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  1. LJC


    Fair to Poor... Nothing served at smashburger is anything better than fair; not offensive but far from great or even very good. Burger is on par or just below the level of 5 guys (ok, not bad), fries are weak, sweet pot fries are soggy and the milkshakes are thin. Fried pickels are horrid. Not impressed at all and don't see any reason to return.
  2. "Cita" in la candelaria, very good spanish style seafood. great octopus, salt cod, shrimp.
  3. Not worth it! Decent food, nothing special nor memorable but stupid expensive.
  4. Yes. Let's keep it in the perspective of this being a new place in an area with poor options and no good soup (I have not found a single variety from WF that I really enjoy or crave). Or it's just exciting to have a new opening in the hood. Sorry for my over exuberance but it is pretty darn good (love may be too strong).
  5. Went in for lunch yesterday and I am falling in love... The soup was great; they had too many choices to count and they let you taste as many as you want. I wound up getting the Clam Chowder (excelent) and then I brought home some Pea Soup for tonight. It is great to have them near by.
  6. I wound up taking them to Cheesecake. It's hard to belive that with so much business in the area there are not more options...
  7. Hale and Hearty opened in Livingston this week. I tasted a bunch of the soups, they had about 10-15 choices, very tasty. Nice place/environment (much bigger than the locations in the city) and seemingly nice people, I got to meet the executive chef who told me that they have about 200 varieties in the repertoire...
  8. Can anyone suggest a decent place in or around Wayne. I checked the NJ Zagats and all they list for Wayne is Cheesecake Factory.
  9. Agree on the soup nazi franchise stores; they serve over processed, salty (MSG or someother chemical) garbage. I am excited to hear that Hale and Hearty from the city is going to open up in Livingston on rt. 10. As it is I think they make the best soup in the city....
  10. Thanks so much for the suggestions, please keep them coming. Good question Jon777, are there any outstanding Sushi bars that cater to the large Japanese population?
  11. Looking for good spots in the Ft. Lee/Edgewater area. What are the local favorites?
  12. B&W in Hackensack makes the best Jelly donut. They also make a great crumb cake.
  13. LJC


    They are a small gourmet grocer / prepared food / Deli from John St. in the Financial district. Pretty good but not great. They are also taking a space in Englewood....
  14. I second Don Peppe's. I've been going there for 25 years and I order the white clam every time without fail. The chicken chinese is also a standout.
  15. My company would like to host a Team Building event at a culinary school or restaurant. Ideally we would like to come in one afternoon, have some wine and beer and learn to cook or bake something together. Does anyone know of a school or restaurant that offers this kind of program? CIA offers one upstate but it is insanely expensive, like $7,000.00 for 10-15 people. Any help would be appreciated. Thanx!
  16. I saw the "best cookies" thread but found that it was short and about cookies in general. I am in search of the ultimate chocolate chip variety. Anybody else have a favorite?
  17. I posted this too many times.... Sorry.
  18. Has anyone been on a quest to find out who makes the best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the city? I am a fan of both Jaques Torres and City Bakery but I have not searched far and wide. Where are other stand outs to be found?
  19. Just down in Columbia and once again had the best time at Andres Carne De Reys. This place is such a party, we ate, drank, danced, drank and drank till 4 am and then made the drive back to bogota. It is almost worth the trip alone.
  20. I stopped into Glenn's place with a co-worker a few weeks ago and had a great experience that I have been meaning to write about. The place is very cute and Glenn is a gracious host. Our sandwiches were sensational. I had a special whiskey cheddar and bacon and my friend had a combo of jack mozz and fig jam. Both sandwiches were enormous and filled with just the right amount of cheese and perfect ratio of bacon to cheese. They were toasty and tasty. An other big hit was the imported cokes (huge difference) and great ice cream. I can't wait to be in that neck of the woods again.
  21. It's a great deal and good quality too. Clams and oysters are $.50 each and the $2 burger is very good (for $2).
  22. Just back from a weekend of extreme eating, here's the report: Kozy Corner - By far the best of all. Ribs (dry) were sensational, rib tips are a bit too tough, cornish hen is poor (too dry), chicken is the best on earth, pork shoulder sandwich is so good I am thinking of flying out there for lunch, bologna sandwich was pretty good (a first for me), bbq spaghetti was horrid (as expected) and the sides were all very good particularly the beans and slaw. Rendezvous - a bit of a let down. All the meat was good but I was expecting a lot more. The two standouts were the lamb ribs (wow) and the slaw. neely's - least thrilling of them all. ribs (wet) were good but after KC and Rendezvous dry style I couldn't get into the sauciness. The one item that was outrageous was the smoked sausage sandwich on a soft hero roll. Other items that we tried were the pulled pork, smoked turkey, bbq chicken, rib tips, bologna sandwich (better than KC). We also made it to Gus's Fried Chicken which was recommended by the woman at KC (she had the menu in her pocket). Not the best fried chicken I have ever had, but up there with them. Now that I am back I am trying to get over this MSG hangover/haze that I’ve been stuck in.
  23. has no one else noticed this place en route to Srip?
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