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Nov 28, 2009 07:56 PM

Place to sample good wines - Passaic area

I am meet ing someone who works in Passaic. Wanted to try a place that has good food and an interesting selection of wines by the glass.
One suggestion was
Tapas de Espana in Englewood.
This is first meeting so I want it nice but casual, not too expensive.

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  1. There is a wine bar in Englewood as well...Grande Cru (i think)'s partially owned- or used to be- by the Englewood wine store, a pretty upscale shop with some interesting pics....

    1. The tapas place in Englewood sounds like a good idea but I understand it is small so you may want a backup. Closer to Passaic is there are two places in Rutheford that might fit the bill. Cafe Matisse (BYO, but apparently a small wine shop next door) and Park & Orchard (actually E. Rutherford), which is known for its good wine list. No personal experience with either, but you might do a search for opinions.

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      1. re: jmoryl

        I'm tossing a few cents in here...first being that Englewood isn't exactly convenient to Passaic; it's not FAR, but in rush hour traffic, it could suck. I guess you need to know how far you're both willing to drive!

        P&O is def known for its wine list, but you should check about wines by the glass; not sure how extensive that list is. P&O's menu is also decent but it's untraditional--they've been around for a long time and were one of the few restaurants that pioneered veg and healthier options. Iirc, it's the first place I ever had wheatberries! Again, it's not BAD, but depending on your/your date's taste in food, you should just know ahead of time.

        I haven't been to Cafe Matisse, but from what I've heard/read, it's VERY romantic in terms of the setting; again, just something you should be aware of in case that's not what you're going for.

        I understand that Bistro 55 in Rochelle Park has a substantive beer selection; what about wine?