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ejs1492 Apr 28, 2010 03:03 PM

help! I am in Hackensack visiting a relative in the hospital and need some ideas for either family friendly dining or take out. White Manna is the extent of my Hackensack dining knowledge.

What is there other than the places at the mall?

Open to all cuisines and price points...just need some places we can go with our kids and/or bring in.


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    AGH Apr 30, 2010 08:45 AM

    These are my favorites: The Cuban place on Main Street, Brooklyn Pizza, Bangkok Gardens, the Chinese restaurant in the little strip mall next to the Bloomingdales Mall (Lotus something). There is also a Mexican place on Main Street closer to the Court House and we all like Naturally Good on Main Street. which is kind of a healthy and tasty take your tray to your seat kind of place.

    Naturally Good
    152 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

    Brooklyn Pizza
    482 Race St, Rahway, NJ 07065

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    1. re: AGH
      doxy216 Apr 30, 2010 09:20 AM

      For the record, the cuban place on Main St.. has a name, Casual Habana. It is a great little place with a wonderful owner/chef. Try it, everything is good and a value. Big portions, great flavors.

      Casual Habana Cafe
      125 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

    2. ejs1492 Apr 29, 2010 08:14 PM

      Thanks everyone for the enthusiastic response!

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      1. re: ejs1492
        foodismylife Apr 30, 2010 08:12 AM

        all good choices
        houston's makes a great burger, maywood seafood is super fresh and well priced, awesome soups and lobster and shrimp salad, veggie heaven is wonderful and also well priced
        brooklyn is good but not great pizza

        1. re: ejs1492
          TongoRad Apr 30, 2010 08:54 AM

          Come to think of it, it may be important to note that Brooklyn's Pizza doesn't accept credit cards in case you choose to go there.

        2. sixelagogo Apr 29, 2010 05:26 PM

          Green Papaya on the Riveredge/hackesack border can be pretty good for takeout...they make their own tofu and their vegetarian options are good (meat, not so much).

          Also, there's a new vegetarian Indian Chat Shop on main called Madras Bistro...have not gone yet, but the online menu looks good if yer into dosa's, chat, and the like

          Green Papaya
          110 Kinderkamack Rd, River Edge, NJ 07661

          1. GinGin Apr 29, 2010 01:11 PM

            La Famiglia on Main Street in Bogota. It's a little family run place, with basic but good Italian fare. You can eat in and BYO, or call to take out.

            1. goodhealthgourmet Apr 28, 2010 06:08 PM

              i know you asked for suggestions outside of the mall, but Houston's is always a good choice.

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                DrewEck Apr 29, 2010 08:58 AM

                The Cuban place on south Main St. is pretty good. Start at the south end of the street and make your way 'uptown.' There are a few different places, although since I'm not in the area anymore, I can't name them. Brooklyn Coal Oven is very good. Lido is good too (It's way north on Main St.). Is the indian place still open in Wholesale Liquidators? Just down the other side of the Essex St. Hill, on the left, despite it's 'in store' decor, it's always gotten pretty good reviews here. Cedar Lane in Teaneck, 5 minutes from anywhere in Hackensack, has a bunch of places too, including Veggie Heaven chinese.

                Veggie Heaven
                473 Cedar Ln, Teaneck, NJ

                1. re: DrewEck
                  menton1 Apr 29, 2010 09:19 AM

                  Really? Cedar Lane in Teaneck has "a bunch of places"??

                  1. re: menton1
                    foodyum Apr 29, 2010 06:51 PM

                    I like tuscany bistro and louies charcoal pit on cedar lane

              2. goodhealthgourmet Apr 28, 2010 06:08 PM

                i know you asked for suggestions outside of the mall, but Houston's is always a good choice.

                Houston Restaurant
                181 Riverside Sq Mall, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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                  yogi70 Apr 28, 2010 05:11 PM

                  if youre in the mood for great diner food, go down essex street to the Saddle Brook diner (on the left after the Rt. 80 overpass). my favorite diner in the area.

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                  1. re: yogi70
                    tommy Apr 28, 2010 05:19 PM

                    i also recommend the Coach House on rt 4. I'm not one for diners, but I find myself there when in the mood.

                    101 Pub is a good rec as well, as menton1 mentioned.

                    not far at all is Bistro 55 in Rochelle Park, which has a great selection of beers, a cocktail program, is reasonably priced, and has exceptional food. the pork chop is not to be missed.

                    never been to Lido in Hackensack, but I hear they have good steak sandwiches and cracker crust pizza, which is pretty much a north jersey specialty. right down the road is an Irish pub called Lazy Lanigan's, which I've never eaten at, but had very pleasant service at the bar.

                    Another Irish pub around the corner called Poiton Still, has a not-very-good burger, but is pleasant enough for what it is.

                    You may want to avoid the mall, but I've been a fan of the original Rosa Mexicano for 15 years, and you can get a very good meal at this outpost if you order right. at the very least, you can drink decent tequila.

                    and I almost forgot Brooklyn's Pizza, for Brooklyn-style coal-fired pizza. get a topping that is salty, otherwise the pizza can be bland. a very popular place, and certainly a piece of Jersey/New York.

                    Coach House Restaurant
                    921 Kennedy Blvd, North Bergen, NJ 07047

                    Rosa Mexicano
                    390 Hackensack Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

                    1. re: tommy
                      TongoRad Apr 29, 2010 05:54 AM

                      The calzones at Brooklyn's are also really good. I agree about their pizza's needing salt, though I really enjoy the roasted red pepper topping.

                      Aside from Wondees I've also had good Thai at Bangkok Garden on Main St.. And if Indian is something that would be good for the family there are those places across the street. I haven't been to the newest incarnation yet but Jason Perlow's post makes it look interesting:

                      Wondee Cafe
                      296 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

                  2. menton1 Apr 28, 2010 05:07 PM

                    Slim pickins in Hackensack itself. Next town, Maywood, has a nice little seafood place, Seafood Gourmet, quite informal but very fresh seafood at reasonable prices. In another direction neighboring Bogota has 101 Pub, good for a burger or pub grub.

                    There's a red-sauce Italian in Hackensack, DiNallos, which is near and dear to one of the NJ CH-ers. I've never been so I don't have any 1st hand info.

                    Seafood Gourmet
                    103 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood, NJ 07607

                    1. tommy Apr 28, 2010 03:18 PM

                      wondee's thai. byob

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