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  1. The weakening economy has forced one of North Jersey’s foremost dining destinations to be shuttered, 10 days before the year’s biggest dining weekend. KEVIN R. WEXLER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER NJ.com People are seen inside Arthur's Landing in Weehawken on January 15, 2009 following the crash of Flight 1549. Arthur’s Landing, a landmark on the Hudson River in Weehawken and a dining destination for Broadway-goers and gourmands seeking New York style at New Jersey prices, unexpectedly closed Tuesday. “The severity of this downturn and the unlikelihood of a turnaround in the near future sadly leaves us no alternative but to close down operations, effective immediately,” notes a message from Dry Dock Restaurant Corp. chairman Armand Pohan on the restaurant’s Web site. General Manager John Woloshyn and Executive Chef Michael Haimowitz were told of the closing Tuesday. The pair had been preparing for Valentine’s weekend, which had received 200 reservations for Saturday alone, Haimowitz said. Haimowitz, who joined the restaurant three years ago this week, had widely been credited with elevating the restaurant’s culinary profile. He created a menu rich with New Jersey seafood, launched a fun bar menu with lobster sliders and blue cheese potato chips, and continued the restaurant’s popular Sunday brunches and pre-theater menus. His work was recognized by the James Beard Foundation, which invited him to headline a dinner in its New York headquarters a year ago. “It spoke to how much the staff had come together and how much better a foundation the restaurant was on, from a culinary and service standpoint.”
  2. I went here for lunch today for the first time. We had the sushi special and it was amazing..could not have been fresher. My friend said she may go back for dinner with her kids and the waitress said they may not like it as it is authentic Japanese. We laughed, asking if she is telling us not to come? She explained that many do not expect the authenticity of the cuisine. My friends kids would actually love it. Great pick!
  3. Mooncake Foods: from NYMAG: 28 Watts Street, Soho: Two couples joined by marriage—plus a restless mother-in-law who can’t stay out of the kitchen—give this comfy Pan-Asian canteen a conspicuous family feel. With its retro-diner décor, off-the-beaten-track address, and mostly $4–$8.25 price range, it’s a Soho anomaly where everything is made with care and served with a welcoming smile. It’s also a wellspring of savory sandwiches, salads, and snacks like springy wontons stuffed with snow-pea greens, sweetly spiced chicken wings, and delicate, exceedingly fresh jícama-stuffed spring rolls. Recommended Dishes Miso-glazed salmon, $8.80
  4. Thank you Daisy for your post. gee...not many with any ideas? hmmm. We ended up at Mooncakes and it was really good. I mean really good. Surprised no one mentioned it....I found great reviews everywhere and decided it was good for our needs. Great salad, nice staff, inventive menu. I would go again and again.
  5. Any ideas for a reasonably priced restaurant, Italian or Chinese would be most appreciated. Happy Holidays and thank you.
  6. Thank you....I love me some Wondees.
  7. Off tomorrow for lunch in Hackensack. I know Greek Island Grill is at 77 Main St., Hackensack but have never been...Thai, and Cuban. Any other ideas..any good diners? Thank you. Joana
  8. I drive through Newark Avenue often and notice all of the Indian restaurants and stores. I have not gone to any of them in years, and need some help. Are there any standouts? Thanks, Joana
  9. Kinara Indian 880 River Road • Edgewater, NJ 07020 • tel: 201.313.0555 Decent Indian food. Near Whole Foods.
  10. http://www.atthemarketonline.com Saw good reviews on Baristanet. Will try soon. Has anyone gone there yet? Joana
  11. Downtown Montclair: 5 new restaurants Friday, December 28, 2007 By ELISA UNG STAFF WRITER CHRIS PEDOTA / THE RECORD Zod Arifai, chef-owner of Blu restaurant in Montclair, at his new establishment, Next Door. Take a walk through Montclair's downtown these days and you'll spot newcomer restaurants popping up all over Bloomfield Avenue. Here's a look at five of them. Zod Arifai, the chef-owner of the acclaimed Blu, has taken over the spot next door and opened ... Next Door (556 Bloomfield Ave., 973-744-3600.) "It's completely the opposite of Blu," he says. "Blu is very creative, upscale food. This is very simple, casual food" – roasted chicken, beef stew, burgers, salads, sandwiches, pastas and a meatloaf that he says has been popular with customers. With all dishes between $5 and $18, it's priced so that families will eat there frequently: Instead of cooking themselves lunch or dinner, Arifai hopes families will head for his herb-roasted leg of lamb with white bean ragu ($14) or a pulled chicken sandwich with Gorgonzola, sun-dried tomatoes and caramelized onions ($7). "It will cost you more to make it yourself, and it'll take you two hours," he boasts of his dishes. The decor is colorful yet sparse, with comfortable tables, 38 seats and brightly colored oval lights hanging from the ceiling. Mama Giola's (446 Bloomfield Ave., 973-783-MAMA, mamagi olas.com) is named for the late mother of chef Agostino Sblendorio, who hails from Genoa. The BYO serves rustic Italian food in a beautifully remodeled 85-seat space that once housed a burger joint and a Jamaican restaurant. The menu includes pastas, veal, chicken, beef, seafood and house-made marinara sauce. The co-owners are Patricia Wippich and Eddie Gazawie, who run the front of the house, and Gazawie's wife, Sarah, who runs the kitchen and makes all the homemade desserts. Southern Italian food is the focus of Gencarelli's Cucina and Dessert Lounge (381 Bloomfield Ave., 973-744-8881). "Our food is basically simple homemade cooking," says Nicole Gencarelli, who owns the restaurant with her mother, Debbie. Inside, it resembles a coffeehouse, with cannolis and cakes in a display case and exposed brick. But the open kitchen in the back hallway is busy dishing out its best-selling appetizer, Mozzarella in Carroza, as well as salads, traditional pastas, chicken and veal for lunch and dinner. Pi Restaurant (399 Bloomfield Ave., 973-744-2393, pinatarestaurant.com) is painted in bright colors and features red tablecloths, cheerful murals and, yes, pis hanging from the ceilings. It's a casual Mexican restaurant with a menu full of classics for lunch and dinner -- tamales, enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, chili relleno. At the eastern end of the Montclair business district is The Wood Pit (108-110 Bloomfield Ave., 973-954-4679, wood pit.com), where Lawrence Hackney has set up two smokers for Southern barbecue: ribs, chicken, brisket, sirloin, pork roast. A broadband engineer by trade, Hackney has long loved barbecue and has perfected his late mother's sauces over the years (thanks to the notes she left behind and his aunt's input). "I would have parties, do barbecue, and folks would say, 'You need to open a barbecue restaurant.' " His signature sauces are vinegar-based, as they do it in the South, but Hackney adds that he lived in Texas for 15 years and also makes a killer sweet sauce.
  12. jwjojo

    Sabor Peru

    We finally went to Sabor Peru after trying to go on more than one Monday night....duh..closed Monday nights Anyway, we were very happy with the food and the service (we were the only ones there last night due to the storm). My friend and I used to frequent a Peruvian restaurant in Union City that was as authentic as they came and very good. We have yet to find a place that makes the Peruvian mussels and Jalea as well. I am thrilled to say Sabor Peru is my new favorite Peruvian restaurant. The mussels were fantastic, the Jalea (fried seafood) was more delicately prepared, and very good. I also had the chicken soup which was tasty. Can't wait to go back and try more things on the menu.
  13. We went here today and had a chocolate cupcake with dark chocolate frosting. It was good...but...so very small. I hoped the taste to be richer, but it was otherwise good. TOO small!! Just a little thing for 2$. Tom kept talking about Juniors cupcakes, and how big they are for the same price. He did say that this one was a bit tastier. Someone should leave a bigger cupcake pan on their doorstep.
  14. We went last night. Had the smoked chicken w/coleslaw, mac and cheese. I liked the sauces, the chicken was good, not great. Slaw was good, did not enjoy the mac and cheese. Oh...and fries which were just okay.....we would go back. The table next to us was more experimental and seemed to really enjoy a their meal a lot. Worth a try.
  15. smittysbbqjoint.com On Valley Brook Road, just opened in Lyndhurst. We might give it a try tonight. Anyone go yet?
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