New Jersey's Best Restaurants: 2012 Mother's Day & Easter Specials, Romantic Dining and More!

NJ restaurants are gearing up for Spring 2012 with Mother's Day and Easter dining specials, outdoor dining and more. Residents of northern and central NJ can count on the Point Media County Connection of websites to find the best dining options
Best NJ Restaurant & Dining Info!
Best NJ Restaurant & Dining Info!
March 22, 2012 - PRLog -- Springtime is when restaurants in New Jersey begin to really cook!
With Easter, Mother's Day and Graduation and Father's Day right around the corner, New Jersey families will begin seeking new and special restaurant dining options throughout northern and central NJ.
The Point Media County Connection network of websites has become the go-to resource for residents of Bergen, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris and Somerset Counties, who are searching for "where to eat" in NJ towns like Englewood, Hoboken, Morristown, Clinton, Somerville, Ridgewood, Bayonne, Madison, Flemington, Basking Ridge and hundreds of other towns.
You can count on,,, and to provide hundreds of great NJ dining options, complete with downloadable menus, restaurant reviews, contests, local restaurant specials, restaurant videos and more! If you're looking for a great new restaurant in the North or Central Jersey areas, you'll find it on one of these excellent New Jersey websites.
Here are are a few NJ restaurant and dining articles from the Point Media County Connection of New Jersey websites:

New Restaurant on Bergen County's Gold Coast Creating Buzz
Since quietly opening this past summer, Park Bistro in Cliffside Park, New Jersey has steadily built a loyal following of local Gold Coast area residents and business people. What started as a regional best-kept-secret has clearly filled a void in the Cliffside Park, Fort Lee area restaurant landscape. The buzz is big...Park Bistro is a great spot.
The cozy, intimate steakhouse, located minutes from central Bergen County, Hudson County and Manhattan, features a variety of outstanding dishes from Chef Michael Purpura. Exceptional appetizers, deserts and entrees, paired with a full bar and an impressive wine cellar, makes for the perfect dining experience.
Highlights include: Light, crisp zucchini chips perfectly complimented with dill sauce. Gnocchi Bolognese, the tastiest little dumplings you will ever have. Dijon-crusted tender rack of lamb, one of Chef Michael's signature dishes, garnished with white beans and fresh seasonal vegetables, Filet Mignon, grilled to perfection, served with warm roasted fennel and fingerling potatoes.
Desserts, also Chef Purpura's own creations, have become very popular with diners.
Management apparently runs a tight ship, and servers are attentive, knowledgeable and very pleasant.
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Central Jersey Restaurant Offers Free Meals for Kids on Easter
On Easter, Applebee’s restaurants in northern and central New Jersey are celebrating this colorful holiday by “springing” for free meals for kids. Families who dine at Applebee’s anytime on Sunday, April 8, 2012 will receive up to two free Kids’ Meals with each adult entrée purchase.
The free meal is valid for children ages 12 and under, on any Applebee’s “Kids’ Menu” entrée, dine-in only.
“After the egg hunts and pictures with the Easter bunny, families can hop on over to Applebee’s and let us treat the kids to an Easter Sunday meal on us,” said Kevin Coughlin, Director of Operations for Applebee’s New Jersey. “We’re happy to spread some joy to families in our neighborhood this Easter.”
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The River Palm Terrace in Mahwah
The River Palm Terrace in Mahwah will impact your waistline and your wallet, but a visit to this Bergen County eatery is worth the cost.
This steak and seafood palace has a definite flair, both in terms of its menu and its warm and inviting décor. The staff does its best to make you feel comfortable and welcome, and the care taken to ensure that every aspect of our meal was impeccable was obvious from the outset.
The Mahwah restaurant–there are three River Palm Terrace locations in Bergen County–was bustling this weekend evening. Our table was ready after a brief but enjoyable stay at the bar, and the few minutes we spent before sitting down was well worth it once we began dining.
We ordered beefsteak tomatoes and onions for an appetizer. They were juicy and delicious, though not overbearing. The French onion soup was a perfect mix of flavors–one of the best we've ever tasted.
The main course–a 14-ounce shell steak and double South African lobster tails–was the highlight of the evening. The steak was cooked to perfection and the 28-day aging process made it remarkably flavorful and tender. The lobster tails were huge and filling, succulent and tasty without being fishy. The side dishes of onion rings and creamed spinach were large, outstanding and easily shared.
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HD Iskender Grill Comes to Newport Centre in Jersey City
Simon’s Newport Centre recently welcomed HD Iskender Grill, a deliciously different dining concept offering authentic Turkish cuisine to the food court on the mall’s Level Three.
Employees are eager to tantalize shoppers’ taste buds with prime quality beef grilled on a vertical rotisserie and served up in a wrap or on a plate in a variety of traditional dishes. The menu also includes an assortment of fresh salads, tasty soups and specialty desserts.
The new eatery at Newport Centre is one of HD Iskender Grill’s first U.S. locations, having also recently opened a sit-down spot at Simon’s Menlo Park Mall in Edison.
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Steve’s Sizzling Steaks in Carlstadt Celebrates 76 Years
As hot spots come and go, it is rare to find an establishment like Steve’s Sizzling Steaks that has not only survived but has thrived for more than 75 years.
Since its inception in 1936, Steve’s has focused on excellent food, comfortable ambience, and a friendly staff. The wood-paneled restaurant, rifles and other memorabilia hanging from its ceiling and walls, gives the feeling of being in a rustic hunting lodge. Steve’s is authentic, affordable, and welcoming.
Times have certainly changed since Steve’s was established 75 years ago. What has not, is the family atmosphere that makes Steve’s so special. “It has always been family serving family,” says Marie Venturini-Damiani, daughter of the founders, who at 85, is still a constant in the restaurant. Much of the staff has been part of the Steve’s family for more than two decades and are on a first-name basis with those who enter the door.
Steve, the restaurant’s namesake, was happily working as a union carpenter until he was injured on a job in 1926. This was the twist of fate that led him into the bar and restaurant business. He got a job tending bar at a local establishment not far from Steve’s. His wife, Mary Venturini, heard a local tavern, Connie’s Place, was going to be available for rent. Its location on the two-lane Route 2, a dirt road that ended in Rutherford, was ideal. Today, Route 2 is super-highway Route 17. Connie threw her last party on New Year’s Eve, 1935, and then turned the tavern over to Mary. Tables were added, a kitchen was assembled, and Mary started serving her popular foot-long hotdogs, frog legs, hamburgers, and steaks. Steve joined Mary at the tavern a month later and they eventually bought the restaurant from Connie for $732.14.
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