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Taking My Grandson out for his Sixteenth Birthday

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TinaPeene1765 Feb 1, 2014 01:51 PM

My grandson is turning 16, and I would love to take him to a really special restaurant in the Bergen County New Jersey area. He loves all kinds of food. Any suggestions?

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    yogi70 Feb 1, 2014 02:40 PM

    can you narrow down the cuisine options a little? or the area of Bergen you are looking, its a big county : )

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      TinaPeene1765 Feb 2, 2014 04:37 AM

      Italian, American,French, around the Ridgewood area.

    2. Monica Feb 1, 2014 02:58 PM

      I recently went to Axia in Tenafly and thought it was very good. Definitely one of the classier restaurants in bergen county.

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        TinaPeene1765 Feb 2, 2014 04:39 AM

        Thanks, I'll check it out.

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          ELA Feb 3, 2014 06:49 AM

          Nice place...was there recently as well...enjoyed it as always...

        2. Curlz Feb 1, 2014 03:23 PM

          First of all, you're an AWESOME grandparent. :-)

          Now, then...do you want fancy or cool? Ethnic? Budget?

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            TinaPeene1765 Feb 2, 2014 04:38 AM

            Somewhat fancy, Italian, French, American, no limit to budget. Want him to remember it always...

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              Monica Feb 2, 2014 08:11 AM

              You Are So sweet!!! I wish my mil was like you to her grandkids.

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            foodyum Feb 2, 2014 09:18 AM

            If you want a place with a trendier vibe but still very good food - I suggest Chakra
            If you want more special occasion with fine service and more classic cooking then drive over to Piermont NY and go to Xaviar's.
            You reminded me of when I dined at the famous l'auberge de l'ille in Alsace and the next table over was a grandmother/teen grandson duo enjoying few hours of amazing food and lively conversation - so French!

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              ELA Feb 3, 2014 06:55 AM

              Chakra has got that "unique" element to it...from the time you drive up and then walking in. I like what Thomas Ciszak is doing and I've been a fan of his from before. I still think he's transitioning the menu, finding a balance between what he likes to offer, what his clients want, etc. Regardless, he's good.

              The place has always been "upscale" and "special" as far ambiance, appearance, and so forth.

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                Curlz Feb 3, 2014 07:01 AM

                I have to be honest; I thought the place was interesting in terms of ambiance, but after a full dinner (apps, drinks, entrees and dessert), I said I'd come back for drinks and apps, but I just didn't think it was all that.

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                  ELA Feb 3, 2014 07:50 AM

                  When did you go? Since they brought in Ciszak, there have been some changes -- all for the positive in my opinion. Prior to him, they were a bit all over the place. I think they had musical chefs, no consistency, and trying to find a very positive niche.

                  Ciszak was brought in and while the changes have been slow and gradual, he's starting to do his thing. Personally, I think he had to learn his clientele and find a good balance of what he was wanting to do, and what they wanted. I think given more time -- he'll find what he's looking for and the place will find a place near the top of the list. At least that's what I think and hope for. We will see.

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                    Curlz Feb 3, 2014 08:04 AM

                    I'm going to say it was 4-6 months ago (it wasn't snowing--I can tell you that!). The whole vibe and the majority of the clientele just weren't my speed--very Real Housewives-looking women, servers trying WAY too hard... I was more impressed by the cocktails than the food, I guess--and that's a rarity for me. Might just not be my kind of place!

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                      ELA Feb 3, 2014 08:30 AM

                      Yes, Ciszak has been there for a while now, so that was under him.

                      I've always found the service to be very good -- attentive but not over-intrusive. It can be hit or miss. As far as the clientele -- drinks, lounge, etc. is one thing IMO. That can be hit or miss. However, the dining crowd was more "upscale" if that's an OK term. Not that the lounge/bar crowd was not, but it's a different dynamic for dinner.

                      I haven't seen a Real Housewives looking woman, but I can see that as different people have different likes, dislikes, etc. I can see not enjoying the clientele of a place, but I can also see looking at my experience. If the whole place is like that, sure, it's one thing. But to me, I am there to enjoy and experience -- and if they don't impact me, affect me, then I am happy. LOL.

                      Maybe you'll find reason/opportunity to give it another shot in the future. Thanks for the comments. I appreciate it.

            2. Curlz Feb 2, 2014 02:19 PM

              Is Village Green in ridgewood still good? That's where I first had sweetbreads...

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                ELA Feb 3, 2014 05:29 AM

                Last time I was there it was...is Kevin still there? I am sure someone here knows...

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                ELA Feb 3, 2014 05:27 AM

                "Special" places -- which offer a very nice experience, ambiance, and are coupled with good food -- The Saddle River Inn (Saddle River), Cafe Panache (Ramsey), St. Eve (Ho Ho Kus), Chakra (Paramus), Latour (Ridgewood), Stony Hill Inn (Hackensack), Capital Grille (Paramus), Morton's (Hackensack), and Chef's Table (Franklin Lakes, while it's still open) and Cafe Matisse (Rutherford)...and there's more. I would also look just over the border at LuNello (Cedar Grove).

                As far as food -- there are plenty of places in Bergen County that offer very good food, but aren't under the moniker of "really special" vis a vis ambiance, appearance, etc.

                Regardless -- I am sure you'll have a great time...all the best and enjoy the moment.

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                  TinaPeene1765 Feb 3, 2014 06:28 AM

                  Thanks so much for input. Hopefully this storm won't get in the way.

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                  TinaPeene1765 Feb 4, 2014 07:24 PM

                  Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. My grandson picked Arturo's in Midland Park. Great choice, delicious food. I had scallops over risotto, and he had gnocchi. I will keep all the suggestions, I have 6 more grandkids who will turn 16 over the next 10 years.

                   
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                    Monica Feb 4, 2014 08:10 PM

                    So so sweet!!!!

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                      ttoommyy Feb 5, 2014 05:43 AM

                      What a grandma! You are truly one special person, TinaPeene1765!

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                        bropaul Feb 5, 2014 07:25 AM

                        He's one lucky kid! (As are all your grandchildren)

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                          Curlz Feb 5, 2014 08:28 AM

                          Yeah--THAT. :-)

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                          yogi70 Feb 5, 2014 08:31 AM

                          I apologize for not getting back to you. We really enjoyed Arturo's over the summer and plan on returning soon. Enjoy the grandkids!

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                            SusieQQ Feb 5, 2014 03:18 PM

                            How nice!

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