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Dinner Rec for the Secaucus Area

picklelicious Feb 15, 2011 11:49 AM

Hello NJ Chowhounds, I'm going to be up on business staying at the Hyatt in Secaucus the 2nd week of March, and would like a couple of dinner recommendations for that area (somewhere within 5-10 mile radius...the closer the better). I'm fairly open minded on cuisines, I will be dining with at least one other guest, so keep it to some degree mainstram cuisine, and I would definitely prefer a casual dining experience at a restaurant with a full bar.

Thanks for any assistance you can give.

  1. menton1 Feb 16, 2011 05:05 AM

    Park & Orchard in E Rutherford... full bar, extensive selection of wines & beers. Interesting eclectic menu... Casual. Short ribs are very special here...

    http://www.parkandorchard.com/P%26O/H...

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    Park & Orchard Restaurant
    240 Hackensack St, East Rutherford, NJ 07073

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    1. re: menton1
      tommy Feb 16, 2011 05:55 AM

      Is anything actually edible here? Short ribs aren't hard to do. Are they served with 2 pounds of rice?

      1. re: tommy
        menton1 Feb 16, 2011 06:13 AM

        Haven't been too often recently, but last time the short ribs were very nice, and the crawfish pasta and andouille sausage got kudos. Definitely lots of edibles. The wine list is huge and wine prices are pretty reasonable. This is not a "fine dining" place, but occasionally, if it's convenient (Like meeting friends from Lyndhurst) it's a satisfying meal.

        They've quieted down on their "healthy" MO the last several years, and it's a pretty good place. Are you in a "diss vegetarians" mood today?

        1. re: menton1
          tommy Feb 16, 2011 06:42 AM

          I'm just not a fan of Korean/Chinese/Pan-Asian/Italian/Polish/French/Mexican restaurants in general. Regardless of their wine list.

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            fourunder Feb 16, 2011 06:56 AM

            especially when the wine list offered is not in inventory on premise, or otherwise.....

            1. re: tommy
              menton1 Feb 16, 2011 07:52 AM

              No Polish dishes, though...

              1. re: menton1
                tommy Feb 16, 2011 07:59 AM

                Yeah I meant middle eastern.

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        RONNIENJ4 Feb 16, 2011 04:48 AM

        Dolce Novita in Moonachie, across the street from Segovia's...
        they have a special Sunday through Friday, three course dinners from $18.95 to $20.95, includes appetizer, dinner and dessert.

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        Dolce Novita Restaurant
        107 Moonachie Rd, Moonachie, NJ 07074

        1. Curlz Feb 15, 2011 03:06 PM

          Bistro 55 in Rochelle Park completely fits the request!

          Rutherford is a strictly-BYO town (right next to Secaucus), so keep that in mind if you get any recs from the hotel.

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

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            fourunder Feb 15, 2011 12:04 PM

            If you are looking for casual

            Vesta in East Rutherford......http://www.vestapizzeria.com/index.html

            Biggie's Clam Bar in Carlstadt........http://www.biggiesclambar.com/Home.html

            Segovia in Moonachie.........http://www.segoviarestaurant.com/

            La Fusta....North Bergen.....http://www.lafustarestaurant.com/

            Mi Bandera......Union City......http://www.mibanderanj.com/

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            1. re: fourunder
              picklelicious Feb 15, 2011 12:15 PM

              Thanks fourunder, we'll take a look at these spots.

              1. re: picklelicious
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                fourunder Feb 15, 2011 12:54 PM

                I see you have some requests for across the river....specifically Italian, and not stuffy. I tend to lean towards rustic...so A Pizz or Peasant. If you would like to try something on the Jersey side, there are two old school places for red sauce......but also have daily specials of veal chops, steaks, pork tenderloins, fishes and sea foods....located in Jersey City.

                Laico's ....

                Rita & Joes.....http://www.rita-joes.com/

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/489903

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                Laico's
                67 Terhune Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

                1. re: fourunder
                  picklelicious Feb 15, 2011 01:16 PM

                  Thanks again, looking at prev recs websites now.

                  1. re: fourunder
                    picklelicious Feb 15, 2011 01:39 PM

                    A lot of people in your neck of the woods don't understand how special the red sauce in that area is, it's somewhat of a given. Live in NC, and most other places outside of metro NYC, and your lucky as heck to find a decent red sauce. When you ask about their red sauce down here, they generally don't even know what exactly you are referring too. Thanks, we'll check some of these locations out. The menu on La Fusta is quite incredible, are they able to master master most of those dishes?

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                      fourunder Feb 15, 2011 02:01 PM

                      I've traveled through most of the Continental United States, including all the major cities.....The NorthEastern corridor has the best Italian cooking. In this area, the titleholder for the king and arguably the best red sauce/gravy may be a place that has been in continuous operation for over 70 years....but they do not have a liquor license....so it's BYOB.

                      http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2006/08/30/nj-dining-dipalma-brothers/

                      With regards to LaFusta, I was only there once. There used to be a young Argentinean fellow who was the boyfriend of one of my employee's daughter. He used to hang out in my place with his GF during her mother's shifts. I used to feed the youngsters all the time......the young fellow insisted he had to take me out for dinner as a show of appreciation. La Fusta was the first place he took me too. He did the ordering, but basically I remember a lot of grill meats and sausages on plates, served with dipping sauces......the meat was excellent and nothing was too salty. He also took me to Brasila Grill in the Iroundbound Section of Newark for Rodizo on another day.......La Fusta was much better.

                      The Argentinean take their meat seriously.

                      http://www.brasiliagrill.com/

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                      La Fusta
                      1110 Tonnelle Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047

                      1. re: fourunder
                        picklelicious Feb 15, 2011 02:53 PM

                        I will definitely try DiPalma Bros out, BYOB makes it all the much better, just like another favorite Jersey Italian restaurant of mine thet you probably are familiar with...Chef Vola's in AC.

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                          fourunder Feb 16, 2011 07:10 AM

                          Chef Vola....Yes, I am familiar with the legend and sorry to say I have not had the pleasure to experience and enjoy ....based on what i have read about the place and their style of cooking, I suspect you would enjoy a similar experience at either Laico's or DiPalma Bros. Like Chef Vola's, Laico is on a side street in the middle of a residential area. Di Palma Bros is on the main drag.

                          1. re: fourunder
                            picklelicious Feb 16, 2011 07:58 AM

                            From what I've read there are a number of people that are generally dissatisfied with Vola's, and, also a number of people who love it, and I've always enjoyed the meals, service and overall experience there.

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