301 Center Ave, Westwood
Farmhouse Cafe, the Cresskill restaurant built from an “old house on farm”, has opened its much-anticipated second location, now in Westwood. Much like the first shop, this location also incorporates a farm motif, with an abundance of wood décor helping to get you in the mood for the delicious fare.
The offerings are substantial yet simple, with items such as avocado toast and chicken apple sausage hash for breakfast, and a wide variety of sandwiches and salads for lunch. A large range of items — from steaks to seafood, burgers and stews—round out the restaurant’s dinner menu, and an abundance of specials is sure to keep things even more interesting.
One Nation Grille
501 Route 17 South, Paramus
Calling all roast beef lovers! American-themed fast casual restaurant One Nation Grille has opened on Route 17. The restaurant is the brainchild of Lodi native Mike Leone, who grew up cutting his teeth in the kitchen at Stinger’s in Wallington. The menu is a mix of sandwiches, burgers, salads and more.
One Nation Grille’s signature is the roast beef sandwiches, crafted from house-made roast beef. Also made in-house are many items like the salmon burger, zucchini chips and a signature sauce (a siracha citrus blend). Buns are currently from Rockland Bakery and One Nation is offering local delivery.
The restaurant nails American comfort food with grilled cheese sandwiches, a variety of burgers, fries, milkshakes, waffles with ice cream, cannoli chips and cream dip, and so much more that is sure to make you loosen your belt, in true American way.
One Nation Grille is open seven days a week from 11am till 10pm.
1550 Lemoine Avenue, Fort Lee
Turkuaz, an expansion of an Upper West Side, NY, restaurant of the same name, has opened in Fort Lee. The restaurant has been serving a fusion of authentic Turkish cuisine and Mediterranean flavors since 2000, with the aim of creating an authentic Turkish cuisine experience.
The new Turkuaz is serving the same menu, which includes its mix of authentic Turkish dishes and more. According to the Business District Alliance, it is the first Turkish restaurant to open in Fort Lee, and plans are in the works to offer live music and belly dancing on weekends.
The menu for the 100-seat BYO restaurant is expansive, with a variety of small and large plates that will allow many to gain a greater appreciation for Turkish fare.
Steel Wheel Tavern
51 North Broad Street, Ridgewood
Steel Wheel Tavern, a new bar and restaurant, has opened in Ridgewood. The heavily renovated space, which was formerly Smith Brother’s Steak & Chophouse, is housed in a building that was built in the late 1800s.
The kitchen is being helmed by River Edge native Bryan Tortorella. Chef Tortorella has previously worked at Bacari Grill in Washington Township and numerous Rhode Island restaurants, such as The Pier Restaurant in Newport and Ruth’s Chris in Providence.
The modern American menu is a mix of apps, salads, sandwiches, with meat and seafood entrees. A selection of wines and craft cocktails complete the full bar. Our take: You can’t go wrong with the Jersey Lemonade! The 100-seat restaurant, which includes both bar and dining room, is open for both lunch and dinner.
Leon Mexican Cuisine
16 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood
Leon Mexican Cuisine, a restaurant serving “authentic Mexican with contemporary flair”, has opened in Ridgewood. Owners Srini & Himani Rao, along with Mr. Jeevan Pullan, have partnered to bring a restaurant where the chef and kitchen crew are all originally from Mexico and have worked at fine dining restaurants in New York and New Jersey.
The team decided to open a Mexican restaurant because they felt downtown Ridgewood did not have a Mexican restaurant that offers healthy and tasty fresh Mexican food. The menu includes no pre-cooking of ingredients, ensuring your tacos, burritos and quesadillas are made fresh to order. Besides the traditional Mexican staples, the menu has more contemporary dishes like charred cauliflower, lemon chipotle chicken and pescado Yucatan (pan seared mahi mahi).
Plans are in place to have a mariachi singer for weekends. The 120-seat BYO restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and brunch from noon till 10:30pm daily.
570 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge
Mado, in the former Sanducci’s location (they’ve moved down the street), is already promising River Edge residents “the finest Mediterranean cuisine in the neighborhood.” Owned by restaurant vets Vasken and Jenny, with a kitchen helmed by Executive Chef Cengiz Cakan (Turkish Kitchen in Cliffside Park), they are offering a menu of many popular Mediterranean dishes such as Doner (Gyro), Chicken and Lamb Shish and Adana Kebab. Bread dishes like Lahmacjun and different types of Pide are also made in-house and dishes are crafted using Halal meats.
Mado is BYO and open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
10 Sussex Street, Hackensack
Choripan Rodizio, the Argentinian all-you-can-eat barbecue restaurant that burned down in early 2015, is back but in a new location. Those who are fans of the restaurant should expect the same menu that the management has been serving since the place opened. For those unfamiliar, servers bring to your table large skewers of meat, which are cooked over a wood-burning fire; dishes and sides can be ordered a la carte or customers can opt for the all-you-can-eat meal. The restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner.
Giovanni’s Bicycle Club
487 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs
Giovanni’s Bicycle Club, a new Italian restaurant, has opened in Englewood Cliffs in the former Bicycle Club location. It’s offering a full Italian menu of pasta, seafood, steaks, as well as a full catering facility for on-site or off-site events.
As expected, the menu has just about every traditional Italian dish you can think of, with the addition of a burger menu and a variety of wraps.
Business house accounts are welcome. Giovanni’s is BYO; however, wine is available. The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with local delivery.
50 Prospect Terrace, Tenafly
Sayola, a Spanish and tapas restaurant, has opened in Tenafly. According to the ownership, they are aiming to have “fresh, good food” and serve “modern tapas” along with items crafted from a “traditional Spanish kitchen”.
This is being accomplished with two chefs, both with extensive experience—the one handling duties on the Spanish dishes traveled a year prior to the opening for inspiration on the menu. The other chef will focus strictly on the tapas, bringing the modern twist to the food equation.
The menu is a mix of traditional chicken, steak, pork and seafood dishes. The paella takes about 30 minutes, but is well worth the wait. An extensive array of hot and cold tapas, with items such as empanadillas and grilled chorizo, not to mention seafood stuffed avocado, round out the restaurant’s wide-ranging selections. Savola also offers a full bar featuring a large selection of Spanish wines. Sayola is open for both lunch and dinner, with brunch on Sundays.
103 Spring Valley Road, Park Ridge
103 Prime, the restaurant from veteran restaurateur Angelo Colella (Valentino’s in Park Ridge) and son Jerry, has opened officially for business. 103 Prime is a “modern Italian steakhouse and seafood” spot in the same location as the previously mentioned Valentino’s (it also briefly housed Brasserie Brandman).
The kitchen is being helmed by former Valentino’s Executive Chef Jeff Kellish (he worked there in the 1990s and also spent 11 years at nearby The Park Steak House). The menu specializes in hand-cut steaks—dry aged in-house for 21+ days, plus fresh market seafood, an eclectic nuovo Italian cuisine and delicious desserts made in-house.
The drink menu features craft cocktails, specialty martinis and craft beers, as well as a wine list topping out at 70-80 bottles, most of which are from California and Italy (with a dozen available by the glass).
103 Prime is opening for lunch and dinner. Reservations can be made online via OpenTable.
335 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
Cellar 335, the new concept from Saddle River Inn Executive Chef and Owner Jamie Knott and partner Robert Palmer, is now open in Jersey City. A tiki-style cocktail menu, artfully crafted by Joshua Fossitt and Guillermo Bravo (the Nomad) is sure to steal your attention almost immediately. The three “large format” cocktails are perfect for sharing, but every craft cocktail in the joint is a conversation starter.
The fare focuses on American cuisine with an Asian influence. Chef Knott has made sure that Cellar 335 is nothing like Saddle River Inn, except when it comes to the perfect execution of every menu item. Start with Bao b and some crack fries along with charred edamame, and move your way through to the prime skirt steak, Korean style wings, crispy ribs or avocado fried rice. Expect the same level of flavor and food quality that Knott has become known for at Saddle River Inn, but with a totally different vibe.
Located in the basement of the White Eagle Hall performance venue, the interior, designed by design firm D&G, is a darkly lit beauty, complete with graffiti walls, a living wall of plant life and edgy photography. Diners can expect late night DJs, weekend brunch and Cellar 335 to become a thriving night spot, all rolling out in the coming weeks.
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