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#451 E.L.A.

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 01:36 PM

Some recent visits...O Lar and Velo, in Piermont and Nyack, respectively. A Mano in Ridgewood, Capital Grille in Paramus, El Cid in Paramus, Hanami in Westwood, Varka in Ramsey, and Rudy's in Cliffside Park.



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 04:20 PM

Jack's Cafe (Westwood), Varka (Ramsey), Sakura Bana (Ridgewood), Umeya (Cresskill), and Hiram's (Fort Lee).

 

Trying to get to Orange Squirrel, Laurel & Sage, and Bottagra...just to name a few.



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Posted 20 February 2017 - 06:17 PM

Can't go wrong with that list
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Posted 04 March 2017 - 04:29 PM

My wife & I had a nice dinner Friday night at a charming & very tiny restaurant named Le Salbuen, conveniently located across the street from the Walnut Street train station in Montclair. Chef Shawn & his wife Jenny, from Laurel & Sage, had their staff Christmas party there, and recommended it. We have been meaning to try it for a while, but it seemed like every time we tried to take a peak inside, after eating dinner at Corso 98 across the street, it was closed. Chef/owners John & Christina recently expanded their dinner hours, after serving mainly breakfast & lunch. They only have a few very small tables inside seating 25 people (and a couple of tables outside to be used for warmer weather). Chef/owners John & Christina work very closely with some local farms and serve seasonal locally sourced meals. We started off with three appetizers which included outstanding local Valley Hudson duck tacos (pulled duck, pickled purple cabbage, in a cilantro lime emulsion), a huge, crackling skinned, Portuguese chorizo with pickled red onions and sliced green peppers, and Cajun shrimp & grits (which were good but cannot compare to Tillie's). The highlight of the dinner were the duck tacos. They were very flavorful. The chorizo sausage also had a nice 'snap' to it & was tasty as well. For entrees, we were both in the mood for a burger. Unfortunately, they were out of the pork & bacon burger, so we both ordered the organic grass-fed dry aged beef burger with shaved truffles, gruyere, mushrooms, crispy bacon, pickled purple cabbage, shallots, & capers. It came with nice & crispy thick hand cut fries. It was very good. Next time we have to try their regular entrees which look very good.The menu is divided into two sides. The left side is for carnivores and the right side contains vegan and vegetarian interpretations of the carnivore dishes. 

 

http://www.lesalbuen.com/index.html



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Posted 07 March 2017 - 08:42 PM

Maura's Kitchen (Nyack), Hacienda Don Manuel (Suffern) and Mantra (Paramus).



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 06:23 PM

Been spending quite a bit of time in Rockland...Maura's Kitchen, O Lar, and Sixty 5 On Main (in Nyack, which was very interesting and good "small plates" food, overall a very nice experience).



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 05:04 PM

Been spending quite a bit of time in Rockland...Maura's Kitchen, O Lar, and Sixty 5 On Main (in Nyack, which was very interesting and good "small plates" food, overall a very nice experience).

does one need a reservation at o lar? They said to call day of, but nobody picks up, and they won't take voicemails.

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Posted 18 March 2017 - 11:27 PM

Yes, reservations needed...call day of, day before, try a few days before...no set rules, LOL.

 

Sometimes they pick up the phone, sometimes not. Depends if they are busy. They don't take/give reservations on the voice mail like you said. Sometimes, I"ve had to call back multiple times during the day.

 

Sometimes not easy, but worth it. Good luck.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 05:49 PM

Biddy O'Malley's (Northvale location) Saturday night...very nice experience, very good food...happened to be in the area and was looking for something casual, laid-back, but very good food...and this non-Irish pub gastro-pub absolutely fills that want very well.



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:17 PM

Made it to O Lar and also back to Viaggio this week. Halibut special at O Lar was A+, other things ranged from ok to very good. Viaggio was great, the herb pasta with lemon butter was different and delicious. Great bison short rib with an almost too-rich reduction. Sausage sugo pasta with fine but boring compared to the rest.