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POLL RESULTS: Top NJ Restaurants of 2010

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The results are in!

We had 29 Chowhounders submitting their votes for 188 Chowplaces in NJ over a two week polling period. See: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753090

Detailed results follow below.

Borrowing from the ninth annual running of the L.A. Chowhound poll, the concept here is simple: everyone was asked to list, in ranked order, your top restaurants in New Jersey that you would recommend to Chowhound friends or to Chowhound visitors from out-of-state. Since, at its most essential, this forum is about the food, your ranking should be based 75% on food and 25% on everything else.

Observations:
• 88 restaurants received votes from 29 voters in the “Over $25” category
• 103 restaurants received votes from 28 voters in the “$25 and Under” category
• 3 restaurants appear in both categories: Dish, Red Bank; Under the Moon, Bordentown; Yumi, Sea Bright.
• 9 restaurants received votes from 4 or more voters: Lorena’s, Maplewood [7]; Nicholas, Red Bank [6]; Kanji, Tinton Falls [6]; Bay Ave. Trattoria, Highlands [5]; Belford Bistro, Belford [5]; De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies, multiple locations [5]; Blue Bottle Café, Hopewell [4]; North of the Border, Red Bank [4]; Nemo, Keyport [4].

Notes
• Data normalization (getting names and towns exactly the same so the spreadsheet could consolidate and count votes) took quite a bit of manual effort. In particular, I exercised some executive judgment to combine various versions of “De Lorenzo’s” to mean “De Lorenzo’s Tomato Pies” specifically. Sorry if that was not your intent.

Well, this is the first time I’ve done this, and hopefully my various copying & pasting and spreadsheet references are correct! Below are the complete tallies, first in the “Over $25” category and then in the “$25 and Under” category.

Best wishes to all for great chow in 2011!

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RESULTS: Over $25

The number after the colon is the total points received.

The first number in square brackets is the number of voters.
The number after the slash is the number of voters, if any, who ranked it their top choice.

So for example, Lorena’s received a total of 29 points from 7 voters, 4 of whom ranked it their top choice (five points) in the category.

* Asterisks indicate restaurants that were cited in both polls.

1. Lorena's, Maplewood: 29 [7/4
]2. Nicholas, Red Bank: 24 [6/2]
3. Blue Bottle Cafe, Hopewell: 16 [4/0]
4. Belford Bistro, Belford: 15 [5/1]
5. AMA Ristorante Tuscana, Atlantic Highlands: 14 [3/2]
-. Blu, Montclair: 14 [3/2]
7. Bay Ave. Trattoria, Highlands: 10 [5/0]
8. Serenade, Chatham: 9 [2/1]
-. The Bernards Inn, Bernardsville: 9 [2/1]
-. Elements, Princeton: 9 [3/0]
11. Bistro 44, Toms River: 7 [3/1]
-. Blackbird Dining Establishment, Collingswood: 7 [2/1]
-. Nisi Estiatorio, Englewood: 7 [2/1]
-. A Toute Heure, Cranford: 7 [2/0]
-. Blue Point Grill, Princeton: 7 [2/0]
-. CulinAriane, Montclair: 7 [3/0]
17. Dish*, Red Bank: 6 [2/0]
18. Due Mari, New Brunswick: 5 [1/1]
-. Eno Terra, Kingston: 5 [1/1]
-. Luigi's, East Hanover: 5 [1/1]
-. One 53, Rocky Hill: 5 [1/1]
-. Sabor Peru, Rutherford: 5 [1/1]
-. Tabor Road Tavern, Morris Plains: 5 [1/1]
-. Taverna Mykonos, Elmwood Park: 5 [1/1]
-. The Orange Squirrel, Bloomfield: 5 [1/1]
-. Union Park Dining Room, Cape May: 5 [1/1]
-. Yumi*, Sea Bright: 5 [2/0]
-. Fernandes Steak House, Newark: 5 [2/0]
-. Varka Estiatorio, Ramsey: 5 [2/0]
30. Andre's Restaurant & Wine Boutique, Newton: 4 [1/0]
-. AXIA Taverna, Tenafly: 4 [1/0]
-. David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson: 4 [1/0]
-. Grato, Morris Plains: 4 [1/0]
-. Mantra, Paramus: 4 [1/0]
-. Piccolo Italia, Ocean: 4 [1/0]
-. Solar do Minho, Belleville: 4 [1/0]
-. Taka, Asbury Park: 4 [1/0]
-. The Frog and the Peach, New Brunswick: 4 [1/0]
-. Brothers Moon, Hopewell: 4 [2/0]
-. Rat's, Hamilton: 4 [2/0]
-. The River Palm Terrace, multiple locations: 4 [3/0]
42. Boulevard Five72, Kenilworth: 3 [1/0]
-. Copper Canyon, Atlantic Highlands: 3 [1/0]
-. Daniel's Bistro, Point Pleasant Beach: 3 [1/0]
-. Due Terre, Bernardsvile: 3 [1/0]
-. Fascino, Montclair: 3 [1/0]
-. Moonstruck, Asbury Park: 3 [1/0]
-. Pazzo Pazzo, Morristown: 3 [1/0]
-. Picnic, The Restaurant, Fair Lawn: 3 [1/0]
-. Robongi, Hoboken: 3 [1/0]
-. Samdan, Cresskill: 3 [1/0]
-. Seabra's Marisqueira, Newark: 3 [1/0]
-. Shipwreck Grill, Brielle: 3 [1/0]
-. Shumi, Somerville: 3 [2/0]
-. The Peacock Inn, Princeton: 3 [1/0]
-. The Saddle River Inn, Saddle River: 3 [1/0]
57. Aozora, Montclair: 2 [1/0]
-. Bennies, Englewood: 2 [1/0]
-. Bistro 55, Rochelle Park: 2 [1/0]
-. Bloomfield Steak and Seafood, Bloomfield: 2 [1/0]
-. Cafe Matisse, Rutherford: 2 [1/0]
-. Cafe Panache, Ramsey: 2 [2/0]
-. Chez Catherine, Westfield: 2 [1/0]
-. Copeland, Morristown: 2 [1/0]
-. Doris and Ed's, Highlands: 2 [1/0]
-. Farm 2 Bistro, Rockaway: 2 [1/0]
-. Highlawn Pavillion, West Orange: 2 [1/0]
-. KC Prime, Lawrenceville: 2 [1/0]
-. Le Fandy, Fair Haven: 2 [1/0]
-. Matt's Red Rooster Grill, Flemington: 2 [1/0]
-. Ninety Acres, Peapack: 2 [2/0]
-. No. 9, Lambertville : 2 [1/0]
-. RoCCA, Glen Rock: 2 [1/0]
-. The Ebbitt Room, Cape May: 2 [1/0]
-. Tre Piani, Princeton: 2 [1/0]
-. Under the Moon*, Bordentown: 2 [1/0]
-. Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Atlantic City: 2 [1/0]
78. Atlantic Bar & Grill, South Seaside Park: 1 [1/0]
-. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Atlantic City: 1 [1/0]
-. Dock's Oyster House, Atlantic City: 1 [1/0]
-. Krave Café and Caterers, Newton: 1 [1/0]
-. Light Horse Tavern, Jersey City: 1 [1/0]
-. Mompou, Newark: 1 [1/0]
-. Old Homestead, Atlantic City: 1 [1/0]
-. Perryville Inn, Perryville: 1 [1/0]
-. Red Wolfe Inn, Belvidere: 1 [1/0]
-. Sophie's Bistro, Somerset: 1 [1/0]
-. Vidalia Restaurant, Lawrenceville: 1 [1/0]

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RESULTS: $25 and Under

The number after the colon is the total points received.

The first number in square brackets is the number of voters.
The number after the slash is the number of voters, if any, who ranked it their top choice.

So for example, North of the Border received a total of 19 points from 4 voters, 3 of whom ranked it their top choice (five points) in the category.

* Asterisks indicate restaurants that were cited in both polls.

1. North of the Border, Red Bank: 19 [4/3]
2. De Lorenzo's Tomato Pie, multiple locations: 18 [5/1]
3. Nemo, Keyport: 17 [4/1]
4. Shanghai Bun, Matawan: 12 [3/1]
-. Kanji, Tinton Falls: 12 [6/0]
6. Chengdu 1, Cedar Grove: 9 [2/1]
-. Nomad Pizza, Hopewell: 9 [2/1]
8. Next Door, Montclair: 8 [2/1]
9. El Meson, Freehold: 6 [2/1]
-. Kunya Siam, Atlantic Highlands: 6 [2/1]
-. Ada's Latin FLavor, Long Branch: 6 [2/0]
12. Bangkok Kitchen, Caldwell: 5 [1/1]
-. Blue Claw Seafood Restaurant & Crab Eatery, Bordentown: 5 [1/1]
-. Casa Vasca, Newark: 5 [1/1]
-. Chilango's, Atlantic Highlands: 5 [1/1]
-. Chili Willie's, Boonton: 5 [1/1]
-. D'Oro, Chatham: 5 [1/1]
-. Dish*, Red Bank: 5 [1/1]
-. Hoagie Haven, Princeton: 5 [1/1]
-. Laico's, Jersey City: 5 [1/1]
-. Leela's Trinidad Cuisine, Montclair: 5 [1/1]
-. Niko's Trapezi, Long Branch: 5 [1/1]
-. Stamna Greek Taverna, Bloomfield: 5 [1/1]
-. Tani, Glen Rock: 5 [1/1]
-. Two Pitas in a Pod, Hoboken food truck: 5 [1/1]
-. Barnacle Bill's, Rumson: 5 [2/0]
-. Marhaba, Lambertville: 5 [2/0]
28. Arturo's, Maplewood: 4 [1/0]
-. Bar Cara, Bloomfield: 4 [1/0]
-. Bhoj, Elmwood Park: 4 [1/0]
-. Colonial Diner, Lyndhurst: 4 [1/0]
-. Danny's Steakhouse, Red Bank: 4 [1/0]
-. Honey Browns, Summit: 4 [1/0]
-. Kimchi Hana, South Plainfield: 4 [1/0]
-. Mekong Grill, Ridgewood: 4 [1/0]
-. Mumford's Culinary Center, Tinton Falls: 4 [1/0]
-. My Kitchen Witch, Monmouth Beach: 4 [1/0]
-. Ota-Ya, Lambertville: 4 [1/0]
-. Oyster Creek Inn - Crab Room, Leeds Point: 4 [1/0]
-. Padrino's Bistro & Italian Steakhouse, Hamilton: 4 [1/0]
-. Ploy Siam, Robbinsville: 4 [1/0]
-. Sweet Jane's Café & Bar, Johnsonburg: 4 [1/0]
-. Topaz Thai, Belleville: 4 [1/0]
-. Nunzio's, Long Branch: 4 [2/0]
45. 10th Ave. Burrito Co., Belmar: 3 [2/0]
-. Anthem Sandwich Shop, Denville: 3 [1/0]
-. Bistro Seven Three, Bernardsville: 3 [1/0]
-. Captain Paul's Firehouse Dogs, Lawrenceville: 3 [1/0]
-. Chand Palace, Parsippany: 3 [1/0]
-. Chinatown Gourmet, Lodi: 3 [1/0]
-. Coda, Maplewood: 3 [1/0]
-. El Caney, Bergenfield: 3 [1/0]
-. Eurasian Eatery, Red Bank: 3 [1/0]
-. Far East Taste, Eatontown: 3 [1/0]
-. Fiore's Deli, Hoboken: 3 [1/0]
-. Four Seasons Thai Cuisine, Piscataway: 3 [2/0]
-. Inn of the Hawke, Lambertville: 3 [1/0]
-. Kinchley's Tavern, Ramsey: 3 [2/0]
-. Moghul, Edison: 3 [1/0]
-. Navesink Fishery, Atlantic Highlands: 3 [1/0]
-. Nellie's Place, Waldwick: 3 [1/0]
-. Peking Pavilion, Manalapan: 3 [1/0]
-. Rutherford Pancake House, Rutherford: 3 [1/0]
-. Rutt's Hut, Clifton: 3 [1/0]
-. Siam Spice, Toms River: 3 [1/0]
-. The Flaky Tart, Atlantic Highlands: 3 [1/0]
67. Ah' Pizz, Montclair: 2 [1/0]
-. Anjelica's, Sea Bright: 2 [1/0]
-. Chowpatty, Iselin: 2 [1/0]
-. El Sham, Hamilton: 2 [1/0]
-. La Gran Via, Union City: 2 [1/0]
-. Labrador Lounge, Normandy Beach: 2 [1/0]
-. Lil' Master's Grille, Fair Haven: 2 [1/0]
-. Madame Claude Cafe, Jersey City: 2 [1/0]
-. Nobi, Toms River: 2 [1/0]
-. Origin Thai, Somerville: 2 [1/0]
-. Pad Thai, Highland Park: 2 [1/0]
-. Paratha Junction, Franklin Park: 2 [1/0]
-. Saddle Brook Diner, Saddle Brook: 2 [1/0]
-. The Bent Spoon, Princeton : 2 [1/0]
-. Tierney's Tavern, Montclair: 2 [1/0]
-. Yama Sushi, Denville: 2 [1/0]
83. Under the Moon*, Bordentown: 1 [1/0]
-. At The Table, Asbury Park: 1 [1/0]
-. Big Chef, Jersey City: 1 [1/0]
-. Blue Fish Grill, Flemington: 1 [1/0]
-. Cafe Monet, Millburn: 1 [1/0]
-. Conte's, Princeton: 1 [1/0]
-. El Familiar, Toms River: 1 [1/0]
-. Greek Village, Northvale: 1 [1/0]
-. Harold's NY Deli, Edison: 1 [1/0]
-. Lodi Pizza, Lodi: 1 [1/0]
-. Olives, Princeton: 1 [1/0]
-. Rigoletto Trattoria, Middletown: 1 [1/0]
-. Rose's Place, Fair Lawn: 1 [1/0]
-. Roxanne's, Mahwah: 1 [1/0]
-. Spirito's, Elizabeth: 1 [1/0]
-. Star Tavern, Orange: 1 [1/0]
-. Taliercio's, Middletown: 1 [1/0]
-. Thai Chef, Denville: 1 [1/0]
-. The Taco Truck, Hoboken: 1 [1/0]
-. Tortilla Sunrise, Verona: 1 [1/0]
-. Yumi*, Sea Bright: 1 [1/0]

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Eurasian Eatery
110 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Spirito's Restaurant
714 3rd Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07202

Fascino
331 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042

Casa Vasca
141 Elm St, Newark, NJ 07105

Far East Taste
19 Main St, Eatontown, NJ 07724

Solar do Minho
15 Cleveland St, Belleville, NJ 07109

Varka
30 North Spruce Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446

AXIA Taverna
18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Kimchi Hana
6101 Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Tierney's Tavern
136 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ 07042

The Bent Spoon
35 Palmer Sq W, Princeton, NJ 08542

Rutt's Hut
417 River Rd, Clifton, NJ 07014

Seabra's Marisqueira
87 Madison St, Newark, NJ 07105

Navesink Fishery
1004 State Route 36, Atlantic Hghlnds, NJ

Laico's
67 Terhune Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Belford Bistro
870 Main Street, Belford, NJ 07718

Flaky Tart
145 1st Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Bistro 44
44 Washington St Ste 2C, Toms River, NJ 08753

Atlantic Bar & Grill
24th Ave and Central Ave, South Seaside Park, NJ 08752

El Familiar
1246 Route 166, Toms River, NJ 08753

Oyster Creek Inn
41 N Oyster Creek Rd, Leeds Point, NJ 08220

Dock's Oyster House
2405 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Navesink Fishery
36 N State Highway, Middletown, NJ

Boulevard Five72
572 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033

Nisi Estiatorio
90 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631

Origin Thai
25 Division St, Somerville, NJ 08876

El Familiar Restaurant
3 W Main St, Freehold, NJ 07728

De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies
530 Hudson St, Trenton, NJ 08611

Kinchley's Tavern
586 N Franklin Tpke, Ramsey, NJ 07446

David Burke Fromagerie
26 Ridge Road, Rumson, NJ 07760

De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies
2350 Highway 33 Ste 105, Trenton, NJ 08691

Cafe Panache
130 E Main St, Ramsey, NJ 07446

Blue Point Grill
258 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542

Brothers Moon
7 W Broad St, Hopewell, NJ 08525

Eno Terra
4484 Route 27, Kingston, NJ 08528

Light Horse Tavern
199 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Daniel's Bistro
115 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Cafe Monet
309 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041

Chez Catherine
431 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090

Matt's Red Rooster Grill
22 Bloomfield Avenue, Flemington, NJ 08822

The Bernards Inn
27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

The Frog and the Peach
29 Dennis St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Union Park
727 Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204

Yama Sushi
5 E Main St Ste 5, Denville, NJ 07834

Shipwreck Grill
720 Ashley Ave, Brielle, NJ 08730

Bangkok Kitchen
391 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell, NJ 07006

Perryville Inn
167 Perryville Rd, Hampton, NJ 08827

Shumi Restaurant
30 S. Doughty Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876

Sophie's Bistro
700 Hamilton St, Somerset, NJ 08873

Robongi Restaurant
520 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Bhoj
430 Market St Ste 5, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407

Vidalia Restaurant
21 Phillips Ave, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Le Fandy Restaurant
609 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ 07704

Samdan Restaurant
178 Piermont Rd, Cresskill, NJ 07626

The Greek Village
211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

North of the Border
176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Barnacle Bill's
1 1st St, Rumson, NJ 07760

Labrador Lounge
3581 State Route 35 N, Normandy Beach, NJ 08739

Thai Chef
380 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Copper Canyon
51 1st Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Yama Sushi
205 Hudson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Cafe Matisse
167 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070

Yumi
1120 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760

Rose's Place
32-01 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Madame Claude Cafe
364 1/2 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Aozora
407 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

Blue Bottle Cafe
101 E Broad St, Hopewell, NJ 08525

Under the Moon
210 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown, NJ 08505

Greek Taverna
55 The Promenade, Edgewater, NJ 07020

Blue Fish Grill
9 Central Ave Ste 4, Flemington, NJ 08822

My Kitchen Witch Cafe
29 Beach Rd, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750

Anjelica's Restaurant
1070 Ocean Ave Ste 1, Sea Bright, NJ 07760

The Steak House
455 Passaic St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

Ebbitt Room
25 Jackson Street, Cape May, NJ 08204

One 53
153 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553

American Grille
201 Strykers Rd Ste 18, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

Thai Chef
28 Diamond Spring Rd Ste A, Denville, NJ 07834

Due Terre
107 Morristown Rd Ste C, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

Chengdu 1
89 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

Chand Palace
1296 Centennial Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854

Shanghai Bun Restaurant
952 State Route 34 Ste 6, Matawan, NJ 07747

A Toute Heure
232 Centennial Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016

The Dining Room
12 Woodport Rd Ste 1, Sparta, NJ 07871

Sabor Peru
8 Highland Cross, Rutherford, NJ 07070

River Palm Terrace
1416 River Rd, Edgewater, NJ 07020

Thai Chef
664 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

Colonial Diner
27 Orient Way, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

La Gran Via Restaurant
3905 Bergenline Ave, Union City, NJ 07087

Topaz Thai Restaurant
137 Washington Ave, Belleville, NJ 07109

Saddle River Inn
2 Barnstable Ct, Saddle River, NJ 07458

Saddle Brook Diner
30 Market St, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

Thai Cuisine
225 Main St, Chatham, NJ 07928

Pazzo Pazzo
74 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960

Inn of the Hawke
74 S Union St, Lambertville, NJ 08530

Chowpatty Restaurant
1351 Oak Tree Rd, Iselin, NJ 08830

Next Door
556 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

Stamna Restaurant
1049 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Far East Taste
2770 Hooper Ave, Brick, NJ 08723

Greek Taverna
292 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

Due Mari
78 Albany St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Lodi Pizza Restaurant
19 US Highway 46 W, Lodi, NJ 07644

River Palm Terrace
41-11 State Highway 4 N, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

El Meson
44 Monmouth Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

Red Wolfe Inn
130 County Road 519, Belvidere, NJ 07823

Due Mari
78-80 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Due Terre
107 Morristown Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

De Lorenzo's Tomato Pies
2350 State Highway 33 N, Trenton, NJ 08695

El Meson
44 Monmouth Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728

Red Wolfe Inn
130 County Road 519, Belvidere, NJ 07823

Paratha Junction
3201 Highway 27, Franklin Park, NJ 08823

Leela's Trinidad Cuisine
180 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

Siam Spice
1174 Fischer Blvd, Toms River, NJ 08753

No. 9 Restaurant
9 Kline's Court, Lambertville, NJ

Peacock Inn
20 Bayard Lane, Princeton, NJ

El Caney
48 W Church St, Bergenfield, NJ 07621

Marhaba
77 South Union Street, Lambertville, NJ

Honey Browns
7 Union Place, Summit, NJ 07901

Bistro 55
55 Route 17 South, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

Taverna Mykonos
238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ

Ah' Pizz
7 N Willow St, Montclair, NJ 07042

AMA Ristorante Tuscana
42 1st Ave, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716

Bar Cara
1099 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Bistro Seven Three
73 Mine Brook Rd, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

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