The Besties – The Best of the Best in Basking Ridge, Bernardsville, Bedminster

“The Idea Exchange Bestie Awards”

50 and Growing – Thanks to You!

Bedminster, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Far Hills, Peapack/Gladstone also known as The Somerset Hills. It’s time for a real discussion on where to get the best things based on what the LOCALS say! Don’t agree? Post what you think is is best. And if we couldn’t find local, we gave best option.


Best Food

Best Bread: Biagios’  (Stirling)

Best Meat/Butcher: Green Village Packing Company (Green Village)

Best Bagels: Bagels 4 – U (Fat Bagels) (Bernardsville), Bagel Bin (Thinner ) – (Bernardsville)

Best Pizza:  Lennys (Bernardsville), Venetos (Basking Ridge), Natales (Gillette)

Best Pizza: (Gluten Free) – Nicoletta (Bernardsville)

Best Burger: Station (Bernardsville),  Black Horse Pub (Mendham), Turf & Surf (Warren)

Best Fries:  Copper Kettle (Basking Ridge) – they recently changed!

Best Hot Dog: Stirling Hotel (Stirling)

Best Sub: ,  Sorry. Gotta Travel:  Sorrentos (E. Hanover), Colonial Pantry (Mendham),  Angies (Gillette), Hershey’s (Westfield)

Best Deli Sandwich: Peroitti’s (Basking Ridge) (See also Subs)

Best Sloppy Joe Sandwich: Copper Kettle (Basking Ridge), Brushes (Basking Ridge)

Tim from Brushes Deli with “The Monster”

Best Chinese Takeout: Asian Delight (Bernardsville)

Best Japanese Restaurant: Tsuru (Dewey Meadow -Basking Ridge)

Best Sushi Restaurant:  Tsuki (Bernardsville)

Best Hot Top Japanese Restaurant: Kiku  (Bedminster)

Best Italian Restaurant: Trattoria Mediterranea (BYO) (Bedminster), Cafe Rosa (BYO) (Pluckemin)

Best Mexican Restaurant: Casa Maya (BYO) (Meyersville)

Best BBQ: Minuteman Smokehouse (Morristown – Just north of Basking Ridge)

Best Prime Rib:  Sorry! For the money – Charlie Browns (Westfield)

Best Diner: Stirling Diner (Stirling), Spinning Wheel (Lebanon)

Best Salad Bar: Kings (Bernardsville)

Best Local Farm Stand: Crane Farm Stand (Basking Ridge), English Farm (Liberty Corner)

Best Bakery:  Sorry! Gotta travel. Sorrentos (E. Hanover), Randazzos (Raritan)

Best Bakery (Gluten Free): Gluten Free Gloriously (Stirling)

Best Crumb Cake: Bernardsville Train  Station Farmers Market (Seasonal) (Bernardsville)

Best Sheet Cake: Costco (Bridgewater), runner up (Shop Rite)

Best Ice Cream: Polar Cub (Whitehouse Station), Penguin (Bernardsville)

Best Prepared Take Out Meals:  Perotti’s  (Basking Ridge and Far Hills)

Best Empanadas:  Minos Cafe (Bernardsville)

Best Chili: Peroitti’s Take out Chicken Chili (Basking Ridge)

Best Wings: Cluck U (Pizza Brothers)

Best Breakfast: Cowboy Skillit/Mockingbird Cafe (Basking Ridge)

Best Taylor Ham Egg & Cheese (S.P.K) –   Brushes Deli (Try the Monster – 6 slices of Taylor Ham, 2 eggs, 4 slices of cheese).

Brushes Deli in Bernards Twp offers “The Monster”
The Brushes Deli Monster breakfast sandwich.

Best Coffee Joint: Liberty Cycle Cafe (Basking Ridge)

Best Going Out (Adults)

Best Social Scene: Outpost (Basking Ridge)

Best Outdoor Patio: Stirling Hotel (Stirling)

Best Beer Tap Selection: Capitol (Green Brook)

Best High End: Ninety Acres (Peapack)

Best Low End: Top of the Hill (Pluckemin)

Best Fire Pit Drinking: Ninety Acres (Peapack)

Best Lively Atmosphere Dining: Bistro 73 (BYO) (Bernardsville)

Best Divorce Hang Out/Pick Up:  3 West (Basking Ridge)

Best Activity: Bowling/Beverages  Bowlmor (Green Brook)

Best Services

Best Liquor Store: Stirling Liquors (Stirling)

Best Supermarket: Shop Rite (Bernardsville)  Wegman’s  (Raritan)

Best Veterinarian: Meyersville Veterinary Group (Stirling)

Best ER Veterinarian: AniMerge (Raritan) But it’s expensive!

Best Barber: (Old School) Liberty Corner Barbershop (Liberty Corner),  Barber Shop at Far Hills

Best Gas Station for Gas: Shell (Basking Ridge)

Best Auto Body: Millington Auto Body (Millington)

Best Nail Salon: Prestigious Nails (Warren)

Best Pedicure: Kims Nails (Summit)

Best Local Cabinet Maker: Jeff Melick Carpentry

Best Local Business Networking Group: The Oak Tree Networking Group (Basking Ridge)

Best Local Tree Service: Keiling Tree (Basking Ridge)  Mention- Tamke-Basking Ridge

Still Looking For a Few – Tell Us!

Best Outdoor Dining: Tell Us

Best Steak: Tell Us

Best Prime Rib: Tell Us

Best Thai: Tell Us

Best Medical Emergency Walk In : Someone please tell us!

Best Car Wash: Tell us

Best Moving Company: Tell Us

Best Dog Groomer: Tell Us

Best Hair Salon: Tell Us

Best Christmas Tree Place: Tell Us

Best Vegetarian Joint: Tell Us

Have a “Best Of” To Share?

If you don’t agree, that’s fine. Post your category, place, town and why.