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Apr 21, 2010 10:23 AM

Northern New Jersey Sunday Afternoon Top Rated Restaurant

If u could please help me; friends are coming in from out of town. I am looking for a top rated restaurant that is open this Sunday afternoon in Northern Jersey. (Highlawn not opened till 5 and Saddle River Inn is closed.on Sunday )

Saddle River Inn
2 Barnstable Ct, Saddle River, NJ 07458

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  1. Lorenas in Maplewood. Open 2-9 Sundays. One of the favorites of local Chowhounds.

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    1. re: Foody4life

      Thanks, that would have been great. Just called, they are having a party till 5. Any other place maybe a little further north?
      Thanks again.

    2. try Campania in Fair Lawn. excellent italian food.
      or Verjus in Maplewood has great French food. I believe they do a brunch on the weekends, Not sure what time dinner starts.

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      1. re: cmarie

        Isn't Campania the place on Gordon Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares where the trashy people get into a fight?

        Sorry I can't think of any Top Rated Places for Sunday afternoon. Some are closed but most of the ones I know of are open but not until 5 pm.

        Actually Latour on Ridgewood Ave in Ridgewood opens at 4pm

        1. re: NJfoodLover

          yes, it was on Kitchen Knightmares, but I don't think the food was a problem. More of in house mis-management. The chef is great and sources a lot of his menu items from local farms. All breads are baked in house, he makes fresh pasta and mozzarella every day. I found them through the Slowfoods organization...which I trust more than Gordon Ramsey.

        2. re: cmarie

          Campania-- top rated? IMHO it's the epitome of ordinary, just another red-sauce "Italian".

          1. re: menton1

            It's very ordinary. The Bergen Record and its editors fawn over the place. They seem very friendly with the chef/owner, which may explain why they get served edible food in a reasonable timeframe, as opposed to what I've been served, and how long it took to get it.

            1. re: tommy

              My theory is that anytime you see menu items in Italian (on this side of the pond) avoid the restaurant like the plague. Or when they say "Tuscan specialties"and haven't a clue what ribollita is!

              Even Babbo has their menu items in English...

              1. re: menton1

                It's a step up from the average red sauce places around here, I think you'd have to agree.

                The only thing that annoys me about the menu is the relentless use of fonts. It's dreadful to read, and looks amateurish and a mess.