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Dec 10, 2010 08:16 AM

Superlative food in Bergen County?

I've been living in Bergen county for 30 years. I'm getting sick of the mediocre food in Bergen county be it expensive, faux haute cuisine or just inexpensive. I mean the best rotisserie chicken is at Costco and some of the best Greek food i've tasted is at a Taste of Greece, a small venue in a strip mall or Asian food at Simply Vietnamese in Tenafly. Please help me out here. I'm tired of going to the City for excellent Italian food. It is even rare to find at 3 star restaurant in the Bergen record. I'm interested in your choices of excellent food in Bergen county be it bar food, Italian, Spanish, Latin American, Caribbean, Asian, Filipino,haute cuisine. My wife is getting tired of cleaning up after me when I cook. i just want to feel the ecstasy one garnishes from a good meal. This isn't about money it's about quality and a well cooked great meal. There is a reason why gourmet chefs are doing burgers .ANY SUGGESTIONS?

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  1. Here we go. We like CASUAL HABANA on Main ST. in Hackensack for Cuban. Big portions of excellent home cooked food at low prices. Taverna Mykonos on Broadway in Elmwood Park, excellent quality Greek. Italian, havent found it yet in Bergen, but love Sorrentino in NOrth Bergen on 79th and Bergenline. The best pizza and pasta sauce. Homemade all the way, MAMA is in the house there! Asian, Good Luck! For American we like Park Steakhouse, pricey but worth it. Burgers, havent had a decent one yet, maybe whwn Park Steakhouse opens at the old Winberries site in Ridgewood. We live in HoHoKus, next to Ridgewood,
    and never venture in, there is nothing worth going to. New HoHoKus Inn overrated and still doesnt have its act together. So unfortunately, my kitchen seems the choice sometimes because we know it will be good. NYC is always the other alternative, going to Scarpetta Saturday nite, gooooood Italian.

    Park Steakhouse
    151 Kinderkamack Rd, Park Ridge, NJ 07656

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    1. re: doxy216

      coach, let's face it. Bergen County restaurants ARE mediocre! And worse, many are priced and touted as being a heck of a lot better than they are! I used to like Harvest in Closter, but it has slipped in the last couple of years...

      I have had several pretty outstanding food and dining experiences just over the border at Velo in Nyack, it's in its 3rd year and is just about the best New American on this side of the Hudson...

        1. re: Picnicchef

          You're welcome! I'll never forget our 25th anniversary dinner at your terrific restaurant, during a crazy thunderstorm last summer.

          As for coach's comment, yes, there are many mediocre restaurants here, but dozens of gems if you're willing to look around.

          1. re: melissa511

            Grew up in Fair Lawn. Where is Picnic located?

            1. re: njmarshall55

              It's in The Plaza Building. The heart of downtown (Radburn).

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          1. We love this restaurant from begining to end. The dessert cart is unusual and everything is worth the trip.

            Il Mulino Restaurant
            132 Veterans Plz, Dumont, NJ 07628