Prepare your palate and join me on this enticing journey through the best restaurants in Union, New Jersey.
While this list showcases some remarkable restaurants, it's important to note there are many other exceptional dining establishments in Union that are not featured here. 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.
George's Union Subs
If you happen to find yourself in our small town and craving a sub, then George's Union Subs is the place to go.
I recently had the pleasure of eating there, and what an experience it was!
I've been to countless sub-shops in my time, but George's is something else.
The sandwich selection is impressive and made right in front of you.
I tried the #28 with an added turkey and 'the works, ' as they call it.
I can vouch that the ingredients are fresh, and the sandwich was downright delectable.
It's not just the food; the interior decor is modern and simply beautiful, making it a great place to have lunch or dinner.
The other day, I tried their Prosciutto, Roasted Peppers, and Fresh Mozzarella sub on a recommendation from a coworker.
It was exceptionally tasty - a perfect blend of flavors.
They even gave me a little extra due to a minor mix-up, which was a nice gesture.
Prices are quite reasonable too, which is always a plus.
My neighbors and I have a new favorite spot in our little town, a place where we can feast on the most mouthwatering dishes - Qsina 8.
We've been there twice now, and each time was a culinary adventure.
The last time we visited, we were bold enough to try their sizzling bulalo, a traditional stew-like dish.
I must say, it was like a symphony of flavors in my mouth!
The tenderness of the meat was impeccable, falling right off the bone, and the fat melted like butter on my tongue.
The gravy and bone marrow?
You can find this delightful dish at Qsina 8.
On my first encounter with their menu, I was intrigued by their dragon fruit lemonade, a rather exotic beverage.
The drink was phenomenal, though a tad on the sweet side.
But paired with their coconut noodle soup, it was a perfect match.
These dishes are a testament to the fact that everything at Qsina 8 is made fresh to order, making it a fantastic place to enjoy a leisurely family meal.
Aside from the scrumptious food, what really tugs me back to Qsina 8 is its authentic home-cooked style.
The barbequed pork skewers were a perfect example – tender and bursting with flavor.
Sabor de mi Tierra
There's this place that I often return to when I crave the hearty, robust flavors of authentic Colombian cuisine - it's a charming, unpretentious spot called Sabor de mi Tierra.
The moment you walk in, you're greeted by a wave of warm Latin music and the enticing aromas of traditional Colombian dishes wafting through the air.
The walls are adorned with vibrant paintings, and the joyful atmosphere is almost contagious.
What really sets this place apart is the unbeatable service.
He, along with the entire team, is the epitome of hospitality, making sure your dining experience is nothing short of exceptional.
The food, of course, is the main star.
Each dish embodies the rich culinary heritage of Colombia, prepared with fresh ingredients and served in generous portions.
But what makes the dining experience even more delightful are the prices - they're unexpectedly reasonable, which means you can enjoy a hearty Colombian meal without burning a hole in your pocket.
One of the reasons I keep coming back is the way Sabor de mi Tierra effortlessly accommodates large groups.
I've brought over groups of friends and family on multiple occasions, and they've always managed to serve us with ease and efficiency, even at the last minute.
Two Que's Catering
Just the other day, I stumbled upon a local jewel right in our neighborhood - Two Que's Catering.
The food was a flavorful explosion in my mouth, with every bite bringing out a new experience, yet nothing was too overpowering.
One of the best parts about this place is its affordability!
With so much food for such a pocket-friendly price, it was hard not to over-order.
The vegan options caught my eye, and I decided to try the fried chickpea pocket and seasoned fries.
The total came to around $13, which was extremely reasonable for the quality of food I was getting.
Being a bit health-conscious, I was pleasantly surprised by their commitment to maintaining proper social distancing in the restaurant.
If there's one thing I absolutely love about my neighborhood, it's the diverse array of delicious food options that are available, and Souvlaqueria is at the top of that list.
The fantastic customer service here is one of the many reasons I keep coming back.
But let's not forget about the mouth-watering cuisine they serve.
I've had the pleasure of trying a range of dishes, but nothing beats the flavor-packed lamb/beef bowl with yellow rice and veggies.
The ingredients are always fresh, and the Greek flavors are authentic and rich.
And there's more!
The Greek-inspired ice cream flavors are a delightful treat, especially during summer.
They also have a small grocery section where you can pick up Greek food and drink products, taking a bit of the Mediterranean experience back home.
What I love about Souvlaqueria is not just the excellent food but also the variety they offer.
From bowls to gyros, salads, and desserts, there is something for everyone.
It's a great place to bring your family or to catch up with friends over lunch.
It's no wonder my partner and her colleagues have made it their go-to lunch spot.
Living just a stone's throw away from Da Benito has its perks.
This has been my go-to place for a refined Northern Italian cuisine and wine experience.
The ambiance is designed to impress, making it a perfect choice for power lunches or family dinners.
The seafood's freshness is truly noteworthy, and their pasta cooked al dente and served at the perfect temperature, is nothing short of perfection.
The Manzo, a seared filet mignon with wild mushrooms and red wine reduction, is one of my favorites, and it never disappoints.
On one of my family dinners, we also ordered the Gondolas, and they were top-notch.
Their wine and cocktails are well-curated, but what really sets them apart is the thoughtfulness put into every dish.
To end the meal, we usually order their house-made Mango sorbet, Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake with vanilla bean ice cream, or Carrot Cake with coffee ice cream.
Oh, how I love our little hidden gem here in the township, Sakae Sushi.
I had my first order there just the other day, and let me tell you, it was a game-changer.
Not only were the prices fantastic, the quality of their food was nothing short of amazing.
It was the freshest, most delicious sushi I've had in a long time.
As someone who truly appreciates good sushi, the portions they serve at Sakae Sushi were a pleasant surprise.
The sushi rolls were filled to the brim, and the fish was incredibly soft and flavorful.
One bite, and I was sold.
It was such a satisfying meal, I just know I'll be placing another order soon.
It was a truly wonderful culinary experience - I highly recommend it.
Stepping foot into Sakae Sushi for the first time, I was impressed by how clean and neat it was.
The place might be small, but it's so well-kept it almost felt brand new.
I tried their Salmon Skin Salad, Godzilla, and Dynamite Rolls - all of which were delightful.
And can I just say, their bathroom was impressively tidy and warm!
I'm quite the regular at Pho Way - it's my and my partner's favorite place to eat out.
We can't get enough of the delicious food they serve.
It's clear to us that they use fresh ingredients in every dish, and it truly makes a difference in the taste.
Their menu items are genuinely superb.
My partner and I are obsessed with their pho - it's easily the best we've tasted, and we've tried quite a few.
I always go for the oxtail pho and calamari while my partner leans toward their grilled chicken barbecue.
The authentic Vietnamese flavors truly shine in every dish.
On top of their fantastic pho, Pho Way also serves up an array of other delectable Vietnamese dishes.
My favorites are their traditional spring rolls that are filled with pork and shrimp and fried to perfection.
When you wrap them in lettuce and mint leaves and dip them in their sweet-sour sauce, it's like taking a little trip to Vietnam without leaving downtown Union!
Their bahn mi is another must-try.
The grilled pork is marinated in a delicious savory sauce and grilled to a perfect char.
Paired with creamy mayo, crunchy marinated veggies, and a soft, pillowy baguette, it's easily one of the best bites I've had.
And let's not forget their comforting pho.
It's perfect for those cold winter days.
The portion is so generous you can easily share it with someone.
The rice noodles are satisfying without being overly filling, and the rare beef, brisket, and tripe provide just enough protein.
They even give you Thai basil, bean sprouts, jalapenos, and a variety of sauces to customize the broth to your liking.
Kyoto Sushi II
Whenever I'm in the mood for some authentic Japanese cuisine, I always head to Kyoto Sushi II here in Union.
It's a warm, inviting BYOB spot that serves up a wide variety of rolled and nigiri sushi, tempting grilled dishes, and comforting udon.
The first thing that strikes you about Kyoto Sushi II is its clean, welcoming environment.
It's a testament to how well-managed the place is.
As expected, the restaurant fills up pretty quickly, but don't worry; they also offer a robust take-out service.
When it comes to food, 'fresh' is the word that comes to mind.
I was wholly satisfied with my dish on my last visit on May 31st, a Wednesday, at 11 am.
I was particularly impressed with the Beef Negimaki and Shrimp Tempura.
The Maguro Sashimi was also decently good.
My partner, who accompanied me, quite enjoyed the Miso Soup.
One thing that keeps me coming back is the excellent service.
Despite being located on a busy street, parking is readily available by the side of the restaurant, making it a convenient spot for a quick sushi fix.
Van Gogh's Ear Cafe
I've always considered myself a bit of a foodie.
Always scouting for new places, trying out different cuisines, and savoring all the culinary delights my township has to offer.
And one of my most cherished haunts in the area is Van Gogh's Ear Cafe.
I've spent countless afternoons and evenings in this laid-back coffeehouse.
I was particularly impressed by this proactive service.
Their pesto pizza, a personal favorite of mine, is a must-try.
The flavors are intense, and I find myself savoring every bite.
The iced Matcha latte is another hit - rich and refreshing.
But the real icing on the cake is the ambiance.
Local art adorns the walls, the cafe stages live music throughout the week, and there are even board games to add a dash of fun.
The whole place has an artistic touch, probably from the Van Gogh-inspired artwork.
It's like a mini-museum that serves food and drinks.
Whether you want to catch up with friends or simply want to unwind with a good book, this cafe offers the perfect setting.
Rei Da Picanha Restaurant
Tucked away in an unsuspecting corner of the township, you'll stumble upon Rei Da Picanha Restaurant.
The moment you step inside, you're greeted by a warm, inviting ambiance boasting a charming wood-accented interior that instantly sets a relaxed mood.
Most of the time, I find myself drawn to their delicious picanha.
It's easily some of the best in the area, always perfectly cooked and bursting with flavor.
I mean, there's a reason they're called the King of Picanha, right?
Every bite, every mouthful is a tribute to the fantastic Brazilian-inspired steakhouse cuisine they've perfected over the years.
Paired with their extensive menu, every visit is a delightful adventure into the culinary world of Brazil.
But what makes Rei Da Picanha truly shine is the people.
You're always welcomed with warm smiles and friendly conversations.
A special shout-out to Leonor, an absolutely lovely lady who does a fantastic job making everyone feel at home.
Many of my family’s special events, including my daughter's sweet 16, have been joyously celebrated here.
Their excellent catering service is always on point, making these occasions even more memorable.
There are few places in the area that capture the essence of homestyle Italian cooking like Cioffi's Restaurant-Bar-Pizzeria.
I've been a loyal customer for over 20 years, and there’s something incredibly comforting about its old-school charm.
Every visit to Cioffi's is like a warm, familiar embrace.
The thin-crusted pizza, for instance, is a work of art - delightfully crispy and topped with the freshest of ingredients.
Just recently, I took home their grandma's pizza, and it was an absolute feast for the senses.
It looked delicious and tasted even better!
What sets Cioffi's apart from other pizza places in the area is not just the food but the service too.
The people behind the counter always greet customers with a smile, making me feel genuinely welcome.
There's a certain sense of community, a shared love for good food that's palpable in the air.
Of course, like any other restaurant, there have been occasional hiccups.
I once received the wrong order, a simple mistake that could've happened to anyone.
But considering their consistent quality and service over the years, it's a minor incident that doesn't deter me from my love for Cioffi's.
The taste of their marinara sauce still lingers in my mouth, and the freshness of their bread is unmatched.
El Lechon de Negron
I have to take a moment to sing praises for El Lechon de Negron, a remarkable little spot in our community that serves up some of the most authentic and flavorful Puerto Rican food that I've ever tasted.
I remember the first time I tried it.
A friend recommended their mofongo, and oh my goodness, it was love at first bite.
Stuffed with steak and onions, it was just how I remembered from my trips to Puerto Rico.
On another occasion, I tried it stuffed with chicken and it was equally delicious.
On the side, I once ordered a Thanksgiving empanada.
While it didn't quite hit the mark for me, the platanos fritos (fried plantains) that I ordered were a hit.
I took them home and enjoyed them with cream cheese.
The rice, too, was excellent.
Now, let's talk about dessert.
The flan de coco is something you must try.
It's hard to find this sweet treat locally.
It's extraordinarily sweet and comes in a small serving, but it's so rich and creamy that I had to enjoy it in two sittings.
It was the perfect indulgence for my weekend cheat meal.
One thing I have to mention is their maduros.
They're perfectly cooked, sweet, and nothing like what you'd find elsewhere.
It's just like how abuela used to make.
KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot
There's nothing like spending a fantastic night at a lively restaurant with friends.
KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot has emerged as one of my top choices for such evenings.
It was my first time trying Korean BBQ, and to say it was fantastic would be an understatement!
The food was fresh and brought out promptly, making the experience worthwhile.
The grills were changed frequently, ensuring a clean station and no burned food or oil.
One of the things I love about KPOT is their unique timing policy.
There is a two-hour time limit per table, but the "all-you-can-eat" option during these two hours is incredible.
They keep bringing the food as long as you request it.
Oh, how I love the charm of the Garden Restaurant; a place that never fails to bless my taste buds with their array of Mediterranean meals and global dishes.
Nestled in the heart of our township, this long-running eatery has become my go-to spot for a hearty meal in a serene environment.
When you step inside, you're instantly engulfed in a plant-filled ambiance, a cozy space that comfortably accommodates diners without feeling cramped.
One thing that has always stood out for me is their attention to detail, right from the fresh bread served at the start to the coat hangers thoughtfully placed throughout the dining room.
I particularly remember one time when I decided to try their rack of lamb.
Being a bit of a departure from my usual order, I was pleasantly surprised by how well-executed and tasty it was.
The vegetable sides were exquisite, and the mashed potato bed was just perfect - a delightful harmony of flavors.
But my favorite part of dining here has been their 'while you're waiting' warm bread.
It always feels freshly baked, and I love to pair it with a large drink from their reasonable and well-curated selection.
Mario's Tutto Bene
Every now and then, an occasion calls for a special treat, and Mario's Tutto Bene has always been my go-to place for such times.
Its charm lies in its nostalgic Italian dishes, exuding both a rustic charm and an old-school elegance that harmoniously blend with the exquisite cocktails they serve.
The menu is impressively diverse, brimming with a variety of flavors that cater to every palate.
Their appetizers, in particular, are a delight to savor.
A personal favorite of mine is the fresh, tangy Sangria that is neither too sweet nor flat but just right.
I must say, their service is exceptional.
A while back, I arranged for a food delivery for an event at my home.
From the cost to the service, everything was top-notch.
The food was not only delivered on time but also set up beautifully.
The ambiance of the restaurant is worth experiencing firsthand.
It has a lively atmosphere, with a loungey piano bar and a patio dining area that adds an extra layer of charm.
I love discovering some truly delightful gems in Union, and Cafe Z is certainly one of them.
Hidden away in the Ideal Plaza, you'll find it nestled beneath street level with plenty of parking available.
Cafe Z's Veal Parm is simply divine, and the portions are so large I often find myself enjoying leftovers for days.
The Stuffed Shells, salads, and more never disappoint.
More than the food, what brings me back to Cafe Z time and time again is the warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Live music fills the air on the weekends, fostering a wonderful environment shared with friends and family.
Other Restaurants Nearby
Tierra Del Sol Mexican Restaurant (Springfield)
I recently have had the pleasure of stumbling upon Tierra Del Sol Mexican Restaurant, a hidden gem that serves some of the most authentic Mexican food I've ever had.
I decided to be adventurous, ordering Huaraches, Sopes, and even beef tongue tacos.
To say I was impressed would be an understatement; each dish was fresh, flavorful, and, surprisingly, quite affordable.
Not only was the food consistently delicious, but the service was also commendable.
My favorites quickly became their fajitas and chicken tacos, a perfect blend of spice and succulence that I would highly recommend to anyone.
Ah, Sofia's Italian Restaurant, a cozy little spot tucked away innocuously in the area.
Dishing out traditional Italian fares like pasta and chicken piccata, it's the kind of place you'd find me on a lazy Sunday evening.
On my several visits for dinner, the meals are good.
Their fried calamari appetizer was a delightful entrée.
We were also allowed to bring in a bottle of wine from the spirit store next door, which is a great feature for wine lovers.
Saporito Pizza (Springfield)
As someone who frequently passes by a busy, well-traveled highway, I appreciate that Saporito Pizza is quite easily accessible.
Parking has never been an issue for me, with an abundance of open spaces available to park my car.
My first order here was pretty simple: a plain slice, a pepperoni slice, an order of fries, and drinks.
The quality of ingredients used in the pizza seemed quite high.
Their thin plain square is a delight, and the plain cheese is out-of-this-world amazing!
I've also tried their pepperoni slice and the sausage and pepperoni square - both delicious.
I've even brought some colleagues here for lunch.
The chicken parm thin square and the chicken bacon ranch thin square were both hits.
We had a good time, and it's become one of our go-to places for a casual lunch meeting.
Poke 22 (Springfield)
I've been a regular at Poke 22 for quite some time now.
There's something about the fresh, flavorful poke they serve that keeps me coming back for more.
Not to mention, they certainly provide a generous portion of what you pay for!
It's no wonder I often recommend this place to friends and family.
Now, I've ordered from Poke 22 more times than I can count.
It's my preferred spot when I'm in the mood for something healthy, tasty, and filling all at once.
They offer a wide variety of ingredients, and the prices are pretty reasonable too.
I particularly love their three-protein bowl with sushi rice, fresh/raw shrimp, raw salmon, lobster salad, and avocado.
It's like a sushi feast in a bowl!
Apart from the regular bowls, I also enjoy their spicy tuna and spicy salmon, especially with the Poke 22 sauce.
Each bite is a flavorful explosion that never disappoints.
Union, New Jersey, truly is a food lover's paradise.
Whether you're craving Portuguese delicacies from Garden Restaurant or the unique flavors of Korean BBQ from KPOT, you're sure to find it here.
It’s always a joy to see what our local restaurant scene has to offer.