Ridgewood Travel Guide

  • Restaurants
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  • Ridgewood's War Memorial in Van Neste Square
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Ridgewood Things to Do

  • The War Memorial in Van Neste Square

    Van Neste Square is a small square-shaped park in downtown Ridgewood. At the Western end of Van Neste Square lies RIdgewood's War Memorial, which consists of a column topped by an eagle. The memorial has plaques at its base, which feature the names of Ridgewood's citizens who have died while serving their country in our various wars. On Memorial...

  • Summer Concerts at the Bandshell

    Ridgewood offers free concerts and performances on most Tuesday and Thursday nights in the summer. These are held at the bandshell at Veterans Field, which is just behind the Library and Village Hall. There is usually a wide variety of performers offered, including concert bands, barbershop quartets, jazz musicians, country music, and Gilbert &...

  • Check out the restaurants in downtown...

    Ridgewood is a town of 25,000 people and has over 50 restaurants, which serve food from all over the world, including Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Indian, Turkish, Lebanese, French, Italian, Greek, Dominican, and, of course, American.


Ridgewood Restaurants

  • Giant Pancakes!

    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...

  • My Favorite Place for Indian Food!

    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,...

  • Very good Turkish food

    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...

  • A Taste of Turkey in New Jersey!

    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...

  • Great Bagels

    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.

  • great food

    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. my favorite dish is the mixed appetizer, grilled fish, and the chicken kebab. shepherd salad is also great.

  • Japanese food off the beaten path

    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...

  • Great French food in the suburbs

    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....

  • Chinese Food and Homemade Ice Cream!

    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.


Ridgewood Nightlife

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    by frankcanfly Updated Oct 21, 2004

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    A nice Restaurant with a hopping bar on the back side. There was live disco/latin music when we went, great for dancing!

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Ridgewood Transportation

  • Taking the Train to Ridgewood

    Ridgewood is easily accessible from Manhattan by train. There are two ways to do it. THe first is to take a train from Penn Station to Secaucus Junction (a connecting station) and then connect onto a train to Ridgewood. Ridgewood is on the Bergen County Line and the Main Line. The second way to Reach Ridgewood by train is to take the PATH train (it...

  • Driving to Ridgewood

    Ridgewood is located in Bergen County in Northern New Jersey, about 25 miles northwest of Midtown Manhattan (New York City). It is located approximately 2 miles west of the Garden State Parkway (exit 166) and approximately 1 mile west of Route 17. From Manhattan, the easiest way to reach Ridgewood is to leave Manhattan via the George Washington...

  • Classic Train Station

    From Ridgewood's train station, it's a quick trip - less than an hour to New York City for work or play.


Ridgewood Shopping

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    The Cheese Shop: Heaven!

    by kazander Updated Nov 29, 2004

    Let me just start by saying I LOVE CHEESE! Cheese is just the most wonderful tasty goodness ever, I could never be a Vegan.
    This little shop on the main street in Ridgewood is the perfect place to experience cheese. The friendly helpful staff seem to know just what you are looking for and are never stingy with samples of the many different types of cheese from all over the world. If you frequent the shop they will keep your cheese choices on file. This way you can say "I once had a marvelous gouda, I can't recall the name...." and since it has been aded to your file, it's easy enough for them to locate for you. Not only do they sell a vast variety of cheese, but many other tasty treaty to accomany your pick. Breads, crackers, cookies, teas, jams, sauces, caviar ect.. line the shelves of the tiny shop. These are not your run of the mill crackers from the grocery store either, everything they carry seems to have an eclectic specialness to it and all of it is wonderful.

    What to buy: CHEESE!

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Ridgewood Local Customs

  • Christmas Tree Lighting

    Every year, in early December, Ridgewood holds its annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony downtown in Van Neste Square, where the town decorates a large evergreen tree with thousands of lights. In addition to lighting the tree, the evening also features music and entertaiment for the kids. Hundreds of people usually come, so you need to get there...

  • 4th of July

    The 4th of July (American Independence Day) is a big holiday in Ridgewood. Our town has a parade in the morning, which lasts about 2 hours, and a large fireworks display in the evening. If there was ever a fire in Bergen County on the morning of July 4th, it would be a problem, since many of the county's fire trucks are in our town's parade! In...

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Ridgewood Sports & Outdoors

  • Memorial Day Races

    Every year on Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Ridgewood hosts the Fred D'Elia Ridgewood Run, a series of running races that are open to the public. The races include the Men's and Women's mile runs, the 5 km and 10 km runs (open to both men and women), and the 1 mile Fun Run, which is open to men, women and children. The Fun Run is especially...

  • Graydon Pool

    Ridgewood's Municipal Pool is very large and fed by a local stream. It is not chlorinated, and has a sandy bottom.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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