One of the most popular breakfast places around is the Country Pancake House. The portions are huge - so huge that the pancakes are bigger than the plates! There are always lines out of the door on the weekend and I would definitely recommend trying this place at least once.
Once you're seated, you'll get some delicious chocolate chip corn bread to munch while you're waiting for your breakfast order. An omelette will come with home-fries and pancakes. There is more than enough for 2 people and you will see people either sharing or taking half their meal home.
The Country Pancake House has been featured on "Extreme Pig Out" and "101 Tastiest Places to Chow Down" and has been Zagat reviewed as "Best Breakfast" and "Best Bang For Your Dining Buck". Indeed, the price is very reasonable!
The menu includes omelettes, french toast, waffles, eggs, and over 100(!!) types of pancakes. They do serve lunch, but it's their pancakes that they're known for.
• Sun – Thur 6:30am to 8:45pm
• Fri – Sat 6:30am to 9:45pm
This is my favorite go-to restaurant for Indian food! For several years, there was one decent Indian restaurant in town. Then along came Brick Lane Curry House and it quickly put the other restaurant out of business. Brick Lane has a NYC location and expanded to charming Ridgewood within the last couple of years.
The food is fresh and authentic, well mostly authentic. You will find UK curries on the menu such as chicken tikka masala. There are veg & non-veg dishes that came in your choice of gravy/sauce. My favorite is the chicken korma (which is my go-to meal!). You get a good size portion with rice. The garlic naans are excellent.
Servers are excellent and the restaurant is nicely decorated - not too fancy. No alcohol/bar service but BYOB is allowed. There is a lunch buffet but I haven't been able to break away from my "usual" dish!
They have a special dish....P ’haal. It's "An excruciatingly hot curry, more pain and sweat than flavor. For our customers who do this on a dare, we will require you to state a verbal disclaimer not holding us liable for any physical or emotional damage after eating this curry." I've almost gotten my husband to try it!
Lisa's Turkish Kitchen opened in early 2007 and moved to its current location in late 2012. It's menu features a wide variety of Turkish appetizers, entrees, and desserts. The service is friendly, particulalry the owner Lisa, who personally greets the diners at their tables. Mike's favorites are the manti (lamb dumplings in a yogurt sauce) and the mixed grill, which features a variety of lamb and chicken kabobs. There is no kids menu, but our 6-year old daughter loves the fried calamari. Lisa loved the fig dessert.
The restaurant does not have a liquor license, so you need to bring your own beer and wine. It is open for both lunch and dinner.
I am sure there are 50 restaurants in the half-dozen or so blocks that make up Ridgewood and Lisa's Turkish Kitchen is definitely a stand-out!
We've had their Lentil Soup, Cigar Pie, Eggplant Dishes, Okra, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Baklava, etc. Everything is excellent!
The restaurant itself is comfortable and service is very good. There's a lunch menu and a children's menu, and Belly Dancing on Thursday nights.
A great place for a dinner for two, a family lunch/dinner, or even a VT meet (which we did have here!).
Hours: Sun-Sat 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Dinner Entrees start at $10.95
Bagelicious is Ridgewood's favorite bagel shop. It offers a good selection of fresh bagels, as well as coffee, newspapers, and other breakfast items. It gets especially busy on Saturday and Sunday mornings, when the dads, who commute into New York during the week, are home in Ridgewood with their families.
WOW what a great reastaurant. what makes this place better than other turkish reast. the food is very fresh and tasty I love it. my new favorite reast.
Favorite Dish: my favorite dish is the mixed appetizer, grilled fish, and the chicken kebab. shepherd salad is also great.
Wasabi is a small Japanese restaurant located about 3/4 mile east downtown Ridgewood in a residential neighborhood. It has a sushi bar and also serves a variety of cooked entrees and appetizers. THe service is friedly and they are very kid-friendly. Wasabi is where families go for Japanese food if they don't want to fight the crowds trying to find parking in downtown Ridgewood. Wasabi also offers take-out service, but not home delivery.
An upscale French restaurant in downtown Ridgewood featuring Manhattan-quality food in a non-stuffy atmosphere. The Chef/Owner, Michael Latour, cooked at a number of restaurants in Manhattan before going out on on his own in the suburbs. The restaurant holds around 50 people. It does not have a liquor license, so you need to bring your own wine. Two wine strores are located within a 5 minute walk.
A geat casual family-friendly restaurant that combines good Chinese food with homemade ice cream. They also deliver if you don't want to leave home. You have to bring your own beer/wine, because they don't have a liquor license.
A small (around 10 tables) low-key italian restaurant with good food at reasonable prices. They are tolerant of small children. They also do takeout. Like many restaurants in New Jersey, they do not have a liquor license, so you must bring your own wine/beer. There is a liquor/wine/beer store about 100 feet down the street.
We got to Cafe Winberrie strickly because we are in the mood for Fondue. Sometimes we just have the cheese and beer fondue as an appitizer, or sometimes we have the chocolate for dessert, or we'll maybe even decide to have both and skip any real entree. That's not to say they don't have delicious food, because they do, but there is only so much room in a human beings stomach, you must prioritize.
Favorite Dish: Winberrie Cafe has a wonderful cheese fondue they serve with apples and wonderful crusty bread. they also have a chocalate fondue for dessert, that they serve with an array of different fruits and angel food cake. YUM!