In my daily strolls around Bloomfield, I've always marveled at the sheer variety of dining experiences that my township has to offer.
The tantalizing aromas wafting from the diverse eateries around every corner, the welcoming storefronts that seem to tell a story, and the friendly chatter that spills out onto the streets, are all a testament to our vibrant and thriving food scene.
From classic Italian bistros to contemporary fusion restaurants, Bloomfield, New Jersey, is truly a gastronomic paradise waiting to be discovered.
So, put on your explorer's hat and join me on this culinary journey as we unearth the finest dining spots in town.
Our aim is not just to guide you to popular eateries but to encourage you to venture out and experience the city's diverse culinary landscape for yourself
Rombiolo Bakery Cafe
The first time I stepped into Rombiolo Bakery Cafe, I knew I'd found a little slice of heaven right here in my neighborhood.
Their array of scrumptious baked goods, particularly the olimpicos (sandwiches), is impossible to resist.
Each bite oozes with quality, making a regular out of me.
The outdoor seating is an added bonus, perfect for anyone like me who loves to enjoy their food al fresco, soaking in the lively neighborhood atmosphere.
What sets this place apart, though, is its unique selection of regional products from Uruguay.
It's not every day that you get to savor these in our part of town.
The croissant with ham and cheese is another personal favorite, perfect for a quick breakfast or a light snack.
However, not all experiences here have been stellar.
On one occasion, I ordered Medialunas saladas and a Sandwich de miga to go but found them quite average.
The Empanadas, both meat, and spinach, lacked the flavorful punch I was expecting.
Not to mention the sight of the bakers bringing in fresh goodies, greeting everyone with a wide smile.
"There's no love sincerer than the love of food," George Bernard Shaw once said.
And at Pigeon Peas, I've found my love for Caribbean food reaffirmed.
This place is a fusion of traditional and modern, a perfect blend of authenticity and innovation that reflects in every dish they serve.
I eagerly informed her that I was preparing for a foodie expedition, having heard rave reviews about their menu.
And boy, did they live up to the hype!
I was thrilled to see a variety of options, from their “beef” patty, “chicken” patty, and the callaloo patty to the vegan oxtails with rice and peas.
While the patties could use a bit more filling, the flaky dough and perfect texture made up for it.
The dinner, beautifully presented, managed to satiate both my eyes and my taste buds.
The rice and oxtails might have been slightly lacking in flavor, but the callaloo was simply out of this world.
Paired with a refreshing fresh juice, it was a meal that left me full and satisfied.
Repeat visits led me to explore the regular beef & salmon patties, the jerk chicken with its unique sweet touch, and a solidly delicious oxtail.
One day, I noticed Vegan Ox Tail listed as an option on UberEats.
Curiosity piqued, I picked up the phone and dialed
Pigeon Peas, and to my delight, they confirmed it was indeed a real menu option.
The meal was an experience in and of itself.
The Vegan Ox Tail was so authentically flavored, so texturally similar to actual Ox Tail, that it had both me and my mom marveling at the magic of vegan alternatives.
Once upon a lazy Sunday morning, I found myself stepping into the warm embrace of Agora, drawn in by the smell of freshly baked pastries wafting out into the brisk morning air.
This delightful breakfast spot is much more than just a bakery - it's a full-fledged restaurant with table service and a bountiful display of pastries that are nothing short of a feast for the eyes.
We chose a lovely table by the counter, enticed by the sight of mini croissants and the sound of orders being rung up with a cheerful jingle of a bell.
I started my breakfast journey with a matcha latte with almond milk, a sweet culinary blend that was just the right mix of creamy and frothy.
Then came the pièce de résistance - a scrumptious egg white power house omelet.
Bursting with avocado and large enough to be a meal for two, it was served with a side of assorted fruits that included a delightful mix of berries and bananas.
Meanwhile, my partner devoured a bacon, egg, and cheese croissant sandwich, raving about every bite.
We also decided to share a cranberry scone - a decision we didn't regret.
The scone was so incredibly delicious it now holds the title of my all-time favorite.
Despite its popularity and the constant hum of activity, Agora maintains an efficient and friendly atmosphere.
Plus, their market selection is quite impressive, offering everything from cheese pies to sourdough rye loaves.
I still remember the first time I stepped into So Juicy; it felt like I was walking into a mouthwatering world of Asian flavors and innovative dishes.
One of my favorites at So Juicy is their hibachi.
The noodles they serve with it are something to write home about.
They're a side item, yet they are so fresh, and the flavor profile is something I can never quite put my finger on - it's salty, sweet, peppery, buttery, and tangy all at once!
Not to mention, their ginger dressing on the salads is beyond fresh and flavorful.
It's the attention to detail that really makes this place stand out.
And can we talk about the veggies?
They're never overcooked and maintain a delightful crunchiness.
The quality of their fish and meat is exceptional, too – nothing is overly salted, so you can actually taste the meat.
And their soup - oh boy, it's so satisfying and flavorful, it's hard to believe that it comes with the hibachi.
Another highlight is their touch screens for ordering.
All the menu items are clearly displayed, and it makes the ordering process smooth and efficient.
However, I did notice that not all items have a picture displayed, which can be a bit confusing, so there's a little room for improvement there.
The portion sizes won't disappoint you, either.
They're pretty standard, and the pricing is on par with what you'd expect from such a quality place.
"Who would have thought I'd find the best veal I’ve ever had tucked away in my own neighborhood?"
This was the exact question that popped into my head when I first stepped into Bucco Restaurant in Bloomfield.
A treasure in Essex County, Bucco offers a diverse menu filled with mouth-watering options.
From the veal shank special to the braised short rib ravioli, it's hard not to clean your plate here.
But the food is just part of the appeal.
The decor is warm and inviting - a perfect blend of cozy and spacious.
No matter how big your party is, they're more than willing to accommodate by rearranging the tables.
Perhaps one of my favorite things about Bucco is how they keep up with the times while still retaining their authentic charm.
Everything is made to order, allowing you to customize your dishes to suit your palate.
Pair that with their ample special offers, and you’re in for a treat!
And for the cherry on top, they also have live music.
Nothing complements a delicious meal like some good tunes.
Casa De Flora Bar
The moment I stepped into Casa De Flora Bar, I was enchanted.
The ambiance is like no other; it’s like walking into an intimate garden, picturesque in every sense, perfect for capturing Instagram-worthy moments.
The service was quick, and they got everything spot-on every time.
I was there for dinner, and I must say, the food was an absolute delight.
The spinach & chicken ravioli was bursting with flavors so much that I found myself ordering a second plate.
I had the chance to sample a variety of dishes - fish, caesar salad, shrimp, grits, chicken, and waffles - all of which were scrumptious.
Manouche & Co
When you step into Manouche & Co, you are immediately carried away to the heart of the Mediterranean.
The scent of freshly baked bread and the sweet aroma of spices fill the air.
One of the exciting things about dining here is the variety and authenticity of the dishes.
The grape leaves, packed with flavor, are a must-try.
They are perfectly cooked and served with a tangy and refreshing dip that sets your taste buds on a delightful journey.
And don't get me started on their cold sampler—it's simply a festival of tastes and textures!
What makes the place even more special is its fair pricing and generous portions.
You get a lot of bang for your buck here.
It's easy to order a lot more than you can eat!
Every dish I've tried has been a hit, leaving me utterly speechless and wanting more.
The food is so delicious that it's practically impossible to stop eating, even when you're full.
The ambiance at Manouche & Co adds to the entire dining experience.
The restaurant is impeccably clean, well-decorated, and has a very inviting atmosphere.
The Casserole Bistro
Imagine having an entire restaurant to yourself on a Friday night - that's exactly the kind of unique experience I enjoyed at The Casserole Bistro.
With the pandemic still causing uncertainty, the serenity of the place added an uncanny charm to the evening.
The menu left us spoilt for choice.
We started off with an array of appetizers - the standout being the avocado with crab salad, which was an absolute delight.
The cheesesteak egg rolls were also a hit on the table, although the calamari left us wanting, as it was a bit too tough for our liking.
For the main course, I opted for the pork chop arabiata, and while I relished every bite of it, I did wish it had a bit more of a kick.
My partner, on the other hand, went with the chicken marsala.
Another bonus is that it's BYOB, so feel free to bring along your favorite bottle of wine to complement your meal.
The cherry on top was the desserts - the homemade butter pecan banana bread pudding was divine, and the lava cake was the perfect sweet ending to our meal.
You wouldn't believe the gem I stumbled upon on a busy afternoon.
Italia Pizza is my haven.
Nestled in the heart of my neighborhood, this pizza spot is more than just a place to grab a quick bite.
His infectious enthusiasm for his craft is evident in every interaction.
He’s not just serving pizza; he’s creating an experience that's as rich as the flavors in his pies.
The joint may look more like a pick-up and delivery spot, with a few tables set up for the occasional sit-in, but don't let that fool you.
The charm is in the simplicity.
The focus here is on the food and on making every customer feel like family.
I've had the pleasure of trying a variety of Benny's pies, from the cheese and broccoli calzone to the half cheese, half mushroom pizza.
Every bite is a delectable treat that warms your soul.
The cheese pizza, in particular, is a masterpiece.
The perfectly melted cheese, the crisp crust, it's a symphony of flavors that you have to try to believe.
John's Deli and Italian Bistro
Every area has that one spot that everyone knows and loves, and for us, it's John's Deli and Italian Bistro.
Nestled in our little corner of the world, this treasure has become a staple in our daily lives.
From the Italian sandwiches that burst with flavor and freshness to the breakfast sandwiches that kickstart your morning with a tasty punch, John never fails to deliver.
And let's not forget the lunch subs - a culinary delight that has kept us coming back for more, no matter what location John sets up in.
But what makes John's Deli and Italian Bistro so special isn't just the food.
Its quaint seating area inside adds a touch of charm, making it the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy your meal.
Anthony's Cheesecake & Restaurant
One of the best-kept secrets of our township has to be Anthony's Cheesecake & Restaurant.
I still remember the first time I set foot inside this quaint little place.
The aroma of fresh coffee and the most divine cheesecakes lured me in, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
The charm of Anthony's lies not just in its diverse range of cheesecake flavors - from classic New York to decadent chocolate - but also in its cozy ambiance.
Whether you pop in for a quick morning coffee, a leisurely brunch, or a relaxed dinner, there's always a warm, welcoming feel.
However, the true stars of Anthony's are undoubtedly their cheesecakes.
They are so versatile; they even managed to create a tiered cheesecake for a wedding once!
I have yet to attend a brunch session, but from what I hear, it's an absolute delight.
Blue Steel Pizza Company
You know the feeling when you walk into a place, and you instantly know that this is going to be special?
That's how it felt when I first stepped into Blue Steel Pizza Company.
Tucked away in our township, this place boasts of an enticing blend of intriguing mystery and delicious food.
The first thing to note about the Blue Steel Pizza Company is the dark and moody ambiance - it's like walking into a secret society club with a hidden bar that only the regulars know about.
I was blown away by the upscale Detroit-style pizzas they craft here.
The crust is perfectly crispy, and the flavors are robust.
I savored every bite of it, and I'm sure you would, too.
Don't even get me started on the drinks!
They pair excellently with the pizza, creating a medley of tastes that are quite unforgettable.
However, during my first visit, I ran out of time and couldn't explore their secret speakeasy.
But that's just added to the reasons why I should go back again.
If you're someone with a sweet tooth, they do serve a Japanese pancake dessert.
I also noted that they didn't carry my usual favorites like Blue Moon or Yuengling beer, but their IPA was a good replacement.
Other Restaurants Nearby
Good Chicken (Montclair)
Let me tell you, the name Good Chicken doesn't even begin to do justice to the culinary delights that this joint offers.
Nestled right here in our township, this is the ultimate go-to spot for all the foodies out there!
Check them out at Good Chicken; you won't be disappointed.
I recall making a late-night run to satisfy my pregnancy cravings—yes, they were that intense!
Good Chicken was there to save the day.
They take great pride in their service, greeting every customer with a warm smile and ensuring that the food is freshly cooked right after you place an order.
Their rice dog was sinfully delicious, hitting all the right spots!
My kids absolutely adore their K-Style Corn dogs.
And I must confess, I cannot resist their Potato Half & Half dog either.
It's miraculously good—crispy, juicy, and packed with flavors that'll send your taste buds on an unforgettable journey.
It's become our family tradition to hit this place whenever we are hankering for a tasty corn dog.
Now, onto their chicken, which is just as appetizing.
Specifically, their soy garlic wings—are an absolute treat!
The delicate balance of soy and garlic, coupled with the perfect level of crispiness, these wings are a winner in my books.
Cafe Moso (Montclair)
There's a little delight in my township known as Cafe Moso.
You'd be forgiven for not knowing about it - it's a bit of an unassuming place, you see, but oh, does it pack a punch.
Now, let me tell you about my most recent experience at Cafe Moso.
I was there on a Friday evening, relaxing after a long week.
I ordered the fried seafood special - truly a divine choice.
The dish was served with a muffin that was so delicious it could stand alone on the menu.
But the true star of the night, as always, was the Baked Mac & Cheese.
It was a gooey, creamy, cheesy delight encased in a golden crust and topped off with a smattering of scallions.
I'm telling you, it's a dish I would gladly have every day if I could.
I recently enjoyed a hanger steak while my friend savored some vegetarian tacos.
We shared a side of Mac and cheese and brussels sprouts - a combination that somehow worked perfectly!
Brasil Paradise Grill (Montclair)
There's something about the aroma of succulent meats sizzling over a grill that just draws you in, and Brasil Paradise Grill has mastered this art to perfection.
It was on a Saturday evening when I first walked into this hidden gem, nestled comfortably on Bloomfield
I had the full rodizio, an authentic Brazilian barbecue experience that gives you the freedom to indulge in a variety of meats.
The plate was virtually overflowing with beef, chicken, pork, and lamb.
The garlic filet mignon was a standout, and the bacon-wrapped beef was an absolute delight.
The servings were generous, though I wouldn't have minded a tad bit more.
One thing that needs a special mention is the cooked pineapple they served at the end.
It was a sweet and tangy surprise that rounded off the meal perfectly.
Brick + Dough (Montclair)
It's no secret that my passion for pizza is a little more than just a casual craving, and one of my favorite haunts in the area is undoubtedly Brick + Dough.
The moment I sink my teeth into their wood-fired pizzas, I am transported to a world of culinary delight.
The charm of this place starts with the customizable options they provide for their pizzas.
I swiftly changed my order to a NY-style pie, and trust me, I wasn't disappointed.
But the pie that holds a special place in my heart is their gluten-free pizza.
It's perhaps the best gluten-free pizza I've ever tried.
The dough comes in Chicago style and can be made in the style of any of their specialty pizzas.
I usually stick to the classic pepperoni, and it has never failed to satiate my pizza cravings.
But, pizzas aside, the other dishes are equally tempting.
I've always started my meal with the Caesar salad and Rodolfo's knots - fluffy and perfectly seasoned.
Homemade sodas are a must-try as well.
And the best part?
Brick + Dough is BYOB!
Nami Nori (Montclair)
Did you know that we don't have to cross the Hudson River to savor the taste of New York City's sushi?
Yes, that's right!
Nami Nori, a much-loved Japanese eatery in NYC, has graced our beloved Montclair with its presence.
My lunchtime routine is now incomplete without a visit to Nami Nori.
Their lunch special is my absolute go-to — $20 for 3 rolls and two appetizers, an absolute steal, in my opinion.
The array of vegetarian options is a delight to those who have a plant-based diet.
My personal favorites are the avocado toast and sweet potato.
The magic of Nami Nori doesn't just stop at lunch.
For dinner, I usually opt for the signature set.
Every piece in the set is a culinary masterpiece, especially the coconut shrimp, which is now my new obsession.
One thing I love about Nami Nori is their clean, bright, and modern setting.
The minimalist chic decor and soothing ambiance make it a perfect spot for both casual lunches and date nights.
Did I forget to mention that it's BYOB?
So, bring along your favorite drink to enjoy with your meal.
Kai Yang (Montclair)
Ever had that kind of hunger that only a heavenly rotisserie chicken can satisfy?
That's me every time I remember Kai Yang.
I kid you not; the rotisserie chicken at this cute Thai restaurant is to die for.
I made my first visit on my birthday.
The place was well-kept and had a charming atmosphere that immediately lifted my spirits.
As a vegetarian, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of veggie options on the menu.
My personal favorite is the Veggie puffs, but the chicken satay is a hit among my non-vegetarian friends.
Do you like salads?
The Papaya salad is a must-try.
I recommend asking them to make it medium spicy to balance the taste.
I'm not usually a fan of spicy food, but I must admit, it's a wonderful blend that leaves your taste buds dancing.
I have also enjoyed their Pad Kee Mao in vegetarian and shrimp versions, along with chicken gravy and rice.
The meals are so generously portioned that I always leave with leftovers, which taste just as great the next day.
Laboratorio Kitchen (Montclair)
I have to tell you about this hidden culinary gem in our town, Laboratorio Kitchen.
One visit to this upscale American restaurant, and you'll be hooked.
Trust me, I've been there more times than I can count, and each visit is a new culinary adventure.
One of the standouts during my numerous visits was when I attended a bridal shower there.
Laboratorio Kitchen did not disappoint.
The food was nothing short of incredible.
I still have vivid memories of their caramelized peach and prosciutto - it was so good that not a single morsel was left on our table.
The chicken palliard was moist and flavorful, and the lemon pepper pasta was cooked to perfection.
But that's not the only special experience I've had there.
I was taken aback by the depth of flavors in the special caramelized Georgia peaches & ricotta/prosciutto appetizer; it was surprisingly filling!
The scallop dish served with a cauliflower puree was just perfect.
The dessert options are irresistible too.
My summer birthday was made even more special with fresh berries & cream.
They even surprised me with a candle for my birthday celebration, such a nice touch!
They also take dietary preferences and restrictions seriously.
They once made a custom plant-based menu for a friend of mine.
There's no shortage of fantastic eateries in Bloomfield, New Jersey.
Whether it's the juicy rotisserie at Good Chicken or the sweet treats at Rombiolo Bakery Cafe, there's a spot here for every palate.
The variety and quality of food here in Bloomfield truly make it a culinary haven.