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.
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.
7 Grove St, Wanaque, NJ 07465
175 Ramapo Valley Road, Oakland, NJ 07436
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.