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Top 50 places to eat in North Jersey

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As we say goodbye to another year, it’s time to look back on our most memorable meals. Yelp data scientists searched Morris, Essex, Bergen, Hudson, Warren, Union, Sussex and Passaic county and compiled this list of the Top 50 places to eat in North Jersey in 2021. While all areas are represented, more than one third of the list is made up of Bergen County eateries! 

Some restaurants have been staples for years while others are new to the scene. Twelve of the fifty mentioned businesses only just opened their doors in 2021. Hot chicken was incredibly popular this past year and several spots are serving up sizzling sandwiches. 

North Jersey’s dining scene is as diverse as it is delicious. From Burmese noodles to juicy burgers and soup dumplings to gyros, there is no shortage of variety. There is something to satisfy every palette as well as every budget. Make a reservation on Yelp for an exclusive sushi tasting experience at Sushi By Bou or grab a breakfast sandwich from Foodies Diner (it is Jersey, after all). No matter your preference, we can all agree that there has never been a better time to support local restaurants. 

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Methodology: This is a list of the top places to eat in North Jersey. We identified the top places to eat in the restaurant category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews between January 1, 2021 and November 30, 2021. This list looked at the top places in Morris, Essex, Bergen, Hudson, Warren, Union, Sussex and Passaic county. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of November 2021. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of November 2021.

Photos by Alexandra L, Betty S and Kristin F on Yelp
  1. Amayar Kitchen — Maywood

2. Japino Restaurant — Fair Lawn

3. Saigon Subs & Café — Morristown

4. Foodies — South Hackensack

5. Gub Khao Thai — Paterson

6. Bibillia — Ridgewood

7. Ambeli Greek Taverna — Cranford

8. Wasai Bistro — Cranford

9. CM Chicken — Montclair

10. Marty’s — Fort Lee

Photos by Nirvana Indian Kitchen, Jura K and Jenna P via Yelp

11. Jessica’s Cafe — Plainfield

12. Nirvana Indian Kitchen — Allendale

13. Emma Bistro — Edgewater

14. Sushi Aoki — Fort Lee

15. Pinwheel Garden Dumpling & Noodle Bar — Jersey City

16. Pho Ninh Kieu — Parsippany

17. Sushi By Bou — Jersey City

18. Soup Dumpling Plus — Fort Lee

19. &Grain — Garwood

Photos by Ahmed M, Victoria K and Suzette G via Yelp

20. ICCA Sushi — Ridgefield Park

21. Missy’s Main Street Cafe — Rockaway

22. Mehndi — Morristown

23. Namkeen — Chatham

24. Cafe Alyce — Jersey City

25. Tabla Fine Indian Cuisine — Ridgewood

26. Epochi Asian Fusion — Pompton Lakes

27. The Corner — Montclair

28. Aurora Ristorante — Clifton

29. Palato Caffe & Cucina — Montclair

Photos by Kay K, Selena Y and Christine G via Yelp

30. The House of Hot Chicken — Jersey City

31. Bloom — Verona

32. Kebab Paradise — Lake Hiawatha

33. Tino’s Artisan Pizza — Jersey City

34. Blue Steel Pizza — Bloomfield

35. Blue Spice Kitchen — Hamburg

36. Old Shanghai Soup Dumpling — Palisades Park

37. Cha Cha Cha Cuban — Kenilworth

38. Downtown Dhaba — Westwood

39. Underdog Hot Chicken — Fort Lee

Photos by Alina M, Abe C and Dustin C via Yelp

40. Andrea Salumeria — Jersey City

41. Good Mojo — East Hanover

42. Sam AM — Jersey City

43. Hankki — Haworth

44. ShabuRo — Palisades Park

45. Steve’s Burgers — North Bergen

46. Nizi Sushi — East Rutherford

47. Savini Restaurant — Allendale

48. Dup Bap — West Caldwell

49. Gyro Grill — Wayne

50. Sparta Taverna — Woodridge

As businesses continue to update their hours and information in this ever-changing time, be sure to double-check their Yelp page before visiting. Want to have this list of 50 hidden gems in your back pocket? Download the Yelp app and follow our Collection of Top 50 Places to Eat in North Jersey.