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Borgata A C

Just to add -- I've been to the K&F countless times -- and I've never had a meal and experience there that wasn't very, very good.

about 17 hours ago
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Restaurants you despise, but continue to dine at anyway.........

If I despise a restaurant...I do not go. Period.

I will give a place a second chance, but if the food, service, etc. is that bad that I won't consider returning...then I don't.

about 22 hours ago
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Borgata A C

Agreed...I don't think you can go wrong...all excellent choices...

My favorite is the Old Homestead as well.

If you are leaving the casino...I opt for the Knife & Fork Inn over Dock's -- same owners. If you want seafood, Dock's is it. K&F also has seafood, but not the focal point, more depth, varied, but excellent food!

1 day ago
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Ani Ramen House - Montclair

Sounds like an excellent review...thanks...

Mar 01, 2015
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Denied Service for Yelp Review - Ani Ramen in Montclair

I don't know the place, but I am not completely surprised. While I don't know the details, I think it's a poor, and foolish, decision, but it's certainly the owner's prerogative.

I look at the "review" aspect in many ways, especially as it relates to content and context. While I am not speaking directly to your experience, either one for that matter -- having an owner take this position or attitude is a poor decision. That said, can poor service ruin a meal? The food tastes the way the food tastes, but poor service and numerous other things can certainly ruin me enjoying the food. It can certainly ruin the experience.

Feb 27, 2015
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Anybody tried Habit burger?

I've been to the Fair Lawn location -- when they first opened, and one return visit.

Good burger. As fourunder pointed out they seem to use this seasoned salt; so for my tastes, simply put, the burger was salty.

That said, I rate it behind Bobby's Burger Palace (nearby in the Bergen Town Center on Rt. 4 East) and behind Shake Shack (nearby on Rt. 17 in Paramus. I have not been to the new Shake Shack in Garden State Plaza).

For me, if I want to grab a burger for lunch, or even for dinner after running around, I am in the area -- I would opt for Bobby's and Shake Shack. If I am looking to "go out" -- a destination spot -- for a burger, have a drink, relax, etc.; then I would go to the Dutch House (also in Fair Lawn) first. If location wasn't an issue -- then I would opt for ZinBurger (in Clifton, as I don't like the one in Garden State Plaza).

Feb 25, 2015
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Need a casual "old school" Italian Restaurant

That's right...sorry...

Thanks for catching/heads up.

Feb 23, 2015
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Need a casual "old school" Italian Restaurant

Unfortunately, Patsy's is in Fairview...and another option nearby is Rudy's in Cliffside Park, but those are nowhere near where the OP needs/wants to be. Both are "old school" -- as old school as you can get. LOL.

Now, not too far from where you want to be...old school...E & V...classic old school Italian...been doing it for decades, never reinvents the wheel, and most often doesn't even attempt to change it.

Feb 23, 2015
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Dinner this Sat night between Chatham, NJ & Westwood, NJ

Absolutely, positively would add LuNello to my list. Without question. I don't know what the OP is actually looking for, vis a vis trendy, but for food...I'll go with Cafe Matisse, Blu and LuNello.

Feb 19, 2015
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Dinner this Sat night between Chatham, NJ & Westwood, NJ

Oceanos and the River Palm sets a pretty high bar. So, a couple of things -- first, if you are going to make it Montclair, note that most places are BYO so check in advance. Second, in my opinion, you are not going to find a steak place anywhere near the caliber of the River Palm in Montclair, or Northern NJ for that matter. Fancy, trendy, nice, etc., yes -- but the steak, no, not in my opinion.

That said, check out Mesob. It's in Montclair, some consider it "off the radar" a bit, but it's not. It's Ethiopian food -- but not the hard-core, rigid, strict, etc., type you might expect from an ethnic type place. It's interesting, fun, and bottom line -- it's excellent. Another Montclair place -- for sushi -- is Nori. Excellent sushi -- fresh, high quality, prepared very well. One of the best sushi places in the area in my opinion.

Also in Montclair, you may want to check out Pig & Prince. Very interesting space, trendy, gastro-pub type theme, but certainly enough variety and depth to go over and above a pub-type theme...and they have a full bar/liquor license.

Last, but certainly not least in Montclair...Blu...can't say enough about this place...excellent food, a brilliant, masterful chef who does interesting, excellent things. Whatever he does, he does really right and really well.

If you want to consider the Rutherford area...then consider Cafe Matisse...'nuff said. LOL.

Feb 19, 2015
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Englewood - Jerry's Deli?

Like many, I've been going to Jerry's for many years. However, that doesn't make me an expert on what's great, good, not good, etc. What I am an expert on is what I like, LOL. What I mean by that is I know what I get there.

First, I get sandwiches there. I always enjoy them. I've also bought various meats and cheeses, and bread, to make my own at home. Second, I tend to stick with "salads" and that type -- seafood, scungilli, pasta, etc. Usually the "cold" stuff. I think they have a very good selection of cheese there and it seems to be a go to place for that. I also like their offerings of breads as well.

On occasion, I've opted for the "prepared foods" -- and all in all, I think it's "OK" -- but nothing that I really thought was very good or would say was distinctly memorable. Certainly nothing I've raved about. I buy a lot in the "prepared foods" category, and while I like Jerry's overall, I just feel the dishes I've gotten there have been "OK" or "fair" so to speak.

Feb 13, 2015
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Gordon Ramsay opening a pub in Atlantic City

The way I look at it -- call it a pub, bar and grill, gastro-pub, tavern, or whatever you want; you open a place in a casino and there's two simple factors. One, you are faced with certain and unavoidable economics. Two, your price point(s) are going to be based on many things, one of them being the landscape, what's available, convenient, competition, who is in your target audience and potential capture, and so on. Bottom line -- unless you are dealing with a fast food or equivalent -- it's going to be expensive.

Personally, I would expect to go to any casino place like this, again other than fast food/equivalent, and expect to pay at least $15 for a good burger -- yes, it has to be a good burger. I've gone to plenty of restaurants for lunch and paid $15-$20 for a burger (usually comes with something), and most of the time it's been very good. If it's not, it was a one time never again experience.

Feb 13, 2015
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A Mano (Ridgewood)

I've been back a few times, with friends, and we've enjoyed the pizza every time. I think with that Neopolitan-style pizza -- it's the best around in my opinion. If I strictly want that thin-crust style, then I'll head over to Kinchley's or Lido or maybe even New Brooklyn (not sure of the exact name, in Hackensack).

But A Mano -- what they are doing, they do it right!

Feb 09, 2015
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oyster deals north jersey?

I am not familiar with "deals" so to speak and I don't really look for them with regard to oysters. However, I know what places have quality, fresh, good oysters, etc. -- so I go -- Oceanos (Fair Lawn) and Park West (Ridgewood) are two that come to mind. With shellfish, I tend to focus on quality, freshness, etc.

That said, in the last 48 hours, I was surfing the web -- Boozy Burbs or Mouthfuls I think -- and clicked on a link, I don't remember what for, and in addition to the content I was looking for, the subject restaurant was also offering a special on oysters.

If I can figure it out or remember it for you I will.

Feb 09, 2015
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Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

I thought Blue Star in Tenafly was good. Not great, but that's just my likes, tastes, etc. I'm guessing it doesn't matter now that they are closed.

BuCu was very good -- I liked their burgers. They were right around the corner from my office. I rated them a clear # 2 to Bobby's Burger Palace. I wasn't thrilled with their (BuCu) location, but who am I to say. While it was in a shopping center, on Rt. 4W, just before Rt. 17, it still wasn't what I would call a "major" or "high traffic" shopping center. It gets people, but it's not one of the real high traffic centers. Regardless, people knew about it, and some, like me, would specifically go. But, for whatever reason, it just didn't work. I don't know if it was a bad/unfavorable lease, bad business, not enough business, etc.

I went often for lunch. Whenever I went, it was never "crowded" -- at least not crowded like I would say they were doing great.

I've been to Grillers -- but I didn't go for the burger. With all the other offerings they have, and it's an interesting menu, there was just too much available for me to go with a burger, LOL. I tried a lot of different items -- and it was all good. I liked it.

Feb 05, 2015
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Pig & Prince...Montclair

So...Pig & Prince...

Very nice place -- very, very nice space. Expansive, high, vaulted ceilings. Michael Carrino -- who won Chopped in 2009 -- has a really nice place here. Yes, very interesting location -- the old Lackawana Railroad Terminal...yes, the real terminal. LOL. It's located at 1 Lackawana Plaza...know where you are going, as my GPS/Navigation took me to a different location. Anyway, the main dining room is in the main terminal area, where people used to walk, run, sit, wait for their train, etc. You have very high, vaulted ceilings, brick, archways, woodwork, etc. Very nice. Really nice. A great space.

You have a long, beautiful bar on one wall, tables in the middle of the floor, and several high-back leather banquette style seats along the other wall. The place is decorated very nicely -- almost classy like due to the architecture, finishings, etc. -- and you enjoy sitting here. This is not fine dining though -- it's gastro-put type setting, upscale casual, etc. It's not at all noisy, which you might expect. On the other side of the bar, similar to a two sided bar, you have an adjacent area, they call it the "tap room" with high-top tables; a very nice room if you want to be a bit removed from the main room and what's going on. Nice set up.

On to the food -- it was very good. We had a salmon tartare appetizer, which was very good. High quality, fresh, nice flavor and taste. It was served with small crostinis, tiny/mini vegetable pieces, and mustard seeds. We also had the braised pork short ribs -- very good, flavorful, with apple, a tomatillo puree, and some other seasoning. Whatever it was it had nice flavor and taste, and was very tender. A very nice dish and very nice execution. I'd rate these two as the tops here. We also had two pastas -- one, a casarecce typed pasta, with a pork bolognese and a small amount of whipped ricotta, and the second was a risotto with sausage, butter, and seasoning. They were sold out of a lobster tagliatelle which I was looking forward to. The pasta dishes were good. I was expecting more flavors, more robust, given bolognese, home-made pork sausage, and the seasoning. Don't get me wrong, it was not bad at all, but I was expecting a bit more in flavors, taste -- not as "plain" or even, I hate to say, "bland". Nowhere even close to a reason not to go back though, and I will.

They have a nice offering of their own cured meats, which I passed on this time, but will certainly try next time. The menu is very interesting -- nice flair, with that "gastro-pub" type quality. Nice dishes, interesting dishes.

Service -- the hostess, from the time I called and left a message, to the time she called back, right up to when I arrived and left -- she was excellent. She does a very good job, takes pride in her work, and added a lot to the experience. Now, bartenders -- ummmm, I am not so sure about this. It's a long bar, and it was relatively empty when we arrived, and even by the time we left, the bar wasn't crowded at all. It's a Tuesday night. The bartenders, two of them, were not so responsive. Once there, he was nice, polite, offered sampling of wine, etc. But he wasn't "on it" so to speak. I ordered a martini "painfully ice cold" and we joked about it...it wasn't. Ordered it a little dirty, I watched him make it...it wasn't. OK, again, not reasons to not go back. They weren't aware what was sold out. They seemed to a be a bit sluggish. We had to ask for refills on water constantly. Both "young" but I think need to be more responsive, more on their game, and more client/customer focused. The entire staff looks young. Not a problem. The right people could be great.

We didn't have dessert. Overall -- very nice place. Very good food. Service this time aside from the hostess needs a bit of work.

I like the place. I will go back.

Feb 04, 2015
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Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

To me, there has been a -- somewhat drastic -- evolution in this aspect of the marketplace. For many years, it was fast food, and the decision was "what" fast food so to speak. BK v. Mickey D's, Wendy's, and so on. I have never been a fast food fan. Just never liked it, thought it wasn't quality food, etc. To some extent, it's not supposed to be. LOL.

The emergence of the Bobby's, 5 guys, Smashburger, and so on -- and then the ZinBurger type places -- is an evolutionary change. Obviously, there is a mass marketplace for people who want "better" than traditional fast food. The only thing, the only distinction, BK, Mickey D's, and Wendy's now offers is a drive-thru! I have been to two of those three -- only twice -- since all the other alternatives have opened, and those two times were strictly drive-thru, convenience, time, etc. I hadn't had Wendy's in such a long time, and they had a new burger, so I figured why not. LOL.

I think the right product, offering, etc., in this marketplace will succeed, and become a norm for many. Bobby's and Shake Shack are my two norms now. The BuCu near me and the Cheeburger Cheeburger as well have closed. I am not a fan of most of the others. I can still go to a Finnegan's, Davey's, Dutch House, etc., for a different kind of burger and experience. And, as I said, for a night out, burger and drink, ZinBurger is a destination spot for me.

For me, I would pay substantially more for a Bobby's or Shake Shack burger, fries, etc., than I would at Mickey D's, BK, or Wendy's. Without question. But that's just me. I am sure the latter three will do just fine over time. They still have their $1 menus, value this, etc. There will always be a marketplace for them.

Feb 04, 2015
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Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

They recently opened a second location in Paramus (near my office). The first location opened, did well, continues to do well, no liquor, etc.

The second location went mainstream, in Garden State Plaza. I went once as I was already in the mall. Same same.

There was an oversaturation of burger places -- albeit slightly different offerings -- with liquor, without, some good, some bad. I think the good ones are doing well, capturing a lot of business from those who are willing to pay "a little more" or simply "more" (relative) for, in my opinion, a far better product and far better experience. There still is a lot to choose from -- in Paramus and nearby -- and I am sure other areas as well.

Personally, for a weekend night out kind of thing, where I want a good burger, a drink, nice atmosphere, etc. -- if this is what I want -- ZinBurger becomes a "destination" spot for me. But for lunch, if I want a burger, I only want a good burger. I'll specifically go to Bobby's Burger Palace, deal with the parking, line, etc. If I want something else, I'll go to a local spot, the Dutch House or Finnegan's.

We've had Cheeburger Cheeburger and BuCu close. Still have plenty left, LOL. And we've had more open! LOL.

Feb 04, 2015
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Shake Shack hits the suburbs: Is it coming to your neighborhood?

They're expanding...they do well...I think they are a stay'er in this space...

Feb 03, 2015
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Two restaurants, two train stations, Montclair

If my memory serves me correct, there are two restaurants, each in a different train station, in Montclair...and both have liquor licenses I believe.

The first is the Pig & Prince, which is located inside the old Lackawana train station terminal. The second is De Novo, which is located in the Upper Montclair train station (which is still an active train station I believe).

So, if I am correct...has anyone been to both? Either? What are your thoughts? What kind of places are they? Like? Dislike?

Thank you in advance.

Feb 03, 2015
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Tabor Road Tavern (Morris Plains)

Not really preaching to the same choir as you. My experience was very isolated in my opinion. I've been to numerous HG restaurants, different ones, and I've always had an excellent experience, as I've said.

I've actually gone back to another of their places, and again, excellent experience. Just a difference of opinions and different experiences. Sorry to hear of yours.

Feb 02, 2015
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Taverna Mykonos (Elmwood Park)

Nice touch on the cookies. I don't remember if they brought any to the table, but we didn't get any on the way out as you said. Maybe they brought fruit over? I don't remember.

No, the entree was not the combination. It was pure Gyro. It wasn't an exceptional amount of meat, not even close. It was a bit light I would say, for a platter version. I might not have been that hungry, but I was hungry and finished it easily on my own, and that was after the appetizers. Yes, I think it was around $18 or so.

I will absolutely give it another shot. As I said, the place is widely known, liked, very popular, and gets very good reviews from most. I'd recommend to anyone.

Feb 02, 2015
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Vincent's Clam Bar Mott st nyc

From Rockland, I think Rudy's and the Brick House are worth an evening out trip. Nothing against Patsy's as I like it very much. They are moving (across/down the street) so I am not sure when they'll be open/closed. But Patsy's is good food -- so for me, I'd have no problem. It's in Fairview, relatively easy to get to.

Rudy's is on Anderson Ave. in Cliffside Park. About 10 minutes from the GW Bridge, with lights and traffic, LOL. My sister lives in New City and she goes to Rudy's every so often.

The Brick House is in Wykoff, easily accessible from Rt. 17 or Rt. 208. Not far from Rockland at all. Check out the website.

Feb 02, 2015
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Next Door (Montclair)

That's good, great for him...bad for local, NJ dining people. LOL.

Like I said, I'd love to be his partner/financial guy. LOL.

Feb 02, 2015
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Vincent's Clam Bar Mott st nyc

On the note of being different -- at least from "traditional" calamari -- the Brick House (Wyckoff) does the "traditional" calamari very well, but they also do an "Asian" calamari, with a (slightly) spicy, Asian-style sauce. It's excellent.

Feb 02, 2015
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Next Door (Montclair)

Thanks for the heads up...so is there any plan for one or both to "re-locate" or open up somewhere else? Is he thinking about heading across the river to NYC? I was hoping the rumor of him opening up "further down Bloomfield Avenue" (in Bloomfield, maybe? I don't remember what I heard) was true.

I am not an expert -- but I know the industry, from the financial side, and I see what works, what doesn't, etc. We can always be wrong -- but Next Door, to me, is the kind of place, the kind of menu, food, offering -- that works, in that people will come! Tell me the economics don't work, costs were too high, it's hard to make money, etc. -- OK, I'll buy it. But that place is excellent.

I did read an article where Zod said he felt the Next Door model worked and could be duplicated with multiple locations. I agree! LOL. I can see it as a place with a liquor license if it's affordable, and it will be successful. However, it might be able to work as a BYO, in towns where it's too expensive to get a license, but an upscale, nice town, where people who can afford to, eat out at nice places, can pay good prices for good food, etc.

Feb 02, 2015
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Jamie's Cigar Bar and Restaurant (Clifton)

While I've been here several times...each and every time...the food, service, and the experience has been very good.

Sure,I might clutch onto a place where I can eat, drink and smoke; as there are only a couple of places in all of Northern NJ -- yet alone the entire state of NJ -- where you can smoke.

Jamie's has a very diverse menu -- from the appetizers of chicken fingers, calamari, and fried ravioli, to the entrees of veal saltimboca, different cuts of steak, pasta, fish, etc. Plenty of flat screens, games, action, etc. Excellent cocktails and drinks . . . and cigars! LOL.

When you enter, there is a bar area (room/space) to the right that wasn't being used. Nice space though, perhaps for a cocktail party, get together, etc. type of event. To the left is a small, nice dining area, space for about 10-12 tables or so. My initial thinking was that this was the non-smoking area, but I wasn't sure. However, later on, there were people sitting at these tables, eating and smoking. Perhaps at a certain point they allow people to smoke in this room. I don't know. I also thought that if this room was smoking, then perhaps the room to the right was non-smoking, but again, I am not sure. When we arrived more than half the tables were occupied -- almost fine dining, nice tablecloths, dinnerware, glassware, etc. These people were ordering entrees, or appetizers and then entrees. It was a very nice menu.

After you walk through this space, you enter a very large, very nice bar area with a nice, long bar. Plenty of seats at the bar, high-top bar tables somewhat in the middle of the room, and a casual area with a couch/sofa, chairs, etc., along the walls. This was a large room, almost with a feel of different spaces or areas -- near the bar, away from the bar, couch/sofa, etc. There were plenty of flat-screen TV's of different sizes, all around, so if you want to watch, you really can't have a bad seat.

This room is for smoking -- and there was plenty of it, LOL. A real cigar-smoker's haven. There is a ventilation system, so while you get a nice aroma from the cigar(s), you don't get bad clouds of smoke or a massive amount of lingering smoke. Nice, attentive staff, although the bartender -- an excellent bartender -- also seemed to be waiting on (at least some of) the people at the hi-top tables (along with other staff), so he was running around quite a bit. However, he's a pro, and he did an excellent job. Very polite, very personable. Regardless, service overall was very good. They were attentive, clearing the table of dirty plates, napkins, refilling water, etc.

Sitting here, we ordered off the "bar" or "lounge" menu, which is extensive. This last time, we had a couple of appetizers and a sandwich. The fried ravioli was good, nice taste -- stuffed with sausage, broccoli rabe and cheese. I normally don't just take a shot ordering calamari because while so many places offer it, not many do it well. Anyway, I was talked into it, and the fried calamari was good too -- not overly or heavily fried, and not "chewy" so to speak. Nice balance. I also had the steak sandwich, which was excellent. It was nice, thinly sliced steak -- good flavor, not stringy, chewy or fatty, and instead of melted fontina cheese, I got it with mozzarella. Excellent sandwich. We didn't have any entrees and many of the people/tables seemed to be having (multiple) appetizers. As mentioned before, service was very good.

Overall, I like this place -- it's very good. I have gone several times, and will continue to do so.

Feb 02, 2015
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Next Door (Montclair)

I had lunch recently at Next Door in Montclair...in one word...excellent!

Upon arrival, I was very surprised the place was empty, except for one large party of 10 or so. Didn't matter to me as the place has an excellent reputation -- and based upon the food we had -- it should! Did I already say excellent? LOL.

There was one person working -- a waitress -- and she was in the back so we waited and eventually just started to walk in and seat ourselves. She appeared and said go ahead sit anywhere you'd like. She was attentive, polite, and on the job very well even though she was alone.

The menu was their "express lunch" menu -- about 6 to 8 diverse items on the list, and includes a salad or soup -- but there was more than enough to pick from amongst that diverse list and of course the rest of the menu.

On to the food -- the duck taco appetizer was excellent! Very tasty duck topped with cucumbers, radishes, etc. and a spicy mayo/chipotle dressing. It had a nice -- not too much -- kick, but the dish was excellent. A lot of flavor, married together very well, excellent balance. We then had the butternut squash soup. It was good. It had some julienne apple slices and some cranberries -- which was a nice touch and combination. It added another dimension to the soup, obviously a little citrus, sweet type flavor -- just a hint and not overwhelming at all. Perfect combination. The soup itself had a nice flavor and I am not a butternut squash soup expert -- as I've only ordered it maybe two dozen times -- but for my liking, it was a bit too "thin" so to speak. It wasn't as savory, thick, etc. as I would have liked -- but that's just me, however, it was flavorful and good, and again, the apple and cranberry was an excellent addition to the dish.

As the entree, I had the burger -- white cheddar and caramelized onions -- and it was excellent! One of the best burgers I've had in a long time. I don't know what kind of blend he (Chef Zod) uses, where he gets his meat, what he does to it, etc. -- but whatever and wherever, it was excellent! The meat itself had a lot of flavor and taste, and balance. I just really enjoyed the burger and the flavor. The white cheddar and the caramelized onions just seem to bring the entire burger together -- along with a nice roll/bun, which held the burger, didn't get soggy, etc. This was an excellent burger!!!

My friend had the chicken salad sandwich -- with apples, walnut, raisins, on a multi-grain bread, with small salad of greens and a very good dressing...again excellent. A lot of taste, not overpowering, but good nuances, very good balance. It was tasty and again, the perfect balance, brought together well, melded together for a really good sandwich. It didn't fall apart, get dwarfed by the bread, or anything of the like. And the various ingredients just seemed to go together perfectly.

Overall -- excellent! Everything about it, excellent. Chef Zod is a master, a brilliant chef.

As I've said on other threads, I am not sure if this restaurant is closing, or it is Zod's other restaurant, Blu (also in Montclair). I don't know the details or the latest, so perhaps someone can shed some light on this.

At one time, I heard Zod was allegedly opening "down the street" in the next town over or something, so he can get a liquor license. Personally, I'd like to be this guy's partner and financial guy. Again, I don't know the details or actual plans.

Anyway, as far as Next Door...go there!!!

Feb 02, 2015
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Domani (Hillsdale)

Had dinner a while back at Domani (Hillsdale). This is the old Bensi, which was apparently bought out by management or something of the like. Now independently owned (I believe they bought another Bensi location as well), this place seems to be doing well.

Here's an article on the place...

http://domanirestaurants.com/news

There's an in-depth, strong menu, a lot there to look at and a lot of options and flexibility. They were very quick to accomodate. Service was attentive and very good. Nice bar area, expansive dining room, tables not on top of each other, and overall pretty good. This is a nice, local, Italian place to go to for a good, reliable meal. From the appetizers to the pasta, fish and so on -- all was good, and everyone liked it. They've added a lot to the menu -- some interesting twists and flair -- new sauces, combinations, etc.

Like I said, overall, a nice meal, nice experience and if I were in the area, I'd have no problem going back -- and I say that knowing, that in my opinion, there are several good "Italian" dining options/alternatives in the area. I wouldn't compare this to any of the others. Depending on what you are looking for, this could be a nice option.

Feb 02, 2015
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Golden Pub/Memphis BBQ (Saddle Brook)

The Golden Pub -- Memphis BBQ in Saddle Brook...in short...pass, don't bother. The person who greeted us as we walked in was very nice, personable. Unfortunately, that was the highlight. Service was so-so at best. One staff person was outright not nice. Poor attitude and temperament. The bartender, was simply going through the motions at best, she was not nice at all. Almost seemed bothered that I arrived and wanted a drink. Indifferent, almost nasty look and all. LOL. We were here for a take-out order and I wasn't going to order any BBQ either. Based upon my experience, I would be absolutely shocked if the BBQ was good.

Food -- I didn't like it. They screwed up my order and brought a sandwich instead of the entree/dish, thus I didn't get any of the accompanying food/sides (whatever was supposed to come with it -- salad, potatoes, vegetables, etc. -- I don't even remember). So, while I got the sandwich -- of course I was charged for the entree! LOL. That said, the sandwich wasn't good at all. Massive hero roll compared to the piece of chicken on it. Poor execution and preparation. I question the quality of the chicken as well -- fatty, stringy, etc. On the other entree ordered -- they forgot the side of pasta that was supposed to come with that meal. The rest of the food just wasn't that good. Bland, no flavor to speak of, so so at best. Just nothing to get enthusiastic about or enjoy.

Based upon my experience -- I won't go back and if I was looking for that kind of food -- basic, variety, burgers, chicken, sandwiches, etc. -- the Gotham City Diner, which is not too far away, blows this place away!

Feb 02, 2015
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