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Feb 15, 2011 11:49 AM

Dinner Rec for the Secaucus Area

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.

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  1. 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/

    8 Replies
    1. re: fourunder

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

      1. re: picklelicious

        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/


        67 Terhune Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

        1. re: fourunder

          Thanks again, looking at prev recs websites now.

          1. re: fourunder

            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?

            1. re: picklelicious

              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.


              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.


              La Fusta
              1110 Tonnelle Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047

              1. re: fourunder

                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.

                1. re: picklelicious

                  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

                    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.

      2. 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.

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

        1. 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.

          Dolce Novita Restaurant
          107 Moonachie Rd, Moonachie, NJ 07074

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


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

            6 Replies
            1. re: menton1

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

              1. re: tommy

                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

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

                  1. re: tommy

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