Linden Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Linden

April 14, 2018 Hector Krause

Linden is a city in southeastern Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the New York Metropolitan Area, located about 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Manhattan and bordering Staten Island, a borough of New York City, across the Arthur Kill. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city's population was 40,499, reflecting an increase of 1,105 (+2.8%) from the 39,394 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,693 (+7.3%) from the 36,701 counted in the 1990 Census.
Things to do in Linden

1. Waiting Room

66 E Cherry St, Rahway, NJ 07065-4012 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 732-382-0900
Excellent
41%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 94 reviews

Waiting Room

Reviewed By M21Falcon - Mineola, New York

I ran a Google search to find a place to eat during a ride and the Waiting Room was rated high on the list in the area.

I've been to the Waiting Room once before and didn't realize it until getting there. I remember vaguely that I liked the place but nothing stood out about my first visit. I can tell you that I will remember how good the wings were and also the fried fillet I ordered.

The place was empty at first and that had me a little worried but the staff was welcoming and took care of us right away. After some time a large group entered, they seemed to be on a bar crawl so they started to pack the place up. The staff didn't seem overwhelmed and they didn't forget or ignore our table.

Good experience and I do see myself going back again.

2. Valenca

665 Monroe Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07201-1638 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, European, Portuguese, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 20 - SGD 33 +1 908-354-4024
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 413 reviews

Valenca

Reviewed By BigMS - Staten Island, New York

We have been to this restaurant on numerous occasions, most recently last night (01/13/18) and we have always had a terrific experience. Excellent service, food quality and quantity.

3. Abigail's Cafe

804 W Elizabeth Ave, corner of Stiles St, Linden, NJ 07036-6302 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Polish, European, American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 908-523-0777
Excellent
54%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Abigail's Cafe

Reviewed By Bones57 - NJ

Stppped at Abigails, and every rable was full. The menu is awesome. We went the Polish route. Abigails plate. Pierogi, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, and kraut. Also had the schabowy, veal dish, and the amazing hungarian goulash with potato pancake. Great polush beers, vodka. Also the entire menu is outstanding. Paella, branzino, and chicken. Just outstanding. Really reasonable.

4. Kilkenny House

112 South Ave E, Cranford, NJ 07016-2944 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Irish, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 908-276-3414
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 112 reviews

Kilkenny House

Reviewed By claimsgal - Union, New Jersey

Brought a friend here for lunch - service was great, food selections & portions were great! I got the adult Mac n cheese-filled with bacon, broccoli & a creamy white sauce- delicious. My friend had a lobster sandwich which she said was very good- we both brought 1/2 Home. The one downfall is that because it was lunchtime, it was pretty crowded with business folks & was noisy- it settled down once food was brought - a very welcoming place to visit

5. Cranford Vanilla Bean Creamery

22 North Ave W, Cranford, NJ 07016-2115 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 908-272-3000
Excellent
89%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 42 reviews

Cranford Vanilla Bean Creamery

Reviewed By FastAli - NJ

There are so many interesting and creative flavors to choose from here, but the only one you really need is the mint chip. Vanilla bean makes the best home made mint chip ever. It is creamy and simply perfect. The ice cream sandwiches are nice to take home to have in the freezer. It's a treat to come out and support this local small business whenever the ice cream craving strikes!

6. Pinho's Bakery

1027 Chestnut St, Roselle, NJ 07203-1955 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch +1 908-245-4388
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Pinho's Bakery

Reviewed By Allan L - New Jersey

We are absolutely blown away by the selection, prices, quality of their
goods. Cakes are awesome, breads, pastries. Superb. The chocolate babka just needs more of that delicious chocolate otherwise there's a lot of bread in it. We've lived close by for 35 years and just discovered them. Won't let that happen again.

7. Luciano's Ristorante

1579 Main St, Rahway, NJ 07065-4028 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Valet Parking Italian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 39 +1 732-815-1200
Excellent
43%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 117 reviews

Luciano's Ristorante

Reviewed By Scott L - Clark, New Jersey

Food was good, staff was excellent. Only downside, we went on a Friday night when they have live music (piano / sax). While the music was good, it was just a little too loud to where we had trouble having a conversation at our table.

8. Pairings

10 Walnut Ave, Corner of Walnut Ave and South Ave East, Cranford, NJ 07016-2948 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 908-276-4026
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Pairings

Reviewed By CDFBologna - Geneva, Switzerland

Very original dishes, big portions, tasty food, nice setting but a few things could be improved: music is too loud and the staff comes and interrupts too often.

9. Michelino's Restaurant

169 Washington Ave, Elizabeth, NJ 07202-3419 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 14 - SGD 39 +1 908-355-8393
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Michelino's Restaurant

Michelino's Restaurant and Pizzeria offers Italian, casual dining as it should be. Whether you join us for a casual dinner in our restaurant, enjoy watching sports at the bar or need pizza and wings delivered to your home - you can count on Michelino's!

Reviewed By McGregor4 - Ontario

While in the area for my daughters soccer tournament we decided to have a good dinner since we were all tired of eating out. I had pulled up restaurants in the area on trip advisor and this one stood out so we figured we would give it a try and I'm so glad we did.
The restaurant was cute and very clean. Servers working were all very friendly and attentive. Our waitress Elienna was fantastic always checking in to ensure we had everything we needed.
We started with the calamari which was great and they also provided us fresh warm bread and two types of fresh dips made with fresh tomatoes, onions and olives.
I had the ravioli, my daughter had the fettuccini and my husband had a chicken dish with pasta on the side. Everything was amazing, fresh and tasted. Portions were huge and we savoured each bite.
We declined dessert simply because we were so stuffed but since it was our first visit and we were from out of town they gave us all a complementary dessert to end our meal.
I would highly recommend this restaurant for fresh authentic Italian food.

10. Flaming Grill Supreme Buffet

1701 W Edgar Rd, Linden, NJ 07036-6423 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 908-862-8866
Excellent
36%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 47 reviews

Flaming Grill Supreme Buffet

Reviewed By annieseztoo - Linden, New Jersey

Reserved large back room for 30. Room is plenty big.
Large dining area. Plenty of food choices.
I enjoyed the freshly prepared sushi, ginger and wasabi. Friends and co workers picked and sampled shrimp, vegetables, lo mien , rice, chicken, beef and pork.
I did not sample hibachi meal this time, will next time.
Ladies ordered soda, water, hot / cold tea, lemonade..We did bring some champagne to toast our co-worker and her new job.
Fresh fruit to cleanse our palate before dessert.
Bakery cake was bought in with us.
We stayed over an hour and watched the place fill with diners and hot food from kitchen was bought out fast.
I saw no empty trays of food in the buffet.
Adult buffet Monday -Friday$11.99
Saturday $12.99.
Flaming Grill is worth a stop for lunch. Adult$7.99 Monday-Friday.
$8.99 on Saturday.
Check Valpak mailer for coupon discounts.

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