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birthday dinner for 19 year old and 5 friends in bergen county

cherrus Jul 6, 2012 05:17 PM

My daughter has invited her friends from college to celebrate her birthday. Since they are coming from Maryland and Pa, I did not want to make them drive that far for dinner.

Any recommendations for an interesting place to go to dinner in Bergen or maybe Passaic County?



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    ebchower Jul 6, 2012 09:34 PM

    Which area of Bergen County would be convenient for them?

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    1. re: ebchower
      cherrus Jul 7, 2012 07:34 AM

      Doesn't matter that much. We are in Franklin Lakes. She wants to go to Cheesecake Factory, but they don't accept reservations and I don't want the stress of waiting for a table for 6-8 people. She just likes that it offers a variety of food because her friends all have different tastes. I was hoping to find something with a bit more ambience, or unique - not a chain - doesn't necessessarily have to be fancy, just something a bit different, if that makes sense.

      1. re: cherrus
        fourunder Jul 7, 2012 08:15 AM

        It's your daughter's choice, or desire to go The Cheesecake Factory....quite possibly, she even suggested this to her friends before they made the decision to drive from their homes to yours....Given that these are kids, who cannot partake in adult beverages, it makes perfect sense for them to go to a chain restaurant who probably has an extensive non-alcoholic drink program.

        Go to The Cheesecake Factory, Grand Luxe Cafe or Rosa Mexicano....it's her Birthday Choice, not yours.

        1. re: fourunder
          cherrus Jul 7, 2012 10:25 AM

          Yes, I know it is her choice. I guess I wasn't clear - she is also worried that two of them are driving 3 1/2 hours to get here and she doesn't want to have to wait to get seated, knowing that with a larger group, sometimes the wait can be an hour. the girls are staying over night and would like to go out to dinner and then a movie, so she is concerned with timing. She did not mention where they would be going for dinner, because she hasn't decided yet.

          1. re: cherrus
            ebchower Jul 8, 2012 05:05 AM

            Will it be on a Saturday night? That's the only time I would worry about having to wait. Garden State Plaza (and surrounding area) has a good choice of restaurants and a modern movie theater. Also easy access from the highways for out of towners. I believe they have a Grand Lux Cafe, a spin off of Cheesecake factory.

            1. re: ebchower
              fourunder Jul 8, 2012 08:14 AM

              I agree on the wait time......and it's really a matter of perspective. If you make a reservation for a certain time, you still must wait until that time comes. If you go to a restaurant that does not take reservations, you just go in advance, place your name and wait until your table is called.

              Assuming the wait is an hour, given the girls age, I would argue that the CF or GLC would be perfect places to go to......after sitting in a car for 4 hours, they could place their name down for a table and go shopping or window shopping to kill time, stretch their legs and catch up until their table is called.

              A very good note about the AMC theater being next to Grand Luxe. The time saved by not having to get into a car to drive to a destination for the movie should also negate some of the wait time for the reservation.

              1. re: ebchower
                cherrus Jul 8, 2012 09:03 AM

                yes, it will be on a Saturday night - two weeks from yesterday. She was thinking about going to the Drive-In in Warkwick, since none of them have been to a Drive In. I probably should just look at restaurants around there....but we have to wait to see what movies will be playing and that will influence whether or not they go to the Drive-In - there are a bunch of variables involved - it needs to be a rther loose plan

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