Best of Essex 2019: Food and Restaurants

From diners to delis, here are the winners of our 2019 Best of Essex Readers' Choice Awards.




​Acai Bowls

1. Playa Bowls
53 Bleeker St.
Newark
973.645.1740

329 Millburn Ave.
Millburn
973.258.0055

28 S. Park St.
Montclair
973.337.8162

796 Bloomfield Ave.
West Caldwell
973.227.1112

playabowls.com

2. Joyist
617 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.337.5955
joyistnation.com

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 & Deli
652 Bloomfield Ave. 
Verona
973.857.9408

673 Bloomfield Ave.
West Caldwell
973.228.0848
bagelwich.ordersnapp.com

3. Sam’s Bagel and Deli
757 Bloomfield Ave.
West Caldwell
973.618.9320

Bakery

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

2. Calandra's Bakery
234 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.226.8889

244 Rte. 46
Fairfield
973.227.5008

204 1st Ave.
Newark
973.484.5598
calandrasbakery.com

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

Barbecue 

1. Ruthie's Bar-B-Q & Pizza
64½ Chestnut St. 
Montclair
973.509.1134
ruthiesbbq.com

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

Breakfast

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

2. Raymond's 
28 Church St. 
Montclair
973.744.9263
raymondsnj.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. Turtle + The Wolf
622 Valley Rd.
Upper Montclair
973.783.9800 turtleandthewolf.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
624 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona 
973.239.0544
veronainn.com

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

Butcher

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

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

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

BYO

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

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

3. Bangkok Kitchen
391 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.618.9975 bangkokkitchencaldwell.com

Candy/Chocolate

1. Holsten's Ice Cream,  Chocolate & Restaurant
1063 Broad St. 
Bloomfield
973.338.7091
holstens.com

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

3. Dolce Federica
Montclair
310.883.5966
dolcefederica.com

Caterer

1. Tia’s Food of Love
638 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona
973.744.0008
tiasfoodoflove.com

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

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

Chinese Restaurant

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

2. Healthy Food Asian Cuisine
575 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona
973.239.6669
healthyfoodnj.com

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

Coffeehouse

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

2. Java Love
244 Bellevue Ave.
Montclair
973.744.2122

49 Church St.
Montclair 973.744.2323
javaloveroasters.com

3. Jola Coffee
15 Bloomfield Ave.
North Caldwell
973.403.0403
jolacoffee.com

Craft Beer

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

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

3. Verona Inn
624 Bloomfield Ave.
Verona
973.239.0544
veronainn.com

Diners

1. Chit Chat Diner
410 Eagle Rock Ave.
West Orange
201.820.4033

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

Donuts

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

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

3. Donut Basket Deli and Grill
327 W. Mt.
Pleasant Ave.
Livingston
973.994.1300

Fish Market

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

2. Caldwell Seafood Market & Café
390 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.226.2031
caldwellseafood.net

3P.F. Market 
1090 Bloomfield Ave.
West Caldwell
973.227.1007
pfmarket.net

French Restaurant

1. Le Salbuen Café
97 Walnut St.
Montclair
201.622.8473
lesalbuen.com

2. Lorena's 
168 Maplewood Ave.
Maplewood
973.763.4460
restaurantlorena.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

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. Ashley Marketplace & Café
1 S. Orange Ave.
South Orange
973.762.5200 ashleymarketplace.com

Greek Restaurant

1. Stamna Greek Taverna 
1055 Broad St.
Bloomfield
973.338.5151
stamnataverna.com

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

Ice Cream

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

2. Holsten's Ice Cream, Chocolate & Restaurant
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. Mausam 
379 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
201.869.3663
mausam.com

3. Tandoori Chef 2
6 Highland Pl.
Maplewood
973.763.6770
tandoorichef2.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. Mastriano’s Meat Market & Deli
1058 Broad St.
Bloomfield
973.338.6880
mastrianos.com

Italian Restaurant

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

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

3. Bella Luce
507 Franklin Ave.
Nutley
973.661.4300
bellalucenj.com

Japanese Restaurant

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

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

3. Dai-Kichi
608 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.744.2954 daikichimontclair.net

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
14 Main St.
West Orange
862.520.1997
benjistaqueriamexicangrill.com

New Restaurant

1. Montclair Vegan
10 Park St.
Montclair
862.333.4127 montclairvegan.blogspot.com

2. Vanillamore
349 Bloomfield Ave.
Montclair
973.707.5373
vanillamore.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

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. Nauna’s Bella Casa
148 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.744.3232
naunas.com

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

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

Steakhouse 

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

2. Nero’s Grille
618 S. Livingston Ave. 
Livingston 
973.994.1410
neros.com

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

Seafood Restaurant

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

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

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

Sushi 

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

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

2. Ocha
403 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.228.8856
ochanj.com

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

3. Dai-Kichi
608 Valley Rd.
Montclair
973.744.2954 daikichimontclair.net

Tea Shop

1. The Tea Store
106 Watchung Ave.
Montclair
973.780.7703

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

Thai Restaurant 

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

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

3. Bangkok Kitchen
391 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell
973.618.9975 bangkokkitchencaldwell.com

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