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Jul 15, 2009 05:01 AM

Staying in Medowlands,NJ need Recommendations of where to go for diner , of Bfast

As title say coming from New England, staying in Meadowlands, just looking for some good value and cool places to have dinner or must go to breakfast joints, mainly into , Indian, steak, bbc, good Burgers open to most things

Thanks in advance for your help


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  1. Segovia's in Moonachie is one of my favorite restaurants. It is the best Spanish food. It is at 150 Moonachie Rd less than 5 minutes from the Medowlands.
    Here is the link the website and menu

    For Streak you can head toward the water and dine at Ruth Chris in Weehawken or Up North to Paramus to El Cid for the largest Tastiest Prime Rib.
    As far as Breakfast Joints there isn't much besides diners in that area but the Diners in NJ are great. You are not going to be far from the Tick Tock Diner on Route 3 West in Clifton which usually gets great reviews. I don't think it is the best Diner in NJ like others have said but it is not bad. I actually like the Meadowlands Diner on Route 17 south in Carlstadt.

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    1. re: NJfoodLover

      Thanks a lot, I had forgoten the Tick tock, went there last time it was good

    2. Unfortunately there are tons of the standard chain restaurants in the area. For breakfast perhaps Tick Tock -

      1. Sorry to say I cannot help with any Indian recommendations, but I will try with some other suggestions. All of the places I will mention are within 15 minutes of Giants Stadium to give you a reference point.

        First off, you can forget about BBQ. There's really no place that stands out, but if you must, there's Smitty's in Lyndhurst. The reviews are mixed.

        For breakfast, you already know about the Tick Tock, but the place where the locals go to is the Colonial Diner on Orient Way in Lyndhurst.

        For steak, there are three places that come to mind. All three will have varying opinions, but they have all been around a while, so for sake of argument, we'll take that as a positive. CK's is the most expensive and has an excellent wine list, however, many feel the steak does not live up to the wine offerings. Steve's Sizzling Steak is near and it's probably been around for something like 50 years or more. They serve their steak on hot plates with Maggi sauce. Some love it, some hate it. Then there's the Alexus Steakhouse in Clifton. The Alexus is known for their 24 ounce Rib Eye or New York Strip for around $22. Many will say the place has declined, but I will tell you there was a recent ownership change and things have gotten much better in quality. Of the three, I would give the edge to the Alexus for quality and value.

        If you are adventurous, there are some other beef options. La Fusta is an Argentinian restaurant and then there's Mi Bandera in Union City. Mi Bandera is world famous in the Latin community. If you like skirt steak, this is your place.

        For burgers.....the Alexus is good. There's also Charlie Brown's and the Crow's Nest. CB's also has Prime Rib and a Salad Bar on a daily basis. The Crow's Nest is also probably the best place for you to see a local scene for a evening drink and scope out the famed NJ Cougar. The best thing the CN does is their Roast Beef Sandwich, one of their specialties. The CN is slightly above a diner in quality generally, but beef is one thing they do pretty good. The last time I was there was for lunch and I had the Short Ribs.....very good deal for $12.

        I would be remiss if I did not mention Rutt's Hut. You cannot leave town without going there for the *Ripper* Hot Dog. You can also get the quintessential NJ Sandwich there as well.....Taylor Ham and Cheese on a Hard Roll.

        Finally, I would agree with the recommendations of El Cid and Segovia for Spanish/Portuguese. Personally, I prefer EC, but it may or may not be worth the extra distance depending on your day.

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        1. re: fourunder

          Thanks a lot will try some of those out as, Im there for 3 nights its nice to have a change as eating bu ones self can get dull


          1. re: djr222

            If you are really adventurous and like ethnic foods.....go to Bergenline Avenue in Union City where Mi Bandera is. For diversity and value, you will be amazed. There are many small places where you can get a typical baked chicken, rice and beans for $5. In the places known as cafeterias(really luncheonettes), you can find Cubano sandwiches. I can't give you any specific places, but for inexpensive food and will find it here. There are also many small coffee and dessert shops to sample as well.

          2. re: fourunder

            Oh the Crow's nest is a good recommendation. The food is good and the place is nice to relax and enjoy a drink too.

            1. re: fourunder

              Fourunder - Great post.
              Thank you, it helped me too!

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                1. re: fourunder

                  went to Rutts hut for lunch, had the Ripper , it was good but the star was the fries with gravy how do they make that its real good , I even scopped up what was left with my finger, LOL

                  1. re: djr222

                    Aren't you glad you didn't follow the advice to skip Rutt's? I'm glad you went so you can now say you have been there yourself....and decide if you want to return, or not, and whether you will recommend the place to others. For me, it's the relish that brings me back. As for the gravy, I have no idea how it's made, but I would not be surprised if it came from a can or a powdered rational being there isn't any item on the menu that seems to have had bones attached to make stock.

                    btw. the gravy added to the fries....the best nickle you ever spent?


                    *disclaimer...may not be the current menu prices(2009)

                2. Park and Orchard. Consistently wins awards for both food and wine. Prices reasonable for the amount and quality of food. Very high ceilings, so noise can be a factor. Try to get a table in area on the right side of the dining room-- a smaller side room which is a bit quieter.

                  Also, there is an Asian (fusion-type) of restaurant in the strip on Rte 3 northbound just beyond Lowes in East Rutherford. Also in the strip is Chilies and Starbucks--just for identification of the mall, not for food !! The Asian restaurant is very classy---esp. for a strip mall---and excellent flavors.

                  1. In Rutherford:
                    Sabor Peru--terrific food, VERY friendly owners
                    Cafe Matisse--upscale; maybe not the best for solo dining
                    Spring Grill Thai--what else? More than decent Thai food! Can't find a site, but they're at 4 Glen Rd
                    Rutherford, NJ 07070
                    (201) 933-4143

                    Ice Cream Charlies has homemade ice cream. He had me at the Ginger Lemon Chiffon. :-
                    )200 Park Ave
                    Rutherford, NJ 07070
                    (201) 939-8133

                    Go down Ridge Road in Lyndhurst less than a mile in on your left and stop at the Lyndhurst Bake Shop for terrific AUTHENTIC biscotti and homemade Italian ices.

                    Also down Ridge Road (past LBS) on the right, next to Wendy's, is Sultan Gyro; lots of good Turkish food in there--TOTALLY casual. Think fast-food casual. But great food.

                    You've got LOTS to go by...'tho I'd tell you to skip Rutt's Hutt b/c I'm one of those people who JUST. DOESN'T. GET. IT.

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                    1. re: Curlz

                      You are not alone...I don't really care for Rutt's Hutt. I'd rather have Nathan's.

                      But I do highly recommend Segovia and Park & Orchard.