Let’s take a closer look at the top 5 restaurants in NJ this year

New Jersey Monthly always hits the nail on the head when it comes to its top restaurant picks. Each year the magazine recognizes the 30 best restaurants in the state and this year the choices are even better than the last.

This year, as in the past, the Top 30 is at the rendezvous. At least as far as the restaurants I know of are concerned.

Every style, every different cuisine, from casual to elegant seafood steak, after all, whether the rest of the country knows it or not, that’s what New Jersey is famous for. Usually, for me, the NJ Monthly’s best restaurants list is like watching the Oscars when you’ve only seen a few movies.

But this year, I noticed that I had the privilege of visiting many of the restaurants on this list. My favorite part of this ranking is seeing which of my favorite spots made it to the list and this year more than a few made it. So now I have to give my opinion. I will give you the list of my top 5 restaurants in this list. (Based on the fact that they are among the ones I visited.)

Here are some of the best restaurants in New Jersey that you should probably try if you haven’t tried yet.

1776 by David Burke with Topgolf Swing Suite

This is one of Jersey’s newer restaurants, but has quickly caught up with the competition. Located just below Top Golf in Morristown, 1776 is the hippest new place to grab a bite to eat. The menu items are as unique as it gets for a place in Jersey and the cocktails are delicious. You can’t come here without ordering the clothesline bacon that you cut with a fork. Fun eh?

1776 By David Burke via Google Maps

1776 By David Burke via Google Maps

Pluckemin Inn

If you are looking for a good restaurant to eat with the family or for a party, this place is definitely the one. The outdoor dining area is beautifully lit and the food is amazing. Although this place is a little more upscale, the burger is still a fan favorite.

Auberge de Pluckemin via Google Maps

Auberge de Pluckemin via Google Maps

white birch

White Birch in Flanders has had its ups and downs over the past few years, but has still managed to crack the Top 30 for the past four years now. The menu changes constantly and the staff are super passionate about cooking. There’s nothing quite like a family restaurant that hits the mark.

White Birch via Google Maps

White Birch via Google Maps

Heritage kitchen

This neo-American spot in Old Bridge is a great spot if you’re an adventurous eater. They do a four-course menu that changes often and never repeats, making every visit unique. It’s also a BYOB, so you can spend a bit more on food and bring whatever drink you want.

Ancestral cuisine via Google Maps

Ancestral cuisine via Google Maps

The frog and the peach

This New Brunswick restaurant revolves entirely around the seasons and uses local ingredients for every dish on the menu. The cocktails also change with the seasons so that food and drink complement each other in the most perfect way.

The frog and fishing via Google Maps

The frog and fishing via Google Maps

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