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MSP--Where to eat near the Convention Center/Hilton Tower

I'm so excited to get to a Vietnamese restaurant! Hearing that this is a cuisine that is done really well in MSP is very exciting. I'll post back after this short trip and let you know where I was able to go. Thank you, everyone that posted here!

Jul 14, 2008
kimie in General Midwest Archive

Tsukiji Market is coming to Mitsuwa in Edgewater

So excited! I was just there today for lunch and I was excited to see that the weekend of 7/17-7/20 they are going to have Okinawan regional foods. Awesome! This place is so amazing. I bet they will be very, very busy this weekend with the "Tsukiji Market"--and the great quality fish they'll have.

Driving down to Atlantic City from NYC...

What kind of places are you looking to eat at? What do you enjoy? What do you want to spend? How many people?

Some of my stops along the way to south Jersey usually include: Menlo Park Diner, Edison; Skylark Diner, Edison; Moghul (Indian), Edison. There are so many places to recommend.

Jul 10, 2008
kimie in Mid-Atlantic

MSP--Where to eat near the Convention Center/Hilton Tower


I'll be in MSP next week for work and I'm staying at the Hilton and I'll have meetings between there and the Convention center. Most of the meals will unfortunately be in the hotel/center--but when I can get out to eat--where do you suggest I go? I'm really looking for regional favorites--it does not have to be 5 star (it's probably better if it is not). I'm coming from NYC metro--so I'm not interested in trying any Italian/pizza places. I love ethnic foods--so please give me some of your favorites and approximate distance (by foot, cab, etc) from where I'll be. I will not have a car for this trip--so I'll probably want to stay in the city.

Thanks in advance!

Jul 10, 2008
kimie in General Midwest Archive

Restaurant Week--where are you planning on going?

Thanks for the rec to the Modern. I cannot find their RW menu. Do you know where I can find it? Thanks again.

Jul 08, 2008
kimie in Manhattan

dining at the borgata-atlantic city

You should post this on the mid-Atlantic board, since AC is in SNJ. I've stayed there many times for work, and I've eaten many, many meals at the buffet (breakfast, lunch, dinner). It's ok--some items are better than others. But the good news is you'll be able to find something you like, and you can get more of those things. They usually do a really nice job with their carving stations. I'd recommend to skip their pastries/cakes and head over to the gelatti station. Most of the people I've gone to the buffet with have raved about the food--so some people feel this is a quality buffet.

Any Belgian or Country French Restaurants in Northern NJ or area?

I don't really know if this qualifies, but I recently had two very good business lunches at Cafe Paris in Cranford (they have a second location in Metuchen). Both times I had galettes, and I also tried their sweet crepes for dessert. They have a sweet crepe that is filled with homemade chestnut creme. Wow! Cafe Paris is cafe food--but it's good, and it's definitely not "foo foo".

Recently Moved from NYC to Hackensack NJ

Welcome to Jersey! There are some great places in your area. Here are a few that I have loved for years:

Greek: George's Cafe, Main St, Ridgefield Park
Jewish Deli: Noahs Ark, Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Veg. Chinese: Veggie Heaven, Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Chinese: Empire Hunan, Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Burger Chain: Five Guys, Hackensack Ave, Hackensack
Italian Deli: Frankies, River Road, New Milford
Italian Pastries: Palermos, Main St, Ridgefield Park
Columbian: Villa de Columbia, Mercer St, Hackensack
Indian: Tandori Chef, Main St, Hackensack
French Pastries: Balthazar, Dean St, Englewood AND Patisserie St Michel, Queen Anne, Teaneck
Sushi: Minado, Rt 46 Circle, Little Ferry
Pizza: Bergenfield Pizza, Washington Ave, Bergenfield
Irish Pub: Tommy Fox's, Washington Ave, Bergenfield
Bagels: Three Star Bagels, Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Cafe: Classic Quiche, Queen Anne, Bogota

That should get you going. Every place that I listed I have loved for years, and I find the food to be very good and consistant. Plus the places are fun and friendly, and most importantly to me: affordable. Let me know if you have any questions about any suggestions here.

Jul 05, 2008
kimie in New Jersey

Cape Cod--What makes it unique?

What restaurants would you suggest to someone looking to eat the local seafood, as you mentioned above? It doesn't matter where on the cape I have to travel--our whole trip is focused around this activity.

Jul 04, 2008
kimie in All New England Archive

The Brick House--Wyckoff

Since it reopened, I've been considering visiting the Brick House in Wyckoff for dinner. The menu seems pretty classic, but a little expensive. Tell me what your dining experiences have been here. Did you like your meal? Was it worth it? Would you recommend it to a 'hound? Thanks in advance for your candor.

Becco or Trattoria Trecolori?

Ok, it's a good place, but it will not be like anything you had in Rome. It's really more of an "Italian-American" place than a truly Italian place. I haven't found food that comes close to what I had during my travels to Italy. I just don't want you to get your hopes up too high.

Jul 01, 2008
kimie in Manhattan

NNJ--searching for sumac

I'm looking for a place where I can purchase middle eastern spices, specifically sumac, in the Bergen-Passaic county areas of NJ. Any suggestions would be helpful!

Restaurant Week--where are you planning on going?

Restaurant week is July 21-25 & July 28-Aug 1. What places are on your list? I'm looking for inspiration and suggestions.

Jul 01, 2008
kimie in Manhattan

Becco or Trattoria Trecolori?

I would switch the rez to Trattoria Trecolori. Becco is very basic, and I was very disappointed in my meals there. I took a coworker to Trecolori and we had a fantastic dinner. Everything we had was great: soup, salad, antipasti, pasta, fish, wine, dessert, coffee. They serve these really great olives and super large capers--which were fun and very tasty. As much as I love Lydia and her cookbooks, I think Beccos is really a disappointment.

Jul 01, 2008
kimie in Manhattan

Sea Shack in Hackensack

My husband just read a good review of the Sea Shack in Hackensack. I've never been--but I hear it is expensive. Is it worth it? How expensive is it? Any feedback about this place would be great. Thanks.

Cape Cod--What makes it unique?

I'm staying in the Yarmouth area--but we'll travel any where. I wasn't planning on going to either island, though.

Jul 01, 2008
kimie in All New England Archive

Cape Cod--What makes it unique?

I'm planning a vacation to Cape Cod in July and I wanted to know what makes Cape Cod unique from a culinary standpoint. And where are the best places to find these goodies?

Jun 29, 2008
kimie in All New England Archive

Places for grab and go lunch - Teaneck and surrounding area

In Teaneck on Cedar Lane I would recommend Noah's Ark for real deli sandwiches and based on your name, I would recommend Veggie Heaven (also on Cedar Lane) for their veggie sushi. It is really amazing, and very healthy.

On Washington Ave in Bergenfield there are many ethnic places that cater to a "to-go" crowd. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend a specific place, since I've only noticed this in passing.

There is also a quiche place on Queen Anne in Bogota that makes great salads and sandwiches (along with quiche). I also love their soups, especially their cold soups.

You'll actually be in a good area for healthy eating.

Bergen County Bakery

Italian pastries? I would go to Palermo's in Ridgefield Park on Main St. Rispoli's is also good, as recommended.

For French pastries, hands down go to Balthazar in Englewood on Dean St. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!

I never "got" the draw of B&W. Used to be German owned, now it's owned by Koreans, I believe. Their crumb cake is what they are famous for--so that I would say is good. For pastries though, I'm not sure.

Sugarflake in Teaneck or Westwood or Fair Lawn is just really mediocre. The local bakery in the Shoprite or A&P does a better job. Their cakes always taste like they have been sitting around for days. And I don't think pastries are their "thing".

Whose Going to the Crawfish Festival next week, NJ??

Thanks for the rec! I'm definitely planning on going on Sunday afternoon. Looks like the food and entertainment should be great!

Latin food- Clifton, NJ area

It was a while ago, but I remember the chicken was ok, but not as good as other Peruvian places I've been to. But I do remember the beans were weird, the rice was not done right, and the tostones were not fresh (kind of like the Goya frozen ones you can buy in the supermarket and reheat at home). Overall, I was disappointed because I had heard good things and the price was right! My brother was with me, and like I said, he is basically an expert on Latin foods--mostly Peruvian, Ecuardian, and Columbian cuisines--and he was really upset. Perhaps I should give it another try, since it's coming so highly recommended.

NJ rec needed for a group lunch

Please help me! I was just tasked with planning (and paying for) a lunch with a group (approximately 8-12 people) of co-workers for early June. Here is what the parameters are: It has to be somewhat centrally located (I have people coming from these Jersey counties: Sussex, Passaic, Somerset, Mercer, and Monmouth), casual is good, BYOB would be great, and affordable (since I'm paying! I'm thinking between $10-15 per person for lunch).

Any suggestions would be great! I'm considering any/all cuisines right now.

Thanks in advance!

Latin food- Clifton, NJ area

My experience with Pollos Mario (hackensack location) was really bad. I went with another family member who is basically an expert in this cuisine--and they were really upset by the lack of quality. But that was my experience.

Latin food- Clifton, NJ area


Best Peruvian: Pollos el Chevere (228 Washington Pl, Passaic). Obviously by the name of the restaurant you can tell that they specialize in roasted chicken. I've had that dish, which is good--but I recommend chuleta el pobre, which is three pork chops, a mound of white rice, two fried eggs, french fries, and sweet plantains. It is a feast--and fantastic tasting!! Very inexpensive. I always order the empanadas which are really good--they are Peruvian style with the raisins inside. The sangria is great too!

Best Columbian: Villa de Columbia (12 Mercer St, Hackensack). Love it!! Everything is good here. My favorite is the churrasco. My husband's favorite is the paisa sirloin steak. Empanadas and arepas are out of this world good. Mango shakes are awesome! The salsa picante is so good I wish I could buy a bottle of it to take home with me. And I love their coffee and flan. Best I've ever had. This is one of my favorite places.

I would also recommend Banana King (various locations in Paterson and Passaic) for fast food style. They have great shakes.

I would love to hear other recommendations from hounds for more latin food.

Good BYOBs in Northern NJ

This sounds like a really interesting restaurant based on their website. What dishes have you tried here that you really enjoyed? They describe their restaurant as French, but there seems to be other influences. I'd love to hear more about why you feel this is the finest BYO restaurant in north Jersey.

May 17, 2008
kimie in New Jersey

best low-cost fresh seafood in bergen county

I second the rec for Hmart. The quality, selection, and price for seafood cannot be beat. You have the ability to buy a whole fish or have them prepare it (filet, etc) anyway you want it. I recently purchased a whole black fish and had them filet it. It was perfect, and they even gave me the bones and head--which I froze and will use in stock.

Mitsuwa is good, as well. But as fourunder mentioned it is expensive. I love eating in their market there. It's like taking a trip to Tokyo. Well, not really--but it is good and authentic.

Best Rodizio

I have to say that when it first opened several years ago, I thought Greenfield was decent. However, we went there for a family birthday dinner during this past winter and it was so, so bad and disappointing. The quality of the food on the buffet and the rodizio were deplorable. And it was empty for dinner service, which was scary.

I haven't tried Seabra's, and based on the recommendations here, I think I will. But I have to say, I've been to Brasilia several times now (most recently last Friday night), and I can say it is really, really good.

Any good Mother's Day Brunch restaurants in Rockland or Bergen Counties??

My mom and her friends go to Mt. Fuji in Hillburn for many special events. She also has friends who have big family dinners/gatherings for holidays. I believe they have buffets on holidays that offer much more than sushi--and from what I've heard it is very good and there is "something for everyone".

Best Rodizio

I personally LOVE Brasilia Grill. It was recommended to me strongly by some of my Brazilian customers in Newark, and my family and I have really enjoyed great meals there. There is literally nothing I have eaten there that I didn't love. The food is fresh and delicious. The atmosphere is fun, too. I don't have children, but I have seen many families there with young children. They offer a regular menu, as well--if there is anyone in your party that doesn't want the rodizio.

CIA Restaurants

I'd like to take a day trip up to the CIA and have a nice meal at one of the restaurants with my husband. Have you eaten at any of them? Which one was your favorite? I've looked at all of the restaurants' menus online, and they all sound great and interesting. I just can't decide if it's worth the trip, and which one is the best one. Let me know your thoughts.