Headquartered in a quaint storefront in Teaneck and voted (201) magazine’s 2011 Best of Bergen Best-Kept Secret, Picklelicious sells homemade New York–style pickles and other gourmet treats. Owner Robyn Samra hand-packs the shop's pickles using local ingredients such as New Jersey–grown cucumbers and the spirit of Bruce Springsteen. Customers can shop online or stop by in person to stock up on the veggies formerly known as cucumbers, along with other tangy preserved goodies. Stick to the classics with a quart of kosher dills ($10), accessorize burgers with a pint of sweet pickle chips ($7), or punish rebellious taste buds with a quart of hot and spicy pickles ($10). Picklelicious also offers up gourmet olives, sauces and dips, penny candy, and gift baskets, and treats all guests to a free pickle-on-a-stick on Sundays.
If health and wellness is a never-ending journey, then the Vitamin Shoppe is a road map, a guide, and a fuel pump all rolled into one tried-and-true source. Established in 1977, the Vitamin Shoppe has become a reliable asset in the fight to stay healthy and well.
Today, with more than 600 stores peppered across the U.S., Canada, and Panama, the company carries more than 18,000 items from some 400 major brands. It keeps its virtual shelves and actual shelves stocked with everything from vitamins and minerals to nutritional supplements, weight management products, and health and beauty aids. Not to be forgotten, the Vitamin Shoppe's associates?called "health enthusiasts"?are all highly trained in the most important aspects of health and wellness. They recognize that every body is unique, and not every problem can be solved with duct tape.
The dessert aisles at Jewel-Osco beckon sweet-tooth landlords with a plethora of frozen delectables, bestowing inimitable tastes from lauded brands such as Popsicle and Good Humor. Scoop up Breyers ice cream in flavors like the Breyers Blasts, available in Oreo Cookies & Cream and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (around $4.99). Or trade coffee sips for creamy java spoonfuls with Starbucks ice-cream products (around $3.99), keeping eyes from drooping during marathon sand-castle-construction sessions. Klondike ice-cream sandwich packages (around $3.99) in new Mint Chocolate Chip or What the Fudge? Brownie make for delicious after-lunch fare, and Ben & Jerry's (around $3.99) blends creative ingredients into concoctions including Red-Velvet Cake and Cherry Garcia, keeping jaded tongues on their toes.
Fragrant roses and fine wine can be key elements of a romantic evening, and both can be found at Wine & Roses, a family-owned boutique in business since 1987. In addition to a full florist's shop and liquor store, patrons can find gourmet foods, gift baskets, stuffed animals, and balloons. Delivery is available throughout Bergen County.
The Atrium Cafe's eclectic menu, described as "unpretentious, home-style cuisine" by New York Magazine, pairs light European fare with authentic Greek favorites in an airy oasis nestled in the heart of Midtown. Diners can snack on an appetizer of grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs and accompanied with yogurt for double dipping ($11), or carve a neoclassical relief into a block of feta using the sharp corners of pita and the buffing ability of olives ($6). The spanakopita's enthusiastic spinach, feta, and dill yearn to burst through the buttery layers of their flakey puff-pastry abode and onto tongues ($12.50), while grilled seven-grain bread catches ham and cheese in a friendly embrace as mesclun greens ($15) look on with envy. Alternatively, bury forks in fuller vegetable servings such as a traditional greek salad, filled with peppers, olives, feta, and chicken ($15). Guests find beverage soulmates for their lunches in one of many house wines or nonalcoholic beverages.
At Hanjoo, tradition crosses paths with modern innovation. The menu is filled with Korean classics, such as bibimbap, cold noodle soup, and?of course?barbecue. But the eatery is sleek, with exposed-brick walls, polished-wood banquettes, and a high-tech crystal cooktop on every grill. Behind this is an owner who's passionate about food, yet unafraid of trying something new.
About the Co-Owner: Felicia Park does not bat an eye at the suggestion that the restaurant business was her destiny. She grew up at her father's knee in the kitchen, always asking him, "What's in that?" At 18, she was finally allowed to work in his restaurant, first as a cashier and hostess, then in the kitchen, and finally as manager.
In 2005, she took over the original Han Joo location in Flushing, which was already known for its cold noodle soups. But Korean BBQ was in Felicia's blood, so she put it on the menu. "I was used to it," she says, "and I knew it was getting popular." So popular, in fact, that she and a partner opened the second location in St. Marks in 2012.
The Crystal Grill: While most Korean BBQ spots are equipped with metal or stone grills, Felicia heard that crystal grills were gaining popularity in Korea. So a few years ago, she ordered some for both Hanjoos. A novelty at the time, they inspired a slightly awestruck writeup from Serious Eats. But the flat, translucent surfaces are more than just a conversation piece: crystal is actually quite practical for grilling. For one, the food cooks at an angle, so that extra fat from pork belly or duck (Felicia's two favorites) runs off the into a tray. Meats also cook more evenly, without leaving BBQ residue.
Don't Miss: * Kimchi: Kimchi is Felicia's mother's specialty, and the kitchen borrows heavily from her recipe when crafting theirs. * Pork belly: On the grill, this is hands-down Felicia's favorite, although she names the duck a close second. * Mool neng-myun: This cold soup?as well as the other three on the menu?are among the eatery's specialties, according to Felicia. Read more about mool neng-myun on the Groupon Guide.