For more than 25 years, Sarah Zadoroznyj's home-baked treats were the talk of the town. Those lucky enough to sample her cookies and cakes at her daughter Rebecca's bake sales and school functions insisted that her desserts were the best and they urged the skilled baker to start her own shop. So she and Rebecca did just that.
At Z-Licious, the duo uses fresh ingredients and preservative-free recipes to keep their customers coming back for favorites such as biscotti and cupcakes. Flavorful, well-crafted eats are the specialty here: "You don?t need a $3 cookie bigger than your hand that?s usually not even fully baked," mom and daughter explain, which is why their ovens produce goodies that prize quality and affordability over size alone. Sarah and Rebecca also see their business as an opportunity to help the planet, using eco-friendly packaging materials and offering discounts on coffee when customers bring in their own mugs.
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Casa de la Trova pays homage to Cuba by recreating its flavorful, Spanish- and island-inspired cuisine. Accordingly, the menu overflows with seafood dishes?whole red snapper and grilled jumbo shrimp, to name a few?roasted pork, and tender sirloin steak. One signature dish, arroz con pollo, takes 40 minutes to bake in the oven and consists of chicken on the bone, rice, and fresh veggies in lime juice. At meal's end, diners can indulge in authentic Cuban sweet treats such as guava and cheese empanadas and house-made flan.
When clients walk into Hida, it's almost like they're teleported straight to Japan. The restaurant is housed within a Japanese Gasho building, with sharply slanted roofs designed to prevent accumulation of snow and whipped cream. Hida's Gasho dates back more than four centuries, when it was built as a farmhouse in Hida, Japan. In the 1970s, the building was dismantled and shipped piece by piece to Hawthorne, where the structure now stands surrounded by trees, walking paths, and a koi pond. Like the building itself, Hida's cuisine pays homage to Asia. Chefs create dozens of sushi rolls, hibachi entrees, and kitchen specialties such as beef negimaki.
It’s hard to tell if the proprietors of the Village Gourmet Deli are bigger fans of fresh meats or football. The deli makes 32 specialty sandwiches—one for each NFL team. The Buffalo Bill’s roster consists of prosciutto, cappy ham, provolone, and fresh mozzarella, and the Oakland Raider’s star players include corned beef with swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and russian dressing. But as with the three-hour tribute to salsa dancing that occurs during most NFL halftime shows, there’s more to enjoy on the menu than the football teams: mushroom swiss burgers share space with shrimp salads, tuna melts, and meatballs parmigiana. The deli also serves Sunday brunches and breakfast, including housemade challah-bread french toast.
With its new location in North Haledon, Nadie's Touch of Pasta continues its 20-year tradition of Italian meals served with family-style hospitality. Deep maroon walls and comfortable seating evokes the aura of grandmama's dining room or grandpap-pap's room-sized chessboard, and, much like those cozy rooms of yore, guests can bring along their own beverage to pair with the delectable spread of creamy pestos, whole-wheat linguini, and tortellini with truffle oil. Littleneck clams spar for attention against more hearty dishes of veal, chicken, and seafood, or vegetarians can savor satisfying plates of meat-free pastas. Popular guests can also invite up to 70 of their friends and acquaintances for private catered parties with elegant meals such as stuffed pork loin and cast-iron-grilled salmon.
Janey Mac's Supper Club, which is located near no less than three universities, brings its menu of new Caribbean cuisine, soul food, and hearty country breakfast eats to students and food-appreciators of all walks of life. A dining room of understated elegance welcomes visitors to its sleek booths and votive-topped tables, illuminated by sparkling chandeliers and the gleam of rapidly moving forks. The hearty food gets an extra dose of soul when Janey Mac's welcomes live performers who serenade the lounge with R&B, jazz, and reggae.