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Top Restaurants in NJ According to NJ Residents and Four of them are in Morristown

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Voting for NJ Monthly's 38th Annual Jersey Choice Restaurant poll took place during February after most restaurants in New Jersey had been back up and running for six months post-COVID restrictions. NJ Monthly held the poll where readers could vote in 45 categories for the best restaurant in their region: north, central, or south Jersey.

Of the North Jersey results, four categories (Soup, salad, sandwich; Southern soul food; Steak; and Wine List) were won by restaurants in Morristown. Many of the other North Jersey winners are located in Morris County, like Arthur's Tavern in Morris Plains which won the North Jersey category for best Burger.

The north Jersey results are as follows:

Best of the Best

Lorena’s · Maplewood (North Jersey)

Best New Restaurant

Chutzpah Kitchen · Maplewood (North Jersey)

American | New American

Ariane Kitchen & Bar (now closed) · Verona (North Jersey)

Asian Fusion

Ani Ramen · Montclair (North Jersey)


Hot Bagels Abroad · Bloomfield, Clifton, Montclair, South Orange (North Jersey)


Calandra’s · Caldwell, Fairfield, Newark (North Jersey)

Bang for the Buck

Anthony’s Cheesecake · Bloomfield (North Jersey)

Bar Scene

Ariane Kitchen & Bar (now closed) · Verona (North Jersey)


Mighty Quinn’s · Clifton (North Jersey)

Beer Selection

Cloverleaf Tavern · Caldwell (North Jersey)


Turning Point · Multiple locations (North Jersey)


Trap Rock · Berkeley Heights (North Jersey)


Turning Point · Multiple locations (North Jersey)


Arthur’s Tavern · Morris Plains (North Jersey)


Calandra’s · Caldwell (North Jersey)

Chain Restaurant

Cheesecake Factory (North Jersey)


Hunan Taste · Denville (North Jersey)

Coffee | Tea Bar

Bluestone Coffee · Montclair (North Jersey)

Deli (Italian-Style)

Calandra’s · Caldwell (North Jersey)

Deli (Kosher-Style)

Eppes Essen Deli · Livingston (North Jersey)


Calandra’s · Caldwell (North Jersey)


Prestige Diner · New Providence (North Jersey)


Faubourg · Montclair (North Jersey)

German | Austro-Hungarian

Black Forest Inn Stanhope (North Jersey)


Stamna Taverna · Bloomfield, Little Falls (North Jersey)

Hot Dog

Rutt’s Hut · Clifton (North Jersey)

Ice Cream

Applegate Farm · Montclair (North Jersey)


Brick Lane Curry House · Montclair (North Jersey)


Gourmet Cafe · Parsippany (North Jersey)


Ani Ramen · Multiple locations (North Jersey)

Latin American | Caribbean

Cuban Pete’s · Montclair (North Jersey)


Calandra’s Il Vecchio Cafe · Caldwell (North Jersey)


Casa Maya · Gillette (North Jersey)

Middle Eastern | Turkish

Chutzpah Kitchen · Maplewood (North Jersey)


Star Tavern · Orange (North Jersey)


Faubourg · Montclair (North Jersey)


H2Ocean · Cedar Knolls (North Jersey)

Soup | Salad | Sandwich

Millburn Deli · Millburn, Montclair, Morristown (North Jersey)

Southeast Asian | Thai

A Taste of Asia · Chatham (North Jersey)

Southern | Soul Food

Sandi’s Soul Food · Morristown (North Jersey)

Spanish | Portuguese

Don Pepe’s · Newark (North Jersey)


Roots Steakhouse · Morristown, Princeton, Ridgewood, Summit (North Jersey)


Veggie Heaven · Denville, Montclair, Teaneck (North Jersey)

Wine List

Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen · Morristown (North Jersey)

Calandra's in Caldwell was a big winner from the Jersey Choice Restaurant vote coming away with five category wins in Best Bakery, Caterer, Deli, Desserts, and Lunch. Caldwell and Montclair were popular locations for many of the best restaurant category "wins" in North Jersey with Montclair claiming eleven spots in the best restaurant category and Caldwell seven.

The consensus of the polls seems to indicate that the best restaurants in northern New Jersey are most common in Morris County. Which is great news for the people that live here and love to eat out, but bad news for the wait times at some of these restaurants now that COVID restrictions have loosened up.

Do you agree with the North Jersey results?

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