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Casa Del Faro, West New York

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#1 Rachel Perlow

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Posted 29 December 2001 - 08:26 AM

Casa Del Faro* Restaurant
759 Farragut Pl
West New York, NJ
(201) 854-1004  

We went to this restaurant, at the former location of The Lighthouse restaurant by The Galaxy condos off of River Road (near Edgewater, just north of the Lincoln Tunnel), on Thursday night. I was unsure whether to post on eGullet yet because the food was excellent but we ordered wrong and had a bad experience start out the night, too.  This being that the parking was a real hassle. They have a lot, but there was a wedding in their upstairs room and there were no spots and the valets didn't seem to be in the mood to park for us! Because of the way the restaurant is situated, there really is no place to park except in their lot. It was ridiculous, but we eventually parked and went in. I was glad we put up with the hassle as we entered the warm, nicely decorated, comfortable dining rooms. Live music in the bar area was good but too loud.  Anyway the food.

The owner and the chef are both Dominican, and the menu reflects this type of spanish food. We ordered Arroz con Mariscaras (sp? mixed seafood), which is their version of paella, and Asopado de Camarones ("shrimp with fluffy rice", a stewy soup). Both were excellent, but the problem was with the timing. The cooked-to-order paella took about 45 minutes, and we didn't order any appetizers, and we were hungry, big mistake. We should have ordered soup and/or salad and/or appetizers and split the paella.  It would have made more sense by giving us courses, and the paella was big enough to split if we weren't completely starving by the time it came. I wish our waiter would have advised us better on this. Anyway enough complaints.

The paella may have been one of the best versions we've ever had. Really. It was an incredible mixture of seafood consisting of the expected: shrimp, clams, squid rings, mussels, lobster, scallops and the unexpected: crab and the squid legs. In addition to the seafood, there were also slices of sausage, which was very complimentary to the seafood; usually a seafood paella doesn't have the sausage. Anyway, all the seafood was excellently cooked, the mussels seemed to be the larger New Zealand variety, the squid was tender, the lobster was a whole tail, and the crab was a surprising and welcome addition. What was also welcome was the fact that there was actually very little rice for a paella, it kind of clung to the seafood along with a handful of olives and some slices of red pepper, but there was no layer of rice and peas underneath all the fish like most paellas.  The price for the paella at first seemed high (ฮ), but the quality made it worth it.

The assopado (ย) was good too, very comforting (as I'm still trying to get over a cold), but not what I remember as assopao from Puerto Rico. We left some of that over rather than have the paella suffer the indignity of being reheated. It featured very large shrimp, but in addition to them there were smaller shrimp which hid in the broth to be discovered later. We finished all the larger shrimp and some of the soup, but took the ricey broth & small shrimp that was left home. (The leftovers were delicious with some leftover chicken added.)

* The waiter told us the name means lighthouse in Spanish.

#2 Rail Paul

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Posted 29 December 2001 - 12:44 PM

Back when the joint was known as the Lighthouse, you entered thru the very smoky bar, and walked to the dining room, which was built on a porch with a drop dead SE view of the river and the city.

If your table wasn't ready, you waited in the bar. Back then it was a very small dining room, perhaps 10-12 tables. I vaguely recall the restaurant was Portuguese. I didn't recall an upstairs room, perhaps there wasn't one back then.

#3 Rachel Perlow

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Posted 30 December 2001 - 04:20 PM

Yes, there was a very nice city view from the front of the dining room. The bar was not smoky, and there was definitely a party going on upstairs.

#4 nizza

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Posted 02 January 2002 - 09:13 PM

We have fond memories of The Lighthouse.  We had many great dinners there together and with friends.  We had relatives in from Italy and took them for a ride along Blvd East and somehow during our ride we past theold Lighthouse location and wondered how the new restaurant was doing.  Maybe we will have dinner there on your post.  

#5 ELA

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Posted 28 January 2002 - 09:25 PM

This place is one of my regular stops to meet with some friends and clients. I have a number of clients from Hudson County who are Cuban, Dominican, South American, etc. -- and they all like this place very much. I have only had appetizers at the bar, but what I have had has been very good.


#6 Rachel Perlow

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Posted 15 February 2002 - 02:15 PM

We're returning to Casa Del Faro tonight at 7:30 to meet some eGullet friends. They don't take reservations, so feel free to meet us at the bar around that time if you're interested in joining us.

Rachel & Jason (and Rosie & Lowell) :D

#7 BijjHenry

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 03:25 AM

I went to casa Del Faro with my friends really it was a great experience. We all had a fabulous dinner also the service was incredible at very fair prices. But I'm getting some rumours that this restaurant is closed now or moved to somewhere? Anyone here knows about it?

Edited by BijjHenry, 09 May 2014 - 03:25 AM.