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Four days in Englewood

dochoch Oct 4, 2012 09:13 AM

We are staying in Englewood for four nights, and we're looking for cheap-moderate, but good places to lunches and dinners. Willing to travel to Ft. Lee, Teaneck, Hackensack, etc. I did Baumgart's a few years ago...not too impressed. What is "not to be missed"? We like deli, Chinese, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian... Thank you.

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    Bill O. Oct 7, 2012 06:50 PM

    I am very surprised no one mentioned Bennie's. Check out the menu on line. Less exoctic than it sounds, but everything is fresh and homemade. They use seasonings imported from the mid-east. Also a BYO (like many in the area). I agree w/ other posters' recs of Simply Viet Namese & Pho Lao Thai. Do not agree whatsoever about Blue Moon. It is always crowded however, but imagine if it had good food! I like Jerry's better than Bartolomeo. They have a lot of imported Italian goods that are (semi) hard to find. Expensive is a relative term but I don't find the prices outrageous. I do like Axia, but I find it to be a little pricey. French bakery-Balthazar on S. Dean St. Worth the cost & calories (as is St Michel). At the end of the day, you should consider going across the bridge for some of your dining out (check NYC boards).

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      ELA Oct 6, 2012 12:02 PM

      Also, for Italian, there's a few you should consider -- in Fort Lee, take a lok at In Napoli. In Edgewater, take a look at Vespa's or Roberto's II. Maybe you should take a look at Armando's in Fort Lee.

      If you are in the mood for hot dogs...Hiram's...'nuff said. It's in Fort Lee.

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        ebchower Oct 6, 2012 09:27 PM

        When I worked in Ft Lee in the 90s, we had a company dinner at Cafe Italiano. The fact that it's still there impresses me considering how many places have changed since then. There was a really good Italian place called (not sure of the spelling) Capriccio on 1&9 in North Bergen which was gone by 2005 or so.

        Another place in Ft Lee that I drove by dozens of times and seems to have managed to stay open is Big Red Tomato. Never got to try it. Anybody have experience with it?

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          ELA Oct 7, 2012 10:01 AM

          Yes, Cafe Italiano has been there a long time, as has the Big Red Tomato.

          BRT is a small little "store-front" type of place on Anderson Avenue. Kind of inconspicuous as it's not in a populated part of Anderson Ave. (across the street from Fairway Market). BRT has it's fans, some people really like it. I've never had a problem with it -- and wouldn't mind going if a group of people wanted to go. It's consistent and reliable, what I would call "good food" -- quality, flavor. I think it also depends on what you like and get. I used to order take out from there as well.

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          NYCPA Oct 7, 2012 06:57 AM

          Armando's in Fort Lee closed in August. In Napoli is, in my opinion, a bar, not a restaurant. The food is not worth walking up the street for, let alone traveling from Englewood. Roberto's II is probably the best food and best value out of the 3 remaining, but like Cafe Italiano the ambiance leaves much to be desired.

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            ELA Oct 7, 2012 09:54 AM

            I didn't know Armando's closed. I was away in August and didn't get to Fort Lee at all, and the last few times I was there I didn't get toward that end of Main St.

            It was a long time place in Fort Lee. Anything going into the space?

            In Napoli does have a large bar crowd, but I'll tell you, the restaurant is always crowded. I've eaten in the bar area and the restaurant. For my tastes, there are certain dishes I like. Is Chef Sam still there? My guess would be yes. He used to make pasta specials with fresh pasta, and had some other nice dishes as well.

            Of course not everyone is going to like it or any place for that matter. I was at Roberto's II about 6 months ago and liked it as I always have. Thanks.

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              fourunder Oct 7, 2012 09:59 AM


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                ELA Oct 7, 2012 11:25 AM

                Thanks. Now I remember someone saying something about and telling me about the "Pizza Chef" relocating to the 16th St. location. I didn't put two and two together. Now it makes sense. Thanks for the info.

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          ELA Oct 6, 2012 11:42 AM

          I've always felt that how cheap or expensive a place might be is a relative term. Englewood, for the most part, is kind of a high-end community, at least the downtown, shopping area.

          That said, I don't know if these places will fit into your price range, but I like Cafe Italiano. I don't go for the ambiance, but the food is good. In my opinion, it's more than a "regular" or "fair" red sauce Italian place. The chef does a very good job with various risotto dishes, and they used to have a risotto of the day/special.

          Bartolomeo's is a very good Italian deli. Jerry's has its fans but it is considered expensive by most people I talk to. I like Bartolomeo's better anyway.

          Go downtown to Blue Moon if you like Mexican.

          Can't help you personally on the other requests. Enjoy your trip.

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            fourunder Oct 6, 2012 07:19 AM

            Deli.....Foster Village kosher Delicatessen in Bergenfield

            Italian......DePalma Brothers in North Bergen




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              lemarais Oct 6, 2012 09:42 AM

              No need to trek to No Bergen to an Italian deli... In Englewood there is Jerry's, probably one of the best Italian delis in Bergen.. The deli is set into a "warehouse" concept, great food, great sandwiches, and in the same room are a great cheese section, fabulous exotic salumis from Italy, and lots of other Italian canned and packaged specialties rare to find in NJ.

              P.S. Last time I was at Foster Village deli it was dirty, dingy, and in desperate need of a makeover. Not an appealing place to get food. My opinion.

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                fourunder Oct 6, 2012 09:53 AM

                First, I wasn't recommending DePalma Brothers as a deli.....and Jerry's is not cheap or moderate as the OP requested, and by most people's perception.

                Second, you've just described most restaurants in the country....including Katz;s. I don't know when the last time you were at the Foster Village Delicatessen, but it's looked the same for 30 years.....PS, just like your favorite La Sicilia. and they have actual seating.....I don't think the OP wants to eat in their car.

                Third, Foster Village was voted the second best pastrami in the county, but since the first has since closed......I guess that makes FV arguably number 1, by default.

                For an Italian Deli there's Bartolemo, also right in Englewood .... they do have seats to enjoy what you purchase..... are similar in operation to Jerry's....and less expensive on the wallet.


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              dock Oct 5, 2012 01:49 PM

              i have to agree, there is no "can't miss" around here. i don't know where you are coming from but there is a good, not great, mexican in town. maravillas del tulcingo. terrific sopes. if you are coming from a place with good mexican, don't bother. if you are coming from new hampshire, it's pretty good. i would also recommend brooklyn pizza in hackensack. if you are not from around here, it will be great. i also like so kong dong in ft. lee. korean soft tofu. just soft tofu soup and bbq short ribs. not something you find everyday and very tasty. i also like yakitori 39 in teaneck. unusual and very tasty. and the sushi next door is excellent. you can order from either restaurant. noy your run of the mill places but i expect that is what you had in mind if you are on this site. also, don't be surprised if you are the only non mexican at maravillas, the only non korean at skd, and the only non japanese at yakitori 39.

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                foodaholic8 Oct 5, 2012 06:27 AM

                Pho Thai Lao kitchen in Maywood. Skip the appetizers (except the lao crepe, which is awesome) and enjoy the main dishes and the kanoo krok dessert. Also, Mantra (indian) on rt 4 in paramus does a yummy brunch on sundays. Samdan in cresskkill has pretty good turkish/medit. food.

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                  Bosmer Oct 5, 2012 06:34 AM

                  Seriously, I wouldn't put anything in the area under "not to be missed"

                  Mantra does lunch buffet 7 days a week. It is very good.

                  If you want some good pastry go to Patisserie St Michel, 1389 Queen Anne Rd
                  Teaneck, NJ 07666, (201) 837-8140

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                    lemarais Oct 7, 2012 10:36 AM

                    Actually, I just thought of a couple of excellent places in this area-- if they don't get a "not to be missed", they are certainly "way above average" and worth a visit.

                    Axia in Tenafly, for wonderful Greek dishes, particularly the whole fish preparations, and an extraordinary selection of Greek wines. Very authentic, and unlike most of the "greek" restaurants in the area.

                    Modern Italian-- Dimora in Norwood. Little tweaks to the standards. Very very popular, reservations in advance a must.

                    Exemplary steaks at SearHouse in Closter. Very expensive, though.

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                  NYCPA Oct 4, 2012 03:44 PM

                  Also in Tenafly - Mr. Wok for Chinese.
                  In Fort Lee on 9W - Cafe Italiano, but only if the weather is warm and you can sit outside on the front deck. The inside of the restaurant could use a makeover. For a reasonably priced lunch try The Bicycle Club, also on 9W.
                  In downtown Englewood - Grand Cru is ok for drinks and the "small plates".

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                  1. re: NYCPA
                    ELA Oct 7, 2012 11:28 AM

                    Can't go wrong with "The Bike" -- used to have excellent burgers. Not sure they are as good as they used to be under the new ownership/management/etc., but reliable. Also on Gran Cru. Seems to be a popular spot for drinks and the "small plates" as you called it.

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                    lemarais Oct 4, 2012 10:57 AM

                    Wonderfrul Vietnamese in Tenafly (next town) called "Simply Vietnamese". Don't miss the Pho and the Mussels in wasabi ginger sauce. Marinated Beef Salad great. Basa Fish. Yum yum!

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