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Sep 23, 2009 02:37 PM

MochaBleu in Teaneck

New kosher bistro and patisserie coming to the Plaza area of Teaneck.

"The restaurant will feature a French-Italian fusion menu, pizza from a wood-burning oven, sushi and non-alcoholic cocktails. The attached patisserie will feature Illy coffee and pastries and breads baked in-house."

How does sushi go with a French-Italian menu???

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  1. Don't you know? No reliable hashgacha agency will give a restaurant approval unless sushi is included on the menu!

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    1. re: queenscook

      Queenscook, you have used my line! (I am sure, unknowingly :))

      Who in France or Italy serves non-alcoholic cocktails? I look forward to trying (the restaurant and patisserie not the cocktails) and will be sure to report.

      1. re: Kosher Critic

        Apparently Teaneck has some strict rules related to liquor licenses. That's why Smokey Joe's is BYOB. And it is likely the reason that the new joint has non-alcoholic cocktails.

        1. re: craigcep

          Pasta Factory is the only kosher restaurant in Teaneck with a liquor license. A license can only be acquired by purchasing it from a license holder who is selling one. It typically costs over $100,000 to buy a license.

          1. re: craigcep

            I am fine w/ the BYO policy. Teaneck also has some strict sushi in non-Japanese kosher restaurant rules: Pizza Crave, Kosher Experience, Chan's Glatt, etc.

      2. What is the plaza area of Teaneck?

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        1. re: cappucino

          Queen Anne Road near State Street

        2. Looks like this will be a unique kosher option. I saw this ad on craigslist:

          Fashion Designer to Launch 1st Restaurant Interviews Monday (Teaneck, NJ)

          Date: 2009-10-25, 6:18PM EDT

          Interviews Monday October 26, 2009 from 10AM-4PM (if you cannot come please send resume by email and we will reschedule you) 1399 Queen Anne Rd Teaneck, NJ 201-837-2538 Please come with resume and headshot Hot new trendy place looking for vibrant and friendly individuals to join our team. Must be energetic, friendly, and great with people.

          Looking to fill the following positions:

          1) Hostess
          2) Head Waitress
          3) Servers
          4) Barista - Mus Have experience

          The designer's concept is a fashion forward Patisserie and Bistro. Upscale clientele with great tips. Hours of very flexible depending on position. We are only 5 minutes away from the George Washington Bridge. The more experience the better.
          3 Kitchens: Open Kitchen, Restaurant Kitchen, Bakery

          Please send your time availability.
          Please do not send any generic or short worded emails.

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          1. re: morris

            hmm.. I've never seen a French/Italian/Sushi/Pizza/Bakery before with *models* as servers!

            1. re: cheesecake17

              The "great tips" comment also leaves me nervous.

              1. re: vallevin

                maybe that's just marketing to get people to come to the interviews. how can something like that be promised?

            2. re: morris

              I can't imagine the Vaad being thrilled about this ad. also too much eye candy might mean wife picks a different place next time

            3. A little birdie told me it will have a soft opening today (11/11)

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              1. re: DebbyT


                Any idea if they'll be open tomorrow too (Thurs?)

                1. re: vallevin

                  Passed by 8AM, already people inside!

                2. re: DebbyT

                  They were open yesterday. Breakfast , limited and only on the bakery side. Lunch and dinner was only going to be pizza and sushi.

                  This Sunday, they said they are offering the FULL menu.

                  I will them much success. I was in yesterday morning and the place is beautiful. But the real question is, what is the kosher consumer looking for? Good food, good service in a clean place? or are they looking for a fun place to go that has good food? Is it about entertainment or nourishment?

                3. I really wish someone in Teaneck would just serve good food. Sammy's is good. I don't have much hope in this fluffiness.

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                  1. re: cappucino

                    Cappucino: What do you base your comment "I really wish someone in Teaneck would just serve good food" on? The implication of that statement is that no one does. Boy, I must get my eyeglasses prescriptions changed. The restaurants and shops I go into or visit are pretty crowded. The people coming to Teaneck from Passaic, Livingston, Edison/HP and Monsey must have simple tastes. I have no idea where you reside, but there are plenty of kosher observant communities that would die to have the selection that we have in Teaneck. You don't like Mocha Blue's attitude, that is your choice. As long as they treat the customer with respect and put out a worthwhile product, I could not care any less if the food was served by robots, avatars or eye candy.

                    1. re: Foodtekie

                      A. you mention two things that don't matter to me: "crowded" and "selection." i care about the taste of the food, the passion or lack thereof of the management and the customer service. on that end, your restaurants are lacking. read some of the discussions about that on other threads. i'm not alone.

                      B. i have never been to mocha bleu and i did not mention their attitude. i have hopes for it. i drove past it on the way to sammy's which does have great food and excellent customer service (again, i don't work for them or know any of the owners).

                      btw, i feel like manhattan doesn't offer up as much cs or passion as it did in years past. perhaps, i'm older than you are. it happens.

                      1. re: Foodtekie

                        Ok, foodtekie, I've officially been in. Didn't have time for food, but had a cappucino and an overpriced round, little thingamajig. I wish the thingamajig had been dairy and/or tastier. It was just ok and quite expensive. Cappucino was good, but absolutely too small a glass (never have seen it in such a small glass) and by the time I got it to the table, it was a quarter of the way deflated (yes, i know it is supposed to deflate). I will give them a high mark for ambience. I did feel like I was in Manhattan and I did enjoy sitting on the leather couch in the alcove, but the plastic chairs looked uncomfortable. I will try the food sometime soon and post.

                        1. re: cappucino

                          Dear Cappuchino:
                          My wife took a friend there last week. She said it was very, very noisy and the portions were small and pricey. She said everything tasted very good and was not your typical fare. Her friend, who usually does not even finish her portion in a restaurant, was hungry after a personal pizza. I just don't understand why kosher places have to scrimp on portions? I am embarrassed by the portion sizes when I take a non-jew to eat kosher.

                          1. re: Foodtekie

                            Maybe this place in paticular has smaller portions... but most kosher restaurants have large portions. The places I can think of in Brooklyn and Manhattan usually put more on the plate than I can eat.

                          2. re: cappucino

                            I went there for my son b-day. I loved the food and the service was ok. I shared my son's desert ( which I expect is what you mean by thingamajig) and it was realy good.