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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.

1 day ago
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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.

2 days ago
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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.

2 days ago
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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
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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
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N.J. raids 29 restaurants in liquor scam probe

Never heard much else with this...

Jul 11, 2014
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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
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good food in strange places

Yes, very good choice/recommendation.

Jul 09, 2014
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Atlantic City Restaurants

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

Jul 08, 2014
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Atlantic City Restaurants

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

Jul 07, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Good food in Northern NJ?

You are welcome. They are doing well, and getting very good/positive reviews. Several people I know in the industry have really enjoyed it -- and while I respect their opinion, I share similar likes, tastes, etc.

Jul 01, 2014
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Good food in Northern NJ?

Good spot to meet, or anywhere near by for that matter.

So, being that you are in Suffern -- do you stay in Rockland for Italian food? If so, what are your favorites? Velo (in Nyack)? I might have a counter-intuitive and off the radar recommendation for you, LOL.

Jul 01, 2014
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Good food in Northern NJ?

The other places in Ridgewood are good -- and might hit closer to the price-point. Park West might be considered "expensive" -- but A Mano is not in my opinion. I've heard one or two people say they think it's expensive for "pizza" -- but value and worth it and bargain and all that -- they are all relative terms.

Masago is not expensive at all -- small place, BYO, service can be a bit off if they are crowded, but it's OK in my opinion.

I would also add Dining at Memorie to the list -- a very good addition to the Ridgewood dining scene, and a good value in my opinion. Also Mediterraneo -- one of the best rated restaurants in Ridgewood and very good value as well.

Jul 01, 2014
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Good food in Northern NJ?

I would check out the menu/website at:

Oceanos -- Fair Lawn, but 5-7 minutes from the intersection of 4 and 17 -- take 4 west to Saddle River Road, and it's right there on the right.

St. Eve -- in Ho Ho Kus; I might not call it "casual" but I would not say "fine dining" either. Last time I went, I wore nice jeans, nice "polo" type long sleeve shirt, and loafers. You can't go in shorts and a tank-top, LOL. Check out the website and menu. Steve is doing some excellent things there. It's 5 minutes from Ridgewood. BYO, but there is a large, very good selection liquor store next door, and another small one across the street.

Enjoy!

Jun 30, 2014
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Lunch in Montclair

I've never been to either restaurant that he's at -- but I read a few articles about him, including an interview, and I know several people who have gone -- including people in the business, one who knows him -- and he certainly is "creative" as people would say. There is a definite "method to the madness" so to speak.

I'll be going to Next Door in the very near future. Thanks for the heads up.

Jun 23, 2014
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Soft Shell Crabs

I believe St. Eve (Ho-Ho-Kus) had them, initially as a special (vis a vis availability). Check with them. The website might not be changed daily, etc., so you might have to call.

Jun 19, 2014
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good food in strange places

Agreed. Very good recommendation. Thanks.

Jun 17, 2014
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good food in strange places

I agree.

Which deli do you prefer if you don't mind me asking?

Jun 17, 2014
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good food in strange places

Interesting thread...I am sure a lot of interesting favorites will show up.

So, I don't know off the top of my head if I have any real good ones -- I did have very good chicken wings from a take-out Chinese place in Fort Lee. They are long closed and I forgot the name, but they were their own version -- not the Korean BBQ style/type.

As far as the diner topic -- I'll limit my comments to the reuben sandwich. I have never really found a "good" reuben sandwich in a diner. I've been to plenty of diners, like many people here, and if a friend of mine says they have a good reuben -- I give it a shot. Just hasn't worked out, LOL.

I think it is just my tastes, likes, etc. -- because when I order a reuben, I tend to order it in a quality deli. I won't start the whole Kosher/Kosher-style thing, but for me, the pastrami and corned beef I've had in diners was not "quality" and good tasting meat. It was edible and that's fine -- but that's not what I look for in a reuben.

Thanks for the other comments...sounds like some very interesting places to try.

Jun 17, 2014
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Callahan's

OK...I went to the farmer's market (a small one) they had in Closter yesterday.

When I pulled into the lot and saw the Callahan's truck, I have to admit, I got excited. It's been a long time -- closing week -- since I've had a Callahan's hot dog.

Line was long, but moved quickly.

So, here's the most, if not only important thing...bottom line...THIS IS CALLAHAN'S HOT DOGS!!! Just like it was. Sure, you are not sitting inside, at a table, with your soda or beer, fries, etc. -- but the dog is just like it used to be. These guys are doing it right!!! Thankfully!!! LOL.

I had two regular dogs -- one with the onion sauce, the other with sauerkraut and mustard, and a junior dog with chili...OK, I shared another junior dog with chili...LOL.

The hot dogs were excellent!!! So, it was an amazing Father's Day, and if someone wants to tell me the hot dogs were better because the most amazing young woman took me there for Father's Day, OK, I'll buy that. But the hot dogs were excellent!!! And the company was even better (thank you very much to that amazing young woman).

Jun 16, 2014
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Callahan's

Oh am I looking forward to Sunday! LOL.

What a great Father's Day present!

Jun 13, 2014
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Appetizers for a party in northern NJ

LOL...

Jun 12, 2014
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Bergen-Passaic Father's Day dinner with 20+ craft beers on tap.

I've been a few times...nice place...I can't say they have 20+ craft beers on tap though. Maybe you can check their website or call.

As far as the rest -- nice environment and the food was "good." One time I had a burger and fries and it was good. Better than pub grub or typical burgers. Another time we went more with entrees so to speak. Nothing to "high end" but again the food was good. I wouldn't have a problem going back, but I might not go far out of my way to go. It was OK, good, etc. -- good fit for the area I think. If I was in the area, I'd go, and not have any concerns -- but again, if I wasn't in that area, I wouldn't go far out of my way. Hope this helps a bit.

Jun 12, 2014
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Callahan's

I also wanted to report...I've spoke with a couple of friends who have gone -- and very thankfully -- the reports are very good! A couple of my friends were "lifer's" so to speak, having grown up in Fort Lee, grown up on Callahan's, etc.

A few people have said the dogs are classic Callahan's -- what great news!

Jun 09, 2014
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Callahan's

Glad to see Callahan's is "coming home" and will be in Fort Lee...also on Father's Day in Closter...I am so looking forward to this...

Jun 08, 2014
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