Quality Inn Meadowlands
10 Polito Ave.
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Phone: (201) 933-9800
Fax: (201) 933-0658
Colonial Diner provides a reliable run down of typical American diner fare, housed in a fully-restored restaurant space dappled with retro touches of red vinyl and brushed chrome. The menu here is certainly nothing groundbreaking, featuring a familiar lineup of fried sides, ubiquitous entrees and an oddly lengthy sandwich section sprawling over two pages. While thrill-seeking foodies may not be impressed, this allows Colonial Diner to focus on consistent meals that will provide exactly the kind of diner experience guests are looking for. Some of the options fall a bit flat and the diner has picked up the nasty habit of trying to pass faux-Italian dishes off as more impressive mains, but for a straightforward American meal, Colonial Diner is certainly up to the challenge.
Paisano's offers truly friendly service from their downtown Rutherford location, producing obscure Italian classics at the behest of 20-year chef Julio Monterrosa. The restaurant space is simply stunning, featuring a stately main dining room lined with wooden walls and matching floors. The al fresco seating area, similarly, evokes the best facets of Italian cuisine culture, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy a breezy patio lunch or a romantic dinner illuminated by candlelight. The fare at Paisano's is easily recognizable to diners familiar with Italian, although a few slightly non-standard offerings earn their place among the vested institutions of this traditionally inviolable cuisine. In particular the braised short ribs on a bed of gnocchi, topped with ragu is just one such savory sensation that will have even Italian aficionados licking their lips. The lunch menu is slightly more easy-going than the traditional dinner menu, featuring gourmet pizzas, sandwiches and a few select entrees reserved for mid-day service.
Mambo Tea House is owned by a couple that extend the marriage of their Asian and Caribbean cultural backgrounds to their culinary business. Launched in 2008, it conceptualizes authentic Cuban cuisine and the Chinese art of tea drinking that make for a unique dining experience. Specialties on the menu represent Spanish, Argentinian, Dominican and Puerto Rican flavors with paella, churrasco, empanadas and tilapia. Select from over 40 varieties of specialty teas like the Oolong, herbal, green and black kind. The synthesis of cultures extend to the decor, as a statue of Buddha punctuates floral wallpaper, bamboo pillars and cigar accents to strike the Latino-Orient balance. In keeping with the city's dry law, enjoy mocktails with weekly traditional live music.
A full assortment of mouthwatering sushi delights awaits you at the Yamada Sushi restaurant. Right from the interiors to the food on offer, everything has an oriental touch to it. Indulge in freshly prepared Japanese staples like sushi, tempura and sashimi. The flavors are authentic and the seafood dishes worth a try.
La Venere Ristorante boasts of a stone façade and a charming verandah, surrounded by shrubberies, which leads into its main dining room. Its cozy ambience is well-suited for intimate family gatherings. Savor starters like Mozzarella di Bufala, blended with kalamata olives and speck, and mussels soaked in red or white wine. This is followed by home-made pasta such as Orecchiette Bolognese and entrées like Scallopine Marsala and Gamberi Scampi. Do not miss their Pizza Napoletana, with capers, anchovies, plum tomato sauce and mozzarella. Other specials include their Branzino Filet and Octopus Salad. This restaurant also offers special catering and take-out menus, as well as party packages.
To feast on some delectable Lebanese dishes, visit Sinbad Cafe & Grill. Along with their esteemed Lebanese fare, the menu features preparations that blend in American and Mediterranean flavors. Devour the kebabs and shawarma made of chicken and beef cooked in spices that create a beautiful dance of flavors on the palate. You can also gorge on their wraps and pies that contain appetizing fillings. You can smoke a hookah as you relish the tantalizing food served here.
Located in the Meadowland Plaza Hotel, La Reggia has been delighting customers with wonderful Italian fares since 1998. This restaurant is the brainchild of esteemed Italian chef Enzo Carputo, who manages the place along with Alfonso Corbosiero. You can gorge on delectable Italian recipes of pastas, grilled dishes, salads and seafood in this elegant space. The beautiful and classy decor of La Reggia makes it a perfect venue for a small intimate function or a grand scale event. Guests can also unwind at the lounge or relax at the breezy patio.
Located opposite the Ll Field, Bareli's Restaurant offers guests tantalizing Continental fares in its luxurious space. You can choose to relish your food by the greenhouse windows as you watch the world pass by. Bareli's boasts of a vast collection of red, white and sparkling wines, pinots and chardonnay from around the globe, which have earned them honors from the Wine Spectator. Complement your meal with an award wining wine from their extensive collection. Bareli's Restaurant provides a great dining experience in its extravagant space.
While visiting Carlstadt, if you crave for traditional Italian cuisine the Gianna's is the answer to your need. The food is prepared using fresh ingredients and tries to remain true to the authentic flavors. Popular favorites of patrons are the Penne with Vodka Sauce and Gnocchi Bolognese. Covered in hues of cream and brown, with wooden furnishing laid out on tiled floor, this restaurant offers an elegant space to dine in. Gianna's opens its door to guests every day of the week for lunch and dinner.
Tick Tock Diner enjoys a loyal customer base and most of these are night owls who come here to satiate their well-worked appetite after a long night in the neighborhood. The place is known for their extensive menu which delights every patron irrespective of their age. Several types of eggs, omelettes, pancakes and waffles ensure you have a hearty breakfast before heading out into the city. While, appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, steaks, chops and roasts, are available for lunch and dinner. Food is served in generous portions here and their prices are extremely reasonable.
Mamajuana is christened after the namesake Dominican concoction of rum and red wine that are soaked in a jar of herbed tree bark. Bottles of the drink double up as decor among the tasteful and chic interiors of the restaurant. The Caribbean menu is designed by chef Ricardo Cardona, a culinary genius at the forefront of Nuevo Latino Cuisine. Specialties include calamari frito with tropical fruits, Jibarito sandwich, churrasco, tilapia with banana rice and Pollito Cubano. Pair authentic flavors with signature cocktails like the Enriquillo, La Santa Maria or an exotic mojito for a taste of tradition.
Located within the Holiday Inn Hotel, is a chic place to spend some time with your friends while sipping on cocktails and binging on delectable food. The menu boasts of an American cuisine but with an Italian flair. You can delve into the steak, chicken and salmon, which are cooked to perfection with a beautiful blend of spices. Choose from their list of wines, beers and cocktails to complement your meal.