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Best cheap buffets?

i havent been to yet, but have heard very mixed reviews of the POC buffet and sushi in Hackensack. took over a brazilian churasscaria place about 2yrs ago. Personally, I am a Minado guy, but was thinking about trying this place out. has anyone been? Also heard that the old Duke Ocean Grill in Tappan NY (footsteps over the NJ border) is turning into a buffet place that actually is going to serve house smoked BBQ??? now that is something I would check out. New place is called Bon Fayr? Heard about it from boozyburbs. gotta check that out soon too!

about 9 hours ago
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what's your favorite greek place in bergen county?

we enjoy Sofia's as well!

Apr 02, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

what's your favorite greek place in bergen county?

We wound up trying Syros in Englewood over the weekend and it was very nice. Not a huge menu, but what they do, they do well. started with the mussels appetizer and a greek salad. Mussels were huge and tasty, steamed with scallions, dill, tons of garlic, and wine. greek salad was the standard, but very fresh and feta was extraordinary. I had the catch of the day, a whole Bronzino. i was a little nervous because i never had Bronzino before but it was delicious. very simply prepared, very tasty, came with delicious lemon potatoes. wife got a chicken dish which was great too. reminded me of coq au vin. washed it down with a not too sweet riesling we brought in (BYO) and had a really enjoyable meal. would definitely return.

Apr 02, 2015
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what's your favorite greek place in bergen county?

was thinking about trying Syros Taverna next in Englewood.... anyone been yet?

Mar 27, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Stickey's BBQ in Hillsdale

So we finally got over to Stickey's in Hillsdale, and had an enjoyable meal. Very first thing, as soon as you walk in, your are greeted with a smoked meat/ bbq smell wafting from the kitchen. The interior is gorgeous. a texas / bbq / pork theme going on here. has a very open, clean, spacious, new feel. The kitchen is open as well, allowing you to watch Larry Hage (the pitmaster) taking racks of ribs out of the smokers and do his thing, which i thought was pretty cool. its byo so we picked up a six pack of shiner bock across the street at shop right liquors. the waitress brought over a huge cooler to our table filled with ice - slightly overkill for a six pack lol, but still impressive.

Waitress was extremely friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. we wanted to try many different items so we split a 1/2 rack of beef rib, and a 3 meat combo. we opted for pulled pork, brisket and the pork ribs. sides (you get 2 w/ the combo, 1 with the 1/2 rack) were collard greens, mac n cheese, and fries.

food was a mixed bag.
high notes:
the beef rib was one of the tastiest pieces of meat i have ever eaten. no joke. i actually never had a beef rib before, and so glad we chose it. even the 1/2 rack was huge. in my opinion it didn't even seem like a rib, but more like a roast on a huge bone. soft, succulent, tender beef, with some fat nestled in the grain of the meat, just smoky and salty and seasoned perfectly. i would go back just for this dish alone. A+

Brisket: very tasty, nice smoke ring around the meat and crusty outside. could have been a little more fatty/moist imo, but really good.

the Ok - all sides. collard greens were good (not spicy like Finks) mac and cheese was ok, kinda bland. fries were fries, nothing special. Also, side dishes are disappointingly small (besides the fries). little plastic cup small. :(

also Ok was pulled pork. not bad, not great, it was the wife's choice, as pulled pork isnt my favorite. would skip it to try another meat option next time.

Not that impressive: the pork ribs. really disappointed here. Unfortunately i cant help but compare everything to Finks, and these ribs just weren't on par. the rub Larry uses was very good (we had wanted to try 2 different sauces, so they came on the side) but the issue was they were kinda small... not that much meat on the bone. more importantly, i dont think they remove or trim the membrane on the pork ribs. i know ribs are not supposed to be "fall of the bone" and have some bite to them, but these had almost a snap to them and were slightly tough to bite off the bone and chew. tasted good with the sauce, but im used to the huge, soft, awesome pork ribs at Finks.

Sauces were tasty - we chose the traditional and the spicy mojo. ( mojo is basically the traditional with red pepper flakes)

Had good amount of leftover beef rib which was delicious warmed up next day.
All in all would definitely return for the beef rib alone! also next time would like to try their pitt beef, sausage, bbq chicken, and wings (table across got burgers which also looked great)
hard not to compare to my favorite bbq joint Finks, and probably unfair. However, having 2 solid smokehouse bbq places in the county with slightly different offerings is definitely not a bad thing.
other good things, as mentioned before its byo, the staff incredibly friendly. bathrooms are gorgeous, and that cooler brought tableside was awesome.
will be back!

Mar 26, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Best BBQ in Bergen County?

We finally over to Stickey's in Hillsdale, and had a very enjoyable meal. first thing as soon as you walk in, your are greeted with the smoked meat/ bbq smell wafting from the kitchen. The interior is gorgeous. a nice texas / bbq / pork theme going on here. has a very open, clean, spacious, new feel. The kitchen is open too, allowing you to watch Larry taking racks of ribs out of the smokers and do his thing, which i thought was pretty cool. its byo so we picked up a six pack of shiner bock across the street at shop right liquors. the waitress brought over a huge cooler to our table filled with ice - slightly overkill for a six pack lol, but still impressive.
Waitress was extremely friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu. we wanted to try many different items so we split a 1/2 rack of beef rib, and a 3 meat combo. we opted for pulled pork, brisket and the pork ribs. sides (you get 2 w/ the combo, 1 with the 1/2 rack) were collard greens, mac n cheese, and fries.

food was a mixed bag.
high notes:
the beef rib was one of the tastiest pieces of meat i have ever eaten. no joke. i actually never had a beef rib before, and so glad we chose it. even the 1/2 rack was huge. in my opinion it didnt even seem like a rib, but more like a roast on a huge bone. soft, succulent, tender beef, with some fat nestled in the grain of the meat, just smoky and salty and seasoned perfectly. i would go back just for this dish alone. A+

Brisket: very tasty, nice smoke ring around the meat and crusty outside. could have been a little more moist imo, but really good.

the Ok - all sides. collard greens were good (not spicy like finks) mac and cheese was ok, kinda bland. fries were fries, nothing special. Also, side dishes are disappointingly small (besides the fries). little plastic cup small. :(

also Ok was pulled pork. not bad, not great, it was the wife's choice, as pulled pork isnt my favorite. would try another meat option next time.

Not that impressive: the pork ribs. really disappointed here. Unfortunately i cant help but compare everything to Finks, and these ribs just weren't great. the rub Larry uses was very good (we had wanted to try 2 different sauces, so they came on the side) but the issue was they were kinda small... not that much meat on the bone. more importantly, i dont think they remove or trim the membrane on the pork ribs. i know ribs are not supposed to be "fall of the bone" and have some bite to them, but these had almost a snap to them and were slightly tough to bite off the bone and chew. tasted good with the sauce, but im used to the huge, soft, awesome pork ribs at finks.

Sauces were tasty - we chose the traditional and the spicy mojo. (basically the traditional with red pepper flakes)

Had good amount of leftover beef rib which was delicious warmed up next day.
All in all would definitely return for the beef rib alone! also next time would like to try their pitt beef, sausage, bbq chicken, and wings (table across got burgers which also looked great)
hard not to compare to my favorite bbq joint Finks, and probably unfair. However, having 2 solid smokehouse bbq places in the county with slightly different offerings is definitely not a bad thing.
other good things: staff incredibly friendly. bathrooms gorgeous, and that cooler brought tableside was awesome.

Mar 25, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Bergen County (or nearby) seafood...

Hi ELA,
have you thought about the new fish place in the Riverside Plaza? The Oceanaire room? I havent been, and havent heard much about it, but for a solely seafood restaurant in Bergen, your options are limited. PS - i am also a huge Axia fan, and love their "salmon kalamata"

Mar 25, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

For Northern Bergen Cty Foodies

I second Fourunder's Italian specialty store idea. I say go and make your own platter. Go to a great salumeria (my favorite in my area is Visentini Brothers in Lodi) and do a nice cold anitpasto spread. We do this for a Memorial day get together every year and its an absolute hit. choose a few different cold cuts (hot or sweet capicole, prosciutto, salami, mortadella, hot or sweet sopressata etc.) a few different cheeses (aged provolone, fresh mutz) and whatever else looks good - different olives, marinated mushrooms, stuffed chilli peppers,roasted peppers, you get the idea. slice up some nice tomato and fresh basil. pick out a nice long itallian bread - done. the folks behind the counter will help you pick stuff out too. enjoy

Mar 21, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Tell me your favorite Paramus/Westwood/Hackensack area (or close by) BYO

thanks ELA, we actually decided on Mezza. Have heard good things. In the past I always avoided Ridgewood due to the pain in ass parking situation and the general snootiness - but was kinda kidnapped there over the summer and had a few drinks at Park West, then dinner at S edigio and enjoyed it, so i guess its "considerable" for me now lol. getting soft in my old age

Mar 12, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Tell me your favorite Paramus/Westwood/Hackensack area (or close by) BYO

open to any cuisine, any price point, need some new ideas for byo's in the aforementioned areas. thanks!

Mar 10, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Anybody tried Habit burger?

can you guys tell me a little more regarding Counter Burger? never heard of it (surprisingly) and may have to try it out! tap beer and mixed drinks??

Feb 27, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

West village wings

Hi all, need your opinion on the best spot in the west village for buffalo wings. my research has come up with wogies and blind tiger... any others? if not which of the 2 previous places should i grab some beers and wings on friday? thanks !!!

Feb 18, 2015
yogi70 in Manhattan

Bergen Record lauds service at local casual / fast food places.

annnnnnnd....
were back to ridgewood, every other week it seems...

Feb 13, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

I try to patronize the mom n pop burger shops in the area. It's almost becoming like every other town in the county is opening a burger place. Of those non chains, I like Black Rebel Burger in Wood Ridge and Steve's Burgers on rt 46west in Garfield a lot. Had heard great things about Blue Star Burgers in Tenafly, but didnt get over there quick enough before they closed. I did enjoy Bucu in Paramus, and they are gone now too. On the "to try "
list would be:

Grillers in Emerson
Bareburger in Edgwater
Bergen Burger in Rutherford
Ronnies Rockin' Grill in Bergenfield

Feb 05, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Golden Pub/Memphis BBQ (Saddle Brook)

ELA, i really couldnt agree with you more on this place. its been a few years, but i can honestly say this is the only place we have ever gotten up and left mid meal.

see my post under "worst restaurant in NJ" discussion
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9730...

Saddle Brook diner (which i enjoy as much as gotham) is right down the block - blows this place away too...

Feb 03, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Taverna Mykonos (Elmwood Park)

oh man, they got rid of the cookies when leaving?? those were awesome :(

Feb 03, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Callahan's Norwood NJ

so I stand corrected....my apologies.

per Dan DeMiglio regarding beer at Callahan's locales:

"Hope this settles the confusion.

Bergenfield - NO
Fort Lee - YES - since 1950 we did
Little Ferry - YES
Every other location did not sell beer

Norwood will not sell beer. "

why we went over to Hirams for beers after eating dogs in callahan's, when we could have just stayed there, is beyond me lol...

Feb 01, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Callahan's Norwood NJ

hi ebchower, i vaguely remember someone once telling me the little ferry spot had beer, but almost positive Callahan's in fort lee and bergenfield had no beer.... no way i could have been mistaken all those years... could I??? (im talking say early 90's til whenever they closed, before that, i cant say)

Feb 01, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Callahan's Norwood NJ

four, which Callahan's had beers back in the day? I frequented the Bergenfield one which didnt, and if we went to Fort Lee, we always grabbed a dog at Callahan's, then went next door to Hiram's for another dog, and few cold ones. Preferred the Callahan's dog, but the allure of a cold beer to wash it down was too strong lol

Jan 31, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Brunch in Bergen County near Ridgewood

Thanks fourunder.

gotta check the 76 house brunch out next time im over that way.
for what its worth, 201 magazine just came out with their "best of 2015" list.

Best Brunch: Raymond’s – Ridgewood –
Runners-Up: The Cornerstone, Mason Jar, Park West Tavern, Shelley’s Cafe, STeve and Andrea’s

Jan 27, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

Brunch in Bergen County near Ridgewood

wondering if anyone has anything else to add to this particular topic... im still interested in Bergen brunch ideas (preferably buffets) - any good spots? Doesnt necessarily need to be near Ridgewood. the last one i went to was in the summer at Don Pommodoro in Hackensack. it was pretty good, 2 carving stations, complimentary drink and all for around $22. would love a few other options!

Jan 25, 2015
yogi70 in New Jersey

around metlife stadium

super al - in my opinion, there a some good eats in the area, but there really isnt any "not to be missed" places in a 10 minute drive of giants stadium. Especially so if your plan was to go grab something after the game (12am?) - id just go home and prepare for a rough Tuesday! push comes to shove, Segovia, mentioned earlier, is good, but certainly doesnt fall in the not to be missed category. and i doubt theyre open that late on a Monday.

Nov 18, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Article: Home cook's top 12 North Jersey (Bergen/Passaic) food stores

Steins bagels is overrated in my opinion. good, but not great, and expensive. Ive never been to the Italian Riviera, but may make a trip to check them out. My favorite salumeria in Bergen is Visentini Brothers in Lodi. Also love Jerry's in Englewood too.

Nov 17, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

thanks fourunder. over the weekend heard about a new place called up in smoke bbq in butler. may have to try them out next as its a little closer to home than the other places.

Nov 02, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

so, I wound up going to the Knotty Pine pub for wings and a beer, as the consensus was the the bbq places I mentioned above weren't stop worthy. Knotty Pine is a little dive bar off of rt 15 in Wharton. it was busy at lunch time. sat up at the bar and ordered a dozen wings. couldnt decide which sauces i wanted to try: the spicy hot, bloody mary, or motoroil, (a spicy / bbq mix) the latter 2 sounded different/interesting. a sweet young lady behind the bar said it was no problem if i wanted to try all 3 sauces (4 wings each). awesome!! wings were very crispy, almost like a cornmeal coating which was crunchy and different from what im used to, but really tasty all the same. now normally i am a spicy buffalo wing purist, no terriyaki, no lemon garlic, honey etc... but my favorite wings of the bunch were the motoroils. they were subtly sweet and a little spicy. very, very tasty. the spicy buffalo were also very good. could take or leave the bloody marys... didnt get much bloody mary flavor come thru. the cook came over and gave me a few more wings which was unnecessary but awesome, and very nice of him. all in all, the Knotty pine pub is a very small bar with cheap prices and awesome wings. wouldnt make the long trip out there specifically for lunch, but if you'rein the wharton area and looking for a relaxing spot for a cold draft, solid wings, and friendly folks behind the bar / in the kitchen, i would recommend stopping by. also a guy i was sitting next too got the rib lunch special. they were huge (beef ribs?)and looked amazing, and for like $11 i almost ordered one to take home. probably should have...

Oct 30, 2014
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Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

thanks for the review, will give it a shot next time up that way. also heard about a bbq place in butler called up in smoke. a little closer to me than Randlolph - have you heard anything about it?

Oct 27, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

thanks mcsheridan... will just have to add them to the list of places to try when in the area!

Oct 26, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

appreciate it - guess its between texas smoke for q or knotty pine for wings and a cold one...

Oct 25, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Texas Smoke in Jefferson or Hot Rods in Wharton?

will be in the area (Rockaway) next week to meet a client, and always like to try a new bbq joint. As a huge bbq fan, I have to stop at one of these spots for lunch and chow down. I read good (and bad) things about both places on yelp and was wondering if anyone had any preferences or feedback on either place. if i could wear sweatpants, or my wife's maternity jeans to meet my client, i would hit up both lol!

also heard that the knotty pine pub in Wharton has the best wings, so that is another option too... any info on any/all of these establishments is greatly appreciated.
thanks! (please note i will not be bringing my client, so ambiance is of no concern)

http://www.texassmokebbq.com/

http://hotrodsbbq.com/

http://www.knottypinepub.com/home.html

Oct 23, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey

Best BBQ in Bergen County?

So my concerns regarding Finks came true. Last visit (about 6 weeks ago) was still good, but not great like all my previous visits. I wondered again if this was because Fink ( per our waitress ) was spending the majority of his time up at Bobby Qs, the sister restaurant in suffern. I figured Id take a quick trip up there when i got a chance to try them, as Ive heard good things - and i see on yelp they closed??? called to confirm and phone just rings... website is still up tho. anyone have any details on what happened?
thanks.

Oct 18, 2014
yogi70 in New Jersey