Birthday lunch for 20 Essex/Bergen County?
Looking for nice, celebratory place for Mr. B's dad's 100th birthday! Has to be lunch because centenarians & their friends don't drive much at night. Traditional, upscale-ish steak house - does anybody remember Manero's on Rte 17? something along those lines. Appreciate any info.
Wow, Manero's...I remember being scared of the owner...I believe he had been a professional football player and was a really big guy.. I'm recommending Sanzari's New Bridge Inn on the border of New Milford, River Edge, and Teaneck. It's near Steuben's Landing where Washington and his troops camped out before marching to the Delaware. It's a lovely, cozy place with steaks and chops (amazing double cut, maple brined pork chop) and Italian entrees, too...I'll bet they would really pull out all the stops for a 100th birthday lunch.
I used to climb the bull......
Since you like local steak, I will have to recommend you consider Dinallo's just off Route 4 East on Johnson Avenue in River Edge. The have a fantastic Prime New York Sliced Strip Steak Sandwich (16 ounces) with fresh cut fries for $20-21. Other items are Lunch Salads, and Pounded Veal Dishes. One of the finer Veal Milanese over Salad Greens or Arugala.
Dinallo's has a party room on the second floor, which may be a little rough on the centenarians at first, but the room is comfortable and the facilities are upstairs as well.
A little more expensive is Dinallo's other place, The Stony Hill Inn. a party of twenty may be too large for some of their more intimate rooms, but they cater to an older crowd
The Brick House in Wyckoff is planning to open sometime in February. You may want to consider there as well....but since it is a completely new renovation, I do not know how the rooms will be laid out.
My favorite restaurant and the one I recommend most for any celebratory occasion, plus all my business entertaining is .....Lu Nello's in Cedar Grove/Little Falls. It's Italian, but Louie buys only the best meats and fishes.
I would recommend The Park Steakhouse in Park Ridge, NJ. They do have separate private rooms for parties. I have had multiple dinners there and the one private party we went to was great. The best scallop chowder I have ever had, and some mighty fine steaks (they have their own meet locker). I know Chef Halligan was just presented another honor by James Beard.