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!
*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.
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/
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!
*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.