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234D Closter Dock Road, Closter
Patisserie Florentine, the artisan bakery and petit bistro from Pastry Chef Tomer Zilkha has opened a new spot in Closter situated at Heidenberg Plaza.
Expect the same full breakfast and brunch service complete with salads, quiches, soups and sandwiches that locals in Englewood have come to expect from the brand. For lunch, fresh fish, risottos and pastas are also on the menu. Of course, the range of pastries and coffee options will also be available.
Hours are currently Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., according to their website.
The Dapper Doughnut
500 Schuyler Ave., Lyndhurst
The Dapper Doughnut, a chain of made to order shops, had opened in Lyndhurst. The menu features cake donuts only with “proprietary” toppings (currently 24 different choices), such as s’mores, cinnamon sugar, peanut butter and jelly, fluffed butter and more. All donuts are miniature sized and made fresh to order.
The Greek Flame
147 Terrace St., Haworth
The Greek Flame has opened in Haworth. The menu includes plenty of traditional Greek items, such as dips, gyro and souvlaki (as pitas or platters) plus chicken, fish, lamb and other Greek dishes. Some standout menu items include the Greek Flatbread and the grilled octopus. The BYO restaurant is open for dine-in or takeout six days a week (closed Sundays).
Paula’s Soul Food Cafe
331 Main St., Hackensack
Paula’s Soul Food Cafe, a Bronx restaurant serving soul food, has opened a location in Hackensack. The menu covers lots of chicken (fried and BBQ) and fried seafood (flounder, shrimp, tilapia, catfish, etc.) dishes. Sides are cornbread, collard greens, macaroni and cheese and others. Plus the dessert offerings include red velvet, banana pudding and a bunch more. According to their Facebook page, the restaurant is open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner.
Manjal Indian Cuisine
37 Godwin Ave., Ridgewood
Manjal Indian Cusine has opened in Ridgewood. Indian appears to be hot (pun intended) right now with the recent openings of Dhaba (Westwood), Monsun (River Edge) and now Manjal.
This is the second location for the company, with their first outlet Manjal Indian Fusion in Fair Lawn. The menu covers food that is “south Indian Pondicherry style.” Many traditional Indian items fill out the menu, with some fusion dishes such as pizzas with Indian spices and toppings throughout.
Manjal will likely follow its sister restaurant and be open six days (closed Tuesdays) a week.
37 East Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood
Samba Bowls, the shop offering acai and pitaya bowls and smoothies, has been officially open for business since their grand opening. They offer a menu of superfood (acai, pitaya, chia seeds, etc.) bowls, smoothies and more so you can “get a full day’s supply of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.”
The store is currently open daily at 7 a.m. – just in time for those making the morning commute from the train station.
Red, White and Pasta
21 East Palisade Ave., Englewood
Red, White and Pasta, a new family-style Italian restaurant, has opened in Englewood.
The menu is pretty much what you’d expect for an Italian-American restaurant. The usual items – like antipasto, calamari, chicken parmigiana, meatballs, linguine with clam sauce and more – all make an appearance. Some less usual items include Red & White Jumbo Chicken Wings, cheesesteaks and ice cream from the brand Mikey Likes It.
Red, White and Pasta is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, plus offers local delivery.
343 Depew St., Dumont
Zai’s Dessertery, a bakery that focuses on cakes, cupcakes, macarons and more, has opened in Dumont. Zai’s Dessertery is the brainchild of former stay-at-home mom Zai, who decided to expand beyond baking for family and friends. Zai has been baking since a very young age, with the shop being her first try at retail. The Dessertery’s French macaroons are a must try. Zai’s is open six days (Tuesday through Sunday) a week.
87 Passaic St., Garfield
Jam Burger, a new burger-centric spot, has opened in Garfield. The menu features what you might expect: burgers, fries and shakes. Burgers are crafted using Pat LaFrieda Meats. For those who aren’t looking for beef, chicken and veggie burger options are also available. Special crafted sauces made Jam’s burgers stand out, as well as their signature shakes, such as Strawberry Shortcake and Jamlatte Caramel. The restaurant is open sevens days a week, beginning at 11 a.m.
31 Westwood Ave., Westwood
Downtown Dhaba, a new Indian restaurant, has opened in Westwood. According to their website, Dhaba is a “generic name for eateries in North of India.”
The menu features items from Northern India, with the chef sourcing local ingredients whenever possible. All their meats and poultry are halal and there are a vast number of vegetarian options as well. The vast menu is sure to have something for every diner.
Downdown Dhaba is now open daily for lunch and dinner.
The Raw Squeeze
1033 River Road, New Milford
The Raw Squeeze, a new natural juice bar, has opened in New Milford. Nestled in the birthplace of Bergen County (i.e. New Milford) and owned by a couple that lives in town, The Raw Squeeze is set as a modern lounge serving fresh made to order juices, smoothies, acai bowls, pitaya bowls and chia seed pudding.
In a rush? Order off their app and swing by quickly to pick up your order. The Raw Squeeze is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
31 W. Madison Ave., Dumont
La Taberna, a restaurant and bar featuring steaks and tapas, has opened in Dumont. La Taberna is owned by Lazaro Negrin, who owns nearby Sayola in Tenafly. Lazaro’s thought being that the area is missing this type of establishment.
The menu does have its share of tapas (though not limited to it) and does cover some Spanish fare, however, it also has items like pizza, flatbreads and wings, plus sandwiches, burgers and more for lunch.
A full bar has seven widescreen TVs to watch the game and happy hour from 5-7 p.m. The 120-seat space is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner with plans for entertainment and brunch.