Restaurants near Warren, NJ?
My family recently moved to Warren, NJ and I'm looking for restaurant recs .. have started trying a lot in the immediate area but could use more recommendations both in Warren and in surrounding areas (including but not limited to Watchung, Plainfield, Dunellen, Bridgewater, Somerville, Summit). Asian restaurants in particular have been a little harder to find! Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks!
There is a decent Italian Restaurant in the same mall as Origin called Bolu as well as a Persian restaurant called Narenj which we enjoy. I like Silk Road in Warren, which is Middle Eastern. My favorite for breakfast, lunch, or dinner is Mockingbird Cafe in Basking Ridge. We took a drive to Somerville and tried a pretty good Greek restaurant there - can't remember the name but people on this site have written about it. All of these are BYOB's. If you like Indian Food, Mendhi at the Hyatt in downtown Morristown is really excellent, and it does have a liquor license.
Right on route 22 westbound in Green Brook is Dynasty. It's pricey for authentic Cantonese food, but they have dim sum (with carts), lots of typical Cantonese seafood, etc.
Around this area, it's the best and biggest for Cantonese Chinese.
Hunan Tea Garden in Warren has a few items that are authentic and good. One that the family and I like is the beef and soup noodles.
Note: I'm Chinese so there are many menu items at both of these restaurants I would never order my reco is only based on what me and my family would and have ordered over the past 10-20 years at these 2 places.
Having just returned from Seattle and San Francisco, I am still amazed at how few really great restaurants there are in NJ - especially given the income levels of some of the towns. That said, there are a few great places within driving range of Warren.
Bel Paese in Cranford is a gem of an Italian place with a Sicilian owner who makes the best stuffed artichokes. Entrees are very reasonably priced and it is BYOB. It is not fancy or a beautiful place - just great food and a character of an owner that will pull up a chair to share a recipe.
I also like Chao Phaya in Somerville which is Thai. The owner there used to work at Four Seasons Thai in Piscataway and the food is good - also BYOB. Nice dining room.
There is a little Vietnamese place Pho Viet Anh on Talmidge Road in Edison.
I am a craft beer lover so go to The Stirling Hotel in Stirling quite regularly as their draft selection changes often. The atmosphere is very comfortable, the place is always packed, their food is good (depending on what you order) and it is a great place to bring kids. They have very inexpensive standards like hamburgers and fries and then some nice fancy salads and more upscale entrees. Everyone can find something they like on the menu.
A bit further is Ptari Tavern for Greek in Highland Park - it is worth the drive. It is authentic, has a very varied menu, is BYOB and very friendly owner/wait staff. Very authentic
More pricey but one of our favorite places in central Jersey is A Toute Heure in Cranford, It is a farm to table place with a blackboard listing all the local farms and purveyors that supplied the food on the menu. Again BYOB Very interesting and exciting menu and pretty dining room.
There are many good restaurants in the area and some great ones. And many are BYOBs!
Pluckemin Inn in (Pluckemin/Bedminster). Great. Worth the money.
Due Mari New Brunswick
Le Campagna Morristown
A Toute Heure Cranford
Chez Catherine Westfield
Others that are very good:
Water and Wine Watchung
Stone House Watchung/Warren
Tewkesbury Inn Tewkesbury
Girasole Bound Brook
Origin ll Basking Ridge
Three West Basking Ridge
Indian: Raginni Mountainside, Neelam Berkeley Heights, Annjapar North Brunswick (their mutton vavrural is great)
Chinese: Jade Isle Plainfield is good for dim sum but the best Cantonese is 1,9 Seafood in Avenel(near Woodbridge)
Hope this helps!
Since this is slightly aged please let us know if you have tried any of the suggestions you have received. I will actually 2nd Water and Wine in Watchung it's a great place. I just dined in their sister establishment La Griglia last night.
Also, on 22 in the Somerville area is La' Catena 22. It's been around forever and is a solid destination for higher end Italian dining. An old favorite was Ciao Bella, in Somerville but last I checked they were closed, don't know if they re-opened.
If you are in the mood for a great steak about 10mins up 22 to 202 is Char Steakhouse in Raritan. It's always been excellent however they opened a second location in Red Bank, NJ which has been getting beat up pretty bad here on he boards.
I can also add Spanish Tavern in Mountainside, the food is good (the new in Newark is better) but everyone there is ALWAYS friendly. Legal Seafood in the Short Hills Mall is good but pricey. Papparazzi in the Short Hills Mall is very good too: well run, fair-priced and great service. For oysters and clams on the half shell, Vinny's in Raritan is hard to beat. Great price though limited in variety.
Water and Wine is great for lunch too. Very tranquil if you sit in the old section, at a table facing the lake.