Caffe Capri: Tasty & Low-Key in East Rutherford

In the heart of East Rutherford, the place to go for delicious Italian cuisine is Caffe Capri. Located On Park Avenue between Patterson Avenue and Main Street, Caffe Capri is a casual spot for both lunch and dinner. But “casual” can still be classy, and that’s what you’ll find here. The dining room is comfortable and understated, with nice tables and brick and tile designs on the walls. And when the weather’s nice, so is the outdoor seating. It’s the perfect place to come for a low-key lunch or a family dinner! This is also a BYOB, so don’t forget your favorite bottle. Everybody raves about the brick oven pizza, and why not – it’s hot and delicious with homemade mozzarella. The rest of the menu is tasty too, and Caffe Capri also caters.

Caffe Capri
119 Park Avenue
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(201) 460-1039
www.caffecaprirestaurant.com
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Park and Orchard: A Pleasant Dining Spot

You’ll get American cuisine with an international flair at Park and Orchard. The idea behind the restaurant has always been to provide you with the most delicious food, using high quality ingredients. All of the dishes can be made to your specific dietary needs. No refined ingredients are used, to guarantee the freshest and healthiest meal you can find.

The restaurant calls itself “casual,” but this is the kind of place where you might want to dress up a bit. Unlike many of the BYOB restaurants in the area, the Park and Orchard has an extensive international wine list and full bar, so you can get a glass or bottle of wine right here.

Visit Park and Orchard's website to learn more about inventive restaurant.

Park and Orchard
240 Hackensack Street
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
(201) 939-9292
http://www.parkandorchard.com/
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Twisted Elm: Craft Beer and Comfort Food

Head to this popular spot to chill out in a rustic, relaxed setting with an artisan brewed beer and a flavorful meal. Sidle up to the bar and kick back with one of their rotating roster of craft beers like Flying Dog Mango Habanero IPA, Troegs Nugget Nectar, Allagash White or Bolero Snort Blackhorn.

The menu features tasty gastro-pub fare with pasta and handmade pizzas baked in a wood fired oven, along with flavorful appetizers and sandwiches. Order up classic pub fare like Fish & Chips, Lamb Shepherd’s Pie and a House Chili Crock with spicy jack cheese. Other options include Pan Roasted French Chicken Breast, New England Baked Scrod, Denver Sliced Steak and Mustard Horseradish Crusted Salmon.

Twisted Elm is open every day, with brunch served on Sundays.

Twisted Elm
435 River Drive
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
(201) 791-3705
http://www.twistedelm.com/
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Fratelli’s Coal Burning Pizza: A Gourmet Pizzeria

A warm, casual setting awaits you, along with some yummy pizza pies at Fratelli’s Coal Burning Pizza. They also have a 24-seat bar with large-screen plasma TVs for sports watching while you enjoy your food and drink.

If you just need a nosh, they have a tempting array of antipasti like Fried Calamari, Coal Roasted Wings, and Long Hot Peppers & Potatoes. The specialty pizza menu includes Roasted Cauliflower & Fresh Mozzarella, Meatball & Ricotta, Extreme Wild Mushroom & Fresh Mozzarella, and Fratelli’s Specialty with hot peppers, fried potato, & coal roasted chicken. Penne Vodka, Penne Bolognaise, and Mussels Fra Diavalo Linguini are among the pasta options. Panini options include Italian Tuna, Italian Meatball, and Grilled Sausage & Broccoli Rabe.

Fratelli's Coal Burning Pizza
206 Route 46 E
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
(201) 797-7552
www.fratellisnj.com
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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
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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
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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
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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