Where to Eat in Emerson: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Natalie Tallman

Emerson is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, a suburb in the New York City metropolitan area. Emerson is the most southern town in an area of the county referred to as the Pascack Valley. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,401, reflecting an increase of 204 (+2.8%) from the 7,197 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 267 (+3.9%) from the 6,930 counted in the 1990 Census.

1. Conrad's Confectionery

107 Westwood Ave, Westwood, NJ 07675-1714 Takeout Gluten Free Options +1 201-664-2895
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 70 reviews

Conrad's Confectionery

Reviewed By Joyce M - Oakland, New Jersey

What a pleasant stop on Westwood Ave. My friend and I stopped In. She tried the
ice cream (Black Raspberry Choc Chip), and I tried the chocolate (DARK of course).
They were both yummy...."We have to come back here BEFORE Lunch next time"
was my friend's comment.

2. Pimaan Thai Restaurant

79 Kinderkamack Rd, Emerson, NJ 07630-1827 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch SGD 13 +1 201-967-0440
Excellent
62%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Pimaan Thai Restaurant

Reviewed By Farzu1111 - Mumbai, India

We visited the place for dinner on friday.. And we had to wait in queue for 30 mins.. So u can reserve in advance and go!! Food is tasty and good!!

3. Mezza

20 Jefferson Ave, Westwood, NJ 07675-2222 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 201-722-8822
Excellent
53%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Mezza

Reviewed By Kenvil63 - Cranford, New Jersey

My wife and I just returned from a week in Paris. Our expectations were not high for a bar mitzvah celebration with about 30 people of all ages.
We were quite frankly totally thrilled with the food, service, variety of offerings, and ambiance of this awesome discovery.
We enjoyed the flat-iron steak and accompanying potato a gratin side, the "tree" of multi-flavored pastry delights, the eggplant parmegianna that no one could finish there was so much but that all took home to prolong the experience.
This place reminded us of Aubergene which we had visited with all eleven of the "marching Griswolds" with its friendly service and food that rivaled any we had savored in St. Martin, New Orleans, Las Vegas, New York, St. Barts, and, yes, even in Paris. We can hardly wait for them to open up a new location in Livingston, NJ, a bit closer to our chateau off exit 137.

4. A Taste of Greece

935 Kinderkamack Rd, River Edge, NJ 07661-2311 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 201-967-0029
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

A Taste of Greece

Reviewed By Elaina S - New York

This was my third time dining at TOG. This visit I dined with 7 friends for a birthday dinner and we got to try a bunch of things. We actually ordered way too much food! We had two orders of the meatballs which were very tasty, but a little too greasy for me. We also had two orders of pan fried eggplant which I would go so far to say is the best eggplant I have ever had! We ordered zucchini cakes as well which were also quite yummy. The appetizers are a nice portion size so next time we would only need one eggplant, and one meatball. There were leftovers to take home. I tried a lemon chicken soup which was also tasty, but I was hoping for lentil instead. We ordered a Greek salad and a horitaki salad both which very good, but we definitely didn't need them amongst our 5 plates of appetizers. For dinner were were all so full, but everyone enjoyed gyros (most were packed to go after a few bites) and I had a lamb shish platter. The lamb wasn't as good as the previous time I ordered it. This time it was slightly more overcooked than I would like, but still enjoyable. I highly recommend giving this place a try! Everything is good, fresh, and flavorful!

5. Sogno Coffee House

425 Broadway, Westwood, NJ 07675-1707 Takeout, Seating Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 12 - SGD 17 +1 201-497-3628
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Sogno Coffee House

SpecialtiesFreshly Roasted Coffee, homemade crepes, Gourmet Cupcakes & Cheesecakes, and fresh filled cannoli'sHistoryEstablished in 2012European-style coffee bar in Westwood offers freshly-roasted coffee and crepes prepared from traditional Parisian recipes.Sogno Coffeehouse opened in November under the direction of husband-wife team John and Alissa Vitale. The coffeehouse has a variety of moderately priced options -- a crepe with coffee runs between $8.50 and $10.45 -- in a setting inspired by traditional European coffeehouses and creperies.Opening a coffeehouse was a dream for Sogno co-owner Alissa Vitale and coffee/culinary expert John Vitale from the time they met. After the couple got married last year, the components of what would become Sogno -- Italian for "dream" -- began to come together when they went on their honeymoon in Paris and Tuscany.Sogno's one-of-a-kind coffee roaster, hand-built by the same father-and-son team of steel workers who built separation systems for Starbucks, also took some time to prepare. The roaster is prominently displayed in the front of the shop, where John prepares the beans

Reviewed By psudino - Weehawken, New Jersey

I visited Sogno Coffee House with my Mom for some light fare since it was between lunch and dinner. I ordered the espresso infused cannoli crepe and my Mom ordered the apple cinnamon honey walnut crepe. I also got the green tea frappe.

The food was Excellent! The flavors were intense and fresh and just wonderful all around. My frappe too was exactly what I was hoping it would be.

The service was good and the decor offers a nice setting.

6. Dairy Queen

13 Kinderkamack Rd, Emerson, NJ 07630-1827 +1 201-262-1350
Excellent
52%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
16%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By Timo-Nu-Limo - Hillsdale, New Jersey

Not happy to have waited so long for the little I needed to get. 3 people present to work only one young girl filling orders with a line outside. Chlly and inside was closed. had wanted something from in the freezer but could not wait to get outta there.

7. Glaze Donuts

358 River Rd, New Milford, NJ 07646-1844 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast +1 201-483-8634
Excellent
85%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 43 reviews

Glaze Donuts

Reviewed By UsHere4U - Teaneck, New Jersey

Here we finally found fresh donuts that taste right. Ordered the Classic and Artisan variety and the Raspberry-Vanilla flavored Latte . The Jersey Cream and Jersey Corn donuts are also tasty. Location is slightly out of the way but parking is excellent. For real ingredients with less chemicals I am willing to pay more. Place was clean and the service excellent.

8. Bacari Grill Restaurant

800 Ridgewood Rd, Washington Township, NJ 07676-4535 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television American, International, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 33 - SGD 131 +1 201-358-6330
Excellent
49%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 124 reviews

Bacari Grill Restaurant

Reviewed By Cynthia F - Fair Lawn, New Jersey

Enjoyed everything I ordered, but can't wait to try other dishes as well.

Our server Stephanie is excellent, attentive and knowledgeable regarding the menu.

I loved the crispy crackers in the bread basket. Reminded me of melba toast but fresher, crisper and tastier. Fantastic accompaniments--sundried tomato butter, and jalapeno jelly. Outstanding.

Enjoyed the Bacari salad, but I should mention that I ordered my dressing on the side, and I substituted the sweeter dressing that normally accompanies the Autumn salad. Good size; not too big, not too small. With so many sushi restaurants in Bergen County switching to iceberg lettuce (to save money?), it was a pleasure to be served a mix of dark greens.

I enjoyed the maki combo but asked them to pack one of the rolls to go, since I knew I wouldn't be able to finish it anyway. Both the raw salmon and the raw tuna in the rolls was very fresh. It's a pleasure to have found a restaurant where I can order sushi and the hubby can order other things.

For dessert, my husband and I shared both the bourbon-pecan bread pudding and the sticky toffee pudding cake. Both were served with high-quality vanilla ice cream. The toffee cake was our favorite and I can't wait to return to Bacari and order it again. I am a big fan of toffee cake and am not aware of any other restaurants near home that offer it.

I should also mention that the night before my husband and I visited Bacari, I participated in an office party in their upstairs party room. The buffet was excellent; everyone enjoyed the food and commented on what a wide variety of choices there was, and the service was incredibly good.

9. Cinar Turkish Restaurant

214 Kinderkamack Rd, Emerson, NJ 07630-1835 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean Lunch, Dinner +1 201-523-9284
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Cinar Turkish Restaurant

Reviewed By SuzeeG2B - Leonia, New Jersey

Came here with no expectations at all and was pleasantly surprised by the freshness of everything we had from specialty cocktails to dessert (and we had many). The interior has been renovated from places past. Nice big private room in the back and a large bathroom big enough to ballroom dance in from my perspective. Back to the food. Excellent octopus (which I loved). All the dips were flavorful and freshly prepared. The Cinar Salad was their twist on a classic Shepherds Salad, which was absolutely delightful. Enjoyed lamb & chicken kebabs and lamb meatballs, which looked more like burgers (and oh so moist and delicious). I am now a huge fan . Turkish coffee and a traditional dense milk dessert rolled in cinnamon, baklava and their rendition of rice pudding, which is more pudding than rice were all quite pleasant. Worth a try. I think even the most basic diner could discover something to enjoy here. String beans, carrots and roasted potatoes, which came with entrees exceeded expectations. Enjoy

10. Jack's Cafe

325 Broadway, Westwood, NJ 07675-2220 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 26 +1 201-666-0400
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 92 reviews

Jack's Cafe

Reviewed By cory r - New York City, New York

This is a real foodie place. It's an old-fashion diner type place aesthetically, but beyond that....food, excellent food, and more excellent food. You go here for the food. Period. It's no frills, nice music, rock and roll theme, but it's all about the food.

The menu is a bit eclectic ranging from a delicious chicken salad, to a veal special, to a pasta, to a hanger steak, lobster bisque, a lobster roll, short-rib ravioli, and more. There's excellent flavor and taste in everything -- and the flavor is just layered into all of the ingredients. You get all of the nuances of taste and flavor.

Last time I was there, I had crab bisque -- done perfectly. Excellent flavor, perfect consistency, not to pastey or thick, and not thin or watery. Loaded with crab, vegetables, and whatever else they use. I then moved on to a short-rib ravioli, topped off with some hanger steak. I can't say enough -- taste, in each of the ingredients, all of the flavor profile, coming through -- just excellent.

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