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Apr 16, 2013 12:12 PM

Dinner Saturday - Need your fav. Bergen BYO ideas please

going out with friends on Saturday, need some new ideas on Bergen county byos that you have enjoyed recently, give me a few if you can. - no Italian or Indian please. will let you know after where we went and how it was. any price range (but not crazy pricey please). We are in the Paramus area so pretty much any location in Bergen.
thanks so much in advance -

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  1. Café Panache (Ramsey) is almost a "classic" place. Top-rated and top-notch for a long time now. A "new" one -- only because the place is still relatively new -- is St. Eve (Ho-Ho-Kus). They might be considered "more expensive" or toward the higher end of the price-range, and that's a relative term, however in my opinion they are both well worth it. Both have excellent food and service, and an excellent experience. All the best and enjoy,

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    1. re: ELA

      Thanks NJFoodLover and ELA. I am a big fan of both taste of Greece, and Seafood Gourmet, but was thinking maybe a slightly nicer atmosphere for dinner, whereas Café Panache seems almost too "buttoned up" for this outing. St Eve is an idea, as I haven't been there but have heard nice things, and as far as riodizio goes, I heard there was a new opening of one in Hackensack on main st that might be worth a try. thanks again and please keep the ideas coming!

    2. A Taste of Greece in River Edge is great. It is pretty small (they have seating for only about 20 or 25 people. I think you can call and ask them to save a table but I am not sure.

      The Seafood Gourmet in Maywood is very good too.
      I haven't been in a while but The Stable in Ridgewood which is a Brazilian Steakhouse. You can order off the menu or do the Rodizio (all you can eat meat).

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      1. re: NJfoodLover

        NJFL - here is the website of the new Hackensack riodizio I have heard good things about (mentioned below). Closer than Ridgewood, without the nightmare parking.

        1. re: yogi70

          Thanks, that looks pretty nice. We may have to check it out soon.

          1. re: NJfoodLover

            Went for dinner last night. Good service, small room, easy parking right in front. The food was good not great. The usual choices for Rodizio. The salad was excellent, my kids wolfed the fries and we liked the rice and beans. There were very good wine glasses for a place like this and people were bringing nice bottles. $205 all in for six of us. The deal at lunch is $15 for all you can eat Rodizio.

        2. re: NJfoodLover

          I believe that The Stable has closed...

          1. re: mom22tots

            Not a surprise, it was always near-empty...

            1. re: lemarais

              I stand corrected...I think it is still open. I had heard otherwise.

              1. re: mom22tots

                I was going to say if it closed that it was very recent because I passed bye very recently and it was open.

        3. What about Cafe Matisse in Rutherford
          or Latour in Ridgewood

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          1. re: NJfoodLover

            thanks again for the recs. Please don't take this the wrong way, but these also seem to sort of fall into the below Café Panache category of "fancy schmancy", no? They look lovely, but for me they would be more of a take the wife out for a special occasion type place, rather than have a few bottles of wine / kick back and enjoy food/friends type place?
            If I am mistaken, I apologize as I have never been to any of the 3...

            1. re: yogi70

              Yeah I guess they do fall in that same catagory. A lot of our go to BYO places are Italian or a little outside Bergen County.

          2. i went to village green in ridgewood last month. food was very good, not inventive or creative but good. i prefer food that is a little more unique so i won't be back for a while. but it is a great place for a dinner with friends. not too loud, good spacing of tables, good service and good food. a bit upscale but not crazy. i had the 5 course prie fixe and dinner took 2 1/2 hours. most patrons just ordered off the menu.

            1. Mediterraneo in Ridgewood. Not "fancy schmantzy" at all. Something like a bistro atmosphere. Very casual, but food is GREAT. The chef and owner really care. A (not so) hidden gem in Ridgewood.

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              1. re: lemarais

                Agree about Mediterraneo- solid, super tasty food & not too fancy atmosphere...reservations might be a problem this late in the game, though.

                Theres the new Local (???) restaurant up in Ramsey that might fit the bill. Have not tried but the chef is well known, though this might be more pricey than you want..