Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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WYCKOFF

THE PLUM AND THE PEAR ***

This newcomer from George Kalivas, the former owner of Il Villino in Waldwick, features globally influenced yet familiar food and unusually well-trained servers.

Prices: Appetizers $9 to $16, entrees $17 to $32. Hours: Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, dinner 5 to 10 p.m.; 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Liquor, wine: BYO. Noise level: Can grow loud when busy. Credit cards: AE, D, DC, MC, V. Reservations: Recommended; essential for Friday and Saturday evenings. Accommodations for children: Items on request, highchairs. Dress: Casual. Early-bird specials or deals: No. Takeout: Yes. Parking: Street. After 6 p.m., you can park in the lots of Wyckoff Lighting and Wright Occasion, according to the restaurant. Reviewed: Oct. 31, 2014.

* 393 Franklin Ave., Wyckoff; 201-485-8793, theplumandthepear.com.

RIDGEWOOD

NOVO *** 1/2 First-time executive chef Elie Kahlon excels at elevating fine-dining dishes with ingredients from his native Israel and the rest of the Middle East.

Prices: Appetizers $12 to $14, entrees $28 to $38. Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 5 to10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Liquor, wine: BYO; a small but interesting selection of wines available for delivery from The Wine Seller. Noise level: Buzzing. Credit cards: AE, D, DC, MC, V. Reservations: Recommended, especially for weekends. Accommodations for children: Items on request, highchairs, booster seats. Dress: Business casual. Early-bird specials or deals: No. Takeout: Yes. Parking: Valet Friday and Saturday; customers can park in the old municipal garage lot at 120 Franklin Ave. Reviewed: Jan. 30, 2015.

* 37 Chestnut St., Ridgewood; 201-444-4910, novomediterranean.com.

RAMSEY

VARKA ESTIATORIO *** 1/2

This Ramsey fine-dining restaurant never fails to surprise, which is saying a lot since it also hasn't changed its food much since opening in 2005. …

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