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ptmph Apr 12, 2013 02:15 PM

Imagine our disappointment when our favorite steakhouse, Mignon in Rutherford, closed. We're looking for another steakhouse that offers Prime aged beef, a real traditional steakhouse. I've seen advertising for Rare in Little Falls, but I haven't heard anything about it. It's ironic that we first heard about Mignon six years ago here on Chowhound, we trust your recommenations.

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    ChowJon99x May 1, 2013 06:30 AM

    there was a place in very northern NJ, great great steakhouse. Chef used to be at Sparks in NYC. Forgot the name of the place, but maybe someone else on here will know. Really a first class steakhouse!

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    1. re: ChowJon99x
      ELA May 1, 2013 12:59 PM

      Very Northern...Northeast, Northwest, etc.? I don't remember a chef being from Spark's, but the guys from the Cliff Steakhouse (Englewood Cliffs, very northern NJ) came from Peter Luger. The chef/owner of the Assembly (also Englewood Cliffs) came from the original Assembly in NYC. Never heard anything of the like for the River Palm (Edgewater, also very northern NJ).

      The two "first class" steakhouses in "Northern" NJ in my opinion are the River Palm and the Assembly. Real, hard-core, first class steakhouses, steakhouse experience, etc.

      Is there anything else you can tell us about the place you're thinking of?

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      PuniceaRana Apr 26, 2013 08:28 PM

      You might enjoy Strip House, in Livingston. Great upscale place, with fantastic steaks. I'd go there more often if it weren't for a couple of things...the roasted bacon appetizer, which is heavenly, and the absolutely orgasmic potatoes cooked in duck fat, both of which I have to order whenever dining there, I just cannot resist. (My cholesterol levels can take the hit just so often) Their Chocolate cake is also a must have. I LOVE the place, but between the issues I mentioned, as well as budgetary concerns, I just cannot go there as often as I'd like. I sometimes wonder if having to go on a statin drug would not be so bad and worth it, just to be able to indulge....

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        lemarais Apr 25, 2013 03:31 PM

        El Cid? That's the Paramus version of those Newark Ironbound "Spanish" places. Or like Meson Madrid in Pal Park. The steak here, is 3 pounds. What kind of meat could that be for that quantity for that price?

        But Americans love huge portions of food.

        Outback? The McDonald's of steak places.

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        1. re: lemarais
          fourunder Apr 25, 2013 04:04 PM

          So, should they drive around Park Ridge looking for the Palm instead?

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          cantbeatgoodfood Apr 25, 2013 11:09 AM

          If you have not tried El Cid on paramus rd in paramus i suggest that you give them a try,my favorite place,i always go for the filet mignon or prime rib,huge portions,great service,meal w/1 drink 35-40.00 well worth it imo....also enjoy the outback steakhouse chain on rt 17 in rochelle park,they have an "outback special" running about 15.00 pp

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          1. re: cantbeatgoodfood
            ELA Apr 25, 2013 11:49 AM

            I've been to El Cid numerous times and I like it. Many people lambaste the restaurant as quantity not quality, but I disagree. I like the food I've gotten there, good flavor, taste, etc.

            That said, I don't consider them a steakhouse. If I want a steak, sure, for a change of pace I might go there, but I very rarely order a steak there. I have, friends have, we've shared, etc. But if I want a "steakhouse" -- I am not going to El Cid.

            Outback...well, I am not going to touch that one. LOL.

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              NJfoodLover Apr 29, 2013 08:47 AM

              I agree that El Cid has some good steaks. They are large but they seem to be quality meat and cooked well. I still wouldn't call it a steak house. It is a spanish restaurant.

              As for Outback, I have been there 3 or 4 time. Basically I was forced into a meal there with friends. I tried the steak once. Everytime after that I just order a salad.
              It is not a place to go if you are a true steak lover who is looking for a quality steak.

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                cantbeatgoodfood Apr 29, 2013 08:58 AM

                Yes You are Right it Truly is a Spanish Restaurant,I call it a Steakhouse due to the fact that is Why I go there,alot of people go there for the seafood as well,I'm Happy to stick to my steaks,Dont get to go there too often due to it's an expensive night out,but when i do,i'm a very Happy customer thats for sure.

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                  ELA Apr 29, 2013 12:32 PM

                  If you enjoy it...that's all that counts!!! Thanks.

                  I have been wanting to go there for a while now and just can't seem to find the time.

                  I remember I liked the fillet tips appetizer and the way it was prepared.

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                  ELA Apr 29, 2013 12:31 PM

                  I agree. Some people here just rant and rave that the portions are huge and that's why, or that's the only reason why it's popular, or even go further and say the food is "not good" so to speak. Like I said, I've been there -- and I like it. I don't consider it a steakhouse and I don't order steak there, but I've tried it. It's not the Assembly or the River Palm at all, not even close, but it's a good quality piece of meat. I've heard the argument -- it's so cheap, the meat has to be inferior. Right, thanks for sharing, LOL.

                  I just met a friend at Outback late last week -- appetizers, salad, etc...no steak for me, LOL. I've ordered steak there. It's OK, edible, etc. But I don't go there for steak or when I want to have an excellent steak, steakhouse experience, etc.

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                ELA Apr 15, 2013 12:07 PM

                I won't get into the dry vs. wet debate, or even prime, aged, and who does what and for how long. My feeling is if you like the steak, go and enjoy it.

                That said, I would strongly recommend the River Palm (Edgewater location -- you can try the other two, but try the original/Edgewater location); and the Assembly (Englewood Cliffs). I rate them the two best in Northern NJ. I've been to both -- innumerable times. I've also been to the Park Steakhouse many times well and while I wouldn't "not" go back I don't get that excited about going. I am not a fan of the Park Steakhouse. Yes, some people look to the experience, ambiance, etc., and some look straight to the food. In my opinion, and for my tastes -- and here I am looking right to the food, the steak -- I rate the RP and the Assembly "substantially" higher than the Park Steakhouse.

                The recommendation for Prime in Fort Lee is a good one. Non-traditional, so don't expect a hard-core steakhouse experience. LOL. I've heard some good things about Wayne Steakhouse. Interesting that it's BYO. I'll be there in a few weeks.

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                  lemarais Apr 12, 2013 03:03 PM

                  +1 for Palm Steakhouse in Park Ridge. Great aged beef, really traditional steakhouse.

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                    maryanne06 Apr 12, 2013 02:39 PM

                    Wayne SteakHouse is excellent. It's the perfect choice if you are looking for the Peter Lugar-type steak experience. It's also BYOB. http://www.yelp.com/biz/wayne-steak-h...

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                      ptmph Apr 12, 2013 03:37 PM

                      I've heard of Wayne Steakhouse and like it being BYOB, like Mignon, plus I live near there.

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                      MRG58 Apr 12, 2013 02:28 PM

                      River Palm in Edgewater, (NOT Fair Lawn)
                      Park Steakhouse in Park Ridge

                      Prime Steakhouse and Beyond, Fort Lee for a storefront BYOB in a converted butcher shop. No atmosphere but excellent, albeit expensive steaks.

                      For a traditional steakhouse experience, I would go with River Palm. Chopped salad, Porterhouse for two, french fries, crab cakes.

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                        yogi70 Apr 12, 2013 02:37 PM

                        agree with River Palm (have only been to Edgewater). I also really enjoyed Frankie & Johhnies in Hoboken a few years back. Thought it compared with the big boys in the city, but its now called Dino & Harrys, and I don't know if its still the same quality. I hope they aren't closing any of Mignon's sister restos (village gourmet, Tina Louise, etc).

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