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Oct 4, 2012 09:13 AM

Four days in Englewood

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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  1. 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!

    1. 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

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: foodaholic8

          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

          1. re: Bosmer

            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.

        2. 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.

            1. re: fourunder

              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.

              1. re: lemarais

                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.