Food & Drink in Hillside

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IMO Burger treats guests to gourmet versions of classic diner food, from savory ground-beef morsels nestled on whole-wheat buns, to crispy fries made from potatoes, cassava, and plantain chips. Like an Instagram account full of photos of beef patties, the restaurant seamlessly combines old-fashioned American diner cuisine with a modern foodie ethos?serving up hearty burgers and chicken sandwiches made with wholesome organic ingredients. Diners drop in and order conveniently delivered feasts of burgers, salmon sandwiches, fried chicken fingers, and chicken salad sandwiches, sided with organic and dairy-free milk shakes or cane-sugar-sweetened Hansen's sodas.

154 Hillside Avenue
Hillside,
NJ
US

With an NFL champion like Tony "The Goose" Siragusa as co-owner, one might expect Tiffany's Restaurant and Bar to show only football. But the eatery's 20-some high-definition flatscreens—extending all the way onto a heated outdoor patio—display everything from basketball and hockey to UFC. The entertainment at Tiffany's isn't all onscreen—throughout the week, events include sets by local DJs, karaoke nights, and Texas hold 'em tournaments.

Founded over 30 years ago, Tiffany's chefs still baste the eatery's award-winning ribs in house-made barbecue sauce, and make meatballs by hand before tossing them with imported Italian pasta. The restaurant has also updated the menu with new, creative twists on bar food and 25 varieties of wings and sauces, such as buffalo wings coated in wasabi sauce. To pair with it all, there are plenty of beers poured from the tap, served in a bottle, or sprayed directly into your mouth from a Super Soaker.

1637 Vauxhall Rd
Union,
NJ
US

A restaurant and wine bar devoted to Portuguese cuisine, O Lagar adheres to the timeless traditions of Iberian cooking, particularly its most important staple—seafood. Fresh fish highlights native dishes such as paella and mariscada, a traditional seafood stew, though beef still sneaks its way into dishes such as Portuguese-style steak paired with ham and egg. However, what's on O Lagar's menu may not be all that's actually on the menu. The kitchen regularly creates sandwiches for its "off-menu series," which has included unique creations such as fried octopus deep-fried in a paprika-spiced egg wash and a Portuguese BLT with pork belly and piri piri sauce.

1252 Stuyvesant Ave
Union,
NJ
US

With 70+ toppings available each day at Strawberry Fields Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt, the potential treat combinations seem almost endless. Items such as crumbled Heath bars, cookie dough, and strawberries make it hard to only choose a few, though limiting yourself is not required: the self-serve nature of Strawberry Fields makes it easy to customize each treat exactly how you like it. Beyond candy, popular toppings also include Ghirardelli sauces and healthier add-ins such as wheat germ and fresh fruit. Though the frozen yogurt flavors change daily, the menu often includes yogurt options such as cake batter or honey lavender tart. And though all these toppings were designed to crown the shop's frozen treats, they also serve another purpose: bakers here stuff them into custom frozen yogurt cakes. Strawberry Fields also offers their candies a la carte, along with smoothies, and other non-yogurt treats.


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345 Chestnut Street
Union,
NJ
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Like any good buffet, Koki Buffet doesn't lack options. The kitchen staff serves more than 150 dishes, including an assortment of sushi rolls, a mix of Japanese, Chinese, and even Martian entrees, and a dessert section filled with fruit, ice cream, and pastries. On the weekends, the chefs make space on the dinner buffet counter for lobster in the form of lobster sushi rolls. Even better, all of the feasting takes place inside a stylish interior highlighted by neon accent lighting and pendant lamps with no need for formal attire.

1350 Galloping Hill Rd
Union,
NJ
US

The layout of Rio Rodizio is telling: with a candlelit dining area in one section and a long bar lined with flat screens in another, it's as much a place to take a date for a romantic meal as it is a spot to grab a drink after work. In the dining room, gaucho chefs carve cuts of lamb, beef, and pork right at the table, forcing diners to clear plate space next to seared fish, homemade pastas, and sushi rolls drizzled in flavorful sauce. Like a home that's been decorated by robbing a furniture store in the dark, the cocktail menu is a fusion of tastes, its Asian and Brazilian proclivities represented by sangrias, tropical juices, and sake.

2185 US Highway 22 W
Union,
NJ
US

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