Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Formal Dining Recommendations

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Formal Dining Recommendations

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FAIR LAWN

OCEANOS *** 1/2

The Panteleakis family runs one of Bergen's benchmark Greek and Mediterranean fine-dining restaurants, offering deeply satisfying seafood and meat dishes.

Prices: Appetizers $7 to $24, entrees $27 to $55. Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. (Bar open later every day.) Liquor, wine: Full bar, wine list includes some affordable Greek selections in both red and white (reds are actually the top sellers here). Noise level: Varies with the crowd and day; much calmer on a weeknight. Credit cards: AE, D, MC, V. Reservations: Recommended, especially Friday and Saturday evenings. Accommodations for children: Items on request, highchairs. Dress: Business casual. Early-bird specials or deals: No. Takeout: Yes. Parking: Valet on Friday and Saturday and during events, lot on other days. Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2014.

* 2-27 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn; 201-796-0546, oceanosrestaurant.com.

EDGEWATER

ORAMA ***

A glittering Hudson River panorama and some of North Jersey's most striking restaurant dishes meet in this ambitious -- though sometimes unseasoned -- restaurant behind Mitsuwa Marketplace.

Prices: First-floor small plates $8 to $24 ($32 for a sirloin steak for two). Second-floor appetizers $10 to $24, larger plates $26 to $96. Recommended dishes: Grilled octopus, bone marrow, lobster Maxime, crispy sea bass, yakitori, pine nut tart. Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, bar open later, depending on the crowd. Outdoor patio dining available. Liquor, wine: Full bar, wine list includes 30 by the glass, 100 bottles under $100 and higher-end reserve list, craft beers. Now has a house sommelier. Noise level: Music can be quite loud, more so downstairs. Credit cards: AE, D, MC, V. Reservations: Recommended for Friday and Saturday nights. Accommodations for children: Items on request, highchairs, booster seats. Dress: Business attire upstairs, casual downstairs. Early- bird specials or deals: $8 drinks and appetizers from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Takeout: Yes, pickup only. Parking: Valet on Friday and Saturday; lot on other days. …

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