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60 Best North Jersey Restaurants

Northern New Jersey is known to have some of the best and most authentic restaurants in the Northeast of the United States. Between delicious Italian cafés to savory Mexican eateries and yummy Japanese restaurants to American gastro pubs, New Jersey offers everything to suit everyone’s appetite!

60 Best North Jersey Restaurants

As some of you may know, I was born and raised in Northern Jersey, just outside of the Big Apple. I am also an Italian American who was bred on good food and I enjoy not only savoring delicious cuisines when I am traveling, I also LOVE exploring the foodie scene in my very own backyard!

60 Best North Jersey Restaurants

I have been to some AMAZING restaurants in the world and could easily differentiate authentic food from non authentic food. I am so excited to put together a list of the BEST restaurants in Northern New Jersey (mainly in Bergen and a few in Hudson, Passaic, Essex and Morris County), including Southern Rockland County, New York!

I get asked all the time by good friends and family, what I recommend for a family dinner, date night, take out and a friends’ get together in Northern New Jersey. Below are the top 60 best restaurants in Northern New Jersey from my personal experiences: 

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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60 Best Northern New Jersey Restaurants

BEST Restaurants in Northern New Jersey:

A woman eating pizza
Pizzerias:

If you are going to indulge in pizza when you are traveling in the United States, you’re going to find the best in the Tri-State area, which is in Northern New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Below are a list of my favorite New York and Neapolitan pizza joints in New Jersey:

Best New York Pizza: Vincent’s, Cliffside Park, NJ

Best New York Pizza 2: Casa D Pizza, Denville, NJ

Best Neopolitan Pizza: S. Egidio, Ridgewood, NJ

Best Neopolitan Pizza 2: Razza, Jersey City, NJ

Best Detroit Style Pizza: Blue Steel Pizza Co., Bloomfield, NJ

Italian Restaurants:
A lobster pasta dish from one of the best Italian restaurants in Northern New Jersey

A lot of residents living in Northern New Jersey are of Italian descent. Italians started coming over to the Tri-State area in the 1800s, but immigration peaked between 1900 and 1914. Throughout the years, Italian recipes have been passed down in family traditions, which is why you could find the best Italian restaurants in Northern New Jersey/New York. Below are my personal favorites:

Best Italian Restaurant: Tutto A Modo Mio, Ridgefield, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 2: Trovato’s Due II, Oakland, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 3: Otto Strada, Hoboken, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 4: Villa Amalfi, Cliffside Park, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 5: Arturo’s Restaurant, Midland Park, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 6: Di Palma Brothers Restaurant, North Bergen, NJ

Click here to read my blog posts from Italy.

Italian Pastry Shops:
A pastry from an Italian bakery

Who doesn’t love cannoli, right?! Although you could find plenty of wonderful Italian pastry shops here in North Jersey, there is one that is an ultimate favorite in my family.

Best Italian Pastry Shop: Rispoli Pastry Shop & Café, Ridgefield & Emerson, NJ

Spanish Restaurants:
A Spanish meal from one of the best Spanish restaurants in Northern New Jersey

I am so excited because New Jersey is FINALLY getting some amazing Spanish restaurants. Spanish cuisine is one of my top 5 favorites. Ever since I studied abroad in Spain, I have been hooked! Discover the best Spanish restaurants in Northern New Jersey:

Best Spanish Restaurant: Sangria Tapas Restaurant, Mahwah, NJ

Best Spanish Restaurant 2: El Cid, Paramus, NJ

Best Spanish Restaurant 3: Pintxo y Tapas, Englewood, NJ

Best Small Plates/Tapas Restaurant: Finca, Ridgewood, NJ

Click here to read my blog posts from Spain.

Irish Pubs:
An Irish pub dinner

Just like Italian Americans, a lot of Irish immigrated to the United States during the same time period. Because there are so many Irish Americans living in the Tri-State area as well, there are a plethora of different Irish pubs to eat at in North Jersey. Even though there are many great pubs in New Jersey, I have one ultimate favorite! Below is the best Irish pub and restaurant in Northern New Jersey:

Best Irish Pub: Hearth & Tap Co., Montvale, NJ

Click here to read my blog posts from Ireland.

Asian Restaurants:
A noodle dish from one of the best Asian restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Ah I love Asian food so much! My second favorite cuisine behind Italian is definitely Japanese and I also love Thai cuisine along with Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and Mongolian food. Below are the best Asian restaurants in Northern North Jersey and Southern New York:

Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant: Bada Sushi, Suffern, NY

Best Japanese Hibachi Restaurant: Kiku, Paramus, NJ

Best Japanese Hibachi & Sushi Restaurant: Ayame Hibachi & Sushi, Hoboken, NJ

Best Thai Restaurant: Jay’s Thai Kitchen, Suffern, NY

Best Thai Restaurant 2: Green Papaya, River Edge, NJ

Best Chinese Restaurant: Look See, Ramsey, NJ

Click here to read my blog posts from Asia.

Mexican Restaurants:
Tacos from one of the best Mexican restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Even though most could argue that the Northeast isn’t the ultimate best place to get Mexican food, compared to Texas and the Southwest, you could still always find a great eatery in North Jersey/Southern New York. Even though there are a few great Mexican restaurants in Northern New Jersey, I have one ultimate favorite (in addition to a great taco joint):

Best Mexican Restaurant: Hacienda de Don Manuel, Suffern, NY

Best Taco Restaurant: Gringo’s, Jersey City, NJ

Click here to read my blog from Tulum, Mexico.

Mediterranean Restaurants:
Chicken souvlaki from one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Mediterranean cuisine is one of the healthiest and also tastiest in the world. Throughout North Jersey are a variety of Mediterranean inspired restaurants that are renowned for their authenticity and fresh flavors. Below are the best Mediterranean restaurants in Northern New Jersey:

Best Turkish Food: Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Ridgewood, NJ

Best Greek Food: Varka Estiatorio, Ramsey, NJ

Best Israeli Food: Art Café, Nyack, NY

Best Mediterranean Food: Zeugma Mediterranean Grill, Montclair, NJ

Click here to read my blogs from Greece.

Cuban Restaurants:
Sangria from one of the best Cuban restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Cuban food is absolutely delicious and you could find so many gems here in North Jersey. I have one ultimate favorite Cuban restaurant and it is below:

Best Cuban Food: Rumba Cubana, Guttenberg, North Bergen, Clifton and Rochelle Park, NJ

French Restaurants:
Salmon from one of the best French restaurants in Northern New Jersey

I definitely don’t have it enough, but French cuisine is so delicious! Whenever I have the opportunity to go to a French restaurant, I always take full advantage of all the amazing goodies. One of the best French restaurants I’ve been to in Northern New Jersey is below:

Best French Restaurant: Madeleine’s Petit Paris, Northvale, NJ

Click here to read my blogs from France.

American Restaurants:
Fried chicken from one of the best American restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Even though I am not a burger and wings type of girl, I do enjoy savoring some delicious meals alongside a delicious craft beer at an all American restaurant. There are obviously numerous American restaurants you could find here in North Jersey, but there is one that is my favorite. In addition, I LOVE craft beer! Discover my favorite places to grab a delicious brew as well:

Best American Food: Park West Tavern, Ridgewood, NJ

Best New American Food: Skopós Hospitality Group (Cowan’s Public in Nutley, NJ; The Barrow House in Clifton, NJ & The Vanguard in Harrison, NJ)

Best Craft Beer: The Shepherd and the Knucklehead Pub, Hoboken, NJ

Best Craft Beer 2: Ambulance Brew House, Nanuet, NY

Best Craft Beer 3: Defiant Brewing Co., Pearl River, NY

Best Craft Beer 4: Montclair Brewery, Montclair, NJ

Best Craft Beer 5: Hackensack Brewing, Hackensack, NJ

Best Craft Beer 6: Gentle Giant Brewing Company, Pearl River, NJ

Best Local Bar (& Best Italian Bar Food): Rudy’s Seafood Restaurant, Cliffside Park, NJ

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants:
A vegetarian meal from the best restaurants in Northern New Jersey

There are plenty of wonderful vegetarian and vegan restaurants in North Jersey, but my ultimate favorite is actually in Southern New York. It is super cute, quaint and delicious!

Best Vegetarian Café: Mia’s Kitchen, Suffern, NY

Special Events Restaurants:
Gnocchi from one of the best restaurants in New Jersey

Whether you are hosting a wedding, sweet 16, retirement party, birthday party, bar/bat mitzvah, etc., there are a few great reception halls that offer delicious food, but there is one that really stands out in North Jersey if you’re looking to cater an event.

Best Catering/Reception Food: Il Villaggio, Carlstadt, NJ

Breakfast, Brunch and Diners:
A woman enjoying brunch at the best restaurants in Northern New Jersey

New Jersey is definitely known for diners. Whether you are grabbing breakfast in the morning or are craving late night munchies, you could find great diners all throughout the state. In addition, North Jersey has a lot of awesome brunch spots to choose from. Discover my favorite’s below:

Best Diner: Brownstone Pancake Factory, Edgewater & Jersey City, NJ

Best Breakfast: Strawberry Place, Nyack, NY

Best Breakfast 2: Café Dolma, Jersey City, NJ

Best Brunch: 14 and Hudson, Piermont, NY

Best Brunch 2: D’Vine Bar, Sparkill, NY

Best Brunch 3: Fresco, Montclair, NJ

Best Brunch 4: Sofia, Englewood, NJ

Bakeries:
The best bakeries in Northern New Jersey

If you are close with me, then you definitely know that I LOVE desserts and baked goods. All throughout North Jersey are amazing bakeries, donut shops, pastry cafés and more. Below are the best bakeries and restaurants in Northern New Jersey:

Best Italian Bakery: Lotito’s Deli & Bakery, Ramsey, NJ

Best American Bakery: Rockland Bakery, Nanuet, NY

Best Donuts: Glaze Donuts, New Milford, West Caldwell & Fort Lee, NJ

Best Cakes: Kara Kakes, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Farms:
Cider donuts from Secor Farms in Mahwah, NJ

Another wonderful aspect to North Jersey are the beautiful farms that offer pumpkin and apple picking in the fall, Christmas trees and decorations in the winter and flowers in the spring and summer months. In addition to all of the fun seasonal activities, a lot of these NJ farms offer delicious seasonal baked goods such as pies, donuts, fresh produce and more. Below are my three favorites:

Best Farm: Demarest Farms, Hillsdale, NJ

Best Farm 2: Secor Farms, Mahwah, NJ

Best Farm 3: Abma’s Farm, Wyckoff, NJ

Waterfront Fun:
A woman drinking rosé at Lutze Biergarten in Jersey City, New Jersey

Because New Jersey is located right across the Hudson River from New York City, there are so many ways to enjoy the dreamy city views and great outdoors while also having fun and savoring delicious local foods. Below are the best places to hang out and restaurants to enjoy on the water:

Best Place to Enjoy on the Water: Pier 13, Hoboken, NJ

Best Place to Enjoy on the Water 2: Lutze Biergarten, Jersey City, NJ

Best Place to Enjoy on the Water 3: Pier 115 Bar & Grill, Edgewater, NJ

Best Place to Enjoy on the Water 4: Pier 701 Restaurant & Bar, Piermont, NY

Runner Ups:
A lobster and seafood dish from the best Northern New Jersey restaurants

Like I mention above, there are so many great restaurants in Northern New Jersey that it is difficult to go wrong when choosing the best place to eat. Below are other awesome restaurants and eateries I enjoy going to:


A woman eating bacon at the best Northern New Jersey restaurants

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best restaurants and eateries in Northern New Jersey. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] or leave a comment below on your favorite places to eat in North Jersey.

Click here to booking a cooking class in New York City from New Jersey.

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., NJ State Capital: Trenton, Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

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8 Comments

  1. Brittany Sneller on November 8, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    OMG that’s a huge list! I’m drooling now… I love exploring a new place via its food scene. Btw, is that bacon in your cocktail?! ahah x

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Haha yes, I’ve eaten out a lot over the years. I’m such a foodie and enjoy tasing local cuisine when I travel too. 🙂 Also yes, that wasn’t from a local restaurant though, it was actually from a maple bacon spot in Montreal. So yummy!

  2. World of Lina on November 9, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Omg wow!!!
    So many and I bet you chose only the best ones. Would love to try some, especially the vegetarian/vegan ones of course ☺️

    • Taylor Deer on November 11, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Yes, we have a lot of great foodie options here in New Jersey. If you ever come to the NYC area, I will have to take you to some of them! 🙂

  3. Kim Deer on November 27, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Alot of great places mentioned in this blog! I have been to several of them and I have to agree with you~ amazing food! Now I am starving ~ where should we go eat tonight? Love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on November 28, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Yes, they sure are great spots! Love you too! <3

  4. Jennifer Nicol Colwell on September 23, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Thanks for this helpful info. I’m making a plan to go tour to your city as I feel so much bore in this lock down.
    However, I am a foodie and love to taste french foods and recipes. But I was confused on which restaurant I should go when I visit North Jersey.
    Thankfully, now I have a handful of options. Thanks for sharing this indepth info.
    One question- is there any restriction to visit your country due to Covid-19? Are the restaurants open?
    Waiting for your response…

    • Taylor Deer on September 24, 2020 at 1:01 am

      You’re welcome Jennifer! That is awesome you are looking to explore New Jersey. It is a great state! Also, I am unsure of what the current situation is between the U.S. and Canada, but I would personally wait to visit here until borders are completely open and you don’t need to quarantine. All of our restaurants in New Jersey are open for both indoor and outdoor dining, but indoor dining has limited capacity. Everything is amazing here though and you will not be disappointed with what you get to eat when you eventually make your way here. 🙂

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60 Best North Jersey Restaurants

Northern New Jersey is known to have some of the best and most authentic restaurants in the Northeast of the United States. Between delicious Italian cafés to savory Mexican eateries and yummy Japanese restaurants to American gastro pubs, New Jersey offers everything to suit everyone’s appetite!

60 Best North Jersey Restaurants

As some of you may know, I was born and raised in Northern Jersey, just outside of the Big Apple. I am also an Italian American who was bred on good food and I enjoy not only savoring delicious cuisines when I am traveling, I also LOVE exploring the foodie scene in my very own backyard!

60 Best North Jersey Restaurants

I have been to some AMAZING restaurants in the world and could easily differentiate authentic food from non authentic food. I am so excited to put together a list of the BEST restaurants in Northern New Jersey (mainly in Bergen and a few in Hudson, Passaic, Essex and Morris County), including Southern Rockland County, New York!

I get asked all the time by good friends and family, what I recommend for a family dinner, date night, take out and a friends’ get together in Northern New Jersey. Below are the top 60 best restaurants in Northern New Jersey from my personal experiences: 

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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60 Best Northern New Jersey Restaurants

BEST Restaurants in Northern New Jersey:

A woman eating pizza
Pizzerias:

If you are going to indulge in pizza when you are traveling in the United States, you’re going to find the best in the Tri-State area, which is in Northern New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Below are a list of my favorite New York and Neapolitan pizza joints in New Jersey:

Best New York Pizza: Vincent’s, Cliffside Park, NJ

Best New York Pizza 2: Casa D Pizza, Denville, NJ

Best Neopolitan Pizza: S. Egidio, Ridgewood, NJ

Best Neopolitan Pizza 2: Razza, Jersey City, NJ

Best Detroit Style Pizza: Blue Steel Pizza Co., Bloomfield, NJ

Italian Restaurants:
A lobster pasta dish from one of the best Italian restaurants in Northern New Jersey

A lot of residents living in Northern New Jersey are of Italian descent. Italians started coming over to the Tri-State area in the 1800s, but immigration peaked between 1900 and 1914. Throughout the years, Italian recipes have been passed down in family traditions, which is why you could find the best Italian restaurants in Northern New Jersey/New York. Below are my personal favorites:

Best Italian Restaurant: Tutto A Modo Mio, Ridgefield, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 2: Trovato’s Due II, Oakland, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 3: Otto Strada, Hoboken, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 4: Villa Amalfi, Cliffside Park, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 5: Arturo’s Restaurant, Midland Park, NJ

Best Italian Restaurant 6: Di Palma Brothers Restaurant, North Bergen, NJ

Click here to read my blog posts from Italy.

Italian Pastry Shops:
A pastry from an Italian bakery

Who doesn’t love cannoli, right?! Although you could find plenty of wonderful Italian pastry shops here in North Jersey, there is one that is an ultimate favorite in my family.

Best Italian Pastry Shop: Rispoli Pastry Shop & Café, Ridgefield & Emerson, NJ

Spanish Restaurants:
A Spanish meal from one of the best Spanish restaurants in Northern New Jersey

I am so excited because New Jersey is FINALLY getting some amazing Spanish restaurants. Spanish cuisine is one of my top 5 favorites. Ever since I studied abroad in Spain, I have been hooked! Discover the best Spanish restaurants in Northern New Jersey:

Best Spanish Restaurant: Sangria Tapas Restaurant, Mahwah, NJ

Best Spanish Restaurant 2: El Cid, Paramus, NJ

Best Spanish Restaurant 3: Pintxo y Tapas, Englewood, NJ

Best Small Plates/Tapas Restaurant: Finca, Ridgewood, NJ

Click here to read my blog posts from Spain.

Irish Pubs:
An Irish pub dinner

Just like Italian Americans, a lot of Irish immigrated to the United States during the same time period. Because there are so many Irish Americans living in the Tri-State area as well, there are a plethora of different Irish pubs to eat at in North Jersey. Even though there are many great pubs in New Jersey, I have one ultimate favorite! Below is the best Irish pub and restaurant in Northern New Jersey:

Best Irish Pub: Hearth & Tap Co., Montvale, NJ

Click here to read my blog posts from Ireland.

Asian Restaurants:
A noodle dish from one of the best Asian restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Ah I love Asian food so much! My second favorite cuisine behind Italian is definitely Japanese and I also love Thai cuisine along with Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and Mongolian food. Below are the best Asian restaurants in Northern North Jersey and Southern New York:

Best Japanese Sushi Restaurant: Bada Sushi, Suffern, NY

Best Japanese Hibachi Restaurant: Kiku, Paramus, NJ

Best Japanese Hibachi & Sushi Restaurant: Ayame Hibachi & Sushi, Hoboken, NJ

Best Thai Restaurant: Jay’s Thai Kitchen, Suffern, NY

Best Thai Restaurant 2: Green Papaya, River Edge, NJ

Best Chinese Restaurant: Look See, Ramsey, NJ

Click here to read my blog posts from Asia.

Mexican Restaurants:
Tacos from one of the best Mexican restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Even though most could argue that the Northeast isn’t the ultimate best place to get Mexican food, compared to Texas and the Southwest, you could still always find a great eatery in North Jersey/Southern New York. Even though there are a few great Mexican restaurants in Northern New Jersey, I have one ultimate favorite (in addition to a great taco joint):

Best Mexican Restaurant: Hacienda de Don Manuel, Suffern, NY

Best Taco Restaurant: Gringo’s, Jersey City, NJ

Click here to read my blog from Tulum, Mexico.

Mediterranean Restaurants:
Chicken souvlaki from one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Mediterranean cuisine is one of the healthiest and also tastiest in the world. Throughout North Jersey are a variety of Mediterranean inspired restaurants that are renowned for their authenticity and fresh flavors. Below are the best Mediterranean restaurants in Northern New Jersey:

Best Turkish Food: Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine, Ridgewood, NJ

Best Greek Food: Varka Estiatorio, Ramsey, NJ

Best Israeli Food: Art Café, Nyack, NY

Best Mediterranean Food: Zeugma Mediterranean Grill, Montclair, NJ

Click here to read my blogs from Greece.

Cuban Restaurants:
Sangria from one of the best Cuban restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Cuban food is absolutely delicious and you could find so many gems here in North Jersey. I have one ultimate favorite Cuban restaurant and it is below:

Best Cuban Food: Rumba Cubana, Guttenberg, North Bergen, Clifton and Rochelle Park, NJ

French Restaurants:
Salmon from one of the best French restaurants in Northern New Jersey

I definitely don’t have it enough, but French cuisine is so delicious! Whenever I have the opportunity to go to a French restaurant, I always take full advantage of all the amazing goodies. One of the best French restaurants I’ve been to in Northern New Jersey is below:

Best French Restaurant: Madeleine’s Petit Paris, Northvale, NJ

Click here to read my blogs from France.

American Restaurants:
Fried chicken from one of the best American restaurants in Northern New Jersey

Even though I am not a burger and wings type of girl, I do enjoy savoring some delicious meals alongside a delicious craft beer at an all American restaurant. There are obviously numerous American restaurants you could find here in North Jersey, but there is one that is my favorite. In addition, I LOVE craft beer! Discover my favorite places to grab a delicious brew as well:

Best American Food: Park West Tavern, Ridgewood, NJ

Best New American Food: Skopós Hospitality Group (Cowan’s Public in Nutley, NJ; The Barrow House in Clifton, NJ & The Vanguard in Harrison, NJ)

Best Craft Beer: The Shepherd and the Knucklehead Pub, Hoboken, NJ

Best Craft Beer 2: Ambulance Brew House, Nanuet, NY

Best Craft Beer 3: Defiant Brewing Co., Pearl River, NY

Best Craft Beer 4: Montclair Brewery, Montclair, NJ

Best Craft Beer 5: Hackensack Brewing, Hackensack, NJ

Best Craft Beer 6: Gentle Giant Brewing Company, Pearl River, NJ

Best Local Bar (& Best Italian Bar Food): Rudy’s Seafood Restaurant, Cliffside Park, NJ

Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants:
A vegetarian meal from the best restaurants in Northern New Jersey

There are plenty of wonderful vegetarian and vegan restaurants in North Jersey, but my ultimate favorite is actually in Southern New York. It is super cute, quaint and delicious!

Best Vegetarian Café: Mia’s Kitchen, Suffern, NY

Special Events Restaurants:
Gnocchi from one of the best restaurants in New Jersey

Whether you are hosting a wedding, sweet 16, retirement party, birthday party, bar/bat mitzvah, etc., there are a few great reception halls that offer delicious food, but there is one that really stands out in North Jersey if you’re looking to cater an event.

Best Catering/Reception Food: Il Villaggio, Carlstadt, NJ

Breakfast, Brunch and Diners:
A woman enjoying brunch at the best restaurants in Northern New Jersey

New Jersey is definitely known for diners. Whether you are grabbing breakfast in the morning or are craving late night munchies, you could find great diners all throughout the state. In addition, North Jersey has a lot of awesome brunch spots to choose from. Discover my favorite’s below:

Best Diner: Brownstone Pancake Factory, Edgewater & Jersey City, NJ

Best Breakfast: Strawberry Place, Nyack, NY

Best Breakfast 2: Café Dolma, Jersey City, NJ

Best Brunch: 14 and Hudson, Piermont, NY

Best Brunch 2: D’Vine Bar, Sparkill, NY

Best Brunch 3: Fresco, Montclair, NJ

Best Brunch 4: Sofia, Englewood, NJ

Bakeries:
The best bakeries in Northern New Jersey

If you are close with me, then you definitely know that I LOVE desserts and baked goods. All throughout North Jersey are amazing bakeries, donut shops, pastry cafés and more. Below are the best bakeries and restaurants in Northern New Jersey:

Best Italian Bakery: Lotito’s Deli & Bakery, Ramsey, NJ

Best American Bakery: Rockland Bakery, Nanuet, NY

Best Donuts: Glaze Donuts, New Milford, West Caldwell & Fort Lee, NJ

Best Cakes: Kara Kakes, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Farms:
Cider donuts from Secor Farms in Mahwah, NJ

Another wonderful aspect to North Jersey are the beautiful farms that offer pumpkin and apple picking in the fall, Christmas trees and decorations in the winter and flowers in the spring and summer months. In addition to all of the fun seasonal activities, a lot of these NJ farms offer delicious seasonal baked goods such as pies, donuts, fresh produce and more. Below are my three favorites:

Best Farm: Demarest Farms, Hillsdale, NJ

Best Farm 2: Secor Farms, Mahwah, NJ

Best Farm 3: Abma’s Farm, Wyckoff, NJ

Waterfront Fun:
A woman drinking rosé at Lutze Biergarten in Jersey City, New Jersey

Because New Jersey is located right across the Hudson River from New York City, there are so many ways to enjoy the dreamy city views and great outdoors while also having fun and savoring delicious local foods. Below are the best places to hang out and restaurants to enjoy on the water:

Best Place to Enjoy on the Water: Pier 13, Hoboken, NJ

Best Place to Enjoy on the Water 2: Lutze Biergarten, Jersey City, NJ

Best Place to Enjoy on the Water 3: Pier 115 Bar & Grill, Edgewater, NJ

Best Place to Enjoy on the Water 4: Pier 701 Restaurant & Bar, Piermont, NY

Runner Ups:
A lobster and seafood dish from the best Northern New Jersey restaurants

Like I mention above, there are so many great restaurants in Northern New Jersey that it is difficult to go wrong when choosing the best place to eat. Below are other awesome restaurants and eateries I enjoy going to:


A woman eating bacon at the best Northern New Jersey restaurants

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best restaurants and eateries in Northern New Jersey. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected] or leave a comment below on your favorite places to eat in North Jersey.

Click here to booking a cooking class in New York City from New Jersey.

Basic Facts of the United States:

Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., NJ State Capital: Trenton, Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

8 Comments

  1. Brittany Sneller on November 8, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    OMG that’s a huge list! I’m drooling now… I love exploring a new place via its food scene. Btw, is that bacon in your cocktail?! ahah x

    • Taylor Deer on November 8, 2019 at 9:19 pm

      Haha yes, I’ve eaten out a lot over the years. I’m such a foodie and enjoy tasing local cuisine when I travel too. 🙂 Also yes, that wasn’t from a local restaurant though, it was actually from a maple bacon spot in Montreal. So yummy!

  2. World of Lina on November 9, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Omg wow!!!
    So many and I bet you chose only the best ones. Would love to try some, especially the vegetarian/vegan ones of course ☺️

    • Taylor Deer on November 11, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Yes, we have a lot of great foodie options here in New Jersey. If you ever come to the NYC area, I will have to take you to some of them! 🙂

  3. Kim Deer on November 27, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Alot of great places mentioned in this blog! I have been to several of them and I have to agree with you~ amazing food! Now I am starving ~ where should we go eat tonight? Love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on November 28, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Yes, they sure are great spots! Love you too! <3

  4. Jennifer Nicol Colwell on September 23, 2020 at 5:36 am

    Thanks for this helpful info. I’m making a plan to go tour to your city as I feel so much bore in this lock down.
    However, I am a foodie and love to taste french foods and recipes. But I was confused on which restaurant I should go when I visit North Jersey.
    Thankfully, now I have a handful of options. Thanks for sharing this indepth info.
    One question- is there any restriction to visit your country due to Covid-19? Are the restaurants open?
    Waiting for your response…

    • Taylor Deer on September 24, 2020 at 1:01 am

      You’re welcome Jennifer! That is awesome you are looking to explore New Jersey. It is a great state! Also, I am unsure of what the current situation is between the U.S. and Canada, but I would personally wait to visit here until borders are completely open and you don’t need to quarantine. All of our restaurants in New Jersey are open for both indoor and outdoor dining, but indoor dining has limited capacity. Everything is amazing here though and you will not be disappointed with what you get to eat when you eventually make your way here. 🙂

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