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Burger/Pubs in Bergen?

Looking for some new choices for a nice pub-style environment in Bergen County with some good emphasis on burgers. Already know about Iron Horse, Cornerstone, Hungry Peddler, and Finnegans. Any good neighborhood "joints" to recommend?

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  1. they recently re-did the place & re-opened with new owners, so i'm not sure what the atmosphere will be like now, but the Bicycle Club was always the local go-to place for a good burger.


    i also read good things here on CH a while back about the burger at JD's Steak Pit in Fort Lee (apparently it's not on the menu but you can order one). we used to go there when i was a kid - i absolutely LOVED their baby-back ribs and fried zucchini. *however* it's another place that's under new management, so i have no idea if the food - or the burger option - is the same.

    and finally, definitely not a pub, but the River Palm steakhouse in Edgewater supposedly has a great burger that they only serve at lunch.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I always wanted to try the bicycle club. I was really turned off though when i just read the note on their website "no cell phones". I don't talk on my cell during dinner, if I received a call I would tell the person I'll call back or if it is important step outside. . What's the difference if someone speaks quietly on their phone or speaks in the same tone to another person? Reminds me of an episode of the Larry David show. Larry is sitting at a table and there's a guy on his cell talking really loudly so Larry starts chatting to himself likes he's talking on a cell and the jerk next to him is clueless.

      1. re: michele cindy

        the rules are in place for a reason. obviously because some people don't realize how loudly they are talking on their cell phones. the rule is in place for the comfort of the guests. No reason to be offended.

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Thanks, but Bicycle Club and River Palm are not what I had in mind. I want a casual Pub-style place on the order of a neighborhood Irish/Pub/Burger joint. Wood on the walls is good. Old photos, too.

        1. re: menton1

          what about o donohues in nyack. may be too far?

          1. re: menton1

            i know those weren't the vibe you asked for - i said in my post that they weren't pubs/burger joints - but AFAIK, there aren't many other good ones around here besides the ones you already mentioned in your OP.

            1. re: menton1

              If you are willing to travel to Nyack like Michele Cindy suggested, you should check out the Olde Village Inne on Main St. Burgers are decent, the atmosphere is spot on and they pull an excellent pint of Guinness.

          2. It's not in Bergen, but Egan's in Montclair does a great job at being an upscale pub...food is good (burgers, wings, fish and chips complete w/mushy peas) and ranges from those items to HUGE salads and steaks. Just figured I'd mention it if you're willing to take a ride...

            1. 101 Pub in Bogota, NJ., great burgers, great fajitas, friendly place.

              1. There are nice pubs and great burgers, but rarely in the same place.

                I liked the atmosphere at Hennessy's in Northvale and found the burger to be good (though not great, although the fries were great). I also like Tommy Fox's Public House in Bergenfield, although I can't speak for their burgers.

                As mentioned, the Bicycle Club may be a good option. Its new owner, Jimmy Macagna, is the former JD's Steak Pit (also mentioned) owner, so perhaps the burger came with him.

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                1. re: billpitcher

                  We were at Tommy Foxe's in Bergenfield last week and 3 in our group had burgers and liked them. Good assortment of beer on tap including Smithwick's, my favorite from Ireland. Only beef was I hated the 80's rock they were playing.

                2. 101 pub has been my go to for burgers for a few years, but i believe it has gone down a bit recently. smaller burgers and not as flavorful, less fries and not as crispy. i recently tried tommy foxes and thought there burger was delicious. i wish it was a little larger but it was very tasty.

                  1. You could try The Porter House in Montvale. It is decent.


                    1. Daveys Locker in Montvale on Kinderkermack has top notch burgers, done the way you ask for them, a good beer list on tap, and music on the weekends. When you are done there you can go up the block to Porter House or Defiant Brew Pub in Pearl River.

                      1. I had written off Griffins in Cresskill after a half dozen mediocre meals - that is until I ordered the kobe beef hamburger a couple of weeks ago. It was really an absolutely fabulous burger! The onion rings and french fries were also good. It was 15 bucks on the specials menu. They also had a regular hamburger for less $ but I've never tried it.
                        The place is more popular as a pub, and the bar is a lively neighborhood joint.
                        I ate at the '"new" bicycle club this weekend and it was just ok.

                        1. Who would have thunk that finding a burger in Bergen County would be problematic, but it is. Firstly, Griffin's in Cresskill has been repeatedly poor and hopefully for the last time. Been to Jersey Boys in New Milford and had their inconsistently cooked to order burger (great pizza though). Davey's Locker in Montvale has good burgers (yummy Irish Whiskey Cake) but their tap is just the regular fare. Charlie Browns in Tenafly has a solid buger and a great salad bar. Finnegan's in Westwood is good as well, but rather get fries rather than chips with my burger. Sometimes they have a really good brew on their special tap. Hungry Peddler, well, probably better to remain hungry. We haven't been to the new Bike but the prior rendition wasn't anything special. Unfortunately, if we want a good burger, we trek into the city to JG Melon on 3rd Aveune in the 70's. Awesome burgers, great cottage fries and gotta have me a Bloody Bull. Check it out !!