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Hi Chowhounders,
Do any of you know of some good/great happy hours in Bergen County? My father, 83, lives in Paramus and would really like to get out and try some when I visit him in October. Thanks for your help.

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  1. Bistro 55 in Rochelle Park.

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    1. re: tommy

      Thank you tommy.

    2. Though i cannot vouch for this place, I know Palmers Crossing at the Clinton Inn in Tenafly's got one (upscale-ish, but good prices on drinks/coctails)...it's on my to-do list.

      1. Never been there but if you like it let me know. Napa Valley Grille has a nice wine selection, as well as mixed drinks, beers, and restaurant.

        http://www.napavalleygrille.com/param...

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        Napa Valley Grille
        1146 Garden State Plz, Paramus, NJ 07652

        1. Questions: Are you specifically looking for reduced price drinks and food....or free food? For example, at the Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack, you can go to McCormmick & Schmick's for a $1.95 menu in the bar area only between (something like) 3-6 PM and again after 9:30 PM. There's also a Morton's Steak House, where they will bring you free Filet Mignon on toast points. Just to further expand on the higher end chain theme.....at Fleming's in Edgewater, they have a five for six til seven promotion.....loosely translated, there are 5 cocktails, 5 wines by the glass, 5 appetizers and a prime cheeseburger....any selection is only $6. For Beer, you can get two Heinekens for $6.

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          1. re: fourunder

            Thank you to those who responded to my post. Fourunder - I am sorry I was not specific in my OP. We are looking for reduced price food and drink but , if someone brought us free Filet Mignon we would not it turn away. Heineken, on the other hand, is another story.

          2. I second Bistro 55-- every night is a different special, including $1 Oysters, half price appetizers, $3 Pints, and so on. Definitely the best value/quality in the County.

            1. Our fav happy hours are On the Border (paramus) The Office (ridgewood) Outback (rochelle park) and McCormick & Schmick Seafood (Hackensack),,,All typical bar food and bar drinks at great happy hour prices.

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              McCormick & Schmick Seafood Restaurant
              Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack, NJ 07601

              1. Oh and Bonefish Grill - Paramus
                Wednesday is Bang Bang Shrimp for $5 and 1/2 priced drinks till 630pm

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                1. re: MommyLovesToEat

                  Bonefish Grill food is just a half-step above poison...

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

                2. when was that review? 2008?
                  I've only been there for happy hour and it was good. I wont speak for dinner.

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                  1. re: MommyLovesToEat

                    Have they reworked their chain since 2008? Somehow I doubt that.

                    The Bang Bang shrimp was, and I would think still is, pedestrian. Maybe the place is good for cheap beer or something.

                    1. re: tommy

                      Maybe true. But the 1/2 price drinks make the shrimp taste great haha.

                      1. re: MommyLovesToEat

                        Even the drinks aren't good.

                  2. How about happy hour at:
                    Grand Lux Cafe in Garden State Plaza.... Signature Cocktails and Appetizers for $5 & Under

                    Has anyone tried it? Would make a great date night since its right next to the movie theatre.

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                    Grand Lux Cafe
                    355 N State Rt 17, Paramus, NJ 07652

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                    1. re: MommyLovesToEat

                      Reiterate Bistro 55 in Rochelle Park. 17 South. $1 Oysters, $3 Pints, half price appetizers, samples of risotto, and Friday is a large assortment of braised meats. Best variety & quality in the area for HH.

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                      Bistro 55
                      55 Route 17 South, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

                      1. re: MommyLovesToEat

                        Bisto 55 offers no food for discount for weekly happy hours. Drinks and Wine are $5. Draft Beers are a $1 off regular prices, which are $5-7....they offer daily specials, not everyday specials. $1 Oysters are on Mondays, Half Price Apps on Tuesdays and $3 pints are on Wednesdays.

                        1. re: fourunder

                          Sometimes you have to pay a little more for good food and ambience. Quality over quantity is my MO. Just show up on the day that the special you fancy is on....

                          1. re: menton1

                            If I wanted good food, Bistro 55 is not on the list.

                            1. re: fourunder

                              It's certainly better than the restaurants that have been suggested over the past few days...which were oddly all chains.

                              1. re: tommy

                                My last three meals at Bistro 55 were terrible.......old lettuce, over-cooked meats, cold sides and refrigerator smells......I'll pass. It certainly doesn't help either, that the highly touted chef/director left, at least from a PR standpoint.

                                1. re: fourunder

                                  You went back twice after a bad meal like that?

                                  1. re: tommy

                                    What can I say.....I'm a three strikes kind of guy. More specifically, it's an easy meeting spot....just as the chains are in the GSP.

                                    the last three meals, once each in Jan, Feb and March.....all after 8:30 PM on weeknights.

                                    Poor: Rib Eye, Burger and Garden Chop Chop Salad

                                    Bad: Prime Rib Beef Dip, Cold French Fries, Scallops and Crispy Calamari

                                    Really Bad; Zucchini Portobello Mushroom Stack, Chicken Lollipops, Goffle Road Farms Chicken, Heirloom Tomatoes

                                    Each visit from was progressively worse, but on the last visit, the Pork Chop was good....the zucchini mushroom stack and chick pea parsley salad were the dishes with the offending refrigerator odors.

                                    1. re: fourunder

                                      Oh my goodness, I am so surprised to hear about this! I have found each meal I have had at Bistro 55 so great! Mussels, short ribs, pizza, so great!

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                                      Bistro 55
                                      55 Route 17 South, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

                                      1. re: shush14

                                        The pizza isn't good, but that's an issue of preference. They are executed well.

                                        1. re: shush14

                                          I passed by this evening @ 8:15PM.......the lot was at best, only 25% filled. Maybe others have had the same experience i have had and are staying away as well. I've noticed similar empty lots on Wednesday and Sunday nights too.

                                          1. re: fourunder

                                            I was there on Thurs night and the place came up to about 1/3 filled--but you know what? That meant seats at the bar AND elbow room. Also HOT chips. Those chips are rather dangerous! We shared chorizo mac 'n cheese and chicken lollipops and I didn't find anything 'off' about any of the food (or the cocktails).

                                            1. re: Curlz

                                              fourunder doesn't like the place and is intent an proving that it's not just him. i could say that i went there last wednesday and the bar was packed and there were a bunch of tables taken and note the time, and it wouldn't really matter at all.

                                              1. re: tommy

                                                First, I would say the others in my party have come to the same conclusions. Second, the amount of people in a place is not a good barometer of whether the food is good or bad, no? Taking a cue from your Hunan views, i could say I've never experienced your experiences, and that wouldn't really matter at all either.

                                                btw, I like the drinks. *Maybe*, in this case is what i have surmised.

                                                1. re: fourunder

                                                  The Olive Garden is packed!

                                                  Four, I'm not doubting you had bad experiences. But to go further and draw conclusions based on a small sampling size and largely unscientific method seems stretching a bit.

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                                                  Olive Garden
                                                  83 Weston Ct, Wayne, NJ 07470

                                                  1. re: tommy

                                                    The Olive Garden is packed!...

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                                                    I expect that analogy from the other guy/girl......not you. :0)

                                                    1. re: fourunder

                                                      I haven't tried the food here but i had the worst Pear & Lychee Martini and I had a pretty bad Mojito as well (so sweet and sugary).

                          2. re: MommyLovesToEat

                            My husband and I go there all the time for happy hour. Great place to get a 2 drinks, 2 apps and the bill is $20.00. (takes away the p[ain of paying $12.00 for a movie ticket) I love their Asian Nachos. Their Happy Hour appetizer menu has gotten a bit smaller this past year, but there is plenty of variety. There is a choice of about 10 full size apps to chose from, a few cocktails, house wines and 16 oz. on tap beers.

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                            Happy Hour Cafe
                            73 Warwick St, Newark, NJ 07105

                          3. How about Teak on the Hudson in Hoboken. During the week they offer a 1/2 price menu. Great food / great ambiance. Or maybe BLUE MOON, there is one in Englewood and Woodcliff Lake. I know a few people who are a fan of their drinks and specials.

                            1. Chakra

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                              Chakra
                              W 144 Rte 4 E, Paramus, NJ 07652

                              1. Any first hand experience on Happy hour at The Office or McCormick & Schmicks? It seems some chains are outdoing family-run restaurants in this category...

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                                1. re: menton1

                                  The Office happy hour discounts some beers and martinis or margaritas. We usually get a few drinks and the hot wings (which were discounted for happy hour). McCormicks seems to change their happy hour alot but we always enjoy the food. There arent alot of drink specials, however. I think one wine, one beer, and one mixed drink. The bar offers $1.95 Happy Hour appetizer menu (and some of the appys are a little more). But the prices are super inexpensive. We just recently went to Chakra and they have a big sign outside that says 'happy hour'...but when we went inside the waitress said, we dont really have a happy hour. Just lounge food (smaller portions) and the house wine is discounted as well as I think one beer. No food specials. But we still had a good time.

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                                  Happy Hour Cafe
                                  73 Warwick St, Newark, NJ 07105

                                  Chakra
                                  W 144 Rte 4 E, Paramus, NJ 07652

                                  1. re: MommyLovesToEat

                                    So what was the crowd like at Chakra? Do you ermember what day/night of the week it was? Thank you in advance.

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                                    Chakra
                                    W 144 Rte 4 E, Paramus, NJ 07652

                                    1. re: ELA

                                      We arrived early,,by 5/530 and it was empty. By the time 7pm rolled around it started to get busy. It was a mixed crowd,,,some families, some couples. I even saw a few young children but not many. And it seemed like there were a bunch of singles sitting at the bar. Definitely a hot spot for a friday nite. The bar/lounge has couches and drapes and dim lighting....its romantic if you are looking for a date night....

                                      1. re: MommyLovesToEat

                                        Yes, certainly that kind of ambiance -- romantic, dim, upscale lounge, etc. I've never sat a table and had dinner there since TC has taken over, and I've only stayed/sat in the bar area. I mainly saw 2-4 friends come in for a couple of drinks after work, a couple here and there, a few people who decided to have a drink before dinner. Thanks again.

                                2. I've been to many HH's at some of the places mentioned -- M&S, The Office, Bistro 55, Cheesecake Factory, etc.

                                  I can't speak to specials, deals, or promotions. I can speak to crowd and having a good time, LOL. The Office is consistent. I like it. Reliable. Good crowd. It's in downtown Ridgewood. It's got a very good HH crowd. M&S, the few times I've been there is hit or miss. More of a place to go if two friends want to go for a drink, but it doesn't seem to attract many like that. The HH/bar crowd seems more of people who are waiting for a friend and/or waiting for a table. I've seen the odd two or three people go there for a drink, but it's not a HH kind of place/crowd to me. Maybe it's changed. I could say the same for CF.

                                  Bistro 55 is a nice place, and yes, I think the food is good. It can have a very good HH crowd too. I say "can" because it has been hit or miss. I've been there when HH has been packed and I've been there when HH is relatively empty. It is not like it's predecessor, South City Grill. Like many places though -- it depends -- day/night of the week is big. I like the place. I've eaten there -- HH and dinner, and I've enjoyed it. Had several dishes, appetizers, that I'd order again if I went. I think the place is a nice place, good crowd, environment, etc.

                                  1. I've been to Chakra as well for HH. Also hit or miss. I've been there when it's empty and doesn't pick up, and I've been there when it's crowded and goes/flows right into a night crowd. Nice place though. Haven't eaten there since Thomas Cizak has taken over the kitchen, but I've been wanting to go.

                                    1. Others? Anyone else know of some good happy hours places? Thanks.

                                      1. I hate to admit this because I am not a big fan of Chains but the route 4 Houlihans gathers a decent crowd and does a nice happy hour.

                                        There is also a place that is opening later this week called Boom Burger on Passaic Street in Rochelle Park. They have been advertising quite about about Happy Hours. It is right in the Ramada Hotel.

                                        Down in Moonachie/ Carlstadt is the Grasshopper. We have gone there and had a nice time for Happy Hour.

                                        I also have been hearing good things about the Twisted Elm in Elmwood Park for a drink and bite to eat. I don't know if they do happy hour specials though.
                                        http://www.twistedelm.com/index.php/menu

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                                        1. re: NJfoodLover

                                          No HH at the Twisted Elm, nice place though otherwise,

                                        2. When it opens, check out the Happy Hour at Miller's Ale House (in Paramus). Then tend to be hopping Happy Hours. LOL.

                                          1. Grand Cru in Englewood for Happy Hour. Top notch cocktails and small plates. Great atmosphere as well. Professional bartenders make a big difference too.