Had dinner at Rudy's -- the Cliffside Park mainstay classic...I went to Rudy's for the first time in 1984...and not much has changed...and that's a good thing...a very good thing.
Walk into Rudy's -- the main and only entrance, and you walk into a long physical bar that runs the length of the place, with a small dining room next door. The dining room has a small, quaint, feeling to it. Nothing fancy and no one wants it to be, LOL. The restaurant has a small, neighborhood kind of feel to it, and perhaps it is to some. It's a seafood/Italian place, and whatever they do, they do well. Their fried calamari is perhaps the best I've had. It is not ultra this or nuevo that -- purely classic in every sense. It is a perfect balance of taste, flavor, seasoning, and of course not overly fried...and the sauce? Just try it. Rudy's is well known for their fried calamari, and their sauce (which they sell by the quart to take home -- and it's a big seller). A big special there is their "stuffed calamari" (entree) but they only do it seasonally, a few times a year, etc.
Like I said, the dining room is small and next to the bar. You see locals as well as people coming from far away. Saturday night there was a couple who came in from Long Island, as well as a couple who came from around the corner. The seafood salad appetizer was very good -- as usual -- everything fresh, tasty, not "fishy" so to speak. The bread is hot, right from the oven -- but don't ask for butter -- because they don't have it! That's right, read that again and read it slowly. LOL. Everything you get here has it -- flavor, taste, balance, etc.
They have some "classic" dishes, like you'd expect from a seafood/Italian kind of place, but they also have some very good specials. Every single time I've gone, I've enjoyed it and had a very, very good meal.
Bottom line -- Rudy's is still a classic, very good place. I always look forward to going and always will.