Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll Results 2016

The results of our 33rd Annual Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll are in! Here are the restaurants our readers voted best in the state in 44 categories.

The results of our 33rd Annual Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll are in! Balloting took place online throughout the month of February. The winning restaurant in each region (north, central and south) received the most votes in its category (there were some ties). Ballots from duplicate e-mail or IP addresses were disqualified. Editorial discretion was used when votes were cast for restaurants that, in our judgment, belonged in another category. We have also added our critics’ picks (★). All qualified ballots were eligible to win our random drawing. This year’s winner is Kristen Dutney of Langhorne, Pennsylvania. She will receive a gift certificate for dinner for two at Nicholas, the Best of the Best winner in the central region.

Best of the Best

N: Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Morristown
C: Nicholas, Red Bank
S: Ohana Grill, Lavallette

Best New Restaurant

N: Turtle + the Wolf, Montclair
C: Asbury Festhalle, Asbury Park
S: Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, Atlantic City

American | New American

N: Stirling Hotel, Long Hill
C: Acacia, Lawrenceville
S: Chef Mike’s ABG, Seaside Park
★  Cavé, Avon-by-the-Sea
★  INC, New Brunswick
★  Picnic on the Square, Ridgewood
★  River Market Café, Point Pleasant
★  South & Pine, Morristown
★  Tenderhill, Whitehouse Station
★  White Maple Café, Ridgewood

Asian Fusion

N: Ani Ramen, House Montclair
C: Mogo Korean Fusion Tacos, Asbury Park
S: Buddakan, Atlantic City
★ Koreander, Montclair


N: Calandra’s, Multiple locations
C: The Gingered Peach, Lawrenceville
S: Mueller’s, Bay Head
Artist Baker, Morristown
Balthazar, Englewood
Flaky Tart, Atlantic Highlands
Gina’s, Montclair
Montclair Bread Co., Montclair
Rispoli’s, Ridgefield

Bang for the Buck

N: Cucina Calandra, Fairfield
C: Old Man Rafferty’s, New Brunswick
S: Surf Taco, Multiple locations
Burger Walla, Newark
Centro Grille, Robbinsville
Jersey Girl Café, Hamilton

Bar Scene

N: Egan & Sons, Montclair
C: Watermark, Asbury Park
S: Martell’s Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach (TIE)
S: Ugly Mug, Cape May (TIE)
Avenue, Long Branch
Blue Monkey, Merchantville
Farm & Fisherman, Cherry Hill
Watermark, Asbury Park


N: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Newark
C: Big Ed’s Barbecue, Matawan
S: Local Smoke BBQ, Multiple locations
★  Finks BBQ Smokehouse, Dumont
★  Henri’s Hotts Barbecue, Folsom
★   Kimchi Smoke, Bergenfield
★   More Than Q, Stockton Farm Market

Beer Selection

N: Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell
C: Asbury Festhalle, Asbury Park
S: The Arlington, Ship Bottom
★  Irish Mile, Haddon Township
★  Mohawk House, Sparta
★  Morris Tap & Grill, Randolph
★  Old Bay, New Brunswick
★  Social 37, Toms River


N: Toast, Multiple locations
C: Turning Point, Multiple locations
S: Uncle Will’s Pancake House, Beach Haven
★  The Corner, Montclair
★  George’s Place, Cape May
★  Lovin’ Oven, Frenchtown
★  Mariner’s Cove, Brielle
★  Plum on Park, Montclair
★   Zoe’s, Atlantic Highlands

Brew Pub

N: Trap Rock, Berkeley Heights
C: Triumph Brewing, Princeton
S: Tun Tavern, Atlantic City
Iron Hill, Maple Shade, Voorhees
Long Valley, Long Valley
Yard House, Moorestown


N: Turning Point, Multiple locations
C: Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park
S: Mad Batter, Cape May
Amanda’s, Hoboken
Sabrina’s, Collingswood

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