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Bergen County or surrounding area upscale restaurant for this Sunday

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 Lorenas has a private party)
Thanks!

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

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    1. If you're doing brunch, generally before 3, there will be a few choices. Between 3 and 5, you won't find anything.

      Before 3:

      Harvest Bistro, Closter. A gorgeous environment with nicely prepared creative food.
      http://www.harvestbistro.com/

      Mediterraneo , Ridgewood provides a unique blend of European and Mediterranean fusion foods. Really good.

      And, within close proximity if you travel slightly over the NY border, my top pick would be Velo in Nyack. 4 stars in every way!

      http://www.velonyack.com/

      P.S. I think Nisi is greatly overrated, overpriced, and ultimately mediocre

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      Harvest Bistro
      252 Schraalenbergh Rd, Closter, NJ 07624

      Mediterraneo
      23 N Broad St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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      1. re: menton1

        Harvest Bistro has notoriously horrid service and the food is fair to poor.

        Mediterraneo is quite enjoyable but is by no means an upscale restaurant as the OP requested.

        Nisi operates at a much higher quality level; fresh seafood, excellent service, unpretentious management, and a creative chef.

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        Harvest Bistro
        252 Schraalenbergh Rd, Closter, NJ 07624

        Mediterraneo
        23 N Broad St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

        1. re: Bosmer

          I respectfully disagree.

          Opulence, large rooms, big chandeliers and high prices don't make for "upscale". I think Mediterraneo is definitely leaning upscale. It's just small.

          I've had good experiences at Harvest.

          Velo is the best of the bunch, if you go to Nyack.

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          Mediterraneo
          23 N Broad St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

      2. i'm with bosmer on this one--i've never had anything less than stellar at Nisi...they've got a sunday though thursday prix-fix menu now...3 courses/$29 ...Great choices including:

        Apps:: ketefi wrapped seas scallops with lemon sauce, greek salad, or soup;
        Mains: Grilled fish (bronzini when i was there), and greens, Pasta, and a chicken dish; Dessert: baklava, greek yogurt w/strawberry preserves or rice pudding

        Everything was fabulous, and for 30 bucks, you can't go wrong.

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        1. re: sixelagogo

          Went to Nisi, the food was good, but there was NO prix-fix menu on Sunday. Lunch was way more then double the 30 bucks.

          1. re: fishfroggy

            I don't know why there's all the big buzz about Nisi. It looks like a wedding hall, it's pretentious, and it's overpriced.

            You'd do much better at Oceano's or Axia.

            Also, try Velo in Nyack.. New American, a wonderful place.

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            AXIA Taverna
            18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

            Oceanos Restaurant
            2-27 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

            1. re: menton1

              I agree. I have dined at all three places and while I do like Nisi, I find Oceanos and Axia much better.

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              AXIA Taverna
              18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

              Oceanos Restaurant
              2-27 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

            2. re: fishfroggy

              sorry about the bad info on the prix fix- is it cut out entirely? i find it buzz worthy because i've yet to order anything there that wasn't perfect...Axia disappointed me once 2 years ago and I havent' been back and i still haven't tried oceano's ...
              hope the meal was decent enough (even if pricey)

          2. Thank you for your replies. Nisi it is.
            Have a happy and healthy,