We had a lot of fun harvesting some great restaurant ideas that feature experiential dining at its finest throughout northwest Bergen! As school, sports and special events gear up throughout the fall, now is the time to find a new and different place to relax and dine. We discovered some great newer restaurants as well as a 90-year-old classic.

Stop in at La Vie En Rose for a cappuccino and heavenly baked treat after a brisk fall walk. The bakery/café in Waldwick is just the ticket for a light lunch, too. Owner Maureen Heller graciously shared two delicious recipes with us, which are sure to be a hit at any fall brunch.

With chopsticks in hand, set out for Shumi, a unique restaurant in Ridgewood which not only presents amazing sushi and sashimi but also provides the experience of omakase-style dining. Read up on Shumi, master chef Aik and owner David Seo to find out how they are bringing a new dimension of Japanese culture to Ridgewood.

For a fun night out with friends, try Ridgewood’s Cravings. Why order one dinner when you can try an array of delicious tapas (small plates) to share while tickling all of your taste buds? My family visited to celebrate my daughter’s birthday, and I will say this: the zeppole tree is the new birthday cake!

Whenever I visit The Barn in Wyckoff, I wish the walls could talk. What stories they would tell! This issue shares a few of them as well as some of their famed menu picks. The warmth and friendly atmosphere of The Barn makes it the perfect place to spend a chilly fall evening.

If you’re tired of eating out but your kitchen needs a little fall cleanup, it may be time to call Bart Lidsky of The Hammer and Nail. Check out the beautiful photos of one of his recent kitchen renovations and get his tips on the latest material and design trends.

Working with Northwest Bergen Lifestyle has given me opportunities to be introduced to wonderful people, businesses and organizations—not to mention great restaurants! We are fortunate to live in such a great part of Bergen County where it is easy to keep it local! Happy fall!

Kris Pepper, Editorial Coordinator