Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

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ENGLEWOOD

SYROS TAVERNA *** Even in North Jersey's crowded Greek restaurant scene, the fare here stands out, though Syros is really for customers who are focused solely on the food, not the stark dining room or casual service.

Prices: Appetizers $7 to $19, entrees $14 to $37 (fish market prices can run higher). Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Liquor, wine: BYO (the restaurant is hoping to obtain a liquor license). Noise level: Quite loud when busy. Credit cards: AE, D, MC, V. Reservations: Recommended for Friday and Saturday. Accommodations for children: Items and smaller portions available on request, highchairs. Dress: Casual. Early-bird specials or deals: Lunch specials available. Takeout: Yes, and delivery within a two-block radius. Parking: Street and municipal lot. Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2014.

* 51 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood; 201-731-3556, tavernasyros.com.

HACKENSACK

HOUSTON'S ** 1/2

This chain restaurant, popular with industry pros, offers a warmly lit dining room and some memorably flavored dishes, though pricing is steep and not one thing on the menu was worth waiting multiple hours, as many customers do.

Prices: Appetizers $3 to $19, entrees $19 to $53. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Liquor, wine: Full bar, good wine list; you can BYO wine with no corkage fee. Noise level: Buzzing. Credit cards: AE, MC, V. Reservations: Available by phone or online through the restaurant website or urbanspoon.com. Accommodations for children: Items on request. Dress: Casual; no hats and sleeveless shirts for men. Early-bird specials or deals: No. Takeout: Yes. Parking: Mall lot and garage. Reviewed: Nov. 28, 2014.

* The Shops at Riverside, Hackensack; 201-488-5667, hillstone.com/ #/restaurants/houstons.

CLIFTON

MATTHEW'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT ** 1/2

Owner Matthew Tyahla holds court at a well-oiled neighborhood institution that opened in 2010 but feels like it's been around for decades, with homey dishes and waits for a table. …

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