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Restaurants that do brunch near Ridgewood, NJ

ceej2008 Apr 12, 2011 08:58 AM

Hi Chowhounds,
Can anyone recommend a fine dining establishment in the Ridgewood, NJ area that is handicap accessible? Looking for a place to do brunch on Mother's Day. Mom doesn't like sushi though. :( Thanks for your help!

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  1. menton1 RE: ceej2008 Apr 12, 2011 10:39 AM

    Mediterraneo on Broad St. One of the best in Ridgewood. Unpretentious, creative dishes prepared with care. You won't be sorry if you go here.

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    Mediterraneo
    23 N Broad St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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      Picnicchef RE: menton1 Apr 12, 2011 10:55 AM

      Does Bistro 55 do brunch like South City did?

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        brandywiner RE: Picnicchef May 8, 2012 01:16 PM

        Yes they do. Haven't been there for brunch (yet), but I've been there at closing on Sat. night, when they're setting up the tables!

    2. tommy RE: ceej2008 Apr 12, 2011 11:37 AM

      I had a very good meal at the new restaurant called Pearl on South Broad.

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        Bosmer RE: tommy Apr 13, 2011 06:11 AM

        details?

        fyi...their Facebook page says they are open Sunday from 4:00 pm -9:00 pm.

        Their actual webpage is useless. http://www.pearlridgewood.com/

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          tommy RE: Bosmer Apr 13, 2011 06:15 AM

          I'd recommend that people call a restaurant for specific hours, especially on holidays.

          Had an excellent veal chop, mussels, and lobster ravioli. I won't pass any judgment based on just a single meal, but if those dishes were any indication, the kitchen is capable of good work.

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        melissa511 RE: ceej2008 Apr 12, 2011 11:41 AM

        Dim Sum Dynasty serves dim sum at brunch times, but if your mom doesn't like sushi, she may not like dim sum. Still, it's a nice place, with great atmosphere; last Christmas, we were renovating our kitchen and went there for Christmas dim sum ... tasty and very memorable.

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        Dim Sum Dynasty
        75 Franklin Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

        1. ceej2008 RE: ceej2008 Apr 12, 2011 12:16 PM

          Thanks, everyone! Am thinking more creative, trendy American, or Italian. Those seem to fit the bill for my 89 year old mom.

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            doxy216 RE: ceej2008 Apr 12, 2011 02:01 PM

            Lets get one thing straight, fine dining and ridgewood lately in the same sentence, not happening. We like Restaurant X in Congers for a nice Sunday brunch. Check out their website, we did Mothers' Day there one year. Great assortment, at least 12 courses maybe more, pass around, butler style to each table, so noone is slobbering over the buffet tables sans sneeze guards. Very elegant, affordanble and just plain relaxing. Not too far either. Enjoy.

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              tommy RE: doxy216 Apr 12, 2011 02:15 PM

              I think Village Green and Latour would be considered fine dining. I don't think ridgewood has lost any fine dining restaurants lately. But I agree that very few are destination restaurants. Although this Pearl might surprise everyone.

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              Village Green Restaurant
              36 Prospect St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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                menton1 RE: tommy Apr 12, 2011 03:06 PM

                Village Green closed on Sundays. Latour? Eh. One might try Chakra in Paramus, since the new chef/partner took over it's been getting all kinds of kudos.

                There's Picnic in Fair Lawn, but hopefully they do a better job with the restaurant than they do with their catering business...

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                Chakra
                W 144 Rte 4 E, Paramus, NJ 07652

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                  tommy RE: menton1 Apr 12, 2011 03:12 PM

                  Oh, closed on Sunday. That's horrible. Not a good choice for Sunday brunch, but fine dining I think.

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                ceej2008 RE: doxy216 Apr 12, 2011 05:12 PM

                Thanks doxy216. I'm from Minneapolis, so didn't realize that Ridgewood is not a destination for decent food. Mom actually lives in Hawthorne, I just didn't think there was anything in that town worth checking out. Will check out Restaurant X.

            2. ceej2008 RE: ceej2008 Apr 12, 2011 05:13 PM

              My sister (who lives in San Diego) found a restaurant called Bottagra. Anyone heard anything bad about this one? She made reservations already.

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              Bottagra
              80 Wagaraw Rd, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

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                hollybergen RE: ceej2008 May 8, 2012 11:11 AM

                There is still lots of great restaurants in Ridgewood. For creative american food, Natalies is excellent. I also love Pearl, but it is tiny and I would bet it is booked for mothers day by now.

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