A “Real Housewives of New Jersey” guide to the Garden State

Curious about where “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” (that’s Teresa Giudice, Danielle Staub, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita) shop, dine, party, primp, work and relax?


Jacqueline Laurita, clockwise from left, Caroline Manzo, Teresa Giudice, Dina Manzo and Danielle Staub./All photos credit Bravo

Then check out this comprehensive list (which includes websites) which will be updated as the season progresses.

And if anybody actually visits any of these places, please let me know your thoughts!

Episode 1

The Brownstone (Paterson) – New Jersey’s “finest wedding and banquet event hosting facility,” according to the website. Owned by Albert Manzo (Caroline’s husband) and his brother, Tommy Manzo (Dina’s husband), employees include Caroline and Albert’s son, Christopher, and daughter, Lauren. Dina, an interior designer and event planner, also works out of the facility (which, by the way, is where she and Tommy tied the knot in their famously lavish $1+ million wedding.)

Don't laugh; it's for charity!

Don't laugh; it's for charity!

Unique Furniture (Green Brook) – Jacqueline accompanies Teresa on a furniture shopping spree in which she drops a whopping $120,000 in cash on assorted pieces for her “French Chateau look” manse that is still a project in the making. (Read all about the ladies’ opulent homes here.)

Project Ladybug – Charitable foundation started up by Dina to benefit sick children.

Wealthymen.com – Website through which Danielle met Gucci Model, her phone-sex partner of two years.

Lua (Hoboken) – Upscale Latin-inspired restaurant with a view of the Manhattan skyline. Danielle (with Jacqueline and Teresa secretly following her) goes there to meet her phone-sex partner, Gucci Model, who stands her up. It is also where she memorably leaves him a voicemail message saying, “Have a nice life – or die, I don’t care.”

Chateau Salon (Franklin Lakes) – Salon and spa where the “Real Housewives” like to pamper and primp themselves, especially before a girls’ night out. It’s also where Dina famously (and illegally) parks in a handicapped spot.

Episode 2

On the count of three: FABULOUS!!!

On the count of three: FABULOUS!!!

Bella Bambini (Hillsdale) – Children’s clothing store where Teresa takes her three little girls: Gia, Gabriella and Milania. During their visit, Gia learns she will be auditioning for a movie with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and 2-year-old Milania pitches a fit, yanking money out of the cash register and screaming, “I will pull my hair out!”

Marra’s (Ridgewood) – Danielle and Jacqueline eat lunch outside there and talk about Dina to no end.

Xist Model & Talent (Caldwell) – Agency that Teresa takes her daughter Gia to for photographs, bookings and acting lessons.

Lisa Regina – Acting coach who Teresa enlists to help her daughter Gia prepare for her audition for the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson movie. (Which, by the way, Gia does not get.)

Dr. Steven Domnitz – Jacqueline’s OB-GYN, who successfully helps her conceive following four heartbreaking miscarriages. Jacqueline says she was referred to Dr. Domnitz by none other than fellow housewife Danielle, who Jacqueline says had her own problems getting pregnant.

Highlawn Pavilion (West Orange) – Upscale restaurant with views of New York City. Danielle and her boy-toy date, Steve, dine there and it is where Danielle suggests they do the nasty in the bathroom. Steve, thankfully, declines.

Episode 3

Artistic Academy (Morris Plains) – School for individuals who want to study cosmetology, specifically hair, skin and nails. Caroline and Albert encourage Lauren to enroll.

Dr. Manolis Manolakakis (Shrewsbury and Sewell) – The thoughtful doctor visits Danielle’s abode to provide complimentary Botox treatments and collagen injections to whomever’s willing (that would be Danielle, Jacqueline and Teresa). Danielle tells the attractive doc that she’s single and will give him her card.

This is an improvement over "Gucci Model"?

This is an improvement over Gucci Model?

Varka (Ramsey) – European seafood restaurant where three couples dine: Danielle and Steve, Teresa and Joe and Jacqueline and Chris. During the meal, Teresa and Jacqueline take Danielle outside and convince her that she shouldn’t break up with Steve at the dinner table.

Episode 4

The friendship between Danielle and Jacqueline has been strained ever since "the book" was uncovered./Credit Bravo

The friendship between Danielle and Jacqueline has been strained ever since "the book" was uncovered./Credit Bravo

Fratelli Trattoria (Ridgewood) – Italian restaurant where Danielle confronts Jacqueline and Teresa about the rumors circulating that she a) chases after married men and b) offers physical trainers sex in exchange for training sessions.

Dance With Me Studio (Ridgefield) – Dance studio run by Aleksandr Chmerkovskiy, the father of “Dancing with the Stars” dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. At the supposed suggestion of Teresa’s “delicious and juicy” husband, Joe, the “Real Housewives” and family take dance lessons. Danielle, while excellent, takes it entirely too seriously and gets frisky with Caroline’s eldest son, Albie. Caroline (who refuses to dance) later says she was ready to clobber Danielle for manhandling her boy.

Dr. Steven Domnitz – Jacqueline’s OB-GYN, who she and her husband Chris visit to learn the results of their genetic testing. The parents of a young son are relieved to hear no abnormalities were detected. (They have since successfully conceived, and Jacqueline is expecting any day now.)

cop without a badge cover

“Cop Without a Badge” – The now notorious book about the life of Kevin Maher, Danielle’s ex-husband. The Manzo sisters got their hands on this out-of-print tome, which alleges that Danielle (then known as Beverly Merrill) was a stripper who was involved in the kidnapping of a rich kid. Beverly/Danielle and her drug-dealing boyfriend were busted, and Beverly/Danielle was charged with extortion, kidnapping and possession. Her savior, Maher, helped her work out a deal in which she pleaded guilty to extortion, for which she received five years probation.

Episode 5

Caroline, Teresa and Dina spend some hard-earned cash at The Shoppes at The Water Club in Atlantic City./Credit New York Times

Caroline, Teresa and Dina spend some hard-earned cash at The Shoppes at The Water Club in Atlantic City./Credit New York Times

The Water Club Hotel (Atlantic City) – An in-state getaway for Teresa, Caroline, Dina and Dina’s friend Pam. While there, Teresa receives a phone call from her weeping 2-year-old daughter Milania, whom she tries to bribe with gifts, including a bike. (Isn’t she too young even for training wheels?)

Hearts on Fire (Atlantic City) – Diamond jewelry store located in The Water Club where Dina and Teresa try on a $1 million rope necklace and Teresa seems to seriously consider purchasing a $280,000 bracelet.

Teresa does some pre-bubbies shopping at La Perla./Credit Bravo

Teresa does some pre-bubbies shopping at La Perla./Credit Bravo

La Perla (Atlantic City) – Lingerie and bathing suit shop located in The Water Club where Teresa tries on an animal-print bikini B.B. (Before Bubbies) and Dina and Caroline tell her it will look so much better A.B. (After Bubbies).

*To see where else these “Real Housewives” shopped while in AC (that’s Atlantic City, y’all), go here.*

Photography by M Kortoci (Ridgewood) – Photography studio where Jacqueline takes her 17-year-old daughter Ashley to have photos taken. Ashley subsequently has a meltdown (due either to her insecurities or her mother insisting on pointing them out in front of the photographer), and Jacqueline decides against giving her daughter the tricked-out Jeep her husband Chris has purchased for her (and is sitting in a warehouse somewhere). The photographer, Mike Kortoci, has photographed “America’s Next Top Model” winner CariDee English, who herself hosted the Oxygen reality show “Pretty Wicked.”

Izakaya (Atlantic City) – Japanese pub located in The Borgata where Dina, Caroline, Teresa, Pam and another one of Dina’s friends break bread (or California rolls). It’s during this meal that Dina bemoans her busy life and contemplates not working any more.

Oakland Diner (Oakland) – Diner where Danielle breaks up with Steve (the BJ boy). Danielle had previously wanted to break up with Steve during dinner in front of Teresa and Joe and Jacqueline and Chris at Varka in Ramsey in Episode 3. “I’m looking for the person I’m going to spend the rest of my life with, and it’s not going to be you,” Danielle tells him while shedding several tears. Not surprisingly, Steve takes the news pretty well. (Of course, he’d already hit Teresa up for an invitation to her Shore house – and he was bringing another woman.)

Balocco (Clifton) – Italian restaurant where Teresa and Joe take their daughters Gia, Gabriella and Milania for an (anything but) peaceful meal. “This is one of our favorite Italian restaurants,” Teresa declares. This is where the discussion of bubbies takes a serious turn, with Joe even consulting a waiter about whether his wife should get breast implants. It’s also where the rest of the diners’ meals were interrupted by Gabriella and Milania’s incessant howling.

The Robert Zubowski, M.D. Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (Paramus) – Teresa’s quest for new bubbies begins here (though why she went through with this baffles me if she wasn’t done making babies). While consulting with Dr. Zubowski, Teresa decides on a B cup, mainly because Dina cautions her about going larger. “They get in the way, they’re annoying, they’re obnoxious” says Dina. “There’s a fine line between tasteful and tacky.” (Or clever and stupid.) We also learn during this consultation that both Jacqueline and Dina have silicone implants, and that Dina is apparently jealous that her sister Caroline’s bubbies are fo real. “She has invested $20,000 plus in her boobs and mine are real. She can’t stand it,” says Caroline.

When Teresa arrives for her surgery, her husband Joe talks her into getting a C cup, which means she’ll go “from having nipples to having boobs.” Um, they’re bubbies, Joe. Get it straight. (Though apparently Joe is concerned they might shrink in the wash.)

Dina says she purchased this cute periwinkle dress seen here at Saks Fifth Avenue. However, in Episode 5 she expresses concern about its length: "If I bend over, my chucky is out for everyone to see."/Credit Bravo

Dina says she purchased this cute periwinkle dress seen here at Saks Fifth Avenue. However, in Episode 5 she expresses concern about its length: "If I bend over, my chucky is out for everyone to see."/Credit Bravo

Episode 6

Cafe Amici (Wyckoff) – Italian restaurant that Caroline, Dina and Lexi visit for dinner. Dina ponders giving up her career as an event planner and interior decorator to stay home with her 12-year-old daughter, whom she’s dismayed to discover is growing up. “I turn around for five minutes to work and all of a sudden she’s got t***,” Dina tells her sister. Classy!

Bernard Kerik – A good family friend of Caroline and Albert Manzo, Kerik is the former New York police commissioner who is presently fending off such assorted charges as “lying to the White House, failing to declare income, filing false returns and corruption,” reports The Star-Ledger.  He’s also, apparently, a friend to dogs. The four-legged kind, I mean.

Don't you just love the moment when Jacqueline finally snapped?

Don't you just love the moment when Jacqueline finally snapped?/Credit Bravo

Lu Nello (Cedar Grove) – This is it – the site of the fabulicious blow-out between Dina, Caroline, Teresa, Jacqueline and Danielle. (I’m still trying to figure out how Danielle smuggled in that copy of “Cop Without a Badge.” Clearly, it’s too big to fit in her purse.)  Yes, memories were made during this meal. I mean, will you be able to look at another oyster again without thinking about Joe Giudice’s raging libido? I wonder how much Bravo had to pay the place for Teresa’s little table-flipping incident? But the best part of the evening came when Jacqueline finally stood up to her sister-in-laws, shouting at one point, “You’re such a liar, Dina! I’m not covering for you anymore.” (I cheered, I admit it.)

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For those of you who are dying to get their hands on the “Jersey Girl” T-shirt Teresa sported in this episode (see above), you can do exactly that – by going here.

And those who are interested in learning what the “Real Housewives” are up to lately, The Star-Ledger has a short but informative piece right here. It includes such nuggets as this: It wasn’t Dina’s idea to park in the handicapped spot outside Chateau Salon.

Oh, and there’s also Dina’s interview with People in which she splits hairs about whether or not she was the one to blab about Danielle’s past. And Caroline talks to Newsweek.

If anyone actually visits any of these places, please let me know your thoughts! And please let me know about any places I might have missed.

Also, if anyone can explain to me where the phrase “chucky” comes from, please do!


The “Lost Footage” episode was definitely heavy on former “web exclusives,” but it did solve a mystery involving the identity of a certain upscale clothing boutique in which Dina and Teresa drop some serious dough. The shop in question is Alchemy in Ramsey.

Also featured in the episode was a visit all of the ladies made to Town & Country Apothecary in Ridgewood. While there, Caroline learned the invaluable skill of how to draw on her eyebrows. (Are you paying attention, Lauren?)

Lastly, Dina was shown creating an over-the-top, opulent wedding reception table setting (with $500 floral centerpiece!) at Anna Rose Floral Design in North Haledon.


  1. Jan said,

    September 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    The night that Dani and Dannelle had their talk, Dani was wearing a square clear ring that reflected colors. I would like to know where I could get one. Thanks

  2. avagacser said,

    August 29, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Yes, Sharon: It’s Chakra in Paramus. Here’s the link: http://www.chakrarestaurant.com/home.htm

  3. Sharon said,

    August 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Does anyone know what the name of the restaurant where Dina and Danielle had their “Talk”? It was one of the final episodes we saw Dina.

  4. Desiree said,

    August 30, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I found out Dina’s clover necklace is called the “Heidi Necklace” by Park Lane.

    @ Carol : I found the Danielle purse you and I both want!! 🙂 It’s a 2007 Fendi:
    (Danielle’s seems to be a patent one)

  5. Desiree said,

    August 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Does anyone know where I can find two pieces of jewelry? #1.) I love the Van Cleef and Arpel looking necklace Dina wore in Season One in Atlantic City, at the part where they arrive at the hotel. It’s the clover style, but it has a silver chain and a pink checkerboard pendant. #2.) I also want the square cocktail ring that Dina wore to the Season One final supper. Too cute!

  6. Kelli Cameron said,

    July 10, 2010 at 11:01 am

    @ Carol-thx for the info!!! I have been lusting after Caroline’s Evil Eye pendant as well. At first I thought it to be Aaron Basha because of her Frog Prince necklace from the first season,but it’s not. I would love, love LOVE to know who makes it and how I can get my greedy little hands on it-HA! I will have to go back and look at the video footage,but I’m pretty sure that Danielle’s handbag is by Chanel, Carol!!!!

  7. Carol Castillo said,

    July 8, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Still can’t find that shiny woven strap handbag that Danielle had in the nail salon on the 2nd episode this season, can anyone give me at least the brand name? There is a picture of it in the photos of that episode of her talking in the seat of the nail salon. Please Help!!!

  8. Angela Foster said,

    July 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

    The rosaries that the ladies are wearing this season are by Virgin’s Saint’s and Angel’s. You can find out more from http://www.vsadesigns.com there are several retailers online. The line is quite pricey for some. I have a few pieces however I don’t reccomend the cuff bracelets because they don’t look that good. I took mine back. I would like to know where Caroline got that evil eye necklace! Also the hoodie set that Teresa wore is by Boy meet’s Girl they are quite comfortable I have several things from that line and it is all amazing!

  9. Carol Castillo said,

    June 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Does anyone know the brand or where I can find the handbag that Danielle had this season on episode 2 when she was having her nails done in the salon. It looks like it is taupe or gry trimmed in blk, shiny like patent or metallic, shoulder bag. There is a picture of Danielle in show 2 this season and she has it sitting on the table as she is talking in the nail salon.

  10. DEBBIE said,

    May 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm


  11. el said,

    May 7, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Watched Mon. episode. Luved it!
    Need help though I love the ladies jewelry in the episode: Teresa’s, Dina’s even Danielle’s.
    They look like the have crosses like a rosary.
    Dina had a nice cocktail ring under the tent at the party.
    Please help, Thanks!

  12. Kelli Cameron said,

    May 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    @ Jo-I love that double-chain cross medallion too!

  13. Kelli Cameron said,

    May 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    OK, so one episode has been on for the new season and I am already lusting after something-LOL!!! Caroline has an “evil eye” pendant on. Any one know any details about it? Btw, thank you for giving me the info about the 2 pendants she wore during the first season 🙂 I SO wish I could afford Aaron Basha!

  14. jo said,

    May 3, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Does anyone know how to find the necklace that Danielle wears in the “additional comments” in the new season? It’s has a double chain….gold and attachd in the middle is a beautiful roundish medallion with a cross? I’ve seen several housewives wearing this and it’s appeared in a magazine with Hayden Pantierre? Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks! 🙂 jo

  15. Angela said,

    March 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I am looking for the Black Handbag that Danielle had in the first episode when she was at Lua.

  16. avagacser said,

    January 31, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I honestly don’t know. I would think the ladies themselves would determine that, because it all depends on their taste. And Bravo wouldn’t want to shoot a shopping trip if they didn’t buy anything, right?

    Why don’t you try contacting the women on Facebook or Twitter? Several of them use those mediums quite frequently. If you need those URLs, let me know.

  17. Joaillier, Ridgewood said,

    January 31, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Does anyone know who decides which store they will be shopping at? I would love them to stop in my store.

  18. Joaillier, Ridgewood said,

    January 31, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Hi Ava,
    Do you know who selects the stores that they will be shopping in? I would love to have them in my store.

  19. Diane said,

    August 27, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Hello-Did anyone see Danielle driving a car?
    She had a diamond ring that looked like
    Marquis shape diamonds as petals?
    Does anyone know what it is called &
    where she may have gotten it?
    Thank you.

  20. Desiree said,

    August 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    YAY!!! I FINALLY found my blue necklace! 😛 Here is the link in case any other ladies were looking for it too! 🙂


  21. Desiree said,

    August 12, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Hey Kelli –

    I got this info from Caroline’s blog on Bravo TV’s website:

    ?The jewelry I wear on my neck is a “Frog Prince,” from Aaron Basha (on Madison Ave. in NYC or Neiman’s, Saks.) The other piece is a turquoise and diamond ball that I received as a gift while in the Middle East a few years ago.”

    I hope this helps!! 🙂

  22. Kelli Cameron said,

    August 4, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Does anyone know what the green looking necklace is that Caroline wears with another necklace in many of the episodes? She wears the two necklaces together. It looks like a yellow gold chain with a greenish enameled charm or something and then another yellow gold chain with another type of charm. Too cute!


  23. Desiree said,

    July 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Hey Christine –

    Sorry! I gave you the wrong info, check this one out instead. I don’t think it is exactly the clutch that Dina is holding in the photo (this was filmed over a year ago) but the clutch I found is cute! Love, love, love it! 🙂 It is called the Gucci “Hysteria” clutch:


  24. Desiree said,

    July 21, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Hey Christine –

    I THINK I may have found the Gucci bag you are looking for. 🙂 It is called the Gucci Jockey Large Hobo Handbag. Here is the link, it is on page 1, the last item in the fifth row:

    http://shop.seenon.com/ pagemax=all&v=seenon_products_category_handbags

  25. Desiree said,

    July 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Thank You Thank You! for posting the name of that store! 🙂 I’ve contacted them to see if I can find that necklace I wanted so much!! 🙂

  26. lisa said,

    July 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I believe the shop where they layed some serious cash down is called Alchemy. They have a website also. Hope this helps!

  27. Desiree said,

    July 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Hey Rosie – If you meant the blue/white rosette dress here is a link with information 🙂 http://www.seenon.com/tag/dinas-rosette-dress/

  28. Desiree said,

    July 8, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Okay, I sent an email to Theresa on her new jewelry website and I never received a response!! How messed up is that, geesh!

  29. rosie said,

    June 26, 2009 at 11:01 am

    does anyone know where the white dress dina wears comes from? brand name? store? help! : )

  30. Anonymous said,

    June 26, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Hi Ava, If you leave Dina a Message in her inbox on FB telling her you are a writter and giving her your info, letting her know that you give credit t the stores featured in the show she will probably let you know what boutique that was on the bravo video, (shop Girls) She is good at letting everyone know where she gets everything. Tell her you want to give the store credit!

  31. Christine said,

    June 25, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Does anyone know the name of the Gucci bag that Dina is carrying in the finale at the restaurant? I am trying to locate it – thanks!

  32. Desiree said,

    June 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Okay, the blue necklace I am searching for is at the store Dina and Theresa went to in the Shop Girls episode on Bravo. Does anyone know the name of that store?? 🙂

  33. avagacser said,

    June 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for passing that link along, Desiree. That’s what I was afraid of – the show was taped a year ago so most of the fashions probably aren’t available anymore.

  34. Desiree said,

    June 22, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Here is a link to some of the items we saw on the show, like Theresa’s dress at the dance class, Dina’s dress at the last supper: http://www.seenon.com/the-real-housewives-of-new-jersey-poll-your-favorite-season-look/

  35. Desiree said,

    June 22, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Does anyone know where I can find the gorgeous blue jewel necklace Theresa was wearing in her interview in the episode “The Lasy Supper”?? She is wearing it with a blue silk shirt that I know they used to carry at Kohls. But the necklace I’ve never seen before.

  36. Ane said,

    June 18, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Can anyone tell me where Teresa bought that green dress on the “Last Supper” Esp..Thanks!

  37. June 18, 2009 at 9:44 am

    […] And, as usual, you can view the master list of all of the faces and places of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” right here. […]

  38. June 10, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    […] with Steve during dinner in front of Teresa and Joe and Jacqueline and Chris at Varka in Ramsey in Episode 3. “I’m looking for the person I’m going to spend the rest of my life with, and […]

  39. tonia said,

    June 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I recognize some of the dresses and tops only- they are by SKY you can go online, also they are available at Nordstrom and some small boutiques. They range from $85.00 to about $200

  40. amy said,

    June 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Does anyone how who made that blue ,lacy ,off the shoulder blouse ,Dina was wearing on tues. June 9 episode(in her ‘cameo apperances” where she talks to the camera? She had it on with a round pendant type necklace..The blouse is what i’m interested in .who makes it and what stores carry it. I’m in South Florida .Thanks.There should be a website telling where the clothes can be purchased for all the housewife shows. i recognized a lot of:” Cache’ items on the Orange County show but none from the N.J. girls Thanks for anyone who can help or direct me to a website that has this info

  41. PAM said,

    June 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm


  42. avagacser said,

    June 3, 2009 at 10:20 am

    That’s a good question. I honestly don’t know, because they don’t show any exterior shots of the place and there’s no name on the receipt. Anybody know the answer to this?

  43. Anonymous said,

    June 2, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    There a nice clothing store Teresa and Dina are shopping at only on the bravo videos Which store was that it had nice stuff!

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