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Manhattan & NJ (Bergen County) Restaurant Reviews

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JAPANESE
........  Best: Akai (Englewood);  Fuki Sushi (River Edge)
  
ALLENDALE
 

Masa Sushi & Grill: Japanese; Allendale; 81 W Allendale Av; 23/17/$42; 201-934-6616; Great food served by a welcoming staff;  Large menu with lots of non-traditional items such as Lamb Chop appetizer;  King Crab app; Salmon or Tuna tartare; Amazing dumplings; Shrimp tempura to die for; Omakase available; BYO; The sushi is swimmingly fresh; Absolutely worth a visit.

 
ALPINE
  
KikuJapanese; Alpine; 5-9 Route 9W; 23/23/$42; 201-767-6322; Hibachi show- skilled chefs performing as they cook for you; Top notch slice and dice show; Pretty tasty sushi and sashimi as well; Great for dates or groups and special events; Gorgeous Alpine location. Exotic drinks. Fun time. Huge portions; Only restaurant in Alpine – maybe you’ll spot a local celeb. 201 Mag winner for best Japanese. I love the place.  
 
BLOOMFIELD
 
AkiJapanese; Bloomfield; 1273 Broad St; 22/17/$35; 973-338-5030; Tons of sushi, sashimi and rolls to pick from; Cooked entrees as well; Dinner box specials; Well presented and tranquil; More affordable sushi alternative without sacrificing freshness. Exotic rolls as well.  It’s BYO. Great website;  Offer brunch as well (all you can eat for $21); Cool, local neighborhood place- but not fancy. 
  
ENGLEWOOD
 

Akai LoungeJapanese; Englewood; 11 N Dean St; 26/21/$43; 201-541-0086; One of the best sushi restaurants in Bergen; Full non-Sushi Japanese/ Asian Fusion menu; Perfect date spot; Well made cocktails; Hipster cool; Creative rolls; Tuna Guac appetizer- yum. NYC Chelsea feel. Absolute must try. Only possible issue is portion size with some dishes. Try the Rock Shrimp and special rolls & lychee martini! 

 
DarumaJapanese; Englewood; 45 N Dean St; 22/18/$40; 201-567-9600; Look out Akai, Englewood has new competition in the ‘where to take your date for amazing sushi’ battle; Extremely fresh and creating special rolls; Option to sit Japanese-style; BYO keeps costs down; Service is friendly and attentive; Soft shell crab roll even available; Appetizers are solid as well and Tempura ice cream available. Chilean Sea Bass; Shrimp Dynamite; Incredible lunch specials.
 

Tani Sushi & Asian Grill: Japanese; Englewood; 44 E Palisade Av; 23/21/$35; 201-567-7888; More of a Pan-Asian scene; Extremely date-friendly; Ultra cool décor, spacious, Manhattan feel; Endless menu of sushi, sashimi and special rolls; Try the crispy duck or Pad Thai; BYO; Large portions; Really a winner in an area in need of a trendy place. 201 Mag Best Japanese runner up. REAL shrimp dumplings.

 
FORT LEE
 
Batten RamenJapanese; Fort Lee; 2024 Center Av @ Main St; 22/13/$29; 201-461-5465; Incredible curry and ramen dishes; Miso Ramen stands out; Batten Ramen (pork soup) great also; Traditional Japanese Ramen soup house with an assortment of other dishes. For the best Japanese Ramen- try Santouka in the Mitsuwa Market. They have a nice salmon teriyaki here too. BYO.  Cash only.
  

HiuraJapanese; Fort Lee; 400B Main St @ Anderson; 24/15/$44; 201-346-0110; Highest quality sushi and sashimi; BYO; Super friendly chef; More suited for omakase and sushi in general; Great Udon soup; Sit at a table and order sushi sampler for the best deal; Rolls served as well. Super fresh. Never worse than a good experience here. Chef brings traditional Japanese experience to his Fort Lee cliental. Very small place like Fuki Sushi.

 
GLEN ROCK
 
Tani Sushi & Asian Grill: Japanese; Glen Rock; 206 Rock Rd; 22/21/$35; 201-612-1188; More of a Pan-Asian scene; Extremely date-friendly; Ultra cool décor, spacious, Manhattan feel; Endless menu of sushi, sashimi and special rolls; Try the crispy duck or Pad Thai; BYO; Large portions; Really a winner in an area in need of a trendy place. 201 Mag Best Japanese runner up.
 
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS
  

Mount FujiJapanese; Hasbrouck Heights; 193 Route 17 S @ Teterboro Airport; 22/24/$45; 201-288-2800; Gorgeous setting; Interior feels like Japan and serving staff ultra friendly and in traditional attire; Known for Hibachi- with fun cooks performing at your table; Extended sushi menu as well. Great for groups. Option for private table (for non-hibachi); Great mixed drinks. Affordable overall. Can’t go wrong.

 
HILLSDALE
 

Matsu Sushi: Japanese; Hillsdale; 140 Broadway; 23/18/$35; 201-930-1896; Won 201 Magazine’s vote for Best Japanese of 2012, 2013;  Known more for terrific sushi; Try the crispy shrimp salad; BYO and near a Bottle King;  Lots of special rolls, appetizers – large menu;  Prepared/ cooked items worth it as well. Feature lunch specials under $10; Always fresh; Small local spot that gets it done.

 

HOBOKEN
 
RobongiJapanese; Hoboken; 520 Washington Av @ 6th; 23/16/$30; 201-222-8388; Robongi serves inventive Japanese cuisine ranging from sushi, sashimi and salads to dishes like carpaccios, ceviches, tartares, filet mignon, grilled spicy shrimp and specialty rolls; BYO; Fantastic prices; Cramp quarters – so go early, on a weekday or for lunch.  Very cool, hip spot, however.  Fun, cheesy décor. 
 
Sushi LoungeJapanese; Hoboken; 200 Hudson @ 2nd St; 21/19/$41; 201-386-1117; Cool décor, cool scene, great drink specials and cocktails; Top selection for a date spot; Creative sushi rolls- both ‘regular’ and special rolls; Tons of hot dishes served; Clubby feel; Stylish- with great food. DJ playing music on weekends; Specialty drinks are yummy; Happy hour weekdays 3-6:30pm; Sangria Sundays, Martini Tuesdays (drink specials); Ideal for couples to dine out before bar hopping. Awesome spot.
 
LITTLE FERRY
  

Minado: Japanese; Little Ferry; 1 Valley Rd @ Waterside; 21/16/$34; 973-734-4900; They offer a massive all you can eat Sushi, sashimi, and Japanese entrée buffet; Grill station; Lunch: $18 weekdays, $22 weekends and dinner is $31 / $33.  Mixed quality but it is a lot of fun. I suggest lunch. Seating is mainly booths and open tables; Loud, under-dressed crown. Giant assortment of food. Beer & wine served.

 
MAHWAH
 
Nagoya: Japanese; Mahwah; 1007 MacArthur Blvd; 24/20/$32; 201-818-9933; Top notch sushi and extremely welcoming staff; Stone waterfall, paper lanterns highlight the décor; BYO; Gigantic assortment of special rolls and other specials; Excellent service and elegant décor; One of the best Sushi/ Japanese restaurants in Bergen; If you anywhere near to them, give them a try.
 
MONTCLAIR
 
AozoraJapanese/ French; Montclair; 407 Bloomfield; 23/19/$43; 973-233-9400; Incredibly sleek and stylish; Like eating in an art gallery; Huge menu of Sushi, Japanese, Asian Fusion and French dishes; Creative presentations; NYC trendy & a perfect date spot; High end dining. Innovative menu. BYO helps with price. Very popular. Service can be spotty and food take long to come out.  
 
Sushi Koshi: Japanese; Montclair; 109 Watchung Av; 23/19/$35; 973-746-7272; Japanese and Korean cuisine featured; Closed Sunday;  Gigantic menu; Casual dining; BYO; Lots of special rolls; Teriyaki, Tempura, Sushi and Sashimi a la carte; Udon soups; Korean BBQ specials; Just has something for everyone; Very inexpensive for area; Reliable fare worth the trip. 
 
RIDGEWOOD
 
Sakura-BanaJapanese;  Ridgewood; 43 Franklin Av; 25/15/$37; 201-447-6525;  Outstanding sushi/ sashimi and special rolls; BYO; Fairly steep prices typical of Ridgewood; Large menu with tons of combinations to choose from; Also have hot entrees including delicious tempura. Décor is average and it can get fairly crowded. Go early or during the week. Food = Yum. Extensive traditional menu. Swimmingly fresh sushi.  
 
RIVER EDGE
  
Fuki SushiJapanese; River Edge; 828 Kinderkamack Rd; 25/13/$42; 201-225-0169; Small, family owned Sushi house; Small in size but the quality of sushi is outstanding; Extremely large selection of special rolls; Sushi swimmingly fresh and tempura top notch. It’s a BYO; Only 8 or so tables or you can sit at sushi bar; High quality sushi for sure. Try the Hamachi Dream special roll. 
 
RUTHERFORD
 
YamadaJapanese; Rutherford; 55 Park Av @ Spring; 23/14/$35; 201-460-8700; Extremely affordable special rolls- around $9-$11; Massive menu; Regular rolls and sushi a la carte is $5 or less; Extremely fresh- you may think it alive; It is BYO; Store front décor and small. Welcoming place. People are shocked at how good the sushi is; Unexpected joys; Diamond in the rough. Not fancy so best for casual night.  Great Ramen soup as well.
 
SADDLE BROOK
 

Matsuya Steak House: Japanese; Saddle Brook; 490 Market St; 21/18/$45; 201-843-5811; Known for hibachi steaks and fresh sushi;  Large menu with many options; Delicious teriyaki options; Unless you come specifically for the sushi, get a Hibachi steak combo grilled at your table which comes with appetizer, salad, and soup. Fun experience as chef’s are entertaining.  Full bar. 

 
TEANECK
 

Yakitori 39: Japanese; Teaneck; 252 DeGraw Ave; 22/19/$38; 201-692-0700; Yakitori, or grilled chicken on a skewer, done perfectly; Freshest chicken used; Beer & Wine served; Closed Monday; Besides chicken they have Lamb Chops, Pork Belly, Duck, a variety of vegetables and an endless selection of appetizers; You could order just 4 or 5 apps and share them and have a great meal.

 

WYCKOFF

 

Aoyama: Japanese/ Thai; Wyckoff;  319 Franklin Av; 22/17/$45; 201-847-9900; Half the menu is Japanese and half is Thai;  One of the biggest menus you’ll ever see; Known more for their quality sushi and special rolls; 100+ main courses on menu means anyone can be satisfied; Lunch and dinner served; It’s BYO as well. Great option when you have people with different tastes.