Best Food of Morris and Essex: Readers' Choice Awards 2012

The best restaurants and food shops in Morris and Essex Counties
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 BEST BAGELS

1 Mountain Lakes Bagels

350 Route 46 East, Mountain Lakes,
973.627.4999

2 Hot Bagels Abroad

1129 Broad St., Bloomfield,
973.338.9616;

240 Route 206, Flanders,
973.927.1100,
hotbagelsabroad.net

3 Bagels on the Hill

175 Lakeside Blvd., Landing,
973.770.4800
bagelsonthehill.com

BEST BAR FOOD

1 Thatcher McGhee’s

53 Broadway, Denville,
973.586.3377,
thatchermcghees.com

2 The Second Half on Main

5 E. Main St., Denville,
973.748.4040,
secondhalfonmain.com

3 Egan & Sons

118 Walnut St., Montclair,
973.744.1413,
egannsons.com;

104 Harrison Ave.,
West Orange,
973.736.3355,
eganswestorange.com

BEST BARBECUE

1 Hot Rod’s BBQ

19 N. Main St., Wharton,
973.361.5050,
hotrodsbbq.com

2 Hog Wild BBQ

405 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell,
862.210.8262,
hogwildnj.com

3 Ruthie’s 64½

Chestnut St., Montclair,
973.509.1134,
ruthiesbbq.com

BEST BREAKFAST

1 Summit & Main

1 W. Main St., Suite 2,
Denville, 973.625.1066

2 Bonjour

254 Park St., Montclair,
973.655.1300,
bonjourmontclair.com

2 Doc’s Kitchen

38 First Ave., Denville,
862.209.1464,
docskitchen.com

3 Toast

700 Bloomfield
Ave., Montclair,
973.509.8099,
toastmontclair.com

BEST BURGERS

1 Hot Rod’s BBQ

19 N. Main St., Wharton,
973.361.5050,
hotrodsbbq.com

2 Morris Tap & Grill

500 Route 10 West, Randolph,
973.891.1776,
morristapandgrill.com

3 Heritage Grill

18 Broadway, Denville,
973.983.9600,
heritagegrill.com

BEST BUTCHER

1 Sussex Meat

219 N. Main St., Wharton,
973.361.2600,
sussexmeat.com

2 Chester Meat Market

27 W. Main St., Chester,
908.879.7523,
chestermeatmarket.com

3 Villa Meats

5 Park Ave., Caldwell,
973.226.3900

BEST BYO RESTAURANT

1 Cuban Pete’s

428 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair,
973.746.1100, cubanpetesrestaurant.com

2 La Cucina

278 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville,
973.627.6200,
lacucina-denville.com

3 Cara Mia

194 Essex St., Millburn,
973.379.8989,
caramiamillburn.com

BEST CANDY

1 Sweet Expressions

32 Broadway, Denville,
973.625.0025,
sweetexpressionsbygeri.com

2 Nagel’s Candy Barn

358 Route 10
West, Randolph,
973.361.1688

3 Holsten’s

1063 Broad St., Bloomfield,
973.338.7091,
holstens.com

BEST CHEAP EATS

1 Ralph’s Pizzeria

564 Franklin Ave.,
Nutley, 973.235.1130,
ralphspizzeria.com

2 Summit & Main

1 W. Main St., Suite 2,
Denville, 973.625.1066

3 Tinga Taqueria

321 Millburn Ave., Millburn,
973.218.9500;

215 Bellevue Ave., 973.509.8226,

Upper Montclair, tingausa.com

BEST CHEESE STEAKS

1 Summit & Main

1 W. Main St., Suite 2,
Denville, 973.625.1066

2 Cielo

168 Passaic Ave., Fairfield,
973.808.1414,
cielonj.com

3 J&K Steakhouse

34 W. Blackwell St.,
Dover, 862.244.4536;

56 South St., Morristown,
973.998.8061,
jandksteakhouse.com

BEST CHINESE

1 Hunan Taste

67 Bloomfield Ave., Denville,
973.625.2782,
hunantaste.com

2 T.S. Ma

199 Bellevue Ave., Montclair,
973.509.8878, tsma
chinesecuisine.com

3 Shanghai Jazz

24 Main St., Madison,
973.822.2899,
shanghaijazz.com

BEST CHOCOLATE

1 Holsten’s

1063 Broad St., Bloomfield,
973.338.7091,
holstens.com

2 J. Emanuel Chocolatier

461B Main St., Chester, 908.955.7592
jemanuel.com

3 Sweet Expressions

32 Broadway, Denville, 973.625.0025,
sweetexpressionsbygeri.com

BEST COFFEE SHOP

1 Mara’s Bakery & Cafe

25 E. Main St., Denville,
973.625.0901,
marascafe.com

2 Smartworld Coffee

2 Broadway, Denville,
973.627.1600;

74 South St., Morristown,
973.359.9800,
smartworldcoffee.com

3 Hobcaw Café

20 Grove Ave.,
Verona, 973.239.2329,
hobcawcafe.com

3 Rockn’ Joe Coffeehouse

339 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell,
973.226.1116;

63 Main St., Millburn,
973.376.6111,
rocknjoe.net

BEST COMFORT FOOD

1 Thatcher McGhee’s

53 Broadway, Denville,
973.586.3377,
thatchermcghees.com

2 Raymond’s

28 Church St., Montclair,
973.744.9263,
raymondsnj.com

3 Morris Tap & Grill

500 Route 10 West, Randolph,
973.891.1776,
morristapandgrill.com

BEST DINER

1 West Side Diner

324 Route 46, Denville,
973.983.1818

2 The Ritz Diner

72 E. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston,
973.533.1213

3 The Randolph Diner

517 Route 10, Randolph,
973.328.2400,
therandolphdiner.com

 

 

BEST BAKERY

1 MARA’S BAKERY & CAFE

25 E. Main St., Denville, 973.625.0901, marascafe.com

Mara’s reputation was first built on cheesecake. Well, the old standby is still there, in 25 different varieties, including the wildly popular caramel apple streusel version—but it’s the cakes that everyone comes for.
The chocolate mousse cake, the white chocolate raspberry mousse cake, the peanut butter chocolate silk cake and the carrot cake top the list. “Everything is made from scratch,” says Ian Magley, part owner
and one of founder Mara Magley’s sons. “We have been using the same ingredients for 30 years—all fresh, no imitations.” Yummm.

2 Nicolo’s Italian Bakery

6 Baldwin St., Montclair, nicolosbakery.com

3 Gina’s Bakery

110 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.233.1010, ginasbakery.com

3 The Little Daisy Bake Shop

626 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.707.2157, littledaisybakeshop.com

BEST MARKET

1 Denville Farmers’ Market

21 Bloomfield Ave., Denville,
denvillefarmersmarket.com

2 Walnut Street

Market Walnut St. & Depot Sq., Montclair,
973.228.2466

3 Route 10 Farmers’ Market

577 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston,
973.994.2224

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT

1 Mes Reves

407 Broad St., Bloomfield,
973.429.4888,
mesrevesnj.com

2 Restaurant Lorena’s

168 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood,
973.763.4460,
restaurantlorena.com

3 Epernay

6 Park St., Montclair,
973.783.0447,
epernaynj.com

BEST GELATO

1 Mara’s Bakery & Cafe

25 E. Main St., Denville,
973.625.0901,
marascafe.com

2 Morris Tap & Grill

500 Route 10 West, Randolph,
973.891.1776,
morristapandgrill.com

3 The Publick House

111 Main St., Chester,
908.879.6878,
chesterpublickhouse.com

BEST GOURMET

1 Whole Foods

222 Main St., Madison,
973.822.8444;

701 Bloomfield Ave.,
Montclair,
973.746.5110;

235 Prospect Ave.,
West Orange,
973.669.3196,
wholefoodsmarket.com

2 Dash of Thyme Gourmet

49 Broadway, Denville,
973.453.6200,
dashofthymegourmet.com

3 Sergio & Co.

28 Broadway, Denville,
973.627.1043,
sergioandco.com

BEST GREEK/TURKISH

1 Stamna

1045 Broad St., Bloomfield,
973.338.5151,
stamnataverna.com

2 Greek Taverna

292 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair,
973.746.2280,
greektavernausa.com

3 Thavma

6230 Town Center Way, Livingston,
973.992.8999,
thavmagrill.com

ICE CREAM

1 Denville Dairy

34A Broadway,
Denville, 973.627.4214,
denvilledairy.com

2 Cliffs Ice Cream

1475 Route 46, Ledgewood,
973.584.9721,
cliffsicecream.com

3 Applegate Farm

134 Ridgedale Ave., East Hanover,
973.884.0222; 397

Centre St., Nutley,
973.661.1166;

616 Grove St., Upper Montclair,
973.744.5900,
applegatefarm.com

BEST INDIAN

1 Cinnamon

2920 Route 10 West,
Morris Plains,
973.734.0040,
cinnamonindianrestaurant.com

2 The Clay Oven

1140 Route 46, Ledgewood,
973.252.7270,
theclayoven.com

3 Mehndi

88 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown,
973.871.2323,
mehndimorristown.com

BEST INTERIOR DECOR

1 Ninety Acres at Natirar

2 Main St.,
Peapack & Gladstone,
908.901.9500,
natirar.com

2 Tabor Road Tavern

510 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains, 973.267.7004,
taborroadtavern.com

3 Grato

2230 Route 10 West, Morris Plains
973.267.4006,
gratorestaurant.com

BEST ITALIAN DELI

1 Sergio’s

28 Broadway, Denville
973.627.1043, sergioandco.com

1 Tutto Fresco

36 W. Mount Pleasant Ave., Livingston,
973.422.1299

2 Anthony & Sons

20 Luger Rd., Denville,
973.625.2323,
anthonyandsonsbakery.com

3 Summit & Main

1 W. Main St.,
Suite 2, Denville,
973.625.1066

BEST BRUNCH

1 MORRIS TAP & GRILL

500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776, morristapandgrill.com

If it’s Sunday, it’s brunch day, and this menu is sure to surprise and delight every time. “It’s whimsical and fun,” says chef Eric Levine, “and never the same.” He goes with what’s in season. “No asparagus in winter here,” he says. Come for the eclectic offerings: French, Asian, American and South American food (to name only a few regions), the beautiful cold salad display and the homemade, melt-in-your-mouth
pastries.

2 Raymond’s

28 Church St., Montclair, 973.744.9263,raymondsnj.com

3 Doc’s Kitchen

38 First Ave., Denville, 862.209.1464,docskitchen.com

3 The Manor

111 Prospect Ave., West Orange, 973.731.2360, themanorrestaurant.com

BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT

1 Scalini Fedeli

63 Main St., Chatham, 973.701.9200, scalinifedeli.com

2 Casa Bella

300 Route 46 & Lakewood Dr., Denville, 973.627.2003, casabella46.com

3 Bar Cara

1099 Broad St., Bloomfield, 973.893.3681, bar-cara.com

3 Grato

2230 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, 973.267.4006, gratorestaurant.com

BEST JAPANESE

1 Sogo 248 Route 46 West, Denville, 973.784.4981, sogo.cc

2 Nori Sushi 561 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.655.8806, nori-sushi.com

3 Dai Kichi 608 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.744.2954

3 Midori 3130 Route 10 West, Denville, 973.537.8588, midorirestaurant.com

MOST KID-FRIENDLY

1 Cucina Calandra 216-234 Route 46 East, Fairfield, 973.575.7720, cucinacalandra.com

2 Hot Rod’s BBQ 19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050, hotrodsbbq.com 2 Toast 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8099, toastmontclair.com

3 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776, morristapandgrill.com

BEST CATERER

1 LAURENCE CRAIG

1799 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 973.761.0190, laurencecraigcatering.com

Elegant, artistic, professional, outside-the-box: Laurence Craig is a visionary in the catering world. His list of clients speaks for itself—it includes Armani, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. His staff can handle
intimate parties of 10 to affairs of 2,000. And the company can adapt its exquisite cuisine to your décor or party theme. Hire them, let go and be dazzled.

2 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066

3 Hot Rod’s BBQ 19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050,hotrodsbbq.com

BEST ORGANIC HEALTH FOOD

1 Grass Roots 20 First Ave., Denville, 973.627.5440, grassrootsnatural market.com

2 G Metro 60 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.625.1055, thecafemetro.com

3 The Health Shoppe 207 Route 206, Chester, 908.879.7555; 66 Morris St., Morristown, 973.538.9131, thehealthshoppes.com

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

1 Highlawn Pavilion Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, 973.731.3463, highlawn.com

2 Fitzgerald’s 1928 13 Herman St., Glen Ridge, 973.748.4702, fitzgeralds1928.com

3 The Station 99 Midvale Rd., Mountain Lakes, 973.335.5330, thestationatmtlakes. com

BEST PIZZA

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

2 Napoli Pizza 275 Chestnut St., Newark, 973.522.1950

2 Tabor Pizzeria 976 Tabor Rd., Morris Plains, 973.540.0898, taborpizza.com

3 Denville Pizzeria 20 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.625.4321, denvillepizza.com

MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT

1 Highlawn Pavilion Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, 973.731.3463, highlawn.com

2 CulinAriane 33 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.0533, culinariane.com

3 The Grand Café 42 Washington St., Morristown, 973.540.9444 thegrandcafe.com

BEST SALAD

1 Jackie’s Grillette 614 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.744.0090

2 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066

3 Toast 700 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.8099, toastmontclair.com

BEST SCENIC VIEW

1 Highlawn Pavilion Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, 973.731.3463, highlawn.com

2 Alice’s 24 Nolans Point Park Rd., Lake Hopatcong, 973.663.9600, alicesrestaurantnj.com

3 McLoone’s Boathouse 9 Cherry Ln., West Orange, 862.252.7108, mcloonesboathouse. com

BEST SOUP

1 Millburn Deli 328 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.379.5800, millburndeli.com

2 Summit & Main 1 W. Main St., Suite 2, Denville, 973.625.1066

BEST CLAMS

1 HALCYON SEAFOOD BRASSERIE AND RAW BAR

114 Walnut St., Montclair, 973.744.4450, halcyonseafood.com

There is a cool secret to why the clams at Halcyon are so good: ice. “We submerge them way underneath the ice so they’re freezing cold and fresh, and we shuck them right in front of you,” says part-owner Sharon Egan. Also to enjoy are the oyster shooters, and if you have a king-sized appetite, try the King Fisher Ice Tower—clams, oysters, crab, shrimp and lots of ice.

2 Denville Seafood, 61 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2987, denvilleseafood.com

3 Fin Raw Bar and Kitchen, 183 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, 973.744.0068, finrawbarandkitchen.com

3 Heritage Grill 18 Broadway, Denville, 973.983.9600, heritagegrill.com

BEST STEAK HOUSE

1 Roots Steakhouse 40 W. Park Pl., Morristown, 973.326.1800 rootssteakhouse.com

2 Arthur’s Tavern 700 Speedwell Ave., Morris Plains, 973.455.9705, arthurstavern.com

3 J&K Steakhouse 34 W. Blackwell St., Dover, 862.244.4536;

56 South St., Morristown, 973.998.8061, jandksteakhouse.com

BEST SUSHI

1 Sogo 248 Route 46 West, Denville, 973.784.4981, sogo.cc

1 Sushi Lounge 12 Schuyler Pl., Morristown, 973.539.1135, sushilounge.com

2 Yama 5 E. Main St., Denville, 973.627.7712, yamasushi.us

3 Minado 2888 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, 973.734.4900, minado.com

BEST TACOS

1 Tinga Taqueria 321 Millburn Ave., Millburn, 973.218.9500;

215 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, 973.509.8226, tingausa.com

2 Rattlesnake Ranch 559 E. Main St., Denville, 973.586.3800, rattlesnakeranchcafe. com

3 Tortilla Sunrise 18 Grove Ave., Verona, 973.239.1399, tortillasunrise.com

BEST SEAFOOD

1 FIN

183 Glenridge Ave., Montclair, 973.744.0068, finrawbarandkitchen.com

Who knew there was seaside dining in Montclair? Well, seaside-looking, at least. Come in, step onto the dock and choose your catch from the stunning shaved-ice display if you wish. Every day there are two or three different types of fi sh to see, depending on what’s in season. This menu is seasonal, fresh and, according to executive chef Michael Juliano, “at a good price point for this time in the economy.” Marinated, wood-grilled whole fi sh are a favorite. The raw bar features at least six different types of oysters every day.

2 Nicole’s 10 246 Route 10 West, Randolph, 973.442.9311, nicolesten.com

2 The Orange Squirrel 412 Bloomfield Ave., Bloomfield, 973.337.6421, theorangesquirrel.com

3 Denville Seafood 61 Broadway, Denville, 973.627.2987,denvilleseafood.com

BEST TAPAS

1 Cinders Wood Fire Grill 319 Route 46, Mine Hill, 973.928.7000, cinderswoodfiregrill.com

2 Mompou 77 Ferry St., Newark, 973.578.8114, mompoutapas.com

3 Cuban Pete’s 428 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.746.1100, cuban petesrestaurant.com

BEST TEA SHOP

1 Sally Lunn’s 15 Perry St., Chester, 908.879.7731, sallylunns.com

2 Nature’s EnerQi 21 Bloomfield Ave., Denville, 973.784.0123, naturesenerqi.com

3 InsaniTea 570 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.509.1202, insaniteallc.com

BEST THAI

1 Spice 26 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield, 973.748.0056, spicethainj.com

2 Origin II 10 South St., Morristown, 973.971.9933, originthai.com

3 Thai Nam Phet 296 Route 46, Rockaway, 973.627.8400, thainamphet.com

BEST VEGETARIAN

1 Veggie Heaven 631 Valley Rd., Upper Montclair, 973.783.1088, veggie heavenmontclair.com

2 Café Metro 60 Diamond Spring Rd., Denville, 973.625.4781, thecafemetro.com

3 HLS Grill 1859 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 973.763.1127;

387 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, 973.337.8925, hlsrestaurant.com

BEST WINE & SPIRITS

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

104 Harrison Ave., West Orange, 973.736.3355, eganswestorange.com

2 Thatcher McGhee’s 53 Broadway, Denville, 973.586.3377, thatchermcghees.com

3 Blue Morel 2 Whippany Rd., Morristown, 973.451.2619, bluemorel.com

BEST WINGS

1 Hot Rod’s BBQ 19 N. Main St., Wharton, 973.361.5050, hotrodsbbq.com

2 Morris Tap & Grill 500 Rt. 10 West, Randolph, 973.891.1776, morristapandgrill.com

3 The Second Half on Main 5 E. Main Street, Denville, 973.748.4040, secondhalfonmain. com

BEST CUPCAKES

1 SUGAR MOMMY CUPCAKES

31 Broadway, Denville, 973.400.9866, sugarmommycupcakes.com

“The White Chocolate Raspberry: white chocolate batter, chocolate raspberry frosting with white chocolate and raspberry drizzled on top. The Chocolate Éclair: chocolate batter with an éclair-cream center, chocolate fudge frosting with a mini eclair on top.” The descriptions leave your mouth watering, and all the ingredients are fresh and preservative-free. Owner, cupcake creator and professional artist Lori  Levenson competed on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Need we say more?

2 Mara’s Bakery & Cafe 25 E. Main St., Denville, 973.625.0901, marascafe.com

3 Stuffed Cupcakes 231 Franklin Ave., Nutley, 973.667.7778, stuffedcupcakes.com

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