Let’s face it: living in the city means amazing food that’s never more than a few steps (or a few clicks…) away.
While, admittedly, the NYC suburbs will never top the boroughs from a foodie perspective, there’s good news for epicurean-minded families making the leap — more and more New Jersey suburbs are upping their offerings, with eclectic restaurants, gourmet grocers and specialty eats that rival any urban outposts. Check out these four New Jersey suburbs that are perfect for foodies.
With three downtown areas on the north, central, and south sides, there’s no shortage of dishes to dig into when you’re in Montclair. Beyond that, though, the food diversity is jaw-dropping. From Israel, Italy, the Mediterranean, Ethiopia, and beyond, Montclair brings together all corners of the world with every dish—and families take full advantage of these incredible options when it’s time to eat.
A favorite among locals is Bivio Pizza Napoletana, a buzzing Neapolitan pizza spot with, “a small menu and dining room,” but with pizzas, “big in flavor,” according to North Jersey. Every pizza is crafted using a traditional Neapolitan dough recipe, piled with toppings like fresh garlic and mozzarella, and then wood-fired to perfection. This pizza is unbelievable, and everyone in town knows it—so get there early and expect a wait. It’ll be worth it.
Speaking of homestyle cooking, chef Meny Vaknin of Marcel Bakery and Kitchen is serving up some mouthwatering Meditteranean dishes inspired by his mother and grandmother. With everything from freshly-baked scones and croissants to shakshuka, fresh Mediterranean salads, coffee, and more, there’s no way you’ll leave this place unsatisfied, no matter what mood you’re in.
Another place you don’t want to miss? Head over to Le Salbuen for a warm, homey atmosphere, and dig into their fresh takes on American and European dishes — think organic meat, produce and dairy for starters.
Westfield is a foodie paradise. From kitschy to super chic, there’s everything and anything in this popular New Jersey suburb. Stop into Chez Catherine and revel in the charming French Countryside atmosphere. Some menu-topping items you don’t want to miss include classic French Escargots, sea scallops smothered in almond brown butter, duck breast, and more. Don’t forget to indulge in some chocolate mousse for dessert.
Looking for a delicious spot to grab a bite for brunch? Addams Tavern, which also serves lunch, dinner, and wine, boasts a casual yet fashionable setting that offers up New-American inspired dishes straight from wood-burning grills and mesquite charcoal ovens. The whole family can dive into their smoky takes on classic dishes such as wood-grilled avocado toast, black forest ham and cheese omelet, grilled filet mignon, and more. For mom and dad? Try a few glasses from the extensive wine menu, including Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara and Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
There’s also no shortage of Italian-inspired cuisine in Westfield, and foodies can indulge in every dish from wood-fired pizza at Fiamma to ricotta-stuffed ravioli at Ferraro’s. For a cozy date night, snuggle up in Cosimo’s old-world Italian ambiance with comforts like mozzarella garlic bread, fried calamari, and chicken stuffed with goat cheese. There’s even a fire going!
#3. Red Bank
From casual cuisine to the best in fine dining, Red Bank offers an eclectic mix of options that span almost every type of fare imaginable. Whether you’re in the mood for crepes, steak, sushi, or pasta, you’re sure to find something to appease your palate. Nestled along the Navesink River but a stone’s throw from the Atlantic, Red Bank boasts a laid-back vibe that still manages an urban appeal that attracts all sorts of foodies.
For upscale dining with a relaxed feel, check out Birravino, a modern Italian eatery with an extensive beer and wine list. In the mood for a meal with a view? Teak Restaurant offers great libations and people watching from their rooftop bar, and their creative menu features inventive takes on Asian-American Cuisine.
For those seeking something tasty and wholesome, try KITCH Organic, which offers a variety of wholesome menu items that focus on ethical sourcing. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free options are served up alongside freshly prepared favorites, like the Naan Mi chicken satay tacos, or the Diablo-Cado smashed avocado toast (the charred shishito peppers are sure to deliver a spicy kick).
A charming village with a historic flair, Ridgewood is one of New Jersey’s gems when it comes to food, and with over a hundred restaurants, there’s something to satisfy every palate and satiate every craving.
The town’s distinctly local flavor trickles through to its food options, and casual spots abound – like Super Cellars, a wine shop that’s so much more than just a wine shop. Home to not only a notable selection of craft beer and fine wine, but you’ll also find the locals stopping here for mouth-watering sandwiches like the Italian Stallion, which is layered with mortadella cheese and imported Italian muffuletta (a spicy olive salad), and topped with aged Balsamic vinegar.
If you’re seeking a more dressed-up experience, try Latour, a French Contemporary restaurant with an old-world feel. A great spot for date night or a special occasion, diners can enjoy Coq au Vin with Burgundy wine, or the delectable Beef Wellington. The best part? You can BYOB, so bring a bottle of your favorite while you dig into something tasty.
For modern American fare, Park West Tavern offers a bevy of contemporary options for brunch, lunch, and dinner, with a vibrant atmosphere and chic ambiance that’s great for sharing with friends.
For extra-luxurious dining, Roots Steakhouse caters to lovers of surf and turf, while Café 37 serves up a seasonal menu with farm-to-table ingredients and high-quality meats. Looking for something casual and authentic? Try A Mano Pizzeria, an authentic Neapolitan pizza joint that boasts a hand-built wood-burning oven, crafted from stones and volcanic soil imported from Naples.
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