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Need A Cool, Casual Lunch Place For A Ladies' Lunch Day Near Oakland, Suffern or Mahway or Monsey

I would go to the Craft House in Suffern...very good food, gastro-pub type, craft beers and liquors, farm to table'ish, local purveyors, and overall just very good. Interesting menu, from traditional, to interesting, to comfort food, and more.

Another one -- Sangria in Mahwah. Modern, Spanish food theme, interesting Americanized flair, very good food, tapas dishes, entrees, and very god Sangria!

Jul 28, 2015
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Great Hot Dogs at Rutt's Hut? Fuhgedaboudit!

Some people like chocolate, some people like vanilla, and some people don't like ice cream.

Point being, not everyone likes Rutt's Hutt. You know what that means? Nothing. It's just an opinion. If Rutt's Hutt appeared in the # 1 spot on a best dog list -- while "some" may disagree, I think the "majority" wouldn't have a problem with it, even if they didn't like the dog.

Rutt's Hut has never been my # 1 favorite -- but when people ask, I send them there. It's "widely accepted" as a top and very popular dog.

Jul 23, 2015
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Favorite sushi...Bergen County

I've been to Fuki Sushi -- it's near my office. I like it. It's a nice, local, basic (and I don't mean that in a bad way) sushi place. While I wouldn't call it a "destination spot" so to speak, I would never ever have a problem going there. I think the fish is fresh, quality, and they do seem to offer some nice, creative offerings. Thanks for the heads up.

Jul 19, 2015
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Favorite sushi...Bergen County

Note re: above...

While I like Wasabi -- I meant to say Wild Ginger.

Jul 19, 2015
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And NJ's best burger is....

If you are in the area, try the burger at Krug's -- because if you've never heard of it, you might be missing an excellent burger.

Krug's is well known on this board, other boards, and throughout NJ -- so any list that has them as the best burger in NJ, while you may not agree, it certainly won't be subject to a lot of criticism. It is certainly not far-fetched. Even if you don't like Krug's burger, you could understand it winning the top spot.

Any best of list is either going to be subject to personal opinion, likes, dislikes, etc., or subject to the same based upon who voted.

So, I really like Krug's, and always have.

Congratulations to the LaMotta family!!! An honor well earned and well deserved.

Jul 16, 2015
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4 N.J. hot dog joints named among top 75 in U.S.

For Italian hotdogs, my two favorites, by far are Tommy's and Jimmy Buff's. Tommy's is well known for the potatoes, and they sell pretty well by themselves, LOL. I too buy sausages at Tommy's. Thanks.

Jul 16, 2015
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4 N.J. hot dog joints named among top 75 in U.S.

Very good dog...thanks.

Jul 16, 2015
ELA in New Jersey

4 N.J. hot dog joints named among top 75 in U.S.

Some excellent hotdog places on the list -- and, personally, for my likes/tastes, I think they got some of the NJ places spot on. I really like Tommy's, Rutt's Hut, and Jimmy Buff's.

I think Max's is good, and I like the Windmill a bit better -- but I think Rutt's Hut ranks above them, and a few that didn't make the list; Callahan's and Hiram's.

Excellent list.

Jul 15, 2015
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Favorite sushi...Bergen County

Agreed on Umeya. Been trying to get there for a while now, LOL.

Thanks for the heads up on Masa. I'm going to ask a couple of friends who frequent the place (at least they used to last time it came up in conversation). I have tentative plans to go in a few weeks, with a couple of them, so perhaps they'll propose we change the plans. We'll see.

As far as Sakura Bana, very often -- actually every time I've been there -- they've had a lot of the more "traditional" offerings. They also have "specials" and some items (fish) that are not on the menu, which is mostly requested by their Japanese clientele. I've tried several of these. While they may offer the "Americanized" sushi and rolls, which perhaps appeals to the masses, I've never experienced a shortage of more traditional, high quality, fish/sushi there.

The place in Franklin Lakes you are talking about is Sushi Cocoro. I've been there, many times. I haven't been in a couple of years. It was good, I liked it. Would have no problem going back.

Jul 14, 2015
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Favorite sushi...Bergen County

Favorite? I think people tend to look at quality (high quality), freshness, price, and other things. So what's your favorite and why?

When it comes to quality, freshness, related aspects -- I like Sakura Bana (Ridgewood). I also like Umeya (Creskill). I haven't been to Masa (Allendale) for a long time, but I liked it. I also liked Wasabi (Ridgewood), but I haven't been there for a while either. I also haven't been to Matsu (Hillsdale) for quite some time. I also like Nagoya (Mahwah).

So -- what are your favorites? Thanks in advance.

Jul 14, 2015
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Now that (sob) Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove is closed....

Well, being that Chengdu 46 is in fact open -- from what I gather, this could be a good option (for Northern NJ), potentially very good. It's been there for years, has a very good, strong following, and from what I gather the reviews are very good as well.

I've heard some very good things about Lan Sheng (Wallington), so that may be a good option in Northern NJ.

Jul 13, 2015
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Saddle River Inn

It recently was reviewed twice -- by the NY Times and by Rosie/New Jersey Monthly...her review is below:

http://njmonthly.com/articles/eat-dri...

I think it was an interesting review. While I have not been there since the sale/transition...I was scheduled to go with some friends, and two of us were returning from a business trip (the day/evening we were scheduled to go), got delayed and had to cancel.

Our other friends went -- all of them are in the industry. One is a chef, one is former chef and his current role is a corporate executive with a restaurant/food services management company, where he is in charge of kitchen/food services, facilities, quality control, etc. (I don't remember his title), another is a seafood importer, and the last one is a restaurant owner (not a chef). So, I know their likes -- and they are similar to mine, and I respect their opinion. All of them had a good time and enjoyed themselves. All of them liked the food. There wasn't one negative comment -- about quality, taste, presentation, tableware, nothing. Now, that said, I am sure my friend's observations and comments were not in a "review" mode, and certainly not to the extent that a restaurant reviewer/critic/etc. would be. However, in reading the review -- I can see certain things potentially "bothering" some people; the wine, the wine glasses, perhaps even a "drab" room, although that relative and subjective in nature.

That said, I enjoy Rosie's reviews -- and I go out of my way to read them, so I found this one very interesting and insightful. Thanks.

Jul 13, 2015
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Need good butcher for large order of skirt steak for this weekend - Northern Nj

I hope everything worked out well.

I think luck was on your side when you found it on sale, and as you said, for you, it was worth the drive.

For future reference, I would think that if you went to a high-quality butcher, a specialty butcher -- if it's not on sale, you are going to pay more. Going to a specialty, quality butcher, you are going to get quality meat -- and I don't think price is going to be the driving force there. At 12-15 lbs, I don't know how much if any leverage that gives you, but I am sure calling in advance, you will find out.

Hope you enjoyed the party/BBQ.

Jul 13, 2015
ELA in New Jersey

Salt Sticks

Can't give you a specific place, but as others have said -- I suggest you start with the local bagel places. I've seen them around -- albeit much more rarely -- a few of the larger bagel places around me (Northern NJ). Good luck...brings back memories of when I was a kid.

Jul 13, 2015
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Now that (sob) Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove is closed....

Got it...Thanks.

Yes, China 46 closed -- I am going to say -- in 2007. A well known, classic former truck stop diner, converted to Phoenix Garden Too and China 46.

China 46 was known for good food, so-so service, a bit sporadic, but they had a good following. It was a popular place.

Jul 10, 2015
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Now that (sob) Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove is closed....

Just did a google search...are you sure it is closed?

http://www.chengdu46.com/

I called...the # is working and they answered the phone "CHengdu 46" -- are we talking about the same place?

Jul 10, 2015
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Now that (sob) Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove is closed....

Didn't know...thanks for the info...

From what I gather Joyce was very good when they first opened, got some rave reviews...and then slipped and "jumped the shark" so to speak. I haven't heard much about them lately, other than "used to be very good."

Jul 10, 2015
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No Good Food - Bergen County, NJ

Absolutely "opinion" -- without question. That said, I have never felt been of the belief that there are non good restaurants in Bergen County. Do I think there are many average and below average places? I think there are many average, but I don't frequent and it's rare that I encounter a below average place. Again, all this is my opinion, what I like, don't like, etc.

I don't know the statistics, but I would think on a relative basis, there are just as many "average" restaurants in NYC as it relates to the number of good restaurants -- but both numbers are exponentially greater in NYC.

Listen, when you get down to it -- everyone has their own tastes, likes, dislikes. I know an Italian restaurant that several friends of mine like. The place is packed every Friday and Saturday night. I've been there a dozen times. I think it's "average" so to speak. Nothing special in my mind. And, I know people who say it's one of the best around. That's OK. On the other hand -- if you want great pastrami, truly great pastrami, for me, you go to NYC. I won't argue where to go, LOL, but if that's what you are looking for you find it in NYC. However, in Bergen County -- you can get a very good pastrami sandwich, IMO, at the Kosher Nosh, and IMO it's the best in Bergen County. It's very good -- so it's not like you will die without going to NYC, LOL.

Maybe that exists with other types of food. But for the people who say they MUST go into NYC to eat, every time, every meal -- either they haven't tried some of Bergen County's best offerings...or they have and they just don't like it. And if they don't, like I say, some people like chocolate, some vanilla, and some don't like ice cream at all.

Jul 10, 2015
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Now that (sob) Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove is closed....

What about Chengdu 46? I always thought they had a good following, was popular, and considered one of the "best" places around.

Has anyone been? Opinions? Thank you in advance.

Jul 09, 2015
ELA in New Jersey

No Good Food - Bergen County, NJ

Some of my favorites on that list -- yes, I forgot Taste Of Greece...off the radar for many, but excellent food! White Manna, 'nuff said, LOL. I mentioned Hiram's, truly a classic, LOL.

La Bella Roma has excellent NY-style pizza, one of the best in the area IMO.

Jul 09, 2015
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No Good Food - Bergen County, NJ

Let me add a few more to my list, very good places in their respective category:

Varka
Axia
Bacari Grill
Sook Pastry
A Mano (Pizza)
Kinchley's (Thin-crust pizza)
Lido (Thin-crust pizza)
Fink's (Smoke/BBQ)
Latour
Madeleine's Petit Paris
Capital Grille
Matsu
Sakura Bana
Raymond's (breakfast)
Country Pancake House
Davey's (Locker)
Dutch House (Burger)
Jack's Cafe (Burger)

Jul 08, 2015
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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.

Jul 07, 2015
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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.

Jul 07, 2015
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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.

Jul 07, 2015
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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.

Jul 07, 2015
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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.

Jul 07, 2015
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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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