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Best "Korean" chicken places in Bergen County?

Got it...thanks.

Dec 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

What is your goto for Holiday dining...if you dine out this time of year

I would also add St. Eve. I go throughout the year, but around the holidays it's just different, special. Also Cafe Panache.

Dec 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Best "Korean" chicken places in Bergen County?

Thanks.

Dec 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Best "Korean" chicken places in Bergen County?

Thanks for the heads up...I am guessing the place in Fort Lee is not a "Korean" style chicken place. Might be worth a shot though, LOL.

Thanks again.

Dec 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

What is your goto for Holiday dining...if you dine out this time of year

Excellent question...for me it's the time of year, season, etc...so I might go to a place I've gone to throughout the year, but it becomes special.

I'll second LuNello...I might throw in their the Saddle River Inn...and there's a few others...

Dec 16, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Best paella in Northern NJ...

The other place I was thinking of was Tapas de Espana, in North Bergen. It was a long time ago, but I remember that paella was very good. I went back one other time, not long thereafter.

Sabor I had been to a few times. Nice spot to hang out.

Yes, I heard Patsy's is being built...and I still can't figure out exactly where it is. It's been described to me, but I still don't get it, LOL. The Old Loft was a bit north, same side of course. Patsy's is going in across on the other side of the street, right?

I was thinking DP II, that's the one in Pine Brook, right? The other is in Fairfield or something?

Dec 16, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Best paella in Northern NJ...

Thank you very much...yes, Segovia was on my short list, actually at the top of it I think.

The only other I was thinking about was El Cid (Paramus). Last time these people came into town we went to Meson Madrid, but they were staying in Fort Lee and it was very convenient.

Any others? I can't think of any that are as good as Segovia.

I really don't know many other places around. I had gone to Sabor (North Bergen) a few times when I lived in Fort Lee, and there was another place in North Bergen I went to once (I forgot the name).

Thanks again.

Dec 15, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Best "Korean" chicken places in Bergen County?

I know there are several around -- Korean, Asian, etc. I've been looking to try a few of these, and just never got around to it.

What are some of your favorite chicken places?

Thank you in advance.

Dec 14, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Best paella in Northern NJ...

Hello all...looking for a couple of places that serve very good paella...and unfortunately, due to timing, travel, etc. -- we can't go to Newark.

Anything around Northern NJ, Bergen County, you like?

Thank you in advance.

Dec 14, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Best desserts in Bergen County?

Sook...Ridgewood...do a search here, you will find plenty of comments.

The others mentioned are good in my opinion.

Dec 13, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Knife & Fork, Atlantic City

I've gone with meat, pasta, etc. -- I've never had a meal there I have not thoroughly enjoyed. I've had several risotto dishes that were excellent. I very much enjoy the appetizers and side dishes, so that should add to satisfying you.

Go...enjoy!

Dec 03, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Knife & Fork, Atlantic City

This is not going to be an "amped up vibe" -- no matter where you sit. Very different place, ambiance, etc. from American Cut. The end of the bar area, even though it is relatively right off the bar -- it is separated from the bar, end of bar. There's a bit of a distance, barrier, etc. Regardless, it's not a "loud" bar area -- not at all. It's more subdued, nice crowd, people waiting for tables, meeting for a drink, etc. There's a few people who are eating at the bar, but it's a nice, not loud bar area.

Make a reservation, look around the website, call the restaurant and ask them, talk to them, etc. -- and maybe you can get there early and look around. See what you like, and perhaps you can get a table in an area you end up liking. I don't know, but I did this the first time I went there, and they looked to accommodate me.

Dec 02, 2014
ELA in New Jersey
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Knife & Fork, Atlantic City

Excellent restaurant.

Yes, multiple dining areas and multiple floors. I think the website can give you info as to the various rooms/floors. Also, give them a call -- I have found them to always be very helpful.

I think it also depends on what you are looking for. Some people like one of the upstairs rooms.

Personally, I've always found the small area, at the far end of the bar from where you walk in, on the ground floor is very nice. It's at the "end" of the building, so there's windows there that look out to the street. It's quiet as there are only 5 or 6 tables and they never put a big party there. I've never seen more than a table for four. It's also along windows, which I like. It's downstairs, which I also like. The wait-staff is not overloaded or overwhelmed as they only have to focus on a few tables. The bar is not a "loud" bar so there is not a lot of noise and that's a very good thing.

There's a small dining area "behind" the bar as well, that's not too large, but I like the above mentioned area better. I always get there early, have a drink at the bar, relax, look over the menu, etc., but I always request a table in that ground floor area past the bar.

Dec 02, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Butcher, sausage...open on Sunday...Northwest Bergen County...

Well, the Giants succeeded! LOL. Sad, but true.

Thanks for the heads up/recommendation. I haven't been to Piast, but I have been to VB.

Anyway, I went with A&S in Wyckoff -- it was close, convenient, etc.

Everything was very good and they sell various products from one of my favorite manufacturers -- Salumeria Biellese -- so I picked up a few of their items and was very happy about that.

Dec 01, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Butcher, sausage...open on Sunday...Northwest Bergen County...

By the way...I'll drive...I don't mind, LOL. I just wasn't thinking of driving to Fair Lawn and I am thinking of kick-off time for the Giants game! LOL.

Nov 30, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Butcher, sausage...open on Sunday...Northwest Bergen County...

Good morning all...so I all of a sudden got inspired...I'd like to get some sausage today, but one of my usual go-to butchers is closed on Sundays.

I'd like to get some fresh, quality sausage, maybe a couple of different kinds...anything around and open on Sunday...anywhere between Mahwah and Ridgewood? How is A&S in Wyckoff? Wasn't thrilled about driving down to the Swiss Pork Store in Fair Lawn. Haven't been there is years and I don't even know if they are open on Sunday. I'll check, just in case I end up having to go there.

Any other ideas, recommendations, thoughts? Thank you in advance.

Nov 30, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

Good points.

Nov 25, 2014
ELA in New York State (exc. NYC)

Javier's (nuevo Latin in Saratoga Springs)

Yes, a shame...and it speaks to the economy, the landscape of the industry and much more. People can say a BYO can't make it, a small place can't make it, and so on and so on. I hate oversimplifying, but if you have "the product" then people will come. It might be that not enough will come to make up for a poor business model, bad/expensive lease, poor management, etc.

We've all seen places that were massively crowded, "doing great" so to speak -- and they closed. Massively crowded and massive "revenue" doesn't have anything to do with making money or "profit".

I always liked Javier's, and I liked a few of the places that used to be in this location.

Nov 24, 2014
ELA in New York State (exc. NYC)

I found great real rye bread in NJ!

Very good bread/bakery...got a rye bread there not that long ago. I didn't really look around, just needed a rye and run, LOL. It was very good.

Nov 20, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

I found great real rye bread in NJ!

Yes, I've had it -- very good rye. I haven't been there in a few years (did they move?), but I don't remember their rye being a "Jewish rye" so to speak...is it? I remember it being a "heavier" and "heartier" type of rye.

Thanks in advance.

Nov 20, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

I found great real rye bread in NJ!

I've had rye from WF...yes, very good in my opinion.

Nov 20, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

I found great real rye bread in NJ!

Very good rye bread. I used to live in CP, and went there often -- and while I haven't been there in several years, I don't know that their rye bread is like the "Jewish rye" some here have commented on/requested.

I remember their rye, but I don't remember them doing a Jewish rye.

Have you been recently? Do you know? Thanks in advance.

Nov 20, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

around metlife stadium

Yes, I can see people saying it's old and tired. A friend of mine said it "jumped the shark" years ago. For non-regulars, people new to the area, visitors, etc. -- I can see it being fun, enjoyable, good food, etc. The menu is still strong, in-depth, varied, wide-ranging, etc. (at least it was last time I was there, LOL).

As far as Cafe Matisse and a football game on the same day/night...to each their own! LOL. Actually, I did it, but that's just me. Might not sound ideal, but who knows. It just could be, LOL.

Nov 18, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

around metlife stadium

I think the "not to be missed" is Cafe Matisse...note that it is a BYO restaurant. Google it, do your homework, etc. -- you will find it is widely considered one of the best restaurants in Northern NJ and perhaps the state.

Park and Orchard is good -- however, while I've liked it in the past, at times a lot, I would not call it a "not to be missed.

Nov 18, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Food in Newark Airport?

I agree with these comments. The Gallagher's in Newark Airport, in my opinion, is not even in the same category as the Gallagher's in NYC. Perhaps this was the equivalent of a "licensing" deal so to speak and HMSHost is using the name. But in my opinion, that's all they are using. The burger I had there was not good at all. The steak my partner had was poor. Service was terrible all around. The quality of the service was equal to what I would expect at a fast-food restaurant, and a poor one at that.

My experience at the GCOB was the same.

Nov 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

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

Very good list...thanks for posting.

Nov 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Best Restaurants near NJPAC in Newark, NJ?

Adega Grill...but, I'm sorry, you'll have to take a cab....but in my opinion more than worth it.

There are a few other good recommendations here -- Mompou and the Monk Room. Enjoy.

Nov 14, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Are any NJ Japanese restaurants actually run by Japanese?

I agree, completely. Food in China (different provinces), Italy (different regions), Japan, and so on -- all different. The "Americanized" versions and the landscape are very different.

That said -- there seems to be a small sect of people who play the role of the "authentic police" or even the "semantic police" so to speak. I personally don't have a problem going to a very good Italian restaurant and they say "authentic" or "Northern Italian" or something of the like. Yet, sometimes, I see a few people step up and scream "there's nothing on that menu that you would find in Italy" or "there's no such thing as Northern Italian" cuisine, and so on. So what...to what end?

Personally, I like going to a sushi place, a high end place, where I know there are certain specific, hard to find, etc. types of fish that are not part of the Americanized norm we have come to know. Like I said above, I know places where there are two menus, or a short menu for a Japanese clientele, or two types of fatty tuna, etc. I get to learn, broaden my horizons, try things I might not normally get to try. That's just me though, LOL.

Nov 14, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Blu - Montclair

Place is excellent in my opinion. Chef is brilliant in my opinion. Go, in my opinion.

As far as closing -- there's another thread here with details.

Nov 12, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Diners in New Jersey near the Garden State Parkway, preferably near Montclair

Yes, when I lived in Fort Lee/Cliffside Park, we would go to the Waterfall often...there or the Point, LOL. Regardless, when it first opened Waterfall was a good diner. Like many and often, they seemed to slip over time. Not sure if it changed hands or what.

I know they ultimately became Gotham City, although I haven't been to that location ever.

Whenever I am around Fair Lawn, there is often a need to go to a diner, so we have a selection between Fair Lawn, Paramus, etc. I used to like Land and Sea, and Empress wasn't bad either. As I said -- today, my first choice by far, for any diner in the area would be Gotham City. Seems to be a rarity amongst diners, in my opinion -- quality of food, portion, service, etc.

Nov 11, 2014
ELA in New Jersey