Using fresh, never-frozen ingredients, the kitchen staffers at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria and Grill crafts casual Italian specialties from scratch each morning. In addition to baked pastas, homemade sausages, and gourmet pizzas, they are known for their signature, buttery garlic-knot sliders, which they stuff with one of three types of meat.
Proponents of the slow-food movement, Bibi'z Restaurant and Lounge's proprietors believe that meals deserve to be savored rather than scarfed down. To that end, their chefs ensure that diners have plenty to relish: they use simple techniques to bring out flavors in sustainable and wild-caught fish, grass-fed Black Angus beef, and locally sourced organic produce, dairy, and poultry. The culinary team incorporates those ingredients into dishes such as vegetarian wild-mushroom ravioli with a butternut-squash cream sauce, pan-seared duck breast with a reduction of Asian five-spice, and gluten-free braised short ribs with a parsnip puree.
Hand-selected from sustainable wineries at home and abroad, organic and biodynamic wines—more of 50 of which are available by the glass—add their own nuanced flavors to meals. Barkeeps also quench thirsts with complimentary still and sparkling water filtered in house rather than taken straight from the blowhole of a whale. Each leisurely feast unfolds on Bibi'z's airy outdoor patio or in a spacious dining room replete with a fireplace and a lounge full of comfy leather chairs.
Open since 1972, The Iron Horse has garnered legendary status for its heartily stuffed burgers, generously cut fries, and a beer and wine selection worthy of a boisterous yodel. For dinner, unacquainted eaters can shake hands with the original stuffed cheeseburger ($9.99), injected with one of five potent cheeses and stacked next to clunky-yet-tasty Railroad Tie fries, and veteran foodies can vanquish dreams of rarebit fiends with a bounty of a beer-laced, cheddar-cheese-laden welsh rabbit ($13.99), topped with tomatoes and bacon and served over toast points. All meals come standard with crocks of unlimited coleslaw and pickles, perfect for quenching a thirst, squelching an appetite, and spritzing fellow diners in one fluid swoop.
At The Melting Pot, groups gather around bubbling cauldrons and dip chunks of bread and produce into molten cheese blended with sherry, lager, or dijon mustard. The cheese pairs well with a wine list, which was recognized by Wine Spectator with an Award of Excellence for the years 2008–2010. For heartier meals, diners cook meat and seafood in pots of hot oil or burgundy before tackling the chocolate fondue. They dunk morsels of cake or brownies into chocolate blended with peanut butter or sweet liqueurs for an ending to a meal that’s more decadent than riding home in a limousine lined with mink.
Nestled inside a Victorian home, Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop, a winner of Bergen Health & Life magazine's 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Gift Shop, tempts the quaint and the whimsical with shelves and cases full of heart- and flower-themed gifts for women, children, and the home. A kaleidoscope of color and cornucopia of scents, it offers handmade and wearable art and accessories, as well as indulgent bath and body products and garden tools. To put a finishing touch on each gift, the staff offers free giftwrapping, and the shop's tables and vividly colored play space for kids welcome guests to linger, relax, and enjoy the scenery.
Whether it's a hot tea, fresh juice, or a sinful cupcake you seek, you'll find it all at Your Way Cafe—just as the name suggests. Breakfast is served all day, so stop in any time for a fluffy custom-made omelet, pancake stack, or a roasted veggie panini layered with crispy melted cheese. The bakery offers a whole range of gluten-free desserts baked fresh daily alongside homemade gelato available in more than a dozen flavors.