New Jersey

Restaurants in New Jersey

From seafood, steaks, hot dogs, New Jersey restaurants have it all. Be sure to check out some of the Garden State’s many fine food trucks—it’s a little-known fact that the food truck craze actually began in New Jersey! Go downtown to Jersey City and nibble on some Thai appetizers, homemade and hand rolled pasta or thick slices of rib eye. End your day with a treat from Carlos’ Bakery in Hoboken. New Jersey restaurants will not disappoint.

The Avenue in Long Branch is a beachfront bistro. They do a salt-crusted whole fish with fresh side vegetables that are worth visiting for alone. The cuisine has a Mediterranean style. Chef Filoni is one of the state’s premiere cooks, and his eatery is on any short list of the top restaurants in New Jersey.

The Cranbury Inn is an amazing historical treat. Its Camden restaurant is two 1700 stagecoaches hobbled together. There’s also a large banquet hall, with pine paneling and a priceless dinner plate collection. The Cranbury Inn serves dinner and lunch. In Princeton, there are quite a few enticing restaurants. Frequent the Antoinette C., a local favorite, for fresh homemade Italian delights. Have a fresh baked cannoli for dessert.

One of the best restaurants in New Jersey is Amanda’s, on Hoboken’s Washington Street. The cuisine is French and American, and the blue cheese potatoes are known worldwide. Couple the potatoes with the striped bass to maximize your gastronomic enjoyment.

This swank spot known for using local ingredients, but don’t rule out the excellent burgers at the bar.

Do not show up at 7 p.m. or you will be informed of a one-hour wait and be handed a vibrating beeper.

This cozy, romantic restaurant serves Provençale French (bouillabaisse, rack of lamb) with Van Gogh murals on the walls and ceilings. Bring your own bottle .

A curious 1912 Flemish-style building that became a rowdy men's club during Prohibition and was recently renovated as a steak house serving an excellent Jersey corn chowder.

Save on eating seafood by eating at the low-key Red’s Lobster Pot on the dock, about 15 minutes from Seaside Heights in Point Pleasant. Get there in time to watch the sunset.

The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel has a cheeky style (Louis XIV chairs in bright-white crocodile leather) invites the question, Does Cape May need foie gras?Probably not, but enjoy the pistachio-dusted scallops and impressive cheese plate nonetheless.

This Seaside Heights restaurant is the place for Italian by the shore—share the Mozzarella Tower with roasted peppers and dive into chicken Parm or pasta.

A BYOB seafood restaurant

The Chef: Grill master/Iron Chef Bobby Flay cornered the market on southwestern cuisine in New York City in 1991 with Mesa Grill, then expanded to Las Vegas and the Bahamas.

Save room for the Go Ape Daddy-O, a classic banana split at this old-fashioned ice cream shop decked out with jukeboxes and vintage Cadillac front-ends.