French Restaurants in New Jersey

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Maybe you'll be drawn in by the window, displaying baskets filled with rustic baguettes and sweet tarts. Or perhaps the enticing aroma of freshly baked bread will beckon you inside. Either way, it's hard to walk by Choc O Pain's storefront. Step inside one of the bakery's two locations, and you'll be greeted with glass cases displaying French treats such as flaky croissants, fresh fruit tarts, and cookies just like the ones hanging on the walls of the Louvre. Though the menu abounds with treats for sweet teeth, guests can stop in for simple, yet elegant meals of veggie quiche and sandwiches served on homemade ciabatta.

530 Jersey Ave.
Jersey City,
NJ
US

With its sloped roof and grand clock tower, Orale Mexican Bistro's facade doesn't fit the bill for a typical Mexican restaurant. But beyond its front doors, chefs cook open-faced chipotle shrimp quesadillas by the heat of a wood-fired brick oven, and they stuff tacos with slow-cooked carnitas. Servers shuttle these south of the border entrees to candlelit tables in the dining room or to an outdoor patio perched beneath the clock tower, which transforms back into a lowly wristwatch at the stroke of midnight. On select evenings, DJs spin house and latinbeat tunes while patrons enjoy specials on margaritas and mixed drinks.

14-26 Julian Pl.
Elizabeth,
NJ
US

Cuisine Type: American café style
Established: 2009
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Panini breakfast and lunch sandwiches
Kid-friendly: Yes
Alcohol: None
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes

Q&A with the Owner

What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?
After a friend of ours opened a Greenberry's, we were inspired to open one of our own.

What’s the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
We are routinely told that the store is beautiful and the food is great.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We have an extensive coffee, espresso, and latte menu, as well as loose leaf teas. We also make a distinctive array of sandwiches and salads topped with homemade croutons. Our baked goods and oatmeal are made fresh daily. If you're In a hurry, our grab-and-go case provides ready-made options.

239 Berdan Ave
Wayne,
NJ
US

Cooks at Hansel n’ Griddle grill half-pound Angus burgers with swiss cheese and mushrooms and stir pots of housemade soups each day. To accompany American entrees, the cooks also blend fresh-fruit smoothies made with whey protein and real fat-free yogurt.

112 Church St
New Brunswick,
NJ
US

Although steak, seafood, salads, and wines share the spotlight, it's the fondue pot that transforms the dining experience at The Melting Pot into an interactive one. Bubbling at the center of the table, steel cauldrons steam with cheese blends such as aged cheddar and lager beer, or fontina, butterkase, and buttermilk blue. Diners spear slices of granny smith apples, artisan breads, and veggies, before dipping them into the thick, creamy cheese. Although a wine and cheese fondue pairing may suit the evening on its own, a fresh salad followed by lobster and steak turns the experience into a three-course event. Continue the dipping feast by adding one of nine velvety chocolate fondues, and diners can gather around the table to dip strawberries, marshmallows, or chunks of cheesecake.

100 Sinatra Dr
Hoboken,
NJ
US

On the brink of its 50th birthday, La Parisienne Diner looks much the same as when it opened in 1965. Waitresses still bring out platters overflowing with diner food, such as their classic greek wraps and seafood. And like any good diner, they stick by one golden rule: No matter what time of the day it is or how many roosters have already clocked out, waitresses will still serve up the shop's famous breakfast items all day long.

910 7th Avenue
New York,
NY
US