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50th Birthday Bergen County HELP!!!

MKLDBoston Mar 17, 2012 05:29 PM

Looking for a place that will satisfy some foodies, but also a larger group. Was look at Cafe Panache, Picnic, El Cid. Not anything over the top, but something that will satisfy the palate and wallet

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    MKLDBoston Mar 17, 2012 05:52 PM

    Heard also Park Steakhouse might also be an option

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    1. re: MKLDBoston
      MRG58 Mar 18, 2012 05:40 AM

      It would be helpful to indicate the size of your group.

      I'm not certain El Cid will satisfy your foodies. The others are sound choices.You might also look into Cafe Matisse , a lovely BYOB with a beautiful seasonal garden (depending on group size) in Rutherford or Chakra on Route 4 in Paramus. As to satisfying your wallet, none of these options are inexpensive, but Picnic or Matisse being BYOB may be less costly.

      Cafe Matisse
      167 Park Avenue
      Rutherford, New Jersey

      144 Route 4
      Paramus, New Jersey

      1. re: MRG58
        MKLDBoston Mar 18, 2012 05:59 AM

        Thanks for the suggestions. It's a party of about 20, not all are foodies and tend to eat HUGE amounts. They are of the quantity not quality mindset. I realize that none of these are inexpemsive, I just can't justify spending more than this league. The BYOB option may be the answer, thanks so much!!
        I did read on El Cid, was there about 15 years ago. It sounds terrible!

        1. re: MKLDBoston
          MRG58 Mar 18, 2012 06:42 AM

          Bergen County restaurants will not generally provide high quality, large portioned, low priced options. For larger eaters, you might try these BYOB Italian restaurants:

          I Gemelli
          268 Huyler Street
          South Hackensack, New Jersey

          26 E Prospect Street
          Waldwick, New Jersey

          Mezzaluna Bistro
          97 West Allendale Avenue
          Allendale, New Jersey

    2. tommy Mar 18, 2012 05:45 AM

      El Cid is expensive and completely unexceptional. I'd avoid it if you're looking for something good and not expensive.

      1. RUK Mar 18, 2012 07:06 AM

        We celebrated my husbands 70th birthday yesterday at the Riverside Manor at the border of Fair Lawn and Paterson ( GPS - 1 Morlot Ave, Fair Lawn)
        It is a beautiful place, service was excellent, decent food, we had a nice large room to ourselves. ( Important if young children are part of your large group) The price was right too. I would recommend them.

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          scholar399 Mar 18, 2012 12:36 PM

          Picnic, Cafe Panache would be great. Also consider St Eves in Ho Hokus. If you are more concerned about hosting the room and not as much the food- give thought to doing Maggianos?

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          1. re: scholar399
            njmarshall55 Mar 21, 2012 02:13 PM

            Although I haven't been to the Hackensack Maggianos, I was VERY surprised to find it to be a chain. The Boston one was excellent...VERY good food, lots of it, and they were very accommodating since there were only two of us. I can only hope the Hackensack location is even half as good.

            1. re: njmarshall55
              huiray Mar 22, 2012 11:10 AM

              "I was VERY surprised to find it to be a chain."
              Really? Interesting. Maggiano's started in Chicago (AFAIK) (the one on Clark) and went nationwide quite a while ago. Food is decent but not the best or is it authentic Italian, of course - but does deliver OK Italian-American most of the time. Still, the last time I had a meal in the Indy location of the chain it was wholly forgettable (even borderline objectionable) and was definitely NOT cheap for what I got. Their tables are also too high, or the chairs too low.

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                njmarshall55 Apr 12, 2012 11:58 AM

                First went to one in Boston. Felt like a true family run I/A place with very decent food. Then, riding through Hackensack, NJ saw the one in the strip mall off Rt. 4. Never occurred to me that it would be a chain. One of the better ones, tho, IMHO.

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