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CookingBabs Mar 14, 2008 06:16 PM

My wife and I are planning to go to dinner at Daniel Restaurant in River Vale, NJ. Has anyone been there, and how is it?

  1. Tapas52 Dec 30, 2008 04:16 PM

    Im going there soon also for an affair.....anyone every been there ?
    cant find a website

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    1. re: Tapas52
      menton1 Jan 1, 2009 10:50 AM

      Don't bother. For a nice experience go 1 1/2 miles south to Harvest Bistro in Closter on Schraalenburgh Rd. Great food and ambience.


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      woody42 Apr 2, 2009 10:21 AM

      My wife and I had dinner here last week and will NEVER go back. My veal marsala was bland and tasteless with not a hing of marsala. Her pan-fried veal was a tasteless greasy piece of veal topped with cold salad. Her pasta had very little sauce. At $18.95 each these dishes were very overpriced. The quality seemed more like a cheap caceteria. The atmosphere suffered from a partially open kitchen with the cooks calling out table numbers. SAVE YOUR MONEY DO NOT GO.

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        JessicaGold May 10, 2010 01:46 PM

        Don't listen to the nay sayers -- went there for dinner last night and it was great. All four of us loved our appetizers and our entrees. The service was attentive and wonderful and it was super reasonably priced. The space itsself is lovely too -- it has a very Hamptons feeling. Not sure what Woody is talking about, but there is no open kitchen and no one was screaming out anything. The only thing we could hear was the soundtrack playing on the speakers, which was perfect!

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          vedahanks May 17, 2010 08:26 AM

          Been going there since it opened. Great place. Great food. My baby shower was there as well as my mom's 60th birthday party too.

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          patsrwicked Sep 9, 2010 08:30 PM

          What a wonderful place to have a Party!!!!!!‎ - ‎ - Today
          I recently had my parents 35th Anniversary party @ Daniel's. My Family And I were pleasently surprised and overwhelmed by thier staff and Service. I was a little Skeptical about having a party at Daniel's caus eof the negative review i read about the restaurant here. I booked the Party in march after trying out thier dinner for two seperate occasions. Everytime We had Dinner at Daniel's it was delicious and Thier staff was so curtious.I tried The potato Crusted Sea bass and the Florida Tilapia. The sauce for the sea Bass was delicious and it was garnished wonderfully. The Salmon was cooked perfectly and the pinot Noir reduction was a great match. During my parents anniversary, we had a four course meal and each course came out at the Perfect timing. We even used the big screen tv to show a special slide show i created of my parents over the years. Everyone Loved the Food and the Service was spectacular. The Young Man who ran our party was Brian. What a delightful and courteous gentlemen. Compared to what other catering houses charge int eh area, Daniel's price was exceptionally low and I strongly recommend it for any occasion

          My Family Restaurant
          114 4th Ave, Paterson, NJ 07524

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            Melanie Szczygłowska Sep 19, 2010 08:35 AM

            I just moved From N.y. And I thought I would give Daniel's a try when I saw thier buy one get one free deal. I must say what a tremendous deal i thought it was. My Husband And I had the choice of either Chicken parm for Chicken francese. Two entrees for $15. I ordered the Chicken Francese. And was surprised to find that i was given the piece of chicken and plenty of angel hair pasta as well. The sauce was delicious. I asked the girl who took my order if it was possible to get extra sauce on the side and she was more than willing to accomodate me. Mu husband and i couldn't even finish the meal it was so big. I know the next time I Don't feel like cooking and want to order something I will definitely order from Daniel's again, Thanks Melanie Szczygłowska

            1. re: Melanie Szczygłowska
              menton1 Nov 7, 2010 07:37 AM

              Drove by this place and it has a different name! Anybody know what's up?

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                menton1 Nov 9, 2010 06:10 AM

                Wow, no Ch-ers up on River Vale restaurant news?

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                  fourunder Nov 9, 2010 06:14 AM

                  Well, you passed it....what's the new name?

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                    menton1 Nov 9, 2010 06:40 AM

                    If I remembered it I would have said it, but thanks for your contribution. Maybe it was... Dinallo's!!

                    1. re: menton1
                      doxy216 Nov 10, 2010 06:25 AM

                      The new name is Happy Days, same owner / chef.Varied menu, Italian, Mexican,

                      1. re: doxy216
                        menton1 Nov 10, 2010 01:34 PM

                        Thanks, Doxy. Although frankly, sounds over-diversified and trying to please too many. A formula for mediocrity. Oh well. Tough times for restaurateurs.

                        1. re: menton1
                          dknyc1 Nov 24, 2010 04:21 AM

                          I took wife & my 2 kids here last Sat night & we were pleasantly surprised. We live in River Vale & while we went to Daniel a few times it was just OK & service always took very long.
                          Happy Days was much different - very good, quick service & all of us enjoyed our meals.
                          We will be back.

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