Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > New Jersey >
Aug 11, 2010 07:59 PM

Any Balkan restaurants / food stores / cafes in North Jersey?

Hello, I am moving to Montclair from Queens and I am already missing the eclectic Balkan cafes and food from there. Does anyone know of any such place in North Jersey? I heard of Djerdan in Clifton but from their website it mostly seem like a takeout place. I can find the occasional Greek place...I am more interested in Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Bosnian, Romanian, even Russian etc. Also, delis and food stores that carry South European food.

Thank you in advance for any information.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I remember reading an article in the Bergen Record about an area around Botany Village in Clifton that served up Bulgarian food, specifically boreks. Did a search on the internet, but could not find it. Good luck and please post your findings!

    1. If there were a Cevabdzinica Sarajevo in NJ, I would go once a week. As it is, I have to travel to Queens to get my fix. There is a place in Linden called Abigail's that mixes Portuguese and Polish food fairly well.

      1. Not much available in North Jersey - not a destination for these populations - your best bet is to go pan-Eastern European and take what you can get.

        You can get some essentials, like smoked kielbasas and good hams/cold cuts, at Kochers in Southern Bergen County (Route 63), and especially at Pulaski Meat Market in Linden (down near where 95/Garden State Pkwy/1 & 9 all come together, southern tip of Staten Island). Pulaski is the sine qua non of proper European deli options in North Jersey, as far as I can tell.

        Cevapcici available at a Macedonian butcher store in downtown Hoboken, near Willow & Newark (forgot the name).

        Better option is to go to Polish places for the smoked meats and cold cuts, and go to a Turkish place to find stuff that tends toward the Mediterranean.

        Of anywhere I've been in the 7 years that I've lived in this area, Pulaski in Linden is your best bet.

        634 Bergen Blvd, Ridgefield, NJ 07657

        1. Your definition of north Jersey probably differs from mine but if you're willing to drive south from Montclair there are a couple of places you may want to check out. The first is the Underground Restaurant in Princeton which serves several Bulgarian dishes.

          The second is Shirin in Manalapan, a Russian restaurant that has received numerous rave reviews on this board.

          If you discover any other places, please let us know!

          1 Reply
          1. re: ambrose

            The Underground Restaurant in Princeton closed a couple of years ago.

          2. There are 2 places you should try in North Jersey.
            The first is Biser Shop Express in Garfield, and Eterna Tea and Coffee Crooks Ave. Patterson/Clifton border, both are Macedonian, but have a lot of stuff including cooked food. I don't know exactly what you're looking for, but I think you should check them out