Guest Post: The Top 7 Places to Eat in North Jersey

By Donna Fitzgerald

Whether you’re a native to New Jersey or you’re in town visiting the northern part of the Garden State, there are some seriously mouthwatering foods that you won’t want to miss. Newark and Jersey City are home to some of the most delicious restaurants we have to offer, so come with an appetite! Check out these top 7 places to eat in northern New Jersey.

Image via Hobby’s Deli

1. Hobby’s Delicatessen & Restaurant | Newark

This Newark staple opened in 1962 and has maintained its old-fashioned practices ever since. With hearty soups, deluxe burgers and wraps, and sandwiches piled higher than you’ve ever seen, Hobby’s will not disappoint!

2. Forno’s of Spain | Newark

At Forno’s of Spain you’ll find the freshest Spanish seafood and authentic cuisine. They offer an extensive menu from authentic oxtail to the ubiquitous crowd-pleaser paella, as well as over 450 vintage and aged wines to pair with your meal!

Paella at Forno’s. Image via Yelp.

3. Roman Nose | Jersey City

This authentic Italian kitchen offers a homey and relaxing trattoria atmosphere. You won’t want to miss Roman Nose if you’re in the mood for pizza. They make their dough from scratch daily—when you taste it, you won’t be surprised! This is definitely the place to go if you’re looking for Italian cuisine.

4. Blueprint Café | Newark

Once an industrial building and now a café, you’ll find touches of Blueprint that date back 150 years—like the beams that make up their coffee counter. Not to mention the space is filled with natural light from their floor to ceiling windows. Blueprint Café offers delicious vegan, vegetarian and organic options. Stop by on a Thursday evening for open mic night!

Image via Marcus B & P

5. Marcus B&P | Newark

Offering incredible farm-to-table cuisine, Marcus B&P (owned by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson) boasts local artwork and an open kitchen where guests can watch the entire creation of their meals take place. From their Rock Shrimp and Grits to their Ricotta Gnocchi, you’ll be in for a serious treat.

6. Adega Grill | Newark

Adorned with stone fireplaces and archways, wrought iron gates and earthy tones, this beautiful space will set the perfect tone for your evening. Adega, meaning “wine cellar” in Portuguese, has an incredible wine selection as well as mouthwatering Portuguese and Spanish cuisine to pair it with.

7. Battello | Jersey City

If you’re looking for delicious food and a lot of romance, you’ve come to the right place. Battello is nestled right on the water and has stunning views of New York City. From their Pan Roasted Day Boat Scallops to their Dry Aged Sirloin & Short Rib, your taste buds will be thanking you no matter what you choose!

A Note on Safety

Whether or not you’re familiar with New Jersey, be sure to map out your commute ahead of time to help prevent getting lost. Figure out where exactly you’re headed before you go! Be sure to pay attention while walking around as well. According to lawyers in Newark, many cases they see are due to the carelessness or disregard for the safety of others.


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