Nirvana: Indian; Allendale; 29 W Allendale Av; 26/18/$36; 201-818-2300; Great place that is receiving rave reviews; Lunchtime buffet; BYO; About 15 different appetizers and Chaat; Wonderful tandoor selections; Butter Chicken; Chicken Tikka Masala; Chicken Makhani; Rogan Josh; Lamb Saag; Lamb Phaal; many vegetarian & vegan dishes. Several kinds of Naan available. It is a must try for Indian lovers. Staff very friendly as well. Website is perfection. http://nirvanaindiankitchen.com/
Hunkar Restaurant: Turkish; Carlstadt; 319 Hackensack St; 24/20/$29; 201-507-0606; Has BYO; the full package of cool décor, attentive service and authentic cuisine cooked to perfection; Back patio with Manhattan views; Home cooked meals; Get the mixed grill, I demand it! Shepherds salad is spot on; Tons to pick from on extensive menu; Order lots to share. Alternative to eating Greek. Lamb shank. http://www.hunkarrestaurant.com/
Dayi’nin Yeri: Turkish; Cliffside Park; 333 Palisade Av; 25/17/$31; 201-840-1770; Amazing Turkish BYO; Kababs other worldly; Lamb Chops are succulent; Pita bread baked fresh daily; Best Kunefe in Jersey; All the local Turkish people rave about the authenticity; I suggest getting the large mixed appetizer and then a combo Kebab for main course (to share of course). Have many Turkish pizzas as well. http://dayininyerinj.com/turkish_food/Dayininyeri.html
Samdan: Turkish; Cresskill; 178 Piermont Rd @ Union Av; 23/17/$45; 201-816-7343; www.samdanrestaurant.com; The grilled seafood and meats stand out; Kebab heaven; Dining room somewhat plain and formal- certainly a mature setting; Very traditional dishes; One of the few Turkish restaurants in county. Interesting wine list; Limited seafood options; Easy-to-share portions; Fairly priced main courses. If you love lamb, prepare! Website has pictures of all the dishes. Meat lover’s dream.
Namaste: Nepalese; Edgewater; 1086 River Rd; 25/18/$34; 201-224-8777; Exotic flavorings in this Indian influenced Nepalese restaurant; Chicken Makhani, Tikka Masala and Lamb Korma; Tons of appetizers under $8; Try the Himalayan Soup; 20 or so vegetarian entrees; Has my Goat Curry; “Momo” their take on Dumplings; The Naan is wonderful; Very affordable. Try something new. www.yelp.com/biz/namaste-edgewater
Cinar Turkish: Turkish; Emerson; 214 Kinderkamack; 25/17/$33; 201-523-9284; www.cinaremerson.com/; Incredibly popular mini-chain with loyal fans; Try the Turkish Dumplings, Warm Hummus, Lamb Adana with Salad; Large selection of dinner salads; Short Rib flatbread Pizza, Grilled Octopus, Cinar Borek – puff pastry with cheese and leeks; Lamb Shank, Whole Grilled Bronzino. Looks amazing. Owner super friendly. Full bar.
Art of Spice: Indian; Hackensack; 159 Main St; 24/19/$32; 201-342-3444; www.art-of-spice.com/; Rave reviews for this welcoming Indian place near Riverside Mall; Lunch buffet is $11 weekdays and $13 on weekends – giving it away! All entrees include Basmati rice; Try the Goat Rogan Josh; They have all the classics such as Chicken Makhani and Tikka Masala; Over a dozen vegetarian options in both apps and main courses; Many tandoori specials, soups and a variety of Naans.
Tandoori Chef: Indian; Hackensack; 258 Main St; 21/15/$33; 201-457-1557; http://tandoorichef-nj.com/; Try the chicken Tikki masala or Butter chicken; Goat curry available; Large assortment of vegetable entrees; Their Naan does stand out; Have a daily Lunch buffet that is very inexpensive. Good sized portions and management makes a strong effort to impress. Lamb vindaloo is yummy.
Karma Kafe: Indian; Hoboken; 505 Washington @ 5th-6th St; 23/19/$28; 201-610-0900; www.karmakafe.com; One of the best Indian restaurants in Jersey; $9.99 all you can eat lunch buffet; Have a Taj beer and Tiki Masala; Very tasty, well spiced cuisine; Seats 50; Great value. Large menu; Exotic flavors – they do a lot with the space they have. Very popular. Ample portions. Outdoor seating. Creative, endless menu – love it.
Sapphire Divine: Indian; Mahwah; 164 Franklin Turnpike; 24/17/$35; 201-252-2789; www.sapphiremahwah.com; Great dishes on the menu, Tikka, Vindaloo, Biryani, etc. Daily lunch buffet $11-$13; 25 different appetizers; Huge tandoori options; Chicken Makhani and my favorite – Goat Curry; Lamb Rogan Josh; Just a great menu – if not predictable. Even 12 kinds of Naan/ Bread. BYO.
Toros: Turkish; New Milford; 690 River Road; 25/19/$36; 201-265-0004; www.torosrestaurant.com/; Beautifully decorated inside- old world Turkish décor and furniture; Website is excellent- featuring pictures of all the dishes for newcomers; Authentic, tasty dishes; Usual kebabs, breads and spreads; $11.95 multi course lunch special. Wine list. You’ll be surprised how much you enjoyed it. Check out website. This location is BYOB. Also have locations in Clifton & Paterson. Diamond in the ruff.
Kamal Palace: Indian; North Arlington; 623 Ridge Rd; 24/18/$33; 201-991-8282; http://kamalpalacenj.com/; Hidden gem for sure; Dirt cheap weekend buffet for lunch is under $12; Tandoori chicken perfectly done; Huge menu that offers anyone something great for dinner; Mulligatawny Soup is yum; Dozen different Naans; I think this is the biggest Indian menu I’ve ever seen; Chicken Makhani; 3 different Goat curries; 100+ entrees.
Mantra: Indian; Paramus; 275 Rt 4 W @ Forest; 24/24/$42; 201-342-8868; www.mantranj.com; High end Indian; Stylish lounge feel; Chic, romantic setting; While expensive for the genre- the exotic selections are sure to please; Great bar scene; Not the usual endless Indian menu- more ‘Table’ like (hotspot in Manhattan). The Rogan Josh and Chicken Mahkani are tops; Incredible $14 lunch buffet on weekends…. A steal. Top service.
Delhi Accent: Indian; Ridgewood; 37 Chestnut St; 24/18/$37; 201-444-4910; BYO authentic Indian in the heart of NJ’s best foodie town; Try the Lamb rack biryani; Hidden gem for sure as food has amazing flavors; The chef strives to impress with unique offerings; Try the butter chicken lollipops; Blue garlic crab; Charcoal grill oven entrees; Amazing butter chicken and tikki masala; Goat available; Huge variety of bread/naan options. https://delhiaccentnj.com/
Kailash: Indian; Ridgewood; 22 Oak St; 23/17/$36; 201-251-9693; www.kailashindiancuisine.com; Known for excellent Naan and Chicken Tikki Masala; BYO; Lunch buffet available; Perhaps they are the reason Brick Lane Curry House closed! Not yet been here but on the list to try. Fans of spicy food rave. Calming vibe. Good service. Garlic Naan to die for. Great reviews. Best suited for lunch or weekday dinner. Casual setting.
Lisa’s Mediterranean Kitchen: Turkish; Ridgewood; 28 Oak St; 21/20/$37; 201-251-8686; Belly dancing on Thursdays bring energy to this friendly, high quality Turkish restaurant; Mixed Grill is excellent; BYO; Authentic cooking and ingredients. Extremely friendly service; Great effort made here. Massive menu with tons of seafood, kebabs etc. Order 4-5 appetizers instead! Mixed Appetizer plate, Homemade Manti (dumplings) are way to go. Whole Bronzino;
Veda: Indian; Tenafly; 10 Jay St; 26/18/$41; 201-399-7788; Just a terrific local Indian spot in a great Tenafly location. I’ve never had a bad dish here. They will accommodate menu requests; Unique appetizers and wonderfully spiced; The Naan is flaky and delicious; BYO; Crab Tikki Masala; Goat on menu; Most main dishes around $20. https://vedatasteofindia.com/tenaflynj/
Beyti Kebab: Turkish; Union City; 4105 Park Av; 22/14/$27; 201-936-0640; http://www.beytikebabunioncity.com/ Extremely good Turkish restaurant; Great(ish) for dates or family; Baklava is epic; Very authentic cuisine; Kebabs solid- be prepared to eat lamb or chicken; BYO; Hummus and baba ghanoush outstanding. Belly dancers on Saturdays except Summer. Good bang for the buck. Endless menu. Lentil soup is great.
Bombay Hut: Indian; Waldwick; 8A W Prospect; 24/16/$39; 201-857-3266; BYO; Caring staff that makes the effort and tries their best to make you feel welcomed; Happy to answer questions; Naan is so buttery; All of the curries have masterful flavor; All meals crafted in-house using fresh ingredients. Closed Monday. https://www.bombayhut.com/
Downtown Dhaba: Indian; Westwood; 31 Westwood Av; 23/19/$43; 201-664-0123; www.dhabadowntown.com/; Finally an Indian option in Westwood; Lunch & Dinner daily; BYO; Buffet on weekends; High quality food but mixed service so far; Opened mid 2017; Chef’s signature is the Butter chicken; Try the Lamb Bhuna Gosht or Rogan Josh. Lots of Naan to choose from. Delicious Indian.