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These are my favorite places to find New Jersey’s best food. I’ve been there, I loved the food, and I’ll return. If someone asks me for a really good Thai restaurant, I’ll send them to Topaz Thai in Belleville. You can’t go wrong suggesting Chendu 1 Palace as one of New Jersey’s best Chinese restaurants. Spirito’s serves the red sauce Italian dishes my Grandfather loved. Friends and family are sick of me praising De Lucia’s pizza as the best on the planet. Among the more obscure cuisines, Pho Thai-Lao Kitchen is the only New Jersey restaurant I’ve found so far serving Laotion food; Shirin Cafe is the place for Uzbek fare.

EthnicNJ is based in Maplewood (Essex County), so naturally my favorites are concentrated in North/Central Jersey. EthnicNJ’s top picks will change as we add cuisines and try more restaurants. Share yours in the comments for each cuisine, and one of your favorite ethnic restaurants might become an EthnicNJ.com favorite. If I find a better hot dog than the Ripper, I’ll happily bump Rutt’s Hut to #2. De Lucia’s probably ain’t moving.


Afghan

1

Silk Road

Warren, NJ

2

Babur Garden

Ocean Township, NJ

Argentinian

1

La Fusta

North Bergen, NJ

BBQ

1

The Wood Pit

Montclair, NJ

2

Rodgers Real BBQ

Woodbrige, NJ

Brazilian

1

Samba

Montclair, NJ

British

1

The Pie Store

Montclair, NJ

Burgers

1

White Rose System

Linden, NJ

1

Rocky Hill Inn

Rocky Hill, NJ

3

25 Burgers

Linden, NJ

Central American

1

The Banderas

Summit, NJ

2
Restaurant

El Centro Americano

West Orange, NJ

Chinese

1

Chengdu 1 Palace

Green Brook, NJ

2
Restaurant

Petite Soo Chow

Cliffside Park, NJ

3

Chef Jon’s

Whippany, NJ

4
Restaurant

Cathay 22

Springfield, NJ

Costa Rican

1

The Banderas

Summit, NJ

Cuban

1

El Unico

Union City, NJ

Deli (Jewish)

1

Hobby’s Deli

Newark, NJ

Diner

1

Tick Tock Diner

Clifton, NJ

2

Summit Diner

Summit, NJ

3
Restaurant

Mastori’s

Bordentown, NJ

4

Jefferson Diner

Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Ethiopian

1

Lalibela

South Orange, NJ

2

Mesob

Montclair, NJ

Gastropub

1

Rocky Hill Inn

Rocky Hill, NJ

2

Publick House

Mountainside, NJ

German

1

Black Forest Inn

Stanhope, NJ

Greek

1

Stamna Greek Taverna

Bloomfield, NJ

2

Skara Estiatorio

Caldwell, NJ

Hot Dogs

1

Rutt’s Hut

Clifton, NJ

2
Restaurant
3

Hot Dog Johnny’s

Buttzville, NJ

Indian

2

Sri Ganesh’s Dosa House

Jersey City, NJ

3

Jhupdi

Edison, NJ

Irish

1

The Quiet Man

Dover, NJ

2

Publick House

Mountainside, NJ

3

St. Stephen’s Green Publick House

Spring Lake Heights, NJ

Italian

1

Spirito’s

Elizabeth, NJ

1
Restaurant

Fiore’s Deli

Hoboken, NJ

2
3

Talula’s

Asbury Park, NJ

Jamaican

2

Rodgers Real BBQ

Woodbrige, NJ

Japanese

1

Mitsuwa Marketplace

Edgewater, NJ

2

Daimatsu

Mountainside, NJ

3

Taka Sushi

Summit, NJ

Korean

1

Soft Tofu Restaurant

Fort Lee, NJ

2

Chung Sol Bat

Edison, NJ

3

Kimchi Hana

South Plainfield, NJ

Lebanese

2

Al-Basha

Paterson, NJ

Mexican

1

Taquería La Valentina

Long Branch, NJ

2

El Oaxaqueño

Long Branch, NJ

2
3

La Malinche

Rahway, NJ

3

Taquería Auténtica

Bloomfield, NJ

4
Restaurant

The Taco Truck

Hoboken, NJ

Persian

1

Marjan Persian Grill

Morristown, NJ

Peruvian

1

El Marino

Dover, NJ

2

Sabor Peru

Rutherford, NJ

3

Oh! Calamares

Kearny, NJ

4

Costanera

Montclair, NJ

Pizza

1

DeLucia’s

Raritan, NJ

1

Star Tavern

Orange, NJ

2

Cranbury Pizza

Cranbury, NJ

2

Mancinni’s

Montclair, NJ

3

Talula’s

Asbury Park, NJ

Polish

1

Portuguese

1
2
Restaurant

Valenca

Elizabeth, NJ

3

Portuguese Fisherman

South River, NJ

Russian

1

Shirin Cafe

Manalapan, NJ

Sichuan

1

Chengdu 1 Palace

Green Brook, NJ

4
Restaurant

Cathay 22

Springfield, NJ

Spanish

3

Portuguese Fisherman

South River, NJ

Thai

1

Topaz Thai

Belleville, NJ

1

Pho Thai-Lao Kitchen

Maywood, NJ

2

Thai House Rock

Colonia, NJ

4

Brookside Thai

Bloomfield, NJ

Trinidadian

1

Trinbago Roti

Orange, NJ

Uzbek

1

Shirin Cafe

Manalapan, NJ

Vietnamese

1

Saigon

South Plainfield, NJ

2

Hủ Tiếu Miền Tây

Pleasantville, NJ

3

Com Tấm Ninh Kiều

Atlantic City, NJ

4

Binh Duong

Bloomfield, NJ

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