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Manhattan & NJ (Bergen County) Restaurant Reviews

Ian Hunter's Guide to Manhattan and Bergen County, NJ's Best Restaurants, Bars, and Gourmet Markets

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GREEK / MEDITERRANEAN
 ........  Best: Varka (Ramsey);  Greek Village (Northvale)
 
BLOOMFIELD
 
Stamna Greek TavernaGreek; Bloomfield; 1045 Broad St; 25/18/$33; 973-338-5151; Extremely affordable Greek cuisine; Menu has large selection of Grilled Meat and Seafood dishes; Also serves about every known appetizer and Greek traditional favorites in a comfortable, if uneventful setting. BYO. Try the appetizer spread platter (dips); Rabbit stew, Lamb Kabobs, Moussaka; Grilled Calamari; Large portions;  Family run;  One of the best Greek menus I’ve seen – 2nd only to Varka. Fall off the bone lamb.  
 
EDGEWATER
 

Greek Taverna: Greek; Edgewater; 55 Promenade @ River Rd; 22/18/$35; 201-945-8998; The price is right; The selection is huge- particularly the appetizers; The food is excellent; Having a grilled whole fish may be way to go; It is BYO; Open kitchen adds an air of class to the otherwise laid back mini-chain. Lamb chops stand out as well. Has Grilled Calamari! Large portions.   

 

ELMWOOD PARK

 

Taverna Mykonos: Greek; Elmwood Park; 238 Broadway; 25/22/$39; 201-703-9200; Menu is a fusion of Greek and Mediterranean; Comfortable, pleasant setting; Full bar with a nice wine list; Try the Saganaki, Greek meatballs, Mediterranean Spreads, Chopped Salad, Lavraki (sea bass), Crabmeat over sole, Seafood platter, Mousaka, Lamb Shank or chops;  Sea bass; Huge menu overall;  Delicious! 

 

GLEN ROCK
 
Greek TavernaGreek; Glen Rock; 175 Rock Rd @ Main; 22/18/$35; 201-857-4528The price is right; The selection is huge- particularly the appetizers; The food is excellent; Having a grilled whole fish may be way to go; Full bar; Open kitchen adds an air of class to the otherwise laid back mini-chain. Lamb chops stand out as well. Has Grilled Calamari!  
 
MONTCLAIR
 
Greek Taverna: Greek; Montclair; 292 Bloomfield Av @ Gates; 22/18/$35; 973-746-2280; The price is right; The selection is huge- particularly the appetizers; The food is excellent; Having a grilled whole fish may be way to go; It is BYO; Open kitchen adds an air of class to the otherwise laid back mini-chain. Lamb chops stand out as well. Has Grilled Calamari! Large portions.   
 
NORTHVALE
 
Greek VillageGreek; Northvale; 211 Livingston St @ Paris; 26/13/$30; 201-750-8570; Local favorite; Small in size with about 10 tables; BYO; Hummus, spanakopita, chicken souvlaki, and gyros stand out; Very inexpensive and delicious; Fabulous for a neighborhood joint. Absolutely rave reviews from locals. Diamond in the rough- go early for a table.  Family owned; Grilled calamari;  Less crowded for lunch. Take out popular here.  

 

PARK RIDGE

 

Greek Corner Grill: Greek; Park Ridge; 99 Park Av; 24/17/$36; 201-476-1400; Fantastic family run business with super friendly service;  Menu includes Grilled Calamari; Stuffed Shrimp; Saganaki; Pan seared meatballs; Any 4 spreads; Gyros and Souvlakis; Rack of Lamb; Grilled Shrimp and the usual Greek classics; BYO;  Can’t go wrong here and you will feel at home.

 

RAMSEY
 
Greek City: Greek; Ramsey; 1300 Rt 17N; 23/16/$37; 201-760-2500; Open daily for lunch and diner; BYO; Amazing quality and tasty food; Assortment of Greek spreads includes 4 choices; Grilled calamari appetizer; Stuffed calamari; Spanakopita; Sauteed shrimp with Feta; Lots of salads; Moussaka; Braised Lamb; Lamb Chops; Grilled seafood combo; Whole fish. What a menu!!  
 

Varka Fish HouseGreek/ Seafood; Ramsey; 30 N Spruce St @ Main; 26/23/$59; 201-995-9333; Elegant, mature dining; Cottage house dining room feel; Hot bar scene; Outdoor patio in summer- known for TOP al fresco dining; 12-15 whole fishes to choose from- premium quality; Steaks selections; Seafood dishes; Expensive but worth it. Manhattan feel in Ramsey; Top of the line service and ambiance. Large menu for a gourmet place. Serve King Crab Legs. Grilled Calamari. Top Greek restaurant in Bergen Cty. 201 Mag winner for Best Greek, Seafood, & Mediterranean.  Raw bar with shellfish;  Lobster – done 6 ways.

 

RIDGEWOOD
  
Mediterraneo’s: Mediterranean; Ridgewood; 23 N Broad St; 22/18/$42; 201-447-0022; Reliable regional fare; Great outdoor seating in the spring and summer; Phyllo rolls, Falafel, Lamb dishes delish; Cuisine influenced by Greece and Turkey; BYO; Located in a ‘cute’ welcoming street in always nice Ridgewood. Offer 3 menus- daily tapas specials, 1 for fresh fish & 1 for featured entrees. Bronzino & Paellas stand out. 201 Mag Best Med. 
 
RIVER EDGE
 

Babylon: Mediterranean; River Edge; 606 Kinderkamack @ Monroe; 20/16/$31; 201-646-0005; Regional fare with a Turkish slant; BYO policy; Nothing fancy but great service; Food is always consistently good and reliable; Great menu featuring Lamb shank; Kebabs; Huge combo plates and various types of hummus. Pick 4 appetizers for $16.95. Café and deli attached to property. Calamari is fried- c’mon man!  

 
Taste of Greece: Greek; River Edge; 935 Kinderkamack Rd; 25/19/$38; Incredible reviews; Restaurant confirms grilled calamari; Known for grilled octopus, Greek classics, and grilled meat platters; Huge portions; Get the ‘any 3 dips’ appetizer; The Souvlaki and Kebob platters are delish; They of course feature Mousaka and Pastichio; Great bang for the buck. BYO; 
 
TEANECK
 
Vasili’s Taverna: Greek; Teaneck; 365 Queen Anne Rd; 24/15/$41; 201-287-1007; Family owned Greek tavern; Huge menu and it’s BYO; Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm; Grilled Calamari appetizer; About 10 charbroiled fish selections to pick from; Wonderful chef specials; They also have the classic Greek dishes you’d expect in this very casual find. Outdoor patio in summer. Will work with you on menu; Lamb souvlaki;  Try 5 different spreads for $14.  
 
TENAFLY
 
Axia TavernaGreek; Tenafly; 18 Piermont Rd; 24/23/$48; 201-569-5999; Upscale bi-level Greek house of goodness; Beautiful setting; Large, mouth-watering menu; As good as Greek gets; Live music on Tuesdays; Date or night out with the parents. They nail it- décor, food and service all tops. Reviews on Yelp and other sites off the charts. Try sautéed shrimp over risotto. Full bar. The fresh whole fish stand out.
 
WESTWOOD
 

Mezza: Mediterranean; Westwood; 20 Jefferson Av; 24/19/$42; 201-722-8822; Owners take great pride in cliental’s experience;  Wonderful reviews and almost a certain positive experience;  BYO; Open daily for lunch and dinner;  Apps include 8 types of Mezza – dips; Tuna Tartar; Sauteed Bronzino; Glazed Duck;  Rack of Lamb; Hummus Bowls; Roasted Shrimp; Seafood Couscous and Hanger Steak.