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Good Food Near East Hanover/Livingston?

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YllowMstrd Nov 25, 2013 03:52 PM

Hi Everyone!
Is there any good food in the above mentioned area? Doesn't seem like it!!! Everything that use to be alright (Godfather's on Rt. 10, Nana's Deli) isn't so great anymore (at least imho) We're looking for simple places for lunch/dinner. Open to all cuisines except fast food/chain restaurants and we have two pizza places, so probably don't need recommendations for that... Prices under $15 per entree (yes I know that can be tough).

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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    scarlet knight RE: YllowMstrd Nov 25, 2013 05:18 PM

    Il Ripasso is an Italian restaurant near Shop Rite that we find above average and friendly.

    Coco Bello is Italian, above average food, but quite loud.

    Our new fave is Summit Thai on Rt. 10 in East Hanover.

    Livingston is a culinary disappointment, speaking as a native son. Go to Montclair or NYC if you want a good meal.

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      YllowMstrd RE: scarlet knight Nov 26, 2013 03:48 PM

      Thank you - yes it is a total disappointment...sorry you feel the same.
      Will try the Thai and will take a look at Coco Bello's menu. I actually found Il Ripasso to be awful, but we went on a holiday which probably didn't help-

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        bropaul RE: scarlet knight Dec 11, 2013 05:55 PM

        Just ate in Summit Thai tonight and it was very good.

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          YllowMstrd RE: bropaul Jan 30, 2014 08:53 PM

          Finally got there. Really good - very surprised for a strip mall - for some reason wasn't expecting anything amazing. But delicious!

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            bropaul RE: YllowMstrd Jan 31, 2014 03:51 PM

            Whew! I am always glad when a place I recommend get a favorable review. Must get there again soon.

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        coldbeer RE: YllowMstrd Nov 26, 2013 05:02 AM

        Go to the Landmark...basic burgers and pizza and a place frozen in time. What year, I'm not sure.

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          YllowMstrd RE: coldbeer Nov 26, 2013 03:48 PM

          Lol yes, very basic but I had forgotten about them...

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          harrison RE: YllowMstrd Nov 26, 2013 08:55 AM

          Tomo Sushi reopened in East Hanover - right by movie theater on Rt. 10. I haven't been, but loved in previous location in Little Falls.

          Chef Jon in Whippany

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            Curlz RE: harrison Nov 26, 2013 10:19 AM

            Good suggestions but do they fit the budget?

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              YllowMstrd RE: Curlz Nov 26, 2013 03:49 PM

              That is a concern - the Thai and Landmark do- Tomo maybe just over the budget? Will take a look at the sites for the other places as well-

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              YllowMstrd RE: harrison Nov 26, 2013 03:49 PM

              Really? And it's good...hmm...hard to imagine but willing to try...

              Never heard of Chef Jon - will take a look

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                PuniceaRana RE: harrison Nov 26, 2013 07:54 PM

                1+ on the Chef Jon recommendation. You should note that this is not the place for your typical Americanized Chinese food. This place specializes in Shanghai cuisine, and it is best to stick with those items on the menu. Their Americanized classics are not that great, the Shanghai items are top notch though. Entrees range from $10.95 to 16.95, with a few specialty items running higher. IIRC the most expensive item on their menu was a $25.95 whole sea bass that easily feeds several.

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                scarlet knight RE: YllowMstrd Nov 26, 2013 08:35 PM

                We thought Il Ripasso was pretty good. There is another restaurant nearby called Il Vicolo, which we have not enjoyed. I confuse them, but Ripasso wins IMO. Give Ripasso another chance on a normal night and let me know what you think of Summit Thai.

                We like the food, atmosphere, staff and price point.

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                  YllowMstrd RE: scarlet knight Dec 3, 2013 07:27 PM

                  Yes I've tried both. Vicolo definitely worse. We'll try Ripasso again based on your rec...will let you know as far as Summit Thai - probably try this weekend- Thanks!

                2. Disneyfreak RE: YllowMstrd Dec 2, 2013 11:46 AM

                  Check out Sweet Basil's Cafe in Livingston. http://www.sweetbasilscafe.com/menu.htm

                  They also do an excellent brunch menu.

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                    YllowMstrd RE: YllowMstrd Dec 3, 2013 07:28 PM

                    Thanks everyone. In terms of Tomo - looks very authentic and simple which we would love - even if beyond price point which it obviously is. Is Tomo as good as all the reviews seem to say?

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                      scarlet knight RE: YllowMstrd Dec 5, 2013 03:28 PM

                      We loved Sweet Basil's when it was in West Orange, not so much for dinner since it relocated to Livingston. Have not tried brunch, but it seems busy.

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                        YllowMstrd RE: scarlet knight Dec 9, 2013 09:34 PM

                        Thanks - spoke with a number of friends and they shared they had poor experiences there...willing to try though.

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                          Disneyfreak RE: scarlet knight Dec 11, 2013 09:15 AM

                          I was there for a party recently and the buffet they put together was very nice. I've only been there for brunch otherwise -- and the brunches I went to were at the West Orange location.

                        2. PuniceaRana RE: YllowMstrd Jan 31, 2014 04:50 AM

                          If you're in the mood for a good Jewish Deli, there is always Eppes Essen in Livingston. Delicious pastrami and corned beef. I love their Matzoh Ball soup. When I go for lunch, I usually order the MB soup and split a sandwich with my companion, as they are quite large. Although it has been a while, the last time I ordered a sandwich with turkey, the turkey was "off the bone", not a processed, pressed, molded blob. Love the pickles and coleslaw they bring out to your table right after you are seated.

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                            YllowMstrd RE: PuniceaRana Jan 31, 2014 01:39 PM

                            Thanks! My family actually loves the place, but for some reason I'm not a huge fan. I don't really eat meat anymore, so that's probably part of it - lol. But I do remember their pastrami and corned beef being great-

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                              creamfinger RE: PuniceaRana Feb 1, 2014 11:17 PM

                              My family has been going to Eppes Essen for more than 20 years and I always wanted to love the place, but for some reason it just never seemed that good to me.

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                                DownNeckBetty RE: creamfinger Feb 7, 2014 07:24 PM

                                Eppes Essen is just ok. If I'm in the mood for deli, I go to Goodmans, on Springfield Ave. in Berkely heights.

                            2. Anonimo RE: YllowMstrd Feb 9, 2014 10:31 AM

                              Irving's Deli, if that's your sort of thing.

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