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Feb 8, 2010 07:02 AM

Need recs for really nice dinner in bergen, passaic or essex...

for my very dear friend who despepately needs a pick me up. Been to all the standards (cafe matisse, panache etc) so anything new or just really good would be great. Thanks in advance.

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  1. i don't know what your budget is like, but if s/he enjoys Greek, go to Axia Taverna in Tenafly or Nisi Estiatorio in Englewood. i've also heard here on CH that Oceanos in Fairlawn is wonderful for seafood but i think it may be pricey.

    hope your friend perks up soon!

    ETA: also, it's been a while since i spent any time in Montclair, but they've always had a good restaurant scene there. perhaps someone can suggest a place in that area...

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Harvest Bistro in Closter. Great place, seems to fly under the radar. Not on the usual "lists".

      1. re: menton1

        Harvest Bisro is not on the usual lists because the quality of food is subpar. The service has been suspect. The only thing it has going is nice decor.

        1. re: Bosmer

          O I get it. So every restaurant on the "lists" has above par food and non-suspect service. Thanks.

          1. re: menton1

            Of course every restaurant that appears on whatever "lists" you refer to probably don't have above par food and non-suspect service...but lets deal with specific restaurants rather than generalizations.

            I really want to like Harvest Bistro. Truly. But the food and service are not very good. The menu looks interesting at times but has consistently failed in execution. I hope someday they get a good management team and chef and make the very attractive restaurant into a destination spot.

      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I had a wonderful meal at Axia Taverna last pm. Started w. Pikilia of dips, steamed mussels and finished off w. the octopus salad. The restaurant has a extensive wine list and brandy.

      3. Those two are the restaurants where we were invited for friends' wedding dinners in NJ.

        1. oceanos is great fresh fish and raw bar from a greek standpoint
          river palm on route 4 for a steakhouse experIENCE
          A Mano in Ridgewood true Naples style pizza awesome oven great gelato
          far more casual but truly lovel food
          go across the street get some nice wine get loaded and call a taxi
          you will not be disappointed

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          1. re: foodismylife

            i considered suggesting the River Palm as well, but i was conflicted. both the food & service at the original Edgewater location are *much* better than the one on Rte 4, but the atmosphere at the Edgewater restaurant can get pretty chaotic and LOUD...not really ideal for quiet conversation with a friend who's down in the dumps.

          2. just go to is the best restaurant in Bergen County.

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            1. re: Bosmer

              If Nisi is the "best in Bergen County" we're in trouble (we are). Nisi is overhyped, overpriced, and overrated, IMHO.

            2. forgot to suggest a nice bottle of absinthe
              drank some with my wife and others on a cruise to croatia, all our troubles went away for a while
              a nice experience as long as you do the taxi thing

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