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Oct 9, 2013 02:17 PM

Where are the Northern Jerseyans?

All the posts seem to be about Monmouth county restaurants. I read about Westchester and northern NJ boards combining. Did I miss that? Just seems like it's all about the Shore and nothing about Essex, Bergen, etc.

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  1. One factor may be that New York City is readily accessible to North Jersey.

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    1. re: ebchower

      Exactly. When we eat out, we eat out in Manhattan.

      1. re: Monica

        My parents live in Bergen. Next week is their 50th anniversary and they want to go to dinner in NY.

      2. re: ebchower

        very accessible, depending on where you are. I lived in Fort Lee for 20 plus years and really viewed it as living in the 6th boro of Manhattan. Going into NYC for me was nothing. It was even a thought. But there are people who live in "Northern" NJ and are an hour away from NYC. Some view that as nothing and others view that as a major excursion.

        It's a matter of convenience, and that of course is a relative term, but accessibility is a factor. I don't think it's because there aren't very good restaurants in Northern NJ. Only a very few people believe that, and I am sure they will let everyone know that...over and over again. LOL.

        1. re: ebchower

          But your in for $35-$40(tolls and parking) before you get to the resto. Besides the parking hassle.

          1. re: double0

            True, that can be a deterent for some people. If I want a nice night out in NYC, I don't think about parking, tolls, etc. -- but that's just me. It's the price of admission, LOL.

            I do like places that offer parking, valet, etc.

            On that note -- I am itching for the Old Homestead...and they have valet parking. LOL.

            1. re: ELA

              I was at The Old Homestead a couple of months back....two hours indoor parking around the corner cost $55.

              1. re: fourunder

                They do valet...don't they still do that?

                1. re: fourunder

                  Actually, I think they are only offering valet on the weekends or on busy nights. They do validate parking though if you park on your own in that lot on 15th St. (between 9th and 10th).

                  1. re: ELA

                    They very well may offer Valet or Validation....but I did not notice any signs of it near the entrance....only the tables on the sidewalk. I was also there on a Saturday evening and did not notice any signs or postings of validation offers. If they had, I'm sorry I missed them. It would have been ice to save the $55. I'll have to remember to look out for next time.

                    On a similar note, that's one reason why I love Peter park right across the street in the fenced lot and you hand a guy a sawbuck....your car is safe while you dine.

                2. re: ELA

                  In every respectful way possible I would just like to say, "That is an itch I would LOVE to scratch!"

                  FYI there is a Hotel one block away from the Old Homestead called the Gansevoort which has a roof top lounge/bar. The combination of these locations have been a destination of mine many dozens of times over the years.


                  Just a FYI, Ben and Jack's Steakhouse has taken it's place as my favorite NY City Steakhouse. It is on 5th Ave (other location under construction) and one block away is 230th 5th Ave, roof top bar and lounge. The Gansevoort has great water views however 230th 5th is just a few blocks away from the Empire State Building. Having a cocktail basking in the light of the Empire State Building looming over you is a pretty impressive experience. They are open year round, and starting this time of year they have many out door heaters and thick robes you can wear if you are chilly. (can you tell I like going there? LOL) .


                  I am literally here once or twice a month.

                  1. re: ELA

                    I miss working for my old company. Our CEO took us to Old Homestead once a year.

                    1. re: Monica

                      We went to Collichio and Company on Tenth Avenue for my wife's birthday last night and we enjoyed it. Very good food and the best service.

                      However, took 2 hours to drive in and parking was $25. Only 35 minutes to go home. Our reservation was for 7:30pm. Next time on a Friday or Saturday, we may go continental and get a 9pm res to avoid rush hour to some degree.

                      1. re: scarlet knight

                        Driving in NYC is assisted suicide. When either or both my husband and I ventured into the city, we took the train, then the subway. PATH is good too, if you can stand it.

                        1. re: scarlet knight

                          parking for $25 in the city is very good. my husband and I both work in the city so we often eat out early on friday nights then take the bus from Port authority. This way, we don't have to worry about the car and getting a bit drunk. =)
                          Even on weekends when we come into the city with 2 little kids(5 and 15 months), we often take bus and subway. The little ones love taking buses and subways.

                3. There are plenty of good places to eat in Northern New Jersey....however, we have a couple of posters who think they know better than everyone else and knock others recommendations.....they also like to disparage restaurants they clearly have never been to. I'm sure for many, it's just not worth posting.

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                  1. re: fourunder

                    I agree with this 1000%...making someone "wrong" for the sake of doing so, being right, etc. is very transparent. Personally, I think it brings down the "tone" of the entire room, and it carries from thread to thread. It hinders people from "wanting" to post.

                    As far as knocking restaurants that you haven't been too, well, I haven't picked up on that a lot (maybe someone said I heard, my friends said, etc.) because there are certain people whose posts I just don't bother reading at all. I call it the mental/manual ignore. However, someone knocking restaurants they haven't been to speaks volumes. Thanks.

                    1. re: ELA

                      I agree too. I can think of one particular poster who delights in engaging in stupid, pedantic arguments with innocent participants who are just sharing their opinion or experience.

                      It adds nothing to the conversation. It's infuriating.

                  2. I have asked myself the same question over and over. I live in Northern NJ, an hour away from NYC. I do not go into the city regularly to eat and really want to know what other Hounders think about places in Northern NJ.

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                    1. re: bropaul

                      I think "North" Jersey has plenty of excellent restaurants...different strokes for different folks. Are the "best" of NNJ going to stack up against the "best" of NYC? In most people's eyes, probably not, but that's OK. I have places on my "favorites" list where NJ wins, but that's just me.

                      I listed a bunch of places in my post below.

                      I don't think there is a shortage of restaurants in Northern NJ where I can go, enjoy an excellent meal, have a great time, a very good experience, etc. -- not at all!

                    2. I live in Manhattan and just moved my business to Teterboro. This board seems to be populated by folks discussing either south Jersey or chains. Bummer.

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                      1. re: MOREKASHA

                        I think it's a "shore" spike.

                      2. SK, you and I have both posted on here for quite some time, and I agree with you, but it's a very recent phenomenon-not sure if the shore is just bouncing back do there's more to discuss or if the folks in central NJ just have more new stuff to discuss, but I've noticed as well.
                        I live all of 10 miles outside of NYC but I'm not going in to the city to eat with any regularity, nor are my friends/family--it's expensive and far more time-consuming! It's not that we don't go, but we don't go often.

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                        1. re: Curlz

                          Yes, recent phenomenon to some extent. I also think Central/Southern NJ is a more vast geographic area.