Fare: New American
Food Quality: Serves well-executed menu using fresh ingredients.
Service: Friendly, attentive.
Ambiance/Decor: A trendy, attractive setting with a vibrant bar scene and scenic waterfront views of the NYC Manhattan Skyline
Overall Rating: 2 1/2 Stars
Note: Four-star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Noise Level: High
Dress: Upscale casual
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy well prepared food with trendy modern ambiance and scenic waterfront views.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer more casual dining in a quiet setting
Recommended dishes: When available; Whole Grilled Fish; Baked tagliolini with house-made egg noodles; and the Dry Aged Cowboy Steak.
Liquor: Broad selection of wines and specialty cocktails. Bar scene is vibrant.
The Waterside restaurant is a destination restaurant for special occasions and for aged 35+ late night diners who enjoy staying on for drinks and dancing.
The restaurant also is popular with trendy singles enjoying the music and the vibrant bar scene at the center of the room.
Once the dinner rush has subsided, the venue transforms into "dance club" vibe with flashing lights, a small dance floor, and a DJ. Quiet conversation is difficult with loud DJ music
The featured attraction is it's location on the Hudson River where the floor-to-ceiling windows look out directly across the river at the Manhattan upper west side and midtown skyline.
The decor and ambiance is "Modern South Beach/Miami" with an indoor water fall, polished wood, white fabric and subtle blue lighting.
Not to be outdone by the ambiance, the kitchen is well attended by Owner and Executive Chef Gus Shizas, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
The seasonal menu includes small and big plate entrées with an extensive raw seafood bar, as well as traditional pasta, meat, and fish entrées.
During the warmer months, they offer outdoor seating overlooking the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline. The "inside" bar, turns into an "outside" bar when they open up the waterfront side of the building.
They also accommodate private functions from 50 to 210 guests with two rooms that overlook the New York Skyline for a variety of events such as weddings, showers, holiday parties, sweet-sixteens, bar and bat mitzvahs.
They are open seven days/week, They are also open on Thanksgiving and is one of the few non-Asian restaurants in northern NJ open on Christmas.
(Updated: October 2023)
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