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  1. Sounds like it has been sold. Anyone know anything?
  2. Of course I don't know the deal, arrangement, etc. -- but Tom Valenti is the real deal. A top, seasoned pro. I know that after he closed Oxbow, he was hoping/wanting to open a new place eventually, and while again I don't know it as fact, I would think if he wanted/needed financial backing, he would have been able to find it rather easily. Maybe the world has changed. I don't know. Regardless, I am very interested to see what they do at JH when he joins. Is CC bringing him in to do his/the JH thing, or is he going to let Tom do his own thing? Something in the middle? Interested to see.
  3. Yes, it's in Rockland County...but it's close enough to the border of NJ and it certainly rates to be discussed here. Clear, concise, to the point -- and more details to follow later...Just go. Incredible grounds, excellent food, craft/farm-to-table liquor, lacking wine list...but go!
  4. Had a nice, casual lunch with a business associate at this place. Closer to a "joint" than fine dining, LOL, and I absolutely do NOT mean that in a critical way. I liked the place. Looks like they are offering outside seating as well. Good food -- seafood salad, tuna tartare, and a shrimp wrap. I would absolutely go back.
  5. been sold? Anyone hear anything? I overheard two people (who sounded like they were in the industry) talking. Thanks.
  6. Thought I'd revitalize this thread... Recent visits include -- Bacari Grill (Township of Washington/Bergen), RP Prime (Mahwah), the new Olar (called Olar Noso, in Northvale), Stone and Rail (Glen Rock), Samdan (Cresskill), Tutto A Modo Mio (Ridgefield), Lu Nello (Cedar Grove), Capital Grille (Morris Plains), Stone Water (at 3 Peaks Marina, in Lake Hopatcong, for brunch), FuSha sushi (Parsippany), Sangria (Mahwah), Savini (Allendale), and Naru (Franklin Lakes). Details to follow...so where have you gone to eat lately?
  7. I've been back a few times -- it's excellent for fish.
  8. I went...for takeout...it's OK, good. I don't know that I would drive 25 minutes to go there, but for a change of pace, I might. Since Harold's closed, if I want pastrami, the alternatives for me are -- Benny's (Fair Lawn), Kosher Nosh (Glen Rock, which I am not a big fan of), and Petak's (Fair Lawn, which I haven't been to in a long time). So, at this place, Pastrami is their best offering. It's OK, good. Not great -- meaning not on par with Eppes Essen or Hobby's -- but good. Corned beef and brisket were fair, not as strong of an offering. Not sure how these are prepared, made, etc. -- as I
  9. Very nice, thanks! Someone told me that (nearby) Dimora is going to offer outdoor/heated seating, but I have not confirmed this. I was going to call over there this week. Thanks again Tubbs!
  10. Anyone know of any nice places in Northern Bergen County that is going to continue offering outdoor seating/dining -- and will have outdoor heating units? I believe Savini did last year, as well as Portobello (they had a very elaborate outdoor dining set up). I know a few of the places with the individual outdoor booths, igloos, whatever you want to call them, did have this as well. Anyone have an ideas? Thanks in advance.
  11. I went when it first opened in 2019...and I had been to the Montclair location as well...which is what got me motivated to try the new Edgewater location...that and that De Novo had taken over the location which was home to Edgewater's long time Le Jardin, which I had gone to numerous times over the course of 20 years or so. The views alone would get me back there, LOL. Has anyone been lately? Thanks.
  12. Anyone been there or heard anything about it? I actually heard two very good reports (on the pastrami) from two people, independent of each other, both who are in the business. For me, it might be a good alternative to Eppes Essen and Hobby's, LOL. Interested to hear if anyone has been or heard. Thanks.
  13. Is this the place where Burke partnered with the Top Golf people and they have the golf simulators there? Thanks.
  14. E.L.A.

    No. 12

    Went back. For the most part...same same. Service was a little better. Seems like they worked out a few of the bugs. Still not refined, but a little better. Food, same. It's a poor imitation of what No. 12 used to be under the founder/chef (Ted) and his wife (Heather). They have a couple of the dishes/recipes, but they are nowhere near what the founder/chef was putting out. The rest is fair at best. Unfortunately, my last trip there. Looks like I am waiting for...the new O Lar!!!
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    No. 12

    Had dinner at No. 12 tonight. This may have been their first night opened. I am not sure. I got an email yesterday, and made a reservation for tonight. As I said above, there is a new owner, who went on a buying spree and bought several restaurants in Ridgewood (including Stella Artisan, No. 12, and the Country Pancake House). So, No. 12 -- same aesthetics and decor, but brighter lighting and very different vibe, very different music (gone is the pop, hip hop, rock, etc., now it's more orchestral, loose classical, almost elevator type music, LOL). The new vibe is not at all like an interesting
  16. Having dinner at Fascino next weekend...and looking forward it it! One of my favorites in Montclair.
  17. Open? Catering/events only? Anyone have an update?
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    No. 12

    Looks like the new owner of Stella Artisan is re-opening No. 12 New owner, obviously a different chef, so we'll have to see how that plays out. The original No. 12 was the brainchild of Ted and Heather Rossi, and even more, the menu was Ted's creative flair, his own personal flexing of his creative muscle, etc. So, while I am not a chef, on one hand, perhaps, you can have the recipes, the ingredients, and recreate the amazing food that was being out by Ted. However, on the other hand, Ted cooked what he created, what he was thinking, his own creations, etc. I am not so sure complete creat
  19. Hope everyone is well, safe, and healthy. So, one of my absolute favorites -- O Lar (in Piermont) -- closed during the pandemic. Unfortunately, I didn't get to go one last time...but according to the below story, they are opening a new restaurant in Northvale, NJ https://www.boozyburbs.com/2021/04/22/o-lar-returning-with-location-in-nortvale/ So does anyone know anything? Any updates? Thanks in advance.
  20. Mesob has consistently been one of the best/most popular restaurants in Montclair...very good food, excellent reviews, strong following. I've been several times and would always look forward to going back.
  21. https://www.northjersey.com/story/entertainment/dining/2020/11/18/jockey-hollow-bar-kitchen-morristown-nj-temporarily-closes/6318543002/ From the above article on NorthJersey.com . . . "He (Jockey Hollow owner, Christopher Cannon) plans to continue holding virtual wine tasting events, which he said are popular, and to sell wines. A passionate oenophile, Cannon has amassed a 175,000-bottle wine cellar. He also plans to do some catering. He hopes to reopen in May 2021."
  22. https://patch.com/new-jersey/clark/iconic-union-county-italian-restaurant-closes-after-100-years While we know it's just one of the very many, Spirito's, which is considered to be a NJ icon restaurant, and which has been in business for over 100 years, has closed. After some bumps in the road over the past few years, the restaurant has closed, and from what I heard, the property (building/land, equipment, furniture, etc.) and the liquor license is up for sale.
  23. 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
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