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A good pub in Hackensack?

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On a hot summer day when I feel like escaping from my Hackensack workplace at lunch, I would like to go to a pub that is well-air-conditioned, with comfortable seats or banquets, and where I wouldn't feel uncomfortable alone ordering just a glass of wine and soup or salad.

This is pretty specific, I realize. What I'm looking for is something between a dive and a fancy bar. Something like the Maywood Inn but closer to Fairleigh Dickinson University. The food merely has to be edible -- it's comfort and escape I'm after!

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  1. The food is definitely awful, but the bar at TGI Friday's would probably fill the bill for a glass of wine and a burger or sandwich. This is a situation when I can actually recommend a chain!

    1. Lazy Lanigan's
      Poitin Still
      Cheesecake Factory
      McCormick and Schmick's
      Houstons

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      The Pointin Still
      774 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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      1. re: tommy

        Just remembered the name of the place, probably a better choice than TGIF...

        The Green Olive, a nice "joint" on Passaic St.

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        The Green Olive
        455 Passaic St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

        1. re: menton1

          i second the Green Olive. they have a beer called Avery Red Point which is fantastic, unfortunately, I cant find it anywhere else. The food is really good too.

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          The Green Olive
          455 Passaic St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

          1. re: yogi70

            Linwood Wines in Fort Lee carries it if you're looking for bottled product.

            1. re: TongoRad

              THANKS TONGORAD!!!! i owe you one!

              is Linwood wines in the strip mall with the Kings Supermarket????

              1. re: yogi70

                Yeah, that's the one- though it is a 'former' King's Supermarket, and now an H Mart. Maybe give them a call to make sure it is in stock before you head on over there (though, IMO, they are the primo beer store in the area, and have lots of other excellent beers available):
                http://www.linwoodwineco.com/results?...

                If your home base is closer to Hackensack you may also want to check out Home Liquors, across the street from Sears- they also have a pretty decent selection.

      2. Try the Crows Nest on rt 17. Good food reasonably priced.

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        Crows Nest
        309 Vincent Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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        1. re: FreeWally

          Harley's Irish Pub on River Street is a favorite of mine.
          Reliable bar food and a friendly crowd.

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          Harley's Irish Pub
          366 River St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

        2. Those are good ideas! Thanks!