Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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2 Main St. (GPS input 45 River Road), Edgewater

201-943-1900; havenedgewater.com

* How it started: Jerry Maher, who co-owns the Hoboken waterfront eatery 3Forty Grill with Kerri-Ann Sweeten, wasn't looking to open a new restaurant, but when he received a brochure in the mail for the new development Edgewater Harbor, he was taken with its spectacular Manhattan skyline views. "I said, 'We need to build a restaurant!'" Maher recalls. With several high-end condo developments sprouting up along River Road, Maher saw potential for a new fine-dining spot.

* The chef: This is the first New Jersey kitchen for Westwood resident Peter Larsen, graduate of the Royal Culinary Academy of Copenhagen, Denmark, and veteran of such Manhattan restaurants as The Goodwin, Artisanal and Town, and Nobu Las Vegas. "I'd been in Manhattan the past 12 years," says Larsen. "I always felt that Jersey needed a little more upscale restaurants. With the design and location on the water, this is a great opportunity to do something."

* The food: Classics with an interesting twist, such as Mac' and Cheese "Parisienne" ($16) -- the familiar comfort dish topped with braised veal cheeks, morels, brioche bread crumbs and a four-cheese Mornay sauce (French white sauce); and St. Barth Ceviche ($15) -- sushi-grade fluke served with coconut lime, chili, red onion, cilantro and grilled baguette. "In too many restaurants nowadays, the menus are intimidating to the average diner to read," Maher says. "I wanted to do something where the menu reads simply, with dishes that people understand better, while putting a twist on it."

* The view: Only 20 feet from the Hudson River, the 6,500-square- foot restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. "It doesn't matter where you sit, there is a view," Maher says. Also, since the restaurant is tucked into a cove, it gets protected from the wind, allowing for comfortable patio dining. The view looks across to Manhattan's Upper West Side, in the 90s. …

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