Enjoy a Burger at Shake Shack’s Paramus Location

"Believe the hype." That's the advice of one regular patron of Shake Shack's location in Paramus. If you haven't heard the buzz surrounding this franchise restaurant, which boasts more than 30 locations worldwide, here's the deal: It's a self-described "modern day roadside burger stand" that was spawned from a single hot dog cart in Manhattan's Madison Square Park.

With a decidedly retro, all-American vibe, burgers, fries, hot dogs, and frozen desserts are all made to-order, presented on cafeteria-style trays. You'll need two hands (and a hearty appetite) to tackle the burgers here: Juicy Angus beef patties are piled high with toppings, pushing the limits of the burgers' signature wax paper wrappers. Staying true to the franchise's roots, grilled hot dogs are on the menu, too, while crinkle-cut fries provide a salty complement to Shake Shack's thick, handspun milkshakes and Concretes. What's a Concrete, you ask? It's a blended, spoonable custard dessert replete with cookies, candies, and sweet sauces. (Don't skip the Bergen County Blend, a Concrete flavor signature to the Paramus location.)

The first Shake Shack franchise in New Jersey, Shake Shack's Paramus location is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Shake Shack
479 Route 17 South
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 241-2381
www.shakeshack.com/location/paramus-nj
www.yelp.com/biz/shake-shack-paramus

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Fleming’s Prime: An Edgewater Steak House

Stellar food, an elegant ambiance and attentive service have won Fleming’s Prime a host of fans across the country, and the Edgewater outlet remains popular with local diners. Fleming's is known for excellent steaks and prime rib, so beef eaters will definitely want to put a visit to this eatery on their to-do list. Settle in to a table with lovely views of the Hudson River and order up one of their 100 wines available by the glass. Appetizers include Baked Brie, Pan Crisped Pork Belly, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Sweet Chile Calamari. Entrees feature sumptuous fare like Porcini Rubbed Filet Mignon, Prime Ribeye, Double Thick Pork Chop, Broiled Pacific Swordfish, and Colossal Shrimp Skewers. Stop in on Sunday for their Prime Rib Dinner, served with salad, side dish and dessert. Open every day for dinner.

Fleming's Prime
90 The Promenade
Edgewater, NJ 07020
(201) 313-9463
http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/locations/nj/edgewater
http://www.yelp.com/biz/flemings-prime-steakhouse-and-wine-bar-edgewater

Just Grapes Lounge: Small Plates, Artisan Pizzas, and Great Wine

Actually, Just Grapes Lounge is about more than just grapes.

In addition to a flavorful roster of wine, they have some great artisan brewed beers and tasty tapas dishes. It’s a great place for a romantic date or to meet up with friends. The expansive list of varietals from around the globe includes zinfandel, riesling, malbec, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, and chardonnay.

If you'd like to pair your glass of wine with some delightful food, you can order some tapas dishes to share at the table. Options include smoked mozzarella and asparagus ravioli, chorizo and onion with romanesco sauce, spicy mussels, and shrimp and chorizo scampi. Artisan pizzas are also served, as is a yummy assortment of desserts, like strawberry and cream crepe flambe.

Visit the Just Grapes website to learn more!

Just Grapes Lounge
213 US Hwy 46
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
(201) 773-3998
www.justgrapeslounge.com
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Clove Indian Cuisine: The Spice of Life

Great Indian food is all about the spice, and that’s what you’ll find at Clove Indian Cuisine. Located in the Memorial Park neighborhood, Clove Indian Cuisine features classic food that is every bit as appetizing to the eyes as it is to the palate. The experience begins when you walk into the dining area and see a classically designed area, with white tablecloths on the tables. Come for lunch and check out the always popular buffet, with great food at a really good price. And for dinner, you will find something from the choices of clay oven specialties, along with meat and vegetarian entrees. Worried about too much spice? Your server will make sure that everything is cooked to your specifications. Complement your meal with a tasty Indian Lassi! And relax – you won’t be rushed here, so enjoy!

Clove Indian Cuisine
51 Route 17 S
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(201) 939-4900
http://www.yelp.com/biz/clove-indian-cuisine-east-rutherford

Cafe Matisse: Tapas Style Dining

Cafe Matisse offers wonderful, tapas style meals in Rutherford. This romantic and cozy restaurant features a regularly changing menu based on seasonal ingredients but you can always count on a delicious meal. There are no traditional entrees here. It terms its offerings a "grazing menu": these dishes are larger than an appetizer but smaller than an entree. Choose either three or four courses. One of the courses is dessert while the others are from the savory menu. You can expect dishes like Mango Chili Glazed Chicken Wings, Pan Seared Cajun Spiced Cubed Tuna with Crab, Matisse Burger with BBQ Glazed Short Ribs, and Roasted Beet and Radish Salad. All the food is expertly prepared and served by a friendly wait staff. The meals may seem a little pricey, but they're well worth it for the wonderful experience.

Cafe Matisse
167 Park Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
(201) 935-2995
http://www.cafematisse.com
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-matisse-rutherford

Le Jardin: Cuisine with a View in Edgewater

Floor to ceiling views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline are part of the perks of dining at Le Jardin restaurant in Edgewater, New Jersey. The terrace with a shimmering fountain is nice for al fresco dining when the weather’s nice. Stop by for their lunch express menu on weekdays and get soup or salad, an entrée, dessert and tea or coffee for just 20 bucks. You can also order off the menu from a tasty array of soups, salads, sandwiches and entrees. The dinner menu features appetizers like Steamed Mussels Provencal, Maryland Crab Cakes, Grilled Baby Octopus and Shrimp Cocktail. Entrees include Veal Milanese, Braised Lamb Shanks, Roasted Duck L’Orange, Prime New York Steak Au Poivre, Blackened Tuna and Red Snapper Bouillabaisse.

Visit Le Jardin on Friday and Saturday nights to hear live music at the piano bar!

Le Jardin
1257 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
(201) 224-9898
http://lejardinnj.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/le-jardin-restaurant-edgewater

Trattoria La Sorrentina: Flavorful Italian Fare in North Bergen

Consistently great food, a warm, welcoming atmosphere and attentive service make North Bergen's Trattoria La Sorrentina a popular go-to spot when nothing will do but some flavorful Italian fare. Start your meal with a glass of wine from their expansive selection and an appetizer like Fried Calamari, Grilled Octopus, White Bean Salad with Grilled Shrimp or Sauteed Mussels in White Wine Sauce. Pasta dishes include Fettuccine Alfredo, Tortellini Ricotta, Ravioli Arogosta – lobster ravioli with pink sauce, and Spaghetti del Sirene – spaghetti with shrimp. Grilled Ribeye with broccoli rabe, Veal Scaloppini, Grilled Skirt Steak and Oven Baked Salmon are among the meat and seafood entrees. A large selection of pizzas baked in their wood-fired oven is also on the menu, as are some tasty sandwiches and salads.

Trattoria La Sorrentina
7831 Bergenline Avenue
North Bergen, NJ 07047
(201) 869-8100
http://www.sorrentinanb.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/trattoria-la-sorrentina-north-bergen

Valentino’s on Park: Classic, Casual Cuisine in Rutherford

Homemade Italian specialties make for a delicious experience at Valentino’s on Park. Located on Park Avenue just a half-block from the train station, locals know that Valentino’s on Park is the place to go for a either a family meal or a special occasion. The dress code might be casual, but this place the food is a step above! You’ll like the laid back atmosphere in the dining area and the friendly service. You won’t be rushed here, so take your time and enjoy your dinner! It’s the brick oven that makes everything from pizzas to baked entrees so good! But be prepared and make a reservation for the weekend – it gets crowded pretty fast.

Valentino’s on Park
15 Park Avenue
Rutherford, NJ 07070
(201) 528-7142
http://www.yelp.com/biz/valentinos-on-park-rutherford

Global Eats: Terrific Tapas

Take a culinary trip around the world at Global Eats. Located across from Spring Dell, Global Eats is a cool spot to bring your own bottle of wine and enjoy a tapas-style experience. Come in and check out the cool décor, with interesting artwork on the walls and comfortable seating. There’s a bar but no booze here! You can however order some Sangria mix. Just add your own red or white wine! Enjoy yourself while going over a menu that has so many interesting appetizers; you’ll have to order a few to share with friends. In true “global” fashion, the apps hail from all culinary corners of the globe. There are some nice entrée options as well. Mix in the terrific service, and you’ve found yourself a new place for lunch or dinner.

Global Eats
16 Glen Road
Rutherford, NJ 07070
(201) 933-6373
http://www.yelp.com/biz/fabulous-appetizers-rutherford

Rebecca’s Restaurant: An Array of Flavor in Edgewater

Delectable Cuban cuisine is what’s delighting diners at Rebecca’s Restaurant. The option of dining outside in their lovely patio in nice weather adds to the appeal. Begin your meal with a tasty appetizer like Jerk Chicken Skewers, Beef Empanadas, or Mama Rosa’s Black Bean Soup. A delectable array of salads is also on the menu, featuring combos like Chorizo & Chickpeas with roasted red peppers over greens and Grilled Shrimp & Mangos with goat cheese & greens. Move on to the main event with Havana Shrimp with pineapple mango & papaya salsa, Guava Pork Chop, Shredded Flank Steak in red wine, Mango Mustard Grilled Salmon or Coconut Shrimp Savannah. No liquor is served, but you can BYOB. Rebecca's is open Wednesdays through Sundays for dinner only.

Rebecca's Restaurant
236 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
(201) 943-8808
http://www.rebeccascubanrestaurant.com/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/rebeccas-restaurant-edgewater