Cafe 37

A Ridgewood, NJ Dining Review

Cafe 37

Cafe 37

37 S Broad St
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 857-0437




Restaurant Highlights

Fare: New American with a French influence.

Price: Expensive

Food Quality:



Overall Rating:

Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class

thumbs up Well prepared, attractively presented food

thumbs up Uses farm-fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood and -quality meats.

thumbs up Desserts are made on the premises

thumbs downThe tables are fairly close together. On busy nights with background music the noise is bearable, however intimate conversation can be difficult.

thumbs downThere is no enclosed doorway from the dining room to the street. In the winter months seating near the doorway can be uncomfortable with the cold breeze blowing in.

Value: Good

Noise Level: Moderate - Loud

Dress: Casual

Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared food using fresh ingredients with fine dining amenities.

Not Recommended For:
Budget conscious diners who prefer simpler food in a more family oriented casual setting.

Recommended dishes: When available,The Grass Fed Medallions of Filet Mignon, with Truffle Mash Potatoes, Shitake-Oyster Mushroom Ragout, Red Wine Brandy Reduction; The Seared Red Snapper and Cockle Clams, with Spanish Chorizo, Red Swiss chard, Exotic Mushrooms, Lobster Romesco Broth; and The Pan Seared Ahí Tuna, with Brown Wild Rice and Red Quinoa Roasted Pepper Fusion, Golden Baby Bock Choy.

Liquor: BYOB; There’s a liquor store across the street with a good selection of wines


Restaurant Review

Cafe 37 is one of the top fine dining BYOB restaurants in Ridgewood.


Owned and operated by New Jersey native Chef César Sotomayor who honed his culinary skills at two other top Ridgewood restaurants, Latour and Village Green prior to opening Cafe 37 in 2012.


Chef Sotomayor is skilled in French cuisine and adept at presenting a creative new American menu with a French influence. Dishes are attractively presented using farm-fresh and organic fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood and quality meats. While you're not apt to experience any dishes that will leave an unbeatable and lasting memory, nonetheless, his food preparation is consistently excellent and will leave you wanting to return.


The restaurant is located in a small storefront. The interior dining room is warmly appointed with seating for 50 in a square shaped room.


The lighting is soft with walls adorned by a large wooden mirror and several abstract, pastel paintings. Tables are spaced relatively close and set with white table linens and attractive wine glasses, Dark brown faux-leather chairs complement the arrangement.


The wait staff is friendly and attentive, though somewhat short on being smooth when compared to the food quality and the overall upscale ambiance of the restaurant.


There is outdoor seating for 20 during the warmer months, though some of the tables can be uncomfortably close to the road and parked cars.


Cafe 37 is not recommended for children.


Cafe 37 is open for Lunch: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for Dinner: Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, 3 to 8 p.m. Reservations recommended two weeks in advance on Fridays and Saturdays. Street parking.


(updated: July, 2015)


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