Casual Dining (201) Editor’s Pick FAVORITE DUMPLINGS Bamboo House 28 BROAD ST., RIDGEWOOD (201) 447-3111 CHOSEN BY EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AMELIA DUGGAN BEST SALAD MENU Albert’s Café Amici 4 SYCAMORE AVE. HO-HO-KUS (201) 389-6377, ALBERTSCAFEAMICI.COM Seared tuna, soba noodles, haricot vert, julienne baby spinach, carrots, water chestnuts, mandarin oranges, cashews in a sesame ginger vinaigrette with wasabi – now that’s a salad! And, that’s just one of the mouthwatering options at this charming café in the heart of Ho-Ho-Kus. You might also try the Spicy Thai, South Beach or Blackened California Chicken salads too. MOST KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Baumgart’s 158 FRANKLIN AVE., RIDGEWOOD, (201) 612-5688 BAUMGARTSCAFE.COM What could be better for kids than a menu that mixes classic American favorites with Chinese food? After all, who wouldn’t want sesame chicken served with a chocolate milk shake? Kitchy décor and a classic menu make Baumgart’s a must for families with hungry and hard-to-please kiddies. RUNNERS-UP: ALLENDALE BAR AND GRILL ALLENDALE BIGGIE’S RAW BAR AND TAVERN CARLSTADT AND RAMSEY The AB&G and Biggie’s seem to have found the secret for success, managing to please the taste buds of diners of every age. Whether you’re 8 or 80, go have fun at these friendly and flavorful restaurants. 18 2016 EDITION | (201) BEST OF BERGEN GUIDE ALBERT’S: TAV JINIVIZIAN; BAMBOO: MARION BROWN; BAUMGART’S: CHRIS MARKSBURY Known to regulars just as “Sherry,” the owner of Bamboo House can work magic with a dumpling – any kind you please. When you order, you should ask what she’s making and trust that you will get something awesome. Always ask for the “special” dumplings, for they are special indeed.