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: Raymond’s, Montclair, Ridgewood
C: Turning Point, Multiple locations
S: Blue Pig Tavern, Cape May
Slamwich Scratch Kitchen, Madison


N: Casa Maya, Gillette, High Bridge
C: Juanito’s, Red Bank, Howell
S: Dos Caminos, Atlantic City
★  Abril Cocina, Maplewood
★  Taco Loco, Camden
★  Taqueria Downtown, Jersey City
★   Villalobos, Montclair

Middle Eastern | Turkish

N: Beyond the Pita, Montclair
C: Evelyn’s, New Brunswick
S: Babur Garden Afghan Cuisine, Ocean Township
Ariana, Voorhees
Mishmish, Montclair


N: Star Tavern, Orange
C: Pete & Elda’s (Carmen’s Pizzeria), Neptune City
S: The Vault, Bordentown
Aumm Aumm, North Bergen
Arturo’s, Maplewood
Ralph’s, Nutley
Razza, Jersey City
Santillo’s, Elizabeth
Talula’s, Asbury Park
Valentina’s, Northfield


N: Highlawn Pavilion, West Orange
C: Nicholas, Red Bank
S: The Gables, Beach Haven
Café Matisse, Rutherford
Anton’s at the Swan, Lambertville
Rat’s, Hamilton


N: Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen, Montclair, Summit
C: Blue Point Grill, Princeton
S: Mud City Crab House, Manahawkin
The Bonney Read, Asbury Park
H2Ocean, Cedar Knolls
Hooked-Up Seafood, Wildwood
Quahog’s, Stone Harbor

Soup | Salad | Sandwich

N: Toast, Multiple locations
C: Frank’s Deli, Asbury Park
S: Barry’s Do Me A Flavor, Beach Haven

Southeast Asian | Thai

N: Origin French Thai, Multiple locations
C: Thai Kitchen II, Bridgewater
S: A Little Thai Kitchen, Cherry Hill
Binh Duong, Bloomfield
Pandan Room, Hackettstown
Ricky’s Thai, Skillman
SLA Thai, Montclair

Spanish | Portuguese

N: Segovia, Moonachie
C: Tapastre, Somerville
S: Empanada Mama’s, West Cape May
Europa South, Point Pleasant Beach
Malaga, Hamilton
Seabra’s Marisqueira, Newark
Spain Rincon, Wharton
Xunta, Caldwell


N: Roots, Multiple Locations
C: Char, Raritan, Red Bank
S: Bobby Flay Steak, Atlantic City
American Cut, Englewood Cliffs
Chophouse, Gibbsboro
Strip House, Livingston


N: Veggie Heaven, Multiple locations
C: Good Karma Café, Red Bank
S: Green Cuisine, Stone Harbor
Greens & Grains, Multiple locations
Veganized, New Brunswick

Wine List

N: Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, Morristown
C: Nicholas, Red Bank
S: Ebbitt Room, Cape May
Frog and the Peach, New Brunswick
Restaurant Latour, Hamburg
The Manor, West Orange
Pluckemin Inn, Bedminster

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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.