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Apr 8, 2010 08:27 AM

Pompton Lakes restaurant?

My wife and I are going to be in Pompton Lakes on Saturday 10th and are looking for a nice place for dinner. We're partial to Italian but just about any cuisine will do. Thanks in advance

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  1. Dave:

    Pompton Lakes was once a hotbed of old-school Italian and one of the best in the state is just a few minutes north of town. Berta's Chateau, a restaurant specializing in the food and wine of Piemonte is worth visiting from just about anywhere in the New York/New Jersey area.

    7 Grove Street
    Wanaque, NJ 07465
    973 835 0992

    The area also has a cluster of great butcher shops and more. It's just an area that nobody expects anything to be in.

    1. You might like Parsley and Sage in Riverdale (just outside of Pompton Lakes).

      1. I'll echo Berta's Chateau, where the experience is throwback, and Rosemary & Sage, where it's classic. I enjoy both.

        I'll add Portobello Feasts up in Oakland for its gorgeous decor ($10 million building opened a year or so ago). Food can be hit or miss, but when the place is firing, it's pretty cool.

        In Pompton Lakes proper, your best bets are Dee's Thai, a fairly traditional Thai restaurant, and Thatcher McGee's, an Irish pub with decent pub grub. Neither would really be considered a "nice" place, though. A friend swears by Monica's, an Italian restaurant, but it strikes me as no better than the Italian restaurants you probably have in your neighborhood.

        Berta's Chateau
        7 Grove St, Wanaque, NJ 07465

        Portobello Feasts
        175 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ 07436

        1. For italian, there is Novelli which is in on Hamburg Tpk in Wayne, a stone's throw from the PL border:

          But you can't go wrong with Berta's (though expensive) or Rosemary & Sage either.

          2410 Hamburg Tpke, Wayne, NJ 07470

            1. re: Sdenred

              Sorry for the delay on replying. We wound up at Berta's. I'm am far from a finicky eater but We were both under whelmed. It seemed strange on a Saturday night at 7:00 it was we and two other tables. We were greeted by a young girl (early teens at the oldest) by "Hi What d'ya want. " Not a good start. Waiter was great, service was good. I had the veal chop. Done correctly but lacked flavor. My wife had a chicken with mozzarella and balsamic which also seemed to lack seasoning. Who knows, it could very well have been us. Thanks for the recommendation though, we would be willing to give it another try.

              1. re: Ol_Dave_B

                Try Monica's Restaurant

                One of the best Italian restaurants I have been to. The atmosphere is great and everyone is really nice, not to mention the delicious food and dessert an now the weather is perfect try the outdoor dining area.

                  1. re: berna

                    I second Monica's, although we haven't been there in a year or so. It's on Lakeside Ave., right off of Wanaque.