NJ Dining: Greek Taverna (UPDATED 2009)


Greek Taverna

Locations:

Edgewater, NJ
55 Promenade (City Place Shopping Center) 07020
(201) 945-8998

Montclair,NJ
292 Bloomfield Ave, 07043
(973) 746-2280

Web Site: http://www.greektavernausa.com

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Greek food is becoming increasingly popular in Bergen County as appetites and dietary preferences are leaning towards Mediterranan foods. One of the best Greek restaurants in Bergen County is Greek Taverna, which opened in the City Place shopping center in Edgewater in 2006. I recently had a chance to re-visit the restaurant after about a 3-year hiatus and the food is better than ever. I’ve updated the post with a number of new pictures I think you’ll enjoy.

Click on the “Read the Rest of this entry” link below for more.

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Greek Taverna and Baumgart’s storefront, in the City Place shopping center in Edgewater.

A view of the interior from the rear of the restaurant

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Main dining room (2009)

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Main Dining Room (2009)

A peek at the fresh pastries.

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Dessert Items (2009)

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

One of the family members who makes all of Greek Taverna’s sweets (2009)

Greek Taverna is owned by a guy named Peter, who also owns a few of the IHOP’s in the local area. Greek Taverna is his dream restaurant, and he spared no expense in its construction and decoration. Here we’re looking at his wine cellar, which has real medieval-age doors from a castle in Europe — they are not reproductions. The cellar itself is made out of ceramic, which requires no temperature control.

The bathrooms all use fine construction materials from Italy or Greece. The framed stones on the wall are actually special, finely polished rocks found on the beach that can only be bought in limited amounts at souvenir shops in Greece in small bags — they only exist in limited supplies. Peter filled up a suitcase with $2000 worth just so he could frame the ones in the Men’s room.

These are actual stuffed roosters.

Toasted pita bread, with herbs and brushed with extra virgin Greek Kalamata olive oil.

Chicken Avgolegmono soup.

A peek at today’s fresh fish selection.

Greek Village Taverna makes its own Gyro meat in-house. No MSG or commercial seasoning mixes are used here, and only a minimum amount of salt. Probably the best gyro in the entire area. By the way, the cucumber Tzatziki sauce that comes with it is outstanding — he uses English cucumbers and mixes it with the same superdense FAGE yogurt he uses for the other mezze — if you turn the cup upside down, it doesn’t fall out, that’s how thick and rich the stuff is.

A look at the Gyro on the spit.

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Horiatiki Salad (2009). I love the fact that in early July, they opted to use imported Israeli vine-ripened tomatoes than lousy, unripe local tomatoes. I don’t care where the hell tomatoes come from, if you serve them, they’d better be ripe like these.

Bifteki, the Greek version of the hamburger, with grilled Kaseri cheese on the top, with fresh salad greens and Greek fried potatoes, cut homestyle.

Rachel ordered a salad with a nice piece of grilled salmon on top with Greek seasonings.

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Gigantes, in a tomato/apricot sauce. Lovely flavor accompaniment to the big beans. (2009)

Spanakopita, fresh Spinach pies.

Keftedes, meatballs in an ouzo gravy.

Pastitsio, macaroni baked in a casserole with bechamel and seasoned meat in a tomato sauce. Sort of like the Greek equivalent to Baked Ziti. Moussaka, made with eggplant, potato, meat sauce and bechamel, is also served in the same fashion here.

Papoutsakia, stuffed eggplant, essentially a free-form version of Moussaka.

Papoutsakia piece closeup.

Pastitsio Closeup

Briam, a stewed root vegetable and squash/eggplant mixture.

Pickled beet salad with Skordalia, a mashed potato and garlic dip (served cold).

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Cold Appetizer Platter with Revithosalata (Hummus, with a strong cuminy/lemony flavor) Melitzanosalata (Eggplant) Tzatziki (Yogurt/Cucumber/Garlic) and Skordalia (Potato/Garlic) and Taramasalata (Caviar/Yogurt) (2009)

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Greek-style Lamb Chops (2009)

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Grilled Calamari with spicy cheese filling (2009)

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Mixed Seafood Platter with Octopus, Calamari, Shrimp in olive oil/oregano/garlic saute. Fantastic. (2009)

Greek Village, Edgewater NJ by you.

Bekri Meze, Sauteed Pork with tomato, cheese, potatoes appetizer. A must order! (2009)

Baklava

Two different types of cookies, baked in house. The brown one is cinnamon and honey flavored with walnuts on it.

Greek coffee

(July 2009) Recently, I had an opportunity to visit the Montclair location as well:

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Storefront in Montclair

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Open kitchen area in Montclair

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Main Dining Room, Montclair

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Main Dining Room, Montclair

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Main Dining Room, Montclair

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Mezze Platter, Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Keftedes Appetizer, Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Maroulosalata, a twist on the regular Horiatiki, Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Tomato/Onion Salad, Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Grilled Calamari Appetizer, Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

This is another type of Keftedes appetizer, Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Loukanikou Sausage with Orange Zest. Everyone loved this. Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

This is Youvetsi, braised Lamb on the bone baked in a casserole with orzo pasta in a tomato sauce, topped with melted cheese. Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Youvetsi portion, falling off the bone delicious. Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Jumbo Prawns in Shell, Broiled. Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

A phyllo dessert filled with yogurt custard. Very good, went great with Greek coffee. Montclair (2009)

Greek Taverna, Montclair NJ by you.

Another one of the wonderful Greek pastries baked by the restaurant’s staff. Montclair (2009)

19 Responses to NJ Dining: Greek Taverna (UPDATED 2009)

  1. MJP says:

    Man, that really looks good, but the only time I’m in or near Edgewater is to go to Mitsuwa. ;-; It’s near impossible to avoid the pull of ramen, but that does look delicious…

  2. Bypass the ramen one time and try this place out.

  3. ThomasTT says:

    I went there, too. That’s really nice place. I wonder why I didn’t go there earlier.

  4. MJP says:

    You were right, SO right. We went on Saturday night. I had the moussaka since I’d never had it before and can’t wait to go back to try the gyro. My logic there was “I can get fantastic doner kebab in South Paterson or at Cafe Akasya down the street, so go for something new.” But dang, it looked good.

    The one question, though: my girlfriend got the bifteki off the menu and it didn’t have the cheese on it. It was bloody delicious, of course, but did you order something special or ask for it?

    We will definitely be going back. I forget the name of the appetizer we had, but it was a hot, spiced feta cheese dip thing.

    We went to Piccomilo (sp?) up River Road past Mitsuwa for dessert. They make some really tasty gelato. Next time we’re going to try for Magic Pot.

  5. There are two different Biftekis on the menu, one beef based and the other lamb. I think they may do it different during lunch. Also since the restaurant is like 3 months old they are still “tweaking” their dishes. If you want the cheese I would ask for it.

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  8. Annoula says:

    I love Greek Village. My best friend’s uncle owns it and he’s a very nice man and the food is wonderful. I highly recommend this place!

  9. Nancy B says:

    They have great Service and make you feel so welcome everytime.
    There is nothing better after a long day of work.
    2 Thumbs up.
    George is also exceptional

  10. Miriam says:

    The gyro platters were SO filling and delicious. I want to have a birthday dinner party here..is it BYOB? and do you think it will be possible to accomodate about 20 people? on a Friday night??

  11. pomole says:

    I went there last night in a flurry of excitement after reading this review & seeing your pics. unfortunately I had quite a negative experience. first and foremost, the service was lousy. It was quiet evening, and there was only a 10 person party and a couple in the whole restaurant. After taking our order, the waitress sat and ate on the opposite side of the restaurant the whole time while our water glasses ran empty. IN fact we didnt see her again until it was time to get the check. I would know how the wine was except we never got a wine list or the opportunity to ask for one.I was unable to make eyecontact and when i did so with the hostess, she looked at me smilled and walked away even after i gestured here for her to come to our table. (my wife & i never did get our water.)

    The food was above average and made with quality ingredients, but lacked a thoughtfulness and love (for lack of a better word) that i expect from a restaunt of this $$ — especially a greek one. The maranousalata was lovely, but the rice in my dolmadakia was hard and flavorless. My bifteki looked nothing like the above: what i got were 2 flavorful lamb hunks, but *nothing else on the plate* other than a huge bush of watercress garnish. I had to pay extra for 3 very lonely potato halves to go with my dinner, which were tasty but 6$ is alot to pay for 1.5 potatoes. the restaurant was lovely, though a bit cavernous. Lots of nice knick nacks and mirrors, not the usual nautical themed junk and acropolis posters seen in greek restaurants. But after a while the super tall ceilings and lack of service started to make me feel really short or like a bug or something. Not good.

    Greeks are a tough crowd to please. however, it is not fancy decor or garnish that will impress them- they expect substance and authenticity when they dine out. Greek Taverna made me feel like was felt like i was in a greek Bertucci’s, and i was just another credit card # to them. In fact it was exactly what one might expect from a strip mall in Edgewater and I walked out saying i should have known better. Next time, i will and will just keep driving across the bridges to Astoria.

    Not recommended.

  12. I’m sad to hear that. I haven’t been back to the restaurant in a while — for some really personalized service, try A Taste of Greece in River Edge, which is under new ownership and the food is better than ever.

    http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?sec=travel&res=9D02E2DE1E3FF930A35757C0A9639C8B63

  13. ChipDWood says:

    Pomole, who said this:

    “After taking our order, the waitress sat and ate on the opposite side of the restaurant the whole time while our water glasses ran empty.”

    That doesn’t sound like the Greek (now Taverna) that we’ve come to know and absolutely love. Typically the service we get there is solid as could be. We are regulars though, so maybe that has to be taken into account.

    The fact that the Taveran is BYO adds to its appeal to me. It allows us to spend an equivalent on wine that we do on food- something we don;t always get to do, and MAN does it make a difference. A forty dollar bottle that we can buy at a good shop would cost $65 if it were part of a wine list at the restaurant.

    Anyway, I love the Taverna, and bummed to hear you had a bad time of it. We haven’t been displeased like that yet.

  14. CC says:

    I loved the food there, but the service is not great. I went with two of my friends and we tried to relax and talk and have fun but the owner kept coming by trying to see if we were done. She finally asked us if we could leave because she needed the table. She was very rude!

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  18. Shel Haas says:

    fabulous food with that extra zing!

  19. Nicky says:

    I’ve been to the Edgewater restaurant many times – never disappointed. Food is fresh & plentiful – very large portions, and of course, it’s delicious. You will not leave hungry.

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