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New Jersey is the perfect place to be if you are an adventurous eater and good with maps. My obsessive research whenever asked, “Where should we eat?”, and an instinctive reluctance to ask for directions, led to I scour the state and the web for the best ethnic restaurants, and map them by cuisine. Restaurants that make it on the map are ones I’ve visited (and liked) or that get positive reviews from multiple sources. This is the food guide I’ve always wanted — the best food in Jersey, in one place, on one map, with links to the reviews I found helpful.

Since EthnicNJ launched in 2010, readership has grown dramatically. Thank you to everyone who has visited, contributed and commented, helping me find and map hundreds of New Jersey’s best ethnic restaurants, from Sussex to Cape May.

There’s more delicious ethnic food in New Jersey than one person could ever find, let alone eat. is based in Maplewood, NJ (Essex County), so many flags on the map are clustered in North/Central Jersey. There’s a ton of awesome food in Bergen and Hudson counties (Bergenline Avenue alone deserves its own website), and there are more and more ethnic gems south of 195. I’ll keep exploring Jersey’s ethnic food landscape. Share your favorites in the comments for each cuisine and I’ll add places to the map.

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