Issue Top 25 in state
G Has bar
BYO Patrons maybring
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.
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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;
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Above Restaurant and Bar 1 South Orange
Ave, South Orange (973-762-2683). New
American cuisine, featuring lamb shank, lobster
provençale and warm apple crumble. Tues–Wed,
11:30am–10pm; Thurs and Sat, 11:30am–11pm; Sun,
11:30am–10pm. $$$. AX, MC, V. G XI
Costanera 511 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair (973-
337-8289). Peruvian cuisine, featuring ceviches,
chupe de camarones and Peruvian bouillabaisse.
L—Tues–Sun, 11: 30 AM–3: 30 PM. D—Tues–Thurs,
5–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–11 PM; Sun, 5–9 PM. $$$.
MC, AX, D, V, DC. BYO X I (★★★ 1/13)
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. $$$. AX, MC, V. BYO X I
Ho-Ho-Kus Inn and Tavern 1 Franklin Tpk,
Ho-Ho-Kus (201-445-4115). New American
cuisine, including Mangalitsa ham salad, duck
and filet mignon. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 3 PM;
Sat and Sun, 11: 30–5 PM. D—Sun–Thurs, 5–10 PM
(weekends until 11 PM). Brunch—Sun, 10 AM– 3 PM.
Tavern menu all day. $$$. AX, MC, V, D.
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. $$$. AX, MC, V, D. X
Mémoire 16 Chestnut St, Ridgewood (201-857-
8899). Seasonal New American cuisine, featuring
house-made flatbreads, sous-vide shrimp and
smoked tofu. Sun–Thurs, 5: 30–9 PM; Fri and Sat,
5: 30–10 PM. $$$. DC, D, MC, V. BYO X (★★½ 2/14)
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.
$$$. AX, D, MC, V. X
St. Eve’s 611 N Maple Ave, Ho-Ho-Kus (201-857-
4717). New American cuisine, featuring Moroccan
gazpacho, Black Angus burger and home-made
cheesecake. L—Tues–Fri, noon–2: 30 PM. D—Tues–
Thurs, 5–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun, 4–8 PM.
$$$. AX, MC, V. BYO X (★½ 12/12)
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. $$. AX, MC, V. BYO X
Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill 118-124
Route 46 E, Fairfield (973-575-6500). Northern
Italian cuisine, featuring rice croquettes alla
siciliana, Chilean sea bass and rollatini di vitello.
L—noon– 4 PM. D— 4–10 PM. $$. AX, MC, V, D.
CulinAriane 33 Walnut St, Montclair (973-744-
0533). Eclectic cuisine, featuring sashimi tuna
flower and cornmeal-crusted oysters. D—Wed–
Sat, 5: 30–10 PM. $$$. MC, V. BYO
Fascino 331 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair (973-
233-0350). Italian and New American cuisine,
featuring porcini-dusted scallops, house-made
pasta and Berkshire pork chops. Mon–Thurs,
5: 30–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10: 30 PM. $$$. AX, MC,
Hat City Kitchen 459 Valley St, Orange (862-
252-9147). Southern and creole cuisine, including
jambalaya, black pepper-honey chicken wings,
shrimp and grits. D—Mon–Thurs, 5–10 PM; Fri and
Sat, 5–11 PM; Sun, 12: 30–8 PM. Live music—Fri and
Sat. Bar—Mon–Thurs, 4–11 PM; Fri and Sat, 5 PM– 1
AM; Sun, 12: 30–9 PM. $$. AX, DC,
Highlawn Pavilion Eagle Rock Reservation, West
Orange (973-731-3463). New American cuisine, featuring Griggstown chicken, organic veal chop and
Chatham cod. L—Mon–Fri, noon– 3 PM. D—Mon–
Thurs, 5: 30–9 PM; Fri, 5: 30–10 PM, Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun,
5–9 PM. $$$. 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. $$. AX, D, MC, V. G
Samba Montclair 7 Park St, Montclair (973-
744-6764). Brazilian fare, featuring Atlantic salmon, feijoada (black bean stew) and passion-fruit
mousse. L—Mon–Thurs, 11 AM– 4 PM; Fri and Sat,
11 AM– 3 PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 5:30–9: 30 PM, Fri and
Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun, 3–8 PM. $$$. 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.
$$$. AX, D, MC, V. X (★★★ 4/14)
The Terrace The Hilton Short Hills, 41 JFK
Pkwy, Short Hills (973-379-0100). Innovative
American cuisine, with award-winning brunch
featuring chilled seafood bar, signature dishes
and dessert buffet. B—Mon–Fri, 6: 30–11 AM; Sat
and Sun, 7 AM–noon. L—Mon–Fri, 11 AM– 5 PM; Sat
and Sun, noon– 5 PM. D—daily, 5–10 PM. Brunch—
Sun, seatings 11 AM and 1: 30 PM. Afternoon
tea—Fri and Sat, 2–4: 30 PM. $$$. AX, DC, MC, V.
G X I
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. $$$. AX, DC, MC, V. G (★★★ 9/12)
Verjus 1790 Springfield Ave, Maplewood (973-
378-8990). Updated bistro classics, including
escargots, beef bourguignon and roast duckling.
L—Tues–Fri, noon– 2 PM. D—Tues–Thurs, Sun,
5: 30–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5: 30–10 PM. Brunch—Sun,
noon– 2 PM. $$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G I