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Best New Jersey Steakhouse?

steakrules85 Oct 9, 2008 06:49 PM

I am looking for the hands down best new jersey steakhouses period. I have heard River Palm Terrace and Rare are good. I am looking for some more opinions please.

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    steakas Oct 24, 2008 05:13 PM

    River Palm is the best in the State. I haven't been there in almost 3 years, so hopefully nothing has changed. Strip House in Livingston is also very good.

    1. chowdom Oct 24, 2008 04:01 PM

      I didn't find River Palm comparable to most NYC steakhouses, but it was much less expensive and a salad came with dinner.

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      1. re: chowdom
        tommy Oct 24, 2008 06:14 PM

        agreed. it's just not as good as Luger's and Ben & Jack's and that ilk. however, i think this has a lot to do with taste and preferences. i prefer the Luger style of cooking and aging. it's not for everyone, and others prefer wet-aging.

        River Palm does dry age, apparently, but i've just not been blown away by their steaks. I actually enjoy Cliff Steakhouse more.

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        billpitcher Oct 24, 2008 12:20 PM

        Just a few others I'll bring to the discussion. Not sure any of these can lay claim to THE BEST, but they have their virtues.

        Cliffs Steakhouse, Englewood Cliffs: Similar cooking style to Peter Luger, but served without the attitude. It's a pleasant place to spend a few hours with friends.

        The Park Steakhouse, Park Ridge: A little non-traditional in that you get a bunch of sauces served on the side, including a red wine reduction and a blue cheese fondue. The non-steak portion of the menu is stronger than most steakhouses.

        South City Prime, Little Falls: After the first six or so months, they lowered some prices and fixed the chronic problem of undercooking the meat. Style-wise, they're flashier than anyone else. (Its owners are backing off plans to build more in Montvale and Jersey City; they're going to go with a more casual concept instead, but the new restaurants will still serve SCP steaks.)

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          EssexHound Oct 23, 2008 04:13 PM

          I am partial to Strip House in the Westminster Hotel in Livingston. It is very, very good, and not too far from Rt 280.

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            sallyposs Oct 14, 2008 06:21 PM

            River Palm is my favorite!

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              sixelagogo Oct 15, 2008 03:56 AM

              of all the river palms, which is the best and why?

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                fourunder Oct 18, 2008 07:33 AM


                Of the three locations, many of the patrons that have gone over the years seem to prefer the original Edgewater location. I know it is true for me, my family and friends.....especially since the renovations were made to make the place larger.

                I can only equate my reasons as, believe it or not, as comparing it to the former Callahan's Hot Dogs of Fort Lee. Over the years, Callahan's opened franchises in Bergenfield, Little Ferry and Hasbrouck Hieghts. The common thoughts from many were that the outposts never lived up to the original......even though the same hot dogs, bun, mustard and sauerkraut were used as the original location in Fort Lee. Even the same oil was and fryolater were used to cook the hot dogs, so go figure. I am sure that all the products can be said to be the same at all the River Palm Terrace locations.....maybe it just come down to the kitchen staff and the fact that it is their flagship restaurant. perceived or not......oh, the power of suggestion.

                For a good steak, I would suggest you also consider Dinallo's Restaurant in River Edge on the short list. The New York Strip Steak Sandwich with fresh cut fries at lunchtime is one of the best steaks you will have.....for about $20. For dinner, the steaks are probable under $40.....but they are usually twice the size and easily shared for two....so they are an excellent value as well. Our group usually orders a few appetizers and a couple of the guys always split the steaks.....whether it be the New York Strip or the Filet Mignon. As they say.....it cuts like butter.

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              meb903 Oct 10, 2008 11:37 AM

              river palm in edgewater - they also have the best prime rib.

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                NJfoodLover Oct 10, 2008 09:00 AM

                My Personal Faves for Steak are :
                River Palm
                Ruth Chris
                Bobby Flay in AC

                I hear there are some great ones more south than me (I am in bergen) but i don't get down that way much.

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                1. re: NJfoodLover
                  steakrules85 Oct 10, 2008 12:58 PM

                  I forgot to include that I live on Staten Island and would like to find one that is within 30-40 minutes max.

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                    tommy Oct 10, 2008 02:06 PM

                    so, you're not looking for the best NJ steakhouse hands down period. but rather you're looking for a steakhouse within 40 minutes of Staten Island, max.

                    Do you prefer dry-aged steak? If so you'll likely not find an exceptional steakhouse with those parameters. River Palm Terrace, considered by many to be the best in the state, is probably further than 40 minutes.

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                      NJfoodLover Oct 13, 2008 06:16 AM

                      River Palm on Route 4 and River Palm in Edgewater are both within 40 minutes of Staten Island unless traffic is very heavy.

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                        tommy Oct 13, 2008 06:50 AM

                        perhaps we'll find out if your estimate is accurate.

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                          NJfoodLover Oct 13, 2008 07:39 AM

                          I am not trying to agrue with you.
                          My Husband is from SI and his family still live there. I am less than a mile from the one on Route 4. It takes me 30 t0 35 minutes to get to and from SI. I drive there at least 3 times a month.
                          Edgewater is even easier to get to by jumping off the Turnpike and coming right down River Rd.

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                            tommy Oct 13, 2008 09:12 AM

                            me neither! the one on 208 has the luxury of being right off of the parkway. taking the TP to 80 to the parkway would get you there pretty quickly, if there's no traffic.

                            but with the 30-40 minute max parameter, i wouldn't tangle with the GWB traffic and the one in river edge.

                            1. re: tommy
                              fourunder Oct 13, 2008 09:47 AM

                              I'll argue a little here.

                              If traveling via the NJ Turnpike and taking Exit 18.....

                              I think the River Palm Terrace, Edgewater location is within the 40 minutes parameter if not traveling during rush hour and if you are knowledgeable enough to stay in the local lanes and get off at either Route 46 and take the Sixth Street Exit through Pailsades Park via Brinkerhoff or Central Avenues or take exit 70 Leonia Fort Lee Road/Main Street to avoid the GWB traffic all together.

                              I would also add that you can take Exit 16E off the Turnpike and take the 495 Lincoln Tunnel viaduct to the Weehawken/Boulevard East exit and head north up to River Road as another alternate route.

                              Of the three River Palm Terrace locations, my preference is the original Edgewater restaurant.

                    2. re: steakrules85
                      phantomdoc Oct 12, 2008 08:18 AM

                      Go to Peter Luger in Brooklyn. Considered the greatest steakhouse in the country. Also within 40 min of S.I..

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                        steakrules85 Oct 12, 2008 10:59 AM

                        If you have ever read my posts you know that Peter Luger is my favprite restaurant.

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                          phantomdoc Oct 14, 2008 06:48 PM

                          So what's the problem? Too far? Tough reservation? Cash only?
                          Need to disappoint yourself?
                          Get thee to Luger

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