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22 Of The Most Delicious Restaurants In New Jersey, According To A Long-Time Resident

By Ken W. Hanley,


Let’s face it: there aren’t many more cities as famous for having a gold standard of dining as New York City.

From the incredible Caribbean flavor of Kokomo in Brooklyn to the life-changing dumplings of White Bear in Queens, New York has plenty of hotspots that foodies should add to their dine-in bucket lists.

Katrine Moite / Kokomo

However, as a resident of the Garden State, I can personally attest that New Jersey has plenty of fantastic food spots that not only stand out of New York City’s shadow, but might even leave some of the Empire State’s most acclaimed restaurants in the dust.

So I’ve decided to put together a list of some of the best eateries in New Jersey that you should absolutely seek out, whether they’re acclaimed restaurants with dishes to die for or hidden gems that’ll quickly become one of your faves.

Brianne Mintz

1. Steve & Andrea's Restaurant (Rutherford, NJ)

2. Jiggs McAllister's Music Saloon (Butler, NJ)

In this writer's humble opinion, you will absolutely, positively, not find any wings better than those at Jiggs McAllister's Music Saloon, a roadside bar and restaurant in the heart of Butler, New Jersey on Route 23 North. Though their entire menu is filled with excellent options, including one heck of a burger, their wings are second to none, offering a crispy outside and a perfectly juicy inside that will have you checking your calendar for your next opportunity to return.

Recommended Dish: 10-piece Buffalo wings (medium/hot) should be enough to get you hooked.

Ken Hanley

3. Pet Shop (Jersey City, NJ)

4. Amelia's By The Sea (Spring Lake, NJ)

5. Cravin Thai (Hamburg, NJ)

6. The River Palm Terrace (Edgewater, NJ)

7. Sogo Hibachi (Denville, NJ)

8. Brownstone Pancake Factory (Edgewater, Englewood Cliffs, Brick and Freehold, NJ)

9. Baguette Bistro (East Windsor, NJ)

10. The Local's Spot (Egg Harbor, NJ)

11. The Full Moon Cafe (Lambertville, NJ)

12. Left Bank Burger Bar (Jersey City, NJ)

13. Dock's Oyster House (Atlantic City, NJ)

14. El Pueblo Taqueria (North Cape May, NJ)

15. Pascal & Sabine (Asbury Park, NJ)

16. Delta's Southern Cuisine and Cocktails (New Brunswick, NJ)

17. Holsten's (Bloomfield, NJ)

18. Rutt's Hut (Clifton, NJ)

19. Brick + Dough (Montclair, NJ)

20. Van Gogh's Ear Café (Union, NJ)

21. G&A Hot Bagels & Deli (Butler, NJ)

22. Teak Restaurant (Red Bank, NJ)

Do you have a favorite New Jersey-based restaurant? Got any recommendations from the food spots above? Let us know in the comments!

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