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.
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
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!