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.


N: Stirling Hotel, Long Hill
C: Stage Left, New Brunswick
S: Frankie’s, Point Pleasant Beach
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Morristown
Windward Tavern, Brick

Caribbean |Southern

N: Cuban Pete’s, Montclair
C: Drew’s Bayshore Bistro, Keyport
S: 410 Bank Street, Cape May
Little Negril, Berlin, Cherry Hill
Son Cubano, West New York
Vital, Montclair


N: Market Basket, Franklin Lakes
C: A&G Italian, Multiple locations (TIE)
C: DeMarco’s Catering & Gourmet Deli, Aberdeen (TIE)
S: Joe Leone’s, Point Pleasant Beach

Chain Restaurant

Bonefish Grill
Cheesecake Factory
Panera Bread
Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Clifton

Cheese Steak

N: Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell
C: Philly’s Famous Cheesesteaks, Atlantic Highlands
S: Midway Steak House, Seaside Heights
Hoagie Haven, Princeton
Rockhill, Cherry Hill


N: T.S. Ma, Montclair
C: Peking Pavilion, Manalapan
S: Silver Lake Kitchen, Point Pleasant
Cheng Du 23, Wayne
Han Dynasty, Cherry Hill
Lan Sheng, Wallington

Coffee | Tea Bar

N: Rock ’n’ Joe, Multiple locations
C: Rook Coffee, Multiple locations
S: The Beanery, Point Pleasant Beach
American Bulldog, Ridgewood
Booskerdoo, Multiple locations
Modcup, Jersey City
Small World, Princeton

Deli (Italian-Style)

N: Biagio’s, Stirling
C: A&G Italian, Multiple locations
S: Joe Leone’s, Multiple locations
Lisa’s, Hoboken
Nicolo’s, Montclair
Piccolo’s Gastronomia, Ridgefield
Severino Pasta, Westmont

Deli (Kosher-Style)

N: Eppes Essen Deli, Livingston
C: Harold’s New York Deli, Edison
S: Wolfie’s Deli, Toms River
Hobby’s, Newark


N: Anthony’s Cheesecake, Bloomfield
C: Whipped Creperie, Red Bank
S: Washington Inn, Cape May
★  Curiosity Doughnuts, Stockton

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  1. Billi Gatoscruff

    I am surprised that Saly Gs Mountaintop Grill didn’t make the list in the Italian section! It has a beautiful interior and a speakeasy feel, absolutely amazing food and is a favorite among the community of Warren, NJ.

    I am also blown away that La Tabatiere from Closter NJ didn’t make this list under the coffee or breakfast section. La Tabatiere is the best bakery I have been to in the entire world.

    Please look into this, because I feel that these two great establishments have been severely slighted by not having their names here.

    • Eric Levin Deputy Ed/Dining Ed

      Billi: Thanks for these suggestions. We endeavor to maintain the most complete NJ restaurant database. La Tabatiere is already in the database (where it’s described as “yummy,” not the most sophisticated word, but gets the point across). We’ll add Saly G’s.

      If you’re in Bergen County, since you mention Closter, perhaps you’ve been to the great Balthazar Bakery on Dean Street in Englewood. And if you’re ever near Sandy Hook, don’t miss The Flaky Tart in Highlands. Nominated for a James Beard Award earlier this year.

  2. Steven Botta

    Brando’s Citi Cucina in Asbury is consistently one of the best Italian in the state. They also own Osteria Cucina Rustica in Marlboro also one of the best rustic Italian in central jersey. The owners also just reopened Fromagerie in Rumson and its quickly garnering rave reviews for the Continental/ French menu.
    How are these places and the owners not on your radar?

  3. Peter Yakalis

    Best Greek food, It’s Greek to Me??? That’s like saying McDonalds has the best burgers!

  4. Jeff Benson

    Asbury Park, Lavallette and most of your South Jersey selections are all in North Jersey Central at best. Another bulls*** poll where South Jersey isn’t considered.