Issue Top 25 in state
G Has bar
BYO Patrons may bring
beer or wine
X Wheelchair accessible
I Reservations suggested
AX American Express
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The Statewide Dining Guide is a selected culinary directory for dining out in New Jersey. Restaurants that
have been reviewed by our critics—indicated by stars and the month in which the review appeared—and
those that have purchased advertising space in New Jersey Monthly are included in this guide. Additional
restaurants are listed at the discretion of the editorial staff. Recommendations and suggestions can be sent
to Statewide Dining Guide, New Jersey Monthly, P.O. Box 920, Morristown, NJ 07963-0920.
SPECIAL NO TES: To keep our listings current, we remove the rating from restaurants not visited within the
last two years. This does not reflect in any way the quality or service of the restaurant. Please call ahead to
check a restaurant’s hours and credit policy, which may change without notice; to check changes in prices;
and to make sure the restaurant is still in business. Visits by our critics are made anonymously to avoid
Cafe Panache 130 East Main St, Ramsey (201-
934-0030). Gourmet bistro, featuring Jersey-caught fish, house-made pasta and filet mignon
with woodland mushrooms. L—Tues–Fri, noon– 2
PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 5: 30–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5: 30–
10 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V. BYO X I
Due 18 East Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood (201-857-
3231). Modern Italian cuisine, featuring chicken
marsala, PEI mussels and Key lime semifreddo
parfait. L—Tues–Fri, noon–2: 30 PM. D—Tues–Thurs,
5–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun, 4: 30–9 PM. $$$.
AX, MC, V, D. X (★★★ 10/14)
Haven 2 Main St, Edgewater (201-943-1900). New
American cuisine, featuring Korean fried chicken
salad, prime angus short ribs and salted caramel ice
cream sundae. D—Mon–Fri, 5–11: 30 PM; Sat, 5–11 PM;
Sun, 5–10 PM. Brunch—Sat and Sun, 11 AM– 3 PM. $$$.
AX, MC, V, D. X (★★★ 7/14)
The Kitchen 21 East Palisade Ave, Englewood
(201-568-4570). American cuisine, including New
York strip steak, swordfish and baked Alaska.
L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 3 PM. D—Mon–Sat, 5–10: 30
PM. $$$. AX, MC, V, D. X (★ 4/14)
Oceanos 2-27 Saddle River Rd, Fair Lawn (201-
796-0546). Greek-inspired seafood, featuring oysters, char-grilled whole fish and seafood linguine.
L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM–3: 30 PM. D—Mon–Thurs,
4–10 PM; Fri, 4–11 PM; Sat, 5–11 PM; Sun, 1–10 PM.
$$$. AX, D, MC, V. X
Saddle River Inn 2 Barnstable Ct, Saddle River
(201-825-4016). French classic menu, featuring tuna carpaccio, escargot, and Maribar filet
mignon. D—Tues–Sat, 5:30–9: 30 PM. $$$. AX, D,
MC, V. G X (★★★ 8/13)
Sakura Bana 43 Franklin Ave, Ridgewood (201-
447-6525). Japanese cuisine, featuring sushi, scallop tartare and sushi. L—Tues–Sat, 11: 45 AM–2: 30
PM. D—Tues–Thurs, 5: 30–10 PM; Fri and Sat,
5:15–10: 15 PM; Sun, 5–9: 30 PM. $$/$$$. AX, MC, V.
D. BYO X (★★½ 7/14)
Terre À Terre 312 Hackensack St, Carlstadt (201-
507-0500). New American cuisine, featuring lamb
spring rolls, Berkshire pork chop and meringue
cookies. D—Wed–Sat, 5: 30–10 PM. (Tasting menu
Wed and Thurs only.) Brunch—Sun, 11 AM–2: 30 PM.
$$$. AX, DC, MC, V. I BYO (★★★½ 8/14)
Blu 554 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair (973-509-2202).
Modern American cuisine, featuring seafood dumplings, hanger steak and black olive cake. D—Tues–
Thurs, 5:30–9: 30 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun,
5–8: 30 PM. $$. AX, MC, V. BYO X I
Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill 118-124
Route 46 E, Fairfield (973-575-6500). Northern
Italian cuisine, featuring rice croquettes alla
siciliana, Chilean sea bass and rollatini di vitello.
L—noon– 4 PM. D— 4–10 PM. $$. AX, MC, V, D.
Cucina Calandra 216-234 Route 46 E, Fairfield
(973-575-7720). Family kitchen serving flatbreads,
pizzas and calzones. L—noon– 4 PM. D— 4–10 PM.
$. AX, MC, V, D.
Fascino 331 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair (973-
233-0350). Italian and New American cuisine,
featuring porcini-dusted scallops, house-made
pasta and Berkshire pork chops. Mon–Thurs,
5: 30–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10: 30 PM. $$$. AX, MC,
Highlawn Pavilion Eagle Rock Reservation, West
Orange (973-731-3463). New American cuisine, featuring Griggstown chicken, organic veal chop and
Chatham cod. L—Mon–Fri, noon– 3 PM. D—Mon–
Thurs, 5: 30–9 PM; Fri, 5: 30–10 PM, Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun,
5–9 PM. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G X I
Il Vecchio Cafe 234 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell
(973-226-8889). Italian cuisine, featuring shrimp
scampi over garlic toast, bow-tie pasta tossed
with crumbled Italian sausage in pink vodka
sauce and rigatoni Sebastiano. L—11: 30 AM– 4 PM.
D— 4–10 PM. $$. AX, D, MC, V. Fri X I
Lorena’s 168 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood
(973-763-4460). French cuisine, featuring seared
duck foie gras, braised lamb shank and pear tarte
Tatin. D—Tues–Sat, 5–11 PM; Sun, 2–9 PM. $$$.
AX, D, DC, MC, V. BYO X I
The Manor 111 Prospect Ave, West Orange
(973-731-2360). American cuisine. Business
casual. Pianist nightly; dancing—Fri and Sat, 9
PM– 1 AM. L—Wed, noon–2: 30 PM. D—Tues–Sun,
6–9 PM; Fri, 6–9: 30 PM; Sat, 5–9: 30 PM; Sun,
4–7: 30 PM. Lobster buffet—Wed–Sat, 6 PM.
Brunch—Sun, noon– 6 PM. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC,
V. G X I
Mes Rêves 407 Broad St, Bloomfield (973-429-
4888). French fare, featuring calamari salad,
sweetbreads, steak au poivre and Jersey skate.
Three-course $30 prix fixe Mon–Thurs until 6: 30
PM. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM–2: 30 PM. D—Mon–
Thurs, 4: 30–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM. $$. AX,
DC, MC, V. X I
Nero’s Grille 618 S Livingston Ave, Livingston
(973-994-1410). American fare, featuring a raw
bar, aged steaks, chops, seafood, free-range
chicken and pasta. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM–2: 30
PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 5–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–11 PM;
Sun, 4:30–9: 30 PM. $$. AX, DC, MC, V. X I
Next Door 556 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair (973-
744-3600). American fare, featuring salads, sandwiches, pasta and grilled or pan-seared entrées. L—
daily, 11 AM– 3 PM. D—daily, 5–11 PM. $$. AX, MC, V. X
Nizi-Sushi 28 Central Ave, Newark (973-622-
5300). Japanese and Korean fare, featuring rice
bowls, udon noodles and sushi. Mon–Fri, 11: 30
AM– 10 PM. Thurs–Sat, 3–10 PM. $$. AX, D, MC, V.
G (★★½ 5/14)
Samba Montclair 7 Park St, Montclair (973-
744-6764). Brazilian fare, featuring Atlantic salmon, feijoada (black bean stew) and passion-fruit
mousse. L—Mon–Thurs, 11 AM– 4 PM; Fri and Sat,
11 AM– 3 PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 5:30–9: 30 PM, Fri and
Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun, 3–8 PM. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V.
X (★★½ 2/14)
Scala Del Nonna 32 Church St, Montclair (973-
744-3300). Italian fare, featuring grilled branzino,
veal scaloppine and flourless chocolate cake.
L—Tues–Fri, noon– 3 PM. D—Tues–Thurs, 5: 30–10
PM; Fri and Sat, 5: 30–11 PM; Sun, 3:30–8: 30 PM.
$$$. AX, D, MC, V. X
The Dining Room The Hilton Short Hills, 41
JFK Pkwy, Short Hills (973-379-0100). Innovative
American cuisine, with award-winning brunch
featuring chilled seafood bar, signature dishes and
dessert buffet. B—Mon–Fri, 6: 30–11 AM; Sat and Sun,
7 AM–noon. L—Mon–Fri, 11 AM– 5 PM; Sat and Sun,
noon– 5 PM. D—daily, 5–10 PM. Brunch—Sun, seatings 11 AM and 1: 30 PM. Afternoon tea—Fri and Sat,
2–4: 30 PM. $$$. AX, DC, MC, V. G X I
Verjus 1790 Springfield Ave, Maplewood (973-378-
8990). Updated bistro classics, including escargots,
beef bourguignon and roast duckling. L—Tues–Fri,
noon– 2 PM. D—Tues–Thurs, Sun, 5: 30–9 PM; Fri and
Sat, 5: 30–10 PM. Brunch—Sun, noon– 2 PM. $$. AX,
D, DC, MC, V. G I
Yellow Plum 1099 Broad St, Bloomfield (973-
893-3681). New American fare, featuring oxtail
ravioli, duck breast and homemade ice cream.
L—Tues–Fri, 11: 30 AM–2: 30 PM. D—Mon–Sat, 5–10
PM. $$$. AX, D, MC, V. X G (★★½ 5/14)
Upstairs 608 Valley Rd, Montclair (973-744-
4144). New American menu, featuring house-made gnocchi, pork chops, dark-chocolate mocha
cake. D—Tues–Thurs, 5–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–11
PM. Sun, 5–9 PM. $$$. AX, DC, MC, V. G (★★★ 9/12)
Battello 502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City
(201-798-1798). Modern Italian cuisine featuring