Restaurant & Bar Directory

By county: Essex, Morris, Somerset, Union, Bergen, Hudson


G  – Has bar
BYO – Patrons may bring  beer or wine
I  – Reservations suggested

AX  – American Express
D – Discover
DC  – Diners Club
MC –  MasterCard
V  –  Visa
$   – Under $15
$$  –  $15 to $25
$$$  –   Over $25

Essex County

Blu 554 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair (973-509-2202). Fusion cuisine, featuring seafood dumplings, sliced seared duck breast, and apple tart. D—Tues–Sat, 5–10 pm; Sun, 4:30–8:30 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. BYO X I

Bohemia Latin Cuisine 418 Broad St, Bloomfield (973-743-4355). Vivid color, contemporary furnishings, and a diverse selection of Latin music set an upbeat mood at this eatery. Also featured is an extensive wine list, and Peruvian-inspired specialty drinks. Tues–Thu, 5–10 pm, Sat, 5–11 pm, Sun, 4–9 pm. $$. G

Cucina Calandra 216-234 Rt 46 E, Fairfield (973-575-7720). Southern Italian cuisine, featuring fig and prosciutto flatbread, vitello Siciliano, and zeppoli. L—daily, 11:45 am–4:30 pm. D—daily, 4:30–10 pm. $$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G X I

CulinAriane 33 Walnut St, Montclair (973-744-0533). American cuisine, featuring Sashimi Tuna Flower, red snapper fillet, and white-chocolate strawberry trifle. D—Wed–Sat, 5:30–10 pm. $$$. MC, V. BYO

Egan & Sons 118 Walnut St, Montclair (973-744-1413). Dublin-themed bar with the home-brewed beer. There is a selection of traditional Irish favorites like bangers and mash, Guinness stew, and corned beef and cabbage. Tues–Sat, 3–10:30 pm; Mon, Sun, 3–9:30 pm. $$. G

Fascino 331 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair (973-233-0350). Contemporary Italian, including seared yellowfin tuna appetizer, house-made pappardelle, and buttermilk-baked giannone chicken breast. D—Mon–Thurs, 5–9:30 pm; Fri–Sat, 5–10:30 pm. $$$. AX, MC, V. BYO X I

LuNello 182 Stevens Ave, Cedar Grove (973-837-1660). Innovative Northern Italian cuisine, featuring homemade specials, fresh seafood, and enticing daily specials made with the freshest local ingredients. Mon-Fri, noon-9:30 pm. Sat, noon-10:30 pm. $$. AX, D, DC, MC, V.

The Manor 111 Prospect Ave, West Orange (973-731-2360). Classic American cuisine and award-winning wine list. Jackets required, ties preferred. Entertainment (piano) nightly; dancing Fri–Sat, 9 pm–1 am. L—Wed–Fri, noon–2:30 pm. D—Tues–Thurs, 6–9 pm; Friday, 6–9:30 pm; Sat, 5–9:30 pm; Sun, 4–7:30 pm. Brunch (buffet)—Sun, noon–6 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G X I

Martini An American Bistro & Bar 40–42 Main St, Millburn (973-376-4444). New American cuisine, featuring tuna tartare, whole rack of lamb, and chocolate fondant. L—Mon–Fri, 11:30 am–4 pm. D—Sun–Wed, 4–10 pm; Thurs–Sat, 4 pm–midnight. $$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G X I

Osteria Giotto 21–23 Midland Ave, Montclair (973-746-0111). Italian cuisine, featuring Parmesan soufflé and homemade tagliolini with crab meat, lobster, shrimp, and cherry tomato. L—Mon-Fri, noon–2 pm. D—Mon–hurs, 5–10 pm; Fri–Sat, 5–11 pm; Sun, 4–9 pm. $$/$$$. AX, MC, V. BYO X I

The Orange Squirrel 412 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield (973-337-6421). American cuisine, featuring ribeye steaks with chipotle butter, and puff-pastry-topped chicken pot pies. L—Mon–Fri, noon–2 pm; D—Mon–Sat, 5–11 pm (light fare until 1 am). $$$ AX, D, MC, V

Primavera 350 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange (973-731-4779). Italian cuisine, featuring pan-seared scallops, yellow-fin tuna, and steak and chops. L–11:30 am-3 pm. D-Mon-Sat, 5-10 pm, Sun, 2-8 pm. D, AX, MC, V. G

La Primavera Trattoria 500 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange (973-669-0966). Italian cuisine, featuring rock-shrimp arrabiato, branzino, and orecchiette alla casa. L–11:30 am–2:30 pm. D–Mon-Thurs, 5-9:30 pm, Sat, 5-10 pm.$. D, AX, MC, V. G

St. James Gate 167 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood (973-378-2222). Family-owned authentic Irish pub has all of the traditional favorites, a raw bar, a large selection of Irish whiskeys, and, of course, plenty of Guinness. Traditional Irish music every Sunday from 2 to 5 pm. And you can always catch the game at the bar, which runs almost the full length of the restaurant. 11:30 am–2 am. $. D, MC, V. G

Toast 700 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair (973-509-8099). Pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, and salads. Mon–Fri, 7:30 am–3 pm; Sat and Sun, 7:30 am–4 pm; AX, D, DC, MC, V. X

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–Sat, 5:30–10 pm. Brunch—Sun, noon–2 pm. $$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G I

Uptown Bistro 596 Valley Rd, Montclair (973-744-0915). A chic minimalist decor and full menu of tasty, diverse fare, which includes coddled eggs with bacon and goat cheese for breakfast, lump-crab salad with watercress and herbed mayo for lunch, and mahi mahi burgers for dinner. Tues–Sat, 10 am–10 pm. Sun, 10–4 pm. $. MC, V

Morris County

The Black Horse Tavern 1 W. Main St Mendham (; 973-543-7300). Upscale tavern setting, featuring American cuisine including steaks and roasts, a raw bar and seafood selections. D—Tues- Sat, 5- 10 pm; Sun 1- 10 pm AX, D, DC, MC, V. G

Rod’s Steakhouse & Seafood Grille
1 Convent Rd, Morristown (973-539-6666). American cuisine, featuring crab cakes, prime New York sirloin, and sea bass. L—Mon–Sat, 11:30 am–4 pm. D—daily, 4–10 pm; brunch–Sun, 10 am–2 pm.

Roots Steakhouse 40 Park Place, Morristown (973-326-1800). Classic steakhouse, featuring beef sliders, 40-ounce porterhouse, and ribeye steak. Call for hours. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G

Scalini Fedeli 63 Main St (Rt 124), Chatham (973-701-9200). Northern Italian fare, featuring a seasonal menu. L—Mon–Fri, noon–2:30 pm. D—Mon–Thurs, 5:30–9:30 pm; Fri–Sat, 5:30–10:30 pm. $$$. AX, DC, MC, V. G I

Serenäde 6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham (973-701-0303). Creative American cuisine, featuring grilled octopus chunks with new potatoes and rack of lamb with lemon-scented couscous. L—Mon–Fri, 11:30 am–2 pm. D—Mon–Fri, 6–9 pm; Sat, 5:30–10 pm; Sun, 5–9 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G

Smoke Rise Village Inn 9 Perimeter Rd, Kinnelon (;  973-838-7770). American cuisine, featuring duck wings, Diver scallops and cowboy rib-eye steak. L— Tues-Fri 11:30 am- 2 pm. D—Tues-Sat, 5- 10 pm AX, D, DC, MC, V. G


Somerset county

The Bernards Inn 27 Mine Brook Rd (Rt 202), Bernardsville (; 908-766-0002). Contemporary American fare, featuring foie gras on a bed of pound cake, lobster with roasted corn, and lemon tart. L—Mon–Fri, 11:30 am–2 pm. D—Mon–Thurs, 5:30–10 pm; Fri–Sat, 5:30–11 pm; Sun, 4–9 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G X I

The Olde Mill Inn & Grain House Restaurant 225 Rt 202, Basking Ridge (908-221-1150). American fare, featuring modern interpretations of culinary classics. Children’s menu. Entertainment Thurs, 6–10 pm. Open Mon–Sat, 11 am–10 pm; Sun, 10 am–9 pm. $$. AX, DC, MC, V. BYO/G  X I

Osteria Morini 07 Morristown Rd, Bernardsville (908-221-0040). Modern Italian cuisine, featuring a pasta-tasting menu, free-range roast chicken, and seared sea scallops. L—Mon–Fri, 11:30 am–5 pm. D—Mon–Thurs, 5–10 pm; Fri and Sat, 5–11 pm; Sun, 5–9 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V.  G X I

Pluckemin Inn 359 Rt 202/206 S, Pluckemin (908-658-9292). American cuisine, featuring brik of halibut, butter-poached lobster, and apple strudel. L—Mon–Fri, noon–2 pm. D—Tues–Thurs, 5–10 pm; Fri–Sat, 5–11 pm. $$$. AX, MC, V. G X I

3 West 665 Martinsville Rd (Rt 525), Basking Ridge (908-647-3000). American fare, featuring crab cakes, roasted veal steak, and chocolate ganache tart. L—Mon–Fri, 11:30 am–2:30 pm. D—Mon–Thurs, 5:30–10 pm; Fri–Sat, 5–11 pm; Sun, 5–9 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G X

Vita Restaurant and Bar 300 North Maple Ave, Basking Ridge (908-953-3003). Neo-American cuisine featuring grilled rib-eye steak, crispy skinned Atlantic salmon. Daily 6:30 am (7 am on Sun)–9 pm. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G

Water & Wine Ristorante and Taverna
141 Stirling Rd, Watchung (908-755-9344). Contemporary American and Italian cuisine, featuring raw-bar tower and veal rack chops. L—Tues–Fri, 11:30 am–3 pm. D—Tues–Thurs, 5–10 pm; Fri–Sat, 5–11 pm; Sun, 1–9 pm. $$. AX, MC, V. G X I

Union County

Cervantes of Spain24 North Ave, Cranford (908-276-3664). Convivial atmosphere for l Spanish and Portuguese fare, including paella Valenciana, veal, steak, and chicken. Mon–Thurs, 11:30 am–10 pm. Fri–Sat, 11:30 am–11 pm. Sun, 11:30 am–9 pm. $$. AX, MC, V. G X I

Chez Catherine 431 North Ave, Westfield (908-654-4011). French cuisine, featuring escargots with garlic and parsley, breast of duck with orange sauce, and apple tart. L—Wed–Fri, noon–2 pm. D—Tues–Sat, 5:30–9 pm. $$$. AX, D, MC, V. G I

Da Benito 222 Galloping Hill Rd, Union (908-964-5850). Italian cuisine, featuring littleneck clams, and prime New York strip. Mon–Fri, noon–10 pm; Sat, 5–10:30 pm; Sun, 2–8 pm. $$$. AX, D, MC, V. G

Mosaico 1072 Rt 22 W, Mountainside (908-233-3553). Italian cuisine, featuring zuppa di pesci and Veal Mosaico. Mon–Thurs, 11:30 am–10 pm; Fri–Sat, 11:30 am–11 pm; Sun, 11:30 am–9 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V.  G X

Roots Steakhouse 401 Springfield Ave, Summit (908-273-00270). Classic steakhouse, featuring Kobe beef sliders, 40-ounce porterhouse, and ribeye steak. D—Mon–Thurs, 5:30–10 pm; Fri–Sat, 5:30–11 pm; Sun, 4–9 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G

Winberie’s 2 Kent Place, Summit
(908-277-4224). Classic American fare, featuring salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pasta. Open Mon–Thurs, 11:30 am–11 pm; Sun, 10:30 am–9 pm. $$ AX, D, DC, MC, V.

Bergen county

Axia Taverna 18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly (201-569-5999). Greek cuisine, featuring grilled octopus and pastichio. L—Mon–Fri, noon–3 pm. D—Mon–Thurs, 5–10 pm; Fri and Sat, 5–11 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G I

Cafe Panache 130 East Main St, Ramsey (201-934-0030). Gourmet bistro, featuring Jersey-caught fish, house-made pasta, and mustard seed crusted calf’s liver with port wine reduction. D—Mon–Thurs, 5:30–9 pm;
Fri and Sat, 5:30–10 pm. $$$ AX, DC, D, MC, V

995 Mount Kemble Avenue
Harding Township

Modern, elegant decor, a new American menu with French influences, and a lively cocktail lounge make this a welcome additon to the area. Start out with one of the signature cocktails, such as Superfly, a concoction of vodka, Limoncello, lemon juice, and iced tea. You can dine at the bar, which has its own menu of light fare, or you can choose from the full menu. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 pm, and on Thursdays there is often live music. Menu favorites include the Fog City crab cakes with citrus aioli, classic Belgian mussels and fries, and grilled rainbow trout.

The Crab House 541 River Rd, Edgewater (201-840-9311). Seafood fare, featuring coconut shrimp, oysters on the half shell, and Asian glazed salmon. Open Mon–Thurs, 11:30 am–10 pm; Fri–Sun, 11:30 am–11 pm. $$/$$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G X

Hudson county

Amanda’s 908 Washington St, Hoboken (201-798-0101). American fare, featuring risotto and spicy seafood stew. D—Mon–Thurs, 5–10 pm; Fri and Sat, 5–11 pm; Sun, 5–9 pm. Brunch—Sat and Sun, 11 am–3 pm. $$$. AX, D, MC, V. G I

Cucharamama 233 Clinton St, Hoboken (201-420-1700). Latin-American cuisine featuring ceviche, poached octopus chunks in Peruvian black-olive sauce, and spiced-chocolate flan. D—Tues–Sun, 5 pm–midnight. $$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G

Marco & Pepe 289 Grove St, Jersey City (201-860-9688). New American/Mediterranean cuisine, featuring tiger shrimp in caramelized garlic oil and seared tuna.
D—Tues–Wed, Sun, 5:30–10:30 pm; Thurs–Sat, 5:30–11 pm. Brunch—Sun, 10 am–4 pm. $$$. AX, MC, V. G X I

The Dining Room at Anthony David’s 111 10th St, Hoboken (201-222-8359). Italian cuisine, featuring grilled octopus tentacles and truffle risotto. D—Tues–Sat, 5–10 pm. Brunch—Tues–Sun, 9 am–3 pm. $$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. BYO

New Jersey. Restaurants that have been reviewed by our critics and those that have purchased advertising space in Park Place are included in this guide. Additional restaurants are listed at the discretion of the editorial staff. Recommendations and suggestions can be sent to Escape, Park Place, P.O. Box 920, Morristown, NJ 07963-0920. 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 preferential treatment.