FAMILY-FRIENDLY FOOD IN BERGEN AND BEYOND
ALLENDALE ALLENDALE BAR & GRILL
AMERICAN BISTRO | 67 W. ALLENDALE AVE. (201) 327-3197 This family-friendly local favorite is known for its standout burgers and delicious steaks. Pop in on Tuesdays for the pasta buffet or on Sundays for brunch.
BERGENFIELD MATTHEWS DINER & PANCAKE HOUSE
DINER | 430 S. WASHINGTON AVE. (201) 385-9496 This much-loved diner offers just what you expect – and love – in a diner, from the wide range of breakfast-to-dessert options and fast, friendly service.
CARLSTADT BIGGIE’S CLAM BAR
SEAFOOD | 430 ROUTE 17 SOUTH (201) 933-4000 A clam bar isn’t exactly synonymous with family night out, but this fun, friendly roadhouse deserves a look. Children will enjoy the pizza, burgers and sandwiches – and who knows, maybe they’ll discover the joys of seafood!
AMERICAN BISTRO | 375 ROUTE 3 EAST (973) 471-6161 Everyone knows what Applebee’s brings to the table: reliable standards for the kids and a regularly evolving menu to keep parents satisfied.
EDGEWATER BAUMGART’S CAFE
CHINESE | 59 THE PROMENADE (201) 313-3889 Where else can you cap off sesame chicken with a hot fudge sundae? There’s something for everyone at this soda fountain-diner-Chinese restaurant. Lunch features creative salads and wraps. A favorite mom-and-toddler hangout.
ENGLEWOOD BAUMGART’S CAFE
CHINESE | 45 E. PALISADE AVE. (201) 569-6267 See review under Edgewater location.
BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFE
MEXICAN | 21 E. PALISADE AVE. (201) 541-0600 An urban vibe, with a busy sidewalk cafe and a fiesta atmosphere. Match that margarita with authentic Tex-Mex dishes, including excellent fish tacos.
HACKENSACK CUBBY’S BBQ RESTAURANT
BARBECUE | 249 S. RIVER ST. | (201) 488-9389 Famous for its ribs, Buffalo wings, burgers and onion rings, Cubby’s has been a local favorite for 26 years. Throw in steak, roast beef, chicken and hot dogs, and Cubby’s is sure to have something for everyone. Serving good food in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, it’s no wonder the place is so popular.
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS MOUNT FUJI JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE
JAPANESE | 193 ROUTE 17 SOUTH (201) 288-2800 Children will love the spectacle of the hibachi table, and parents will appreciate the quality food and drink.
ITALIAN | 23 HARDENBURGH AVE. (201) 384-1551 This family favorite is distinguished by a warm welcome and the surprise of creative, Italianinspired dishes in addition to well-prepared standards.
HAWTHORNE ANDY’S CORNER
AMERICAN BISTRO | 438 LAFAYETTE AVE. (973) 427-1292 Friendly service, good food and great prices make this diner-y shop popular with the locals. Breakfast is served all day.
HO-HO-KUS SICILIAN SUN
ITALIAN | 604 N. MAPLE AVE. | (201) 444-3494 Loyalists have flocked here for years for the superb pizza and well-made Italian standards. Pizza is available in just one of the two small dining rooms, which wisely keeps couples out for a date separated from families. Be prepared for a wait on the weekends.
MAHWAH MASON JAR
AMERICAN BISTRO | 221 RAMAPO VALLEY ROAD | (201) 529-2302 Serves just about everything, but the ribs and pulled-pork sandwich stand out.
NEW MILFORD JERSEY BOYS GRILL
AMERICAN BISTRO | 704 RIVER ROAD (201) 262-5600 Equal parts pub grub and Italian food, Jersey Boys’ menu will please parents just as much as the kids menu – featuring chicken parm and mac and cheese – will keep little mouths smiling.
MEXICAN | 214 MAIN ST. | (201) 225-2554 Children will love the tacos and fajitas, and health-conscious parents will appreciate the low-carb fresh-mex options. The miniature burritos are an inventive touch.
OAKLAND TONY’S BROTHERS
ITALIAN | 20 W. OAKLAND AVE. (201) 337-3100 Popular local restaurant known for its pizza and homemade Italian specialties.
AMERICAN BISTRO 17 EAST RIDGEWOOD AVE. | (201) 447-8813 See review under Clifton location.
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
PIZZA | WESTFIELD GARDEN STATE PLAZA (201) 587-0005 Of all the perpetually bustling eateries at Westfield Garden State Plaza, California Pizza Kitchen is among the most attractive for families. Pizza is its middle name, after all.
STEAK ’N SHAKE
AMERICAN (TRADITIONAL) PARAMUS PARK MALL, 700 PARAMUS PARK (201) 262-4969 Known primarily in the Midwest and South, Steak ’n Shake offers a variety of griddle-smashed steak burgers and inventive milkshakes.
RAMSEY BRADY’S AT THE STATION
AMERICAN (TRADITIONAL) 5-7 W. MAIN ST. | (201) 327-9748 This historic former train station has a lively pub feel and good pub grub to match. More sophisticated offerings, especially the steaks, are also nicely done.
PUB FOOD | 585 N. FRANKLIN TURNPIKE (201) 934-7777 A popular destination since the 1930s, this casual eatery is beloved for its dynamite thin-crust pizza.
RIDGEWOOD A MANO
PIZZA | 24 FRANKLIN AVE. | (201) 493-2000 The two domed, red-tiled wood-burning ovens are the centerpiece and focal point of this handsome pizzeria. Don’t expect the New York-style pizza we’re used to. A Mano serves it the way it was originally prepared in Naples hundreds of years ago. Plenty of choices for the non-pizza lover, too.
CHINESE | 158 FRANKLIN AVE. | (201) 612-5688 See review under Edgewater location.
THE DAILY TREAT
AMERICAN BISTRO | 177 E. RIDGEWOOD AVE. (201) 652-9113 This downtown favorite offers everything you love about a local diner but with personality to spare.
THE OFFICE BEER BAR & GRILL
AMERICAN BISTRO | 32 CHESTNUT ST. (201) 652-1070 The place to meet for kid-friendly appetizers and great burgers.
PIZZA | 33 GODWIN AVE. | (201) 445-9010 Delicious pizza with an emphasis on organic ingredients. You can’t go wrong with the huge array of toppings and the whole wheat and gluten-free crusts.
MEXICAN | 166 E. RIDGEWOOD AVE. (201) 857-4619 At Tito’s, “It’s all good” isn’t just a motto – it’s a way of life. The affordable prices and fun atmosphere set the stage, and the fresh, just-plain-good food attracts hungry families from all over.
AMERICAN BISTRO | 465 ROUTE 46 WEST (973) 812-0011 See review under Clifton location.
WALDWICK NELLIE’S PLACE
AMERICAN (TRADITIONAL) 9 FRANKLIN TURNPIKE | (201) 652-8626 Casual bar and restaurant with low prices and huge portions. Specialties include thin-crust pizza.
WAYNE BURGER DELUXE
AMERICAN (TRADITIONAL) 1420 ROUTE 23 NORTH | (973) 305-0033 Modern take on the classic diner with a focus on burgers with an international flair, salads, sandwiches and moderately priced entrees.
WESTWOOD THE IRON HORSE
AMERICAN BISTRO | 20 WASHINGTON AVE. (201) 666-9682 The fact that the menu calls the mozzarella sticks “Cheese Louise” should be reason enough to visit, but the burgers are widely considered the best in Bergen.
AMERICAN BISTRO | 325 BROADWAY, WESTWOOD | (201) 666-0400 Options range from cheesesteaks and burgers to pasta primavera and seafood specials, and the kids menu provides the likes of grilled cheese, bow tie pasta and chicken fingers.
PIZZA | 223 WESTWOOD AVE. (201) 664-9292 Pompilio’s offers great stop-in-for-a-slice pies and a perfectly casual dining room for hanging out with the kids.
WOODCLIFF LAKE BLUE MOON
MEXICAN | 42 KINDERKAMACK ROAD (201) 782-9500 See review under Englewood location.
WYCKOFF 3 CHICAS MEXICAN KITCHEN
MEXICAN | 637 WYCKOFF AVE. (201) 848-4700 Try the quesadillas. And the fajitas. Oh, and the burritos, tacos and enchiladas. Don’t forget the kid’s meal for the little ones.
PUB FOOD | 359 SICOMAC AVE. (201) 848-0108 Cozy and quaint with generations of graffiti carved into the tabletops. You can’t go wrong with a burger.
MEXICAN | 327 FRANKLIN AVE. (201) 891-1331 See review under Englewood location.
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