Bergenfield/Bergen County trip
Back to visit family soon. Not looking for anything real fancy just decent. We in SD, so no Mexican or sushi, we've got the best of that. Heard good things about Simply Vietnamese in Tenafly so we will probably try that. Several years ago there was a good small place in Tenafly (name escapes me) that was reviewed in the NYT and we liked it. Last time I was there, it was closed because of a fire. Is it open again? Any suggestions are appreciated. We love all kinds of ethnic food.
For this ilk a bit closer is Meson Madrid in Pal Park. These are the prototypical "Spanish" type places in NJ that specialize in huge quantities and mediocre quality. 3 pound steaks, (yes, 3#!!) giant lobsters, and some Paella and other seafood dishes (from Spain) that really miss the quality mark. Many more in Ironbound area as well. Personally, I'd rather have a normal size portion of higher quality food.
But Americans love giant portions, these places have been around for decades and are still busy.
In Bergenfield vicinity:
I can recommend:
El Caney- a tiny cuban joint off main street right on the railroad tracks...Good beans & rice, excellent fried yucca
Amici's: At the corner of washington and clinton. Terrific pizza, really good pastas, and friendly (though at times inept) service.
Lula's latin cuisine: Dumont on Madison off Washington. Puerto Rican/cuban cuisine. Superb cuban sandwiches and excellent mofungo
I say skip the Spanish restaurants if you've ever eaten real Spanish food before. They're disappointing at best.