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  • kk202 Jun 18, 2010 10:27 AM
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We are staying in Woodcliff Lake this weekend and would love some recs for dinner. Prefer a place that uses local seasonal ingredients, but we love all cuisine. Partial to seafood, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Latin. Does not have to be fancy--just delicious! Thanks in advance!

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  1. If you like fish I would suggest Varka's in Ramsey. It is a greek style fish house and the food is great! It is a little pricey but worth it! I would go on a weds night as weekends are BUSY (it has become a popular place)

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    Varka
    30 North Spruce Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446

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    1. re: foodaholic8

      Thanks, but we will only be there for the weekend for a last minute trip. Any other suggestions?

      1. re: foodaholic8

        I don't like Varka....My husband is always trying to take me there but one time was enough for me. Their food is good but the place is very "put on" and snobby. But where to go for fish...I find the newly opened Bonefish Grill in the Crowne Plaza hotel next to the Paramas Park mall has fish as good as Varka at better prices and in a more comfortable atmosphere for me.

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        Varka
        30 North Spruce Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446

        1. re: shiloh15

          Bonefish Grill???? This is a chain restaurant, it opened in Paramus 3 years ago. ("newly opened"??) Fairly dreadful place, IMHO.

          This blog post says it all about Bonefish/Paramus. I just love this:

          http://www.tommyeats.com/tommyeats/20...

      2. If you can get into Varka it is a great option.
        Oceanos in Fairlawn is another great seafood option
        Other places to check out are Cafe Panche in Ramsey, Mantra in Paramus for Indian and Dimora in Norwood for wonderful northern italian.

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        Varka
        30 North Spruce Street, Ramsey, NJ 07446

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

        Dimora Restaurant
        100 Piermont Rd, Norwood, NJ 07648

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        1. re: NJfoodLover

          Food Lover: What is "Northern Italian"?

          1. re: menton1

            I'm curious as well.

            1. re: menton1

              Northern itailian would be more Roma inspired. everything would be red sauced based. like pesto Genovesse etc. there might be more white wine based dished with some french influences

              1. re: coachrbc

                I'm more curious to see what NJfoodLover's description is. Reason being, everyone uses these terms but doesn't qualify them, so I'd like to know more about NJFL's take on it.

                1. re: tommy

                  I am not sure why you are so concerned with My Opinion on this. I actually used it in this case because this is how describes their menu. Please fell free to look them up on Zagats or other site to see the proof since I am sure you will want to check up on me. Since you seem to need my personal opinion on this I will give it to you.
                  The listing on Zagats:
                  Dimora Ristorante
                  Italian Northern |Norwood
                  100 Piermont Rd. (B'way) Norwood, NJ201-750-5000
                  Food Decor Service Cost
                  - 23 - 19 - 20 - $56

                  I tend to see "Italian" menus to be more common dishes that have a heavy red sauce base to them NOT to say that there NO other sauces used. I also seem to see the menus be very heavy on the Pasta Dishes. It is similar to the food served in many Pizzaria Restaurants.
                  I have seen Northern Italian Menus to have some different dishes with lighter sauces. There is also usually more seafood options as well as meat dishes.
                  I am not sure if this is ok with you, I appologize if I am not qualified enough for you to make reviews.

                  1. re: NJfoodLover

                    Just wondering what you meant when you describe a restaurant as "Northern Italian". No need to be upset. You used the phrase, so presumably you had something in mind in the way of communicating a certain type of cuisine. I am just not familiar with the phrase, so I was hoping for clarification. Thanks for clearing it up!

                    1. re: tommy

                      Let us be honest here, it was your intention to call me out on this not just get clarification on what the "northern italian" was. You got an answer from another poster but then made it very clear you needed to hear from Me.
                      I am not really sure why but as I mentioned before, it was not My description of the restaurant but instead it is the Description listed in more than one place of Dimora. Maybe you should call the restaurant or even ZAGATs and ask them to give a very clear and accurate description of what Northern Italian is.

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                      Dimora Restaurant
                      100 Piermont Rd, Norwood, NJ 07648

                      1. re: NJfoodLover

                        You are taking this too personally. You used a phrase to describe a restaurant, one which is used a lot, and one which I don't understand, and I wanted to know what your understanding of this phrase is, so I could understand what it is you were saying. Without this understanding, the phrase is useless. And since menton1 also questioned it, I'm not alone. It's really that simple.

                        Words are important. They are used to communicate.

                        1. re: tommy

                          It is personal, you got an explaination for another poster, why was it that you Specifically state that you need my explaination? If you asked just because you were not sure what the phase was, the other poster's answer should have been acceptable for you but it obviously was not.
                          There was a reason that you clearly stated you need to hear it from me. I am not an expert on the Phrase and never claimed to be.

                          1. re: NJfoodLover

                            You are right.

                            1. re: NJfoodLover

                              A/ We didn't know you had an agent giving answers for you here, and
                              B/ The answer given by coachrbc was inaccurate on several levels, as I pointed out.

                              Zagat gets their information from the restaurant regarding type of cuisine. Since you echoed that, we were wondering if you knew just what that means. So far, nobody seems to know. I certainly don't know what "Northern Italian" means.

                  2. re: coachrbc

                    "Red-sauce based like Pesto". Pesto is NOT red sauce based. Then there's the issue that Dimora has NO pesto dishes on their menu. Lastly, red sauce is ubiquitous throughout Italy. Tomatoes abound everywhere! And, BTW, a typical dish served in Rome is Carciofi (artichokes stuffed with mint) but that's rarely found in the US.

                    1. re: menton1

                      Another classic Roman dish: carbonara. No tomatoes.

                      1. re: tommy

                        No cream, either. But I've seen it on menus here WITH cream. (gasp!)

                        1. re: menton1

                          I don't see this dish on Dimora's menu. I think the creamed version is an "Eastern Italian" dish.

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                          Dimora Restaurant
                          100 Piermont Rd, Norwood, NJ 07648

                          1. re: tommy

                            Yeah, Trieste. Home of Illy.

                      2. re: menton1

                        I'm a little late to the game but Sicilian pesto is red.

                        1. re: double0

                          Definitely true, but you are not finding Sicilian Pesto anywhere in New Jersey...

                          1. re: double0

                            That makes sense since Sicily is in the south. Or the north. Now I'm confused.

                  3. Just curious...where did the OP end up going and how was it?

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                    1. re: mom22tots

                      replying late, but Park and Orchard in Rutherford is always a good choice...

                      http://www.parkandorchard.com/P%26O/H...

                      great food. And if you have a dinner guest who is vegetarian...it is about the best vegetarian gourmet you are going to find...

                      re Thai food, not in Bergen County, but not too far away - in Bloomfield, Essex County, not too far of a drive from most of Bergen County:

                      Best Thai that I've found - Bloomfield

                      Brookside Thai Restaurant
                      380 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

                      http://www.brooksidethai.com

                      (973) 566-0057

                      Not "regular" Thai, more like traditional cooking, a more gourmet sensibility.

                      Folks might know places that are even better than this, but this is the best one I've ever come across...

                      Enjoy everyone!

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                      Brookside Thai Restaurant
                      380 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

                      1. re: ChowJon99x

                        7 miles away right across the NJ/NY border is The Vietnam Restaurant in Spring Valley, NY

                        http://thevietnam1.com/index.html

                    2. OP: It's been a while since I logged on. We went to Park Steakhouse in Park Ridge and it was very good. Not amazing, but I would go back. Good wine, good lamb, steak, and service was excellent.

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                      Park Steakhouse
                      151 Kinderkamack Rd, Park Ridge, NJ 07656