HOME > Chowhound > New Jersey >

Brunch in Bergen County near Ridgewood

JohnF Feb 28, 2013 01:50 PM

Anyone know of a place that serves a good Sunday brunch that could accommodate a small group of 10-12 people?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. l
    lemarais RE: JohnF Feb 28, 2013 07:03 PM

    Do you want a carving station-type brunch or a regular menu?

    1. Disneyfreak RE: JohnF Mar 1, 2013 07:19 AM

      Would dim sum work? There's Dim Sum Dynasty in Ridgewood.

      1. d
        dknyc1 RE: JohnF Mar 1, 2013 03:22 PM

        I strongly suggest Park West Tavern
        Great place and very reasonable brunch

        3 Replies
        1. re: dknyc1
          ELA RE: dknyc1 Apr 10, 2013 05:38 AM

          Haven't gotten to the PWT brunch yet, but would like to soon.

          In the Ridgewood area it is a bit limited. I know MB&G, AB&G had brunches, as did the Mason Jar. I think the Sheraton Crossroads used to have a brunch but I am not sure if it's still going.

          A bit of a further drive, but what about the Pearl River Hilton? Woodcliff Lake Hilton?

          Anything else in downtown Ridgewood? What about Paramus? Hmmmmm...there's gotta be more than this around...

          1. re: ELA
            yogi70 RE: ELA Apr 10, 2013 01:23 PM

            I would also love to know if there is something in the Hackensack / Paramus area (or even outside of that) that does a buffet / carving station type Sunday brunch besides Bistro 55 in Rochelle Park and Don Pommodoro in Hackensack.
            any advice .reviews appreciated.

            1. re: yogi70
              lemarais RE: yogi70 Apr 10, 2013 03:49 PM

              Cornerstone, in Hillsdale. However, if you can have a regular brunch without a carving station, '76 House in Tappan is about 100x better.

        2. g
          geronimomoe RE: JohnF Apr 7, 2013 07:04 AM

          I would not go to Dim Sum Dynasty for Dim Sum. A few years ago went for food, twice. Salty, overpriced, and limited selection.

          9 Replies
          1. re: geronimomoe
            lissa511 RE: geronimomoe Nov 2, 2013 04:41 PM

            Disagree! Unless it has changed in the two years since I've left Ridgewood ...

            1. re: lissa511
              geronimomoe RE: lissa511 Nov 5, 2013 05:46 PM

              Do you disagree on everything? Been eating dim sum ever since I was a little kid.. Had dim sum this past weekend at a place in Parsippany. A comparable dish at Dim Sum Dynasty was 66% more expensive. That's overpriced in my opinion. Both times I was there, it was salty. Sorry, those are my taste buds.

              As for limited selection for Dim Sum, I stand by my opinion. I'm comparing to the place in Parsippany and places in Queens/Brooklyn.

              1. re: geronimomoe
                Disneyfreak RE: geronimomoe Nov 6, 2013 10:29 AM

                Which place in Parsippany did you go to? Noodle Chu or Qin Dynasty?

                1. re: Disneyfreak
                  geronimomoe RE: Disneyfreak Nov 6, 2013 11:06 AM

                  Noodle Chu

                  1. re: geronimomoe
                    Disneyfreak RE: geronimomoe Nov 7, 2013 09:50 AM

                    Did you like Noodle Chu? I haven't been there in a while. The last few times I got dim sum I went to Qin Dynasty.

                    1. re: Disneyfreak
                      fourunder RE: Disneyfreak Nov 7, 2013 10:26 AM

                      Having been to both Noodle Chu and Qin....I choose Qin. The Dim Sum selection at NC is not as good from my prior visits and the DS is seasoned better at Qin. I'm not normally concerned with service, but the male waiters at NC are terrible....unless you like being ignored.

                      1. re: fourunder
                        geronimomoe RE: fourunder Nov 8, 2013 08:56 AM

                        Never been to Qin. If it's the restaurant that opened up 2-3 years ago, my parents have gone there and for whatever reason, prefer NC.

                        I don't think the service is bad at NC. Some of the waiters are friendlier than others, happens at most restaurants, if not all.

                        Case in point, I was at a River Palm Terrace, in Mahwah years ago. Two tables over, someone asked for butter. Waiter came over to ask us if we needed one of the butters (not the individually packed ones, the chunk of butter), we said no. He took the butter and gave it to the table that asked for butter.. Never went there again..

                        1. re: geronimomoe
                          saltylady RE: geronimomoe Nov 8, 2013 09:35 AM

                          i don"t understand this . Are you saying you were upset they offered the butter to the other table ? Are you saying the waiters confused the tables ? Is that why you never went again ? I have never been there and am trying to figure out if the butter is the reason you have not t been back, for other reasons that i should know if i decide to go there . Is it a bad restaurant for the money in your opinion because the waiters aren"t too helpful ? I am just not following the story properly . Sorry for my confusion .

                      2. re: Disneyfreak
                        geronimomoe RE: Disneyfreak Nov 8, 2013 08:51 AM

                        Excluding the bathrooms, yes.

                        I've never been to Qin Dynasty. I assume it's the restaurant the opened up about 2-3 years ago.

            2. l
              lemarais RE: JohnF Apr 7, 2013 07:48 AM

              Where did you wind up going?

              1. n
                NJfoodLover RE: JohnF Apr 9, 2013 01:13 PM

                Bruch buffets are limited in this area. There used to be a decent one at South City Grill. I don't know if the the new place Bistro 55 does a brunch buffet.

                9 Replies
                1. re: NJfoodLover
                  lemarais RE: NJfoodLover Apr 9, 2013 06:53 PM

                  Which Bistro 55? The one on 17 has been there 5-6 years...

                  1. re: lemarais
                    NJfoodLover RE: lemarais Apr 10, 2013 01:01 PM

                    Yes route 17. Not saying that Bistro 55 is new but that I don't know if they carried over the brunch when they changed the name.
                    When it was South City, the brunch was popular and pretty good.

                  2. re: NJfoodLover
                    NJfoodLover RE: NJfoodLover Apr 15, 2013 10:45 AM

                    Passed bye this weekend and they had a sign out that says try out Brunch on Sundays

                    1. re: NJfoodLover
                      yogi70 RE: NJfoodLover Apr 15, 2013 11:47 AM

                      has anyone tried Bistro 55 for brunch? we have been thinking about trying it, although the $35 (approx. after tip / tax) seems a little high for a brunch.

                      1. re: yogi70
                        ELA RE: yogi70 Apr 15, 2013 12:03 PM

                        $35 now? Interesting. Any reports on how it is?

                        I haven't been there since it was South City Grill (for brunch that is).

                        1. re: yogi70
                          NJfoodLover RE: yogi70 Apr 15, 2013 01:27 PM

                          $35 really? that is steep. It was high when it was South City but I didn't think it was that high.

                          I haven't tried it for brunch but I was there for dinner not too long ago it was pretty good.

                          1. re: NJfoodLover
                            yogi70 RE: NJfoodLover Apr 15, 2013 02:46 PM

                            no no, its $28, but that's not inclusive of tax and tip.

                          2. re: yogi70
                            ELA RE: yogi70 Apr 15, 2013 03:22 PM

                            So is Bistro 55 a "high end" brunch? While there might not be many places around the area, you can still get the "basic" brunch at the Mason Jar in Mahwah, or even more basic with the Mahwah Bar and Grill. MB&G is a "smaller" with a lot less variety, options, etc. Last time I went to MB&G I think the brunch was around $20 or so. Just the basics -- eggs, omelets made to order, sausage, bacon, potatoes, waffles, french toast, and I remember chocolate-filled french toast. I am not sure if the Allendale Bar and Grill does a Sunday brunch. The Mason Jar is a good size brunch -- a lot of variety, salads, pasta, etc. It's OK, good. Just your typical, good, Sunday buffet brunch. I don't remember the price as it's been quite some time since I've been there.

                            Not much else in the Ridgewood area, is there?

                            1. re: ELA
                              peanuttree RE: ELA Apr 15, 2013 04:29 PM

                              Born and raised Bergen County - I haven't heard of much. Not that I've ever looked, our family doesn't burnch except easter for the most part, but I wouldn't imgine there is much brunches going on weekly. Have you tried loking at hotels? There's the Hilton in Woodcliff Lake, that's where we go for Easter brunch often. Have you looked at COuntry Clubs? Once we went to Easter Brunch at the Country Club in Ramsey.

                              Other than that I guess I should mention the COuntry Pancake house and their absurd huge pancakes. $10 for 2 pancakes with whatever you want in them, and each one is like 14" across.

                      2. l
                        lemarais RE: JohnF Apr 10, 2013 07:33 AM

                        Looks like OP has maybe done this already. Perhaps they'll respond as to where they went.

                        Best Brunch, hands down, in my 'hood is Old 76 House in Tappan. Beautiful, historic environment, historic room (George Washington was really there!) and really really good food for all meals. VG brunch on Sundays.


                        1 Reply
                        1. re: lemarais
                          NJfoodLover RE: lemarais Apr 10, 2013 01:02 PM

                          The Old 76 house is really good. I haven't been in a few months. I think it is time to revisit.

                        2. p
                          peanuttree RE: JohnF Apr 15, 2013 12:08 PM

                          DIM SUM!!! (at Dim Sum dynasty in Ridgewood) NOM NOM NOM NOM!!!

                          1. n
                            NJfoodLover RE: JohnF Apr 16, 2013 05:38 AM

                            The brunch at the Bethwood in Totowa is $35 and that spread is huge. I am curious about the Bistro 55 brunch now. I might shoot them an email and see if they can tell me what is included.

                            never mind I just checked the website and they list it

                            Show Hidden Posts