August 2019: 30 Best Restaurants

It’s a golden age for New Jersey restaurants. So golden, that last year we increased our annual list of the state’s best restaurants from 25 to 30 positions. This year, we held the line at 30, but included on the list seven restaurants that did not earn the Top-30 distinction last year.

So what’s on the menu this year? Most likely, it’s New American—but with a broad interpretation that embraces an array of influences, especially Latin, Asian and Italian (virtually everyone offers an expertly executed pasta), but also American Southern and Nordic. Naturally, there’s the ever-present underpinning of French technique.

Choosing the restaurants each year for the NJM Top 30 is a challenge. For you, the reader, choosing which ones to try first, might be even tougher. (P.S. See the winners of our 36th Annual Jersey Choice Restaurant Poll here.)

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Best Restaurants

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Eat & Drink

In Long Branch, a Juice Bar Bursting with Healthy Options

The Herd Juicery boasts an organic, gluten-free and vegan menu.

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The Sea Isle Spot Where Crab Is King

Carmen’s Seafood Restaurant is a longtime Fish Alley favorite.

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‘Tightly Focused’ French Fare: Technique in Westwood Reviewed

Ross Goldflam’s bistro features a streamlined menu that’s chock-full of flavor.

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How This Author Rescued an Ancient Recipe

Food scholar and Princeton native Katie Parla sought out the elders of an Italian city in order to reconstruct a once-celebrated soup.

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An Easier Way to Whip Up Frozen Cocktails

This Edison-produced syrup makes grown-up slushies a snap.

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Chef Yang Reviewed: A Highway Oasis of Authenticity

The Clifton restaurant on Route 46 boasts nuanced and layered Szechuan dishes, despite room for improvement across menu sections.

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Bloomfield Steak & Seafood, an Essex County Staple

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Garden Variety

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Delaware River

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