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Good BYOBs in Northern NJ

Anyone know any good BYOB restaurants (preferably Italian) in Northern NJ or border of Rockland County, NY?


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  1. Hoboken has a ton of BYOB restaurants. If that's a location you're interested in, I can provide more details.

    1. almost every restaurant in NJ is BYOB, thanks to strange - and limiting- town liquor laws.

      1. Andrea's in Waldwick is a very good Italian restaurant that is byob. As sixelagogo said, most restaurants in the area are byob. At Andrea's I can highly recommend the seafood dishes and pastas. And for dessert--they have housemade napoleons, which are fantastic. Dinner for two there with an appetizer, dessert, and coffees will be about $100. We usually go there to celebrate something. I highly recommend reservations.

        Andreas Ristorante Italiano
        26 E Prospect St, A Waldwick, NJ

        1. I know it isn't Italian, but my favorite is The Greek Village on Livingson St. aka Rt 303 , Northvale NJ.

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          1. re: michele cindy

            The Greek Village is great--I've been there for a business lunch before. From what I understand, it gets very crowded--and there is often a long wait for a table. It's a small place--and very casual. The food is good, and I feel the portions are very large.

            For Greek food, I would also recommend George's in Ridgefield Park. It's also byob.

          2. Still, my fav. italian in jersey has to be Campania..it's byob, and a gem: here's my review
            and since it was on kitchen nightmares (though not for gross, unsanitary conditions, just $$ issues) if you do a little digging, you'll find a lot more

            1. Ridgewood in Bergen County has a ton of BYOBs - it's a great town. I recently went to the Village Green - tasting menu on XMas eve - high end, small portions which was actually a pleasant change - great servcie and just a quiet quaint place.

              Check online for more restaurants in the area. Thee are a lot of them, and it's basiclaly right off of Rt 17 or Exit 166 parkway.

              I heard Radicchio was great too, upscale Italian also in Ridgewood, BYOB.

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              1. re: heidemarie

                Right next door to Ridgewood is Glen Rock and if you are looking for a great byob go to RoCCa. All home made pasta, great special and deserts to die for. very reasonable too! Love it!

                1. re: rocky1957

                  From this recommendation we tried Roccas tonight. It was really a wonderful experience. Great warm ambiance, attentive service, manager went around to each table to chat, creative menu - not the same ol' - great salads (loved the warm caramelized pear with pancetta and manchego cheese as well as the one with figs and bacon and mesclun). I had the veal chop (unfortunately I had to send it back for more fire - it was served with mashed turnip and swiss chard - very tasty). Thanks for the suggestion - it was also a nice town - we came from Rockland county to meet friends from Edison NJ there.

              2. What about Saddle River Inn in Saddle River, Cafe Panache in Ramsey, Cafe Matisse in Rutherford. They are all excellent BYOBs but not Italian.

                1. I am a big fan of BYOB restaurants. Englewood downtown has a lot of them. Some of my favorites that come to mind in Bergen are:

                  Max's-Tenafly (Italian)
                  Luka's-Ridgefield Park (Italian)
                  Rebecca's-Edgewater (Cuban)
                  Typhoon-Englewood (Asian Fusion)
                  Baumgart's-Englewood (Chinese)
                  Bennie's-Englewood (Lebanese)

                  I am heading to Pourquoi Pas in Westwood soon and will report back if that is any good.

                  If you ever venture into Essex County, Fascino in Montclair and Lorena's in Maplewood are also very good.

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                  1. re: travel3773

                    Restaurant Lorena is probably the finest BYO restaurant in north Jersey.


                    1. re: ambrose

                      This sounds like a really interesting restaurant based on their website. What dishes have you tried here that you really enjoyed? They describe their restaurant as French, but there seems to be other influences. I'd love to hear more about why you feel this is the finest BYO restaurant in north Jersey.

                  2. 2 restaurants in Jersey city theat we enjoy are Madame Claude's cafe(French Bistro) and It's Greek to Me. Best Pita and Hummus ever.

                    1. Bellisimo in Montvale NJ, located in the CVS shopping center (across the street from Davey's Locker) is BYOB, and there are plenty of BYOB's located in Ridgewood NJ which is a lovely town. I highly recommend "Lisa's Turkish Kitchen", it has awsome shish kabob!

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                      1. re: LuvBYOBs

                        Lisa's sounds good - where exactly is it?

                      2. looks there are 2 BYO threads going on right now.
                        I am a big fan of Pisano's in Rutherford. They have great food and nice a little outside area.

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                        1. re: NJLove2eat

                          90% of the restaurants in NJ are BYO because of the finite number of licenses allowed per municipality. (except Hoboken!)

                        2. Try Ristorante Paridiso on Westwood Ave in Rivervale

                          1. Try Ristorante Paradiso on Westwood Ave in Rivervale N.J. Excellant and interesting menu, service with a European flair and family owned. It's only 5 miles south of the N.Y./N.J. border.We have eaten here about 5 times and they haven't missed yet.
                            we dined here once with 5 couples and they handled it perfectly.

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                            1. re: dmacny

                              Isn't this a glorified pizza place?

                              1. re: menton1

                                Paradiso is now out of business!!!

                                Paradiso Ristorante
                                640 Westwood Ave, Rivervale, NJ 07675

                            2. Old thread, but I still have the same answer... Blu in Montclair! www.restaurantblu.com

                              1. Old thread, but Cafe L'Amore in Oakland. Excellent Italian food and outstanding thin crust pizza. Reasonably priced too.

                                1. Vincent's Trattoria
                                  251 Pascak road
                                  Washington Twp, Nj (Next to the movie Theatre)

                                  best Italian Food I have ever had

                                  1. This place has since closed its doors. Understandable since the food and service was less than marginal.