Amarone Ristorante: Authentic Italian Feast

For an authentic Italian meal look no further than Amarone Ristorante, Teaneck’s premiere Italian eatery. Amarone takes classic Italian dishes and imbues them with personal touches, similar to old style home cooked meals. From the warmth of the atmosphere to the wine selection every bit of Amarone conspired to make and unforgettable dining experience. Chianti, a bold Italian wine, seems like the natural choice to accompany dinner of rich pasta and succulent meats. All the favorites are right here. Start out your meal with a fresh Caprese salad or funghi Portobello, which is mushrooms grilled in a garlic, balsamic, and olive oil mix. Fried calamari comes in your choice of sauce, while the Carpaccio features thinly shaved slices of beef with arugula and cheese. Amarone’s signature pasta dish is fettuccine Amarone in a traditional Bolognese sauce. There’s also lobster ravioli in champagne cream sauce, and broccoli and sausage with diced tomato.

Amarone Ristorante
63 Cedar Lane
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 833-1897

River Thai Food: Thai Cuisine in Edgewater, New Jersey

River Thai Food is a favorite dining spot for speedy service, tasty authentic Thai cuisine and friendly service. The small number of tables at this Edgewater Thai restaurant makes for a cozy meal dining-in, but also encourages take-out. Start out your meal with a tasty appetizer like Crispy Tofu, Steamed Veggie Dumplings, Chicken Satay Skewers, or Crispy Calamari. Glass Noodle Salad and Duck Salad with green apple, pineapple & cashews are also on the menu. Entrees all come with your choice of protein – choose from tofu, chicken, beef, shrimp, pork or mixed seafood. Pad Thai is favorite noodle dish, as is Pad Kee Mao, also known as Drunken Noodles. Panang Curry is a spicy mixture of string beans & bell pepper in a flavorful coconut curry sauce. Just a short distance from Windsor at Mariners, River Thai Food is open for lunch and dinner every day.

River Thai Food
24 Hilliard Avenue
Edgewater, NJ 07020
(201) 941-5688

Gotham City Diner: A Classic New Jersey Diner

Looking for a relaxing spot to grab a tasty bite to eat? Head to Gotham City Diner and fill up on flavorful fare from their expansive menu of good old American-style comfort food. Yummy deli-style sandwiches are served with a pickle and homemade coleslaw and include tuna salad, egg salad, corned beef, baked Virginia ham, and smoked turkey. Burgers, panini and wraps are also on the menu.

The entrée menu features taste pleasers like mama’s fried chicken, meatloaf, roasted loin of pork, and roast turkey with stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. A Greek salad and Mediterranean salad are among the entrée salad options. All-day breakfast is also served, with hearty fare like a Greek omelet, eggs Benedict, and chorizo hash and eggs.

Gotham City Diner
39-10 Broadway
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
(201) 398-9700

Mangia: Italian Cuisine in Edgewater, New Jersey

If you're in the mood for Italian food, Edgewater's Mangia is one popular local destination. A charming décor with red-checked tablecloths, romantic lighting and crimson walls adds to the appeal of this quaint eatery not far from Windsor at Mariners.

Start off your meal with an antipasto like Tomato Bruschetta, Eggplant Rollatini, Stuffed Artichoke, or Seafood Salad. Move on to a tasty pasta dish such as Fettuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Penne Vodka or Four Cheese Ravioli. House specials include Pork Chop Milanese, Shrimp Fra Diavolo, Tilapia Francese, Chicken Parmesan and Eggplant Parmigiana. A flavorful selection of panini sandwiches is also on the menu, as are entrée salads and some tempting desserts.

Mangia is open every day for lunch and dinner.

276 Old River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
(201) 945-3334

Eat and Drink Local at Evergreen Fine Fresh Foods

If your stomach is rumbling around lunchtime, take a tip from Englewood locals and get yourself to Evergreen Fine Fresh Foods. Unlike most of the other area delis, this place stands out with a commitment to seasonal, fresh foods.

The menu changes each and every day, but a few things remain consistent. The “low carb lunch” is a popular among dieters, pairing lean protein (most get it with chicken) with delicately seared haricots verts, asparagus, broccoli, and cauliflower seasoned with a hint of sesame oil. The accompanying lemon basil aioli also receives two thumbs up from regulars. Sandwiches and wraps are equally robust, while the popular juice bar serves both traditional blends and some unique offerings. (The Green Tea Arnold Palmer is a zesty, invigorating drink that wins raves.)

Prices are very reasonable at Evergreen Fine Fresh Foods.

Evergreen Fine Fresh Foods
260 Grand Avenue
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 541-1234

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

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

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

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

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

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