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Callahan's Hot Dogs

I hear you!

The plan is to offer the Italian hotdog -- as they did in Fort Lee. I hope Dan does so, but with the real deal "pizza bread"...and of course the potatoes prepared the right way, LOL.

When Callahan's was in Fort Lee, I am not sure that the Italian hotdog was a big seller -- as they use "pizza bread" and the potatoes weren't done in the more expected, traditional way (that would find at Dickie Dee's, Jimmy Buff's, Tommy's, etc.).

Aug 26, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Callahan's Hot Dogs

Ditto!!! Dan has been working on this and it's going to happen.

I am very much looking forward to it -- the classic Callahan's menu.

Don't mess with what works, LOL -- dogs, burgers, fries, rings, sausage, etc.

All the best and congratulations!

Aug 26, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Cigar friendly in NYC

Thanks Phil. I don't know the neighborhood well at all, so maybe it's "not that kind of place" and doesn't attract that kind of crowd. I can see if they are not open late, or try and shut down the rooftop, etc. It can be problematic, labor-wise and more, if you don't have a good crowd of people.

If it's not that kind of place -- the rooftop might do well during more regular or normal hours, post-work, happy hour, early evening, etc.

I won't be a regular but I am very much looking forward to a very nice cigar and drink there.

Aug 23, 2014
ELA in Manhattan

Cigar friendly in NYC

Thank you very much for the leg-work and info...

Only up until 1030 or 11? Interesting. Maybe the rooftop/deck serves as a full-blown "rooftop lounge" type of thing. Very hot now in NYC, LOL.

I haven't been there in many years -- but the last time, every time I was there, the food was excellent.

Aug 22, 2014
ELA in Manhattan

Cigar friendly in NYC

Haven't been in a long time. During the craze it was a zoo, LOL. Even post-craze, it was always crowded as it was one of the few places you could smoke, and the whole cigar theme added to it. Back then I wasn't a big fan, but it was a place to go.

I would think these days, it's better -- more accommodating and more enjoyable for cigar smokers. I don't remember the food at all, LOL.

Thanks again for the info/heads up.

Aug 22, 2014
ELA in Manhattan

Cigar friendly in NYC

Thanks...greatly appreciate it...I've read a little about it since they moved, but being that I haven't been nearby or spending a lot of leisure time in NYC, I just haven't looked into it or even checked their website.

Thanks again.

Aug 22, 2014
ELA in Manhattan

Cigar friendly in NYC

Once again, I haven't been to Patroon in many years. Last time, was the "old" location when they had the cigar lounge "inside". I've heard the new location is very nice. Do they have a rooftop lounge/bar type set up, or some outdoor area? Thanks in advance.

Aug 21, 2014
ELA in Manhattan

Cigar friendly in NYC

Yes, always very good, thanks. Also haven't been is a few years.

Aug 21, 2014
ELA in Manhattan

Cigar friendly in NYC

Thanks...haven't been to either in several years. I was always a fan of the Bar and Books various locations. Thanks again.

Aug 21, 2014
ELA in Manhattan

Cigar friendly in NYC

Hello all -- I haven't been spending a lot of time in NYC, so I wanted to ask the resident experts...what places are cigar friendly these days?

Thank you very much in advance.

Aug 20, 2014
ELA in Manhattan

planning a trip to Northern New Jersey-September 20-October5, 2014

If you are into smoke/BBQ -- in my opinion the best is Fink's. Bar none.

As far as new -- the first thought that popped into my mind was another favorite of mine -- St. Eve's (Ho-Ho-Kus). Owned and operated by the original co-founder/co-owner/co-chef of Cafe Panache -- it is excellent in my opinion; one of the best restaurants in Northern NJ.

Aug 20, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

PF Market, West Caldwell - really good seafood.

Thanks for the heads up...with a "market" type place, yes, you are there for the seafood, not the ambiance.

The Seafood Gourmet in Maywood is the same thing -- they have a small restaurant, basic, simple, etc. in the back of the store. It was added on and while several people go there -- it's for the seafood. Nice service, attentive, and nice people -- but it's all about the food, LOL.

Thanks again for the heads up.

Aug 19, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

new Chipotle in Fort Lee?

Haven't heard a thing, although I don't have my finger on the pulse anywhere near what I used to.

Aug 13, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

lunch near blanche beads N bergenfield, or on the way home

Agreed...if you like smoked/BBQ/etc. -- Fink's is the best in my opinion. Check their menu online.

Aug 08, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Is NJ's "Italian Hot Dog" crazy?

LOL...I completely and immediately picked up on the fact that the person had no idea what real, authentic, etc. "pizza bread" is. LOL.

We should get the author's address and send them some. LOL.

Jul 25, 2014
ELA in New Jersey
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Would you eat at an AC casino that announced it is closing?

Interesting...might be a good opportunity...acquire a brand new, modern, state of the art facility -- at a discount, perhaps the "right price" so to speak.

Jul 20, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

N.J. raids 29 restaurants in liquor scam probe

As far as the Brick House -- I have absolutely no problem going back there. When the raid happened, I was told that Aldo welcomed them in, allowed them to take whatever they wanted, and fully cooperated.

He commented and was quoted as saying he had zero worries and they would find nothing.

I have not heard anything to the contrary -- and again, I have no problem going back to any of his establishments.

Jul 20, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Would you eat at an AC casino that announced it is closing?

Scheduled to close, right? August? September? I forgot what I read.

There seems to be an over-saturation to some extent. With regard to Revel, it's simple, they are just not making -- enough -- money to be profitable, support debt service, etc. Poor economics.

Trump Plaza is closing, and while allegedly making money, the Showboat is closing as well -- all on the heels of the Atlantic Club closing. There are plans to re-open the Atlantic Club as a non-casino hotel.

Jul 20, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Would you eat at an AC casino that announced it is closing?

Agreed...

And I heard about that place...all very good reports...

Jul 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Would you eat at an AC casino that announced it is closing?

I've had mixed opinions and experience with casino restaurants. The "big name" places, that are off-shoot locations of a well known, famous, and often excellent restaurant -- in my opinion, unless they have very active, hands on management, and there is a strong presence -- it's usually not anywhere near as good as the original. I am sure there are exceptions of course.

That said, I've also been in excellent casino restaurants -- their high-end place -- as they cater to high-rollers, excellent clients of the casino, etc.

As far as your question -- personally, I would stay away. There is no vested interest in making your experience an excellent one. During a BK, pre-closing, steps have already been taken than can and will have an impact.

In addition -- there are excellent non-casino restaurants in AC...I recommend the Knife & Fork Inn and Chef Vola. Have a nice trip.

Jul 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

N.J. raids 29 restaurants in liquor scam probe

Never heard much else with this...

Jul 11, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Bergen County Lunch for 18

Take a look at Bacari Grill. I had lunch there recently for about 20 -- all different likes, dislikes, wants, etc. -- and everyone was happy. Very good food, good flexibility, etc.

Jul 11, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

good food in strange places

Yes, very good choice/recommendation.

Jul 09, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Atlantic City Restaurants

Agreed...I haven't been to Dock's yet, but I hope to get there this weekend. Thanks.

Jul 08, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Atlantic City Restaurants

Top...why hasn't my above post brought this thread back up? Thanks.

Jul 07, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Atlantic City Restaurants

Any other recommendations on non-casino restaurtants?

Two weeks ago I had dinner at the Knife & Fork Inn on Friday night and Chef Vola on Saturday night -- both excellent! The Knife & Fork Inn has become my go to, regular, etc. place for dinner.

Any other good places outside the casinos?

Thank you in advance.

Jul 07, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Good Italian restaurant between Westwood and Livingston

I would rate LuNello at the top of my list.

I'll add Savini's (Allendale), Aldo's (Wyckoff), and Arturo's (Midland Park).

Right in Westwood -- there are two I like -- Baci, although I haven't been there in a long time, and a small BYO, Granita Grill, and I haven't been there in a long time as well.

Jul 03, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Mongolian BBQ.... is it extinct in NJ?

That makes sense. If that's what people find attractive, that's fine. My preference -- very good food, and if I am that hungry and want more...I'll order more and pay for it, LOL.

Jul 02, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Mongolian BBQ.... is it extinct in NJ?

I was never really a fan of the Mongolian BBQ style. I tried it several times, went with friends, etc., and while I might have enjoyed the experience to some extent, and certainly the company -- I was just not a big fan of the food itself. I thought it was a bit of a novelty and I know it had its fans.

That said, I saw several places, many years ago, that was exclusively Mongolian BBQ. I think it was a franchise, and I saw a location or two in a mall. I also saw several free-standing, independently owned, etc. restaurants. After time, I thought most of these got absorbed, turned into, etc. the AYCE buffet type place -- and I've never been a fan of those. I know there are a few that are well-liked, respected, etc. -- like the one in Little Ferry -- but for the most part, based upon my experiences, the food was not high-quality, often not prepared well, overly salted, "stale" and so on. I hate to stereotype, but I've found very few AYCE buffet type places that were very good.

Don't get me wrong, I've been to a Chinese restaurant that offered an AYCE lunch buffet or something of the like -- and I've found a few that were good. But the large, AYCE buffet places, I tend to pass much more than go.

I think some of the Hibachi type places have become more popular, although the AYCE places still seem to survive and continue.

Jul 02, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Good food in Northern NJ?

Well, I like Velo (Nyack). It is very good in my opinion.

So, another place I like -- and you might have passed it a hundred times -- is La Vera Cucina (Suffern). From the outside, it looks like an old-fashioned, old style Italian place in a small shopping strip/plaza, with an old fashioned awning, etc. -- BUT -- looks are deceiving. Go inside. It's very nice, done well. The food is very good. The owners/operators are Albanian, and while some of the staff, kitchen staff are Italian -- there is a different, unique flair on some of the dishes. There's a lot of flavor, taste, etc. throughout the menu. I've never had a bad meal there, yet, they've all been very good.

Very nice bar, bar area, very good service, attentive, etc. Some of the dishes are traditional -- what you might expect -- but it's good. Others have a different, creative, flair or twist -- and they too are very good. It is not a typical, average, red sauce place.

Jul 01, 2014
ELA in New Jersey