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Positive Experience at ETC. steakhouse in Teaneck

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cappucino Jan 20, 2011 12:15 PM

Went with our son. Waitress was well informed and extremely polite at all times. A bonus was that she was friendly and accommodating to my son. I had been worried that since it was an upscale place, they would be unfriendly to children. Immediately gave us two plates to share the risotto. Warned him of the hot plate. Just nice to him. Had the duck confit risotto. It was good, but i believe the artichokes ruined it for me. I just don't like artichokes so it was not a wise choice on my part. The Pomegrante Hangar steak was absolutely perfect. We tasted the pomegrante in the sauce and the beef was thick, flavorful, cooked just as I asked. The sweet potato salad on the side was also quite good. Portions were very generous. Banana cream pie was good, but we would have appreciated a larger portion with more banana cream. Elegant ambience, swift service. Will go back.

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    vallevin Jan 20, 2011 12:50 PM

    Thanks for recent review...we have plans to go in another week or so.

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      Foodtekie Jan 20, 2011 02:21 PM

      Cap: Thanks for the review. We have an important birthday in the family coming up and your review was right up our alley.

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        teachermom Jan 21, 2011 05:24 AM

        We went this past weekend for my husband's birthday, with our 4 kids. We had the risotto, the gnocchi with beef cheeks, and potato leek soup as appetizers--everyone loved everything. The risotto was especially good. My husband had the short ribs--to die for. Loved my peppercorn fillet steak, served with a marrow bone with a tiny spoon. I recommend the zeppoles for dessert. It's so refreshing to to to a kosher restaurant where the chef really cares about his food....12 thumbs up from my family!

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          cappucino Jan 21, 2011 06:18 AM

          I will add that it is refreshing to see that the chef cares and cares about service. Matters a lot to us.

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            BergenDML Feb 23, 2011 08:11 AM

            I reluctantly went there at the end of January with a friend. My thoughts were yet another meat restaurant has replaced the previous failure in this location. WOW, WOW, I was more than pleasantly surprised. This chef is fantastic! I don't remember the last time I ate a rib steak so well prepared. Short-ribs heavenly. The appetizers were fantastic. This place is excellent. Yes it charges NYC prices but it's worth it and I don't have to pay to cross the GW bridge, gas and parking.
            Can't wait to go back again and again.

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          cappucino May 8, 2011 02:37 PM

          Home run again. Beef cheeks gnocchi. Filet steak with mustard glaze and marrow bone (lots of marrow), seared tuna (the appetizer provided included enough tuna for a main). The table near us had the 5-course tasting. The portions were ridiculously large and they said that they enjoyed all of it. Great value for the money. Chocolate dessert was delicious. Would love it if he got more creative with the desserts, but that's ok. Service polite and attentive again.

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            p.j. Aug 22, 2011 03:10 PM

            Hi NJ Chowhounds -
            I am responding to this thread to bring it "up to the top" to ask for comments re. recent experiences at ETC. Thanks to responses to my request for suggestions for dinner this coming Sunday, this restaurant sounds like it will fit our bill perfectly.
            I think our only problem will be too many delicious choices, and both of us wanting the short ribs!
            Thanks, p.j.

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              vallevin Aug 22, 2011 06:35 PM

              Went most recently 2 months ago...I haven't had a bad thing yet (although we never get dessert so I can't comment on that).

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                p.j. Aug 22, 2011 08:10 PM

                Thanks very much, vallevin. I hope we won't be too tired from the moving and orientating to enjoy dinner! p.j.

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                  vallevin Aug 23, 2011 02:50 AM

                  Okay....as a NJ resident who occasionally goes to Brooklyn, that is not an unreasonable fear.
                  (You said you will be Brooklyn dropping off a child at college...yes?).

                  My real advice is to have a back up plan, If I were in Brooklyn I would go to Pardes or El Gaucho... I have not been to either, but that is where I want to go.

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                    p.j. Aug 23, 2011 10:03 AM

                    vallevin -
                    Not Brooklyn (& I will pass on your suggestions to my son, who travels to Brooklyn): Morningside Heights. Barnard/JTS move-in and orientation, starting at 8:00 a.m. So Teaneck is a good alternative to going downtown somewhere and searching for parking when we are sure to be tired.
                    I sent an e-mail to etc. asking a couple of questions; am waiting for a reply.
                    'Thanks again, p.j.

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                      vallevin Aug 23, 2011 12:53 PM

                      ooooooooooo, in that case you will be fine. Good Luck and Enjoy.

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                        p.j. Aug 24, 2011 07:18 PM

                        vallevin -
                        I am beginning to think that this dinner isn't going to happen, due to Irene! Argh! Well, we shall see, and I will certainly call ahead to see if they are open.
                        Thanks for all your good help and encouragement.
                        p.j.

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                          robocop Nov 10, 2011 12:51 PM

                          Haven't been to Teaneck in ages. Dinner tonight-"Nicest" place?

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                            vallevin Nov 10, 2011 01:34 PM

                            Still ETC, Mocha Bleu is also good.

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                              robocop Nov 10, 2011 02:20 PM

                              Thanks!

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                                robocop Nov 11, 2011 06:44 AM

                                Etc. was amazing. Thanks for the recommendation.

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                Kosher Critic Jan 9, 2012 01:01 PM

                Based on recent reviews here and elsewhere, I ventured to ETC. for a birthday dinner. I will not be repeating my error.

                I arrived at the time of my reservation – no maître d’ in sight but two I-Phones were propped up at her station (these received a good deal more attention than I was to experience). After being seated for 25 minutes, a man came by – he did not introduce himself as our server – and asked “Do you know what you want?” We placed our order and our bottle of wine was taken to be opened. When it returned, it was with a thud and not was poured into to our glasses. I sipped my wine as that was all that was on the table, while noting the odd choice of loud soundtrack coming from the speaker positioned over my head – Beatles and Aerosmith.

                As we finished our appetizers, we heard a server explaining the day’s specials to the table next to ours. Specials?? Around this time someone came by to ask if we would like bread (is bread now a palate cleanser?).

                Entrees arrived along with a massive plate that held two steak knives. When done, our plates were left on the table for an exceptionally long time, that is, until someone came and stacked them up on the table right in front of me. I suppose I should have been grateful that dirty dishes from other tables we not part of the pile.

                The worst of it? When I made my reservation, and again when I called to confirm that afternoon, I requested that a chocolate molten cake be brought to the table with a candle when it was dessert time as a surprise, since I knew that an overt offer of dessert would have been declined by the honoree. Well, having already had such a dreadful experience with the appalling lack of competent service, I was not surprised when no cake appeared.

                As for the food, the fillet cut was tough, dry and hard to cut much less eat. No flavor either. The lamb maltagliati was good but the portion small. Short ribs were certainly tender but too sweet for my tastes. Rib eye was a better cut than the fillet.

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                  cappucino Jan 15, 2012 02:24 PM

                  Yes, unfortunately, I have now had a negative experience there as well. Service was poor. The steak was just okay and we were pretty sure that the server had made mistakes with our preferences (my medium looked medium rare and I have eaten their steaks before and did not feel that way at the time). We did not even have a set server and we were never asked if everything was okay. About three different people served us poorly. Steak knives were brought after the steak and so on and so on. I actually plan to go in and have a talk with the chef. I had been looking forward (and saving for) this meal for months.

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                    avid13 Mar 22, 2012 03:12 PM

                    Used to love the place. My wife and I went there recently and was quite disappointed. The portions were very small. The waiter claimed the bone in rib steak was 20 oz..not even close. Was more like 16 oz. And was quite bland. The short ribs used to be a very generous portion, my wife's portion was very modest. Hope they get their act back together. Not worth being cheap in the long run!

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