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Middle Eastern places in Bergen County.

so the wife and I have gotten tired of the normal - "where do you want to go out for dinner", " i dont know, what are you in the mood for"... conversation we have every time we want to go out and grab dinner. We usually just fall back on our favorite Italian place, sushi place, Chinese place, Greek place, etc. or if were really lazy, just go over to our favorite diner. So ive decided its time to open our palate up a little and try some different cuisines. So were on a little bit of a middle eastern kick now after trying the Turkish Kitchen in River Edge. We really, really enjoyed it, and will return, but wanted to try some other middle eastern spots in Bergen County. any ideas???? thanks in advance.

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  1. How about Rose's in Englewood. It's a Lebanese restaurant.
    If you do go, let us know how it was.

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    1. re: Monica

      There's a Rose's in Fair Lawn too, on Broadway/Route 4. The location is rough to get into out of, but it has gotten very good reviews. (I've never been there, but I'll get there one day.)

      If casual is OK, Chicken Kebab in Glen Rock (on Prospect Street just past the Fair Lawn border) has some very good food at good prices. The gyros are outstanding! (If you can handle it spicy, ask them to mix their pepper sauce in the meat!)

      1. re: zhelder

        Best in the county is Axia in Tenafly. Beautiful environment, impeccable food and service, and a large selection of Greek wines.

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        AXIA Taverna
        18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

        1. re: menton1

          uhhrr..but that's a greek restaurant.. voai is looking for a middle eastern restaurant.
          I live in Tenafly and I can't believe I can't believe I stil haven't been to Axia.

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          AXIA Taverna
          18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

            1. re: menton1

              thats funny menton1 because in my original post, where i said we normally fall back on our favorite places, for Greek food, its Axia hands down. We adore that place. tomorrow i will be meeting mom for lunch at Samdan, a Turkish restaurant in Cresskill. And Monica, ive heard about a good middle eastern place in Englewood, but I didnt think it was Rose's.... I have to check, but would definitely try either one out. thanks guys for the great ideas and keep them coming!

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              AXIA Taverna
              18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

              Samdan Restaurant
              178 Piermont Rd, Cresskill, NJ 07626

              1. re: yogi70

                Bennie's may be the place you heard of. It's between Grand and Dean Streets on Palisades.

                http://www.benniesofenglewood.com/

                1. re: yogi70

                  At Samdan you and your mom should each get one of the lunch specials (the #1 is a choice of cold mezze, the #2 is hot, I think they both come with lentil soup and salad) to get a sense of a variety of items. I prefer the #1 because I think their babaghanoush is the best thing there, but the acile ezme, grape leaves and pilaki are also really good.

                  Hamsa in Tenafly also has a nice lunch special to keep in mind, though a bit more pricey. It is a really good place to get a Jerusalem Mixed Grill ( essentially street food, chicken offal heavily spiced with baharat spice mixture and grilled with onions- the Hamsa version has dark meat chicken with livers); they call it Siniya, and it is served on top of their killer hummous (maybe the best in the area), just an insanely rich dish. Their matbuha (red peppers with eggplant) and cauliflower spread are also worth going for.

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                  Samdan Restaurant
                  178 Piermont Rd, Cresskill, NJ 07626

                  1. re: TongoRad

                    So Samdan was great. Did as TongoRad mentioned above, had some hummus, and stuffed grape leaves as well as chicken kebobs. Also their lentil soup was great as was their chopped salad. Next time well try the babaganoush. I have to say I liked the stuffed grape leaves better at the turkish kitchen. all in all it was a nice lunch with mom.

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                    Samdan Restaurant
                    178 Piermont Rd, Cresskill, NJ 07626

                    1. re: yogi70

                      you got most of my Samdan faves - the Shepherd's salad, hummus, and chicken kebab :)

                      definitely try the baba next time...and if you eat red meat, the Has Has kebab.

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                      Samdan Restaurant
                      178 Piermont Rd, Cresskill, NJ 07626

          1. re: zhelder

            When I lived in NJ I ate at Rose's and enjoyed the food there

            1. re: zhelder

              im assuming the rose's in englewood and fair lawn are owned by the same people??? cant find a website for either one?

              1. re: yogi70

                Rose's Place
                (201) 475-8800
                32-1 Broadway , Fair Lawn , NJ 07410

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                Rose's Place
                32-01 Broadway, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

          2. Although Paterson, NJ, is in Passaic County, it is only about 3 miles from Fair Lawn. It is the home of many wonderful - and authentic - middle eastern restaurants. Foremost among them is Al Basha, owned by a Palestinian and specializing in Lebanese/Palestinian food. You'll find all the standards plus an all-you-can-eat (modestly priced) dinner buffet with many offerings. Attentive service by fez and black tie wearing waiters and freshly prepared, tasty food make this a place which I frequent often out of sheer nostalgia and enjoyment. There's a lot of Arabic spoken there. Its the real deal.

            1. The best in Bergen County is Nisi in Englewood. It is located at 90 Grand Avenue in Englewood.
              201-567-4700. http://www.nisirestaurant.com/

              Fresh seafood, daily specials, sommelier, and the overall best staff in the area.

              Make sure you save room for their always interesting made in-house desserts!

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              1. re: Bosmer

                I respectfully disagree. Nisi is going for snob appeal, but Axia is the real deal.

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                AXIA Taverna
                18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

                1. re: menton1

                  haha, as far as i know, no restaurant in NJ is as snobbish as Grissini in Englewood Cliffs.
                  I first thought the place was a fancy car dealer. Hated the people who dined there and hated the food and the staff...one of the worst dining experience ever.

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                  Grissini
                  484 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

                  1. re: menton1

                    I have never experienced any form of snobbery at Nisi. The management, sommelier and waitstaff are extremely accommodating, friendly and efficient.

                    Did you have a different experience that you would like to share with us?

                    1. re: Bosmer

                      I agree with Bos...Plus the $30 prix fix menu and happy hour they've got running right now is impossible to beat....probably the only restaurant in B.C. I can honestly say i adore.

                  2. re: Bosmer

                    again, not looking for a greek restaurant. as a far as Nisi goes, its nice, but the last time we went i had to take out a 2nd mortgage to pay the bill. ($33 per lb of grilled fish w/ lemon? cmon.) for Greek, i also much prefer Axia. However, per my original post, im currently looking for Middle eastern bergen county options. thanks.

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                    AXIA Taverna
                    18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670

                    1. re: yogi70

                      well, my top 2 suggestions were already mentioned - Samdan & Bennies. i've heard good things about the food - but not the service - at Hamsa.

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                      Samdan Restaurant
                      178 Piermont Rd, Cresskill, NJ 07626

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Re: Hamsa
                        There is a waitress there, she might be related to the owner, that I have gotten numerous times (always for lunch, fwiw) who is really sort of 'distant', but not terrible. As long as you stay on top of her, flag her down to get refills on water or bread or even the check, you should be allright. But you're right, it is worth mentioning so people know what to expect ahead of time.

                  3. not Bergen - but right on the border - in Airmont NY - Turkois Grille - check it out - pleasant restaurant and great food!

                    1. Nazar in Rutherford despite their recent recasting as a more Italian place (why???) still has very good kebabs and appetizers - and they're cheap and BYOB.