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: Tick Tock, Clifton
C: Skylark, Edison
S: Mastoris, Bordentown
Jefferson, Jefferson
Ritz, Livingston
Vincentown, Vincentown


N: Chez Catherine, Westfield
C: Pascal & Sabine, Asbury Park
S: 410 Bank Street, Cape May
Avenue, Long Branch
Dream Cuisine, Cherry Hill
Fricassée, Montclair

German | Austro-Hungarian

N: Black Forest Inn, Stanhope
C: Asbury Festhalle, Asbury Park
S: Sebastian’s Schnitzelhaus, Wrightstown
Pilsener Haus, Hoboken


N: It’s Greek To Me, Multiple locations
C: Kyma, Somerville
S: George’s Place, Cape May
Molos, Weehawken
Skara Estiatorio, Caldwell
Stamna, Bloomfield, Little Falls

Hot Dog

N: Rutt’s Hut, Clifton
C: WindMill, Multiple locations
S: Hot Dog Tommy’s, Cape May
Destination Dogs, New Brunswick
Hot Dog Johnny’s, Buttzville
Maui’s Dog House, North Wildwood

Ice Cream

N: Applegate Farm, Montclair
C: The Bent Spoon, Princeton
S: Hoffman’s, Multiple locations
Bucket & Bay, Jersey City
Halo Pub, Princeton
Holsten’s, Bloomfield
Jefferson Dairy, Lake Hopatcong
Springer’s, Stone Harbor
Torico, Jersey City


N: Brick Lane, Montclair
C: Neelam Exotic, Middletown
S: Aamantran, Toms River
Indeblue, Collingswood
Kinara, Edgewater
Mehndi, Morristown


N: Calandra’s Mediterranean, Fairfield
C: Catherine Lombardi, New Brunswick
S: Chef Vola’s, Atlantic City
Bici, Ramsey
Due Amici, Brielle
Fascino,  Montclair
Larimar, Spring Lake
Luke Palladino,  Linwood
Osteria Morini, Bernardsville
Ristorante Giorgia, Rumson
Undici, Rumson


N: Ani Ramen House, Montclair
C: Sushiana, Highland Park
S: Izakaya, Atlantic City (TIE)
S: Xina, Toms River (TIE)
Umeya, Cresskill

Latin American

N: Cucharamama, Hoboken
C: Cubacan, Asbury Park
S: Red Store, Cape May
Distrito, Moorestown
Runa, Red Bank
Samba Montclair, Montclair
Zafra, Hoboken

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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.