Note: Blockheads Burritos in Tenafly has re-opened as Green Door Cafe.
I love my little Northern New Jersey town, Tenafly. It’s quiet, the people are nice, and it’s a safe and affluent community. But frankly, when it comes to dining options, we don’t have a hell of a lot of choices. Restaurants tend to go out of business pretty quickly because of the high rents, and frankly the town really doesn’t want a lot of restaurants there.
Because of this rather restaurant-hostile situation, we also don’t have a lot of take out. We got a few pizza places, a Kosher deli, two Chinese take-outs, a small take-out sushi joint, two bagel places, an ice cream/gelato place, the Tenafly Classic Diner, Cafe Angelique, a cute Glatt Kosher Israeli joint and that’s about it. And oh yeah, a new deli just opened up where you can get paninis, but only one of the Pizza places and the Chinese actually deliver. If you want anything more interesting, you need leave the house and go to the neighboring towns like Englewood or Bergenfield.
So despite the fact that Rachel and I made Tex-Mex fast food last night, I was totally jazzed to hear that our Blockheads had just opened up the day before and we just had to go. Blockheads is a small chain from Manhattan that specializes in Burritos and Tacos, and has sort of a Caribbean and Pan-Latino twist on them. They use fresh ingredients and nothing is deep fried — the burritos themselves are steamed to order. And the best news of all is they are set up for takeout business and they will be doing delivery in the near future.
Storefront on Piermont Road.
The restaurant is casual and of the quick-serve variety. Crayoned-in pictures of the company mascot, a sock puppet monkey, adorn the walls.
The carte of Burritos. These can be modified with guacamole, sofrito sauce or can be ordered non-dairy as well, with soy cheese, tofu sour cream, brown rice and a whole wheat tortilla.
Tacos, soft flour tortilla inside with crunchy corn outside served with a salad instead of beans/rice (our option). Very nice fresh mixed salad greens instead of the regular iceberg, with good ripe tomatoes and freshly grated white cheddar cheese. We ordered BBQ Chicken and Shredded Beef tacos — I really liked the seasoning on the beef and the meat was of good quality. The chicken was also good quality white meat chicken, although I thought that the BBQ sauce was a bit on the sweet side — I’d ask for a little bit of lime and hit it with some hot sauce, but that’s just my own personal preference talking.
Burrito, as plated.
“Jamaican Jerk” Chicken Burrito, with sweet plantains, rice, black beans, melted cheese, with curry tortilla wrap. We also ordered the “Havana Chicken” which was similar, but had a sofrito sauce. We liked both, and thought they were very filling and a good value for the $10 they were charging.
Chocolate Kahlua Flan, the signature dessert. We really liked this one — nice creamy texture to the custard (not grainy like a lot of flans tend to come out) and the Mexican coffee liqueur/chocolate flavor was very good. A nice change of pace from other flan desserts we’ve had before, I’d definitely order it again.