There are times when you just don’t care where you sit in a restaurant. But it's been a long winter. And it's time to do some serious outdoor dining in Bergen County. So right now, it really, really matters. Especially if you’ve taken the trouble to shower and fix your hair. Or slap on lipstick and something more than your usual yoga pants and ratty kicks.
But how do you know which tables are the best? Read on. We’ve asked the owners of some of the top rated, most upscale eateries in Bergen County to share their insider take on the Best Seat in the House. The hardest part for you? Deciding which to try first!
Owner Kerri-Ann Sweeten says that her favorite table at this modern chic spot with a seasonal, locally sourced New American menu, stunning skyline views and patio seating is Table R9. Ask for this table and expect a panoramic view of the river, skyline and back into the restaurant.2 Main Street, Ste. G, Edgewater Harbor, 201.943.1900
Table 20 is the favorite of owner Eliana Stefanitsis at this modern, upscale riverfront Mediterranean eatery. The table sits within a 90-degree angle of floor-to-ceiling windows and is surrounded by water. It feels as if the table is floating on the Hudson River and with good reason. It is! Molos sits on pilings right over the river!1 Pershing Rd, Weehawken, 201.223.1200
Stacey Christakos, owner of Orama, a top tier restaurant offering Mediterranean fare with panoramic river views and swanky décor, has two favorite tables. Table 69 has skyline views of midtown and downtown Manhattan. It’s a corner table for two that is quiet, romantic and scenic. It is a favorite for both proposals and make up dates. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Table 100 is a custom made Art Deco table for eight. It sits in the center of the dining room and is perfect for dinners with family and friends.
595 River Road, Edgewater, 201.945.2020
Ask for Table 27 and you might be taking owner Daout Celestin’s place for the night. He prefers this table because it’s tucked away by the bar against a wall. Choose this table if you want to keep tabs on the comings and goings at this classic French bistro. But if you’d rather get a little fresh air, opt for a table on the sidewalk or in the back garden.
482 Piermont Ave, Piermont, 845.680.6460
If you ask Jimmy, the host at the Sear House, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. But when pressed, he’ll tell you that Table 53, a corner booth with a view to the outside is the most romantic in the restaurant. But once the patio opens, he recommends sitting there to enjoy the phenomenal steak, chops and seafood.
411 Piermont Road, Closter, 201.292.4612
Once the weather warms up, grab a table in the outside dining area. Owner Stavros Angelakos says all the tables in this summertime patio area perfect with great overall ambiance and just the right amount of romance thrown in. But don’t forget to marvel at the fresh fish display at this buzzing Greek seafood eatery.
30 North Spruce Street, Ramsey, 201.995.9333
There is no question in owner Vinnie Gashi’s mind, Table 105 is the best in the house. Set in a corner by the pond, diners are surrounded by the sounds of water and music and the scent of roses. It’s the perfect table with a relaxing setting at this swanky, refined Italian eatery.
208 Piermont Road, Closter, 201.750.3233
Sure the tables inside this Asian fusion restaurant are great, but it's the tables outside on the rustic riverside outdoor deck with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline that really make the experience worthwhile. Couple that with fresh, delicious Viet-Thai specialties and you'll make it a night to remember.
725 River Road, Edgewater, 201-402-3400