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Jan 20, 2011 12:15 PM

Positive Experience at ETC. steakhouse in Teaneck

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

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

      1. 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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        1. re: teachermom

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

          1. re: cappucino

            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.

        2. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: p.j.

              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).

              1. re: vallevin

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

                1. re: p.j.

         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.

                  1. re: vallevin

                    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.

                    1. re: p.j.

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

                      1. re: vallevin

                        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.

                        1. re: p.j.

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

                          1. re: robocop

                            Still ETC, Mocha Bleu is also good.

                              1. re: vallevin

                                Etc. was amazing. Thanks for the recommendation.