Restaurants

Top Choice Mediterranean in Princeton

Mediterra Restaurant & Taverna

Centrally located in Palmer Sq, Mediterra is the sort of upscale, contemporary place designed for a college town. Visiting parents, flush students and locals all crave the dishes here, which highlight locally source…
Top Choice American in Lambertville

Swan

This late 19th-century building – once the village hotel – is a local hangout that charms with historical bric-a-brac and warm service and wins you over with favorites such as the mashed-potato-and-onion pizza. Seri…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Princeton

Mistral

Princeton's most creative restaurant offers plates made to share, with flavors ranging from the Caribbean to Scandinavia. Sit at the chef's counter for a bird's-eye view of the controlled chaos in the open-plan kitc…
Top Choice Tapas in Newark

Mompou

With a zinc bar and a snappy cocktail list, this chic bar-lounge hums with convivial conversation. Tapas include bacaloa (salted-cod croquettes), patatas bravas, txistorra (basque sausage) and, our fave, calamari in…
Basque in Newark

Casa Vasca

A Spanish hideout a few blocks off Ferry St, Casa Vasca's white-tablecloth look belies its down-home Basque cooking, featuring delights such as pulpo a la gallega (Galician octopus) and garlic shrimp. Old-school all…
Italian in Hoboken

M & P Biancamano

We only have three words for the melt-in-your-mouth 'mutz' (mozzerella) that Peter Biancamano prepares fresh every morning at 6am: Oh. My. God.
Portuguese in Newark

Iberia Peninsula

The granddaddy of all Portuguese–Spanish restaurants seems to sprawl forever: the outdoor bar and stage are the center of the action on match days at Red Bull Arena and Portugal Day festivities. If you're pre-gaming…
Brazilian in Newark

Casa Nova Adams

This cabana-themed Brazilian eatery features murals of country life and Palmeiras football club flags. Adams has a huge oval bar and monster portions: if you order the plato mixto with fried banana, fluffy white ric…
Mexican in Lambertville

Aztlan

Pass through the swinging doors of the Irish pub out front to a land of ceramic Gila monsters and oil paintings of Aztec gods, where chef Edgar Castro has been whipping up solid Mexican staples – such as burritos Te…
Bakery in Princeton

Little Chef Pastry Shop

From Port-au-Prince to Princeton is quite a leap, but Edwidge Fils-Aime, the Haitian-born, New York–trained pastry chef, has been spinning out a delightful assortment of decadent croissants, napoleons and eclairs fo…