Bergen Buzz

Culinary Corner
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HEAD FOR THE HILL

Michelin-starred chef and Oradell resident Ben Pollinger has opened The Hill, a sleek New American restaurant in Closter. The seasonal menu includes locally sourced meats and ingredients (Goffle Road Farm chicken, Barnegat scallops, Hudson Valley duck, among others). Stopping by for a drink? The Hill has a large bar and lounge, serving global whites and reds as well as beers from nearby breweries. The Hill, 252 Schraalenburgh Rd., Closter, 201.899.4700, thehillcloster.com

LET’S TACO ’BOUT IT

As its name suggests, Casa del Taco offers tacos stuffed with everything from fried fish and ground beef to exotic delicacies like “lengua” (tongue). The tacos are served in a trio with a side of radish, sautéed green onion and cactus—so you won’t feel prickly about not having enough to stack onto your tortilla. And if you’re not in the mood for a full meal, Casa del Taco has plenty of crave-worthy sides, like fried potatoes with poblano pepper and onion. Casa del Taco, 671-A Palisade Ave., Cliffside Park, 201.941.0888

FRIED AND TRUE

Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will enjoy Mamoun’s Falafel, a new Middle Eastern eatery in Fort Lee. It offers everything from baba ganoush and tabbouleh to shawarma (sliced lamb) and marinated chicken, all served in hot pitas. And don’t forget the falafel—the fried chickpea balls are a must-try. Mamoun’s has seven other locations, including its Greenwich Village restaurant (the oldest falafel joint in NYC), but Bergenites don’t have to travel far for the Middle Eastern flavor they crave. Mamoun’s Falafel, 187 Main St., Fort Lee, 201.944.2612, mamouns.com

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