Seafood is a given on virtually every restaurant menu, but some places pride themselves on providing a broad range of the very freshest catch. Here are some of our favorites, with a few words on what to expect. If none of these float your boat, there’s always sushi.
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2 Bay Avenue
Best seafaring decor; outdoor deck, water views; great buttermilk biscuits.
554 Bloomfield Avenue 973-509-2202
Casual; BYO; chef/owner Zod Arifai a wizard with seafood.
Blue Claw Seafood and Crab Eatery
1101 Route 130
Fun and funky; BYO; all-you-can-eat crab dinners.
Blue Point Grill Princeton
258 Nassau Street
Casual; BYO; stocked from owner’s fish market next door; good oyster selection.
Caldwell Seafood Market & Cafe Caldwell
390 Bloomfield Avenue 973-226-2031
Small storefront; BYO; good selection of fish and shellfish.
78 Albany Street
Upscale; Italian accent.
163 Bayard Lane
Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen
183 Glenridge Avenue
Nifty newcomer; BYO; wood-burning grill.
Fin Atlantic City
Tropicana Hotel & Casino 2831 Boardwalk
Upscale; ocean views; oceanfront outdoor seating.
601 Mattison Avenue
Upscale; lobster mac and cheese; low country shrimp and grits.
Klein’s Seafood Market and Waterside Cafe
708 River Road
Casual; outdoor deck; excellent lobster roll; menu includes sushi.
Limani Seafood Grill
235 North Avenue West 908-233-0052;
Casual, BYO; Greek accents; menu includes caviar.
Liberty State Park
84 Audrey Zapp Drive
Upscale; waterside deck; views of Manhattan; grilled oysters with leek and bacon cream.
Milford Oyster House
92 Route 519 (Water Street); 908-995-9411
Upscale; large oyster selection.
1600 Highway 71
Casual; BYO; also a seafood market.
2-27 Saddle River Road 201-796-0546
Upscale; Greek accents
1090 Bloomfield Avenue 973-227-1007
Casual; BYO; market and restaurant in one.
910 Route 561
Casual; BYO; pan-Asian accents; great coconut-cream pie.
Borgata Hotel and Casino; 1 Borgata Way
Upscale; chef Michael Mina’s signature dish, 2-pound lobster pot pie.
87 Madison Street
Casual; Portuguese seafood, including garlic shrimp and rice-and-seafood paelhas and mariscada.
Spike’s Fish Market and Restaurant
Point Pleasant Beach
Fun and funky; BYO.
The Clam Bar
Somers Point At Smith’s Marina
910 Bay Avenue
Fun and funky; BYO; outdoor seating; fried clam strips a must.
The Lobster House
906 Schellenger Landing Road; 609-884-8296
Casual; wharfside views; light fare and cocktails served aboard the schooner American, docked alongside.
30 N. Spruce Street
Upscale; Greek accents.
*=A Top 25 critics' pick in the August 2011 issue of New Jersey Monthly.
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