New Jersey Eats: Top 10 Central Jersey restaurants

Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Union counties are known for their incredible mix of countryside, metropolitan living, diversity and vitality, and this is ever-reflected in the cuisine of the region.

Here in Central Jersey, you can find everything from five-star formal American dining to ethnic fare with a modern twist and everything in between.

Verve Restaurant

When Verve Restaurant, a cozy bistro offering a French-American menu in a white-tablecloth dining room and a sidewalk-seating area, opened its doors in Somerville in 1996, the New York Times said, “As goes Verve, as goes Somerville.”

The quote holds true today. As the town was growing and changing, the Times knew that if a French-American bistro could make it in the borough, Somerville was surely turning around, and that it has. Today, the restaurant still offers quality fare such as Parisian gnocchi ($14), Long Island duck breast ($30), butter poached lobster ($35) and stuffed Turkish figs ($16) alongside an inventive cocktail menu.

Restaurant Legend: Fine Dining.

If you go: 18 East Main St., Somerville, 908-707-8655,, @vervestyle


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