Culinary Corner


Cozy Up Kebab

For toasty falafel or a mouthwatering kebab, head to downtown Emerson and grab a table at Cozy Cafe & Grill. The eatery specializes in Mediterranean Turkish cuisine served in an inviting setting (we love the blue tables). “It’s authentic Turkish food served by a friendly staff,” says Emerson resident and frequent diner Henry Dunne. He recommends the zucchini pancakes to start and the chicken Adana kebab (skewered ground chicken, red and green peppers, onion and garlic) as a main. For meat lovers, there is an assortment of beef, lamb, chicken and seafood dishes; and vegetarians will appreciate the selection of salads and stews. What will you try?
Cozy Cafe & Grill, 176 Kinderkamack Rd., Emerson, 201.523.9687;

Cookout Fare

There’s nothing more American than hamburgers and hot dogs, so make a patriotic point of enjoying a treat at Frank Burger. The name says it all: This Teaneck sit-down eatery specializes in burgers (sliders, actually) and franks, offering these cookout staples in multiple varieties and with nearly every conceivable topping (bacon and eggs for that hot dog?). Frank Burger also offers specialty sandwiches such as The Highway Men, The Bucs, The Comets and The Scarlets—each a nod to one of four area high schools. “You have to try The Bucs,” Joseph DeCicco of Ridgefield Park says of the sandwich mashup of chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, french fries and marinara sauce.
Frank Burger, 314 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck, 201.817.8888;

Meat Up in Harrington Park

Membership has its privileges, and those who sign up for the VIP experience at the new Let’s Meat Steak House will be treated to a culinary holiday. Insiders will have guaranteed tables, invitations to events and tastings, access to wine and cigar lockers, free transportation to and from the restaurant, and great Italian food and steaks. Of course, nonmembers can make reservations as well and enjoy the dry-aged steaks, seafood, meatballs, burgers and pizza. (Let’s Meat is taking over a former brick oven pizzeria.) “It’s like a true diners’ club,” says Winty Thomas of Westwood. “I’m looking forward to being a part of this dining experience.”
Let’s Meat Steak House, 90 La Roche Ave., Harrington Park,

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