Looking for a unique dining experience to celebrate a 70th b'day in Northern NJ (Bergen/Passaic County)
Hoping someone can help me out. I'm looking for a place to take my dad for his 70th b'day. Anywhere in Passaic/Bergen County would be great.
I was thinking of something along the lines of a tastings menu or tapas where you choose a bunch of different plates to share.
Very open to any suggestions. He loves seafood too. Price point is up to $30 a plate.
Are there any unique/special restaurants that you would suggest?
Thanks so much!
I was about to say Cafe Matisse, but I'm not sure all their mains would meet your price point. they are a byo, however.
167 Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070
my suggestion: Nisi Estuario in Englewood...still not BYO, but fabulous upscale greek with the most amazing octopus I've ever eaten ($16)...Depending on how much you drink, you could get a variety of starters for under 30 bucks a head.
90 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ 07631
While Axia and Nisi are great they are both kind of pricey.
I saw Tapas De Espana in Englewood suggested in another thread and I think that would be a great suggestion for this poster as well.
18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Tapas De Espana
7909 Bergenline Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047
---if the food was better at Tapas, I'd agree...but by experience, I have to say it's mediocre at best (sadly)...wish there was a spanish restaurant in the area that didn't specialize in MORE FOOD IS GOOD FOOD, but rather good food is good food....found this article on the Orange Squirrel in the Nytimes in Bloomfield interesting though cannot personally vouch.
Haven't been, but even that NYT article shows how $$$ the Orange Squirrel is. The OP was also considering Fascino in Montclair, which is (based on what I know about the OS) far bigger bang for the buck (including atmosphere) than the Orange Squirrel.
331 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042
Will all due respect, I don't think any of the restaurants mentioned are at all "unique". Slim pickins for that category in NJ, IMHO. There are some nice restaurants mentioned, but they are pretty straightforward and typical of restaurants.
There is a nice place that comes to mind on Dean Street, Akai Lounge, that for one has a unique environment, a deep red color scheme with art and soothing music. Of course, there's the non-unique sushi available, but there are lots of menu items not seen elsewhere very often.
An interesting meld of Japanese and Latino flavors in lots of dishes! Tuna Guacamole, Tuna Cado, Yellowtail Jalopeno as examples. Ice Cream Tempura, fried ice cream, is another unique dish.
Lots of seafood choices here.
If you and your dad are flexible, this restaurant could be an out-of-the-ordinary very unique experience.
11 North Dean St
11 N Dean St, Englewood, NJ 07631
Fried ice cream is a unique dish? I don't think so. If you went to any Mexican chain restaurant since the early 80's, this item was on every menu.....including El Torito and Chi Chi's....which were both in our area. Fried ice cream is also many Thai restaurant menus as well. Most recipes call for the ice cream to be rolled in nuts, granola or corn flakes.......tempura batter? Not very interesting if you ask me,
It may be rare to find them on the menu at your favorite restaurants.....but fried ice cream is hardly unique.