NJ Dining: Green Door Cafe (CLOSED)


Green Door Cafe suffered a devastating fire on July 30, 2010. The owner plans to rebuild, but the restaurant is closed until further notice.

Green Door Cafe
1 Highwood Avenue, Tenafly NJ
(201) 567-8226

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Green Door Cafe’s Storefront in downtown Tenafly, NJ.

As a few of you may be aware, I am a resident of the sleepy hamlet of Tenafly, which is situated on the northeast side of Bergen County, adjoining the towns of Cresskill, Bergenfield and Englewood. Tenafly, while being a wonderful residential neighborhood, has a bit of an unfortunate reputation of being the town that eats restaurants.

One of the restaurants that recently got the axe was Blockheads, an outpost of a NYC-based burrito chain. So I was rather surprised this week as I was driving by its former location to find Green Door Cafe, a self described “Doorway to real food” which only serves “proteins which are antibiotic and hormone free or organic” and produce that is “organic or locally farmed seasonally. We restrict our purchases to foods raised naturally without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.”

I was expecting the place to be owned by a bunch of hippies wearing hemp clothing. What I wasn’t prepared for was being greeted by the former owner of Blockheads when I went in, Leon Bell. “Hey! Jason! The Off The Broiler Guy!”

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

As it turns out, Leon decided to trade his SYSCO franchise concept for a Sustainable one. He joined forces with a new partner, chef John Marsh, a veteran of the New York City and New Jersey dining scene whose cooking experience includes working at restaurants such as Tavern on the Green and Arthur’s Landing. The menu is cafe style, focusing on fresh salads, sandwiches, burgers and other comfort food items, with a few different entree dish specials each evening. The restaurant also features an impressive array of homemade desserts which is not to be overlooked.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Cafe Menu (Click on the photo to enlarge)

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Dinner Additions (click on the photo to enlarge)

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

The atmosphere behind the Green Door is cozy and bright. Whether the food is pornographic is yours to decide.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Salmon Entree, ordered by another customer.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Mushroom Soup, accompanied by whole grain Balthazar Bakery Bread. The soup was of the non-creamy, very mushroomy variety. Both Rachel and I enjoyed it a lot.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

The roasted vegetable side features cauliflower, turnips, rutabega, mushrooms, onions and brussels sprouts.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Green Door’s Mac and Cheese is amply cheesy and is of the saucepan, rather than the baked variety and is indeed tasty.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Rachel’s roasted chicken entree which was juicy and well seasoned.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

A nicoise salad with sashimi-grade tuna. I would have liked a little more tuna in this portion, but otherwise the implementation was excellent.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Chopped Vegetable Salad with herbed vinaigrette dressing.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

An order of white beans with sundried tomato and oregano. On this evening the beans had been really undercooked but this may very well be addressed in some kitchen tweaks shortly.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Even the condiments at Green Door are organic and natural. The Heinz Ketchup is the organic variety as well.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Apple Tart Tatin, one of the many in house made desserts.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Ultra-Dense and rich chocolate brownies. I had a tiny taste of one of these and it was definitely rich enough to share.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Rachel and I opted for a seasonal berry cobbler with Haagen-Dasz ice cream.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

The next day we came in to try some of their other items. This is a classic Vichy potato and leek soup, served chilled.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

A salad destined for one of the other restaurant patrons.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Turkey Fontina sandwich (“The Grandpa”) and a Lobster Roll.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

The cold appetizer sampler, which includes Tzatziki, Feta Cheese with Olives, Roasted Tomatoes and Hummus.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

A peek at the dessert case.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Rachel went for the ham sandwich with sauerkraut, honey mustard dressing and Gruyere cheese.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

I went for the sliced ribeye steak with onions, peppers and melted cheddar cheese.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

A peach tart looking lonely in the dessert case.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Rachel and I finished up with a piece of the Apple Tart Tatin.

July 2009 — more stuff.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

“Knife and Fork” salad made with perfect beefsteak tomato slices, buttery avocado and bermuda onions.

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The same salad can be ordered with jumbo lump Crab Louis in a remoulade sauce.

Goat Cheese and Beet/Heart of Palm Salad (Winter 2010)

Cranberry/Pecan Salad (Winter 2010)

Arugula Salad (Winter 2010)

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Cold Tomato Bisque, with Sundried Tomatoes, with a hit of cheese in it. Great summery soup.

Salmon Entree (Winter 2010)

Leg of Duck Confit (Winter 2010)

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Linguine with Shrimp in a Marinara with fresh and canned organic tomatoes. Make sure you request some crusty bread at the end to sop up the sauce.

Seared Diver Scallops (Winter 2010)

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

The “Big Sky” burger, 10 ounces of organic beef. I ordered it perfectly medium rare — you can see the dripping juices, with bacon and Maytag Bleu Cheese. This is served on a brioche bun, which is a great match for this truly awesome burger.

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Burger Closeup

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“Stacked” view.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Rachel decided to try the veggie burger which uses polenta as a binder. I thought that given all the other excellent items on the menu this was basically put here to appeal to the skinny girls who are grossed out by their boyfriends eating the Big Sky Burger. Eh.

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Decaf Cappuccino. I already had too many iced coffees today.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake. It’s obscene to call this dessert a cake, because it’s really a giant dense chocolate truffle made to look like a slice of cake, essentially 80 percent chocolate ganache with lots of cream and probably butter. By all means order it, but share it. Dear God, don’t eat this by yourself.

Green Door Cafe, Tenafly NJ by you.

Strawberry Shortcake

Butternut squash soup (Fall 2009)

Tuna Sashimi with Wasabi Aoli, Spicy Squid Salad, Seaweed

Sesame Noodle Appetizer (Winter 2010)

Liver, Onions, Bacon tasting portion (Fall 2009)

Lasagne al Forno (Fall 2009)

Pork Chop (Winter 2010)

Grass-fed Veal Scallopine with Herbed Bhutanese Red Rice and Sauteed Spinach (Fall 2009)

Berry/Apple Popover (Fall 2009)

Strawberry “Shortcake” (Winter 2010)

Dessert Sampling (Winter 2010)

11 Responses to NJ Dining: Green Door Cafe (CLOSED)

  1. Rosie says:

    Jason, The pictures are gorgeous. I can’t wait to try this restaurant. Do they have a pastry chef? And I assume it is BYO?

  2. [...] NJ Dining: Blockheads (CLOSED) Note: Blockheads Burritos in Tenafly has re-opened as Green Door Cafe. [...]

  3. [...] Wholesome Sweeteners Blue Agave Syrup, I’ve even seen this product used at a local restaurant, see the OTB post on Green Door Cafe. [...]

  4. [...] Summer is here and the time is right… for organic 1o ounce burgers at Green Door Cafe in Tenafly. [...]

  5. Lisa Gottlieb says:

    So Proud of my cousin Leon…The food is fabulous…we went just for lunch all the way from Atlantic City and it was well worth it! Great photos and great article! Thanks

  6. Alison Luba says:

    Leon has been cooking for our family for many, many years so I wasn’t at all surprised that Green Door Cafe is amazingly great!! Your review was right on! Love the photos and menu shots. Now people can really get a feel for how great this new restaurant is!

  7. Susan Finkenberg says:

    I really liked the food here! The mushroom soup was really special. Salads so fresh. Deserts wonderful. And the priced -fair! What a fine addition to the local dining scene.

  8. [...] Green Door Cafe, still fresh from its glowing review by in the Bergen Record by Bill Pitcher, is  banging out fantastic organic and sustainable dining. [...]

  9. The Food Looks GREAT and It is GREAT Yum Yum. Moving to NJ so that I we can enjoy Green Door Cafe. more often..The Food yes, and the nicest people run it and their customers as well…New Jersey is so Lucky!

  10. Vince Scordo says:

    Wife and I tried it a few weeks ago and the ingredients and prep are top notch. Burger is outstanding and the mac and cheese is very rich. French fries were tasty as well!

  11. [...] County, sponsored by Chef Central in Paramus, New Jersey. For the opening round, Chef John Marsh of Green Door Cafe in Tenafly went up against Chef Jesse Jones of Heart and Soul [...]

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