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

April 15, 2018 Mikaela Didonna

The City of Orange is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 30,134, reflecting a decline of 2,734 (-8.3%) from the 32,868 counted in 2000, which had in turn increased by 2,943 (+9.8%) from the 29,925 counted in the 1990 Census.
Things to do in Orange

1. Star Tavern

400 High St, Orange, NJ 07050-1921 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 973-675-3336
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 203 reviews

Star Tavern

Reviewed By buffylane - Long Valley, New Jersey

Famous for its pizza, you must try their thin crust pizza. There are unique toppings, but we stayed with the usual meatball and mushrooms. The fried calamari is awesome and the salads are enormous. The eggplant and portabella mushroom appetizer is outstanding. Nice bar with tv's and people were watching basketball while we were there. Lots of families, very comfortable place.

2. Anthony's Cheesecake

71 Washington street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 973-415-8885
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 86 reviews

Anthony's Cheesecake

We are a Bakery/Restaurant serving fresh baked items as well as breakfast, lunch, dinner. We are open Tuesday through Sunday and we serve dinner every Friday & Saturday 5-9 pm. BYOB You can see all our menus on our website at Anthony's Cheesecake.

Reviewed By alicemI6380LS - clark, United States

We (4 family members) went for Sunday brunch & were pleased beyond expectations. The place is so friendly you feel like family. The service is spot on and the food is perfection. The menu is creative and eclectic, never boring. And the price is more...MoreThank you so much for the kind words. We hope to see you soon.

3. Highlawn Pavilion

Eagle Rock Reservation, West Orange, NJ 07052 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 973-731-3463
Excellent
57%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 330 reviews

Highlawn Pavilion

Reviewed By ninip0st - Bernardsville, New Jersey

We chose to celebrate a special brithday at Highlawn and now regret our choice. Having eaten here over the years we looked forward to sharing lunch with loved ones enjoying what is an undeniably spectacular setting and view of NYC. But, the food today fell so far short of acceptable that not only are we embarassed for inviting our guests here but are saddened that this day was wasted at Highlawn Pavilion. Perhaps the place is irrelevant now, past its prime, and out of touch. My choice of entree was served completely undercooked, I was afraid to eat it, and when I politely informed our server, he returned it to the kitchen where the chef challenged my opinion. The dish was run through the broiler after which it was returned to me in utter disarray. The appropriate, professional, and courteous solution, at a restaurant that purports to be fine dining, would have been to start from scratch and prepare a new dish. My husband's risotto was served cold and inedible and the shrimp component of our appetizer tasted just awful. In the end, our server wished to satisfy and the cost of the my entree was removed from the check - which was fair - but I, in turn, sat without eating. It seems that Highlawn has some catching up to do. The customer, the paying customer, has a right to determine that, if their meal is undercooked or unnacceptable to them it should be remedied, no questions asked - without a dispute from the kitchem.

4. Mishmish Cafe

215 Glenridge Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042-3562 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 973-337-5648
Excellent
61%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Mishmish Cafe

Reviewed By M3659GGsarahs - Montclair, New Jersey

When I want absolutely reliably, traditional, delicious Middle Eastern food, I eat at Falafel Hut, also in Montclair. When I want delicious Middle Eastern food with a twist, I eat at Mishmish or its new sibling, which is even more convenient to my house, Marcel's -- same chef. Marcel's isn't yet on TripAdvisor, but it has a Moroccan chicken soup that makes me want to have a cold, though it's also luscious when I'm not ill. I bought it the first time when I was, though, and it hit the spot. Marcel's is my favorite of the two.

5. Arturos Osteria & Pizzeria

180 Maplewood Ave, Maplewood, NJ 07040-2565 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 973-378-5800
Excellent
69%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

Arturos Osteria & Pizzeria

Reviewed By PhilipNewJersey - New Jersey

All the food here is heavenly. We try to go in "off peak" hours, to avoid long waits for a table. (BYOB). Everything is wonderful -- pastas, pizzas, salads and sandwiches. Among our favorites are the wild mushroom ravioli with garlic, rosemary sauce, all the pizzas (fresh ingredients and a "lightness" which is uncharacteristic of NJ pizzas which are overloaded with cheese), all the salads (our favorites are the beet salad and the kale Caesar), and the mortadella and mozzarella sandwich. A small restaurant in the popular downtown area of Maplewood, so plan your arrival strategically.

6. Hobby's Delicatessen & Restaurant

32 Branford Pl, Newark, NJ 07102-2723 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +1 973-623-0410
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 170 reviews

Hobby's Delicatessen & Restaurant

Reviewed By lone6star - New Jersey

Came here for business lunch and was pleasantly surprised. It was like eating at Ben's or Katz's deli in in NYC. We were pleasantly greeted and shown to a table. Inside needs some decorating! Complimentary pickles were provided. Mushroom Barley soup was amazing! Corned beef was lean and potato salad was excellent. Will be back!

7. Tops Diner

500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 973-481-0490
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 427 reviews

Tops Diner

Tops Diner serves some of the freshest and most delicious food in East Newark, NJ! Come in for an amazing meal and some gracious hospitality!

Reviewed By Kevin B - Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Living in NJ for 3 years, you learn where the best diners are supposed to be, so when I was moving out of North Jersey, I had to stop in at Tops Diner to try it before I left. I came here mid-week and I only waited 5-10 minutes for a table. The service was prompt and the servers were quite courteous. I ordered a classic Turkey club and it came out quick and was cooked well. I enjoyed the meal and my service, but it's the prices that left me with a bad taste as my club was $15, which is just insane.

8. Boccone South

59 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079-1715 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 973-378-9222
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

Boccone South

Reviewed By Kim K - Davidson, North Carolina, United States

Very reasonable lunch special. We shared the perfectly cooked calamari and the house special chicken dish. Fresh bread arrived first with olive oil and preserved garlic. Then we each had a light and fresh Caesar before the calamari arrived hot from the pan. Second course was timed right and was also fresh and hot. We did not order desert but a small serving of their famous bread pudding was served for us to sample. It was amazing! The server was very friendly and we felt so welcomed.

9. Animal Kingdom

436-440 Main St, East Orange, NJ 07018-3226 +1 973-673-1252
Excellent
66%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Animal Kingdom

Professional Dog & Cat Grooming with a large selection of Tropical Fish, saltwater fish supplies, small animals, reptiles and birds. (We do not sell dogs or cats)

Reviewed By NewarkScubaDiver - Newark, New Jersey

I have been an on and off customer of Animal Kingdom for over 20 years and 5 animals. Unlike some other locations both your pet and YOU are treated with respect and understanding. I have not purchased any pets from them - but have never heard of any problems either. They are clearly not a puppy mill and care about all of their pets. I have utilized their grooming services for 20 years and YET to have a complaint (and I do not keep show dogs - though I am so very proud of them AFTER they are serviced - lol).

10. Libretti's Restaurant

554 Nassau St, Orange, NJ 07050-1232 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Italian Lunch, Dinner +1 973-673-5155
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Libretti's Restaurant

Reviewed By Carolyn B - Bloomingdale, NJ

We've been going to this restaurant for many many years because it's a convenient meeting place with friends and has good parking. It's still a very good restaurant, but the food has changed somewhat over the years. For one thing the portions have shrunk as the prices have, naturally, gone up. Your entree comes with either a salad or a tiny dish of pasta. We had a special delicious chicken, which two of us shared. There was nothing else on that plate. But it was plenty for the two of us after eating the ample, complimentary tomato bread and the salad. Service is ok, but I truly despise the fact that the minute the first diner finishes, his plate is whisked away. This continued one by one until one poor person was just sitting there, all by herself eating, at a completely emptied table. This is a pet peeve of mine and there's simply no excuse for it. For that reason alone I gave it only 3 stars.

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