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My son turns 18! Rec.in NNJ, please

phDuh Sep 21, 2009 12:02 PM

I'm trying to find an 'acceptable' place to take my son this weekend, for a small family celebration. He's a huge sports fan, so I'm thinking a sports/bar/pub (emphasis on the 'sports), that serves decent food. Preferably in Bergen/Passaic/Hudson/Rockland area.
Thank you!

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: phDuh Sep 21, 2009 12:10 PM

    see if anyone has opinions about Dino's in Old Tappan...

    there's also Jimmy Geez in Haledon:

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      galaxie RE: phDuh Sep 21, 2009 01:09 PM

      What about Belmont Tavern on Belmont ave Haledon

      1. tommy RE: phDuh Sep 21, 2009 01:34 PM

        The Crows Nest in Hackensack on 17 south. I don't think I'd go out of my way to eat there, but it might be fun for an 18 year old.

        edit: i just looked at their website. i recall lots of TVs, but I was at the bar. there might not be much TV or sports action in the "dining rooms".

        1. Curlz RE: phDuh Sep 21, 2009 06:53 PM

          It's a bit further away, but Egan and Sons in Montclair might fit the bill, although it's NOT a sports bar per se...it's an Irish pub and they do have a big screen in the front (cafe) area. People seem to have small group parties in there on a pretty regular basis...but you should definitely call and see if you can reserve tables with a view of the screen, because the other nearby t.v.s are above the bar--and even sitting AT the bar it's tough to see the game sometimes! Basic food (burgers, fish and chips) are v. acceptable to sometimes terrific, but I'd steer clear of their $30 specials...that's not what you go for.

          Another thought: The Shannon Rose, which sits at the end of the Target pkg lot in Clifton, right off of Rt. 3. Again, not 100% sure about the # of screens, but you could call and find out.

          Seems like NNJ needs a few better sports bars!

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            foodismylife RE: Curlz Sep 22, 2009 08:51 AM

            the crows nest serves awful and i mean awful food stay away
            hooters for sure i think
            egan and sons great pub

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              phDuh RE: foodismylife Sep 22, 2009 02:40 PM

              I agree about Crow's Nest. I do have philosophical problems with Hooters, though.

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            NJfoodLover RE: phDuh Sep 22, 2009 12:04 PM

            I would take the trip to Mariano Rivera's Restaurant. I think he would enjoy it. I took my husband who is a Huge Yankee fan and there were some Yankees in there.
            He was thrilled.

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              phDuh RE: NJfoodLover Sep 22, 2009 02:39 PM

              Great idea! But that night is Boston vs. Yankees at the Stadium! Terrible traffic from jersey.

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                foodismylife RE: phDuh Sep 23, 2009 09:06 AM

                hooters says it all well supposedly it is about the women, the boys of all ages are much more interested in the beer and the food
                took my 18 year old there for wings and that was all he was interested in and of course sipping my beer
                i like dim sum dynasty on the weekend lunches when they bring the carts around and you can look before you buy
                wish your son a great birthday for me
                if interested i have a 19 year old daughter i am lookin to pawn off on some nice young man
                beautiful and talented

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                  phDuh RE: foodismylife Sep 23, 2009 12:05 PM

                  LOL!! My son read your post, and I got the full eye roll, and an exasperated "MOM"! Oh, us adults - we're so uncool! Thanks for all your ideas!

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                    lhmom RE: phDuh Sep 24, 2009 06:28 AM

                    A great place to take teens is The Shannon Rose Pub, in CLifton, NJ. the food, although certainly not gourmet, is decent. There are always lots of teen and local college kids in there. IT's in the Clifton Commons on Rt 3 East, towards the back of mall facing Target. In the summer I work at a day camp with lots of teens, and they love to hang out there.

            2. phDuh RE: phDuh Sep 26, 2009 06:05 AM

              We had a great meal at Maggie's Town Tavern in Little Falls.

              Noisy, friendly, food was very good - steak cooked perfectly. My son and husband enjoyed themselves immensely, and liked sitting under a TV with the Yankee game on. We will definitely go back.

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