Many of these establishments offer menus that celebrate New Jersey’s seasonal bounty. Visit their websites for menus and reservation information.
DINING GUIDE BY REGION
(Restaurant names are color-keyed to their regional location on the map below)
100 STEPS, Cranford
A TOUTE HEURE, Cranford
ALICE’S, Lake Hopatcong
BATTELLO, Jersey City
HARVEST RESTAURANTS, various
HUNTLEY TAVERNE, Summit
HO-HO-KUS INN & TAVERN, Ho-Ho-Kus
JOCKEY HOLLOW BAR & KITCHEN, Morristown
LIGHT HORSE TAVERN, Jersey City
RAZZA, Jersey City
SPUNTINO WINE BAR, Clifton
ST. EVE’S, Ho-Ho-Kus
ST. JAMES GATE, Maplewood
TRAP ROCK BREWERY, Berkeley Heights
WASHINGTON ST. BISTRO, Morristown
THE WINDLASS, Lake Hopactong
BENNY’S FATTORIA, Belmar
BRICK FARM TAVERN, Hopewell
THE BERNARDS INN, Bernardsville
EMILY’S CAFÉ AND CATERING, Pennington
THE FROG AND THE PEACH, New Brunswick
GLADSTONE TAVERN, Gladstone
LOVIN’ OVEN, Frenchtown
MARILYN SCHLOSSBACH GROUP, various
MARKET ROOST, Flemington
MATT’S RED ROOSTER GRILL, Flemington
MILFORD OYSTER HOUSE, Milford
THE NATIONAL HOTEL, Frenchtown
SEASONS 52, Bridgewater, Edison, Princeton,
THE SERGEANTSVILLE INN, Sergeantsville
STAGE LEFT, New Brunswick
SWEET GRASS GRILL, Hopewell
TALULA’S, Asbury Park
WHOLE EARTH CAFÉ, Princeton
410 BANK STREET, Cape May
THE BLUE PIG, Cape May
THE EBBITT ROOM, Cape May
FARM & FISHERMAN, Cherry Hill
FIN, Atlantic City
ISLAND GRILL, Cape May
ROBIN’S NEST, Mt. Holly
SEASON 52, Cherry Hill
KUZINA BY SOFIA, Cherry Hill
Over the Border, PA:
GOLDEN PHEASANT INN, Erwinna
The restaurants on these pages place a dedicated emphasis on using local, seasonal ingredients in their menus throughout the year, creating a distinctly Garden State dining experience.
215 Centennial Avenue, Cranford
Since opening its doors in 2014, 100 Steps Supper Club + Raw Bar has been a great addition to the local dining scene. Whether feasting on freshly shucked oysters at one of the bar seats, or indulging in small plates from Executive Chef Kara Decker, you’ll enjoy the freshest local seafood and items around!
410 BANK STREET RESTAURANT
410 Bank Street, Cape May
410 Bank Street, in historic Cape May, is well known for its prime steaks, trawler-to-table seafood and unrivaled sauces. Aromas of award-winning French New Orleans Cuisine will lead you to the restaurant’s vine covered slate path and welcome you to dine in their 1840’s carriage house. (Open May-October)
A TOUTE HEURE
232 Centennial Avenue, Cranford
A Toute Heure is well known for its dedication to local sourcing, seasonal cooking, and support of the local farming community. This year, ATH celebrates 8 years, with Executive Chef Robyn Reiss at the helm, continuing its traditions with a monthly changing menu that embraces all that the greater NJ area has to offer.
Eleven Witherspoon Street, Princeton
Agricola is a community eatery where old and new friends gather over a carefully crafted meal. Using local ingredients from its own Great Road Farm, the restaurant serves food that brings people together to laugh, share and celebrate. With 160 seats and a lively bar, Agricola serves lunch, weekend brunch and dinner.
24 Nolans Point Park Road, Lake Hopatcong
Guests flock to Alice’s to enjoy an incomparable view of Lake Hopatcong and delicious seasonal cuisine presented by executive chef David Drake. Alice’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an ambience that consists of a rustic yet refined dining room, a large open deck and a sophisticated party room.
502 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City
Nestled within Jersey City’s prestigious Newport Yacht Club & Marina, Battello promises guests an unforgettable culinary experience featuring breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, an award-winning wine list, innovative cocktails and a contemporary Italian-based, seafood influenced menu designed by one of New Jersey’s top culinary masters, Chef Ryan DePersio.
801 Main Street, Belmar
Proprietor Biagio Schiano goes home to Naples several times a year to import goods for his restaurants. He has an enduring relationship with the farmers and craftsmen from his homeland, as well as the Garden State, who provide a host of authentic ingredients and the kitchen’s centerpiece, a classic Neapolitan wood fired oven.
THE BERNARDS INN
27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville
From their garden to your plate, enjoy acclaimed cuisine designed around the freshest seasonal ingredients at NJ’s only four-star restaurant and Inn. Dine al fresco on the Terrace and experience the innovative American cuisine of Chef Corey Heyer. Award-winning wine list with more than 1,500 selections. Casual dining in The Library Bar and on Terrace.
THE BLUE PIG TAVERN
200 Congress Place, Cape May
Located within the legendary Congress Hall, The Blue Pig Tavern is the ideal location to enjoy casual, light American fare. From omelets to crab cakes, each dish incorporates the fresh seasonal ingredients of nearby Beach Plum Farm. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, served daily. Al fresco dining seaside, weather permitting.
BRICK FARM TAVERN
4130 Hopewell-Rocky Hill Road, Hopewell
This contemporary farm-to-table dining destination, focusing on meat and produce from their own and neighboring farms, features a unique ingredient-driven menu of Chef Greg Vassos.
400 W Route 38, Moorestown
Distrito embraces a cool celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, serving shareable plates and contemporary interpretations of regional Mexican favorites. With over 100 varieties of tequila, their margarita bar offers an exciting array of fresh fruit margaritas and features classic cocktails with a twist.
DOUGH ARTISAN PIZZERIA
437 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell
With a deeply rooted passion for hand-crafted cuisine and a commitment to sustainability, Dough’s farm-to-table philosophy means sourcing the finest and freshest local ingredient to provide patrons with an authentic dining experience. Their approach to food is simple: fresh ingredients, best techniques and a focus on the smallest details.
THE EBBIT ROOM
25 Jackson Street, Cape May
The Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel, in the heart of Cape May’s historic district, offers one of the area’s favorite dining experiences. With a dedicated farm-to-table philosophy, the Ebbitt Room uses the freshest ingredients from the property’s nearby 62-acre Beach Plum Farm to craft classic American cuisine, complemented by the restaurant’s sophisticated, yet casual, vibe.
EMILY’S CAFÉ AND CATERING
9 North Main Street, Pennington
Emily’s Cafe and Catering is happy that with the arrival of spring comes the delicious opportunity to feature wonderful local organic ingredients. Visit during Eat, Drink Local Week and enjoy soups, salads, and specials that include produce from local NJ farms. And, have Emily’s prepare local, seasonal fare for your catered event or wedding!
THE FARM AND FISHERMAN
1442 Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill
The second iteration of Chef/Owner Josh and Colleen Lawler’s popular BYOB in Philadelphia, this establishment pairs preparations of regional produce and proteins with carefully-selected wine, spirits, and local drafts in a comfortable, family friendly, tavern environment. The attached market offers house-made or locally-sourced products including meat, cheese, baked goods, coffee, wine and beer.
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City
Every day is “EAT DRINK LOCAL” with FIN’s exciting seasonal menus that feature the freshest, highest-quality ingredients from New Jersey fishermen, farmers and wineries. An outstanding dining experience, along with outdoor, oceanfront seating and unobstructed ocean views from every table, make FIN a must try. Open Wednesday – Sunday at 5pm.
THE FROG AND THE PEACH
29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick
With its commitment to locally sourced ingredients, The Frog has elevated contemporary fine dining in New Jersey for over three decades. Under the direction of chef/proprietor Bruce Lefebvre, this tradition of outstanding food and authentic, informed service continues. Visit their website for Eat Drink Local offers and menus.
273 Main Street, Gladstone
Chef/owner Tom Carlin is passionate about his restaurant. He makes good use of his establishment’s proximity to local farms, visiting nearby growers weekly during the season to inspect what is available. His cooking style lets ingredients shine and preparations are straight forward and accessible. The tavern’s popularity reflects the fact that Carlin knows his audience.
GOLDEN PHEASANT INN
763 River Road (Route 32), Erwinna, PA
This beautifully restored historic Inn nestled along the Delaware River in Bucks County, PA is perfect for a relaxed country meal, weekend getaway or a glass of wine on their outdoor terrace. Featuring a seasonal menu that reflects their culinary philosophy of serving fresh, sustainably produced food. Voted “Best Ambiance” and “Most Romantic” on OpenTable.
Harvest Restaurants’ unique properties offer seasonal menus showcasing local ingredients, award-winning wine lists, craft brews, and artfully designed interiors. 3 West and Urban Table (Basking Ridge), Grato and Tabor Tavern (Morris Plains), Huntley Taverne (Summit), Roots Steakhouse (Summit, Morristown, and now in Ridgewood), Trap Rock Restaurant and Brewery (Berkley Heights), Urban Table (Morristown).
HO-HO-KUS IN & TAVERN
One East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus
The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern is a newly renovated historic gem in the heart of Bergen County. Chef Gregory Torrech has created a seasonal New American menu of favorites to make your mouth water from local purveyors and farmers. Enjoy the outdoors of spring and summer on our bluestone patio.
3 Morris Avenue, Summit
Huntley Taverne has dedicated itself to the Eat Local philosophy by crafting its daily written menu to directly reflect what our fields, ranches, waters and artisans provide for us to enjoy sustainably. You will find an inspired representation of casually elegant and simply flavorful cuisine presented in a comfortable yet dynamic atmosphere.
311 Mansion Street, Cape May
Island Grill is a quaint BYOB located in the heart of Cape May’s Historical District. Owner Carol Herforth and Chef Joshua Day are always searching for local and sustainable ingredients that showcase the Tri-State area’s bounty. Island Grill offers a market driven menu, in a comfortable, warm setting complimented by professional, friendly service.
JOCKEY HOLLOW BAR & KITCHEN
110 South Street, Morristown
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen is Chris Cannon’s reinvention of the historic Vail Mansion in Morristown. Inspired seasonal cuisine is offered in The Vail Bar, The Oyster Bar, The Dining Room, and The Rathskeller. For more information on their menu and impressive venue, visit the website. Open Tuesday thru Sunday.
KROGH’S RESTAURANT & BREW PUB
23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta
Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. The restaurant has a new and improved menu with something for everyone, as well as their own brewery on premise. Krogh’s offers six flagship handcrafts, a rotating seasonal and cask conditioned ales, plus their full service bar.
KUZINA BY SOFIA
404 Route 70 W (Sawmill Village), Cherry Hill
This Zagat-rated, 49-seat BYOB restaurant and caterer is known for its authentic Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine. Experience how Chef/Owner Sofia Karakasidou, who learned at the hand of relatives in her hometown of Thessaloniki, Greece, can turn the finest, freshest, local ingredients into healthful cuisine and warm hospitality.
LIGHT HORSE TAVERN
199 Washington Street, Jersey City
This renowned establishment is a well-recognized leader of Jersey City’s restaurant renaissance. Enjoy sumptuous heirloom pork, seafood and tavern classics crafted from the freshest ingredients, including an outstanding raw bar. Lunch and dinner served in a beautiful atmosphere of brick and plank complemented by a spectacular mahogany bar. Al fresco dining offered, weather permitting.
62A Trenton Avenue (Route 29), Frenchtown
The Lovin’ Oven has gained a loyal following thanks to their madefrom- scratch baked goods and a dining menu that showcases fresh, seasonal, locally grown foods. With easy access to the towpath of the Delaware and Raritan Canal and a charming sophistication enhanced by furnishings made from reclaimed fishing boats, the restaurant is an ideal destination.
MARILYN SCHLOSSBACH GROUP
Marilyn Schlossbach’s eclectic cuisine is inspired by her love of exotic locales and global fare. Always mindful of the environment and her community, her dining locales and catering services, grouped together under the Marilyn Schlossbach Group umbrella and rooted in sustainability and philanthropy, include Langosta Lounge and Labrador Lounge.
MARKET ROOST CATERING, RESTAURANT & BAKERY
65 Main Street, Flemington
Since its creation in 1981 by chef and CIA graduate Norman Todd and pastry chef, food stylist, event planner Carol Todd, Market Roost has been a true foodie destination, offering fresh, innovative foods with depth in flavor, incorporating locally grown. Serving 10am–5pm, Weds. – Sun., special Sunday brunch menu. Also: prepared foods, catering, extensive in-house bakery.
MATT’S RED ROOSTER GRILL
22 Bloomfield Avenue, Flemington
Renowned Chef/Owner Matt McPherson stays true to his New Jersey roots, integrating the freshest locally grown and harvested ingredients into his unique dishes. Located in a restored Victorian home in the heart of downtown Flemington, Matt’s BYOB restaurant also offers catering and hosts monthly special events.
MILFORD OYSTER HOUSE
92 Water Street, Milford
Named best seafood restaurant in New Jersey in the 2015/16 Zagat’s survey, the Milford Oyster House showcases fresh, local ingredients from Hunterdon County’s verdant fields. Chef Ed Coss cooks in an assured New American style, innovative and unpretentious. Enjoy dinner in their historic dining room or more casual tavern room.
66 Witherspoon Street, Princeton
Located in the heart of downtown Princeton, Mistral offers a stunning mix of taste, style and atmosphere. James Beard-nominated Chefs Scott Anderson and Ben Nerenhausen place a superlative emphasis on fresh ingredients, creating a variety of culturally influenced, inventive small plates for guests to savor and share.
THE NATIONAL HOTEL
31 Race Street, Frenchtown
Committed to supporting local farmers, The National Hotel’s menu changes seasonally and showcases the freshest ingredients to ensure quality dining choices, complemented by distinct wine choices, signature drinks, weekly entertainment, and friendly, attentive staff. The renovated historic building, originally built in 1833, also features guest suites, and a cellar tavern for a more relaxed dining experience.
RAZZA PIZZA ARTIGIANALE
275 Grove Street, Jersey City
A celebration of uniqueness, purity and individuality. With the spirit of Italian authenticity and a commitment to American ingredients, the artisans at this new eatery craft each pizza by hand and with care. Each ingredient is sourced with a straightforward honesty that they are sure you’ll see and savor.
ROBIN’S NEST RESTAURANT
2 Washington Street, Mill Race Village, Mount Holly
The Robin’s Nest is an independent eco-friendly restaurant devoted to customer service. Their menu offers an eclectic mix of favorites with a French American flair using the best available ingredients from local farms, featuring many vegetarian and gluten free dishes. The outdoor waterside patio often offers live music and is always dog friendly.
611 North Maple Avenue, Ho-Ho-Kus
Chef Steven Christianson is passionately committed to using only the freshest organic and, when possible, locally sourced ingredients. Now offering a 3-course prix fixe menu Tuesday through Thursday for $35.00 per person. Enjoy artfully prepared meat, fish and vegetarian selections to pastas made in house—all served in an inviting, artistically designed atmosphere.
ST. JAMES GATE PUB
167 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood
Since opening in 2003, this establishment has provided the community with comfort food, a welcoming fireplace, Irish music and, always, a smile. Enjoy classic Irish fare such as shepherd’s pie, whiskey roasted chicken, and bangers and mash, along with pubstyle burgers and sandwiches, all crafted using fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Newest location: 410 Commons Way, Bridgewater
Also: Princeton, Edison and Cherry Hill
Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that invites guests to discover what’s good now through seasonally inspired cooking. Enjoy a selection of carefully curated wines, with more than 52 available by the glass, or a seasonal selection of signature handcrafted cocktails, all served in a casually sophisticated atmosphere.
THE SERGEANTSVILE INN
601 Rosemont Ringoes Road, Sergeantsville
The Sergeantsville Inn is now undergoing restoration construction. Offering the finest ingredients in a historic, romantic atmosphere, the Inn continues its quest for intimate dining at its best. Every dish is created with the highest quality hormone- and antibiotic-free ingredients. Please check website and FB page for updates. Re-opening anticipated in January 2016.
SPUNTINO WINE BAR & ITALIAN TAPAS
70 Kingsland Road, Clifton
Giving a modern twist to Italian classics, Spuntino (which means “snack” in Italian) combines the genuine energy and passion of an authentic enoteca with the cool vibe and excitement of a bistro. Enjoy a culinary adventure of fresh combinations complemented by over 150 world class wines with more than 50 by the glass.
5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick
Stage Left (est. 1992) has been a pioneer in sustainable and seasonal dining for a generation. A friendly, knowledgeable staff delivers extraordinary service in its elegant dining rooms and comfortable local bar room. Look for locally sourced zucchini blossoms, goat cheese, strawberries and, of course, Cape May scallops on their menu this summer.
9B East Broad Street, Hopewell
Located in the heart of Hopewell Valley, SweetGrass is the perfect stage for bold American cuisine, with a seasonal menu that in subtle ways pays homage to Chef Sarah Gresko’s culinary beginnings in Charleston. With indoor and outdoor seating, the warm and tastefully designed space is perfect for food artistry.
550 Cookman Avenue #108, Asbury Park
A husband and wife-owned sourdough pizza restaurant, bakery and bar, Talula’s is a place built by and for the community, to gather around freshly baked bread, hand crafted pizzas and locally sourced fresh ingredients for warmth, comfort and sustenance. Talula’s serves every day, deceptively simple food, all made from scratch with love and care.
TRAP ROCK BREWERY
279 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights
Trap Rock Brewery believes in an Eat Local approach to regional American gastropub fare. Artisanal craft brews, craft food and a contagious positive spirit define this eatery’s field to plate approach. Enjoy artisanal brews and daily menus aimed to support putting “the garden back in the Garden State”.
9 Mt Bethel Road, Warren
A step above your modern day American Bar & Restaurant, Uproot is where casual family dining and a relaxing night out with friends seamlessly meet. Their menu is a collection of food inspiration: local ingredients, classic techniques, handmade components, childhood standards and modern international cuisine. (Visit Mark Daniel Hospitality’s newest location, Ingredient N Craft in New Brunswick.)
WASHINGTON ST. BISTRO
23 Washington Street, Morristown
This popular destination in Morristown features seasonal menus that take their inspiration from the original farm to table pioneers, our founding fathers. In what has been described as “Inspired Colonial Fare”, the bistro offers locally sourced meats, seafood, cheeses, and produce, which include gluten free and vegetarian choices as well.
WHOLE EARTH CAFÉ
360 Nassau Street, Princeton
The Whole Earth Café is Princeton’s gathering place for environmental activists and real food fans. Offering a full range of vegetarian dishes—from house made soups to salads to sandwiches to hot entrees—the Café sources much of their produce from NJ and PA farmers.
WINBERIE’S RESTAURANT AND BAR
2 Kent Place, Summit
A Traditional American restaurant located in the historic Summit Opera House and fronted by a charming patio, Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar offers freshly prepared “comfort” food. Eat, Drink, Dine with us, and enjoy local craft brewery beer pairings with specialty menu selections utilizing local, farm fresh ingredients. Join us Father’s Day – Brunch or Dinner Buffet.
THE WINDLASS RESTAURANT
45 Nolan’s Point Park Road, Lake Hopatcong
A new and true Lake Hopatcong experience! The “Antique Boat” bar, airy dining areas and porch enhance a menu showcasing hand selected ingredients crafted in a state-of-the-art kitchen featuring a wood-burning pizza oven and Tuscan grill. Authentic Italian, Italian American and Sushi thoughtfully paired with wines and mixology creations.
Wineries, craft brewers and artisanal spirit distillers are energizing the culinary scene in New Jersey and the surrounding region with flavors crafted from locally grown ingredients. Here are just a few of the brands to ask for at restaurants and wine shops—or visit their own locations to taste and tour.
269 Rt. 627, Village of Finesville, Milford
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, NY
FLYING FISH BREWING CO.
900 Kennedy Boulevard, Somerdale
GARDEN STATE WINE GROWERS ASSOCIATION
HAWK HAVEN VINEYARD & WINERY
600 South Railroad Avenue, Rio Grande
HOPEWELL VALLEY VINEYARDS
46 Yard Road, Pennington
SHAWANGUNK WINE TRAIL
Hudson Valley, NY
SOUTH JERSEY WINE TRAIL
TERHUNE ORCHARDS VINEYARD & WINERY
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton