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  1. For me, mentally, I keep "considering" in my mind, going to a restaurant where I know the owner, he/she is taking this situation seriously, has outdoor seating, hasn't crammed in the tables too close together, isn't letting people congregate (under the tent) around the tables, etc. I actually think about it, go through it in my head, and actually think about who I am going with. Then, about 2 minutes later...my intellect, prudent, responsible, etc., behavior and thought process kicks in...and the reality is that I am not going to any restaurant right now. That's just me. No right or wrong, no political, medical, or scientific inferences...just me. I have a small group of friends, about 4-5 of us. All of us have been in quarantine, working remotely/from home, have not gone out in any re-opening/re-entry kind of way. Each of us have been to a supermarket or specialty store. None of us have had any symptoms. One of us is going to host, outside, on his big deck, seated far enough apart, all food on one big table, everyone gets their own food, one at a time, and so on. He said bring your own booze, don't, bring your own utensils, whatever you are comfortable with. For a variety of reasons, that I am OK with. I've gone to a friend's house, who I know has been prudent, responsible, safe, and home -- and I sat outside, by the pool, 8 feet or so apart, had a few drinks (brought my own, LOL), smoked a cigar, and spent a coupe of hours. I was OK with that. My one friend who lives in NYC, said he's not going to a restaurant -- period -- until there is a vaccine, he's had it, and even then, he still wants to see what the landscape looks like. I respect his decision.
  2. The Shorr family and their business has been around -- not that location obviously -- for what, close to 100 years?!?!? Harold's moved to Paramus over 50 years ago. Fair Lawn before that, and I think the original butcher shop/market was in Paterson before that. While I wasn't a regular...I did go there to get matzo-ball soup, LOL. Of course I went there for the Jewish holidays. If I couldn't make it over to Benny's, I even stopped in on occasion when I had a fix for pastrami, LOL. While I still traveled and went out of my way to go to Eppes Essen (not kosher), it was still nice going to Harold's.
  3. OK folks, non-political, non-BS... How many of you are comfortable going to a restaurant -- for outdoor seating -- if the restaurant/ownership is practicing social distancing, all staff is wearing gloves and masks, and the outdoor seating space is something less than full capacity? Anyone comfortable going to a restaurant for INDOOR seating? Same conditions as above? Thanks in advance.
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    No. 12

    No. 12 just had a wild one year birthday party celebration! They had the best, most popular menu items from their first year, some specials, rocking music, and just a great night of fun and great food! I strongly suggest you get on the list, get a reservation...and go!!!
  5. Any news on when they are re-opening? Thanks.
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    Chakra has closed...stay tuned for Tom's new restaurant (Closter)...
  7. Over the last couple of weeks...River Palm, Savini, No. 12, Rudy's (Cliffside Park), Bacari Grill, Oceanos, Varka, AB&G (for lunch while running errands), St. Eve's, Mantra (lunch), Sangria (Mahwah), Jack's Cafe (Westwood, for lunch), Mezza (Westwood)...and Callahan's...and Hiram's... Yes, I know, I go to a lot of the same places over and over again, LOL.
  8. Closed for the summer for major renovations.
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    No. 12

    Well...since there isn't a single person who has anything to say about this place...I will... This has become my favorite restaurant in Bergen County! From arriving, to the raw bar (a minimum of 10 different types of oyster every night), to the shared-plate menu items, to the few entrees...the bread, served hot, right out of the oven...the music, the ambiance, vibe...to dessert...this is the real deal! The chef gets a daily inspiration and the menu is born. Some things stay, some rotate out and come back...but the menu is fluid and ever-changing. The flexing of creative muscle, intelect, inspiration, layers of ingredients...and more...results in perhaps an esoteric, but certainly unique menu. The raw bar is incredible, with the oyster menu bifurcated to East and West Coast, chilled lobster, large shrimp (U-8's), and crabmeat. I can't give the menu the justice and respect it deserves...so all I can say is "GO!!!"...and if you like excellent food, you will thank me. This small, cozy, but certainly hip BYO has a great vibe...speak-easy'ish, but with upbeat, tap your feet rock, pop, and light hip hop music playing just creates a fun, great vibe. I really like it. Remember...no website, no phone number (you have to call Stella Artisan, get on their email/mailing list, etc.)...so, on the evening of your reservation...go to Ridgewood, stop at Super Cellars on S. Broad Street and pick up a nice bottle of wine, or two! LOL. Walk down the street and and when you show up for your reservation...you check in at Stella Artisan and let them know you have arrived...when ready...they hand you a card with a code number on the back...and they tell you to walk out the door of Stella Artisan, make a left, walk half a block, take a left down the alley...and look for the blue door. No names, no signs, nothing. Just a blue door...with an electronic keypad...type in the code...and that's how you get into No. 12. From there...get ready to enjoy!!!
  10. Thanks for the heads up, review -- I've been hearing good things about this place! Thanks again.
  11. Thanks...made the SumiLicious recommendation...thanks again!
  12. Very, very surprised to hear this. Thank you for the heads up.
  13. Where is your favorite smoked meat place in Toronto? Thanks in advance.
  14. I've been super-busy lately or else I would have posted this sooner...so, the River Palm, specifically the Mahwah location, has been sold to Frank Gashi and Patriot Gjonbalaj. Various reports say that the plan is to make the restaurant into a "classic New York steakhouse" and they plan on some immediate changes. A bar menu will be offered for the first time, as well as offering new, specialty drinks, some of which will be paired with the new bar menu. I don't specifically remember a bar menu per se, but I thought I remembered at various times they had "specials" and/or smaller offerings at the bar, similar to a "bar menu." I really don't remember because even when I sat in the bar area, which is fairly often, I always ordered off the regular menu. The new owners have a 20 year history in the business, and most recently were running Il Mulino Prime in NYC.
  15. Thanks! I could find a reason to go to New Brunswick! Thanks!!!
  16. I am going this weekend!!! My daughter is home from Thailand and I am looking forward to going. Thanks again.
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    The Attic

    Anyone going to the next one? Anyone? LOL.
  18. Ditto...Tommy's. 'Nuff said. LOL.
  19. Comments coming back from friends -- including several who are in the industry -- are that the place is "expensive". Everyone made that comment. Another common comment was that there is a disconnect between what they are trying to be, their prices, etc.
  20. Yes, I would think so...thanks. I was more hoping to find more of a "restaurant" setting. I'm looking around. Anyone know a place? Thanks again Anthony.
  21. Anyone familiar with the dish? Does anyone know where to get this dish in NNJ? Thank you very much. Here's a short video from youtube:
  22. I didn't know the two Mezza's were realted. Thanks for the heads up. I can tell you I've been to the Westwood local several times -- the food is excellent, and the service was good. I also didn't know about the trouble getting help -- then again, how would I know? LOL. Interesting that they are having trouble. I know there are people looking. I wonder what Saturday night was like. Like I said, by the time I walked by, while virtually every table was still taken, it was already after prime-time, so most people were well into dinner, finishing, etc. Thanks again for the heads up.
  23. BTW, excellent review...thank you very much!!!
  24. So, as far as the prices, Westwood, etc. -- you are right. Westwood is a nice town, but parts of it are also a "working class" town. He is looking to attract people from higher end neighborhoods in Saddle River, Park Ridge, Montvale, Woodcliff Lake, River Vale, etc. -- but even those higher end town, and the people who live in them, most of them are not immune to looking at prices, wanting value, etc. A few yes, but not all. Like I said, he can be crowded every single night, booked solid, etc. -- but he might not be making money vis a vis his business model, rent, overhead, etc. This can also b the American Cut problem -- identity, branding, etc. He may have high priced, Manhattan prices, because of his overhead, rent, etc., and because of his business model...but this location, the clientele, and the traffic, may not support it. It didn't for American Cut -- and give it zero credibility or not, but that's an already established brand, with an Iron Chef attached to it. I am very motivated to get to Viaggo -- and ASAP. Also, I am glad to hear about the tile floors...DO NOT go there if it's been raining! LOL. Mark my words! LOL. Mezza is excellent. Period. I don't know Thai West. I get my fix of Thai at Gao in Ramsey. There are a few good restaurants there. If you would like to experiment with a nice, family owned and operated BYO, right around the corner, and down Broadway about two blocks...try Granita Grille. It is not competing with Savini or Dimora. It's a nice, local, BYO, owned and operated by a nice Italian family, good coverage on the menu, dishes, etc., pride in their food, good service, and they are starting to get noticed after about 10 years, LOL. People are starting to come from further and further away to try this place. Give it a shot. Enjoy!
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    No. 12

    No one has been? Come on now...LOL.
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