WESTFIELD, NJ — A fine French restaurant on North Avenue is one of the best classics in the country.

So writes Food & Wine in its report “The Best Classic Restaurants in Every State,” which included Chez Catherine as one of five restaurants from New Jersey for its roundup of eateries.

“I’m very humbled … very happy with that because it does prove that at some point, I did something right,” said Warren resident Stephan Bocket, owner of Chez Catherine, on Thursday. “It came as a surprise for me.”

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Food & Wine described Chez Catherine as an unlikely spot for classic French cooking.

“Chez Catherine probably did not strike skeptics as a place where classic French cooking might thrive for as long as it has, but hey, joke’s on them,” the magazine writes. "Since the 1970s, this has rather quietly been one of the nicest restaurants in the Garden State.”

Initially opened in 1979, the restaurant took on Christine Migton as its executive chef in 2017, Bocket said. Migton has started at the restaurant in 2003.

Bocket said it is all about serving food that is simple, but good. “We try to keep the tradition,” he added.

If you go:

Reservations are taken by phone and online.
Website: www.chezcatherine.com
Address: 431 North Ave. West
Phone: 908-654-4011