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Rockland County suggestion wanted...

Never tried it...have heard about it from friends...thank you very much for the heads up...while it's been on my radar, I didn't think of it, so again, thank you very much.

I was recently at Madeleine's Petit Paris in nearby Northvale (NJ) -- which has excellent food, so perhaps this time I wasn't thinking "French" so to speak, but very good recommendation.

Thanks again.

about 19 hours ago
ELA in New York State (exc. NYC)

Rockland County suggestion wanted...

I am looking for some suggestions for dinner in Rockland County. No special event or celebration -- just a nice dinner out with some very good food. I am open-minded as to type, ethnicity, etc.

I wanted to try something other than my normal go-to places, favorites, etc. Looking to find a new favorite. So, let's exclude O Lar, Velo, and any of Peter Kelly's places.

Anywhere in Rockland -- what places have really good food? Doesn't have to be romantic, ambiance, etc. What are your favorites for food?

Thank you in advance.

Sep 27, 2014
ELA in New York State (exc. NYC)

Atlantic City Restaurants

LOL...Read the original post...

"chef vola which I like a lot is closed for Easter any suggestions?"

Had Chef Vola not been closed the night the original poster was to be in AC...Chef Vola would have been the first two words out of my mouth (or typed on the keyboard actually, LOL).

Sep 27, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Mrs. London's & Max Londons [Saratoga Springs]

Ryan Venezia is the new owner...and word is Max London is staying on...

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

Jersey barbecue freaks prepare yourselves - Mighty Quinn's to open in Clifton

Just an FYI on Mighty Quinn's...

Rosie went there recently, with a total of 6 people. The end result...and I quote..."Six people threw away more food than they ate."

Not a good review, which doesn't surprise me based upon my experience...here's the link...

http://njmonthly.com....html#read_more

Sep 24, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Good food in Northern NJ?

You're welcome. I heard they might have a new chef in the kitchen (from a while ago), but I don't know. They changed the menu a bit as I went there for dinner about 6 weeks ago and noticed some changes.

Still very good. I liked it.

Sep 24, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Restaurant Suggestions needed

The private room can be BYO, and you can buy wines from them (from their "store") -- or you can order from their bar.

Sep 23, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Restaurant Suggestions needed

No -- full selection of wines.

Sep 23, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

Yes, down a bit from a former classic pizza place -- Pizza King. The place was sold and changed hands, and turned into another pizza place. Years ago it was a classic pizza place -- very good NY style pizza. I hadn't been there in a few years and not since it was sold either.

I also liked Pizza Chef (also in Fort Lee, but "in town") years ago, when they were in the original location, before Armando's/Pizza Chef relocated. Same thing, classic NY style pizza. One of my regular pizza places when I lived in Fort Lee.

And not to far away -- "on the avenue" -- was Vincent's (in Cliffside Park)...very good NY style pizza. One of the first pizza places I tried when I moved into the area -- most of my friends grew up on the place, LOL. A long time mainstay and I think the original owner was from Italy and had come over. Either first or second generation -- settled in Cliffside Park (or Fairview, I'm embarrassed I don't remember, LOL).

When I was living in the area, I was lucky -- very good, excellent pizza places, and several!

Sep 23, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Mrs. London's & Max Londons [Saratoga Springs]

From what I gather, was told, etc. -- this was a legitimate sale. Both places were recently closed for a transition, and there are new phone #'s for each (I was told). Michael and Wendy have in fact sold the two locations. The liquor license is being "transferred" and I don't know how much Max (their son) will be involved moving forward.

Max being involved may have been a transition kind of thing and certainly both names have goodwill and strong community ties -- so keeping Max involved at some point may have been a good move.

I won't speak to the financial issues or "problems" although one local newspaper article referenced it.

They were both very nice places -- and I have been going there for many years.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New York State (exc. NYC)

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

On Saddle River Road? If that's the one, I haven't been there in many years, but they used to be very good. Did the place get sold? I thought someone said that. I am not sure.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Looks like Zinburger might be coming to Parsippany, NJ

So what's the status? I like Zinburger, specifically the one in Clifton. I'm a fan. I tried the one in Garden State Plaza and didn't like it -- burgers were not as good, and neither was the atmosphere, service, etc.

Personally, I don't view the Five Guys or Smashburger's of the world as competition. To me, different kind of places and I go for very different things. But that's just me.

I used to go to the Fuddrucker's in Paramus. It was very close to my office, but even when they served booze and had their bar up and running -- to me, it's still very different than Zinburger (Clifton). I'll go to Zinburger on a Friday or Saturday night. I'll have nice service, my drinks and food brought to me, etc. I'll have the ahi/sashimi tuna salad, a drink or two, a burger, truffle fries, dessert, and enjoy the evening. I am not doing that at Five Guys or Smashburger, or even Fuddruckers when they had a bar.

If I want a burger, driving around, running around during the day -- I'll go to a Bobby Flay's, or Shake Shack, or BuCu when it was open. I'll go there for lunch with an associate (from the office). I think those burgers are better -- and I like them better -- than Smashburger or Five Guys. I view the latter as a better alternative and a better burger than Mickey D's or BK.

If I want to get a good burger, I'll go to Davey's Locker or the Dutch House, if I am in Newark, I'll go to Krug's, but for me, it's about what I am looking for, what I want, experience-wise, lunch vs. dinner, etc.

I'd have no problem trying another Zinburger if I am passing by, but if I want to enjoy it and want my experience -- I am going to Clifton.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

La Bella Roma in Paramus has excellent NY style pizza in my opinion. Good flavor, taste, crust, etc. I think it's one of the best in Bergen County/Northern NJ

Pizza Nova in Fort Lee also had excellent NY style pizza, but I haven't been there in years. There was a little something, a nuance, in their sauce, that gave it a good taste, flavor -- just a hint of something that really caught you (at least me, LOL). They were also on my "one of the best" lists.

Tirreno's Pizza in Mahwah has absolutely incredible Sicilian pizza -- without question, in my opinion, the best around.

There's other places I enjoy, but aside from the NY style pizza. I go to Kinchley's in Ramsey, Brooklyn's Brick Oven in Hackensack, Lido, also in Hackensack, and A Mano in Ridgewood, just to name a few.

I am sure there are threads here that talk about good pizza in Northern NJ, Bergen, etc.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Have any frozen yogurt joints in your area closed?

I think I saw a new one open (passing by) on Route 23 in Wayne, and a friend told me about another that closed. I don't remember where. I would suspect after the boom, you will start to see a few closing -- not only post-boom, but also due to economics, business model, etc.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

Yes, I've seen that too.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

I guess it depends on your geographical interpretations, but I would consider Lyndhurst as Northern NJ. Just my opinion.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

LOL, I hear you. Living on Domino's or the like doesn't give you any benchmark for "excellent pizza" so to speak. That said, once in a while, I have been in a situation where we'll end up at Pizza Hut or Uno's -- and those two I enjoy, strictly for a change of pace, deep dish, etc. Maybe once a year, twice would be a lot, LOL.

I enjoy the "deep dish" variety of pizza, again, just for a change of pace. Maybe it's because I like "Sicilian" style pizza -- and it is very hard to find excellent Sicilian style pizza, and I am lucky there is one place near me in Mahwah that serves excellent Sicilian pizza. I can't remember ever ordering regular pizza from them.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

Good point. I think the terminology also gets loose over time. I hear people call "NYC" style pizza as "Neapolitan" style pizza. I've actually had very good traditional, plain, "NYC" style pizza around the country. It is not the norm, but that's the case in many things you are looking for.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

I laughed to myself when I read your comment Tom...for whatever reason, my initial reaction was that most "people" in NJ, got their start in NY. LOL. Regardless, that might be true.

There's a very good place right near my office in Northern NJ (Paramus) -- the the two owners, brothers, were born and raised in NY, came to NJ when they were teens, and started working for their father who opened a pizza place when the family moved here. Yes, he owned/operated one in NYC.

The one here, has been doing well since the 80's, and their pizza -- "traditional, NYC style, etc. -- is excellent! Another place I know and used to like, in Fort Lee, was owned by a guy who got his start in NYC as well. I never really thought about that as it relates to where they got their start, came from, etc., but in the baby boomer, generation x, etc. generation -- I guess the stats might favor that many came from NY. LOL.

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Have any frozen yogurt joints in your area closed?

I don't have the actual #'s...but based upon memory observation, first, I don't know that I see any more of these opening. Certainly not anywhere near as many as in the past. Perhaps the boom of them opening has slowed or is over.

Second, yes, I see several closing. I know one I used to pass by in Pompton Lakes has closed -- and that one did not last long at all; less than one year, perhaps less than six months. I know another one in Ridgewood -- downtown Ridgewood -- closed. Don't ask me the names, LOL, but I think the one in Ridgewood was one of those "national" stores/chain/franchise (I don't know the specifics).

Sep 22, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

And there's some good, very good, excellent, as well.

Mediocrity and worse will always be the norm, common, etc.

Sep 18, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Why does NJ/NYC area have the best pizza?

It's the water!!! LOL.

Actually, with regard to bagels, to some extent it is, LOL. Perhaps it is similar with pizza.

First, I do think it's a geographic thing -- there are a lot of second, third, etc. generation Italians in the NY/NJ area and while that may have little to do with the actual results, the influence is there. Second, it's NYC!!! Whatever it is you will find the best of it there. LOL. Here in NJ -- we have excellent bagels and excellent pizza, and while they might be few and far between, it is more diverse and vast than NYC. I am sure NYC has some bad pizza and bagels as well, LOL.

I've had very good pizza around the US -- again, more the exception than the norm, but it's been it's own style, variety, etc. It's hard to duplicate the excellent pizza you get in NY/NJ.

Sep 18, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

$1 oysters North NJ

I can't speak to the $1 price tag -- but the only place I can think of would be that Biggie's place. I think there might be more than one location, but I don't know. I've never been so I can't provide any details.

I've had good oysters (a variety were offered) at Park West (in Ridgewood, and I can assure you they were substantially more than $1) and Oceanos (in Fair Lawn, and they were more than $1 there as well).

Good luck.

Sep 18, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Looking for real deal Carbonara

Maybe I am reaching here, but what about LuNello? I don't remember if it was on the menu or a special, but I thought they did a carbonara that was like you had said. Also, what about Di Palma Brothers? Again, I don't remember, but I thought they did a carbonara as well.

I am sure there has to be others in Northern NJ.

Good luck.

Sep 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Pasta with Bolognese sauce

I am a big fan -- but, I'm sorry, I just don't know anything in that area. Good luck.

Sep 17, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Jeremiah Bullfrog on "Beat Bobby Flay" TV Program

Was flipping through the channels when I got home from a meeting and saw the tail end of this. Maybe there will be a re-run of this or something. Thanks for the post.

Sep 12, 2014
ELA in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

I'm swearing off all-you-can eat sushi places

I've never been to either place, but your comment about AYCE sushi places is pertinent. I very much enjoy sushi. Being that it is raw fish, I tend to not go to a sushi place unless a friend of mine, who I trust and respect, tells me about the place, recommends it, etc. Many of my friends are in the industry, so that even more so is a "qualified opinion" so to speak.

That said, for years, I would never go to an AYCE sushi place. Years ago a friend -- a chef, who has extensive experience and a specialty in seafood -- recommended an AYCE place. I objected and he said, trust me, let's go. And we did -- and the place was very good. They gave you a card, you checked off what and how many you wanted, and they brought it to you. To me that is very different than sushi/sashimi sitting out on a serving tray, buffet, etc. I don't care how fast the "turnover" is and how fresh the pieces are that are out/available.

I agree, sushi should be savored, and for me it's about high-quality, fresh fish, flavor, taste, etc. It is not about quantity. Quality and fresh is a prerequisite for me. It is mandatory. Raw fish? How can quality and fresh not be? Another friend -- a fish importer -- took me to another place, same story. He said it was good, he approved, etc. It was, good quality, fresh, etc. I liked it. I've been back to each, once, with the same friend(s). But I've never been to a "buffet" type place.

I am not condemning them. I get the economics, and for some it's acceptable and necessary. It certainly is "less expensive" and that can be important. This is all relative. We enjoy what we enjoy, like, dislike, and do what works for us. Thanks for the good thread/posts.

Sep 12, 2014
ELA in New York State (exc. NYC)

The George's Inn or Smokeys Tavern

Heard about the latter. A friend goes there. He said it's good -- meaning OK, not bad, reliable, etc. Maybe check TripAdvisor for some Vernon restaurant reviews. Good luck.

Sep 08, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Red Robin to open in Brick

When the Fuddrucker's in Paramus was open, we would go there occasionally. The burgers were good. Not the best I've had, but certainly better than the fast-food alternative. This was pre-Bobby Flay's, BuCu, Shake Shack, etc., so the alternatives to find a good burger were few and far between. If I wanted a really good burger, I'd have to head over the Dinallo's, Davey's, Porter House, etc.

Fuddrucker's was a very good, convenient, and faster alternative, and again, the burger was good. Quality slipped in the ensuing years, overall for the most part. They closed down their bar as well. The fries were good, and so were the onion rings. Of course, the fixin's bar was there, and popular, LOL. They also had some decent alternatives to a burger, not a bad menu.

Sep 08, 2014
ELA in New Jersey

Red Robin to open in Brick

Didn't know that or even notice. I might have bet that I saw the sign there in the past few months, but I could certainly be mistaken. Again, I never stopped in and wouldn't have really noticed per se.

Thanks for the heads up.

Sep 08, 2014
ELA in New Jersey