“The healthy side of happiness” is both a phrase affixed on Yo Boys Frozen Yogurt's wall and the philosophy of founders Mike and James Savas, as related in an article on Teaneck Patch. A rotating selection of kosher-certified yogurts—including dairy-free, gluten-free, and no-sugar-added options—swirls into self-serve cups at guests' command, creating peaks of red velvet, dollops of pineapple, and snakes of pomegranate sorbet. After customers top creations with more than 40 options, including fresh fruit, candy, or a jauntily tipped bowler hat, the cashier weighs treats to calculate the cost based on ounces.
Voted the 2008 and 2009 #1 Bakery in Best of Bergen, Butterflake Bakery serves up a kosher and colorful assortment of confections from old world classics like Challah and jam-filled Hamantaschen, to wedding cakes replete with blooming gardens of frosting. Dessert aficionados can enjoy Butterflake's vast selection of cookies (starting at $1.75 each), Danish and croissants (starting at $1.90), pies and tortes (starting at $8.95), and myriad other tasty treats. Sifting together the dry ingredients of baking and technology, computer generated portrait/picture cakes can depict any image through the delectable medium of frosting, while cakes molded in the shape of popular cartoon characters can add dulcet dimension to a child's birthday party. Butterflake Bakery also alleviates the anxieties of patrons with nut allergies by keeping all of their baked goods completely isolated from nuts, nut products, and nutty high-speed chase sequences.
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.
Masters of impromptu rocking, the three-man band of Particle braids funky undertones of bass guitar with energetic keyboards and drums in an electronic-backed jam session. Bolstered by an underground following and a decade of playing together, the band grooves through hits from its album Launchpad with more chemistry than hydrogen and oxygen had on their first date. The seasoned trio, which has performed with Blackalicious and Grateful Dead founder Phil Lesh, will razzle and dazzle Mexicali Club's intimate lounge after openers Shwizz and The 45's warm up the stage with tunes as catchy as chicken pox.
Saeid and Mojgon Eshaghipour have made a comfortable home for themselves amid the burger joints, frozen yogurt shops, and Italian sausage trees of New Jersey, but they'll never forget the traditional dishes of their native Iran. When it comes to their menu's tender cornish hen kebabs or tangy burberries, the couple opened their restaurant to share the treasured delicacies of their homeland with their new neighbors.
Amid the aromatic steam in the eatery's kitchen, the Eshaghipours cook an array of traditional Persian dishes that often have them seasoning lamb, ground beef, and chicken specialties with flavors of cinnamon, dried lemon, and pomegranate paste. When discussing their culinary process with reporters from The Record, Saeid's brother and restaurant manager, Reza, proudly asserted, "almost everything is grilled; there is no deep frying. We buy only fresh meat, and all processing is done at the restaurant. We grind it here, prepare it here." Along with that commitment to fresh food, some nights see the restaurant hosting special events, including live Persian music and belly-dancing performances.
Gateway of India's authentic ambiance houses fragrant aromas from a wide selection of classic Indian cuisine. Tantalizing appetizers such as the vegetable pakora summon appetites with veggies battered in lightly seasoned lentil flour, and the kebab sampler dispenses spears of chicken, lamb, and fish—provided they're not touring as an alternative-country trio. Delicious flats of naan bread sop up sauces and act as makeshift bibs bursting with flavors of garlic, coconut and cherries, or unleavened whole-wheat grains. Gnaw on entrees such as the lamb korma—decadent pieces of spiced lamb swimming in onion, cashew, and almond cream sauce—or nibble the palak paneer, a dish of homemade Indian cheese and spinach. A selection of classic dishes such as chicken tikka masala and goat biryani with rice challenge exotic combinations such as lobster curry to freestyle Bollywood dance-offs.