Proving you needn’t travel into the big city just for first-rate food, West Orange’s diverse dining scene offer local foodies everything from casual barbecue to fine New American dining with New York City skyline views, and we’ve lined up 10 of the New Jersey suburb’s best restaurants to try.
Mouthwatering barbecue is given a Peruvian twist at Pepe’s BBQ, a tiny, casual neighborhood joint that opened its doors in 2010. Dishes like pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken Peruvian style), beef ribs and pork chops are cooked up with sides like yellow rice, black beans and Pepe’s popular homemade hot sauce while appetizers include the likes of Colombian chorizo, sweet plantains and empanadas. Plenty of other classic eats abound on Pepe’s menu like the tilapia ceviche with sweet potato and Peruvian corn or lomo saltado and to finish, how about a slice of tres leche?
Pepe’s BBQ, 977 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ, USA, +1 973 736 1567
A cute and cozy little joint serving possibly the biggest range of sushi in the area, Kim’s Sushi is the place to head in West Orange for your fix of authentic Japanese eats. Choose from simple sushi and sashimi varieties like octopus, red snapper and sea urchin alongside classic rolls and signature rolls like the New Jersey (with tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado and masago in soybean paper) or the French Kiss (shrimp tempura, cucumber, crab, salmon, avocado, lemon and Kim’s special sauce). No alcohol is served, but Kim’s Sushi offers a free-of-charge BYOB service and a number of non-alcoholic beverages like green tea and Japanese Ramune soda.
Kim’s Sushi, 456 Eagle Rock Avenue, West Orange, NJ, USA, +1 973 669 2800
Mark & Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream has been serving its signature brand of gourmet frozen treats for over 20 years. Over 52 flavors of ice cream and frozen yoghurt are served, ranging from the familiar (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry) and the fancy (bubblegum, Swiss chocolate almond, rum raisin) to the seasonal (pumpkin pie, peppermint stick) and specialty flavors (coffee mud pie, chocolate raspberry truffle) alongside no-sugar-added, fat-free and low-fat options. Mark & Julie’s menu doesn’t end there though, guests can also choose from a number of other sweet treats like sundaes, banana splits, ice cream sodas and brownies.