After proclaiming that "suburban dining outside of NYC is better than ever,"you could only come up with four restaurants in New Jersey, in a list of "20 Best Suburban Restaurants Outside NYC."
Actually, make that North Jersey (none weresouth ofJersey City).
Honestly? I would have expected morefroma well-knownfood website such as yours. I would have expected a thorough, thought-out, substantive, illuminatinglist.
I'm not saying that thefourGarden State spots you chose aren't good.I loveRazza's pizzas in Jersey City.I'm a big fan of Jack's Lobster Shack's lobster rolls, which I've devoured in its Edgewater location. And, while I have yet to dine at Sushi Aoki in Fort Lee (I've managed to secure two seats at its 10-seat counter in two weeks) or Bread & Salt in Jersey City(meeting a cousin there thisSunday), I know how popular and respected these BYOBsare.
But Thrillist, your list is, in a word, paltry.
I'm the food editor for The Record and NorthJersey.com.My job is to suss out the best restaurants in the region, and you barely scratched the skin of this tomato.
Let me help you out.
Here is my list of some of the "Best Suburban Restaurants Outside of NYC" that are in New Jersey, which, yes, include a few south of JC (that's Jersey City, for ahem,outsiders).
Saddle River Inn, Saddle River
Chef-owner Jamie Knott rarelymisfires. His food is outrageously good. Ever tried his Szechuan noodlesenveloped in a heavenly peanut sauce and flecked with bold spicy beef?
Or his Spanish octopus with a garden-fresh chimichurri sauce? Or his tender as a broken heart center-cut filet mignon dripping witha Bearnaise sauce? If you did, Thrillist, you would have had Saddle River Innon your list.2 Barnstable Ct, Saddle River,201-825-4016,saddleriverinn.com.
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Cafe Panache, Ramsey
How does one take over a highly acclaimed,top-notch, fine-dine restaurant after its beloved chef-owner of 36years dies? If you're Michael Matonti, you don't fix what isn't broken — you just enhance what's already really good. If you loved Kevin Kohler's food — and who didn't? — you can rest assured it's in skilled and talented hands now. For proof, order a serving of Kohler's signature filet mignon ravioli. Dare I say it may be even betterthan ever.130 E. Main St, Ramsey;201-934-0030,cafepanachenj.com.
Osteria Crescendo, Westwood
I'm hardlythe only one who thinks Robbie Felice, chef-owner of this modern Italian restaurant, is a whiz. The James Beard Foundation nominated him for a Rising Star Chef award, but then COVID-19 happened. But Felice doesn't need awards to prove his cookingchops. He's as passionate about what he does as LeBron James is about basketball.You won't find chickenparm, penne alla vodka, calamari in marinara sauce or garlic bread at Osteria Crescendo or for that matter at his other terrific restaurant, Viaggio in Wayne (yes, it should have been on your list too).Because you wouldn't find those Italian-American dishes in Italy. You want authenticItalian food cooked beautifully? Now you know where to go.36 Jefferson Ave., Westwood;201-722-1900,osteriacrescendo.com.(Viaggio is at1055 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne;973-706-7277,viaggioristorante.com.)
Chinese restaurant:This restaurant may serve the best Chinese food in North Jersey
Pasta Ramen, secret location
Asecret restaurantin a secret location by a secret chef.It's by invite only. I scored an invite. And? I can't say much (shhhh!), except what I tried.Ever have silky tofu slatheredin a house-made spreadable salumi?What about fresh-made sesame ramen coatedwith cheesy white carbonara, a crispywild tuna meatball crowned with buttery uni and a gleaming edible gold leaf, orfeatherweightricotta cavatelli bathed in a tender pork ragu with threads of pickled ginger? Follow on Instagram and get on the list!
Bodegon, Cliffside Park
Not even a year old, this Spanish restaurant is turning out some stellar Galicia-based dishes. The croqueta de jambon is a must. Ditto thepoached Galician octopus,the seared cremini mushrooms on toast and the yellowtail ceviche. Just about everything is delicious.And it's a party many nights, especially after a couple of coffee(!)Negronis.631 Anderson Ave., Cliffside Park;856-521-9135,bodegonnj.com.
New chef:Cafe Panache in Ramsey has a new chef, a protege of beloved founder Kevin Kohler
Two years ago,twoFrench restaurant veterans (Daniel Bouludalums)opened whatmay be the best contemporary French restaurant in North Jersey, ifnot the entire Garden State. If you, Thrillist,had ever tried their thin-as-a-cracker tarte flambee, their light-as-a-summer-breeze gougere, or their out-of-this-world coq au vin, it wouldn't have beenMIA on your list.544 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair;973-542-7700,faubourgmontclair.com.
Restaurant Lorena's, Maplewood
I'm thrilled that this upscale French restaurantnow has a liquor license. Its salmon tartare and mushroom crepe, two of the most delicious appetizers anywhere, deserve to be enjoyed with a cool glass of white wine. For the heavenly rigatoni with short ribs, get a glass of red.160 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood,973-763-4460,restaurantlorena.com.
Common Lot, Millburn
The chef-owner Ehren Ryan is from Australia. His food is from all over the world. In a good way. Ryan's eatsis not only beautiful but supremely creative and deliciously flavorful. From sashimi to naan to New Zealand venison and Nova Scotia halibut, you can happily take a trip around the world dining here.27 Main St., Millburn; 973-467-0494,commonlot.com.
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Morristown
Come for the wine (owner Chris Cannon is a wine fanatic). Stay for the eats (Joe Mooney, formerly with venerated Mistral in Princeton, heads the kitchen now).110 South St., Morristown;973-644-3180,jockeyhollowbarandkitchen.com.
Restaurant Serenade, Chatham
Chef-ownerJames Laird is a wizard. Without using cream and very little butter, he manages to make his haute dishes taste rich, creamy and downright delicious. For proof, just try any one of his cream-free soups. You're going to be scratching your head for some time.6 Roosevelt Ave., Chatham;973-701-0303,restaurantserenade.com.
White Birch, Flanders
Chef/owner Sam Freund has a huge garden to help him cook some of the finest, most delicious American dishes that he changes according to the season. But what's always on the menu: a heavenly onion tart with Gruyere cheese and pine nuts that you'd be nuts to pass up.380 Route 206, Flanders;908-955-0443,whitebirchrestaurant.com.
LT Bar & Grill, Hackensack
French chef Laurent Tourondel is not out to change whatyou eat. He just wants to give you what you want — but he wants to make it even more delicious.So his burger, for example, is a grilledpatty of four different cuts of meat,toppedwith earthywhite cheddar cheese, sweet caramelized onions, meaty sautéed mushrooms, and from-the-farm bread-and-butter pickles. The final touch: a generoussmear ofpungent peppercorn sauce. And if it's sushi you want, it's there too. And, no matter what, don't pass up dessert: Tourondel is a dessert virtuoso.390 Hackensack Ave., Hackensack,551-287-6333,ltbarandgrill.com.
The River Palm Terrace, Edgewater
Ask most any chef in North Jersey where they like to eat, and invariably they'll answer River Palm. The steaks, dry-aged and butchered in house, are great. The sushi, perhaps even better. Even the darn Idaho bakedpotato is a wonder here.1416 River Road, Edgewater,201-224-2013,riverpalm.com/edgewater.
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Corto, Jersey City
Good luck getting a table here. Chef MattMoschella, a self-taught cook who grew up in Morris County,uses as few ingredients as possible to make his delectable, nationally acclaimed, Italian dishes. (Bon Appetit called his food "fantastic.")The pastas are all delicious. The "Angry Chicken" a must. And dessert? Don't be a fool. These guys know what they're doing; get it.
Andre's Lakeside Dining, Sparta
You'relikely missing a heart if you aren't swept away sitting at a well spacedtable on Andre'slush greenyard, a stone's throw from sereneSeneca Lake. The crystal chandeliers that hang fromtreescan quicken your heartbeat as well. The menu at this French spot with Asian touches changes as often as Food & Winemagazine comes out. For $95, chef-owner Andre' de Waal wows witha six-course meal that will have you wondering when you can return for a repeat. If you're not up to a pants-busting dinner and need help, my advice: get any of de Waal's pastas. Housemade, al dente and just superb.And bringa bottle of wine. Andre's is BYOB.112 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta; 973-726-6000,andreslakeside.com/eat.
Turtle + the Wolf, Montclair
This acclaimed 6-year-old restaurant went through a tough time during the pandemic, shutting downindoor dining for more than a year and pivoting to curbside service.However, in-person dining has resumed — and that's wonderful news for North Jersey food lovers. Montclair nativeLauren Hirschberg, chef-owner, is famous for histranscendent livermousse pate, fried chicken meal and his ethereal pot de creme. Hirschberg recently launched a beer-garden style BBQ restaurantPineapple Express Barbecuein the stunning old station house of Montclair's Lackawanna Station that promises to be delicious too.622 Valley Road, Montclair;973-783-9800 turtleandthewolf.com.
Yes, Thrillist, New Jersey is full of great "suburban" restaurants outside of NYC. Here are a few more in the running you overlooked:
Brasserie Memere, Closter. A darling French brasserie that isn't afraid to serve out-of-fashion Frenchfood: escargots, frog's legs and cheese-laden onion soup.Chef-owner Thomas Cizsaktrusted that diners in New Jersey would appreciate quality classic French dishes. He was right.107 Vervalen St., at, Closter Plaza, Closter;201-660-8822,brasserie-memere.com.
Cheng Du 23, Wayne.You can get your Chinese-American grub here, but why bother.You're in an authenticSichuan restaurant, so go
Sichuan: extraordinarily delicious soup dumplings: Ants Climbing a Tree,scrumptiousglass noodles dish with teeny specks of ground pork ("ants"); dan dan noodles; andwholebranzinosmothered in bean paste andchili sauce. Strong tea for refreshment or BYOB.6 Willowbrook Blvd, Wayne,973-812-2800,chengdu23.com.
Porter, Weehawken.Newcomer with great cocktails, nice apps, and scrumptious desserts.1100 Ave. at Port Imperial, Weehawken,201-430-8415,porterportimperial.com.
Oceanos Oyster Bar & Grill, Fair Lawn.This may be the best seafood restaurant in North Jersey. 2-27 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn;201-796-0546,hoceanosrestaurant.com.
Shan Shan Noodles, Parsippany. Far from fancy but, oh my, those hand-pulled noodles.333 Route 46, Parsippany; 973-287-7399,shanshannoodles.com.
Elements, Princeton. A true dining destination. Dinehere and get your socks knocked off,beginning with the "pre-meal"smoked quail eggbrought tableside,inside a baby bird's nest.66 Witherspoon St., Princeton;609-924-0078,elementsprinceton.com.
Mistral, Princeton. Can't afford Elements? Dine downstairs at sister restaurant Mistral. Your socks may not be blown away but your palate's going to do a little dance and your stomach is going to feel full and happy.66 Witherspoon St., Princeton; 609-688-8808,mistralprinceton.com.
Gayeon, Fort Lee. Upscale Korean food in a stunning modern dining-room with a big, long bar — I'm all for that.The Bossom is a DIY kind of dish — wrap a sesame leaf around a thin slice ofbraised pork belly, octopuskimchiand tender radish, and pop it in one fell swoop into your mouth.Good stuff. Good too are the cold buckwheat noodle soupand thewarm bibimbap with perfectlycrunchy caramelized rice.And desserts, usually overlookedin Asian restaurants, are terrific here, especially black sesame ice cream.2020 Hudson St.,Fort Lee; 201-944-2056,gayeonrestaurant.com.
Varka, Ramsey. This longtime fine-dine Greek seafood spot isnot inexpensive but fresh quality seafood never is. Splurge; it's worth it.30 N. Spruce St., Ramsey;201-995-9333,varkarestaurant.com.
EstherDavidowitzis thefood editor for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, pleasesubscribe todayand sign up forourNorth Jersey Eats newsletter.
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Pork Roll. This might be New Jersey's most iconic food. Created by John Taylor back in 1856, this pork-based meat product is typically sliced and pan-fried or grilled, then used in a breakfast sandwich with eggs and cheese (but it's not limited to breakfast—we've seen it used in everything from burgers to ice cream!).
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The address is 6 S. Fullerton Ave., the former home of Villalobos.
1. Le Fouquet's. Open since 1899, the historic Le Fouquet's is a legendary spot in Paris, and famous for hosting the post-dinner celebrations of the César Awards ceremony for the last 40 years.
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New Jersey doesn't have a true official cocktail or state drink, but college students across the state (especially along its iconic Jersey Shore) know their way around Jäger-bombs.
The Oreo cookie is the snack we reach for the most in New Jersey, according to Zippia.com, an employment resource website. Zippia relied on Google Trends research to determine what each state likes to snack on best.
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Probably the most recognized features of Jersey City are its historical points of interest. Jersey City is home to Liberty Island National Park, including the Ellis Island Immigration Station, while The Statue of Liberty is completely surrounded by the City of Jersey City.
New Jersey is home to more diners than any other state. Atlantic City is home to the world's longest boardwalk. Cape May, New Jersey is the oldest seaside resort in the United States. During the Revolutionary War, more battles were fought in New Jersey than any other state.
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Guy Fieri, the host of Food Network's “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” is seen with his 1967 red Camaro in just about every episode. That car isn't just a prop for one of the favorite chefs on TV.
The Triple D Effect is real—even the very first restaurant featured on the show (Bayway Diner in Linden, NJ) saw a massive surge in customers. So much so that the owner, Mike Giunta, was able to add an outdoor seating area, a food truck, and a catering business.
Filming each episode of the show takes a couple of days.
Paul, Minnesota, told Twin Cities Business that filming took two days at his restaurant. During that time, the show filmed both B-roll of the restaurant and the actual footage of Fieri cooking the dishes with the chef.
He has also licensed his name to restaurants in New York City and Las Vegas. Fieri has featured 25 Jersey eateries on DDD.
The first-ever spot to be filmed for the series was the Bayway Diner, a popular, classic, no-frills eatery in the city of Linden, New Jersey. A decade after Fieri made his first appearance there, Food Network filmed the star visiting the diner once more in 2018, as a clip on the website shows.
And while you might expect a culinary powerhouse like New York to hold the title for the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the country, you'd be wrong. California now holds that prestigious title, with its restaurants holding a collective 90 stars total.
New York City is home to a total of 65 Michelin stars, including five three-star selections — the most out of any U.S. city.
Now it is Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester and Le Louis XV that tend to be the most well-known – and the most awarded, with each boasting the maximum three Michelin stars. Le Louis XV also holds the title of the first restaurant to ever achieve such an accolade.
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|McMeal at McDonalds (or equivalent combo meal)||€8.00||€7.50 - €9.00|
|Cappuccino (regular)||€3.42||€2.00 - €4.50|
The French tend to eat lunch and dinner later than Americans do. Lunch is noon to about 2:30 p.m. Dinner is 8 to 11 p.m. Many restaurants close in the late afternoon to prepare for dinner service.
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New Jersey's original cocktail.
What is certain is that the Jack Rose is a New Jersey cocktail through and through. Its American apple brandy base, applejack (a.k.a. “Jersey Lightning”), is one of the country's oldest continuously-produced spirits and Laird's in New Jersey remains its largest producer to this day.
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Four upscale boroughs — Alpine, Cresskill, Franklin Lakes, and Saddle River — are home to a slew of wealthy celebrities living in lavish mansions, sometimes on the same street. It helps that the area is relatively secluded yet still a short drive from New York City.
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In the Mid-Atlantic region, New Jersey bested the violent-crime regional average, with the lowest rate ahead of New York (3.6).
New Jersey is consistently named among the safest, healthiest and best places to live in the nation. Our diverse neighborhoods with exceptional school districts make New Jersey an ideal location for families. That's why we're ranked the #1 state to raise children in the U.S.
For one, Jersey City offers a good quality of life, home to both new development and quaint small town energy. Some parts of Jersey City even bear a strong resemblance to Brooklyn, with its tree lined streets, brownstones and cafes. Another reason why some Manhattanites may move to Jersey City, is to be closer to work.
To start with, New Jersey is an excellent state with diverse lifestyle options, numerous attractions, and fun activities for all generations. Despite the numerous attractions, the state has various downsides, like the high cost of living, making living in the state worth a debate.
Bergen, founded in 1660, was New Jersey's first permanent European settlement. In 1664 the Dutch lost New Netherlands when the British took control of the land and added it to their colonies.
According to U.S. News & World Report 2019-2020, New Jersey ranked #4 for the lowest property crime and violent crime rates. If you already have kids or are thinking about starting a family, we're sure safety is a top priority for you. New Jersey suburbs also offer much more indoor and outdoor living space than a city.
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The show did not disclose the names of the three other restaurants that Fieri visited in March, but social media posts indicate that they were Woodrow's Sandwich Shop on South Street, Farmer's Keep on 20th Street near Market, and Mom-Mom's Kitchen on Orthodox Street in Bridesburg.
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