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.
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!
1257 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
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
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
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.
16 Glen Road
Rutherford, NJ 07070
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.
236 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
You’ll get all of the fresh and spicy tastes of Thailand at the Red Basil. Located on Glen Road near Railroad Avenue Park, Red Basil specializes in Thai cuisine, literally a hot new food choice. With a place called Red Basil, it’s not surprising that there is lots of red décor in the dining room. You’ll also like the flowers and golden bells hanging everywhere! Also, since Red Basil is a BYOB, bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beer to enjoy with your meal. Thai food novices will find that the wait staff is more than helpful to assist you in picking a menu item that will satisfy your spice palate. The selection of traditional soups, salads, noodle and rice dishes, curries and other entrees are guaranteed to be fresh and tasty. Can’t stay? Call ahead and get takeout!
Being a “square” is a good thing at Scarpa’s Pizza. That’s because Scarpa’s is home to the award winning square pizza pie! Located on Union Avenue a few blocks from Sunset, Scarpa’s is known for its thin-crust pizza, loaded with fresh ingredients. Regulars love the crust and the savory sauce! This is the place to go for a pie with friends or just a slice or two for lunch. But that’s not all; Scarpa’s has a whole lot more than pizza. Get yourself a tasty sandwich, salad or pasta (folks also like the Giambottas, a sandwich on pizza bread). After ordering, enjoy your meal in the quaint dining room, or get it to go. You can also call ahead for fast delivery!
Take a pilgrimage to a burger joint renowned for its juicy patties and hot toasted buns at White Mana, Hackensack’s premiere burger joint. The reviews are in. White Mana offers diners tasty burgers and fries, in addition to delicious sliders, mini burgers replete with onions and pickles. For such a tiny establishment White Mana packs quite a wallop. While it can get bit crowded, it just goes to show how fantastic these burgers are. Like all proper burger joints White Mana offers a tasty array of sodas and milkshakes perfect with a hot, juicy burger on one of White Mana’s signature potato buns. Tales of people driving for hours just to sample on of White Mana’s delicious burgers are not uncommon. For burgers this good you should be prepared for a wait, due to the size and popularity of White Mana the place tends to get a little crowded. But as everyone knows a busy establishment is also good one.
If you’re looking for an off the beaten path date spot, consider Casellula cheese and wine cafe. This hidden gem has a warm ambiance with exposed brick and dim lighting. They are known for friendly staff and the house fromager is certified by the American Cheese Society. He’ll personally select cheese and accompaniments to complement your wine selection. Customers recommend sharing a bottle from their extensive list. The chili mead is one of their most talked about offerings, if you’re feeling adventurous give it a try. A small menu of gourmet small plates is perfect for snacking. If you can’t get enough cheese, Vault Magazine has recognized Casellula as one the best places in New York to get Mac and Cheese. Don’t skip the inventive desserts created by the house pastry chef, the simple chocolate cake is a customer favorite. Get there early, it fills up fast and they don’t take reservations, but it is open late.