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HACKENSACK
  
Bangkok GardenThai; Hackensack; 261 Main St; 23/15/$28; 201-487-2620; Nothing fancy but the food is what you come here for; Endlessly long menu of everything Thai- from the curries to the Pad Thai and variations thereof; Top notch soups; Food for sharing. Specialize in seafood entrees; Now a full bar; Did I mention menu is miles long?  Charming service for genre. Food is a step above for Thai.  
 
Brooklyn’s Coal-Burning Pizzeria: Italian; Hackensack; 161 Hackensack Av @ Rt 4; 25/12/$20; 201-342-2727; No slices served; BYO except Hackensack location which has beer/ wine; Fresher than fresh coal over pizza; Truly melt in your mouth pizza; Crust is beyond outstanding. Plenty of tables and it’s ideal for a heavenly lunch. 
 

Casual Habana Café: Cuban; Hackensack; 125 Main Street; 22/17/$32; 201-880-9844; BYOB;   Try the Pork Shank (baby Pernil), Oxtail empanadas; and wildly flavorful steaks;  Prices are very inexpensive and the surroundings surprisingly hip and comfortable; Seafood options include Snapper, various shrimp dishes, Talapia and Cod. 3+ soups to pick from and gracious service. 

 

Cheesecake FactoryAmerican; Hackensack; 197 Riverside Sq Mall area; 21/19/$34; 201-488-0330; One of the longest menus you’ll ever see; Huge portions; Always decent and sometimes excellent; Great for large groups; Extremely popular- come early; Every possible cuisine available. One of the better American chain restaurants;  Full bar; National chain whose formula works.

 

Houston’s: American; Hackensack; Riverside Square Mall @ Rt 4; 22/22/$45; 201-488-5667; Part of Hillstone ownership group; It’s an excellent high-end chain; Chicken finger appetizer is incredible; Grilled Bronzino, Pork Ribs, Rib-Eye, Pork Chops, Pan Seared Tuna, Prime Rib, NY Strip, Burgers & salads and also a fine wine list.  Efficient service and date friendly. What a find for a mall-located restaurant.

 
Karma Kafe: Indian; Hoboken; 505 Washington @ 5th-6th St; 23/17/$27; 201-610-0900; One of the best Indian restaurants in Jersey; $9.99 all you can eat lunch buffet; Have a Taj beer and Tiki Masala; Very tasty, well spiced cuisine; Seats 50; Great value. Large menu; Same ownership as India on Hudson. Great value. Exotic flavors – they do a lot with the space they have. Very popular.
 
Lotus CaféChinese; Hackensack; 450 Hackensack Av @ Grand; 21/15/$25; 201-488-7070; One of the better Chinese restaurants in Chinese restaurant-starved (sit down places) Bergen county; Giant selection to pick from; BYO; Poor décor- in a strip mall; Tasty food with very few ‘misses’. Near Riverside Mall; Great effort made by the staff and cheap prices. Seafood Soup;  
 
Maggiano'sItalian; Hackensack; 70 Riverside @ Rt 4; 20/19/$35; 201-221-2030; For a chain- very high quality; Family style dining; Huge portions of well prepared food; Perfect for groups; High energy setting; Decent cocktail and wine menu. Endless menu. Perfect spot to go to with a crowd; Attractive setting. Consider them for a birthday party or anniversary with the family. 

 

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.

 

PF ChangChinese; Hackensack; 50 Riversource Sq @ Hackensack Av; 21/21/$34; 201-646-1565; Never disappoints – for a chain; Interesting menu featuring all sorts of different dishes from each region of China; Seafood, chicken, duck, beef, dumplings- all featured; Cool décor, ideal for an inexpensive date. Always popular as it is a fun place to eat. Actually has great drink deals. Mixed service. Ideal break from shopping. I happen to love this place- just works for me. Happy Hour M-F 3-6pm.

 

Port of Call: American Buffet; Hackensack; 450 Hackensack Av; 20/17/$28;  201-488-0888; Huge buffet restaurant worth your time and a visit; Features a Panini station; Tons of seafood; Sushi stations- endless options;  Hot entrees including Osso Buco, Prime Rib and other great meat dishes; Chinese options;  Raw Bar;  Lots of desserts; BYO allowed. Great for families. Dinner M-Th $25 and $28 weekends; Lunch $14 M-F and $18 weekends. 

 

Rosa MexicanoMexican; Hackensack; 390 Hackensack Av @ Riverside Sq Mall; 23/20/$46; 201-489-9100; More of an upscale Mexican ‘chain’ which features 3 locations in Manhattan; Known for outstanding Pomegranate Margaritas and homemade guacamole; Gorgeous Mayan décor; Dishes are unique and not your standard Mexican fare; Upscale feel perfect for a date or a great meal after shopping at Bloomingdales. Can be noisy and always crowded. 

 

Solari’sItalian; Hackensack; 61 River St; 21/17/$38; 201-487-1969; Live music on Saturdays; Absolutely huge menu, yet you feel they care for each dish; Affordable and higher end items to choose from. Active bar scene; Locals love the place- been around for 75 years and 3 generations; Fun time while eating. Not pretentious at all. Family run business; Try the Shrimp Scampi or Linguini with Clams. Bit of a scene at night later on.

 

Stony Hill InnAmerican; Hackensack; 231 Polifly Rd; 23/26/$59; 201-342-4085; Dining on a large estate- gorgeous setting; Filled with history; Menu inspired by Italian and French cuisine; High end shi-shi menu items but also many classic favorites like Linguine Carbonara, Shrimp Scampi and Calamari Fra Diavolo over linguine. Multi room, elegant colonial charm; Wedding central here. Ideal for a special occasion. They serve Sunday Brunch for $30 w/ 1 free mimosa.  Full bar. Expensive tabs.

 

Tandoori Chef: Indian; Hackensack; 260D Main St; 21/15/$33; 201-457-1557; Try the chicken Tikki masala or Butter chicken; Goat curry available; Large assortment of vegetable entrees; Their Naan does stand out;  Have a daily Lunch buffet that is very inexpensive. Good sized portions and management makes a strong effort to impress. 

 

HARRINGTON PARK

  

Dino’s RestaurantItalian; Harrington Park; 12 Tappan Rd @ Schraalenburgh; 20/20/$42; 201-767-4245; What a gorgeous setting from the outside- country house feel; Inside, well spaced tables, gracious service and an excellent menu of classics and a few surprises; Pasta dishes stand out. Neighborhood  regulars; Closed Tuesdays. Gracious service.  Only issue is menu seems limited to me but they try hard.

 

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS

  

Ivy InnAmerican; Hasbrouck Heights; 268 Terrace Av; 22/24/$45; 201-393-7699; All kinds of dishes on the menu; Seafood to Cajun to French inspired to steaks; Relaxed, casual environment;  Great brunch – well priced $18 2 course prix fixe w/ 1 drink; Cozy, romantic setting; Has an excellent bar complete with happy hour 4:30-6:30; European cottage house feel; Live Piano music on weekends. Great for lunch, romance, or a mature well managed dinner.  201 Mag winner for romance, brunch. Sauteed calamari. Filet Oscar.  

 

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.

 

HAWORTH

 

Alessandro: Italian; Haworth; 157 Terrace St; 22/15/$42; 201-385-8544; Small neighborhood Trattoria; Filled nightly with locals; Lunch and dinner served; 10 or so tables so reserve;  It is BYO with liquor store next door; Try the seafood risotto;  Grilled calamari appetizer. They feature excellent pizzas; Slow but friendly service from the owner and his staff.   

 

HAWTHORNE

 

Bottagra: Italian; Hawthorne; 80 Wagner Rd @ Thomas; 20/23/$48; 973-423-4433; Revolutionary era home remodeled into a gorgeous ‘Tuscan Villa’; Full bar; Owners are young and energetic and it translates into the food; Try something from the raw bar, the Italian Seafood Salad, or one of the many pasta, steak or veal dishes. Sea bass excellent.  The Antipasto. Large menu for all. Great for small-medium private parties.

 

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. 

 

Justin’s Ristorante: Italian; Hawthorne; 234 Lafayette Av; 21/16/$42; 973-423-4345; Nothing stands out as brilliant but everything they serve is reliable;  Mostly Italian classics served with care; Lots of specials; For instance, you can order shrimp either scampi, francese, marinara or fra diavolo;  Excellent fresh hot bread;  BYO;  Attentive service; Like you are in someone’s house.

 

HILLSDALE

 

Golden Dynasty: Chinese; Hillsdale; 295 Kinderkamack Rd; 22/18/$35; 201-358-8685; 5-time winner 201 Mag best Chinese but mixed reviews elsewhere; Great website with pics of all dishes and drinks; Full bar; 8 million items on menu; Shrimp dumplings; PuPu platter appetizer; Crispy shrimp with salt and pepper; Orange flavored beef; All the classic dishes;  This to me is a ‘real’ (albeit American) Chinese restaurant. 

  

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

 

Amanda’sAmerican; Hoboken; 908 Washington @ 9-10th St; 25/24/$50; 201-798-0101; Romantic, elegant & charming; Perfect for a celebration, anniversary or date; Great attention to detail; Sunday Brunch is outstanding ($7 Bloodys); Gorgeous interior and service is solid. Not a huge menu selection, however. Early bird specials. Charming with top service. Seasonal menu so check website.  Classy all the way. 

 

Anthony David’s: Italian; Hoboken; 953 Bloomfield @ 10th St; 25/19/$43; 201-222-8399; BYO with inventive, nearly perfect Italian selections; They have a formal dining room and more casual bistro setting; Desserts excellent; Daily brunch; Gourmet market next door for shopping. Fantastic artisan cheese plates. Known for desserts- especially doughnuts. Serve a wonderful brunch. Seasonal menu.  Order the Antipasto –pick 4-6 items;  Tuna tartare; Very small dinner menu.

 

Augustino’sItalian; Hoboken; 1104 Washington Av @ 11-12th St; 24/16/$49; 201-420-0104; Cash only- 10 table classic; Make a reservation and be prepared to consume incredible food; Homemade specialties; Spirited staff; Old school Italian feel- terrific atmosphere; One of the best around.  Has a small bar. Truly an experience. No website sadly;  This place serves GOOD FOOD

 

Benny Tudino’s: Pizza; Hoboken; 622 Washington @ 7th St; 22/11/$12; 201-792-4132; $3 slices that can feed an elephant; Huge slices that keep the lines long on weekends; Gets packed during prime bar hours on weekends; They serve beer and wine as well;  Slices the same size as Manhattan’s famous Koronet’s.  Best for take out or a quick slice on the run. 

 

Bin 14: Italian; Hoboken; 1314 Washington @ 13th; 22/22/$41; 201-963-9463; Wine bar with Italian entrees and small plates; Sophisticated, date friendly space; From owners of Anthony David’s; Excellent wine list as you can imagine; Has wine tastings and events – see website; 80 wines by glass; Wonderful bruschettas and grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch; Brunch served with Bloody Mary bar $6/drink.

 

Charrito’s: Mexican; Hoboken; 1024 Washington @ 10-11th St; Also, 121 Washington @ 1st-2nd St; 22/17/$28; 201-659-2800;  BYO, family run, and well maintained. Housing the usual fair and numerous varieties of combos and exciting dishes; Insanely good Guacamole, made tableside; Not a huge place but always high energy and extremely reasonable prices.  Small in size. 

  

Court StreetAmerican; Hoboken; 61 6th St @ Hudson-Washington; 22/18/$36; 201-795-4515; Incredible Italian/ American menu; Fantastic, inexpensive brunch- pitchers of Bloody’s only $12; Wednesday is Lobster night – 2 for $29; Monday is Prime Rib night for $17.95; Well priced, giant steaks; Tasty pasta selections; Wine tastings; Something for everyone. Spacious décor; Excellent salads; Tons of seafood. 

 

CucharamamaSouth American; Hoboken; 233 Clinton @ 3rd St; 25/22/$44; 201-420-1700; Epic good quality from celeb chef Maricel Presilla; Dishes are works of art; There is also gorgeous artwork on walls; Outstanding bar and sexy scene;  Huge menu featuring ethnic dishes from all over South America; Beautiful ambience. Unique dining experience. Eye-opening presentation; A winner & must try. Beware of one thing – service notoriously slow. Cuisines of most South American countries represented.   

  

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.  

 

Elysian CaféFrench; Hoboken; 1001 Washington @ 10th St; 23/21/$35; 201-798-5898; Oldest restaurant in Hoboken- in a converted Saloon; Fantastic brunch; Known for impeccable Steak-Frites; Inventive cocktails; Just a solid French bistro, casual feel.  Two for one entrees at the bar on Monday. Patio seating in summer. Have a great Lobster roll, Cod Fillet and Short ribs. Cute date spot. Open daily for lunch/ dinner; Brunch drinks sadly not included. Best for sitting outside in summer.  

 

Grimaldi’s Pizza: Pizza; Hoboken; 133 Clinton @ 2nd St; 24/13/$20; 201-792-0800; All about the pizza at this Coal oven institution. The original and far more famous sibling is in Brooklyn;  No slices; Fresh mozz on the pies is fresh and perfect. Outdoor seating.  They serve wine and beer.  Has 2nd location in Hoboken now at 411 Washington @ 4th-5th;  Small pie – 6 slices is $14.75 but worth it. 

 

Karma KafeIndian; Hoboken; 505 Washington @ 5th-6th St; 23/19/$28; 201-610-0900; One of the best Indian restaurants in Jersey; $9.99 all you can eat lunch buffet; Have a Taj beer and Tiki Masala; Very tasty, well spiced cuisine;  Seats 50; Great value. Large menu; Exotic flavors – they do a lot with the space they have. Very popular. Ample portions. Outdoor seating. Creative, endless menu – love it.  

 

La IslaCuban; Hoboken; 104 Washington @ 1st-2nd Av; 25/11/$32; 201-659-8197; Voted Best Cuban by NJ Monthly; Extremely authentic; BYO; Sunday Brunch; Very small & non-descript décor; Freshest ingredients; Can eat inexpensively here for breakfast, lunch or for a pressed sandwich; Great experience. Due to quality & price – often line to get in. Casual and worthy take out option. Famous French Toast.

  

Madison Bar & GrillAmerican; Hoboken; 1316 Washington Av @ 14th St; 20/19/$36; 201-386-0300; Catering to a hip 20s and 30s crowd at night; Incredible $25 all you can eat Sunday Brunch with a drink included; Neighborhood favorite; Parking validation; Classic barroom; Great salads; Sliders; Paninis/ Sandwiches and standard American entrees; Laid back place; Weekend it’s a great bar scene. M-F Happy hour 4-8pm.

 

Margherita’s: Italian; Hoboken; 740 Washington Av @ 8th St; 21/16/$26; 201-222-2400; Family owned and run for years; They take pride in their food; Known for incredible pizzas;  BYO; Huge menu of the most classic Italian pastas, chicken, seafood and veal; No Rez policy;  Tight quarters; Some outdoor seating; Gets crowded in the summer and on weekends. Casual place.  Friendly service.

   

Napoli’s Brick Oven Pizza: Pizza; Hoboken; 1118 Washington St @ 12th; 24/13/$20; 201-216-0900; Known for outstanding brick-oven pies; BYO as well; Can sit down there and have dinner / lunch; Lots of pasta and other entrees too; But, this place is known for pizza; Super casual; Ideal for an early weekday dinner or weekend lunch. Fast service; Try their Bruschetta! Huge menu.  

 
Pilsener Haus: German; Hoboken; 1422 Grand @ 15th St; 21/20/$38; 201-683-5465; Gigantic Beer Garden; 2,000 Sq foot outdoor patio; 6,000 sq feet inside; Upstairs lounge; Over 20 imported German drafts and 50+ other beers by the bottle; Great Bavarian pretzels, strudels, goulash, schnitzels, sausages, rotisserie chicken and more; Opens at noon on weekends;  Giant steins of beer available; Weekend brunch.
 
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. 
 
Sri ThaiThai; Hoboken; 234 Bloomfield St @ 2nd-3rd St; 22/12/$23; 201-798-4822; Small place, with almost no décor; However, one of the better Thai joints around with a huge menu begging you to try multiple selections, for a tour of Thai cuisine; Perfect for lunch or a quick bite out. BYO. Friendly decent service. Might be better for lunch – certainly not a great date spot.  Kaw Pad with Crab; Pad Thai;  Yum.
 
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.
 

Trattoria Saporito: Italian; Hoboken; 328 Washington St; 23/20/$38; 201-533-180; Red-sauce emphasis here at this classic local BYO; Very attentive service; Wonderful hot seafood appetizer; Fresh Mozz; Excellent soups; Giant selection of homemade pasta dishes; Specials always imaginative; Also, a great location close to the waterfront and local bars.

 
Zafra: Pan-Latin; Hoboken; 301 Willow Av @ 3rd St; 23/16/$31; 201-610-9801; Cuban influenced small plates in this BYO hotspot; Tables fill quickly and it is fairly small; Outstanding quality for the genre and a huge selection where you can fully sample the cuisine. Will make Sangria for you with your wine.  Portions are very large for ‘small plates’ & you can order a la carte as well. Brunch on weekends 10-3.  
 
HO-HO-KUS
 

Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern: American; Ho-Ho-Kus; 1 E Franklin Tpke; 22/23/$48; 201-445-4115; Gorgeous multi-room setting ideal for showers, private events; Restaurant is in a Dutch Colonial mansion; They feature an incredible Sunday Brunch buffet for $30 with unlimited mimosas; Outdoor dining available; Full bar with BYO options; Best part- the cozy tavern for a drink to relax. 5 separate dining rooms add to charm.

 
Janice: American; Ho Ho Kus; 23 Sheridan Av; 21/17/$37; 201-445-2666; Italian influenced cuisine; Best for lunch or breakfast; Diner like setting with gourmet like quality; BYO; Eclectic menu; Capellini with shrimp and crabmeat; Ribeye; Yellowfin Tuna; Mustard Crusted Trout; Has a nice brunch menu; Surprising quality – almost a bed and breakfast feel to it.
 
St. Eve’s: American; Ho-Ho-Kus; 611 N Maple Av @ Rt 507; 23/20/$45; 201-857-4717; Seasonal menu and flavors abound at this tasty New American;  BYO; Seafood and meat dishes grilled over a wood fire; Menu is limited so check website but currently features Artic Char, Sea Scallops, Hanger Steak, Lamb Chops and an outrageous Maine Lobster Crepe. Closed Mondays. Do have daily specials. Lunch served.
 
LEONIA
  

Fontana di Trevi: Italian; Leonia; 248 Fort Lee Rd; 22/18/$42; 201-242-9040; First rate classy Italian; BYO; Old, welcoming setting; Try the Ossobuco, Linguini with little neck clams, or seared branzino; For me – the double think cut veal chop; Closed Monday; It is certainly a stand-out for the area; Make a reservation as it is popular. Reliable standards on the menu as a whole. Tableside Caesar salads. Homemade Mozzarella.  

 
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
 

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.

 

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.  

 
LODI
 
Penang: Thai/ Malysian; Lodi; 334 N Main St @ Saddle River; 22/19/$27; 973-779-1128;  Endless 100+ item menu – all reasonably priced; I suggest ordering a few items and enjoy buffet style; Despite being a chain- very reliable fare and something for everyone; “Safe” place to try Thai for the inexperienced. While not a memorable place, great for a weekday dinner or weekend lunch. They do a great job with their model; Full bar; Happy hour 4-7pm M-F.

 

LYNDHURST

 

Gelone: Italian; Lyndhurst; 650 Ridge Rd; 24/20/$45; 201-372-9200; Well spaced tables and somewhat pleasant décor;  More old school feel; BYO; Rigatoni with Spinach, garlic and Shrimp; Seafood salad; Caprese; Calamari salad; Brushetta; Great antipastos; Grilled calamari; Clams; Lots of pasta, Veal and Chicken dishes;  Great menu overall and affordable. Rave reviews online. 

 

Michael’s Riverside: American; Lyndhurst; 528 Riverside Av; 20/21/$44; 201-939-6333; Somewhat large menu of really only ‘classic’ Italian appetizers, entrees and steaks; They do a very nice job; Place does a huge catering and special event business; They have a bar which features 22 different Martinis for $8 each – might want to come early for a cocktail; Nice place for a family event.