Recently Moved from NYC to Hackensack NJ
Need fellow Chowhound help...
Please give us the rundown on the Hackensack Area for good eats. We enjoy, as all Chowhounds do, all types of cuisine, so let us know where you go for the best in the area. Of course, we can run to NYC, but sometimes staying in the area is preferable. Thanks for your help!
hey, welcome to NJ...I gotta couple of nearby options for ya:
-Green Papaya in Riveredge, right on the border with Hackensack has some pretty tasty , and affordable, pan-s.e.asian eats
-Farther down the road on Kinderkamack in Emerson is Pimaan Thai, best thai i've had in the area
-Broklyn Pizza on Riverroad in Hackensack is good for brick oven pie
-White manna,also on river road, is known for it's steamed burgers and the people who can eat 10 of them
-Pollo Mario on main in hacksack has some very terrific colombian rotisserie chix
As for upscale eats, i'm afraid hackensack- and a large swath of north jersey- lacks really exemplary fine dining...
Riveredge, NJ, Riveredge, NJ
I absolutely second, third and fourth Brooklyn's Pizza -- a very different pizza
You have 2 excellent Turkish places nearby:
Lodos 690 River Rd
New Milford, NJ
Turkish Kitchen -- in a strip mall
645 Kinderkamack Rd
River Edge, NJ 07661
Also a very good Afghan place in Teaneck
Teaneck Kebob House
253 DeGraw Ave, Teaneck, NJ
In Hackensack itself, on Main:
Wondees for Thai
There's also an excellent Indian place we just ate at, I believe it's called Tandoor Chef, but I'm not positive. As good, but cheaper, than Maharani (below)
Indian in Fort Lee, Maharani http://www.maharani.ws/ -- unusual in that it has both south indian and north indian food. Everyone likes this place.
Middle Eastern (Egyptian) Club Alladin
This place has belly dancing and is a real night club -- a big presence on the Egyptian music circuit (bet you didn't even know there was such a thing!). Excellent food, too.
Two places I enjoy are Dinallo's and Lotus Cafe......
Dinallo's is just over the the Hackensack border on Johnson Avenue just south of State Highway Route Four, easily accessible from Main Street or Route Four East. Dinallo's is an Italian Restaurant with great steaks, chops. fish and pounded veal dishes. Their Sunday Gravy is a favorite for many old school red sauce fans. Dinallo's is open for lunch or dinner and has a lively older bar crowd. Their Veal Milanese over Arugula with Fresh Mozzarella, and Open Sliced New York Strip Sandwich with Fresh Cut Fries are my lunchtime favorites. Burgers are served only at lunch and will be prepared to any temperature desired. If you like pasta, they will gladly serve any of their pasta dishes as half orders as well, lunch or dinner. On the surface of reading the menu, some feel the prices are high, but the portions are enough for two and sharing is never discouraged. The quality of ingredients are also excellent.
259 Johnson Ave
River Edge, NJ 07661
Lotus Cafe is a Chinese Restaurant located in the Home Depot Shopping Plaza on Hackensack Avenue, adjacent The Riverside Square Shopping Mall. Nothing Fancy, but a solid restaurant that serves quality dishes made with only the freshest meats, fish and produce available. Lotus Cafe is BYOB. Peking Duck is available every day. Try the Whole Fried Flounder.....and don't forget to eat the deep fried fish bones
Welcome to Jersey! There are some great places in your area. Here are a few that I have loved for years:
Greek: George's Cafe, Main St, Ridgefield Park
Jewish Deli: Noahs Ark, Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Veg. Chinese: Veggie Heaven, Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Chinese: Empire Hunan, Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Burger Chain: Five Guys, Hackensack Ave, Hackensack
Italian Deli: Frankies, River Road, New Milford
Italian Pastries: Palermos, Main St, Ridgefield Park
Columbian: Villa de Columbia, Mercer St, Hackensack
Indian: Tandori Chef, Main St, Hackensack
French Pastries: Balthazar, Dean St, Englewood AND Patisserie St Michel, Queen Anne, Teaneck
Sushi: Minado, Rt 46 Circle, Little Ferry
Pizza: Bergenfield Pizza, Washington Ave, Bergenfield
Irish Pub: Tommy Fox's, Washington Ave, Bergenfield
Bagels: Three Star Bagels, Cedar Lane, Teaneck
Cafe: Classic Quiche, Queen Anne, Bogota
That should get you going. Every place that I listed I have loved for years, and I find the food to be very good and consistant. Plus the places are fun and friendly, and most importantly to me: affordable. Let me know if you have any questions about any suggestions here.
I haven't lived down there for almost 20 years, but my favorite Thai restaurant ever was on Main Street in Hackensack. I believe it was called Bangkok Garden. It may still be there....
I also endorse Brooklyn Pizza.
Forgot to add Bistro En, French & Asian fusion, really outstanding, very hip and very elegant, expensive. Next door, same owners, is Lounge Zen, with live music on weekends. From the outside it looks odd and a bit frumpy, but go inside and it's like crossing the Hudson.
Also in Teaneck is East (Japanse -- part of a local chain with restaraunts in NYC too
I know I don't live there anymore but I spent years eating in and around Bergen County! Once you venture further out, you must discover the restaurants in southern Bergen County, Hasbrouck Heights, Rutherford and East Rutherford.
Park and Orchard, East Rutherford. Excellent food, great wine list.
Thelma & Louise, East Rutherford, Asian storefront.
Paisano's, Rutherford. Terrific Italian.
Cucina de Italia, Hasbrouck Heights, the absoute best Italian take-out.
Que Pasta, Saddle Brook. BYOB - another terrific Italian place - not fancy.
Wish I were there to partake!
Café Matisse's menu put me off going there - it seemed as if there were just too many things going on in the dishes. Reconsidering based on your recommendation, ChefJune.
Paisano's is good but I wouldn't travel even from Hackensack to eat there, myself.
There's always Greek Town Gyros in Rutherford for some of the best French fries I've ever eaten (in a long and happy career of French fry eating). Gyros and souvlaki are excellent too, and they have a platter for two for around $16.00 - green salad, fries, and meats - that feeds two abundantly with leftovers. It's actually my favorite place to eat in Rutherford.