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Taverna Mykonos

dock Aug 12, 2010 11:04 AM

Has anyone tried this place in Fairlawn? I like Oceanos and I'm hoping this place is also good but cheaper. It looks very nice and I would like a new place for mezethes.

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

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    fourunder RE: dock Aug 12, 2010 11:09 AM

    Sorry to say I haven't had a chance to try it yet......but this much I do know. The restaurant is in Elmwood Park, not in North Arlington or Fair Lawn.

    Taverna Mykonos
    * 238 Broadway (Route 4)
    Elmwood Park

    * Traditional Greek; entrées $12.95 to $23.95.

    * Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

    * Credit cards: AE, D, MC, V.

    * Wine/liquor: full bar.

    * Parking: street and lot.

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      Bosmer RE: fourunder Aug 13, 2010 07:19 AM

      fyi...the aforementioned website is still "coming soon"

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      dock RE: dock Aug 16, 2010 06:59 AM

      i went saturday nite and enjoyed it. service was very good and you could see they are trying to succeed. it's amazing to me how many new places don't make an effort. we had a trio of spreads all of which were good and the eggplant spread was excellant. the grilled octopus was outstanding and meatballs were ok. the greek salad was good. they comped us dessert, a rice pudding and a phyllo/custard cake and they both were terrific. all in all, everything was good to very good. the place was crowded but managable. we were told that friday nite was packed and you there was a long wait. next time we will try the entrees, they looked good at other tables.

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        NJfoodLover RE: dock Sep 13, 2010 02:13 PM

        I was waiting to check this place out since I am huge fan of Oceanos. I was very happy with my experience. The food was very good. The Keftedes (little fried meatballs) were some of the best I have ever had. They food tastes very fresh and well made. The place is cute and the staff was friendly and attentive. I will be going back soon.

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

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          ekdd RE: dock Dec 4, 2010 03:02 AM

          Finally made it to Taverna Mykonos after my wife raved about an outing with her friends. Very impressed by the experience. We started with the sampler of spreads---choice of 3- we chose the humus, skordalia,(almond garlic spred)and the eggplant spread...all were delicious.Could of had some more pita bread with this however (altho i am sure if we asked it wouldnt have been a problem ...plus we used the delicious warm house bread). We then shared the meatballs(keftedes) which were a definite standout with terrific tzatiki (this was the best version of this i have tasted!).We then shared the prasini salad --dill , scallions, romaine , cuccumbers ...very fresh and delicious along with the chicken souvlaki which was very good (this also came with more pita and tzatiki) altho will be more adventurous next time instead of going for an old reliable. The lemon potatos were quite good too.The dinner came with complementary dessert which we were not expecting...2 pieces of baklava withvanilla ice cream and slight choc drizzle. There are also several beautiful looking greek cookies pastries on the greeeting table ..we tried 2 cookies both with a great texture and taste...and big! With 2 drinks and one coffee the bill czame to about 90 bucks in total.Only negatives...i am not a fan of valet parking and were charged for an extra glass of wine (cheerfully taken off when mentioned). The service was friendly, knowledgeable and really outstanding throughout and the place itself is beautiful on the inside (hard to believe you are on a ugly stretch of broadway near the kmart on elmwood park/fairlawn border). We will be back .

          1. ambrose RE: dock Dec 23, 2010 06:52 AM

            Seems this place is a winner.....


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              melissa511 RE: dock May 13, 2011 01:49 PM

              I just had lunch there, and it was tasty, filling and reasonably priced. I had the gyro sandwich ($9), which was easily 5 inches stacked high with that great gyro meat they have made in Queens. It comes with tzatziki sauce and thin twice-fried french fries, which a lot of people love. (I'm not a big fan of fries.) I took half of the gyro home -- but I couldn't resist the free dessert (they're still doing that!), which was two little pieces of chocolate baklava and a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. The wine list is quite reasonable too. And it's a very pretty, airy room. It's not terribly conveniently located for me, but I'll find an excuse to go back.

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                menton1 RE: melissa511 May 13, 2011 03:56 PM

                The gyro meat is NOT made on the premises? Aaargh.

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                  tommy RE: menton1 May 13, 2011 05:57 PM

                  Can you name many places where it is? I can't.

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                    menton1 RE: tommy May 13, 2011 06:05 PM

                    Greek Village, Northvale
                    Lefteris, Tarrytown NY

                    Don't frequent a lot of gyro places so I can't name others...
                    but these 2 definitely do.

                    Why can't a restaurant prepare their food on site?

                    The Greek Village
                    211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

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                      tommy RE: menton1 May 13, 2011 07:09 PM

                      I'll call them tomorrow to confirm.

                      Do you expect restaurants to bake their own bread, for example, as well? Make their own salumi, hot dogs, grind their own burger meat, pickle cucumbers, ferment kimchi, with so many great resources in the area? Unlikely. You've never been to Mykonos, have you.

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                        menton1 RE: tommy May 14, 2011 06:25 AM

                        Perhaps, but there's just something about a ground meat preparation that makes one want it not to travel. The items you mention are more inert.

                        I do like a place that prepares and mines its own salt, though...

                        Haven't been, it's a cuisine that I prefer as a "fast food" rather than in a better restaurant...

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                          tommy RE: menton1 May 14, 2011 06:30 AM

                          Any time I'm anywhere near Bereket on Houston I try to fit in a Doner Kebab. I will travel for exceptional food, even if it's ground.

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                            Picnicchef RE: tommy May 14, 2011 07:37 AM

                            Way too funny!

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                          NJfoodLover RE: tommy May 14, 2011 12:09 PM

                          There are not many Greek Restarants that make their own Gyro meat. The places that do usually are ones that have Gyro as the main part of the menu. Taverna Mykonos is a little more upscale then your typical gyro place and has a pretty nice Greek Menu with a number of options. I would think it would not be worth it to prepare their own Gyro. They spend their time preparing the other detailed dishes on thier menu.

                          Taverna Mykonos
                          238 Broadway, Elmwood Park, NJ

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                            tommy RE: NJfoodLover May 14, 2011 03:29 PM

                            Which places can you confirm make their own gyro meat?

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                              NJfoodLover RE: tommy May 14, 2011 03:53 PM

                              I think the Greek Village in Northvale is the only place in Northern NJ. I could be wrong. While the meat there is very good I don't think it is better than A Taste of Greece who I am pretty sure gets their cones made for them. Having the cones brought it doesn't make them any less tasty.

                              The Greek Village
                              211 Livingston St, Northvale, NJ 07647

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

                              1. re: NJfoodLover
                                ansky4 RE: NJfoodLover May 17, 2011 03:03 PM

                                The Greek Store in Kenilworth may be able to help you.

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