French Restaurants in New Jersey

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  • PortuCale Restaurant & Bar
    Like other Mediterranean cuisines, Portuguese fare incorporates aromatic doses of olive oil, garlic, onions, and wine. But unique to this cuisine is its intercontinental flair; you'll find rice from Asia, hot peppers from Africa, and cinnamon, cloves, and ginger from India, all influenced by the Portuguese colonies once spread across the globe. PortuCale Restaurant & Bar brings all this together in a festive and welcoming space. The seafood-heavy menu features six variations on shrimp, a lobster, clam, and scallop entree doused in the chef's secret hot sauce, and tilapia and salmon filets rubbed in zesty lemon sauces. Specialty meat dishes such as braised Portuguese steak topped with an egg and pork loins with mushrooms, clams, and Spanish potatoes add a robust, meaty element to the proceedings. And dishes like mac and cheese and chicken fingers keep kids from getting cranky and eating their homework. The space is festive and distinctly Mediterranean?think dark-finished wood furnishings set against light exposed brick. Bartenders make pitchers of Sangria, stock wines from Portugal and Spain, and keep 20-year-old Porto wines on hand. They also sell fine cigars that guests can bring to the outdoor patio?itself a draw for its castle-like stone walls, waterfalls, and faux-moat?and take puffs from between sips of single-malt whisky and cognac from the bar.
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    129 Elm St.
    Newark, NJ US
  • Amelia's Bistro
    Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Amelia's Bistro in Jersey City will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds). Gluten-free and low-fat eaters will enjoy the menu at Amelia's Bistro. Amelia's Bistro's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Amelia's Bistro, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining. Amelia's Bistro is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings. Sit outside at Amelia's Bistro and soak up the sun on those nice summer days. Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away. Keep it casual at Amelia's Bistro — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly. Throwing a big party? Count on Amelia's Bistro to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love. Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Amelia's Bistro. Amelia's Bistro patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the Warren St location. Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Amelia's Bistro. If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Amelia's Bistro. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.
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    187 Warren St
    Jersey City, NJ US
  • Riverside Manor Italian Restaurant
    Inside the kitchen at Riverside Manor is a staff that knows how to bring the best out of their Atlantic-harvested ingredients and Italian cooking methods. Fresh, homemade pastas envelop pumpkin ravioli and serve as pillows for shrimp and scallops. Filet mignon tops bruschetta or stars in an entr?e of its own. And eight brick-oven pizzas come strewn with four cheeses, spinach and feta, or crispy buffalo chicken. And to accommodate as many patrons as possible, the cooks prepare a whole-wheat penne primavera along with an entire menu of gluten-free dishes. But perhaps it?s the building itself that best represents an elegant fusing of old and new. On the site of what was once a 19th-century silk mill, the doors now open into a scene that could fool you into thinking you just passed through a wormhole to Tuscany. Along with hand-carved wooden furnishings and ornamental ironwork, brick archways and painted trompe l?oeils bring a playfulness to the space, which doubles as a frequent host for weddings and other special events.
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    27 E 33rd St.
    Paterson, NJ US
  • Orale Mexican Bistro
    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.
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    14-26 Julian Pl.
    Elizabeth, NJ US
  • District Riverton Bistro
    Exposed brick and rustic wood planks cover alternate walls at District Riverton Bistro, where an open patio begs diners to eat al fresco amid fairy lights, kitschy accents, and more rustic wood touches. But make no mistake?despite these eye-catching environs, District Riverton Bistro is all about good food. Culinary duo Ken Merriman and Dan Maher draw inspiration from Irish, American, and French cuisines, producing a menu that straddles the line between traditional and contemporary. Popular items include a wood-fired pizza dressed in arugula, prosciutto, figs, and balsamic drizzle, as well as cider-glazed salmon with cranberry-brussel sprouts. In addition to dinner, guests can stop in for lunch and brunch, the latter of which features eye-openers such as brioche french toast and chicken and waffles. Or, they can drop by on a weekend evening to indulge in a fixed price, family-style Sunday dinner complete with fresh-baked cookies and a new baby cousin.
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    710 Broad Street
    Riverton, NJ US
  • Gourmet Desserts
    Guided by more than 35 years of experience pampering sweet teeth, Ezzat Tadros leads a team of confectioners as they pop brownies, strudels, and cookies into the oven and pipe colorful curlicues of frosting onto cakes. Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and Elmo cupcakes delight tykes with friendly faces, and bouquets of steam blossom from individual cheesecakes, carrot cakes, peach cobblers, and raspberry squares. The aroma of freshly baked bread swirls above croissants, the warm loaves serving as ideal fodder at parties or at least an excuse for arriving covered in flour. In the bustling kitchen, the bakers also create custom cakes for all occasions, sculpting batter and fondant into the shape of guitars, football helmets, and even slot machines.
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    851 Van Houten Ave.
    Clifton, NJ US

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