The city of Summit is one of my favorite towns. The downtown is a crisscross of streets with boutiques, restaurants, and stores. On a nice day, families are out and about with their children eating ice cream and enjoying one of the many playgrounds. In the summer, there is a delightful concert series and Sunday farmers market which brings residents out perusing the fresh produce and specialty foods.

With so much to do in Summit, you may not have noticed that an incredibly diverse restaurant scene has emerged. I would venture to say that Summit has become a real foodie destination! International options abound, and the quality of the cuisine is fantastic.

Whether you want a formal sit-down dinner or a soft serve ice cream to go, here are 10 of my favorite eateries in Summit, NJ, all of which are well worth a visit:

Batavia Cafe (American) – A favorite for the locals, Batavia Cafe is a go-to for morning coffee and the Batavia Breakfast Bar. There are four kinds of soup daily and a variety of freshly made salads, sandwiches and wraps. For busy families, there’s even a dinner option that can be pre-ordered and picked up daily.

The Bombay Bistro (Indian) – A popular lunch destination, Bombay Bistro has excellent Indian food. The Sampler Specials include 4 different items, rice and bread, and the dessert menu has an amazing selection of unique and delicious sweets.

The Committed Pig (American) – A burger and pancake house, The Committed Pig serves up a delicious brunch that includes the usual suspects, pancakes, and french toast, alongside a selection of pork rolls on brioche. The dinner menu includes comfort food at its best – burgers and grilled cheese.

Due 360 (Argentinian) – On the corner of Maple Street and Union Place is a relatively new tapas bar, Due 360. The expansive menu includes Spicy Salmon Tartar, Empanadas Sliders and Crispy Squid, truly a foodie’s delight. On a nice day, they have outdoor seating.

Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen (Seafood) – If you like Little Neck clams or oysters on the half shell, Fin is the place for you. The menu includes an amazing selection of wood-grilled fish and even smaller Table Tastings.

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Magic Fountain (Ice Cream) – An outdoor ice cream bar in warm weather and a Christmas tree lot in winter, Magic Fountain has locals lining up down the street for their soft serve ice cream.

Pizza Vita (Italian) – With fast, delicious brick oven Neapolitan pizza, this Italian eatery has great food and a variety of dishes that includes pasta, salads, and antipasti. You’ll see the Pizza Vita truck at the Sunday downtown farmer’s market in summer.

Rosalita Mexican (Mexican) – A newcomer to the Summit restaurant scene, Rosalita offers authentic Mexican cuisine like ceviche and Tacos al Pastor. The interior is trendy, upbeat and fun, a nice addition to other dining options in town.

Summit Greek Grill (Greek) – The Nutella crepes are a favorite of the patrons at the Summit Greek Grill. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it has traditional Greek specialties and mainstays such as wraps, specialty flatbread pizzas, and paninis.

Shunju (Asian Fusion) – With an eclectic menu that includes a section of sushi and sashimi by the piece, Shunju has quickly become a local favorite. The variety of dishes is amazing; one of my favorites is Bunxao, a Vietnamese stir-fried rice noodle dish with shrimp, egg, bean sprouts, roasted peanuts and nuoc cham sauce.

Summit, New Jersey is a wonderful, walkable, family-friendly city, and it’s become a magnet for foodies too. Recently highlighted in a New York Times article as a place to “grow into and stay,” the vibrant downtown and thriving restaurant scene are without question part of the reason homebuyers put Summit at the top of their house hunting list.  

Are you considering a move to Summit? I’d love to show you around and tell you more about this wonderful northern New Jersey city, conveniently located on the Midtown Direct line. Contact Victoria Carter at (973) 220-3050 or email



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