Best of Essex 2018: Food and Restaurants

From diners to delis, here are the winners of our 2018 Best of Essex Readers' Choice Awards.




​Acai Bowls

1. Tiki Bowls
206 Franklin Ave. 
Nutley
973.542.8384
tikibowlsnj.com

2. Playa Bowls
329 Millburn Ave.
Millburn
973.258.0055

28 S. Park St.
Montclair
973.337.8162
playabowls.com

53 Bleeker St.
Newark
973.645.1740

3. Frutta Bowls
142 S. Livingston Ave.
Livingston
973.992.1328
fruttabowls.com

Bagels

1. Sunrise Bagels
29 Watchung Plz.
Montclair
973.783.8500

2. Bagelwich Bagel Bakery 
652 Bloomfield Ave. 
Verona
973.857.9408
bagelwich.ordersnapp.com

3. Sonny's Bagels
123 S. Orange Ave. 
South Orange
973.763.9634
sonnysbagels.com

Bakery

1. Calandra's 
Multiple locations
calandrasbakery.com

2. Little Daisy Bake Shop
622 Valley Rd. 
Montclair
973.707.2157
thelittledaisybakeshop.com

3. Gencarelli's Bakery
446 Broad St.
Bloomfield
973.743.1480
gencarellisbakery.com

Barbecue 

1. Ruthie's 
64 Chestnut St. 
Montclair
973.509.1134
ruthiesbbq.com

2. Bluff City BBQ
21 Midland Ave.
Montclair
973.744.4657
bluffcitybbqnj.com

2. SuzyQue's BBQ & Bar
34 S. Valley Rd. 
West Orange
973.736.7899
suzyques.com

3. Pepe's BBQ
977 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange
973.736.1567
pepesbbq.com

Breakfast

1. Raymond's 
28 Church St. 
Montclair
973.744.9263
raymondsnj.com

2. The Corner
115 Grove St. 
Montclair
973.783.2400
thecornermontclair.com

3. Bluestone Coffee Co. 
123 Watchung Ave. #2
Montclair
973.783.3523
bluestonecoffee.com

Brunch

1. Sweet Basil's Café
498 S. Livingston Ave. 
Livingston
973.994.3600
sweetbasilscafe.com

2. Anthony's Cheesecake
71 Washington St. 
Bloomfield 
973.415.8885
anthonyscheesecake.com

3. The Manor
111 Prospect Ave.
West Orange
973.731.2360
themanorrestaurant.com

Burgers

1. Bareburger 
480 Bloomfield Ave. 
Montclair 
973.509.2273
bareburger.com

2. Verona Inn Tavern 
624 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona 
973.239.0544
veronainn.com

3. MoonShine Modern
55 Main St.
Millburn
973.218.6042
moonshinesupperclub.com

3. The Hills Tavern
40 Main St. 
Millburn
973.376.4444
thehillstavern.com

3. Cloverleaf
​395 Bloomfield Ave. 
Caldwell 
973.226.9812
cloverleaftavern.com

Butcher

1. Rosario's 
252 Park St.
Montclair
973.655.0999
rosariosbutchershop.com

1. Caldwell Market Place
5 Park Ave. 
Caldwell
caldwellmarketplace.com

2. A & S Italian Pork Store 
152 Franklin Ave. 
Nutley 
973.661.4889
asnutley.com

3. Garden Meat Market 
166 Garden Ave. 
Belleville
973.759.1069

3. Mastriano's 
1058 Broad St. 
Bloomfield 
973.338.6880
mastrianos.com

BYO Restaurant

1. Fascino 
331 Bloomfield Ave. 
Montclair 
973.233.0350
fascinorestaurant.com

2. Labratorio Kitchen 
615 Bloomfield Ave. 
Montclair
973.746.6100
thelabratoriokitchen.com

3. Cara Mia
194 Essex St. 
Millburn 
973.379.8989
caramiamillburn.com

Candy/Chocolate

1. Holsten's 
1063 Broad St. 
Bloomfield
973.338.7091
holstens.com

2. Bromilow's Chocolates 
891 Bloomfield Ave.
West Caldwell 
973.227.0819
bromilow.com

3. Chocolate Works
1170 Town Center Way
Livingston
973.740.9090

42 South Park St.
Montclair
973.744.3344
chocolateworks.com

Caterer

1. Fresco Market & Catering
115 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.403.8500
gotofresco.com

2. Mamma Vittoria 
160 Franklin Ave.
Nutley
973.662.0242
mammavittoria.com

3. Laurence Craig Catering 
1799 Springfield Ave.
Maplewood
973.761.0190
laurencecraigcatering.com

Chinese Restaurant

1. T.S. Ma 
199 Bellevue Ave.
Montclair
973.509.8878
tsmachinesecuisine.com

2. Veggie Heaven 
631 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.783.1088
veggieheavenmontclair.com

3. Healthy Food Asian 
575 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona
973.239.6669
healthyfoodnj.com

Coffeehouse

1. Local Coffee 
107 Watchung Ave.
Montclair
917.406.0464
localcoffeemontclair.com

2. Java Love
244 Bellevue Ave.
Montclair
973.744.2122
javaloveroasters.com

3. Crazy Mocha
491 Bloomfield
Montclair
973.783.9000
crazymocha.com

Craft Beer

1. Egan & Sons
118 Walnut St.
Montclair
973.744.1413
egannsons.com

1. Cloverleaf 
395 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.226.9812
cloverleaftavern.com

2. The Verona Inn
624 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona
973.239.0544
veronainn.com

Tierney's Copperhouse 
4 Little Falls Rd.
Fairfield
973.227.6066
tierneyscopperhouse.com

Diner

1. Millburn Diner
72 Essex St.
Millburn
973.376.0504

2. Chit Chat 
410 Eagle Rock Ave.
West Orange
201.820.4033

2. Manny's 
12 Church St.
Montclair
973.509.9600
mannysdiners.com

3. Park Wood Diner
1958 Springfield Ave.
Maplewood
973.313.3990
parkwooddiner.com

Donuts

1. Montclair Bread
16 Label St.
Montclair
973.509.2525
montclairbread.com

2. Glaze Donuts
554 Passaic Ave.
West Caldwell
973.227.0415
glazeartisan.com

3. Splurge Bakery
105 Main St.
Millburn
973.379.0740
splurgebakery.com

Fish Market

1. Gus & Co. Seafood
626 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.783.3474

1. PF Market 
1090 Bloomfield Ave.
West Caldwell
973.227.1007
pfmarket.net

2. Freeman's Fish Market
155 Maplewood Ave.
Maplewood
973.763.9363
freemansfishmarket.com

3. Caldwell Seafood
390 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.226.2031
caldwellseafood.net

French Restaurant

1. Lorena's 
168 Maplewood Ave.
Maplewood
973.763.4460
restaurantlorena.com

2. Cafe Monet
309 Millburn Ave.
Millburn
973.376.8555
cafemonet.info

3. Verjus Restaurant 
1790 Springfield Ave.
Maplewood
973.378.8990
verjusrestaurant.com

Gluten-Free Goodies

1. Plum Bakery 
179 Glenridge Ave.
Montclair
973.509.7586
plumonpark.com

2. Squirrel & the Bee
515 Millburn Ave.
Short Hills
973.376.4888
squirrelandthebee.com

3. Get Fresh Bakehouse
4 Edison Pl.
Fairfield
855.438.3774
getfreshbakehouse.com

Gourmet Grocery

1. Fairchilds Market
171 Eagle Rock Ave.
Roseland
973.226.0400
fairchildsmarket.com

2. Olive That & More
246 Bellevue Ave.
Montclair
973.744.7175
olivethatonline.com

3. Olé Olé Foods Inc. 
54 Schuyler St.
Belleville
973.759.0333
oleolefoods.com

Greek Restaurant

1. Stamna Greek Taverna 
1045 Broad St.
Bloomfield
973.338.5151
stamnataverna.com

2. Greek Taverna 
292 Bloomfield Ave. #1
Montclair
973.746.2280
greektavernausa.com

3. Lithos Estiatorio 
405 Eisenhower Pkwy.
Livingston
973.758.1111
lithosgreekrestaurant.com

Ice Cream

1. Applegate Farm 
616 Grove St.
Montclair
973.744.5900
applegatefarm.com

2. Holsten's 
Bloomfield
1063 Broad St.
Bloomfield
973.338.7091
holstens.com

3. Gelotti 
194 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.403.9968

571 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.509.1607
gelottiessex.com

Indian Restaurant

1. Brick Lane Curry House
540 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.509.2100
bricklanemontclair.com

2. Tandoori Chef 2
6 Highland Pl.
Maplewood
973.763.6770
tandoorichef2.com

3. Mausam 
379 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
201.869.3663
mausam.com

Italian Deli

1. Nicolo's Italian Bakery & Deli
6 Baldwin St.
Montclair
973.746.1398
nicolosbakeryanddeli.com

2. Rosario's 
252 Park St.
Montclair
973.655.0999
rosariosbutchershop.com

3. Mia Famiglia
277 Main St.
Millburn
973.467.5740
miafamigliainc.com

Italian Restaurant

1. Fascino 
331 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.233.0350
fascinorestaurant.com

2. Basilico 
2629, 324 Millburn Ave.
Millburn
973.379.7020
basilicomillburn.com

3. Corso 98 
98 Walnut St.
Montclair
973.746.0789
corso98.com

Japanese Restaurant

1. Aki Sushi 
1273 Broad St.
Bloomfield
973.338.5030
akisushius.com

2. Kim's Sushi 
456 Eagle Rock Ave.
West Orange
973.669.2800
kimssushinj.com

3. Sushi Café 
555 Passaic Ave.
West Caldwell
973.403.7720

Mexican Restaurant

1. Tinga
215 Bellevue Ave.
Montclair
973.509.8226
tingausa.com

2.  Fat Fish Taco 
291 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.228.6825
fastfishtaco.com

3. Benji's Taqueria Mex
14 Main St.
West Orange
862.520.1997
benjistaqueriamexicangrill.com

Most Romantic Restaurant

1. Highlawn Pavilion 
1 Crest Dr.
West Orange
973.731.3463
highlawn.com

2. Fascino 
331 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.233.0350
fascinorestaurant.com

3. Corso 98
98 Walnut St.
Montclair
973.746.0789
corso98.com

Noodle Shop

1. Ani Ramen 
401 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.744.3960
aniramen.com

2. Inspiration Roll
405 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
862.702.3817
inspirationroll.com

2. Hakata Ramen 
34 S. Livingston Ave.
Livingston
973.758.8102
hakataramennj.com

3. Fujiya 
413 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.655.8855
fujiyaramen2016.com

Pizza

1. Star Tavern 
400 High St.
Orange
973.675.3336
startavern.net

2. Ah Pizz
7 N. Willow St.
Montclair
973.783.9200
ahpizz.com

3. Fiamma Pizza
32 Main St.
Millburn
973.376.1110
fiammapizza.com

Scenic View Restaurant 

1. Highlawn Pavilion 
1 Crest Dr.
West Orange
973.731.3463
highlawn.com

2. McLoone's Boathouse 
9 Cherry Ln.
West Orange
862.252.7108
mcloonesboathouse.com

3. The Manor 
111 Prospect Ave.
West Orange
973.731.2360
themanorrestaurant.com

Seafood Restaurant

1. Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen 
183 Glenridge Ave.
Montclair
973.744.0068
finseafoodandoysterbar.com

2. P.F. Market 
1090 Bloomfield Ave.
West Caldwell
973.227.1007
pfmarket.net

3. Halcyon 
114 Walnut St.
Montclair
973.744.4450
halcyonbrasserie.com

Steakhouse 

1. Rare*
440 Main St.
Little Falls
973.256.6699
rarestk.com

2. Bloomfield Steak & Seafood House
409 Franklin St.
Bloomfield
973.680.4500
eatbeefgethooked.com

3. Del Monico 
505 Pompton Ave.
Cedar Grove
973.433.0333
locu.com

Sushi 

1. Aki Japanese
1273 Broad St.
Bloomfield
973.338.5030
akisushius.com

2. Aozora Japanese
407 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.233.9400
aozoramontclair.com

3. Kim's Sushi
456 Eagle Rock Ave.
West Orange
973.669.2800
kimssushi.com

Tea Shop

1. PositiviTea 
550 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona
973.239.2020
iampositivitea.com

2. Trend Coffee & Tea House 
411 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.744.1333
trendcoffee.com

3. The Tea Store
106 Watchung Ave.
Montclair
973.780.7703

Thai Restaurant 

1. Spice Thai Cuisine 
26 Belleville Ave.
Bloomfield
973.748.0056
spicethainj.com

2. Aroy-D, the Thai Elephant 
605 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona
973.559.3033
thethaielephant.com

2. SLA Thai Restaurant 
38 Upper Montclair Plz.
Montclair
973.509.0111
slathai.com

3. Spice II 
399 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.509.2110
spiceii.net

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