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dinner in bergen county, nj

we are meeting friends for dinner tomorrow night anywhere in bergen county. we are not interested in getting 'dressed up' for dinner, but would like someplace nice. any suggestions? thanks.

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  1. "anywhere" in Bergen County is too vague. it's a large county, so it would be best if you mentioned some nearby towns. and cuisine preferences & price ranges would be useful as well.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      sorry, i had not had my coffee when i wrote that! we live in ft. lee, they live in fairlawn - so anywhere from ft. lee to ramsey, up to closter. any price range is okay for us, expensive to inexpensive. italian, french, american, greek - but none of us like japanese or korean or indian! thanks again.

    2. Yes, it's a huge county with several hundred restaurants. Could you narrow down your perameters a bit, perhaps by towns and by cuisine so that we could have a better idea of where to recommend?

      1. Nisi in Englewood
        Cafe Matisse in Rutherford
        A Mano in Ridgewood
        Esty Street in Park Ridge
        Mantra in Paramus

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        1. re: Bosmer

          thanks, we've done nisi just a week ago and thought it was great, have been to cafe matisse with this same couple. what kind of food is A Mano in ridgewood. and i think i read that esty street has new owners - have you been there since that? thanks.

          1. re: meb903

            A wonderful casual place in between the two towns is Saigon R in Englewood. Small, only 10 tables, cute with plants in the window, and awesome Pan Asian/Vietnamese dishes. Outstanding is the Pho, the salads, Wasabi Mussels, and the Aromatic Duck, but there really is nothing that is not exceptional on the menu. Make sure to reserve before though.

            1. re: meb903

              A Mano is Naples style pizza. Very fresh ingredients. Usually, they also have eggplant parm and maybe lasagna but you really go there for the pizza. Nice salads too.

              Esty Street hasn't missed a beat. New owner but chef remains the same. They changed the interior decor. I went there within the last two weeks and the food and service were great.

          2. How about Baumgarts in Englewood? I've never had a bad meal there.....ever! They've just added a few new items to their menu. They have the best house salad anywhere.

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            Baumgarts
            45 E Palisade Ave, Englewood, NJ

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            1. re: Ambimom

              unfortunately, my experiences there have been the complete opposite - in twenty some-odd years i've never had a decent meal there, so Baumgart's is the last place i would recommend to anyone. my friends & family know better than to suggest it if i'm involved ;)

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                I also never understood the popularity of Baumgart's. Place looks like an old time diner, and the prices are pretty hefty. Even the highly touted ice cream sucks, IMHO.

                If you are in Englewood, go 2 blocks west to Saigon R for great food and a nice experience.

                1. re: menton1

                  isn't Baumgart's the kid-friendly place that serves americanized chinese food? it's dreadful, unless you're 10, or like americanized chinese food in a family friendly atmosphere.

                  1. re: tommy

                    that's the one. it's nice to know i'm not the only CHer who's perplexed by the popularity of Baumgart's.

                    1. re: tommy

                      Agreed. I ate lunch recently at the one in Livingston, and the food was at best mediocre (for example, shrimp dumplings were filled with a ground up mass that tasted decidedly fishy) - but the many kids and their parents in attendance seemed to be having a good time.

              2. i just remembered this thread from several months ago - we discussed quite a few Englewood-area restaurants...

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/584110

                you should also look at some of the Hackensack threads...a lot of local CH favorites there.