The seasoned chefs at Dinallo’s Restaurant craft authentic, classic Italian dishes from fresh ingredients. Gastronomical expeditions can begin with a pit stop at the full bar before sampling the spiedini alla romana, a cheesy bread served with butter and anchovy sauce ($9). The menu runs the gamut from traditional, hearty eats, such as the scaloppine di vitello al marsala ($24), to lighter fare, such as the insalata di rucola, with Gaeta olives, goat cheese, and roasted peppers ($9). The linguine con salsiccie gives guests the chance to enjoy a satisfying serpentine mix of Italian sausage and tomato sauce while pilfering bites from fellow diners' plates with a noodle lasso ($16). Classic white tablecloths, polished wood paneling, and wood floors set the scene for pescatorialists to appreciate their salmone alla griglia ($21).
A Taste of Greece's owner Themis Mourelatos, a native of Athens, relies on fresh ingredients imported from his homeland and healthy cooking methods to prepare a flavorful array of Mediterranean classics. Called “an exercise in no compromises or shortcuts” by the New York Times, the quaint Mediterranean eatery outfitted with warm hues and tiled walls regales guests with traditional Greek staples, such as sheep’s milk feta cheese and scholarly lectures on the meaning of aesthetic form. Cooks also craft seafood specials using fresh fish shipped daily from Peter’s Fish Market in Midland Park.
Efes Restaurant reveals its uniqueness in layers. Hidden behind the unassuming facade of a strip mall, the interior boasts a much more substantial amount of character. Into this richly appointed room, waiters cart salads, babaganoush, and kebabs with chunks of chicken and lamb still sizzling from the grill. What fixtures define the elegance of this dining area? Gold-upholstered chairs line the pristinely white linen-clad tables, surrounding a dropped floor in the middle of the dining room. A strip of lighting under the step down illuminates an inlay of black and white marble tiles arranged to excite the eye with their geometric patterns and challenge the mind to remember what a hypotenuse is.
Awash in vibrant hues of green, purple, and yellow, the interior of Skoops of River Edge playfully hints at the kaleidoscope of ice-cream flavors that fill its freezers. The shop’s scoopers pile 35 flavors of hard and soft ice cream into cups or cones, pausing only to spoon up dollops of italian ice and adorn sundaes with thick rivers of chocolate fudge. Aside from the shop’s scoopable creations, creamy milk shakes pour from blenders and frozen yogurt pumps from whirring soft-serve machines. Customers of all ages can be spotted perched on the shop's colorful stools throughout the week sipping on floats or pouring smoothies down their backs to cool off.
At Badlands Tacos, diners are transported to the titular locale upon gazing at the eatery's southwestern decor. Cow skulls adorned with feathers and bright ceramic art festoon the umber-colored walls. From behind a walk-up counter, a chalkboard menu displays an array of Mexican tacos, chimichangas, and 11 kinds of enormous burritos filled with fixings such as flank steak, cilantro, and guacamole. Badlands Tacos offers numerous ways to celebrate Cinco De Mayo: from booths and tables at their BYOB restaurant, outdoor seating, catering for special occasions, or take-out to feed pet llamas hidden under the porch.
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.