Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Hackensack's biggest restaurant closes

The doors and windows of Green Grill in Hackensack have been papered over.

The sign on the front doors.

Editor's note: Today's buffet is a round-up of restaurant, food-shopping and takeout news.

Green Grill, the Brazilian-style rodizio restaurant in Hackensack, has served its last all-you-can-eat meal. 

With 440 seats, Green Grill likely was the city's largest restaurant and it served the biggest portions, too. 

In 2005, the restaurant was taken over by new Korean owners.

In 2010, Green Grill cut the price for an all-you-can-eat lunch of sushi, barbecued meat and salad to $9.95.

Green Grill was a tenant in the Home Depot Shopping Center at 450 Hackensack Avenue in Hackensack.

The Pathmark Supermarket in the rear of the shopping center closed in April 2011, and the space remains vacant.

Red Parrot Bistro's Pan Roasted Chicken.

A delicious black za'atar thyme mixture came with flat bread and olive oil.

Red Parrot is silenced

Red Parrot Bistro, a new Englewood spot that served free-range poultry and grass-fed meat, also has closed.

The Palisade Avenue restaurant opened in July.

When we had dinner there in mid-September, only two or three other tables were occupied.

Red Parrot is the latest unsuccessful venture in the storefront at 51 E. Palisade Ave. 

Filet of Sole with Scallion and Ginger at Lotus Cafe in Hackensack.

Hot & Sour Soup.

Lotus Cafe

I had lunch today with two friends at Lotus Cafe, the wonderful Chinese restaurant across the parking lot from the shuttered Green Grill. 

Good food and service, and reasonable prices, give Lotus Cafe the staying power that eludes so many other restaurants.

The Hackensack restaurant has more than 40 lunch specials for $7.50 to $9.50, including rice and soup or eggroll.

On a busy Sunday, the Hackensack ShopRite had only one of two express lines open.

Free-range beef on sale

Free-range, grass-fed beef from Australia is on sale at ShopRite Supermarkets through Saturday.

The Whole Beef Tenderloin for Filet Mignon is $5.99 a pound with a store card, a discount of $3 per pound.

On Sunday, I bought a 5.30-pound tenderloin at the Hackensack ShopRite for the meat-eaters in the family.

Usually the package carries the Nature's Reserve label, but the ones I saw at the Hackensack store said "Product of Australia" and had an Australian inspection stamp.

My wife trims the beef and slices it thinly, then combines it with Korean bulgogi marinade. She prepares one portion and puts the rest of the marinated meat in the freezer.

She cooks the meat on a stove-top grill and serves it with red-leaf lettuce for wrapping, kimchi, rice and a Korean red-pepper paste.

The tenderloin I bought on Saturday is enough for three meals.

A lunch box is 50% off after 4 p.m. at H Mart in Englewood.

Jerry's in Englewood cuts the price of its takeout dinners to $5.99 after 4 p.m.

Takeout-food bargains

The H Mart in Englewood has started cutting the price for prepared items from Jinga, the Korean food maker based in Queens.

After 4 p.m., Jinga kimbap rolls and lunch boxes are 50% off.

On Saturday, I bought a lunch box with baby octopus, brown rice, kimchi and other items for $3.14, normally $6.29.

Then, I drove to Jerry's Gourmet and More and picked up the last three Meals To Go for $5.99 each, normally $7.99 each.

Two were roast chicken and the other was a tilapia fillet with pesto, and all came with pasta, stuffed mushroom or artichoke, and vegetables.

H Mart, 25 Lafayette Ave., Englewood; 201-871-8822. 

Jerry's Gourmet and More, 410 S. Dean St., Englewood; 201-871-7108.

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1 comment:

  1. You should stock up on mooncakes and songypeon. I'm sure they'll be on sale, as well, now that Chuseok/Mid-Autumn Festival is over.


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