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What's The Best Restaurant in North Jersey - Now?

CookingBabs Oct 10, 2012 07:26 AM

It seems like many of the better restaurants in Northern NJ have closed. So, where would you go for a romantic, special occasion dining experience? Any cuisine will do, great wine options and fantastic desserts appreciated! Looking to travel up to 40 minutes to 1 hour from Bergen County.

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    fourunder RE: CookingBabs Oct 10, 2012 07:59 AM

    I can't speak for the romantic aspect in the restaurant....but maybe you can stay overnight.

    Restaurant Latour @ Crystal Springs Resort.

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      JustJake RE: fourunder Oct 10, 2012 08:04 AM

      You could do far worse than opt to head south into Maplewood to Lorena's

      Reviews follow should you not know of this restaurant


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        fourunder RE: JustJake Oct 10, 2012 08:12 AM

        If we're considering BYOs.....then I would add Cafe Matisse in Rutherford.

        I agree Lorena's is excellent.

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          JustJake RE: fourunder Oct 10, 2012 08:26 AM

          I missed her comments about having a good wine selection. Throw in Water & Wine in Warren as well then.

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            jrvedivici RE: JustJake Oct 10, 2012 08:30 AM

            And a very fine suggestion by you as well JJ. Water & Wine as well as their sister location La Griglia are favorites of mine. La Griglia in Kennilworth being what I would consider the better of the two simple because Water & Wine is rather dated and could use a facelift if you ask me. They haven't done a thing to change the place since they owned it and prior when it was the Lakeside or Lakeview Manor or something of that sort. Regardless can't beat the food.

    2. jrvedivici RE: CookingBabs Oct 10, 2012 08:15 AM

      My money is on The Highlawn Pavilion....great food great location great view of NY skyline. Just be warned airplanes look lower than they are when approaching the restaurant at night. Yes I almost hit the deck one night thinking it was coming right through the dining room.


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        JustJake RE: jrvedivici Oct 10, 2012 08:25 AM

        Excellent choice as well venividivici. That's some room.

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          ELA RE: jrvedivici Oct 10, 2012 11:59 AM

          Agreed...and The Manor. Both would work.

        2. ttoommyy RE: CookingBabs Oct 10, 2012 08:35 AM

          "Romantic?" Check.
          "Special occasion dining experience?" Check
          "great wine options?" Check

          Amanda's in Hoboken fits the bill. Excellent food and wine cellar. Amazing owners/host & hostess Joyce & Eugene Flinn. Absolutely gorgeous converted brownstone building appointed in rich carpets and draperies; beautiful wallpapers; and comfortable, upholstered seating. We have been going for 18 years and are never, ever disappointed.

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            ebchower RE: ttoommyy Oct 10, 2012 11:08 AM

            Is the parking a check?

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              ttoommyy RE: ebchower Oct 10, 2012 11:10 AM

              They validate parking for up to three hours at a nearby parking garage, if that's what you are asking. There is also sporadic street parking available.

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                ebchower RE: ttoommyy Oct 10, 2012 11:15 AM

                Yes, the dreaded Hoboken street parking is what I was alluding to. Maybe it's not as bad as I remember.

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                  ttoommyy RE: ebchower Oct 10, 2012 12:22 PM

                  Oh, it's still pretty bad but you occasionally find a space and like I said, there is free validated parking for up to 3 hours in a nearby garage.

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            coldbeer RE: CookingBabs Oct 10, 2012 08:37 AM

            The Bernards Inn never disappoints for a special night.

            1. Bosmer RE: CookingBabs Oct 10, 2012 10:48 AM

              For fine dining I would bail on Bergen County.

              I would head north to either of Peter Kelly's restaurants...

              Xaviars at Piermont
              506 Piermont Avenue
              Piermont, NY 10968
              (845) 359-7007


              Restaurant X & Bully Boy Bar
              117 New York 303
              Congers, NY 10920
              (845) 268-6555

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                ttoommyy RE: Bosmer Oct 10, 2012 11:12 AM


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                  ELA RE: Bosmer Oct 10, 2012 12:00 PM

                  Agreed. I was thinking only N. Jersey, but you are right.

                  Peter Kelly does a great job.

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                  ELA RE: CookingBabs Oct 10, 2012 11:52 AM

                  I don't know about romantic, but best food -- Cafe Panache in Ramsey, and St. Eve in Ho Ho Kus would be two off the top of my head. Both BYO.

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                    CookingBabs RE: CookingBabs Oct 10, 2012 02:13 PM

                    Thanks so much everyone. Glad to hear good things about the Bernards Inn; never been, but have wanted to try it. Lorena's and La Grilglia are also on the short list.

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                      bifpocaroba RE: CookingBabs Oct 11, 2012 05:12 AM

                      Is Andres in Newton still around? It was always very good. Can't go wrong with The Highlawn, it's just a nice overall experience.

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                        CookingBabs RE: CookingBabs Oct 11, 2012 09:28 AM

                        Any opinions on Chef's Table in Franklin Lakes? Not particularly pretty or romantic, but food is supposed to be great. We were looking for a great wine list, I know it is BYOB, but are willing to bring our own if the place is that good!

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                          ELA RE: CookingBabs Oct 11, 2012 12:36 PM

                          In my opinion, it's very good. Haven't been there recently, but it was very good.

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                            Curlz RE: CookingBabs Oct 11, 2012 04:03 PM

                            If you're willing to BYO, I'd definitely recommend Restaurant Blu in Montclair

                          2. njmarshall55 RE: CookingBabs Oct 12, 2012 06:30 AM

                            I'd put more than my two cents worth for Berta's Chateau. Always a winner for me. Up by the Wanaque Resevoir.

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                              CookingBabs RE: njmarshall55 Oct 12, 2012 02:04 PM

                              Thanks. I always forget about Berta's - that would be a nice ride; will check out the current menu. Never been to Blu, but hear good things.

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