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Eating Room

Need something to eat? Here are our picks–and unpicks. (Also see our food-related blog entries.)

Highly Recommended

  • Levain Bakery, New York, NY
  • Tanti Baci, New York, NY
  • Gyu-kaku, New York, NY
  • Sripraphai, Woodside, NY
  • Craigie Street Bistro, Cambridge, MA
  • Emma’s, Cambridge, MA (best thin-crust pizza)
  • Viva Mexico, Flemington, NJ
  • Momofuku, New York, NY
  • La Taqueria, San Francisco, CA (best tacos)
  • Bell’s Tavern, Lambertville, NJ (best banana cream pie)
  • Danube, New York, NY (Austrian)
  • Domani Star, Doylestown, PA
  • Frank’s Pizza, Ringoes, NJ (best pizza in NJ)
  • Montrachet, New York, NY
  • Peter Luger, Brooklyn, NY (best steak)
  • Golden Wok, Bridgewater, NJ (best Chinese food in NJ)
  • Thai Chef, Somerville, NJ (Thai/French) (best Thai food; now closed)
  • Harvest Moon Inn, Ringoes, NJ
  • Puerini’s, Newport, RI (best flan)
  • The Slanted Door, San Francisco, CA (Vietnamese) (best Bo Luc Lac—Shaking Beef)
  • De Anna’s, Lambertville, NJ (best ricotta cheesecake)
  • Tenzan, New York, NY (best sushi)
  • The Pit, Laurel, DE (best ribs)
  • Bon Chon Chicken, New York, NY (best Korean fried chicken)
  • 36, New York, NY (Korean BBQ) (best Korean BBQ; now closed :( )
  • Café Boulud, New York, NY
  • Veniero’s, New York, NY (best custard)
  • Ming, Edison, NJ (Indian Chinese)
  • Moghul, Edison, NJ
  • Bamiyan, New York, NY (Afghan/Persian)
  • The Bent Spoon, Princeton, NJ (best ice cream and hot chocolate)
  • Blue Point Grill, Princeton, NJ
  • Tiger Noodle, Princeton, NJ
  • Steck’s Delicatessen, Bridgewater, NJ (best rye bread)
  • Al Di La, Brooklyn, NY
  • Heaven, Brooklyn, NY (Uzbek)
  • Tacis Beyti, Brooklyn, NY (Turkish) (best lahmacuns)
  • Le Colonial, San Francisco, CA (French Vietnamese) (short ribs)
  • Liman, Brooklyn, NY (Turkish)
  • Veniero’s Pastries, New York, NY
  • Meil’s, Stockton, NJ
  • Jody Maroni’s Sausage Kingdom, Venice Beach, CA

Recommended

  • Christopher’s, Cambridge, MA (excellent burgers)
  • Matt’s Red Rooster, Flemington, NJ
  • Sunny Garden, Princeton, NJ
  • Elephant Walk, Cambridge, MA (Cambodian–excellent desserts)
  • Won Jo, New York, NY (Korean BBQ)
  • Wu Liang Ye, New York, NY
  • Amazing Hot Dog, Bound Brook, NJ
  • Westville, New York, NY
  • Ravagh, New York, NY
  • Rose Water, Brooklyn, NY
  • De Lorenzo’s Pizza (Tomato Pies), Trenton, NJ
  • Number 9, Lambertville, NJ
  • Redbones, Somerville, MA (BBQ)
  • Enrico’s Brick Oven Pizza, Sturbridge, MA
  • 7 Hills of Istanbul, Highland Park, NJ (Turkish)
  • Makeda, New Brunswick, NJ (Ethiopean)
  • Tijuana Burrito, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Shumi Japanese Restaurant, Somerville, NJ (great sushi)
  • Wasabi, Somerville, NJ
  • Main Street Bistro, Somerville, NJ
  • Capsouto Frères, New York, NY
  • La Caridad, New York, NY
  • Joe’s Shanghai, New York, NY
  • ‘ino, New York, NY
  • Wondee Siam, New York, NY
  • Goody’s, New York, NY
  • Siagon Grill, New York, NY
  • Django, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gaebel’s, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Little Tokyo, Morristown, NJ
  • Taksim, New York, NY (Turkish)
  • Shiraz, Edgewater, NJ (Persian)
  • Singa’s Pizza, Edison, NJ
  • Swagath, Edison, NJ
  • Molyvos, New York, NY
  • Passage to India, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Boca Grande, Cambridge, NJ
  • Aquavit, New York, NY
  • Sahara, Brooklyn, NY (Turkish)
  • Cedar Street Restaurant, Sturbridge, MA
  • Pomodoro, Boston, MA
  • The Vanilla Bean, Pomfret, CT
  • Osteria al Doge, New York, NY
  • 2nd Avenue Deli, New York, NY
  • Cathryn’s Tuscan Grill, Cold Spring, NY
  • Brasserie Le Bouchon, Cold Spring, NY
  • Foundry Cafe, Cold Spring, NY
  • Ali Baba, New York, NY
  • Saddle Peak Lodge, Calabasas, CA
  • Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, Hollywood, CA
  • Border Grill, Santa Monica, CA
  • La Serenata de Garibaldi, Santa Monica, CA
  • Valentino’s, Santa Monica, CA
  • Locanda del Lago, Santa Monica, CA
  • Cafe Pinot, Los Angeles, CA
  • Westlake Jack’s Restaurant, Westlake Village, CA
  • Thai Tida, Lambertville, NJ
  • Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, New York, NY
  • Wild Lily’s Tea Room, New York, NY

Somewhat Recommended

  • Panico’s Pizza, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Hotoke, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Efes, New Brunswick, NJ (Turkish) (best babaganouj)
  • Soho, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Fusion, Flemington, NJ
  • Big Ed’s BBQ, Old Bridge, NJ
  • Martino’s, Somerville, NJ (Cuban)
  • Vegetarian’s Paradise II, New York, NY
  • South Street Trattoria, Morristown, NJ
  • Shaan, New York, NY
  • The Natural Cafe, Westlake Village, CA
  • Honmura An, New York, NY
  • The Blue Bottle Cafe, Hopewell, NJ
  • Underground Cafe, Princeton, NJ
  • John’s Pizza, New York, NY
  • Maroon’s, New York, NY
  • California Grill, Flemington, NJ

No Strong Opinion

  • Tre Piani, Princeton, NJ
  • Josie’s, New York, NY
  • Nova Terra, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Bombay Grill, New Brunswick, NJ
  • HI Rib & Co., Pennington, NJ
  • Pad Thai, Highland Park, NJ
  • Origin Thai, Somerville, NJ (go to Thai Chef instead)
  • Ota-Ya, Lambertville, NJ
  • Don Pedro’s, New York, NY
  • Claudio’s, Morristown, NJ
  • Valbella, New York, NY
  • Pooja, Warren and Somerset, NJ

Not Recommended (don’t say we didn’t warn you)

  • Gabriela’s, Somerville, NJ
  • Le Kabbr, New York, NY
  • The Frog and the Peach, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Mom’s Diner, Ringoes, NJ
  • Delta’s, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Sapporo Sushi and Steakhouse, New Brunswick, NJ
  • North Star Cafe, New Brunswick, NJ
  • PJ’s Pancakes, Princeton, NJ
  • Molly Malone’s, Morristown, NJ
  • Esca, New York, NY
  • Alfonso’s 202, Flemington, NJ
  • Chinese and Kabob, Los Angeles, CA

To Be Avoided (we mean it)

  • Tomo, New York, NY
  • Evelyn’s, New Brunswick, NJ (Middle Eastern)
  • The Ugly Duckling, Sturbridge, MA