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.
First night Pimaan Thai in Emerson. Really decent with great service and crowded on aTuesday night. Duck drunken noodles were as good as they get and the chive pancakes (more Korean aren't they?) were very tasty..
Then.. Simply Vietnamese in Tenafly. I applaud it for the food but being from So Cal this was just ok Vietnamese for me. Knownthat the others in my party not familiar with this cuisine were wowed. Pho was very generous but way too mild and sweet and anisey. but..good. And OMG $12 for a bowl of pho!!,... Yet considering place and time, this was ok. Much needed in this area.
Next night I cooked at home but props out to Good Fish Market in Bfield on New BridgeRd. Very beautiful and fresh and reasonably priced. We did home cooked salmon with Asian accents via the Korean mkt in foster village and it was very tasty and we could chill w a dinner at home..
Last night was Tommy Foxs in Bfield because my dad loves their burgers.
Nice girl taking care of us, generous portions of good food....this was dads night but next time I will opt for something more adventurous. all in all not too shabby a food trip.
I grew up here and to see these cuisines reaching out and doing quite well...that's great! I'm particularly impressed with the markets that give you the ingredients to cook at home w various cuisines. But I'm spoiled so the dining options,though quite good, are pretty few for my tastes.