Avo’s Grill: Mediterranean; Cliffside Park; 720 Anderson Av; 24/19/$37; 201-945-9038; http://avosgrill.com/; Unreal reviews on diners from Yelp; Pleasant setting and nicer service; Meze dips are great; BYO; Large menu with unique items as well –even pasta; Burgers and sandwiches; Steaks and Falafel; Ideal spot for lunch or a casual dinner. They sure know how to grill food!
*GRK Grill: Greek; Cresskill; 39 Union Av; 24/19/$43; 201-399-7670; www.grkgrillnj.com; Huge menu for a Greek establishment; Amazing specials; Love the appetizer options including Spinach Dumplings, Saganaki, Grilled Calamari and of course spreads. Try the Branzino, Red Snapper or Swordfish. Traditional Greek dishes such as Mousaka and Gyro platters stand out as well. Full liquor license. Great location in Cresskill’s downtown.
*Greek Taverna: Greek; Edgewater; 55 Promenade @ River Rd; 22/18/$35; 201-945-8998; www.greektavernausa.com; The price is right; The selection is huge- particularly the appetizers; The food is excellent; Having a grilled whole fish may be way to go; It is BYO; Open kitchen adds an air of class to the otherwise laid back mini-chain. Lamb chops stand out as well. Has Grilled Calamari! Large portions.
Taverna Mykonos: Greek; Elmwood Park; 238 Broadway; 25/22/$49; 201-703-9200; www.tavernamykonos.com/; Menu is a fusion of Greek and Mediterranean; Comfortable, pleasant setting; Full bar with a nice wine list; Try the Saganaki, Greek meatballs, Mediterranean Spreads, Chopped Salad, Lavraki (sea bass), Crabmeat over sole, Seafood platter, Moussaka, Lamb Shank or chops; Sea bass; Huge menu overall; Delicious! Date friendly in an upscale setting; Rave reviews everywhere. Closed Monday.
Santorini Taverna: Greek; Fort Lee; 2020 Central Rd @ Main; 22/18/$39; 201-947-2055; www.santorini-taverna.com; About 15 tables, nice blue painted walls – Greek feel; Has nice outdoor area; Large menu of Greek classics; Lots of grilled items available including lamb, and various whole fish; Full bar and outdoor patio in warmer months; More casual dishes at lunch; Upscale quality and authentic. Very large menu including the classics. Grilled Calamari.
Sofia’s Mediterranean Grill: Mediterranean; Hasbrouck Heights; 24/16/$36; 201-462-0123; RAVE reviews; BYO; Grilled Calamari; Amazing Dips; Grilled Feta appetizer; Gyro platters are mouthwatering; Grilled Pork Chops; Seafood Medley includes grilled calamari, shrimp and octopus over rice; Moussaka, Pastichio on the menu. Lots of desserts; Closed Sunday but otherwise open for lunch & dinner. www.sofiasmediterraneangrill.com/
Stamna Greek Taverna: Greek; Little Falls; 66 E Main St; 25/18/$43; 973-256-6400; www.stamnataverna.com; Extremely affordable Greek cuisine; Menu has large selection of Grilled Meat and Seafood dishes; Also serves about every known appetizer and Greek traditional favorites in a comfortable, if uneventful setting. BYO. Try the appetizer spread platter (dips); Rabbit stew, Lamb Kabobs, Moussaka; Grilled Calamari; Large portions; Family run; One of the best Greek menus I’ve seen – 2nd only to Varka. Fall off the bone lamb. Bloomfield location as well.
Angelo’s Greek Taverna: Mediterranean; Maywood; 245 Maywood Av; 23/18/$44; 201-845-4278; Rave reviews for this casual Greek restaurant which features a large assorted menu; Known for amazing Greek fries, Gyro platters, Souvlaki and their spreads; Probably better for lunch as it is casual. Extremely good pricing anyone can afford. Not a fancy spot but reliable & well liked by locals. BYO. https://angelosgreektavern.wixsite.com/chef-angelo
Mykonos: Greek; North Arlington; 440 Ridge Rd; 24/17/$37; 201-991-5055; www.mykonosrestaurantnj.com/; Menu is fantastic and food quality very high for this local neighborhood favorite; The assorted App platter for just $15 includes 6 kinds of dips and stuffed grape leaves. Grilled Calamari, Seafood Orzo, and fantastic versions of Moussaka and Pastichio stand out. Give it a try! Very casual setting.
*Greek Village: Greek; Northvale; 254 Livingston St; 26/14/$35; 201-750-8570; Local favorite; Small in size with about 15 tables; BYO; Hummus, spanakopita, chicken souvlaki, and gyros stand out; Very inexpensive and delicious; Fabulous for a neighborhood joint. Absolutely rave reviews from locals. Diamond in the rough- go early for a table. Family owned; Grilled calamari; Less crowded for lunch. Take out popular here. Greek salad. http://greekvillagenj.com/
Greek Corner Grill: Greek; Park Ridge; 99 Park Av; 24/17/$36; 201-476-1400; www.greekcornergrill.com/; Fantastic family run business with super friendly service; Menu includes Grilled Calamari; Stuffed Shrimp; Saganaki; Pan seared meatballs; Any 4 spreads; Gyros and Souvlakis; Rack of Lamb; Grilled Shrimp and the usual Greek classics; BYO; Can’t go wrong here and you will feel at home. Casual – not fancy. Very cheap.
Greek City: Greek; Ramsey; 1300 Rt 17N; 23/16/$37; 201-760-2500; www.greekcityrestaurant.com/; Open daily for lunch and dinner; BYO; Amazing quality and tasty food; Assortment of Greek spreads includes 4 choices; Grilled calamari appetizer; Stuffed calamari; Spanakopita; Sautéed shrimp with Feta; Lots of salads; Moussaka; Braised Lamb; Lamb Chops; Grilled seafood combo; Whole fish. What a menu!! Casual setting.
*Varka: Greek/ Seafood; Ramsey; 30 N Spruce St @ Main; 26/23/$59; 201-995-9333; www.varkarestaurant.com; Elegant, mature dining; Cottage house dining room feel; Hot bar scene; Outdoor patio in summer- known for TOP al fresco dining; 12-15 whole fishes to choose from- premium quality; Steaks selections; Seafood dishes; Expensive but worth it. Manhattan feel in Ramsey; Top of the line service and ambiance. Large menu for a gourmet place. Serve King Crab Legs. Grilled Calamari. Top Greek restaurant in Bergen Cty. 201 Mag winner for Best Greek, Seafood, & Mediterranean. Raw bar with shellfish; Lobster – done 6 ways.
Mediterraneo’s: Mediterranean; Ridgewood; 23 N Broad St; 23/19/$45; 201-447-0022; Reliable regional fare; Great outdoor seating in the spring and summer; Phyllo rolls, Falafel, Lamb dishes delish; Cuisine influenced by Greece and Turkey; BYO; Even has a Spanish Tapas menu – outstanding; Located in a ‘cute’ welcoming street in always nice Ridgewood. Offer 3 menus- tapas specials, 1 for fresh fish & 1 for featured entrees. Bronzino & Paellas stand out. 201 Mag Best Med. www.mediterraneoridgewood.com/;
Babylon: Mediterranean; River Edge; 606 Kinderkamack @ Monroe; 20/16/$31; 201-646-0005; www.babylonrest.com; Regional fare with a Turkish slant; BYO policy; Nothing fancy but great service; Food is always consistently good and reliable; Great menu featuring Lamb shank; Kebabs; Huge combo plates and various types of hummus. Pick 4 appetizers for $16.95. Café and deli attached to property. Calamari is fried- c’mon man!
*Taste of Greece: Greek; River Edge; 935 Kinderkamack Rd; 25/17/$38; www.atasteofgreecenj.com/; Incredible reviews; Restaurant confirms grilled calamari; Known for grilled octopus, Greek classics, and grilled meat platters; Huge portions; Get the ‘any 3 dips’ appetizer; The Souvlaki and Kebob platters are delish; They of course feature Moussaka and Pistachio; Great bang for the buck. BYO; Casual – ideal for lunch after shopping.
*Vasili’s Taverna: Greek; Teaneck; 365 Queen Anne Rd; 24/15/$41; 201-287-1007; http://vasilistaverna.com; Family owned Greek tavern; Huge menu and it’s BYO; Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-10pm; Grilled Calamari appetizer; About 10 charbroiled fish selections to pick from; Wonderful chef specials; They also have the classic Greek dishes you’d expect in this very casual find. Outdoor patio in summer. Will work with you on menu; Lamb souvlaki; Try 5 different spreads for $14.
*Axia Taverna: Greek; Tenafly; 18 Piermont Rd; 24/23/$48; 201-569-5999; www.axiataverna.com; Upscale bi-level Greek house of goodness; Beautiful setting; Large, mouth-watering menu; As good as Greek gets; Live music on Tuesdays; Date or night out with the parents. They nail it- décor, food and service all tops. Reviews on Yelp and other sites off the charts. Try sautéed shrimp over risotto. Full bar. The fresh whole fish stand out.
Mezza: Mediterranean; Westwood; 20 Jefferson Av; 24/21/$51; 201-722-8822; www.mezzawestwood.com/; Owners take great pride in cliental’ s experience; Wonderful reviews and almost a certain positive experience; BYO; Open daily for lunch and dinner; Apps include 8 types of Mezza – dips; Sautéed Calamari; Tuna Tartar; Sautéed Bronzino; Glazed Duck; Rack of Lamb; Hummus Bowls; Roasted Shrimp; Seafood Couscous and Hanger Steak.