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charlottespani Dec 7, 2011 11:45 AM

New to posting - I'm looking for a restaurant in northern NJ (we're in the Paramus area) that has good paella, preferably paella verde. We ate at Don Quijote in Fairview a few years ago and enjoyed the paella there but looking for a different place. And if they have good sangria that would be a plus. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    ELA Dec 7, 2011 11:48 AM

    I am guessing you don't consider Newark as "northern NJ" -- correct?

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      charlottespani Dec 7, 2011 01:10 PM

      Newark is fine.

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      ELA Dec 7, 2011 11:57 AM

      Check out Meson Madrid on Bergen Boulevard in Palisades Park. Also check out Segovia in Moonachie. Another -- right in your backyard is El Cid. Also, Sabor in North Bergen. Good luck.

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        scarlet knight Dec 7, 2011 03:45 PM

        Tapas de Espana in North Bergen!

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          ELA Dec 7, 2011 07:14 PM

          Yes, another good one in North Bergen. Forgot about that one. Thanks.

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          zhelder Dec 7, 2011 03:57 PM

          Segovia in Moonachie makes a good one. You'll have dinner for four days from it too.

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            daver Dec 8, 2011 04:55 PM

            For a relatively inexpensive but nice Spanish restaurant in our area-try Granada in Hawthorne.They just reopened after renovation-nice people and good food

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              Applecheeks Dec 8, 2011 09:17 PM

              I live in the Ironbound section of Newark and the best Paella I've ever had was at El Cid in Paramus.

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                tommy Dec 10, 2011 08:56 AM

                I'm not sure I know what paella should taste like, but I didn't enjoy the huge bowl of dry rice and overcooked seafood at El Cid.

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                  Applecheeks Dec 11, 2011 08:06 PM

                  Maybe I was there on a good day.

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                scholar399 Dec 9, 2011 03:45 AM

                We too like La Grandada or Villa Verde for the food. THe atmosphere is meh but great and inexpensive paella. I'm not a huge fan of el cid. If you want to head to the iron bound, you can do Fornos but i don't think their prices necessarily reflect better food.

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                  NJfoodLover Dec 13, 2011 05:37 PM

                  I hate saying it because the place is always so busy as it is and I am forced to go to dinner on tuesday and wednesday nights but Segovia's is my favorite spanish restaurant in Bergen County.

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                    tommy Dec 13, 2011 06:08 PM

                    What do they do well?

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                      NJfoodLover Dec 13, 2011 07:42 PM

                      Everything I have had there has been good. Paella, Chilian Sea Bass, Chicken and Shrimp in garlic sauce, chorizo and even a simple arroz con pollo. The only thing I was not happy with was the octopus appetizer.

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