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September 2010 Features 52 Cover feature / Readers’ Choice Awards 2010

We proudly present the winners of our third annual poll!

64 At home /

The suite life Thanks to a new spa-inspired master bedroom and bath, a Franklin Lakes couple learns there’s no place like home.

• Right on target • ‘What I’m listening to ...’ • Eco accolades • Wiser wares • Puppy love • House parties—with a twist • In search of: Bergen’s cutest pet!

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68 Escapes / Autumn by the sea

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editor’s letter

our county’s best, 2010

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We are proud to once again present our annual roundup of all Bergen’s bests! For the third year running, we’ve tallied your votes to determine which local haunts Bergenites are haunting most—and we have to say, some of your responses surprised us. in fact, we crowned new winners in a variety of categories this year. did your favorites make the cut? Find out in “readers’ choice awards 2010!” on page 52. as in years past, we plan to celebrate all of the champions at a can’t-miss bash. BergenFest 2010 is sure to be a rousing good time, with food, drinks and entertainment galore. the event is set for thursday, september 30 at the estate at Florentine gardens in river Vale. Want to join in the fun? see page 5 for ticket information. also in this issue we give you a behind-the-scenes look at two stunning local home makeovers. one involved the creation of a luxurious, spa-like master suite for a globetrotting Franklin Lakes couple (page 64). the other infused an old tappan home with quiet glamour, thanks to an unusual color palette; see page 66 for the transformation pictures. By now, the kids have bought their annual protractors and are headed back to school. But if you still haven’t had your family-getaway fill, fear not! an autumn jaunt is a glorious way to protract the year’s vacation fun, and there’s a perfect destination you may have overlooked precisely because it’s so handy: cape May! in our escapes article on page 68, we detail a host of activities your whole brood can enjoy in this storybook seaside spot. For closer-to-home fun ideas, check out Bergen Buzz, starting on page 23. there we give the scoop on an enticing Lebanese eatery; a renowned local archery shop where you can take lessons, join a league and more; a Bergen “Vip” group that gives you access to host of exclusive events; plus a teaneck shop that peddles a variety of ecofriendly and Fair trade gifts. and the hunt is on for Bergen’s cutest pet. does your four-legged (or scale-covered) friend have what it takes? see page 26 for details on how to enter. We look forward to seeing your submissions! LASER DENTISTRY OF NO RTH JE R S E Y 9 Post Road, Suite D5, Oakland, New Jersey (201) 337-9496 |

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Lebanese, if you please “We make food from our hearts and treat customers like they are guests in our home,” says Lebanese native Bennie Hamade, chef-owner of the colorful Bennies in Englewood (201-894-5700, Specializing in traditional Lebanese dishes made with healthy, all-natural ingredients, the cozy eatery offers such delights as homemade hummus; baba ghanoush; tabouli; and grilled lamb kebobs served with

Consider it your local VIP pass. By purchasing a “Platinum Membership” from Ridgewood’s Platinum Hospitality Consulting (201-493-7850,, you’ll have the chance to attend exclusive, often free events at area restaurants, shops, salons, spas and more. Memberships cost $20 per year for individuals or families. “Most of our events are complimentary tastings at restaurants,” says founder Linda Bradley, who notes that gatherings have been held at La Strada in Ridgewood and the Ho-Ho-Kus Inn. “The idea is that owners want their business to be on the forefront of people’s minds.” Other events have included a party at Karma Organic Spa in Ridgewood, and a free class at PerforMAX fitness center in Waldwick. While some events do carry a fee, members are often offered a reduced price. “The events are a really nice way to try places you’re not sure about,” says Lori Shepherd of Ridgewood. “My husband and I have repeatedly gone back to many of the restaurants that have hosted tastings.”

veggies and rice pilaf—not to mention bright, festive Middle Eastern décor. Raised in a village outside of Beirut, Hamade learned to cook from his parents, who came to the U.S. in the 1970s. Prior to opening in Bergen, Hamade and his family ran eight Bennies restaurants in Manhattan in the ’80s and ’90s. When escalating rents made it difficult to remain in the city, Hamade closed those restaurants and relocated to Englewood 12 years ago. Today, customers appreciate Hamade’s commitment to fresh fare. “I never use heavy stuff my cooking—only simple things like olive oil, a little bit of lemon juice, a little salt,” he says. “The food speaks for itself.”

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Right on target “I call archery ‘the world’s original extreme sport,’” says Rob Cerone, owner of archery megastore Targeteers in Saddle Brook (201-843-7788, Cerone’s father first opened the shop in 1957. SInce then, “our aim has been to promote a love for the sport,” Cerone notes. Today, Targeteers offers services for all skill levels—private lessons, group leagues for ages 5 through adult and open-shooting sessions at the in-store target range. Of course, archery essentials are also in plentiful supply. League member Catherine Abbott of Mahwah got her first taste of archery with lessons at Targeteers. “Anyone can shoot an arrow, but they teach you the actual skill of archery,” she says.

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Bergen buzz ‘What I’m listening to …’ With the warm weather waning and daylight’s duration dwindling, it can be hard to muster the motivation to work out. So we asked Keith Zebroski, senior membership director of the YMCA of Greater Bergen County in Hackensack, to share some of his favorite tunes for staying energized. “This is a mix of songs I listen to when working out alone and songs I enjoy playing during our adult wellness classes.” 1. “Rhythm Divine,” Enrique Iglesias, from Enrique 2. “Otherside,” Red Hot Chili Peppers, from Californication 3. “Say It Ain’t So,” Weezer, from Weezer (The Blue Album) 4. “YMCA,” Village People, from Disco Gold 5. “Where the Streets Have No Name,” U2, from The Joshua Tree 6. “The Scientist,” Coldplay, from A Rush of Blood to the Head 7. “Black Dog,” Led Zeppelin, from Led Zeppelin IV 8. “TNT,” AC/DC, from TNT 9. “Get Right,” Jennifer Lopez, from Rebirth 10. “One, two step,” Ciara featuring Missy Elliott, from Goodies 11. “Hollaback Girl,” Gwen Stefani, from Love. Angel. Music. Baby.

Eco accolades Forget the blue ribbon. Tile and stone designer Anna Marie Fanelli of Floor and Décor in Tenafly (201-569-5797, recently nabbed a “green” ribbon—winning a PROJECT: Green international design award for this eco-friendly girl’s bathroom in Demarest. For the project, Fanelli created a striking orange-and-white wall design using materials from Mixed-Up Mosaics that contain recycled glass that came from local sources. Underfoot, the pebble-like flooring is Jelly Bean Glass from Fireclay—made from recycled soda bottles. Beyond simply being green, Fanelli notes, the space also had to have style. “The homeowner is very fashion-conscious and wanted something out of the ordinary,” the designer says. “The idea was for the tile to look like artwork on the wall. It’s a very hip space.” Indeed, both the homeowner and her daughter are thrilled with the results, says Fanelli, adding that eco-design doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. “Think in small doses,” she says. “It’s like going on a diet: Little things add up. On any budget, you can always go green.”

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This ain’t your papa’s general store. From accessories made by nonprofit global women’s organizations to kitchenware crafted with recycled materials, Teaneck General Store (201-530-5046, offers unique merchandise made with social and environmental consciousness. “We specialize in eco-friendly, Fair Trade and locally made items,” says owner Bruce Prince. “We’re trying to do what we can to make the world a better place.” Need a creative gift idea? Browse the shop’s recycled glass bowls and platters from Spain (around $30 apiece); Fair Trade silk scarves from India ($23.99 and up); and hand-made baby onesies by Global Mamas ($20.49), a nonprofit organization that helps women in Africa become economically independent. After shopping, sip an organic, Fair Trade coffee or tea at the new coffee bar, or linger for poetry readings or live music, which the shop regularly hosts. “I’ve purchased many unusual items at the store, including a Fair Trade bamboo vase and nesting bowls made from recycled material,” says Englewood resident Nancy Nissim. “Shopping here leaves me feeling good about how I’m acting as a consumer.”

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Bergen buzz PUPPY LOVE Garnell C. Shumate, Hackensack, business owner Kenny, Schnoodle, age 1 How we met: “I found Kenny’s baby picture on the website and fell in love—how could I resist that face? He’s a Schnauzer-poodle mix who was bred in Missouri and flown to us at 10 weeks old. Although he was nervous when we picked him up at Newark Airport, it didn’t take long for him to melt right in.”

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Morning routine: “We call him ‘Clingy Kenny’ because he always wants to be with us. When he wakes up in the morning he’ll jump right onto our bed—if he’s not already sleeping with us. And when my daughters get ready for school, he’ll bust right through the bathroom door to say ‘hello!’” Fashion factor: “I like to dress up Kenny in nice harnesses, sweaters and polo shirts—and he loves his clothes!”


Bergen’s cutest pet! Dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits—no matter which animals hold a place in your heart, we want to meet them. We’re looking for the county’s most adorable pets. Think yours can be crowned top dog? Head to www.bergenhealthandlife. com/pet. There you’ll be asked to submit your pet’s picture, plus a few sentences on why you think he or she should win. Prizes include free tickets to our annual BergenFest event at Florentine Gardens in River Vale on September 30 and assorted pet items. All entrants will also be included in an online video!


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If pizza, cake and a few rounds of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” just aren’t cutting it, soup up your little one’s birthday bash with one of these fun fêtes—each of which will come right to your home: Have a dino fiend in your family? They’ll love getting hands-on experience with real-deal dinosaur relics during a party by Dinosaurs Rock (800-411-3466, Kids not only get up-close with museum-quality artifacts, they’ll also learn about dinosaurs, dig for fossils and play dinosaurrelated games. What’s more, each guest receives genuine fossils to take home—ranging from dinosaur bones to petrified wood to fossilized shark teeth. A basic package costs $395 for 15 children, $15 for each additional child. Science comes to life—think volcanoes that erupt to 2 to 3 feet in the air; stretchy, bouncy “space mud” that kids make themselves and more—with help from Wyckoff-based High Touch High Tech of Northern New Jersey (201-847-0199, The company offers three science-oriented birthday packages, all supervised by an instructor. Prices start at $285 for 15 children, $7 for each additional child, and include take-home experiments for each guest plus a gift for the birthday girl or boy. If your wee one likes bouncing off the walls, a party on Bergen’s Fun Bus (973-773-6773, may be just the answer. Bashes are held in a full-sized, carpeted and padded school bus equipped with rings, slides, a balance beam, tumbling mats, a trampoline and more (all seats have been removed). The bus parks in front of your home, and the fun is led by two certified instructors. Parties are geared for ages 2 to 7; prices available upon request.

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Wholesome American cuisine, with a sprinkling of italian and greek specialty dishes, is the name of the game at Fairmount Eats. innovative salads, wraps, seafood and homemade soups are all readily available for the health conscious. in addition, customers rave about the freshness of the ingredients, friendly European atmosphere, generous portions and great service at reasonable prices. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers online ordering as well as free delivery with no minimum order.

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Having arrived in Bergen County one year ago, gregory T’s has incorporated itself as a family-friendly establishment with a wide range of culinary fare from burgers to entrees with gourmet overtones and wide range of price options as well. All of their dishes are made to order from fresh ingredients to ensure the utmost in quality. Whether it’s one of their signature salads, mouth-watering pan seared scallops or their grilled French trimmed pork chop in a port wine glaze, gregory T’s is ready to please with their wide selection of specials, steaks, seafood, pasta and simple fare.


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Consistently voted one of the best restaurants in the area, il Mulino is a ByOB restaurant that transcends typical italian fare. in addition to their signature osso bucco and stuffed artichokes, they serve interesting dishes such as grilled Chilean sea bass with sundried tomatoes and asparagus tips in an oyster mushroom, white-wine sauce with herbs also grilled shrimp over cannellini beans, red onions and mescalun

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to the area’s best restaurants The Restaurants at

Lincoln Harbor Weehawken

The Restaurants at Lincoln Harbor have more to offer than a fabulous view of Manhattan—the food is exceptional. The newest addition is Masina Trattoria Italiana that just opened in the recently renovated Sheraton Lincoln Harbor. It serves home-style Italian specialties such as Grilled Octopus, Cauliflower Carbonara, Osso Bucco and Scarpariello. Other fine dining can be found at the Chart House, renowned for its seafood dishes with a hint of the exotic such as Snapper Hemingway. Ruth Chris Steak House’s sizzling steaks are amazing, but there are also outstanding salads, soups, chicken and seafood specials every day. (If you can’t make up your mind, try the Petit Filet and jumbo shrimp.) And Houlihan’s, a casual dining establishment, sets themselves apart with their “scratch cooking.” Absolutely nothing on the menu is microwaved or preassembled.

A fine dining staple in the Bergen County restaurant scene since 1992, new ownership recently renovated interior resembling a “swank private club” makes this a truly luxurious dining experience. The

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“Eclectic American” menu features classic dishes with an inventive twist and sometimes an international flair. Chef Weiss dazzles guests with his “plated works of art,” including a daily selection of “Nourishing Traditions” that are lighter—yet satisfying—entrees using an abundance of fresh seasonal ingredients without the unnecessary fats. Recently, diners voted Esty Street onto the Open Table Diner’s Choice list for their exceptional food and wine, and the restaurant was honored by Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence for their outstanding wine list!

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sun-dried tomatoes. And don’t miss the Happy Hour or dessert menu that were both voted #1 in the area.

Funky and fun, the Martini grill will not disappoint. Their innovative italian-Continental food is made from local ingredients bought and prepared onsite daily. Some of the most popular dishes include a Chilean sea bass baked with horseradish crumb crust over wilted spinach and lemon jus; a lamb shank braised with vegetable brunoise and a creamy white-bean provencal; and pan-seared medallions of filet mignon topped with jumbo shrimp, roasted peppers and mozzarella in a light garlic jus. Even their latest martini, Day at the Spa, with cucumber vodka, pureed cucumber, mint and yogurt sounds deliciously healthy.

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Everyone is welcome at pAUliE’S, a family-style, quality and value-driven restaurant in Closter. When paulie created the restaurant, he wanted to offer his guests a feast-like dining experience whether it was with friends, family or co-workers. Their italian-American menu classics allow the quality of ingredients to take center stage. Everything is prepared from scratch daily and expertly presented. Whether you’re new to pAUliE’S or a long-standing guest, they look forward to seeing you soon.

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the Fit Foodie is your guide to healthy local dining options. the chefs at these restaurants offer a great selection of menu items for the most health conscious epicureans.

True to their motto of “Where good Food Meets good people,” gotham City Diner carries a wide range of traditional favorites such as deli and specialty sandwiches, paninis, burgers, wraps, chicken and seafood dishes as well as a most unusual salad bar. Customers order their favorite salad greens from five types and then other vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, nuts (and other “crunches”), fruit, cheese and a delicious dressing from an extensive list of over 65 ingredients—the final custom-made salad is delivered to the table. The restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and home delivery is now available for those who just don’t have the time to get out for one of their great meals.

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by Janelle Yates

Prize Have you


been properly protecting your peepers?


Windows to the soul? The eyes may be that, but they’re also a precious part of your good health. To guard your eyesight, get regular eye exams and “live a healthy life,” advises Emily Chew, M.D., deputy director of epidemiology and clinical applications at the National Eye Institute. For more good-sight insight, Bergen Health & Life asked Jeffrey Anshel, O.D. (doctor of optometry), president of the Ocular Nutrition Society, for advice on six possible threats to your eyes. Staring at a computer screen Worry? No. No studies have proved that a long day in front

of the monitor causes serious problems, says Dr. Anshel. What to do: Lower your monitor— the widespread belief that it has to be at “eye level” is wrong, Dr. Anshel says. Position it so that your gaze is downward. Your eyes won’t have to open so wide and you’ll blink more—a good thing, because blinking produces tears and prevents dry eyes. Watching 3-D movies Worry? Maybe. Watching 3-D movies won’t harm your

eyes, but it could offer a clue to existing eye problems. “Three-D images cannot be perceived without two functional eyes, and not everybody has them,” Dr. Anshel says. About 30 to 35 percent of the population struggles to keep their eyes working closely in tandem.

What to do: If your eyes get tired during a movie, or you develop a headache or nausea, “that’s an alarm,” Dr. Anshel says. Get your vision checked. Reading on a Kindle, iPhone, iPad or other device Worry? Maybe. People tend to hold an electronic display clos-

er than a book, Dr. Anshel says. “And the closer you hold something, the more you have to focus. That can lead to eyestrain.” What to do: Of the currently available readers, choose a Kindle if you plan to read outdoors, says the doctor, because it offers “reflective luminance” (the brighter your environment, the brighter the screen). “The iPad and a lot of phones have a glossy screen, so if you use them in bright light it’s harder to see,” he adds. And Dr. Anshel recommends holding your Kindle no closer than 16 inches away. Skipping sunglasses Worry? Yes. “When we tell people to get some sun, we al-

ways tell them to wear sunglasses,” Dr. Anshel says. “Lots of studies show that ultraviolet light is a factor in cataracts.” What to do: Buy good-quality glasses that provide UVA and UVB protection. “About 99.9 percent of drugstore glasses don’t have good lenses,” the doctor says. He recommends a visit to an eyeglasses store or department store instead: “You’ve got to spend a few extra bucks.” When shopping for sunglasses, says Dr. Anshel, hold a pair at almost arm’s length and shift them left to right. If you see any “swimming” or distortion of the image, that’s a sign that the lenses are of istock



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so-so quality. Better yet, have your eye doctor check a pair’s quality with his or her instruments. Rubbing your eyes while wearing contacts Worry? Probably not. “A little bit of rubbing is usually not

a problem,” Dr. Anshel says. What to do: “Do it lightly.” Also figure out what is making you rub your eyes. “If they’re itching a lot, you may have an allergy. If they’re feeling gritty, they may be drying out. Rubbing could be a sign of a problem that needs to be resolved.” Wearing lots of eye makeup Worry? Maybe. Eye makeup can be a problem if it covers

glands in the eyelids that produce essential oils, Dr. Anshel says. These oils become the front layer of your tears and prevent them from evaporating too quickly. What to do: When applying eye liner, avoid the thin line of tissue between the lashes and the surface of the eye. n

Eat right for better sight Which of these two changes are better for your eye health? • Eat more carrots. • Cut down on artificial sweeteners. Surprisingly, it’s the second option. The critical nutrient in carrots is beta-carotene; this converts into vitamin A, which is good for your eyes. But in the U.S., vitamin A deficiency is extremely rare, notes Jeffrey Anshel, O.D., president of the Ocular Nutrition Society. Consuming too much artificial sweetener, on the other hand, can be bad for your eyes. “It breaks down into a type of ethanol that is toxic to the mitochondria,” says Dr. Anshel. “Mitochondria are energy producers, and the rods and cones inside the retina have the highest percentage of mitochondria.” Consuming artificial sweeteners can ultimately reduce your ability to withstand bright light.

When trouble’s in sight The blossom images below show five ways your vision can be distorted by eye conditions:

Macular degeneration



Color blindness


What it is: Damage

What it is: Clouding of

What it is: A lack of

What it is: Near-

What it is: Deteriora-

to the optic nerve from

the lens of the eye.

certain pigments in the

sightedness caused

tion of the macula, which

fluid pressure.

Warning signs: Dull

nerve cells in the eye.

by the length of the

lets you to see details.

Warning signs:

or blurry vision, colors

Warning signs: Diffi-

eyeball or steepness of

Warning signs:

Glaucoma is painless

that seem faded,

culty distinguishing red

the cornea.

Blurred central vision,

and often “silent” until

frequent eyeglass

from green, or blue

Warning signs: Blurry

sometimes with a blind

peripheral vision be-

prescription changes,

from yellow.

distance vision.

spot. Straight lines

gins to erode. Tunnel

poor night sight.

Who gets it: About

Who gets it: More

may appear crooked.

vision is the ultimate

Who gets it: People

10 percent of men;

than 40 percent of the

Who gets it: Smokers,


over 40—although

few women.


the obese, women more

Who gets it: African

it usually isn’t

Prevention: None.

Prevention: It usually

often than men, and

Americans, people

detected until age

It’s usually congenital.

can’t be prevented,

people with a family his-

over age 60, and those

60 or later. Surgery is

but it can be corrected

tory of it. The condition

with a family history of

the treatment.

with lenses or surgery.

is far more common

the condition.

Prevention: Wear

Avoid aggravating

among whites than

Prevention: Cannot

good sunglasses and

the condition with too

blacks. But the greatest

be prevented; early

a hat outdoors, quit

much close work.

risk factor is age.

detection and treat-

smoking and eat a

Prevention: Stop smok-

ment are critical.

balanced diet.

ing, lose excess weight and keep a balanced diet, with lots of green, leafy veggies and fish. Bergen Health & Life

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Test your

lunch-box IQ Can you spot the best options for your child’s noonday meals?

As kids head back to school, a large part of their nutritional day is entrusted to whatever you pack in that iCarly or SpongeBob lunch box—so choose wisely. But how savvy are you really when it comes to lunchtime nourishment? Each of the questions on the opposite page pairs two lunch-box alternatives. Your task: Decide which option, all things considered, is better for your youngster.



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Quiz 1. A sandwich of (a) smoked turkey or (b)


low-sodium ham?

2. A snack of (a) white corn tortilla chips or


Choosing healthy food isn’t enough— you also have to keep lunches safe. According to The Nemours Foundation, fewer than one-third of parents include a cold pack with foods that need refrigeration. Follow these

(b) unsalted pretzels?

guidelines to protect kids’ lunches:

3. (a) Light mayonnaise or (b) mustard?

• Store hot foods in a thermos.

4. (a) Whipped cream cheese or (b) light cream

• Use cold packs or freeze some foods and drinks overnight and let them thaw in the lunch box.


5. (a) An apple or (b) an orange? 6. (a) Skim milk or (b) 100 percent fruit juice? 7. (a) Processed American cheese food or (b) deli-sliced provolone?

8. (a) A tuna salad sandwich or (b) peanut-butterand-jelly?

9. (a) White bread or (b) whole-wheat bread? 10. (a) a 1.5-ounce box of raisins or (b) a banana?

• Wash lunch boxes daily or use brown paper bags. • Add moist towelettes to remind kids to wash their hands before and after eating. Source: The Nemours Foundation

Your lunch-box literacy • 9 to 10 correct: Gold star! You’re a meal-packin’ whiz. Keep up the good work. • 7 to 8 correct: Check plus. You have good hunches on lunches, but a solid cram session would make you a more prudent packer. • 6 or fewer correct: See me after class. When it comes to lunch literacy, you need to do your homework. Check out the U.S. Department of Agriculture “food pyramid” website,, for healthy-meal tips.

ANSWERS: 1. (a) Pick the turkey. The poultry beats the pig in terms of protein (29.3 grams versus 22.3), fat (5 grams versus 8.3) and calories (162 versus 172). In terms of salt, low-sodium ham has only a bit less sodium than turkey (969 milligrams versus 996 in a 100-gram portion). 2. (b) Pretzels are the big winner here. Though tortilla chips are better than many potato chips, an ounce checks in at 137 calories and 6 grams of fat. The same amount of pretzels has 108 calories and less than 1 gram of fat. These pretzels win on sodium too—82 milligrams versus 118. (If regular pretzels are your choice instead, the call is less clear, as their other advantages must be balanced against a whopping 385 milligrams of sodium.) 3. (b) Choose the mustard. Even low-fat mayo (1 tablespoon) has 49 calories, 5 grams of fat, 101 milligrams of sodium and 5 milligrams of cholesterol. The same amount of plain yellow mustard, on the other hand, has just 9 calories, 0.2 grams fat, 57 milligrams sodium and no cholesterol.


4. (b) If your kids like a smear, make it light, though neither of these is particularly healthy. A tablespoon of whipped cream cheese: 35 calories, 3.5 grams fat. Light: 30 calories, 2.3 grams fat. 5. (b) The orange wins this battle of the titans. Either fruit is a fine addition to your child’s lunch, as both boast a variety of nutrients and lots of beneficial antioxidants. But while a medium-sized apple (3-inch diameter) has 4.4 grams of dietary fiber, beating the 3.1 grams of a medium orange (2 3/8-inch), the orange is preferable for calories (62 versus the apple’s 95), and contains a whopping 69.7 milligrams of vitamin C, compared with the apple’s 8.4. 6. (a) Pack milk, which has 10 times as much calcium as your typical apple/ grape-blend fruit juice. And then add an apple and some grapes, as the

American Academy of Pediatrics advises that fruit be eaten, not consumed in juice form. 7. (b) Keep it real. True, those slices in their separate plastic wrappers have slightly fewer calories than the Provolone (94, compared to 100 per ounce) and less fat (7.14 grams versus 7.55). But they also have less protein (5.22 grams versus 7.25) and calcium (162 milligrams versus 214)—and most U.S. kids are deficient in this bone-building mineral. Thus, a judicious use of real cheese can be an important part of your child’s diet. Plus, it tastes a whole lot better! 8. (a) It’s the tuna, though each has its pros and cons. Three ounces of tuna salad has more calories (342 versus 244) and sodium (342 milligrams versus 147) than 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of jelly. But PB&J has twice the fat (16 grams versus 8) and three times the sugar (10 grams versus 3). Why is tuna the champ? It wins on protein, 14 grams versus 8, and has heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids too. 9. (b) Use the wheat. The two are nearly identical in terms of calories, fat, sodium and cholesterol. However, each whole-grain slice has twice the protein and three times the fiber of its paler cousin. Those nutrients are contained in the grain kernel, which is stripped away to make white bread. 10. (b) Choose the banana. Raisins are a healthy, energy-boosting snack, but they’re definitely “second banana” here. A medium-sized banana delivers 422 milligrams of potassium with 14.43 grams of sugars—as opposed to the 322 grams of potassium your child gets with the raisins along with 25.45 grams of sugars. And it’s a wipeout when it comes to brain-boosting niacin: The banana has 0.785 milligrams, while the raisins come in at just under 0.329 milligrams. Source: Nutritional data from the United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

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SURE, THOSE BON JOVI SONGS MAKE YOU feel good. But frankly, your iPod could be doing a whole lot more to help out your health. Today, you can get wellness info whenever the whim strikes by subscribing to one of hundreds of free health-related podcasts. But while some provide bona fide medical wisdom, others might be better classified as “infotainment.” The British Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine has even done a study on the podcasts created by medical journals, concluding that “the quality of the listening experience is variable.” To find out which ’casts are worth a download, Bergen Health & Life asked Nate Lebowitz, M.D., a preventive cardiologist with privileges at Holy Name Medical Center, to listen to five popular ones and rate their usefulness from 0 (dreadful) to 5 (excellent). Here’s how they stacked up:



Where: iTunes What: An hour-long radio show on varied health topics

Who: Host Michael F. Roizen, M.D., is the co-founder and chair of the RealAge Inc. Scientific Advisory Board, a past chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee, former chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic and a former editor for six medical journals. He is co-author of several books in the

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“Each segment is relatively short, digestible and entertaining, because a radio host with a great voice keeps the show moving,” says Dr. Lebowitz. “And the information on things like nutrition labels, skin care and cancer prevention is generally new and practical for the average person. For example, the show went into great detail about sunscreens, and I learned something I didn’t know—that you want to



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apply a thicker layer of sunscreen for best protection.” “Dr. Roizen’s books are mentioned a lot, and that much selling would normally raise questions about conflicts of interest. But here it’s part of his own business.” RATING: 4

JOHNS HOPKINS PODMED Where: iTunes What: A weekly 10-minute account of the week’s top medical stories

Who: The narrator is Rick Lange, M.D., professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University and vice chairman of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


raises vitamin D levels, but when she goes on to recommend small amounts of sun exposure, she never brings up the safety and efficacy of taking a vitamin D supplement, as Dr. Roizen does.” RATING: 2

THE NUTRITION DIVA’S QUICK AND DIRTY TIPS FOR EATING WELL AND FEELING FABULOUS Where: iTunes What: 8- to 10-minute presentations on practical nutrition Who: Host Monica Reinagel is a licensed nutritionist and a professionally trained chef who has written books on health and nutrition and is a regular contributor to


“Each podcast is extremely topical and practical, and her discussion is very knowledgeable and thorough,” says Dr. Lebowitz. “She combines cooking tips with health advice that is reasonable, scientifically based and useful.” He admired her podcast on highfructose corn syrup, for example.

“This doctor is talented at explaining disease processes and recent medical studies for a public audience,” says Dr. Lebowitz. “What he says is understandable and quite reasonable.” An example is a podcast on the relation between poor teeth-brushing “She does speak a bit too fast,” the docand heart disease: “Dr. Lange concisely By tor adds. explains a large recent Scottish study sup2013, some RATING: 4.5 porting that link.” Also, he tackles a hot 38 million e b will topic in heart-attack treatment, “with Americans MEDICINENET.COM ers— en evidence-based advice on what to do if the st li podcast Where: nearest hospital doesn’t offer coronary more than ’s art.asp?articlekey=47344 8 0 0 2 angioplasty and stent placement, the golddouble What: An archive of 3- to 4-minute digests of standard treatment.” (The upshot: Better to audience. the research on specific medical topics, each dishave clot-busting drugs administered quickly cussed by a physician than to lose precious time traveling to a cath lab.)



Who: As part of the WebMD online network, Medicine

“FAST FACT” SOURCE: EMARKETER, CITED IN FAST MONEY, ISSUE 144, APRIL 2010 draws on a network of U.S. board-certified physi-


cians. The editor, Melissa Stöppler, M.D., is an anatomic

Where: iTunes

pathologist and medical journalist who has taught at

What: 4- to 8-minute presentations on such issues as

Georgetown University’s School of Medicine.

menopause, motherhood and sexuality, with an alternative,

“This a good, basic source of information, fairly well-written and presented,” Dr. Lebowitz says. Like the Johns Hopkins podcast, this one digests and explains the newest research on things like hormone replacement therapy or stem-cell research. But its most important added value, the doctor says, may be its connection to the and websites, which offer an extensive library of articles and links to other material for further information.

“listen to your body’s wisdom” slant

Who: Dr. Northrup, a practicing ob/gyn for more than 25 years, has penned best-selling books including Women’s

Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and appeared in TV specials.


“The information she provides is accurate and topical—for example, on the explosion of obesity in this country,” says Dr. Lebowitz.


“But it’s geared mostly for postmenopausal women,” he adds. “It’s more of a self-help, motivational podcast, and it promotes her books, website and live appearances. It rambles a bit and doesn’t go into much detail.” As an example, our doctor notes that Dr. Northrup “accurately points out that sun exposure



“It’s not really practical information you can use today,” adds Dr. Lebowitz. “It’s more for if you’re interested in medical news your own doctor might not be aware of.” RATING: 3


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The leaders in Robotic Prostatectomies Vincent Lanteri, MD, FACS • Michael Esposito, MD, FACS • Mutahar Ahmed, MD, FACS • Gregory G. Lovallo, MD Maywood - 255 W. Spring Valley Avenue, Maywood 201-487-8866 Monmouth Medical Center - 255 Third Avenue, Long Branch 732-403-5506

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A Healing Place Between Hospital and Home AT DELLRIDGE AND WOODCLIFF LAKE HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTERS, their goal is to provide the best care and service possible to every client every time. The inpatient subacute rehabilitation program is comprehensive and designed for clients whose illness or injury no longer warrants the acute-care services of a hospital, yet is too complex for treatment at home. In fact, those who don’t use subacute rehabilitation services after surgery statistically have more trouble recovering and often return to the hospital within 30 days. In addition to state-of-the-art technology and interdisciplinary professional care, what really sets these two Centers apart is the individualized, supportive

attention each client receives. After more than 30 years of operation, Dellridge and Woodcliff Lake Health & Rehabilitation Centers are still family-owned – a rare trait in today’s era of corporate facilities. Family pride and caring is evident in everything they do and reflective in the low turnover and longevity of its staff. “Rehabilitation services are offered seven days a week. Patients receive two to three hours of intensive therapy each day while staying in a hotel-like environment, as opposed to 45-60 minutes usually provided at outpatient centers,” explains Dr. Lisa Chamberlain, PT, DPT, ATC. “Dellridge and Woodcliff Lake Health & Rehabilitation Centers are healing places between hospital and home.”

Dellridge Health & Rehabilitation Center 532 Farview Avenue | Paramus | 201-265-5600 | Woodcliff Lake Health & Rehabilitation Center 555 Chestnut Ridge Road | Woodcliff Lake | 201-391-0900 |

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Decades of Caring, One Day at a Time

{ Life Is Good }

FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, the Laufer family has been providing life-enriching housing and services to seniors. With the recent addition of The Promenade at Tuxedo Place, a combination of assistive living and independent apartments for income-qualifying folks ages 55 years and older, this family owned and operated company offers a full continuum of living options. The Promenade at Blue Hill, a dual-care community, features supportive assisted living and secure memory care for those suffering from dementia, while The Esplanade at Chestnut Ridge is an assisted living residence with a variety of care plans designed to meet individuals’ needs.

What really sets Promenade Senior Living apart is the warm and welcoming feeling you get once you step into each of their communities. The residences have arrangements with many local professionals including physicians, podiatrists, psychiatrists, physical therapists, and others who provide on-site healthcare services. This saves the family from the often difficult chore of taking an older relative to doctors’ appointments. “Each of our properties is unique, providing a variety of housing options for everyone,” says Jodi Gittelman, regional manager for Promenade Senior Living LLC. “We encourage you to visit our communities and find the perfect fit.”

The Promenade at Tuxedo Place | 40 Hospital Road | Tuxedo NY | 845-351-0000

The Promenade at Blue Hill | 582 Veterans Memorial Drive | Pearl River NY | 845-735-6846

The Esplanade at Chestnut Ridge | 168 Red Schoolhouse Road | Chestnut Ridge NY | 845-620-0606

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A Gracious, Carefree Lifestyle

FRANCISCAN OAKS OFFERS a unique combination of classic elegance and gracious retirement living. Every day brings a rich variety of social and recreational programs with newly made friends: a game of bridge, computer classes, self-enrichment and special fitness programs and so much more. The warmth of an inviting fireplace draws you into the hub of activity; a morning continental breakfast gives rise to engaging conversations. Franciscan Oaks is a community where you can explore new interests and hobbies while making lifelong friends – or just enjoy the view from your balcony or porch. We are a “life-care” community; at Franciscan Oaks,

assisted living and nursing care is available with no increase in monthly fees. Our residents are not isolated and love being a part of the town of Denville. In the nice weather, they can walk to nearby specialty shops and boutiques, spas, restaurants and the fabulous Denville Dairy. The local library and the post office are also walking distance from Franciscan Oaks, and Denville offers public transportation to New York City and its cultural, sports, dining and entertainment. Having Saint Clare’s Hospital right next door gives our residents a heighten level of comfort and security that emergency healthcare is only yards away. Give us a call to schedule a personal tour!

19 Pocono Road | Denville | 800-237-3330 |

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{ Life Is Good }

First-Class, Affordable Elegance MILL GARDENS IS ONE OF THE FEW ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITIES in Bergen County that is located in a residential neighborhood, complete with mature trees, well-tended lawns and friendly neighbors. The peaceful and familiar setting, decorated and appointed with a classic elegant style all its own, often helps residents adjust to the new setting having lived most of their adult lives in their own home. Each of the three styles of apartments at Mill Gardens are bright and sunny – and larger than most with private, equipped kitchenettes and climate controls for individual comfort. Care staff is also on premises 24 hours a day to make sure any medical needs are answered quickly. Independence and social interaction are encouraged with a very active events calendar that includes field trips, exercise classes, onsite entertainment, and educational programs. A social adult day program is scheduled to begin this fall.

“Residents have immediate access to transportation, shopping, healthy meals, clean laundry, medical services and other daily needs without having to wait until family and friends can help,” Nick Drivanos, Mill Gardens’ executive director, explains. “We are very proud of Mill Gardens and always welcome visitors to tour our residence, whether they’re actively looking or just planning for the future.”

36 Faner Road | Midland Park | 201-493-7400 |

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Family Caring for Family FOR MORE THAN FIVE DECADES, the Van Dyk family has provided unsurpassed housing choices for seniors in northern New Jersey. Initially Van Dyk Health Care focused on long-term nursing homes, but later expanded its continuum of senior care services to include subacute rehabilitation, assisted living and senior apartments for those looking for a more independent lifestyle. What truly sets these family-owned and-operated communities apart from others, though, is the level of personal attention. Van Dyk takes care to hire the right professionals, most of whom become long-time employees. This sense of family extends to the residents and permeates throughout each and every one of the Van Dyk communities. Van Dyk Manor of Ridgewood was also one of the few facilities in New Jersey to receive a five-star rating in the recent Medicare nursing-home survey.

Van Dyk residents all have access to top-notch medical and nursing care as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy. In addition, other amenities such as fitness rooms, barber and beauty salons, libraries and shopping are provided. Respite care—for families caring for seniors in their homes who occasionally need to travel or take a break—is available at all of the Van Dyk communities. The Van Dyk team is dedicated to exceeding the expectations of those they serve and care for.

Van Dyk Manor | 201-445-8200 | Ridgewood Van Dyk Park Place | 973-636-7000 | Hawthorne Van Dyk Manor | 973-783-9400 | Montclair Van Dyk Bald Eagle Commons | 973-728-6000 | West Milford

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by Kristin Colella and Diane Szulecki

Readers’ Choice Awards



We proudly present the winners of our third annual poll

Call it “The Rise of the South.” In this, our third annual Readers’ Choice Awards, we saw a surge of support for the county’s southern towns— Carlstadt, Rutherford and East Rutherford, for example, with one enterprising new eatery in particular nabbing several awards. But readers still found much to admire throughout Bergen.

Read on for our roster of proud winners. Better yet, sample

their offerings for yourself at BergenFest 2010, our annual party and expo set for September 30 at The Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale! See page 5 for details. But in the meantime, peruse the pages that follow for a preview. Enjoy!



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Tasty treats sink your teeth into these delectable edibles COFFEE, CAPPUCCINO/ESPRESSO Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters (108 West Pleasant Avenue, Maywood, 201-556-0111; www.moondoggie Freshly roasted in-house and brewed with filtered water, coffee at this quirky café is made with top-quality Arabica Specialty grade beans and available in more than 50 flavors. (Our favorite: cinnamon sticky bun!) For an extra jolt, order up a specialty drink from the espresso bar, such as cappuccino, café Vienna (espresso, vanilla and steamed milk topped with whipped cream) or one of a variety of creative lattes (try the gingerbread cookie and maple spice).


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Biggie’s Clam Bar (430 Route 17 South, Carlstadt, 201-933-4000;


Crumbs (123 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-447-5800;

Biggie’s meal is complete without a

Its “coming soon” sign taunted locals for months, but when this bake shop opened

side of its seasoned waffle fries, crisp

in January, the offerings proved well worth the wait. This Manhattan transplant

sweet-potato fries or crunchy onion

offers more than 60 varieties of cupcakes, including the Caramel Apple (apple

rings made with Spanish onions and

cinnamon cake, apple pie filling, vanilla cream-cheese

served with an onion dipping sauce.

frosting and caramel) and the Grasshopper (chocolate

And there’s no sitting under a heat

cake, chocolate-fudge filling, mint-flavored cream-cheese

lamp for these gems—all are cooked

frosting, chocolate cake crumbs, mini chocolate chips and a

fresh each time an order is placed.

vanilla butter cream rosette).



Lyndhurst Pastry Shop (256 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst,

Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters

201-939-3951; It’s been

(108 West Pleasant Avenue,

62 years since this family-owned Italian bakery began

Maywood, 201-556-0111; www.moon

peddling confections. Cream puffs, éclairs, napoleons, Moon Doggie

fruit tarts, sfogliatelle—all are baked from scratch, with

may be known for its excellent

many recipes coming from Sicily, where the family

brews, but the shop’s smoothies

emigrated from in 1913.

are also a delight. Order them in

RUNNER-UP: Le Petit Gateau

your choice of eight flavors, such as

(168-F Kinderkamack Road,

Mango Madness and Wild Berry Boost,

Park Ridge, 201-391-6300;

a blend of blueberries, strawberries

and raspberries.


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Tasty treats sink your teeth into these delectable edibles TACOS


Pancho’s Burritos (214 Main Street, New Milford,

Biggie’s Clam Bar (430 Route 17 South, Carlstadt,

201-225-2554; 20 Jefferson Avenue, Westwood,

201-933-4000; The Bergen

201-664-4761; The key

outpost of this 64-year-old Hoboken favorite opened

to Pancho’s mouthwatering tacos? A double corn

its doors just this April, and already it’s proving that

shell (hard outside, soft inside) stuffed with creative

food needn’t be fancy to make an impression. This

fillings. You’ll find nine varieties on the menu,

newly opened establishment serves up only one type

including the spicy “Tacos al Pastor,”

of burger, but it’s a winner—made of fresh-ground

with pork, lettuce, salsa fresca and

beef that comes straight from the butcher daily, char-

jack cheese, chipotle sauce on the

grilled to your liking. Feel free to pile on the toppings,

side; the grilled-fish tacos; and

including sautéed peppers and onions, lettuce,

the finger-lickin’ San Antonio BBQ

tomato, bacon and four types of cheeses.

tacos, made with pork or chicken.

PIZZA Bensi (TPR Restaurant-Pizzeria [“The Original Bensi”], 8 West Railroad Avenue, Tenafly, 201871-0444; 700 Paramus Park Mall, Paramus, 201-2250080; 387 Washington Avenue, Hillsdale, 201-722-8881; 459 Route 17 South, Hasbrouck Heights, 201-727-9525; 11-35 River Road, North Arlington, 201-246-0100; Bensi started out as the cozy TPR Restaurant-Pizzeria in Tenafly. Part of the secret to its success? The heavenly thin-crust pizza, featuring hand-rolled dough made fresh daily. RUNNERS-UP: Pizza Fusion (33 Godwin Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-445-9010; Caffé Capri (119 Park Avenue, East Rutherford, 201460-1039;

SUSHI Kumo (700-90 Broadway, Westwood Plaza, Westwood, 201-6668800) Stay traditional with this pan-Asian eatery’s tasty tuna and California rolls, or tickle your fancy with the “Fantasy Roll” (tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado and cucumber wrapped in soybean paper) and the “Sweet Mother Roll” (king crab, cucumber and avocado wrapped in soybean paper, topped with kiwi and served with mango sauce).

TAPAS Sabor Peru (8 Highland Cross, Rutherford, 201-935-7378; There’s no traditional tapas menu at this colorful Peruvian eatery, but don’t let that stop you—regulars have been known to treat the tasty appetizers as a small-plates feast! Picks include huancaina (steamed potatoes or yucca served with a cold sauce made from ricotta cheese, milk, yellow sundried pepper and sautéed oil, garlic and onion) and a variety of ceviche—a cold mix of seafood cooked in freshly squeezed key lime juice and seasoned with garlic and cilantro. Delicioso!



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Best of RIBS Biggie’s Clam Bar (430 Route 17 South, Carlstadt, 201-9334000; www.biggiesclambar. com) To get its finger-lickin’ baby-backs just right, Biggie’s marinates ribs in a homemade barbecue sauce for four hours before grilling them to perfection. Choose the half portion for $15.75, or a full rack for $19.75. RUNNER-UP: Cubby’s BBQ Restaurant (249 South River Street, Hackensack, 201-488-9389;

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Maggiano’s (390 Hackensack Avenue,

Biggie’s Clam Bar (430 Route

Annabella’s (246 Hackensack Street,

Space 70, Hackensack, 201-221-2030;

17 South, Carlstadt, 201-933-

East Rutherford, 201-804-0303; www. Decadence

4000; www.biggiesclambar. Made fresh four times a

reigns in all types of this bustling

com) The succulent, hand-

day, Annabella’s mozzarella ($7.99 per pound)

Italian eatery’s indulgent raviolis, each

cut calamari at Biggie’s is

is a coveted delicacy. The cheese also appears

topped with a different Alfredo sauce.

lightly battered and fried to

in many of the inventive sandwiches, wraps

Traditionalists savor the four-cheese

perfection, then served with a

and entrées offered at this salumeria—like the

variety, stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella,

side of the eatery’s signature

“Capo di Tutti Capi” (a sandwich of prosciutto,

provolone and cream cheese, while

spicy tomato sauce

cappicolla, sopressata, mozzarella and roasted

others opt for the baked mushroom

and garlic

red peppers). Though the mozz is its claim to

ravioli (mushrooms, onions, Marsala


fame, the authentic deli also won your pick for

wine, Parmesan cheese) or the veal

Best Gourmet Cheese Shop.

and mushroom (stuffed with ground


veal, mushrooms, Marsala wine and

Chez Cheese (10 Washington Street, Tenafly,

Asiago cheese).




Blue Moon Mexican Café (42

Baumgart’s (45 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood, 201-569-6267; 59 The

Kinderkamack Road, Woodcliff Lake,

Promenade at City Plaza, Edgewater, 201-313-3889; 158 Franklin Avenue,

201-782-9500; 21 East Palisade Avenue,

Ridgewood, 201-612-5688; Part ’50s soda shop, part

Englewood, 201-541-0600; 327 Franklin

Asian eatery, part ice-cream parlor, Baumgart’s is known for its delectable,

Avenue, Wyckoff, 201-891-1331; www.

eclectic fare. It’s little wonder then that Meat lovers

this quirky spot won your

savor the “Full Moon” (chunks of spiced

hearts with its tasty dim

prime sirloin served with a flour tortilla

sum appetizer, consisting

cup) and “Blue Moon” (ground beef and

of four open-faced steamed

beans, served with cheese and sour cream)

dumplings filled with chicken

varieties, while the meatless chili—

and water chestnuts—the

featuring an array of veggies and three

perfect start to a memorably

types of beans—is a vegetarian favorite.

whimsical meal! continued Bergen Health & Life

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Tasty treats sink your teeth into these delectable edibles CANDY Krause’s Homemade Candies (50 Bergen Boulevard, Fairview, 201-943-4790; While the chocolate-covered strawberries are this beloved shop’s best-sellers, locals are also sweet on the coconut puffs, rock candy, licorice and abundance of handmade chocolate confections. For a tasty gift, purchase the 1-pound “General Assortment” box, a creative array of Krause’s most popular chocolates ($17.95).

CHOCOLATE Conrad’s Candy (107 Westwood Avenue, Westwood, 201-497-6280; The handmolded chocolates at this charming old-fashioned candy shop have been satisfying Bergen’s sweet tooth since 1928. Today favorites include butternut crunch, chocolate-covered homemade caramel and dark chocolate almond bark.

NONCHOCOLATE DESSERT Pazzo Gelato (47 Park Avenue, Rutherford, 201-406-1740) While this Rutherford shop’s creamy gelato may steal the show (try flavors such as mango, hazelnut, peanut butter and cherry), locals also love its assortment of cookies, cupcakes, crêpes, milkshakes and fruit smoothies.

CHEESECAKE and SPECIALTY COOKIES Sugarflake Bake Shop (257 Westwood Avenue, Westwood, 201-664-1253; 2404 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair Lawn, 201-796-3800) Peanut butter, Oreo, pumpkin, cappuccino—and that’s just the beginning: Sugarflake’s heavenly, madefrom-scratch cheesecakes come in 10 tantalizing varieties. Also showstoppers are the shop’s pecan sandies, lace cookies and some two dozen other varieties of specialty cookies, all handmade in-house. For calorie watchers, sugar-free cookies and cheesecakes offer a more guiltfree indulgence.

ICE CREAM Van Dyk’s (145 Ackerman Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-444-1429) Expect big crowds on warm nights at this Ridgewood gem, which makes more than 100 flavors of creamy homemade ice cream (you’ll find 46 available at any given time). Fall favorites include the apple pie and pumpkin ice cream.



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Best of CRÊPES Brasserie (4 Washington Street, Tenafly, 201-266-6400; www.tenafly Fill up on one of four savory crêpes—perhaps the buckwheat with goat cheese, spinach and béchamel sauce—or try the Nutella crêpe (with strawberries, bananas and whipped cream, if you’d like) for a sweet delight!

CHOCOLATE DESSERT The Melting Pot (250 Center Avenue, Westwood, 201-664-8877; www.melting Melted bliss awaits at this fondue spot, where dessert includes a decadent pot of warmed chocolate blended with all manner of sweet delights. All come with a plate of bitesized “dippers” (fruit, cake and more)— though if you try a spoonful straight from the pot, we won’t tell.




DePiero’s Country Farm (300

Rispoli Pastry Shop (824 Broad

Millers Bakery (716 Anderson Avenue,

West Grand Avenue, Montvale,

Avenue, Ridgefield, 201-943-

Cliffside Park, 201-943-0400; 5


6002) Recipes for Rispoli’s

Washington Avenue, Tenafly, 201-871-

DePiero’s takes good care to ensure

famous Italian cookies date

4449; Stick

that its homemade black-and-

back to 1937, when the shop

to the basics with Millers’ traditional

whites don’t disappoint. Featuring

first opened in West New

chewy chocolate-chip cookies, try the

a chewy cake base and available in

York. Today the family-owned

extra-indulgent chocolate chocolate-

miniature or large versions,

establishment continues to

cookies come

wow patrons with its pignoli,

chip or branch out with

savoiardi (Italian-style

topped with three

the Chinese chocolatechip—a thick, airy

frosting choices:

lady fingers), Regina

cookie with a slight

all-vanilla, all-

biscuits and more—all

almond taste topped

chocolate and

homemade with all-

with a dot of choc-


natural ingredients.

olate fondant.

CANNOLI: Tie Lyndhurst Pastry Shop (256 Ridge Road, Lyndhurst, 201-939-3951; Its foot-long cannoli (with 36 mini cannolis in and around a giant shell) is a party favorite, but the regular versions suit many just fine. All are homemade with a classic chocolate-chip sweet ricotta filling.

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B&W Bakery (614 Main Street, Hackensack, 201-3425577) Cannoli connoisseurs love this bake shop’s tubular treats. Can’t get enough? The bakery offers cakes with cannoli-cream filling. Yum! continued

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Dining out Best local gems for all your dining occasions CHEF


Andrew Wilson, Biggie’s Clam


Bar (430 Route 17 South, Carlstadt,

Chart House (Lincoln

201-933-4000; www.biggiesclambar.

Harbor, Pier D-T, Wee-

com ) A graduate of the Institute of

hawken, 201-348-6628;

Culinary Education in Manhattan,

Wilson, 21, is making a name for

Woo your love at this

himself as executive chef at

restaurant on the Hudson,

Biggie’s Clam Bar in Carlstadt.

which serves upscale

While the restaurant’s menu

American cuisine amid the

includes many Biggie’s favorites

twinkling lights of sweeping

developed over six decades, Wilson

Manhattan-skyline views.

has also introduced creative dishes

RUNNER-UP: Ivy Inn (268

all his own. His goal: “To bring

Terrace Avenue, Hasbrouck

Biggie’s into the future while still

Heights, 201-393-7699;

offering simple classics.”




Tom Sawyer Diner (98

Country Pancake House


East Ridgewood Avenue,

(140 East Ridgewood

It’s Greek to Me

Paramus, 201-262-0111;

Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-

(36 East Palisade



Avenue, Englewood,

com) Steak and eggs Waverers,


with ranchero sauce. An

beware: Serving up more

1611 Palisade

omelet with Portobello

than 100 varieties of pan-

Avenue, Fort Lee,

mushrooms, tomatoes

cakes, 20 types of French

201-947-2050; 21

and fresh mozzarella.

toast, 50 Belgian waffles and

East Ridgewood

French toast “Napoleon,”

more, this local favorite’s

Avenue, Ridgewood,

made from scratch with

menu can be a stumper

bananas, strawberries,

for the indecisive.

walnuts and whipped


201-612-2600; 487 Broadway, Westwood, 201-

cream. No matter your


722-3511; www.

craving, Tom Sawyer has

The “regular”

a dish to satisfy it.

portions here

Enjoy a big fat feast


are often

at this eatery, which

Café (325 Broadway,


features a menu

to last

of tantalizing

Westwood, 201-666-0400;

several meals!


DELI: Tie Bagel Supreme (284 Park Avenue, Rutherford, 201-460-


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Steve & Andrea’s (298 Park

7775) The hand-rolled bagels aren’t the only draw at this

Avenue, Rutherford, 201-939-

family-owned deli. Customers also love the Boar’s Head

7668) Customer favorites at this

sandwiches, gourmet wraps and paninis.

charming eatery on Rutherford’s

Carlstadt Bagels & Deli (326 Garden Street, Carlstadt, 201-



main drag include blueberry

933-5555) This friendly shop satisfies all your deli desires, from

pancakes and four-egg omelets

cold cuts to homemade cold salads to freshly made heroes.

cooked on the skillet.

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Best of FRENCH/CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT Latour (6 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-445-5056; www.


Red Basil (4 Glen Road, Rutherford,

entrées like horseradish- and herb-

201-460-8585; www.redbasilnj.

crusted salmon, filet of beef Welling-

com) Savor spicy squid salad, pad

ton napoleon and monkfish-lobster

Thai, red-curry chicken and other

stew, it’s no wonder tables at this

Thai specialties in this trendy,

elegant BYO book up faster than you

contemporary Rutherford hot spot.

can say “merci!”

VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT Mo Pho (212 Main Street, Fort Lee, 201363-8886; Sure the name is saucy, but so are some of the most popular dishes cooked up by chef-owner KT Tran at this 45-seat BYO. You can try the curried chicken stew with sweet potatoes or the broiled wasabi salmon. But our advice is to go for the namesake pho noodle soup; even better, try the “Crazy Mo’ Pho,” made with five toppings of your choosing.

STEAK RESTAURANT: Tie Morton’s (The Shops at Riverside, 1 Riverside Square, Hackensack, 201487-1303; You’ll find juicy steaks aplenty at this famed steakhouse, which serves only prime meat delivered fresh. While the 8- and 12-ounce filet mignon are favorites, customers also enjoy the zesty Cajun rib-eye steak, which is marinated for 60 hours in its piquant sauce. Steve’s Sizzling Steaks (620 Route 17 South, Carlstadt, 201-438-9677; www.steves In business for 74 years, this rustic eatery with wildernessinspired décor serves up a variety of “sizzling” steaks. Each is seasoned with a secret house sauce and served with steak fries, mushrooms and salad.

HEALTHY EATERY Park & Orchard (240 Hackensack Street,


East Rutherford, 201-939-9292; www.

Blue Moon Mexican Café (42 Kinderkamack Road, Woodcliff Lake, 201-782- The wholesome

9500; 21 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood, 201-541-0600; 327 Franklin Avenue,

fare on this eclectic restaurant’s

Wyckoff, 201-891-1331; This fun-loving

expansive menu is all made without

Mexican eatery answers all of your south-of-the-border yens, from quesadillas

bleached white flour, preservatives or

and fajitas to tacos, burritos,

other artificial ingredients.

chimichangas and more!

INDIAN RESTAURANT Taj Palace (513 Cedar Lane, Teaneck, 201-530-1950; Exotic, aromatic and irresistible—such is the Northern Indian fare cooked up at this Teaneck sarah rice; istock

BYO. Offerings include an array of chicken, beef, lamb, seafood and vegetarian plates cooked in the traditional tandoor; favorites such as curries, samosas, pakoras and mulligatawny soup; and even a menu of healthy selections. Can’t get enough? Try the daily lunch buffet ($9.95 on weekdays, $11.95 on weekends). continued Bergen Health & Life

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Dining out Best local gems for all your dining occasions OUTDOOR DINING Hunkar (319 Hackensack Street, Carlstadt, 201-507-0606; Take in a meal of traditional Turkish cuisine while enjoying prime vistas of Manhattan from Hunkar’s lovely outdoor patio, which seats about 40. Delicious menu options such as Hunkar Begendi (chicken or lamb chunks cooked in tomato sauce, served on eggplant puree blended with cheese), lamb shish kebabs with yogurt and stuffed grape leaves will make for an unforgettable al fresco experience.

DINER Tom Sawyer Diner (98 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, 201-262-0111; www. Four years ago, this family-run establishment—a local favorite since 1974—was destroyed in a three-alarm fire. Upon its reopening in 2008, customers were greeted with a sleek new look—but the same American, Italian and Greek favorites.


SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Biggie’s Clam Bar (430 Route 17 South, Carlstadt, 201-933-4000; www. Since its debut this spring, this multi-honored clams, as well as oysters, shucked to order from the raw bar, or indulge in imaginative entrées such as the “Seafood Fiesta,” a combo of shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari and crabmeat served over linguini

ITALIAN RESTAURANT: Tie Sanducci’s (570 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge, 201-5990600; The “Chicken Cristina” and the homemade black linguini with chunks of lobster are the most popular dishes at this trattoria. *Editor’s note: In October, Sanducci’s will be moving to 620 Kinderkamack Road. Volare’s (7 Station Square, Rutherford, 201-935-6606; www. Indulge in pasta fagioli, chicken oreganata, veal piccata, gnocchi vodka and other homemade

933-4000; ) Mom and Dad will love the wide variety

eatery has made a splash with its namesake delicacies. Enjoy fresh

with a pink cream sauce and plum tomatoes.

Route 17 South, Carlstadt, 201-

of land and sea entrées, while tykes can feast on chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, pasta with butter sauce and more from the kids’ menu.

BYOB RESTAURANT and CHEAP EATS Village Gourmet (75 Park Avenue, Rutherford, 201-438-9404; www. html) Where else can find you a glassenclosed liquor store right in the middle of a restaurant’s dining room? But feel free to bring your own favorite red or white to this

classics at this Rutherford BYO.

wallet-friendly spot (entrées average $10 to $20).

RUNNER-UP: Banchetto’s Feast (301 Center Avenue,

BYOB RUNNER-UP: Paisano’s (132 Park Avenue,

Westwood, 201-497-6330;

Rutherford, 201-935-5755;



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Best of

on the Town a stellar collection of nighttime spots WINE BAR/WINE LIST Martini Grill (187 Hackensack Street, Wood-Ridge, 201-939-2000) Pair that filet mignon with a bottle from Martini Grill’s extensive wine list, featuring more than 150 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. Stop by during weekday happy hours (noon to 7 p.m.) for half-priced glasses of wine.

MARGARITAS Railroad Café (170 Union Avenue, East Rutherford, 201-939-0644) Margaritas at this cozy old-fashioned restaurant come in regular or strawberry flavors, and can be prepared frozen or on the rocks. Even better: each drink’s $5 price tag. RUNNER-UP: Martini Grill (187 Hackensack Street, Wood-Ridge, 201-939-2000) IRISH PUB Blarney Station (258 Park Avenue, East Rutherford, 201531-0001; Nosh on fish and chips, bangers and mash or American fare such as buffalo wings and pizza. Pair your meal with a hearty pint—Blarney Station has 12 on tap and another 15-plus by the bottle. Our pick? The Guinness, of course!



Blend (17 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood, 201-447-4343;

Biggie’s Clam Bar (430 Route 17 South, Carlstadt, 201-933-4000; With its dim lighting, swanky Biggie’s lively bar area draws crowds

décor and hip drinks, Blend provides the perfect

thanks to six flat-screen TVs, plus a robust brew assortment

ingredients for mingling. Chat in one of two bar

of 16 beers on tap and 30 more in bottles, including domestics,

areas or on the outdoor patio, or huddle together over a plate of tasty tapas. RUNNER-UP: Halo Lounge (14

imports and a variety of craft beers. BEER SELECTION RUNNER-UP: Bistro 55 (55 Route 17 South, Rochelle Park, 201-845-3737;

Glen Road, Rutherford, 201-8961111;

MARTINIS/COSMOS Martini Grill (187 Hackensack Street, Wood-Ridge; 201-939-2000) With more than 50 varieties available, this European/Italian restaurant does its namesake drink proud. Fun picks include the “Golfer’s Tee Time Delight,” a mix of green tea vodka, Absolut citron, lemonade and iced tea; and “A Day at the Spa,” a blend of cucumber vodka, mint leaves and other sensual ingredients. For

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an extra $1, spice up your cocktail with hand-stuffed Gorgonzola olives, jalapeño cheese cherry peppers and more. Crazy for cosmos? The libations come in about 20 varieties (our favorites: the watermelon and peach).


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retail therapy A roundup of retailers that can’t be beat GIFT SHOP Goffin’s Hallmark (64 Park Avenue, Rutherford, 201-438-3636) Since 1947, the family-owned 4,000-square-foot store—operating under the welldeserved slogan “Goffin’s has it all”—been delighting customers with its broad array of gift items and friendly service. Among the shop’s merry merits are a candy counter with an 18-foot-long chocolate case, a notably large toy section and offerings from a number of best-selling brands, such as Vera Bradley, Life Is Good, Godiva and Yankee Candle.

CIGAR SHOP JR Cigars (184 Route 17 North, Paramus, 201-261-7988; www.jr This humidor extraordinaire is a must-visit for cigar aficionados.

BOUTIQUE Guess What’s New (32 Westwood Avenue, Westwood, 201-666-0202; An exciting trove of each season’s most sought-after labels, this lively boutique has brightened the wardrobes of fashion-forward Bergenites for more than 20 years. RUNNER-UP: Marcia’s Attic (11 Broad Street, Ridgewood, 201-444-6333; 32 North Dean Street, Englewood, 201-894-5702;

HOME ACCESSORIES STORE Pier 1 Imports (11 The Promenade, Edgewater, 201941-4769; 58-64 Route 4 East, Paramus, 201-8432122; 723 Route 17 South, Paramus, 201-652-4334; 453 Chestnut Ridge Road, Woodcliff Lake, 201-6664500; Spruce up any space with the worldly finds from this ever-popular décor


haven. With chic offerings from many a corner

Total Wine & More (135 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge, 201-968-1777;

of the globe, the shop’s vast collection boasts Connoisseurs adore this well-stocked emporium.

interesting items for most any taste.

RUNNER-UP: Saddle Brook Liquors (195 Market Street, Saddle

RUNNER-UP: Home Goods (651 Route 17 South,

Brook, 201-712-0023)

Paramus, 201-612-9099;



Whole Foods (905 River Road, Edgewater, 201-941-

Shoe-Inn (53 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-493-

4000; 300 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, 201-226-

9696; 48 North Dean Street, Englewood, 201-568-2900; 30

1244; 44 Godwin Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-670-0383;

The Promenade at City Place, Edgewater, 201-840-0016) The bustling megastore’s

Shoe lovers, beware: The adorable offerings at

bounty of natural, organic groceries and prepared foods makes eating well effortless.

this trio of local shops—think top brands in hip styles—are notoriously hard to resist.

DESIGNER-DISCOUNT STORE Loehmann’s (180 West Route 4, Paramus, 201-843-1880; 34 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, 201-444-0401; www.loehmanns. com) The thrill of the “bargain hunt” is part of the fun at this famed department store, filled to the brim with designer treasures at 35 to 65 percent off retail prices. RUNNER-UP: Century 21 (200 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, 201-4902000;



INDEPENDENT BOOK SHOP Shaw’s Book Shop (79 Westwood Avenue, Westwood, 201-666-4484) A 33-year Westwood fixture, this revered bookseller carries titles to indulge all literary yens. A bonus for bookworms: All hardcovers are priced 20 percent off.

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Best of PRODUCE STAND Demarest Farms (244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, 201-666-0472; Eating local is easy and delightful at this 33-acre farm. This fall, keep an eye out for Demarest’s squash, corn, beans and other seasonal favorites. Or, for a quintessential autumn outing, head to the farm’s orchards and pick your own peaches, apples and pumpkins. With a bounty of sumptuous fruit, it’s little surprise that the local gem also won for Best Pie. Treat yourself to fall’s best-sellers: the traditional apple and the apple-caramel-walnut.

GOURMET SHOP Market Basket (813 Franklin Lakes Road, Franklin Lakes, 201-891-


2000; As regular customers

Woofy Pet (982 River Road, Edgewater, 201-969-1500) You’ll find

know, you never can guess what wonders a trip to

everything you need to pamper your pet here, thanks to a large

Market Basket might yield. The prepared entrées and

selection of dog and cat products such as organic food, toys and

side dishes from the “Gourmet-to-Go” section are hard

unique apparel for furry fashionistas. In need of a canine to cosset?

to resist, as are the prime meats, hearth-baked breads,

Puppies are sold on-site too! The boutique also offers grooming,

homemade pastries, hand-cut imported cheeses and

vet care and boarding services—making it a one-stop shop for

fresh seafood from the Fulton Fish Market.

Fido and Felix’s every need.

RUNNER-UP: The Chef’s Pantry (650 Westwood Avenue,

RUNNER-UP: A Doghouse Bakery & Grooming Salon (220 Park

River Vale, 201-497-6595;

Avenue, East Rutherford, 201-933-7007;


SPOT In the Swing

Lou Watson (732-742-1466,

(145 Hopper Avenue, With

Waldwick, 201-444-

his deep baritone voice and

3556; www.intheswing.

distinctive style of R&B infused

biz) Batting cages, an

with jazz, funk, pop and gospel,

arcade, a ball pit, slides,

pianist/vocalist Lou Watson


tunnels—all this and

knows how to liven up any

Speakeasy (973-300-9123;

more awaits. The spot’s

special occasion. The Rutgers

Based in Carlstadt, this five-piece cover band pleases with

“American League

grad and Mountain Lakes

its energetic performances and audience participation.

Package” includes video

resident performs everything

See them September 25 at Just Jake’s in Montclair.

games, contests and baseball/softball games, while the “Turf/ sarah rice; istock



from Sinatra, Marvin Gaye and Nat King Cole

Video Party” offers

classics to his

dodgeball, obstacle

own music—

courses, tug-of-war,

both solo and

video games and more.

Ridgewood High School (627 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, 201-670-2800; See this fall’s halftime show, with music from The Mask of Zorro and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

MAGICIAN Mike Kirschner (917-733-4011, Mind reading, hypnosis and optical illusions are just a few of the fortes of this Fort Lee resident, who performs most Friday nights at The Melting Pot in Westwood. n —additional reporting by Jenny Connell

with his jazz trio.

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At home

by Debbie Bolla

The Suite life Thanks to a new

spa-inspired master bedroom and bath, a Franklin Lakes

couple learns there’s no place like home



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suite now features more than 900 square feet of a lush goldentoned Emperadore marble, on the walls and underfoot. It was this material that inspired the suite’s serene colors of rich amber and warm mahogany, with a pop of blue as accent. “The palette exudes a Zen, spa-like, ambience,” says the designer. With a generous 700 square feet to work with in the master bedroom, Neri set about creating two distinct areas: a chic space for slumber as well as a snug sitting nook. In the latter, she made the fireplace the focal point by replacing an entire wall with the suite’s trademark marble. Its cool sleekness is offset by two comfy leather club chairs, whimsical leopard pillows and an elegant new rug in a slate one shade darker than the bedding. An ottoman and a goldtoned side table complete the cozy corner, now a lovely spot for relaxation or conversation. In the adjacent master bath, long gone are the cavernous shower, sunken brown tub, matching brown

Photos by Wing Wong/MemoriesTTL

Call it the postvacation blues—that slight pinch of wistfulness that comes from returning to normal after a superb trip to far-flung lands. But for one Franklin Lakes couple, that feeling was exacerbated by the sad state of the home to which they’d returned: With its dark and drab master-bedroom suite, it was a far cry from the top-notch hideaways they’d slumbered in abroad. “They are huge travelers and have stayed at five-star hotels,” says interior designer Jean Neri of Jean Neri Interior Design in Franklin Lakes. “They know that the home should be a retreat.” Neri was already familiar with the globe-trotting couple’s style, having worked on a home they own in the Virgin Islands. In viewing the stateside suite, she knew it had the potential to become the sanctuary they sought. “Architecturally, the bones of the space were good,” says Neri. For Neri, the key to upping the luxury factor here was adding marble—and lots of it. All told, the bed-and-bath September 2010

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Once drab and outdated, this Franklin Lakes master bedand-bath suite now functions as an upscale, spa-like retreat thanks to a soothing color palette, a profusion of marble and cozy touches galore.

tile and outdated wallpaper. Instead, the space now epitomizes the suite’s sanctuary theme, thanks to an oversized whirlpool soaking tub and a separate sleek glass shower with a marble bench. Custom his-and-her mahogany vanities are topped with a dark-brown granite that contrasts nicely with the golden marble, while leopard makes a reappearance in the form of playfully patterned towels. The suite is also notable for what it lacks: any window draperies. Since the property sits on a spacious wooded lot that affords much privacy, the designer opted to keep the windows bare. This allows for expansive views and enough bright sunlight to remind the residents of their tropical travels—but with all the comforts of home. n Bergen Health & Life

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At home

Muted marvel rejecting bright hues in favor of a

peaceful monochrome, a designer brings glamour to an Old Tappan home


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tions,” she says—changes that helped achieve the clients’ vision of an elegant refuge. “We widened the bay window in the living room and elongated the windows in both the living and dining rooms for a more formal look.” Sferra built on that formality by filling the home with sophisticated touches. In the dining room, for example, a multidrop crystal chandelier creates a stunning focal point—especially notable dangling from the elegant tray ceiling. Architectural paneling with silver-leafed

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Must a subdued color palette mean a timid design style? No way, and the proof is in a newconstruction Old Tappan manor, where designer Mary Sferra of M.R. Sferra Interior Design in Haworth used the absence of sharp color to make a stunning statement—and in the process infused the home with a quiet glamour all its own. In designing the space, Sferra enjoyed a luxury few designers are given: a crack at the blueprints before the home was even built. “I was able to make accommoda-


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With a tone-on-tone palette of elegant, subdued colors, this Old Tappan living and dining room exude formal glamour and understated luxury.

medallions adds interest to the walls. Even the silk window treatments—custom-designed by Sferra herself—are accented with shimmering teardrop beads. Knowing that the homeowners host frequent gatherings, the designer commissioned a dramatic oversized table from Samuelson that accommodates up to 20. Large seats upholstered in a luxe Bergamo fabric entice guests to linger over a long meal while a spacious buffet along the wall conveniently houses the homeowners’

china, crystal and other dining accoutrements. Still, it’s that chic monochrome palette—layers of white, off-white, pale green and silver—that defines the space. “The design statement here is a feeling of noncolor, of introducing hues without contrast,” says Sferra. It’s an approach that makes an even stronger statement in the adjacent living room, thanks to its slightly richer grays, pewters and silvers. But for Sferra, the focus here is on texture and shine: “The soft backdrop allowed me to play these up,” she says. Thus, two sleek, curve-backed chairs with a tarnished-silver finish are juxtaposed with a supple crushed-velvet couch. A bevy of pillows and a faux chinchilla throw bring a luxurious coziness. That expanded bay window is enveloped in silk taffeta and sheer organza draperies, while a faintly patterned rug provides warmth and whimsy underfoot. Elsewhere, a few artful pieces highlight the signature silver hue: a mirrored cabinet with a harlequin design, a tarnished-silver Lorin Marsh cocktail table and a pair of brushed-silver lamps. “The play of lines and textures creates a very elegant, glamorous environment—the exact look we were going for,” Sferra says. Indeed, sometimes success is not black and white, but rather in shades of gray. n Bergen Health & Life

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Autumn by the sea Head to Cape May, the charming Victorian town at our state’s southern tip, for storybook sights and family fun

“Seaside charm” doesn’t get much more charming than Cape May. America’s oldest oceanfront resort (and the first entire town to be named a National Historic Landmark), its streets are bursting with quaint delights. Thanks to its famous “gingerbread” Victorian homes and a host of family-friendly activities, it’s a perfect spot for an impromptu autumn getaway when the crowds drawn by its beautiful beaches have departed. Upon your arrival, you’ll want to explore the visual treasure trove—and there are several ways to do so. You can sign up for an entertaining Historic District Walking Tour (609-884-5404,, stop by the Emlen Physick Estate (1048 Washington Street) to buy an audio cassette and tour at your own pace, or hop aboard a Trolley Tour (609-884-5404,—some feature intriguing titles such as “Pirates and Plunder” and “Cape May Unzipped.” The aforementioned Physick Estate is a don’t-miss destination. This Victorian mansion–turned-museum, built in 1878, departs from the Cape May gingerbread, embodying instead the “Stick” style of architecture, featuring bays, towers and a gridwork of boards over clapboard walls. Also 68


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worth a peek is the Colonial House, built in 1775. Cape May’s oldest surviving building, it was originally a tavern and home of Revolutionary War patriot Memucan Hughes. The 157-foot Cape May Lighthouse (609-884-5404) is proof that “the third time’s the charm.” The first lighthouse, built in 1823, was carried away by soil erosion; the second, constructed badly in 1847, simply crumbled. This one, from 1859 with a beacon that still aids navigation today, is open to visitors. Cape May is renowned as a birdwatcher’s paradise, and fall “is our busiest season, because of migration,” explains a representative of the Audubon Society’s Cape May Bird Observatory. The organization has 138 events planned for October alone, from “Hawk Identification Mini-Workshops” to “Songbird Morning Flight.” Want to spot larger creatures? Take a two- to three-hour trip aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher or its new comrade, The Spirit of Cape May (609-884-5445, For high-flying fun, stop by the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum (609-886-8787) at the Cape May County Airport. Your kids can check out a Vietnam-era helicopter and sit at the controls of a torpedo bomber from World War II.

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The Cape May area abounds in wineries, thanks to the moderating climatic influence of the Atlantic and Delaware Bay. Check out Natali Vineyards (609-465-0075, www.natali, Turdo Vineyards (609-884-5591, www.turdovine and the Cape May Winery and Vineyard (609-8841169, All offer events or tastings. When hunger strikes, options are abundant, but here’s a tip: At 5:30 p.m. most Thursdays in September, head to the Towne Crier information center on the Washington Street Mall for Taste of the Towne, where you’ll sample dishes from local chefs before deciding where to dine. Two notable dining options include The Mad Batter at the Carroll Villa (609-884-5970,, set in a landmark 1882 hotel, and The Blue Pig Tavern, located in the renowned Congress Hall (609-884-8422, bluepigtavern.html). When it’s time to rest your head, you’ll find an array of hotels and bed-and-breakfasts that embody the town’s many enchantments. The Chalfonte Hotel (609884-8409, is one prominent option. Built in 1876, it’s the town’s oldest continuously operating hotel. Book a land-side room for as little as $80, or try the Presidential Suite for up to $499. Whichever you choose, be sure to get plenty of rest—an exciting day of exploration awaits when you awake. n

TOP: Performers for Cape May’s Victorian Week, set for October 8 to 14. ABOVE: Surfers enjoy the sea—and views of the Cape May Lighthouse. OPPOSITE: The town’s “gingerbread” houses.

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As a student at the Academy of the Holy Angels, Katie didn’t hesitate to share her knowledge with her classmates – she was a peer tutor. She traveled abroad with her class to Italy and Greece, and was a permanent name on the AHA principal’s list, not to mention a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. She cheered her heart out on the Don Bosco Cheerleading team. As a 2010 graduate, Katie continues to transform the world with her academic excellence and will surely do so at her next destination – Duke University.




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Academy of Holy Angels Since 1879, thousands of women have passed through the portals of the Academy of the Holy Angels, the oldest private girls’ school in New Jersey. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts and athletics. The college-preparatory program at Holy Angels is strong and challenging, and delivered in small class sizes to give teachers the opportunity to offer individual attention.

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therapy, dental hygiene (with a 22-chair, on-campus clinic), surgical technology and many other exciting programs. BCC also has numerous articulation agreements with four-year colleges, so graduates can continue to pursue their passions. 400 Paramus Road | Paramus 355 Main Street | Hackensack 1280 Wall Street West | Lyndhurst 201-447-7100 |

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Barnstable Academy

Bergen Catholic is a private, all-boys college preparatory high school accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Their goal is to help students find their passions in life and become leaders by deepening religious faith, developing academic excellence, and strengthening social consciousness and responsibility in accordance with the Essential Elements of an Edmund Rice Christian Brother Education. Each student has their own laptop and utilizes a campus-wide wireless network to expand the learning environment beyond the classroom.

For more than 30 years, Barnstable Academy has been home to students who have different styles of learning. “Education doesn’t work when it is one-size-fits all. Here, students in grades 5-12 have every opportunity to succeed—academically and socially—ºin a smaller, college-prep environment,” explains Lizanne M. Coyne, Head of School. “Barnstable administrators and teachers are all committed to ‘Our Promise’ to provide a safe, nurturing education that encourages students who learn differently to reach new levels of success and achieve their goals.” 8 Wright Way | Oakland | 201-651-0200 |

Bergen Community College With a main campus in Paramus and satellite locations in Hackensack and Lyndhurst, Bergen Community College (BCC) is the largest of its kind in the state serving 32,000 students. Included in more than 90 academic associate programs is a robust science curriculum, supplemented by a new $15 million Emil Buehler Trust Center for Science & Exploration, that includes aviation, nursing, respiratory

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The Elisabeth Morrow School GO...BeyOnd The ClassrOOm Providing children with a foundation for successful, lifelong learning is a hallmark of The Elisabeth Morrow School. Our graduates are ready to succeed within a 21st Century curriculum. We invite you to visit our campus: see how our school “goes beyond” an ordinary education. • 201.568.5566 435 Lydecker Street, Englewood, NJ 07631 The Elisabeth Morrow School is an Independent, Coeducational, Day School for ages Three through Grade Eight

math, phonics, spelling and study skills, as well as one-to-one SAT, ACT and PSAT exam-prep programs.

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Early Childhood Programs at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades The Leonard & Syril Rubin Nursery School (for 2-4 year olds) features socializing, cognitive readiness, music, art, science, baking, Judaics and holiday celebrations, NJ State certified teachers; full time nurse; playgrounds, gyms, indoor pools and a water park. The JCC also features day care, kindergarten, mini-camps and Parenting Center programs for toddlers and moms. All programs are state-licensed and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Call Felcia Glantz, Director, 201-408-1430. 411 E Clinton Ave | Tenafly | 201-408-1430 |

Saint Peter’s College The Englewood Cliffs campus of Saint Peter’s College, the Jesuit College of New Jersey, is dedicated specifically to adult learning. Offered at the campus are undergraduate degrees in education, nursing (RN to BSN), criminal justice, and business; graduate degrees in nursing, business, accountancy and education, and doctoral programs in education and nursing. Saint Peter’s is now offering an accelerated business degree program whereby students can earn their Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration in as few as 20 months. For all students, Saint Peter’s offers financial aid

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Tuxedo Park School Beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through the freshman year, Tuxedo Park School offers a curriculum that is traditional in its roots yet innovative in its approach, designed to spark intellectual curiosity while creating confident young leaders ready to embrace the challenges of the 21st century. Small by design, the school maintains a low student-teacher ratio. The program includes a purposeful blend of core academics, foreign language, performing and fine arts, athletics, community service, environmental stewardship, and character education. Tuition assistance is available. Mountain Farm Road | Tuxedo Park | 845-351-4737 |

YWCA of Bergen County The YWCA is a nationally recognized provider of quality child care and early learning programs. In Bergen County, the Early Learning Center in Upper Saddle River (ages 6 weeks through kindergarten) provides full day care and educational activities from 7am-7pm year round. The nursery school (ages 2 ½–4 years old) in Ridgewood follows a traditional learn-through-play curriculum, and offers a parent-child introductory school program starting at 18 months. Families can also take advantage of the enrichment programs at the YWCA facility in Ridgewood, and a smaller nursery school is also available at River Edge. Early Learning Center | 98 Pleasant Avenue | Upper Saddle River | 201-236-3126 Nursery School | 112 Oak Street | Ridgewood | 201-444-5600 x 342 Nursery School | Grace Lutheran Church | 925 Fifth Ave | River Edge | 201-444-5600 x 342

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Not all students are alike. That’s why they come to Barnstable.

Join us at our Open House to learn more about our unique approach for students who learn differently. October 19th from 8:30am to 10:30am.

At Barnstable Academy, we offer students in grades 5-12 an intimate learning environment that improves organizational, social and time management skills without the distractions of a large public school. For a private tour visit or call (201) 651-0200 8 Wright Way Oakland, New Jersey 07436. Barnstable Academy is proud to be an American Education Group Partner School.

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Thursday, September, 16th 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 26th 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. For more information call the Admissions Department at 201.634.4151.

Developing leaders in mind, body and spirit. We know what it takes to succeed in a challenging world. It’s why we connect our students to the whole world with laptops and a wireless campus. It’s why we added Mandarin to our World Language courses. It’s why we offer 14 AP and 36 Honors Courses, 15 Varsity sports and over 30 clubs, and require our young men to perform 100 hours of community service. It’s why we challenge our young men to develop intellectually, physically and spiritually – so they are prepared to succeed – and they do. The class of 2010 earned $22.3 million in scholarships and grants. Do you have what it takes to be a crusader? Bergen Catholic students are passionate, intelligent, motivated and successful. They challenge themselves so they can fulfill their potential – in the classroom, on the field and in service to others. Where will your crusade take you?

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For the soup: 8 cups fat-free chicken broth 1 head escarole, chopped ½ cup orzo fresh pepper to taste • In a large pot, heat the chicken broth over medium heat, covered. • While the broth is heating up, in a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the meatballs. • Using your hands, mix all the ingredients until well-combined. • Roll mixture into small balls. (It should yield approximately 25 meatballs, 1-inch in diameter.) • When the broth comes to a boil, drop in the meatballs. Add the orzo and chopped escarole. Add fresh pepper and cook about 10 minutes or until orzo is done.

tional boon: It’s high in folate, vitamins A and C and potassium. When purchasing a bunch, look for firm, brightgreen leaves free of blemishes. And because escarole’s growing period stretches well into the chillier season, the months ahead are the perfect time to give this humble leaf its chance—finally— to shine. n

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Think of escarole as the quiet child amid a throng of attention-seeking siblings: As its leafygreen brothers kale, arugula and radicchio have become fashionable health foods in recent years, escarole has remained largely unlauded. Luckily, many of us with Italian grandmothers learned to love the strong-but-tender leaf anyway, thanks largely to a pleasant peasant soup made of cannelini beans plus escarole sautéed with olive oil and garlic that was a staple in many an émigré’s kitchen. Indeed, with a broad leaf that holds its shape well when cooked, escarole is particularly well-suited for hot soups and side dishes—try it braised, wilted or sautéed. Its bold taste hovers between bitter and sweet, complementing other flavors (garlic, Parmesan and even lemon pair with it nicely) or adding kick to milder dishes (combine it with standard-issue greens for a salad with spark, for example). Of course, like any green worthy of its name, escarole—a member of the endive family—is also a nutri-

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and fold softly on the plate only to melt in your mouth. The lobster roll is the real deal for sure. Big, identifiable (Yes, that’s a claw! Look—a chunk of tail!), tenderly cooked pieces of meat ever so slightly dressed and served in a split buttery bun, it’s wisely lacking in distracting spices so you’re certain to get that sublime hit of fleshy sweetness. The entrées we tried were a little less noteworthy: Corn-crusted rainbow trout topped with a cornand-black-bean salsa was on the bland side. And the roasted pork loin benefited from the ultra-fresh chunky peach chutney ladled atop— it made up for the juices that had been roasted out of the meat. No complaints about the mashed potatoes on the FORGET THE BASKETS, THE COOLERS, THE plate: On the contrary, with their great texture and a hint of blankets, the state of the sky. No matter the weather, the garlic, this was no gratuitous side dish but a bona fide mustseason or the cloud formations, you can now enjoy a deleceat. Also much more than a grace note, the molded pea table picnic in climate-controlled (and pest-free) surroundpolenta (although the corn meal was hard to detect—was it ings in Fair Lawn. At Christine Nunn’s new eatery called really polenta?) accompanying the entrées was a surprising, Picnic, housed in Radburn’s quaint Plaza Building, rich memorable delight. taupe walls, slate-blue molding and white trim contribute Picnic won’t let you down when it comes to desto a quiet elegance that befits the tasty fare. Delicate, reserts either. Indeed, you may find it hard fined and prepared and presented with the  to make a decision, with selections as utmost care by the restaurant’s wonderfully Picnic, tempting and innovative as goat cheesegracious staff, Nunn’s seasonal dishes (check the Restaurant cherry gratin and pear ice cream. We the website for the offerings of the day) are 14-25 Plaza Road North, Fair Lawn, 201-796-2700; thoroughly enjoyed the key lime tart—the practically faultless. perfect crust and silky, citrusy filling made We started with the braised pork belly it so easy. And while it’s the peanut-butter (essentially bacon in its precured state). Here Hours Dinner: Tuesday through Friday, icing that carries the chocolate–peanutit’s sliced thin, its flavor distilled to its moist, 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, butter cake, it’s hardly disappointing. most supple essence. Paired with a little 5 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Scoop up a dollop of freshly whipped mound of Jersey sweet-corn spoon bread What you should know cream with every forkful and you won’t (just add salt), it’s remarkably light and • Small plates average $10; notice that the cake itself is a little, well, eh. fresh. So is the smoked salmon Napoleon, entrées, $22 Perhaps Nunn’s most amazing a stack of paper-thin tastes and textures— • BYOB (liquor store next door will deliver) coup? After indulging in all her great flagreen apple, salmon, garden-fresh greens, • Seasonal menu vors, generous portions and sumptuous red onion—tied together with a cucumber- • Reservations recommended textures, we left feeling perfectly sated and caper dressing. Take note of the uniformly • Handicapped accessible • Private parties accommodated not a bit overstuffed. Now that’s the sort of diced cucumber, the beautiful shaved apple • Major credit cards accepted picnic I could sign up for time and again! n slices and the way the components all drape

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Airmont, N.Y. Citrus Grille Contemporary American cuisine. · 430 E. Saddle River Rd., Airmont, N.Y. · 845-352-5533

allendale Restaurant L Eclectic cuisine. · 9 N. Franklin Tpk., Allendale · 201-785-1112 Savini Italian cuisine. · 168 W. Crescent Ave., Allendale · 201-760-3700

carlstadt Il Villaggio Italian dining. · 651 Rt. 17 North, Carlstadt · 201-935-7733

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closter Harvest bistro & bar French/new American fare. · 252 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter · 201-750-9966

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englewood Baumgart’s Cafe American and Chinese dishes in a retro ‘50s setting. · 45 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood · 201-569-6267 Blue Moon Mexican Cafe Traditional Mexican dishes. · 21 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood · 201-541-0600 Englewood Diner Salads, Italian specials, steaks. · 54-56 Engle St., Englewood · 201569-8855 IT’s Greek to Me Casual Greek taverna. · 36 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood · 201-568-0440

Paulie’s American/Mediterranean casual dining. · 171 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter · 201-767-1242

Nisi estiatorio Fine Mediterranean cuisine. · 90 Grand Ave., Englewood · 201-567-4700


smoke chophouse Steaks, seafood and cigars. · 36 Engle St., Englewood · 201-541-8530

Griffin’s Bar & Eatery American fare. · 44 E. Madison Ave., Cresskill · 201-541-7575

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hanami Chinese/Japanese cuisine. · 41 Union Ave., Cresskill · 201-567-8508

Il Mulino Northern Italian cuisine featuring sea bass. · 132 Veterans Plz., Dumont · 201-384-7767

The Crab House Affordable riverside dining with Manhattan views. · 541 River Rd., Edgewater · 201-840-9311 Kinara Northern Indian cuisine. · 880 River Rd., Edgewater · 201-313-0555 La Vecchia Napoli Traditional southern Italian cuisine. · 2 Hilliard Ave., Edgewater · 201941-6799 La Vecchia Napoli Traditional southern Italian cuisine. · 2 Hilliard Ave., Edgewater · 201-941-6799 The River Palm Terrace Classic steak house. · 1416 River Rd., Edgewater · 201224-2013

fairview Don Quijote Spanish cuisine. · 344 Bergen Blvd., Fairview · 201-943-3133

fort lee IT’s Greek to Me Casual Greek taverna. · 1611 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee · 201-947-2050 Maharani Express Indian cuisine. · 2151 Lemoine Ave., Fort Lee · 201-585-8226

franklin lakes Chef’s Table French eatery. · 754 Franklin Ave., Franklin Lakes · 201-891-6644

glen rock rocca Classic Italian and innovative seasonal fare . · 203 Rock Rd., Glen Rock · 201-670-4945

hackensack bangkok Garden Traditional Thai cuisine. · 261 Main St., Hackensack · 201-487-2620 The Crow’s Nest Contemporary American fare. · 309 Vincent Ave., Rt. 17 South, Hackensack · 201-342-5445

The Restaurant American eclectic fare. · 160 Prospect Ave., Hackensack · 201-6781100

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The river palm Terrace Classic steak house. · 41-11 Rt. 4 West, Fair Lawn · 201703-3500

Maggiano’s Little Italy Fine Italian fare. · 70 Riverside Sq., Hackensack · 201-221-2030


Sorrento’s Southern Italian dishes. · 132 Park Ave., East Rutherford · 201-507-0093

Rivara’s American cuisine. · 6-18 Maple Ave., Fair Lawn · 201-797-4878

Harley’s Irish Pub Continental American/ Irish fare. · 366 River St., Hackensack · 201342-4747

Umeya Japanese cuisine. · 156 Piermont Rd., Cresskill · 201-816-0511

Park and Orchard Restaurant International dishes. · 240 Hackensack St., East Rutherford · 201-939-9292

Fair Lawn · 201-796-2700

Rudy’s Restaurant Continental cuisine. · 107 Anderson St., Hackensack · 201-4894831 Assembly Steak House & Seafood Grill Classic American steak house. · 495 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs · 201-568-2616 Cafe Italiano Fine family dining. · 14 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs · 201-461-5041 Grissini Trattoria Elegant Italian. · 484 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs · 201-568-3535

fair lawn Davia Continental/Italian. · 6-09 Fair Lawn Ave., Fair Lawn · 201-797-6767 Gotham city diner American favorites. · 39-10 Broadway, Fair Lawn · 201-398-9700 Oceanos Greek cuisine, seafood. · 2-27 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn · 201-796-0546 Picnic, the restaurant Creative, upscale eatery. · 14-25 Plaza Rd.,

the sea shack Restaurant Friendly, casual seafood eatery. · 293 Polifly Rd., Hackensack · 201-489-7232 the Stony Hill Inn Continental fare. · 231 Polifly Rd., Hackensack · 201-342-4085

harrington park Dino’s Restaurant Contemporary Italian cuisine. · 12 Tappan Rd., Harrington Park · 201-767-4245

hasbrouck heights ivy inn Continental cuisine in a romantic setting. · 268 Terrace Ave., Hasbrouck Heights · 201-393-7699

haworth andiamo Eclectic Italian fare. · 23 Hardenburgh Ave., Haworth · 201-384-1551 continued


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Hawthorne Sabor Latin Bistro Latin fare. · 1060 Goffle Rd., Hawthorne · 973-238-0800

hillsdale Cafe Capri Casual Italian eatery. · 343 Broadway, Hillsdale · 201-664-6422 the cornerstone American fare, full bar. · 84 Broadway, Hillsdale · 201-666-8688

ho-ho-kus The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn Italian continental fare. · 1 W. Franklin Tpk., Ho-Ho-Kus · 201-445-4115

Little ferry Minado Japanese seafood buffet. · 1 Valley Rd., Little Ferry · 201-931-1522 Tracey’s nine mile house Continental cuisine. · 4 Bergen Tpk., Little Ferry · 201-440-1100

lyndhurst La cibeles Spanish continental cuisine, featuring seafood. · 123 Ridge Rd., Lyndhurst · 201-438-9491

Mahwah Mahwah Bar and Grill Classic American pub. · 2 Island Rd., Mahwah · 201-529-8056 New york steakhouse & pub Casual steak house. · 180 Rt. 17 S., Mahwah · 201-529-1806 THe River Palm Terrace Classic steak house. · 209 Ramapo Valley Rd., Mahwah · 201-529-1111

montvale The Porter House American steak house. · 125 Kinderkamack Rd., Montvale · 201-307-6300

Moonachie Segovia Spanish cuisine featuring steaks and seafood. · 150 Moonachie Rd., Moonachie · 201-641-4266

north bergen Sabor Latin Bistro Elegant Latin cuisine. · 8809 River Rd., North Bergen · 201-943-6366

northvale Brady’s Fox Hunt Inn Irish/American classics. · 201 Livingston St., Northvale · 201-784-8047 Madeleine’s Petit Paris Light French cuisine. · 416 Tappan Rd., Northvale · 201-767-0063

norwood The porter house grill Casual American eatery. · 595 Broadway, Norwood · 201-784-6900

nyack, n.y. Lanterna Inviting Tuscan kitchen. · 3 South Broadway, Nyack, N.Y. · 845-353-8361 two spear street New American cuisine. 2 Spear St., Nyack, N.Y. · 845-353-7733

izing in Italian. · 455 Ramapo Valley Rd., Oakland · 201-337-5558

ern Italian cuisine. · 8 Wilsey Sq., Ridgewood · 201-652-2120


Mediterraneo Mediterranean cuisine, including tapas. · 23 North Broad St., Ridgewood · 201-447-0022

Biagio’s Italian/American cuisine. · 299 Paramus Rd., Paramus · 201-652-0201 BONEFISH GRILL Polished, casual dining specializing in fresh fish. · 601 From Rd., Paramus · 201-261-2355 Chakra Continental fare with Asian influences. · 144 Rt. 4 E., Paramus · 201-556-1530 Joe’s American Bar & Grill Steaks, salads, pizza, more. · 298 Garden State Plaza, Paramus · 201-843-8858 Kuma Japanese, Chinese dishes. · 440 Forest Ave., Paramus · 201-262-0400 mantra Elegant Indian cuisine. · 275 Rt. 4 W., Paramus · 201-342-8868

park ridge Esty Street Contemporary American. · 86 Spring Valley Rd., Park Ridge · 201-307-1515 The Park SteakHouse Dry-aged steaks. · 151 Kinderkamack Rd., Park Ridge · 201-930-1300

Trattoria Fratelli Northern Italian cuisine. · 119 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood · 201-447-9377 Village Green Restaurant Contemporary American cuisine. · 36 Prospect St., Ridgewood · 201-445-2914 WasabI Japanese Restaurant Japanese pocuisine. · 848 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood · 201-493-7575

river vale daniel American and Italian cuisine. · 625 River Vale Rd., River Vale · 201-594-1900 Ristorante Paradiso Mid-southern Italian fare. · 640 Westwood Ave., River Vale · 201-263-0400

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Valentino’s Continental Italian. · 103 Spring Valley Rd., Park Ridge · 201-391-2230

Nanni Italian dishes. · 53 W. Passaic St., Rochelle Park · 201-843-1250


bistro 55 Causal eatery featuring seasonal, local food. · 55 Rt. 17 S., Rochelle Park · 201845-3737

apolo’s Restaurant Fine continental and Mediterranean cuisine. · 61 E. Main St., Ramsey · 201-825-1111 cafe panache Fine eclectic eatery. · 130 E. Main St., Ramsey · 201-934-0030 greek city Greek eatery. · 1300 Rt 17 N., Ramsey · 201-760-2500 varka estiatorio Greek cuisine, featuring seafood. · 30 N. Spruce St., Ramsey · 201-995-9333

ridgefield Gotham city diner American favorites. · 550 Bergen Blvd., Ridgefield ·201-943-5664

ridgewood Bazzini at 28 Oak Street Innovative American fare. · 28 Oak St., Ridgewood · 201-689-7313 Daily Treat Restaurant Friendly, casual eatery. · 177 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood · 201-652-9113 IT’s Greek to Me Casual Greek taverna. · 21 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood · 201612-2600 La Piazza Bistro Italiano Innovative northern Italian fare. · 29 Chestnut St., Ridgewood · 201-447-5111 Latour Modern French cuisine. · 6 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood · 201-445-5056 MacMurphy’s American continental fare. · 8 Godwin Ave., Ridgewood · 201-444-0500

oakland Cafe L’Amore Continental fare, special-

sakura-bana Sushi and traditional Japanese fare. · 43 Franklin Ave., Ridgewood · 201-447-6525

Marcello’s at the station Fine north-

Villa Roberto Ristorante Fine Italian cuisine. · 70 W. Passaic St., Rochelle Park · 201-845-8333

rutherford Café matisse Fine Continental cuisine. · 167 Park Ave., Rutherford · 201-935-2995 paisano’s Little Italy–style eatery. · 132 Park Ave., Rutherford · 201-935-5755 risotto house Northern Italian fare. · 88 Park Ave., Rutherford · 201-438-5344

saddle brook Golden Pub Great pub food. · 335 Market St., Saddle Brook · 201-843-9210 Matsuya Cozy, elegant Japanese steak house. · 490 Market St., Saddle Brook · 201-843-5811 Que Pasta Home-style Italian. · 326 Market St., Saddle Brook · 201-712-1900

saddle river Saddle River Inn Romantic, upscale eatery. · 2 Barnstable Ct., Saddle River · 201825-4016

south hackensack Teggiano Fine Italian food. · 310 Huyler St., South Hackensack · 201-487-3884

suffern, n.y. Marcello’s Ristorante Italian continental fare. · 21 Lafayette Ave., Suffern, N.Y. · 845-357-9108 continued


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ravi Creative continental cuisine. · 150 Lafayette Ave., Suffern, N.Y. · 845-369-7284

tappan, N.Y. Il portico Fine Italian cuisine. · 89 Main St., Tappan, N.Y. · 845-365-2100 Village Grille American fare with Middle Eastern specialties. · 65 Old Tappan Rd., Tappan, N.Y. · 845-398-3232


St., Wood-Ridge · 201-939-2000


Maharani Express, Fort Lee

wyckoff aldo’s Italian Restaurant Italian fare. · 393 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff · 201-891-2618 The Barn All-American family dining spot. · 359 Sicomac Ave., Wyckoff · 201-848-0108 Blue Moon Mexican Cafe Traditional Mexican dishes. · 327 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff · 201-891-1331

Minado, Little Ferry •Sakura-Bana, Ridge-


Su Healthy Cuisine, Edgewater

Umeya, Cresskill

The Brick House Continental dining. · 179 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff · 201-848-1211

teaneck kebab house Afghan cuisine. · 251 DeGraw Ave., Teaneck · 201-836-8571

3 Chicas Mexican cuisine, Sunday brunch. · 637 Wyckoff Ave., Wyckoff · 201-848-4700 n

taurant, Ridgewood

Brick House, Wyckoff • Cafe L’Amore, Oakland

Café Matisse, Rutherford

Fair Lawn •Don Quijote, Fairview

Where to eat by cuisine



Irish Pub, Hackensack • Harvest Bistro & Bar, Closter

The Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, Ho-Ho-Kus


La Cibeles,

MacMurphy’s, Ridgewood

Marcello’s at the Station, Ridgewood

Marra’s, Ridgewood Ridge

hamsa Middle Eastern fare. ·7 West Railroad Ave., Tenafly · 201-871-6060

Cafe Pa-

Chakra, Paramus

Ivy Inn, Hasbrouck Heights axia taverna Stylish Greek eatery. · 18 Piermont Rd., Tenafly · 201-569-5999

Wasabi Japanese Res-

CONTINENTAL: Axia Taverna, Tenafly • The

nache, Ramsey

BV Tuscany ristorante Simple Tuscan cuisine. · 368 Cedar Ln., Teaneck · 201-287- 0404


Mantra, Paramus •Matsuya, Saddle Brook

Ravi, Suffern, N.Y.

rant, Hackensack •

Martini Grill, Wood-

Rudy’s Restau-

Sea Shack, Hackensack

Segovia, Moonachie

The Stony Hill Inn,

Palmer’s crossing restaurant Casual American eatery. · 145 Dean Dr., Tenafly · 201-567-4800



french: Chef’s Table, Franklin Lakes •

Nellie’s Place Friendly, casual eatery. · 9 Franklin Tpk., Waldwick · 201-652-8626

Paris, Northvale • Pourquoi Pas, Westwood

Tracey’s, Little Ferry

Latour, Ridgewood

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AMERICAN: Assembly Steak House & Sea-

Bacari Grill Innovative American fare. · 800 Ridgewood Rd., Washington Twp. · 201-358-6330

food Grill, Englewood Cliffs Washington Twp

Bacari Grill,

The Barn, Wyckoff


italian: Aldo’s Italian Restaurant, Wyckoff •

Andiamo, Haworth

te, Wood-Ridge


Paramus • Bistro 55, Rochelle Park

iano, Englewood Cliffs

Chart House Restaurant Steaks and seafood. · Pier D/T Lincoln Harbor, Weehawken · 201-348-6628


fish Grill, Paramus hawken


Brady’s Fox Hunt Inn,

Chart House Restaurant, Wee-

Citrus Grille, Airmont, N.Y.


Cafe Capri, Hillsdale

Harrington Park •

Brigantino Ristoran-

BV Tuscany Ristorante,

zzini at 28 Oak Street, Ridgewood • Biagio’s,

Granita Grill, Westwood

Mulino, Dumont

Cornerstone, Hillsdale


Daily Treat Restaurant, Ridgewood •Daniel,

River Vale • Englewood Diner, Englewood •

giano’s Little Italy, Hackensack

Esty Street, Park Ridge • Golden Pub, Sad-

Ristorante, Suffern, N.Y.

dle Brook Fair Lawn

Gotham City Diner, Ridgefied, Griffin’s Bar & Eatery, Cresskil

The Iron Horse, Westwood • Joe’s American

IT’s Greek to Me Casual Greek taverna. · 36 487 Broadway, Westwood · 201-568-722-3511

Bar & Grill, Paramus • Mahwah Bar and Grill,

the melting pot Fine fondue dining. · 250 Center Ave., Westwood · 201-664-8877

York Steakhouse & Pub, Mahwah • The Park

pourquoi pas French bistro. · 31 Westwood Ave., Westwood · 201-722-8822 Westwood Diner and Pancake House Breakfast, lunch and dinner. · 301 Old Hook Rd., Westwood · 201-664-7455

woodcliff lake Blue Moon Mexican Cafe Mexican dishes. · 42 Kinderkamack Rd., Woodcliff Lake · 201-782-9500

wood-ridge Brigantino Ristorante Italian fare. · 269 Hackensack St., Wood-Ridge · 201-933-4276 Martini grill European-inspired dishes and gourmet cocktails. · 187 Hackensack



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Nellie’s Place, Waldwick


Steakhouse, Park Ridge •Palmer’s Crossing Restaurant, Tenafly • Paulie’s, Closter


Porter House, Montvale • The Porter House Grill, Norwood

The Restaurant, Hacken-

sack • Restaurant L, Allendale • Rivara’s, Fair Lawn

The River Palm Terrace, Edgewater,

Fair Lawn, Mahwah • Saddle River Inn, Saddle River •

Smoke Chophouse, Englewood

Two Spear Street, Nyack, N.Y.

Green Restaurant, Ridgewood Grille, Tappan, N.Y.

Village Village

Westwood Diner and

Pancake House, Westwood

Il Villaggio, Carlstadt •

Lanterna, Nyack,



Nanni, Rochelle

Paisano’s, Rutherford

Saddle Brook •


La Piazza Bistro Italiano, Ridgewood

La Vecchia Napoli, Edgewater


Il Portico, Tappan, N.Y.

Edgewater • The Crow’s Nest, Hackensack •

The Crab House,

Cafe Ital-

Grissini Trattoria, Englewood Cliffs

Granita Grill Italian cuisine. · 467 Broadway, Westwood · 201-664-9846

Dino’s Restaurant,


The Iron Horse All-American pub. · 20 Washington Ave., Westwood · 201-666-9682


Madeleine’s Petit


hanami Chinese and Japanese cuisine. · 301 Center Ave., Westwood · 201-666-8508

tino’s, Park Ridge

Que Pasta,

Risotto House, Rutherford

Ristorante Paradiso, River Vale • Roberto’s

II, Edgewater

Rocca, Glen Rock • Savini,

Allendale • Sorrento’s, East Rutherford • Teggiano, South Hackensack • Trattoria Fratelli, Ridgewood • Trovato’s Italian Restaurant, Elmwood Park • Villa Roberto Ristorante, Rochelle Park latin: Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, Engle-

wood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff • Sabor Latin Bistro, Hawthorne, North Bergen • 3 Chicas, Wyckoff multiethnic: Apolo’s Restaurant, Ramsey

• Baumgart’s Cafe, Englewood • Greek City, Ramsey • Hamsa, Tenafly • It’s Greek to Me, Englewood, Fort Lee, Ridgewood, Westwood • Mediterraneo, Ridgewood • The Melting Pot, Westwood • Nisi Estiatorio, Englewood

asian: Bangkok Garden, Hackensack •

• Oceanos, Fair Lawn • Park and Orchard

Hanami, Cresskill

Restaurant, East Rutherford • Teaneck Kebab

Ridge, N.Y.

Jade Village, Chestnut

Kinara, Edgewater


House, Teaneck • Varka Estiatorio, Ramsey

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sack in ’82 we sold hot dogs and chili. But I realized we needed to bring in more dollars, go upscale and take advantage of Bergen County’s ethnic diversity. Every culture loves barbecue.” Rough start: “I live in Palisades Park today, but I grew up in blue-collar Fairfield, around gangsters, corrupt police and corrupt politicians. At 11 and 12 we were hunting and fishing, and we were weapons experts at 14. We didn’t have ‘play dates.’” Barbecue blunder: “Most people leave the meat on one side too long, so the juices run out the other side. You’ve got to sear it first—one minute on each side— then cook it several minutes till it’s the way you like it.” Signature meal: “I’ll cook at home if I have to. Prime dry Porterhouse steak, aged for 35 days—that’s my favorite thing to cook. I’m a grill guy.”

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Best meal ever: “My grandmother’s spaghetti and meat sauce and sausage. Even my mother can’t make it that good. But it might have been the atmosphere. This was Garfield, an Italian neighborhood, with all the aunts and uncles— men at one table, women at another.” Mixed heritage: “I’m half Irish and half Italian. Call it ‘racial profiling’ if you like, but the Irish can’t cook like the Italians.” Asian infatuation: “I had an interest in Asian cultures, and in the ’70s, wanting to bring more POWs home, I went knocking on the door of Vietnam’s U.N. mission. I ended up helping the Vietnamese normalize relations with the U.S., and North Korea was looking to have the same success. I became good friends with North Koreans and served as a conduit between the U.S. and North Korea, traveling there several times. I talk about it in my book, Eating With the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack in Hackensack.” Net effect: “The North Koreans loved the Nets game I took them to. They went into the locker room and got goodie bags.” Demanding dad: “I teach my daughters [Andrea, 20; and Laurie, 11] how to work, as they do in Asian cultures. We’re raising a generation with no idea what it’s like to go out and do hard manual labor, which most of the world has to do.” Jersey’s rep: “We deserve it—and I’m proud of it. We’re brash. We’re the cowboys and cowgirls of the East.” Best advice: “Fugitive financier Robert Vesco, whose lawn I cut as a kid, told me: ‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.’ I took that right to the street, and to North Korea. I knew they were an ‘enemy’ country. I wanted to keep them as close as possible.” Scores outdoors: “Hunting with a bow and arrow, I’ve bagged an elk that was between 400 and 500 pounds dressed. And I once caught a 300-pound marlin off Costa Rica.” Desert-island movie trio: “Forrest Gump, The Wizard of Oz and Goodfellas.” Tube fave: “The Real Housewives of New Jersey, believe it or not.” Top Chef Chef: “That’s —— [expletive]! You want to learn how to cook? Drop in at my place or a 24hour diner when a busload of a hundred people comes in and there are only two cooks!” ■ Eating With the Enemy: How I Waged Peace With North Korea From My BBQ Shack in Hackensack, written by Cubby’s BBQ owner Robert Egan.



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