Di Palma Brothers; 8728 Kennedy Blvd,
North Bergen (201-868-3005). Neapolitan
cuisine, featuring grilled artichoke hearts,
Italian-style meatloaf and house-made gnocchi. L—Tues–Fri, noon– 3 PM. D—Tues–Fri, 5–10
PM; Sat and Sun, 1: 30–10 PM. $$. AX, D, DC, MC,
V. BYO ;I
Edward’s Steak House;239 Marin Blvd,
Jersey City (201-761-0000). Classic prime-beef
steak house with seafood selections. L—Mon–
Fri, 11 AM– 4 PM. D—Mon–Sat, 4–10 PM. $$$. AX,
D, DC, MC, V. G ;
Maritime Parc;84 Audrey Zapp Drive
(Liberty State Park), Jersey City (201-413-0050).
Seafood-focused New American cuisine, featuring rock-shrimp risotto, pink snapper and rack
of lamb. L—Wed–Fri, 11 AM– 5 PM. D—Sun, Tues–
Thurs, 5–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–11 PM. Brunch—
Sat–Sun, 11 AM– 5 PM. $$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ;
Oh! Calamares;102 Kearny Ave, Kearny (201-
998-4111). Peruvian cuisine, featuring Lima-style seafood, braised meats and house-made
desserts. D—Tues–Thurs, 4–9 PM; Fri, 4 PM– 1
AM; Sat, 1–10 PM; Sun, 1–9 PM. Brunch—Sat and
Sun, 9 AM– 1 PM. $$. D, D, MC, V. G
NEW Raval;136 Newark Ave, Jersey City
(201-209-1099). Spanish cuisine, featuring fried
padrón peppers, porcini-béchamel croquettes
and paella. D— 5–11 PM. Late menu, Fri and Sat,
11 PM– 1 AM. Brunch—Sat and Sun, noon– 4 PM.
$$$. AX, D, MC, V. ; (;½ 9/15)
Talde; 8 Erie St, Jersey City (201-630-0077).
Asian-American cuisine, featuring wonton
ramen, pretzel, pork-and-chive dumplings and
oyster-and-bacon pad Thai. D—Sun–Wed, 5–11
PM; Thurs–Sat, 5–midnight. Brunch—Sat and
Sun, 11 AM– 3 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V. ; G (;; 7/15)
Thirty Acres;500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City
(201-435-3100). Seasonal local cuisine, featuring Arctic char, pan-roasted mussels and lemon
bars. D—Mon–Thurs, 6–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 6–11
PM. Brunch—Sat, 11 AM– 3 PM. $$. AX, MC, D, V.
Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen
110 South St, Morristown (973-644-3180).
Italian-influenced American cuisine, featuring
dayboat scallops, salumi boards, and oysters.
L—Tues–Sun, noon–2: 30 PM. D—Tues, Wed, Sun,
4 PM– 10 PM; Thurs—Sat, 4 PM– 11 PM.$$$. AX, D,
MC, V. G ;
Rod’s Steakhouse & Seafood Grille
1 Convent Rd, Morristown (973-539-6666).
American cuisine, featuring crab cakes, prime
New York sirloin and sea bass. L—Mon–Sat,
11: 30 AM– 4 PM. D—daily, 4–10 PM. Brunch—Sun,
10 AM– 2 PM.$$$. AX, MC, V. G ;
Scalini Fedeli 63 Main St, Chatham (973-
701-9200). Northern Italian cuisine with heavy
French influence, featuring mushroom ravioli,
Chilean sea bass and braised short ribs. L—
Mon–Fri, noon– 2 PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 5: 30–10
PM; Fri and Sat, 5: 30-11 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V. G ;
Serenäde 6 Roosevelt Ave, Chatham (973-701-
0303). American-modern cuisine with fried oysters, slow-roasted duck and flourless chocolate
tart. L—Mon–Fri, 11: 30 AM– 2 PM. D—Mon–Fri,
6–9 PM; Sat, 5: 30-10 PM; Sun, 5–9 PM. $$$. AX,
MC, DC, D, V. G ;
Brigantine Seafood Eatery & Market; 112
Lincoln Ave, Hawthorne (973-949-5600). Italian
seafood specialties, featuring grilled Portuguese
octopus, pastrami-cured salmon and chocolate
pecan pie. Mon–Fri, noon– 10 PM; Sat, 2–10 PM;
Sun, 3–9 PM. $$. AX, MC, V. BYO
Kirkers Inn;237 Diamond Bridge Ave,
Hawthorne (973-427-7700). German-American
fare, featuring sauerbraten, Wiener schnitzel and
apple strudel. Mon–Sat, 11: 30 AM–midnight. $$.
AX, MC, V. G
La Riviera Trattoria 421 Piaget Ave (Rt 46 E),
Clifton (973-478-4181). Italian cuisine, featuring
fried calamari, fusilli in mushroom-and-white-
wine sauce and cannoli. Gluten-free menu avail-
able. Tues–Thurs, 11 AM– 9 PM; Fri, 11 AM– 10 PM;
Sat, 4–10 PM; Sun, 2–8 PM. $$. AX, D, MC, V. G ;
Rare, the Steak House 440 Main St, Little
Falls (973-256-6699). Steaks and Italian seafood,
featuring house-made pastas, veal chops and
desserts from Il Tulipano. L—Mon–Fri, noon– 5
PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 5–10 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–11 PM;
Sun, 5–9 PM. $$. AX, D, MC, V. G ;
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub;98 Kingsland
Rd (Route 3 E), Clifton (973-284-0200). Irish-American fare, featuring corned beef spring rolls,
Harp beer-battered fish and chips, and homemade Irish soda-bread pudding. L— 11 AM– 5 PM.
D— 5 PM– 3 AM. $/$$. AX, D, DC, MC, V. G ;
Krave Café 102 Sparta Ave, Newton (973-383-
2600). New American cuisine, featuring PEI
mussels, fettucini with duck confit and tres leche
cake. Tues–Fri, 11 AM– 9 PM. Sat, noon– 10 PM. Sun,
11 AM– 3 PM $$. AX, D, MC, V. G ; (;;½ 1/15)
Lafayette House Olde Lafayette Village,
between routes 94 and 15, Lafayette (973-579-
3100). American cuisine. L—Mon–Sat, 11: 30
AM–2: 30 PM. D—Mon–Thurs, 4: 30–10 PM; Fri and
Sat, 5–11 PM; Sun, 4–9 PM. Brunch—Sun, 10 AM– 2
PM. Marquis Tavern, light fare and oyster bar.
Entertainment Fri and Sat, 8 PM. Open Mon–
Thurs, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM; Fri and Sat, 11: 30 AM– 11
PM; Sun, noon– 9 PM. $/$$. AX, MC, V. G I
Restaurant Latour Crystal Springs Resort,
1 Wild Turkey Way, Rt 94, Hardyston (973-827-
0548). American cuisine, featuring locally grown
produce, artisan cheeses and organic rack of
Colorado mountain lamb; Wine Spectator Grand
Award-winning cellar with more than 100,000
bottles. D—Thurs–Sun, 5–10 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V.
Trinity Lounge 173 Spring St, Newton (973-940-
7916). American cuisine, featuring apple salad with
blue cheese, pan-seared duck and white-chocolate
bread pudding. Tues–Sat, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM; Sun, 4–9
PM. $$$. AX, MC, V. G ; (;; 4/14)
NEW Upstream Grille 161 Route 181, Lake
Hopatcong (973-663-2222). New American cuisine, featuring tuna tartare tacos, tilapia with
crabmeat crust, and pan-seared scallops. Wed
and Thur, 11: 30 AM–11: 30 PM; Fri and Sat, 11: 30
AM–1: 30 AM; Sun, 11: 30 AM– 10 PM. $$$. AX, MC,
DC, V. G ; (;;½ 9/15)
100 Steps;215 Centennial Ave, Cranford (908-
276-6600). Seafood menu, featuring Samish Bay
oysters, octopus and pasta. D—Tues–Sat, 5–10 PM;
oyster happy hour, Thurs–Sat, 4–5: 30 PM. $$$.
AX, MC, D, V. ; (;;; 11/14)
Amuse; 39 Elm St, Westfield (908-317-2640).
Modern French cuisine, featuring whipped duck-liver mousse, lollipop kale with scallops and
passion-fruit soufflè. L—Mon–Sat, noon– 3 PM.
D—Mon–Thurs, 5–9 PM; Fri and Sat, 5–10 PM; Sun,
5–8 PM. Brunch—Sun, 11 AM- 3 PM. $$$. AX, MC, V.
; (;;; 7/14)
A Toute Heure;232 Centennial Ave, Cranford
(908-276-6600). Bistro French/new American
14 W. South Orange Avenue
South Orange, 973-763-1377
Hours: Mon–Fri, 2 PM– 2 AM; Sat and Sun, 11
AM– 2 AM
Style: Low light, lively crowd. There are
a roomy bar, table seating, wood floors and
more than a dozen flat-screen TVs.
Don’t Miss: The garlic salad ($10.95) offers
a terrific mix of greens, salami, shredded
mozzarella, olives and roasted red peppers
in a fragrant, mild garlic dressing. It makes
a meal, especially if you add grilled chicken
($14.95), goat cheese and cranberries ($14.95)
or all three ($16.95). The crisp, thin-crust pizzas are a big draw. Plain pies are $8.50 small,
$11.50 large. With-the-works pies are $16.95
and $22.95. Specialty pies include the $22.95
Paradise (three cheeses, Alfredo sauce, chicken, bacon, spinach, tomato and mushrooms)
and the extra-crispy, $22.95 Monster (
mozzarella, cheddar, mushrooms, meatballs and hot
peppers with salsa and sour cream on the side).
Italian entrées include chicken or eggplant
parmigiana ($14.95 and $13.95, respectively)
with pasta; three-cheese baked ziti ($13.95)
and spicy tortellini ($14.95.) Or go American
with quarter-pound burgers, subs and sandwiches. Cheesecake and brownie sundaes are
usually on the changing dessert menu.
Heads Up: Bunny’s has been owned by
Leslie Pogany’s family for four generations.
A 2010 renovation added square footage and
more than doubled the number of flat-screens
for watching sports.
The Scoop: Around the corner from the
South Orange Performing Arts Center and
its movie theater, Bunny’s is great for a bite
before or after a show. The area has several
parking lots and plenty of on-street spaces, but
they fill up fast.
—DEBORAH P. CARTER