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.
The DeMiglio family has been in the business of bringing people together for more than three decades. Their restaurant, Jersey Boys Grill, echoes with shared laughter and friendly conversation as visitors gather around a large projector screen to watch sports, test their pop-culture knowledge with games of trivia, and assign nicknames to every brick in the eatery's rustic interior. Even the menu is made for sharing, with classic pub appetizers and wood-oven pizzas, including the signature pie topped with mozzarella, bacon, roasted peppers, and ranch dressing. The bar carries more than 15 craft beers in bottles or on tap; local favorites include Flying Fish Hopfish IPA and Brooklyn Lager.
Chef Adrienne honed her culinary skills while working as a chef in the southwest, Pacific islands, and East Coast before opening her quaint eatery in a historical Colonial-style home and focusing on seasonal fare. Her rotating game- and seafood-heavy menus are peppered with low-carb, vegetarian, and gluten-free options to please all kinds of palates during dinner and Sunday brunch. Adrienne's stint as a pastry chef at the famed Waldorf Astoria in New York guides her practiced hands through the execution of classic, comforting desserts such as house-made ice creams and confections topped with fresh berries. These flavorful dishes top tables draped in deep-blue coverings and surrounded by candelabra sconces, gilt mirrors, and a fireplace, or, during the summer months, tables on a stone patio surrounded by a grove of trees to protect diners from the lenses of prying paparazzi
Fast Eddie’s Billiards Cafe takes playing pool and drinking beer to the next level. Sure, the standard domestics are available, but besides the expected lagers and neon signs, Fast Eddie’s boasts an impressive menu of craft brews. More than 50 choices include Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Allagash White, and Smuttynose Robust porter. Imported beer, wine, and premium liquor are also available to add entertainment to billiards tournaments.