Maplewood is known for many things; a bustling arts scene, easy access to New York City and definitely dining options. It is simply impossible to pick the best of the best, but here is a short list of great places to try out if you are in the area and looking for a delicious meal!
Arturo’s Osteria & Pizzeria
Arturo’s is heralded as one of the top 50 restaurants to try in all of the state of New Jersey. They serve most Italian fare including pasta, sandwiches and salads but are most notably known for their artisanal pizzas made with farm to table fresh ingredients. From truffle oil to soppressata and a wide assortment of fresh veggies, Arturo’s takes a high-quality approach to unconventional pizzas to the next level. They do not deliver and usually have a sizable wait but everyone agrees, it’s totally worth it!
Since opening their doors in 2005, Restaurant Lorena’s has been widely praised, and for good reason. Their menu is defined as Chef Campos’s interpretation of haute cuisine deeply rooted in french technique and inspired by the seasons. The establishment runs with finite precision and poise while simultaneously delivering beautiful dishes just bursting with life and flavor. This fine dining experience is one of the best options in North Jersey and should not be overlooked. Diners are encouraged to bring their own bottle of wine to enjoy with their meal.
Coda Kitchen & Bar
Coda is a contemporary restaurant & bar serving cocktails and New American fare in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. Located in the heart of downtown Maplewood, this laid-back eatery is great for walk-ins or nights out with friends and family. They offer lunch, brunch and dinner options to suit your palate at any hour of the day. When choosing between tacos, burgers, sandwiches, salads, Seafood or just a few apps, there is always something for you to enjoy.
Palmers Sweetery and Cafe
Palmers is a family owned bakery specializing in small batch, handcrafted sweets and savories. Although they opened in 2016, the owners have been mastering their craft as a family for decades. With a wide variety of cakes, pastries, brownies and cookies, this place is a sweet-tooth’s dream! Palmers also offers catering options for larger crowds as well. Be sure to stop in for a coffee, some sweets and a smile!
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