Sure, the NJ dining experience is not even close to dining in NYC, but there are some decent places. I do agree with doxy216 that Ridgewood is not great, but most places are BYOB & kid friendly. Kumo is a nice Japanese place in Ridgewood. Locale and Harvest in Closter are both decent. There's a new steak place opening up in Closter also,called Sear Grill(?). All you can eat sushi in River Vale, Kazuki, is good. Akai Lounge in Englewood is my first choice for sushi, though. Samdan is the best Turkish around, and they now deliver.
178 Piermont Rd, Cresskill, NJ 07626
11 N Dean St, Englewood, NJ 07631
Welcome to the culinary wasteland. Try venturing into Englewood, a few new spots, check the chowhound site for suggestions. Try Samdam in Cresskill, turkish, very good. Mr. Wok in Tenafly good Chinese eat in or take out. If you are used to Manhattan choices, there aren't too many in your area. Don't fall for the Ridgewood choices either, not that great.
wow, doxy!! while it's no manhattan, there are some decent eats around town, assuming you like ethnic eats (and have a car)
Tenafly: Simply Vietnamese- review just ran in the nytimes last week. Decent, though not the best vietnamese (and more expensive than most viet. places i'm used to)
Axia Taverna in Tenafly;
Nisi Estuario in Englewood: I'd say both are some of the best upscale greek you'll get anywhere (even compared to those in the city (e.g. molyvos). Both are pricey and both are not BYO, definitely worth it
El Caney: Bergenfield- Cuban take out...Very good, very cheap and very busy
Marios's Pollo: Hackensack- Columbian-Fantastic roasted chix, beans, chiccarone, ect
Amici's: Bergenfield- GREAT pizza and old school sunday sauce (BYO)
La Maravillas De Tulcingo : Englewood- Authentic (no, really) mexican. BYO
Tommy fox's: Bergenfield - makes a hell of a burger
Unidentified Flying Chicken- tenafly & Mad for Chicken-Bergenfield: Korean Fried Chicken
That's my list thus far- Welcome to BC!
18 Piermont Rd, Tenafly, NJ 07670
Unidentified Flying Chickens
35 Washington St, Tenafly, NJ 07670
48 W Church St, Bergenfield, NJ 07621