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  • keena Oct 16, 2012 03:35 PM
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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.
Thanks!!

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  1. I think it was the Green Door and they never reopened. Has been a few places since then.
    Not much in this area a bit of a wasteland. For good Cuban try Casual Habana in HAckensack always a good filling meal. Good Indian, Brick Lane Curry in Ridgewood. Good Luck

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    1. re: doxy216

      As a side note about Green Door, they went to the city and opened a Flatiron-area restaurant called Greensquare Tavern

      1. re: boozyburbs

        Wow, Green Door, ancient history. That location in Tenafly has had 2 new incarnations since. Now it's a Turkish place. Better off at the Vietnamese place behind it, great stuff.

    2. Axia in Tenafly. Excellent. Worth a journey.

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      1. re: lemarais

        second this - Axia is terrific.

        also try:
        - Dimora in Norwood for Italian
        - Bennies in Englewood for Mediterranean/Lebanese
        - Samdan in Cresskill for Middle Eastern/Turkish

        also, Hamsa in downtown Tenafly gets great reviews for their food, not so much for service.

      2. Great Place to eat,not fancy,ALOT of food,Great service ... El Cid Steakhouse On paramus rd paramus,Huge portions of steaks,lobsters whatever,Weekend is really busy,usually wait,but Worth it.Meals run about 30-40 pp

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        1. re: cantbeatgoodfood

          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.

          1. re: lemarais

            The only supposedly true Spanish restaurant I've enjoyed living in Bergen County, was Segovia's in Moonachie. Very decent place.

        2. 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.

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          1. re: sixelagogo

            If it wasn't so fattening I'd be at Lula's weekly. Love that place and they are so nice.

          2. A bit off topic, I know, but growing up in Bergen County and going to BCC, used to hang out in a place called McGloin's (sp?) or aka the Horsehoe Tavern (?). Anyone familiar with Bergenfield remember this place?

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            1. re: njmarshall55

              I've purchased a few kegs in my days from there.......A Burger King now resides at the address.

              1. re: fourunder

                Went to school with on the bartenders...way back in the mid 70's...Tony...(yea, not too common a name). I really liked that place.

                1. re: njmarshall55

                  Being in the restaurant community...I patronized Libonati's and the Wagon Wheel mostly.....as they were friends of the family.

                  Also frequented The Frontier Room, the Oval Bar and the Wise Moon....Lobster Night at the Corner Inn(?)

            2. would love to know if you ever made that trip, and if so, where they ate and how it was...

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              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                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.