My Annual List of Favorites


To all of our The Alternative Press Friends and Family,  

As we approach the Holiday of Christmas, and the New Year, 2014, I’m continuing the tradition of presenting the list of restaurants that I’ve most enjoyed visiting this year.

(In alphabetical order)
1. Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria, 180 Maplewood, Ave., Maplewood:
Call: 973.378.5800
2. A Toute Heure, 232 Centennial Ave., Cranford:
Call: 908.276.6600
3. Belmont Tavern & Restaurant, 12 Bloomfield Ave., Belleville: Call: 973.759.9609
4. Casa Dante,  737 Newark Ave., Jersey City: Call: 201.795.2750
5. Casa di Pizza, 50 Elm Street, Westfield: Call: 654.3232.
6. Cafe Figaro & Pizza, 403 King George Road, Basking Ridge: Call: 908.903.0880
7. Chez Catherine, 431 North Avenue W. Westfield:
Call: 908.654.4011
8. Darby Road, 450 Park Ave., Scotch Plains: Call: 908.288.7667
9. Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone:
Call: 908.234.9055
10. Girasole Restaurant, 602 West Union Ave., Bound Brook:
Call: 732.469.1080
11. La Griglia, 740 Boulevard, Kenilworth, Call: 908.241.0031
12. La Pergola, 120 Essex Street, Millburn: Call: 973.376.6838 
13. Limani Seafood Grill, 236 North Ave., West, Westfield:
Call: 908.233.0052
14. Lucas, 9 Lincoln Highway, Edison: Call: 732.549.8580.
15. Maritime Parc, 8 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City: Call:201.413.9505
16. Natirar, 90 Acres Culinary Center, 2 Main Street, Peapack: Call:908.901.9500
17. Parkwood Diner, 1958 Springfield Ave., Maplewood: Call: 973.313.3990
18. Pairings, pallet and plate, 1 South Ave. East, Cranford: Call: 908.276.4026
19. Pizza Vita, 7 Union Place, Summit: Call:908.277.1400
20. Raymonds, 28 Church Street, Montclair: Call: 973.744.9263
21. River Palm Terrace, 1416 River Rd, Edgewater:Call: 201.224.2013
22. Roots Steak House, 401 Springfield Ave.,Summit: Call: 908.273.0027
23.  Ryland Inn, 114 Old Highway Road, Whitew House Station: Call: 868.683.3586
24. Water and Wine, 141 Stirling Road, Watchung: 908.756.9344
25. Xocolatz, 235 Elmer Street, Westfield: Call:908.232.3982

New to the Neighborhood

* Blue Sky Cafe, 1120 South Avenue, West, Westfield: Call: 908.654.7000                                                                                                                                                           

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* Gradde, Swedish Restaurant, 13 Elm Street, Westfield: Call: 908.232.1227                                                                                                                                 

* Michele’s on Prospect, 76 Prospect Street, Westfield:Call: 908.728.5552
* Romola’s Seafood Grille, 2 South Avenue, Cranford:Call: 908.272.0045

Have A Very Happy New Year and Please Stay in Touch!

Remember...I’m always searching for the greatest places to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and,  and even your best Bakery!

Please email me with your 'Discovery'. I promise I will make it my business to visit and let our friends know about your latest, greatest place!

My best wishes to each of you.

Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey.  Contact her at

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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