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

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SEAFOOD / STEAKHOUSES   
........  Best:  River Palm (Edgewater);  Park Steakhouse (Park Ridge); Oceanos (Fairlawn- Seafood)
 
ALLENDALE
 

Allendale Steakhouse: Steakhouse; Allendale; 95 W Allendale Av; 22/18/$55; 201-962-9797; Excellently flavored steaks; Closed Monday;  BYO – hugely rare for a steakhouse; Try the porterhouse for 2 or the lamb chops; Great chilled seafood platter appetizer; Jumbo lump crabmeat; Chef is a former Benjamin Steakhouse & Lugar allum; Surf & Turf for $41; Rib Eye; Swordfish; Great sides. 

 

BLOOMFIELD
 

Bloomfield Steak & Seafood House:  Seafood/Steak; Bloomfield; 409 Franklin St; 21/18/$38; 973-680-4500;  Occupies a 17th century home; Friendly staff aim to please; Outdoor patio in summer; Full bar with “heavy pours”; Closed Monday; Try: the angry shrimp, Crab Bisque, Sea Bass, Honey garlic wings, Clams, and the large assortment of steaks. Have a nice burger as well. 

 
CARLSTADT
 
Biggies: Seafood; Carlstadt; 430 Rt 17S @ Broad St; 19/17/$33; 201-933-4000; Truly a seafood-centric sports bar that is always popular due to drink specials and food specials and overall great pricing; It’s a fun place to go;  Don’t expect expert service if its busy; Known for amazing clams; Two Hoboken locations not listed on my site; Cheesecake Factory sized menu (and quality).  Nice raw bar. 
 

Steve’s Sizzling SteaksSteakhouse; Carlstadt; 620 Rt 17 @ Passaic Av; 23/15/$45; 201-438-9677; Thick,  juicy well seasoned steaks; Down home, relaxed setting; Perfect before a trip to the NJ sports complexes; French Onion soup outstanding; Steak Fries epic; Also, known for an excellent burger. Inexpensive for steak.  Fun website. As casual and welcoming as it gets. Mixed reviews on service. Full bar. Jumbo Crab Claws; Grilled Steak Tips over salad; Cowboy, Ribeye, Porterhouse, Filet, Sirloin.   

 

CLOSTER
 
Sear House: Steakhouse; Closter; 411 Piermont Rd; 24/25/$64; 201-768-2011; Finally a steakhouse with a gorgeous, sleek interior and romantic female-friendly vibe; Excellent bar scene and wonderful cocktails; Very attentive service; Amazing thick bacon by the slice; Menu highlights: Crab Cake; Mozz & Tomatoes; Onion Soup; Rib Eye; NY Sirloin; Porterhouse; Sushi grade Tuna; Lobster; Broiled Shrimp. Lobster Mashed and Mac N Cheese; Just high quality rivaling The Park.
 
EDGEWATER
  

Fleming's Prime SteakhouseSteakhouse; Edgewater; 90 The Promenade @ River Rd; 23/22/$61; 201-313-9463; Excellent restaurant; Check out the website loaded with specials and graphic detail on the food; Incredibly fresh seafood; Expert cocktails; Mouthwatering steaks- Rib Eye & Filet way to go; Beautiful views of NY. They stick to a formula with less of a typical old boy feel. Nice happy hour. Feature 100+ wines by the glass; Comfortable seating.  Dinner only. Prime Rib featured Sundays.

 
River Palm: Steakhouse; Edgewater; 1416 River Rd @ Palisade Terrace; 24/19/$63; 201-224-2013; One of the best known steakhouses in NJ; Sides are very inexpensive with many to choose from- as are the salads; Steaks are $27 - $40 on average; Also Lamb chops, Lobster, Shrimp, and chicken dishes. Expensive sushi- tons of rolls – in Edgewater location; Fish selections as well…. Truly a massive menu for a steakhouse. They do it right. Each location has a different personality.
 
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS

 

Cliffs Steakhouse: Steakhouse;  Englewood Cliffs; 18 Sylvan Av; 22/16/$48; 201-944-0233; From the owners of next door’s Café Italiano, this is a service-focused restaurant with a great menu featuring lots of daily specials; Seafood shellfish appetizer is incredible but very pricy; Steaks and seafood come out on a very hot plate keeping everything warm; Manager will banter with you & regulars are treated extremely well; Try porterhouse for two. Sizzling bacon; Fresh Mozz;  

 

FAIR LAWN

  

OceanosSeafood;  Fair Lawn; 2-27 Saddle River Rd; 24/22/$54; 201-796-0546; Just a wonderful, pleasant surprise; Affordable, and perfectly tasty Greek inspired seafood; Soft Shell Crabs in season are enormous; Homemade bread; Romantic courtyard in summer; Welcoming service; Try the Mediterranean spreads; Full Raw Bar; Huge selection of hot seafood entrees. Even a Rib Eye. Excellent, mature evening found here. 201 Mag Best seafood runner up.

  

River Palm: Steakhouse; Fair Lawn; 41-11 Rt 4 W @ Saddle River Rd; 24/19/$58; 201-703-3500; One of the best known steakhouses in NJ; Sides are very inexpensive with many to choose from- as are the salads; Steaks are $27 - $40 on average; Also Lamb chops, Lobster, Shrimp, and chicken dishes. Expensive sushi- tons of rolls – in Edgewater & Mahwah locations; Fish selections as well…. Truly a massive menu for a steakhouse. They do it right. Each location has a different personality. 201 Mag 3-time winner Best Steakhouse. 

 

FORT LEE

 

Prime and Beyond: Steakhouse; Fort Lee; 501 Main St; 25/12/$55; 201-461-0033;Very small, casual Korean-owned steakhouse; They use the highest quality meats; BYO- very no corking fee;  It is a small menu featuring Porterhouse, T-Bone, Filet Mignon & Ribeye;  Apps include Kimchi and other Korean dishes; Some salads, Bacon strips, Various Vegies. There is one daily pasta dish and no fish dishes. You come here for Meat! 

 

  

Morton’s SteakhouseSteakhouse; Hackensack; 274 Riverside Sq @ Hackensack Av; 23/23/$68; Large steakhouse chain located in Riverside Mall; Drinks are very reasonably priced for genre; Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes; Ahi Tuna Tower; Filet Mignon; Bone-In Rib Eye; Prime Rib and Porterhouse; Also- King Crab, Shrimp and Lobster dishes; Mac N Cheese as a side option. Very expensive but damn good! Also, the service is absolutely outstanding. Great for birthdays. 

 

Oceanaire: Seafood; Hackensack; 175 Riverside Mall; 22/22/$55; 201-343-8862; This high end mini chain attempts to be another Legal Sea Food but needs some work;  Slightly overpriced and average service; M-F Happy Hour $5-$7 appetizers & drinks 4-7pm; For dinner, great Raw bar;  King Crab, Twin Lobster Tails, bout 5 different cuts of steaks.  Mahi Mahi, Artic Char, Crispy Soft Shell Crabs, Seabass.

 

HAWTHORNE

 

Brigantine Seafood: Seafood; Hawthorne; 112 Lincoln Av; 24/15/$45; 973-949-5600; Seafood all bought daily from Fulton Seafood; Chef owned and operated; Open lunch & dinner; BYO;  Must try the seafood salad – loaded with Calamari; Fresh clams with Linguini; Perfect Arctic Char; Whole Branzino; Multiple shrimp dishes; Grilled Fish Tacos. 

 

HOBOKEN

 

Dino & Harry’s: Steakhouse; Hoboken;  163 14th St @ Bloomfield; 22/21/$58; 201-659-6202; This steakhouse is all the rage in Hoboken; Modern, hip look to it; Full bar; Known for steaks cooked just right; Set in a former saloon; Great nightly piano music and jazz; Salmon tartare; Raw bar; Halibut, salmon, shrimp risotto; Sirloin is $44; Filet Mignon, Rib Eye the same; Lamb chops;  Smoked Bacon;  Service iffy.  

 

LITTLE FALLS

 

Rare, The Steak HouseSteak; Little Falls; 440 Main St @ River Rd; 22/20/$58; 973-256-6699; Fairly new steakhouse that incredibly serves about 15-20 items that are NOT steak including many pasta dishes, lamb, chicken and others; Serves the usual steak selections; Usual sides – including Mac n Cheese; Great appetizers; More affordable than most in genre; $5.50 draft beer for God’s sake; Prime Rib, Porterhouse, Filet Mignon, Veal Rib Chop, Sirloin, Lobster.  Great website – check out.  Raw Bar. Happy Hour 4-7pm. 

 

LITTLE FERRY

 

Segovia Steak & Seafood: Steakhouse; Little Ferry; 217 Main St; 23/18/$40; 201-814-1100; Spanish chophouse with great prices for the genre; Try the rib eye and lobster tail combo; Seafood Paella is delicious; Massive pork chops; Full bar; Huge portions; Awesome bread; Get a pitcher of sangria;  Extremely reliable for steak and seafood overall and a fun atmosphere; Very popular. Tapas menu. Endless specials. They will prepare grilled calamari for you.  

 

MAHWAH

 

River Palm: Steakhouse; Mahwah; 209 Ramapo Valley Rd; 24/19/$63; 201-529-1111; One of the best known steakhouses in NJ; Sides are very inexpensive with many to choose from- as are the salads; Steaks are $27 - $40 on average; Also Lamb chops, Lobster, Shrimp, and chicken dishes. Expensive sushi- tons of rolls – in Edgewater location; Fish selections as well…. Truly a massive menu for a steakhouse. They do it right. Each location has a different personality.

 
MAYWOOD
 

Seafood Gourmet: Seafood; Maywood; 103 W Pleasant Av; 25/12/$45; 201-843-8558; Long time seafood market has added a dining room; Freshest seafood from local fishermen; Menu features all kinds of broiled or grilled or fried fish entrees; Raw Bar; Lobster; About 20 appetizers; King and Snow Crab legs; Some pasta dishes; Try the fish and chips.  Shack-like setting.  BYO;  Lunch or dinner. Take-out. 

 
MONTCLAIR
 
Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen: Seafood; Montclair; 183 Glenridge Av; 24/21/$49; 973-744-0068;  Large, wonderful seafood

menu; Open feel and kitchen;  BYO; Fun, welcoming setting that’s both rustic and chic;  Tons of grilled fish entrees as well as shellfish;  See website for menu and great photos; Worth the trip. Monkfish osso buco; Lobster & Shrimp; Nice raw bar menu; Awesome oysters; Best seafood in Essex county 2 years running.

 

Halcyon Seafood Brasserie: Seafood; Montclair; 114 Walnut St; 22/24/$48; 973-744-4450; Freshest fish; Excellent cocktails at bar or upstairs lounge;  Bar scene worth it alone;  Inviting marble décor; Closed Monday; Only downside - iffy service;  Date friendly; Seafood chowder; Tuna Tartare; Salmon 3 ways App; Moules Frites; Chatham Cod; Sauteed Lobster; Sea Bass; Coconut curried shrimp; Yellowfin Tuna. 

 
 

Bonefish Grill: Seafood; Paramus; 601 From Rd @ Ridgewood; 21/19/$35; 201-261-2355; Mini-chain seafood restaurant – basically an upscale Red Lobster; From Outback’s management; Opens 4pm daily; Website is great – listing food and drink daily specials; Well prepared grilled fish and seafood entrees; Excellent appetizers; Next to great shopping center; Full bar w/ creative drinks. Try bang bang shrimp;

 

Capital Grille: Steakhouse; Paramus; Garden State Plaza; 25/24/$65; 201-845-7040; NY pricing for steaks expertly prepared; Best side is the Lobster Mac n Cheese; Shellfish available; Delicious salads including Mozz & Tomatoe; Lamb Rib Chops, Sirloin, Porterhouse, Filet Mignon, Lobster, Sushi grade Seared Tuna and Lobster and crab stuffed shrimp. Great wine list; Perfect for power lunch.  All so good… 

 
Legal Sea FoodsSeafood; Paramus; 1 Garden St Plaza; 22/19/$42; 201-843-8483; For years a great experience; Lobster Roll, Chowder, Fried Clams, Blackened Raw Tuna, Crab Cakes, and Surf and Turf – all outstanding;  Try the Lobster bake; Best chain on the east coast. They are a polished product; If you ever make it to Boston – go to Park Square location. Great drinks from bar as well.

 

PARK RIDGE

  

Park Steakhouse: Steakhouse;  Park Ridge; 151 Kinderkamack Rd; 25/20/$59; 201-930-1300; The house specialty is the Sirloin; 80 seat dining room; Top shelf service and excellent cocktails- especially martinis; Perfectly cooked steaks and seafood; 200 bottles of wine; Raw Bar; Really innovative menu with fabulous appetizers to choose from; Excellent website and top of the line service. Female friendly menu as well including Ahi Tuna, Buffalo Mozz, Grilled Octopus, Raw Bar, Chilean Sea Bass. Suckling Pig.  201 Mag Best Steakhouse. 

 

PATERSON

 

Hamilton & Ward: Steak; Paterson; 101 Ward St; 24/22/$57; 973-345-8444; Large dry aged steaks; 400+ bottles of wine on their list; Beautiful décor and top notch service help balance out heavy tabs; Closed Monday; Mixed reviews when they are crowded;  Chilean Sea Bass; Ribeye Steak; Prime Rib;  Lots of menu options for non-steak lovers;  Fun, welcoming setting. 

 

ROCHELLE PARK

 

LongHorn Steakhouse: Steakhouse; Rochelle Park; 160 Rt 17 North; 20/18/$48; 201-587-0673;  This is a chain restaurant I used to frequent in high school and college so it is dear to my heart;  Remains quite reliable; Better than Outback; Try the Wild West shrimp; Ribeye; Salmon and Chicken options; Pretzel sticks with dipping sauces; T-Bone; Steak and Shrimp combos; Surf and Turf; Prime Rib; Blackened Shrimp; Ribs; and Lamb Chops. All for very cheap for the genre.

 

TEANECK

 

Regina’s: Steakhouse; Teaneck; 827 Teaneck Rd; 23/18/$54; 201-862-1996; Surprisingly high quality food and setting; Full bar; Lunch, dinner and parties welcome; Menu is far more than steaks; Choices include Lobster Roll, Mozz & Tomato; Great chopped salads;  Filet, Rib Eye, NY Strip, Pork Chops, Bronzino, Lobster, Seafood Black Fettuccine, Duck, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish and Ahi Tuna.  

  

 

WEEHAWKEN

 

Chart HouseSeafood; Weehawken; Pier D-T, Lincoln Harbor; 22/25/$53; 201-348-6628; Eye popping panorama view of Manhattan skyline; Excellent seafood delicacies; Masterful Champagne brunch buffet ($35). Seafood and Steak are ways to go; Good, spacious bar scene; Pricy- but worth it for the atmosphere. Ideal for a romantic date; Take a walk outside & gaze at Manhattan afterwards. National chain now. Lava cake dessert. Hummus Trio. Yellowfin Ahi Tuna; Mahi Mahi. Sea Bass.  

 

Ruth’s Chris SteakhouseSteakhouse; Weehawken; 1000 Harbor Blvd @ 19th St; 25/22/$64; 201-863-5100; Easily the

best chain steakhouse in the country; Sizzling butter-topped steaks are especially juicy; Huge sides and large variety; Great view of Manhattan; Large menu of steak and non-steak items; Spot on service; Not as stuffy as some competitors. Juiciest steaks I’ve had. Large variety and a nice bar menu.  Specialty drinks & cocktails. Lots of seafood items as well.  Ahi Tuna; Lobster;