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Looking for a quasi sexy night out for dinner Saturday night

dhkoenig Sep 25, 2013 06:16 AM

I don't feel like trekking into NYC but I want to have an interesting cocktail, some quasi-exotic or interesting food, but I have already done Chakra, Varka, Mantra etc..a thousand times. Anybody have any ideas of other places that have that vibe? I looked at Rare steakhouse in Little Falls, but it is a bit of a haul from Ridgewood. Any ideas? Has anyone been to any new places lately with a great bar scene and interesting atmosphere/food?

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    ELA Sep 25, 2013 07:34 AM

    Sexy? Quasi-exotic or interesting food? The first thing that pops into my mind is Flirt (in Allendale).

    I can't think of anything else that jumps out at me as "sexy" or "quasi-exotic" so to speak. Might be a reach, but what about the new place -- Sputino Wine Bar and Tapas (Clifton)? I could see calling it interesting, but not sexy or exotic, LOL. Just a new, different, interesting kind of place, getting very good reviews.

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      ELA Sep 25, 2013 07:38 AM

      By the way...might be a deal-breaker for you...Flirt is BYO...sorry.

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        jrvedivici Sep 25, 2013 07:56 AM

        How can a place be called "Flirt" and be a BYO? Who flirts sober?

      2. re: ELA
        Curlz Sep 25, 2013 01:30 PM

        Has the food at Spuntino improved? I've been pretty meh on most dishes I've had there (other than salumi/cheese plates) but must admit I haven't been there in a while.

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        coldbeer Sep 25, 2013 07:53 AM

        Give the Sear House in Closter a try

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          dhkoenig Sep 25, 2013 08:03 AM

          Whoa that place looks cool - I have never heard of it! Thanks! Flirt would be totally perfect if it had a bar. Oh well..meanwhile i would travel to other towns like Hoboken, Hackensack, Rutherford, Englewood etc...if the place had the wow factor. Thanks guys!

          1. re: dhkoenig
            ELA Sep 25, 2013 08:46 AM

            They used to have other locations...even one in South Beach. I think this is the only one now.

            A lot of people bring their own -- from wine to sake to other drinks, etc.

            1. re: dhkoenig
              ELA Sep 25, 2013 12:16 PM

              I just don't know if expanding your travel will find a lot of other places. Romantic? OK, maybe. But sexy? Exotic or interesting food? A tall order to fill.

              I was trying to think of a place that had a lounge or a lounge-like atmosphere, couches, ambiance, mood, etc. One of the South City Grill Group's remake/additional locations was kind of like this (it closed quickly), it was in Little Falls, or somewhere around there.

              I like the bar/lounge area at the Brick House, but it's not sexy. You can order off the bar menu -- which is good food, excellent burgers, very good wedge, etc. -- or the "dining room" menu, which is upscale, fine dining, etc. But it's not sexy. Not different food, but very good food.

              Any other ideas?

            2. re: coldbeer
              ELA Sep 25, 2013 12:29 PM

              Very good recommendation.

              Between the ambiance, bar/lounge, etc. -- very good idea.

              (Sear that is. Sorry, I occasionally mess up where I am posting, under, down, etc. LOL).

            3. Bosmer Sep 26, 2013 05:58 AM

              Pig and Prince
              1 Lackawanna Plaza,
              Montclair NJ



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                Snorkelvik Oct 5, 2013 03:10 PM

                how about Bacari Grill in Washington Twp. Great bar, nice apps / small plates and I always, always have great service there.

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