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Where to eat by Prudential Center (Newark)

While the Stones concert has come and gone...my recommendation would be Adega Grill...excellent place...excellent service, excellent food, and excellent experience each and every time I've been there. It might be a bit off some people's radar, and while that's OK, I've started hearing more and more about it from locals, people I know, people who work in Newark, and more important, people I know in the restaurant and food business.

Check it out. IMO, as I said -- it's excellent.

about 1 hour ago
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No Good Food - Bergen County, NJ

I've been there...I am in Ridgewood a lot and I really keep my finger on the pulse of what's new, hot, good, bad, etc.

Novo Mediterranean hit the ground running, made a big splash, and just kept going. It impressed a lot of people, quickly, and has been gaining notoriety, popularity and recognition.

I like it. A lot. I think it's excellent.

about 1 hour ago
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No Good Food - Bergen County, NJ

Yes, for wings...Buffalo Chicken Shack! Agreed.

Italian/Sandwiches -- Dante's in River Edge. For an excellent Italian deli, try A&S in Wyckoff...excellent Italian deli meats, unique, rare and high quality items.

Prepared foods, gourmet stuff -- Jerry's in Englewood and Morano's in Ramsey.

about 5 hours ago
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No Good Food - Bergen County, NJ

In addition, yes, it's been discussed -- both the lack of, but also what's been discussed is the opinion that there is very good food in Bergen County as well.

Go find those threads and you'll find restaurants like -- just to start -- Cafe Matisse, Cafe Panache, St. Eve, Saddle River Inn, Chef's Table, Dutch House (Tavern; known for their burger), Oceanos, Picnic (on the Square, in Ridgewood), Taverna Mykonos, Kosher Nosh, Hiram's, River Palm, Park West, Rudy's, Savini, Chakra, and plenty more...

I am sure I left out several very good places, and my fellow members will add in more. Thanks in advance.

about 5 hours ago
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No Good Food - Bergen County, NJ

Simply put...there is "good food" in Bergen County. Actually, in my opinion, there is also "very good food" in Bergen County. There's more mediocre food, and average food as well, but I can name at least 25 places -- from a hot dog joint to fine dining -- that I think are "very good" (although that's a relative and subjective term).

In addition, what I think is very good, you may not like. Some people like chocolate and some people like vanilla...and some people don't like ice cream at all. LOL.

about 5 hours ago
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Gallaghers Resorts Casino. A C

If you are decided on a NY steakhouse, casino-based, I've been to all of them -- and my top choice is the Old Homestead in the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.

If you are looking for other ideas...outside steakhouses, casinos, etc. -- then my other favorite restaurant is Chef Vola. Vola and Knife and Fork are my two favorites.

Vola is an iconic, legendary place. Fabled with history and a bit of secrecy. Very hard to get a reservation, so starting calling now. Very good food, a lot of flavor, taste, small, BYO, family owned, very interesting story and history. Been there dozens of times as well, and always, every time, very much enjoyed the experience and the food. Italian, a bit of Continental, all very hands on. I've found every meal there excellent -- like I said, a lot of flavor, tastes, what they do, they do very well.

I've had the seafood salad appetizer regularly, as well as the bone-in veal parmigiana, which they are well known for. I've also had fish, meat, pasta, chicken, and never had a meal that wasn't excellent. I go from appetizers, to salad, to entrees and dessert...just BYO...and it's all excellent.

Enjoy!

Jun 29, 2015
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Green Potato Salad

I hear you...they are nice people at Gerdes...call them. Tell them you loved it and have moved far away, you visit when you come back, etc. -- and ask them how they make it.

Enjoy!

Jun 29, 2015
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Green Potato Salad

I think you might be referring to Gerdes. If so, it was/is on Queen Anne Road in Teaneck...and yes, they STILL make German Green Potato Salad!!!

They changed owners or something and now it's called Gerdes Again. Why not give them a call and ask.

Jun 29, 2015
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Gallaghers Resorts Casino. A C

JMO, but everything in every casino is "expensive" to most people. Yes, it's a relative term, but casino real estate is every expensive real estate.

That said, yes, most people consider the restaurants expensive. I go to AC a lot on business. I've eaten in most of the casino restaurants -- and several of them are excellent.

So...there are some excellent steakhouses, in casinos...if you were committed to a steakhouse and inside a casino, you'd get plenty of opinions...but since you are not...one of my two favorite restaurants in AC...Knife and Fork Inn.

Stand alone, beautiful building...drive there if you want, and they have valet parking...or take a cab...even better...southern end of the boardwalk, on the tip of the turn. Get there early. Have a drink at the bar. Different sections, different floors, have a bit of a different vibe and ambiance. Personally, I enjoy "the patio" which is a small section right off the bar, at the end of the bar on the first/ground floor. Quiet, nice ambiance, intimate feel, only a few tables. I also very much like upstairs, I think it's called the parlor (room). Hard to describe, but banquette seating up against the wall, around the perimeter of the room, the corner tables are exceptionally nice as they are somewhat cornered off. The entire room then has tables throughout the floor. Not a bad table in the room. Well appointed and decorated, like a classy speakeasy, private club, and simply beautiful.

My bottom line...I've eaten there dozens of times and each and every time...everything...service, ambiance, and food...has been excellent. Period.

Jun 29, 2015
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Callahan's Norwood NJ

I would too, LOL; but I never considered the Callahan's in Little Ferry as the "real deal" Callahan's, LOL. It was a good alternative, but unless I was right there, heading in the opposite direction, didn't have time, etc. -- I'd rather make the drive to Fort Lee.

When Fort Lee closed, Little Ferry was all we had left, LOL.

Jun 25, 2015
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Callahan's Norwood NJ

Yes, I've heard the same thing about the Hot Grill. I don't know it for a fact, and I've never been a big fan, but like I said, I go and I enjoy.

Jun 25, 2015
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Callahan's Norwood NJ

The food truck is back up and running for the season. Dan opened it up at the end of May and the truck is out almost daily, except when he has a private event. Check the website and you can see his schedule and where the truck will be.

I went yesterday -- in Van Saun Park in Paramus.

Excellent!!! As always!

Jun 25, 2015
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Callahan's Norwood NJ

I don't know if Dan (the owner) is using the same chili, recipe, etc., as his father and/or grandfather did, so I can't speak to that. I liked the chili when the original, "real" Callahan's in Fort Lee was open. I also liked the chili from the food truck and from the new store in Norwood. It's not my first choice or go to -- but I liked it.

If you are looking for the chili, hotdog aside, that is more like a sauce, more "loose" or less "bulky" so to speak -- I would try Hiram's, the Hot Grill, Johnny & Hanges, and Rutt's Hut. As for the dogs -- I very much like Hiram's and Rutt's Hut. Johnny & Hanges is OK. It's good. It's close, and when I go I like it/enjoy it. But for my tastes, I rank Hiram's and Rutt's Hut well above J&H. I am not a big fan of the Hot Grill, and when I am in the area, it is well worth it for me to Rutt's Hutt. But I go to the Hot Grill because my usual passenger loves it and she loves their "all the way" hotdog.

That said, again, as far as the hotdog, I have always rated Callahan's at # 1...so that's my first choice, go to hotdog.

Enjoy.

Jun 25, 2015
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Fathers Day BBQ

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy Father's Day...all the best.

Jun 21, 2015
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Seeking good food - no crazy prices - in AC and surrounding area

I've been numerous times -- excellent sandwiches!

Jun 21, 2015
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Seeking good food - no crazy prices - in AC and surrounding area

My favorite breakfast place in AC...very often on several "best of" lists...every single time I've been there, I've had an excellent meal (breakfast/lunch).

Jun 21, 2015
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Dave & Buster seeking approval to open in NJ

I read all the articles, and while I agree with reform, I don't agree at all with the soapbox, dramatizing, extremism.

As far as the blue laws, now there is a debate older than dirt, LOL. I am not sure if the D&B issue is related, but I think that the so called "town fathers" have long been out of office so to speak, LOL. While there still be some who favor the blue laws, I am not sure what their feeling would be on D&B's; but the above points are certainly ones that could be weighing factors.

Jun 19, 2015
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Dave & Buster seeking approval to open in NJ

I never went to the Rainforest Cafe in that mall, but I had been to and see others. I thought that was a "successful" business model. I wonder why it didn't "work" at the Palisades Mall. Oh well, who knows. LOL.

Jun 19, 2015
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Dave & Buster seeking approval to open in NJ

I guess so...didn't think about that.

Jun 19, 2015
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Dave & Buster seeking approval to open in NJ

Really, I didn't know that. I guess some may view that as an issue.

Jun 19, 2015
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Dave & Buster seeking approval to open in NJ

I get that, and I agree completely. Consistency can absolutely be an issue, a major one. There can be related issues as well. Low-end, fast food, pub grub perhaps, many chains are just not higher quality. OK, no problem, it serves a need/demand, and I get that.

In my opinion, consistency is not a problem with higher-end corporate-type restaurants -- Morton's, Capital Grille, etc. As a matter of fact, it's a strength. Similar to the Embassy Suites model. I am not a food snob by any means, but I appreciate everyone's opinion (well, almost everyone, minus one or two, LOL).

However, that's not the point here. My point, or my initial question -- I had often heard the concern was a place for kids (vis a vis a large arcade, video games, etc.) with a major theme of drinking, happy hours, etc. Is that the issue/concern here?

Also, regarding the liquor license, I won't get into that debate as it's nonsensical. My only point was that I never understood certain people being so fanatical and visceral about license reform, simply to avoid "a big chain" being the only one who can afford a license in a town like Montclair, or the like. I've seen people so fanatical about it, they are blind and deaf to everything else. Listen, I am all for the small business owner, the local business owner. I am one myself. But it's a multi-faceted issue, and one that I feel needs to be addressed in the macro, big picture. Not simply some myopic, extreme, etc., reform, which will have major and serious consequences and ramifications. Again, different topic for another time, and other people, LOL.

Jun 19, 2015
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Dave & Buster seeking approval to open in NJ

Not that it applies here, but there sometimes tends to be an animosity toward "chains" or national-type restaurants, franchises, etc., on bulletin boards, chat rooms, etc. Personally, I don't know why. I've heard people scream for liquor license reform in a town like Montclair so that the license is "cheap" and affordable, etc. -- or else the Cheesecake Factory will come in because they are the only one who can afford the license. Personally, I don't get it.

Here, as far as drinking and playing video games, or whatever -- isn't this simply a concern that too many children will be around too much drinking? That's often the undertone I hear with Dave & Buster's. I am not agreeing with it, but it often the underlying theme.

Jun 18, 2015
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Jersey Sloppy Joe gets its due at Serious Eats

I've seen and tried the Sloppy Joe, the Smokey Joe, and a few other versions here and there over the years. I am not a huge fan, but for a change of pace, etc., and if I am at a party where there are deli platters -- and the NJ Sloppy Joe is there, sure, why not, I'll give it a try!

I've never gone to a deli and ordered one though. Usually, if I am going to a deli, I am ordering and in search of excellent pastrami! LOL. Not a very successful search here in NJ obviously, but that's another topic, LOL.

Jun 16, 2015
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Forget the French Dip, we're talking real-deal Chicago Style Italian Beef!

Hi Barbi...thank you very much for the post. I met you on my first visit to Red's and on subsequent visits as well. Yes, you are missed, and I was very sorry to see you close.

I think the food truck idea is a great one! The "unique" or "novelty" type food can do very well in a food truck. There's plenty of opportunities -- farmers markets, festivals, street fairs, and some of these food truck festivals are becoming "the rage" so to speak. I am really glad you hear you are considering it -- it is a great idea! Please post here and let us know the status. I hope you saved some equipment and can use it in the food truck.

Also, what a great idea to offer a "catering" option -- thank you! I would absolutely consider it next time I throw a big enough party -- and I will email you, so, please check your email! Thank you again and all the best. I hope you decide to open a food truck and I wish you all the best! And I will be there on line on opening day!

Jun 15, 2015
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Forget the French Dip, we're talking real-deal Chicago Style Italian Beef!

When I went there for lunch, I had a sandwich, drink, and occasionally a side or something. I don't remember the prices, but I didn't think it was "high" or expensive. But, that's a relative term to anyone. Regardless, every place that had been in that spot failed -- at least from what the attorney told me.

I am not from the area, or well versed in the real estate aspects of that area, or specific shopping center/plaza -- but some places there seem to do well as you said.

Regardless, I too am sorry to see it close.

Jun 14, 2015
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Forget the French Dip, we're talking real-deal Chicago Style Italian Beef!

It's been closed a while. I totally forgot about this thread, which is why I didn't post that they had closed. According to an attorney friend of mine, who has represented numerous people in that space -- that specific location appears to be the kiss of death. It's too bad.

Yes, Red's was very good -- and as much as they initially were drawing "a lot" of people and were busy, I am guessing, based upon their costs, rent, etc., they just weren't making enough money. It's too bad. We've all seen plenty of places that are busy, crowded, etc., and either they aren't busy enough, of their costs are just too high and their business model just can't work.

I do not know of any other places that serve these kinds of sandwiches.

Jun 14, 2015
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Michelin rated Lan Sheng opens in Wallington

I've heard that Joyce has "jumped the shark" so to speak. I would check out the Mouthful board and look over the discussions there. Heard it was excellent upon opening and has slipped since. I don't know, but the comments/discussions are there.

As far as other advice -- I would pass on Mighty Quinn's (Clifton)! Not for me, not at all.

Jun 02, 2015
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NJ food tour

Hiram's, right in Fort Lee, for hotdogs. Classic place. Rutt's Hutt in Clifton. Also classic place. And if you want to venture to West Orange...Jimmy Buff's.

Rudy's Seafood, in Cliffside Park (a few miles from Hiram's) for old-fashioned, traditional Italian and seafood...but done the right way!!! This is not a red-sauce joint. And, in my opinion, you will find the best calamari in the state!

Pizza Town USA, Route 46 in Elmwood Park.

White Manna, Hackensack.

Jun 02, 2015
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Roy Rogers restaurants returning to North Jersey

So, as a kid I really liked Arby's. As an adult, I always felt -- and who knows, maybe I am wrong -- that when it came to Arby's and Roy Rogers, specifically with regard to the roast beef, their roast beef was closer to real roast beef than the beef/meat was to real beef/meat at Mickey D's, BK, etc. I have never been a fan of fast food, but I liked Arby's and Roy Rogers for the occasion roast beef sandwich -- but again, fast food.

That said, I tried the burger at Roy Rogers in the past when they had one around here. I think it was on Rt. 17S in Paramus. To me, it was a fast food burger. I don't remember it well, so I can't say it was better or worse than Mickey D's or BK, but I don't think it was anything memorable...or else I'd remember it. LOL.

Jun 02, 2015
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Guy Fieri Diners Drive-ins and Dives - any worthwhile in Monmouth County?

Check his website...I don't have the link handy...and I don't remember if there were any places listed that were in Monmouth County.

As far as diner menus -- I can see that. The exceptions are few and far between. Now, as far as diner food -- same thing. My experience is they are all for the most part, typical diners. There are a few exceptions, and even fewer that are something special.

May 28, 2015
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