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what's your favorite greek place in bergen county?

trying to get an idea of some new, good, homey, Greek restaurants in the Bergen County area. Im not talking about a fancy schmancy upscale Greek joint like Varka or Nisi where im gonna spend $90 on a whole grilled fish. im talking more of an old school, mama in the kitchen makin the Spanakopita and Pastichio in the back type of place. ill start with one i like alot, though im looking for some others to try...

a taste of greece in river edge is great. whats your favorite?

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30 North Spruce Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446

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  1. It's JUST over the border in Essex, but Stamna Taverna in Bloomfield (1 mile in off the GSP) wins HANDS DOWN!

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    Stamna Restaurant
    1049 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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    1. re: Curlz

      i second Stamna

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      Stamna Restaurant
      1049 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

      1. re: borntodine

        I third Stamna! Although, to be honest, I haven't tried the other places mentioned in this thread, but Stamna is excellent.

        Also, if you are willing to branch out to Lebanese cuisine instead of Greek, then try Kamil's in Clifton, which is outstanding and very inexpensive. The atmosphere of the indoor section of the restaurant is very basic, but there are lots of outdoors tables, which are nice on a warm evening.

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        Kamils Restaurant
        1489 Main Ave, Clifton, NJ 07011

        Stamna Restaurant
        1049 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

    2. I would highly recommend Eros Cafe in Rutherford, NJ.

      1. oceanos a little pricey but well worth it
        great raw bar and awesome fish
        outdoor seating also

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        1. re: foodismylife

          Greek Village in Northvale.

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          The Greek Village
          211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

          1. re: menton1

            ive heard a lot of good things about this place - gotta check it out

            1. re: menton1

              ditto greek village here- stellar food w/ terrific prices...has never failed to impress me and my dude

          2. your new favorite greek place may very well be Mykonos in Fair Lawn, from the owners of Oceanos. set to open in a few weeks. I've not eaten there, but the place is visually stunning, and i'm assuming the quality of food and service that we know from Oceanos will flow over to Mykonos.

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

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            1. re: tommy

              I can't wait to check this place out. I called Oceanos and it looks like the opening will be in about 2 weeks.
              I eat at the GreeK Village about once a week for lunch since it is next to my job. For a nicer night out we do either Oceanos for more seafood or Axia in Tenefly for other greek dishes.
              For casual dining or take out we go to A Taste of Greece in River Edge.

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              AXIA Taverna
              18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

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

              A Taste of Greece
              935 Kinderkamack Rd, River Edge, NJ 07661

              1. re: NJfoodLover

                I agree, Axia is excellent, however; a bit expensive.

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                AXIA Taverna
                18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

                1. re: joisey al

                  anyone have any opinions of Sparta Taverna in Ridgefield Park? Passed by it on our way to Luka the other night. Always open to trying a new Greek place. thanks.

            2. I love Taverna Mykonos. It's the same owners as Oceanos, but totally different. Love the feel of it. The food is great, well priced and the service is fantastic. It's not the mom in the kitchen Greek place but the food is terrific.

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

              Taverna Mykonos
              238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ

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              1. re: scholar399

                Wow! Do I feel old. I remember the spot where Oceanos is when it was Kind's Dairy! Then Peter's Whale (?)...Lived just down the block.

                1. re: njmarshall55

                  You are correct! It was something before Peter's Whale, which started in Glen Rock in the strip mall that has jalepenos.

                  1. re: njmarshall55

                    And now Oceanos blocked the entrance to the bike path along the river....:-)

                    1. re: RUK

                      Grew up across the street on Brookside Ave and ran our dog in the field behind there. Great place for hitting golf balls, too.

                      1. re: njmarshall55

                        Ah yes, husband has been practicing for years golf there.

                2. Greek Village in Northvale, + it's BYOB which keeps the cost down too.

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                  The Greek Village
                  211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

                  1. my vote goes to taverna mykonos.

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                    1. re: ciaobellanj

                      Ditto. Classy, flavorful, excellent staff. Our go to for Greek.

                      1. re: doxy216

                        going to Taverna Mykonos tonite for dinner w/ another couple. Really looking forward to finally getting to go here. anything on the menu a "dont miss" dish? thanks

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                        Taverna Mykonos
                        238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ

                        1. re: yogi70

                          BTW Mykonos is not a "homey, mom-in-the-kitchen" type of place.

                          A much closer match to A Taste of Greece would be Greek Village in Northvale. Ever been there?

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                          The Greek Village
                          211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

                          A Taste of Greece
                          935 Kinderkamack Rd, River Edge, NJ 07661

                          1. re: menton1

                            yeah, i figured that when i heard it was the sister restaurant of Oceanos, which is great. but this time were going out to dinner with another couple, saw the good reviews, and was looking for a somewhat comparable place to Axia (which we also love, but is not in the "mama in the kitchen" category either) to bring them. And i have tried the Greek Village, and left kinda underwhelmed. it certainly was ok, but nothing i would go out of the way for. Also felt the same way about Vasili's Taverna in Teaneck.

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

                            The Greek Village
                            211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

                            1. re: yogi70

                              Have a great time. We loved the assorted appetizers, hummus, eggplant dip, potatoe dip etc. very fresh and presented lovely. The fish is excellent, as well as gyro. Very cool decor great for a double date nite. I personally don't like Greek Village, it is not my idea of dinner out, takeout or quick bite maybe, but not nice dinner. Taverna Mykonos has a nice vibe.

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                              The Greek Village
                              211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

                              Taverna Mykonos
                              238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ

                              1. re: doxy216

                                Taste of Greece has even LESS ambience than Greek Village.

                                1. re: menton1

                                  Just a note; GV is going on their annual vacation starting 7/17. There's been a few times I forget this get there and then I am dissapointed.

                                2. re: doxy216

                                  finally got over to Taverna Mykonos last night. So glad we did. Everything was great, the service, the food, the ambiance. Just a great dinner out with friends. We started with the choice of 3 greek dips, each better than the next. ( a taromasalata, a feta cheese one, and and eggplant one) An appetizer order of spanikopita which was delicious, as well as an order of keftedes (greek meatballs) which were good, but would probably try a different app next time. I had the stifado for dinner (short ribs with baby onions) which was fantastic. wife had pastichio (which she said was even better than Axia's version, which she loves) and the other couple had the mykonos seafood (like a greek frute de mar) and i cant remember the fourth dish (too many greek beers). we shared a compliementary chocolate bakalava dessert with vanilla ice cream which was sensational. fresh yummy "to go" cookies greet you as you leave??? cmon, now im having a salad every day this week. so as i said the service was great, the food was amazing, and i cant wait to go back. really gives one of our favorite's, Axia in tenafly a run for its money. each have its own things i like alot, and Mykonos is closer and a little less expensive. highly recommended.

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                                  Taverna Mykonos
                                  238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ

                      2. +1 for Stamna...not quite Bergen County.....worth the short ride to Bloomfield. THE best!

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                        1. re: maryanne06

                          Fairlawn - Oceanos - Excellent but pricey
                          Elmwood Park - Mykonos - Same owner as Oceanos but more causual, still very good
                          River Edge - Taste of Greece - small very casual, BYOB and good value, excellent

                          1. re: justsgm

                            The problem with Taste of Greece is the fast food environment with restaurant prices. They should spend a few bucks and redecorate. Even Bucu Burger is a lot more comfortable!

                        2. Taste of Greece is excellent. It's around the corner from my office and I've been there many times. As far as the atmosphere -- it is what it is. They are not trying to be anything else. What I mean by that is it's pleasant, casual, informal, etc. You are not going there for fine dining or anything of the like. If you want to pay for very good food, that's what you are paying for here. If you feel you are also paying for ambiance, experience, etc. -- you ain't getting it here. LOL. It's not that kind of place.

                          Do I think it's a fast food environment? No, I don't. But that's just me. Would I call the place a dump? No, I wouldn't. I don't penalize the place for the decor, ambiance, lack thereof, etc. -- but again, that's just me. I like the food. Normally, for me, certain kind of meals are about ambiance -- steak for example. When I want excellent steak, I want it coupled with an experience and certain environment. Unless I chose to go to Luger's, LOL. But when I chose a place like this -- small, casual, etc. -- I am going for the kind of food/meal that I don't need or want coupled with the experience and so forth.

                          If this place was filthy or a real dump, then I'd have a real issue. Different story. To me, it's not. They hit the mark for what it is. I don't know how much they can do with the space, redecorating, etc. -- as I don't know if they own the place. How much money would they want to put into it, how long is there lease, are they staying, etc. -- all those questions are part of a different discussion.

                          Regardless . . . the food . . . is a hit!!!

                          1. A Taste of Greece should find a nicer location. The place is small but the food is very good. We tend to order food to go and eat at our dining room table or go during the week when it isn't crowded and we can get a table.

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                            1. re: NJfoodLover

                              Of this ilk, I prefer Greek Village in Northvale. It's also got no ambiance, but at least it has a lot more room between the tables, so it's a lot more comfortable to eat there. I like the food better at Greek Village as well.

                              1. re: NJfoodLover

                                i live in re and i've never eaten at taste of greece, and not for the lack of trying. every time i go, it's packed. it's very small to begin with and the problem is they flood the media with discount coupons. valpac, town news, etc. so everyone thinks they're getting a deal. since it's always busy when i try to go, dinnertime, i guess they're succeeding. too bad because taste of greece in westwood has gone downhill in a big way. it was just terrible the last 2 times i went and it's off my list now. babylon in re also was just terrible. these days i just go to olympia or arek when it reopens and get some fresh pita and olives and feta and make a salad at home. buy some baba, mouhammrah, taramosalata and open a bottle of red and i'm set.

                                1. re: dock

                                  Where are Olympia and Arek located?

                                  1. re: michele cindy

                                    both are greek/Mediterranean grocery stores on Kinderkamack. Arek was somewhat destroyed by a fire started 2 doors down...Hope he opens again, as he's got the freshest pita/cheese/phyllo this side of patterson.

                                    1. re: sixelagogo

                                      Thanks - which town?

                                      1. re: michele cindy

                                        believe both of them are in river edge....

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                                        Olympia Foods of All Nations
                                        906 Kinderkamack Rd, River Edge, NJ 07661

                                      2. re: sixelagogo

                                        Does anyone know if Arek will reopen? The store is still empty.

                                    2. re: dock

                                      I didn't know they flood the media with coupons, discounts, etc. However, not that I would know as I don't live in town. Thanks.