go back for dinner.” Read More…

Ehren and Nadine at Common Lot

Meet NJ-Based Cheese Sommelier, Nadine Ryan of Common Lot Restaurant

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

When it comes to selecting cheese, I have two options: extra cheese or extra, extra cheese. As sophisticated as my process sounds, it’s evident that my affinity for cheese clouds my decision-making skills. Fortunately, there are individuals whose job is to guide people like me through the over 650 varieties of cheese, and Nadine Ryan is one of them.

In addition to owning Common Lot Restaurant in Millburn, New Jersey with her husband, Ehren, Nadine holds a cheese sommelier certification from Wifi Hohenems in Austria. Most of us are familiar with wine sommeliers, but cheese sommeliers are somewhat rare in the United States. Nadine received her certification abroad in 2007, but the certification exam was not available in America until 2012. In fact, less than 1,000 individuals hold the title in the U.S., but Nadine’s Austrian roots are helping to boost those numbers…READ MORE

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Common Lot in Millburn Takes Prize for Best New Restaurant

HAMILTON, NJ – Common Lot of Millburn was named Best New Resturant on Saturday at the Garden State Culinary Awards. The original candidate list was released in February, and then the top three vote-getters in each category were announced in April. The candidates are voted on by about 100 independent judges from around the state – journalists, food writers, cookbook authors and other culinary experts… Read More

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Thank you Inside Jersey for featuring us in the 30 Best Meals Edition!

Common Lot Restaurant Featured Inside Jersey: 30 Best Meals

Thank you Inside Jersey for featuring us in the 30 Best Meals Edition!

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Millburn-Short Hills Magazine: Common For The Home Cook

Millburn-Short Hills Magazine: Common Lot Recipes For The Home Cook

We are so thankful and honored to have our own Chef/Owner Ehren Ryan’s recipes featured in Millburn-Short Hills Magazine on pages 40-41.

You can find the feature here:

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Common Lot Restaurant Review In EDGE by Andy Clurfeld

True voices in restaurants are in short supply. That is sad. Many diners don’t even know, let alone understand, what a voice in food is. They should come to Common Lot, to learn.

Cook fingerling potatoes, for example, in lamb fat, and that diner will be educated. Duck fat is the fat du jour, has been for more than a decade now in progressive restaurants. But lamb is inherently gamey, and potatoes, a crop that does best in cold weather climes, gain a brave new soul when cooked in something heartier, meatier than the fat of duck. We learn, then, through the Ryans’ rendition of this cunning “small-to-share” starter plate, that meat-and-potatoes, the Germanic-influenced mid-20th-century essential supper of suburban America, how the most basic of the basics can evolve. There is a bit more on the plate to emphasize the evolution: a wash of creamy, rich burrata, of piquant onions, and a little shrapnel—mere shots—of bacon marmalade to set the dish squarely in the 21st century… READ MORE

Common Lot Made the NJ Monthly Top 25 Best Restaurants for 2016

Common Lot Made the NJ Monthly Top 25 Best Restaurants for 2016

We are so honored and thrilled to be included in the NJ Monthly Top 25 Best Restaurants for 2016!
Thank you so much NJ Monthly! This is a huge achievement and we are so proud of the entire Common Lot team.

And we were delighted to host Janice Huff for the photo shoot at Common Lot! It was great to meet you Janice !

Common Lot NY Times Review

NY Times Review | Common Lot Is a Newcomer With a Global Touch

Two visits to Common Lot, a new restaurant in Millburn, convinced me that Ehren Ryan, an owner and the executive chef, is among the most talented cooks in the state. By May, only eight weeks after it had opened, Common Lot was booked for every seating on Friday and Saturday nights through July, and the restaurant does not take reservations more than 60 days in advance.

Mr. Ryan, 31, and his wife, Nadine Ryan, 27, the other owner and the manager, took three years to realize their vision. “We threw everything that we had into it — savings, inheritance and all that we had earned in 14 years of working,” said Mr. Ryan, who was born in Australia and worked his way up from dishwasher at age 15 to chef positions at Dinner by Heston and Sketch, London restaurants that have each received two Michelin stars. Ms. Ryan, a graduate of hotel management school in Austria, earned a certificate as a cheese sommelier in Europe and is devoted to tea. Note the spectacular Cynthia Rowley cups in which some of her teas may appear… Check out the full story here: NY Times Common Lot Review