From casual cafes to fine dining, Fort Lee’s international culinary scene is sure to delight on any date.
It’s February and romance is in Fort Lee. If you haven’t already made plans for Valentine’s Day, you’re behind. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help. We’ve listed some great local eateries—from casual to formal—that are perfect spots to spend time with your sweetheart. Whether you’re looking to celebrate casually or really spoil your significant other, these restaurants are sure to leave a lasting Valentine’s Day impression on you and your special someone.
Parisienne Bakery and Cafe 250 Main St, (201) 592-8878
Stop by this French-inspired Japanese bakery and treat your date to freshly baked artisanal breads, pastries, desserts and more. Sweet-toothed sweethearts will be delighted to try flaky cream puff pastries, green tea cakes and chocolate mochi donut rings—all of which pair well with a hot coffee or espresso. For the savory minded, the bakery and cafe also serves finger foods like gyoza dumplings, pork buns and a selection of sandwiches. The bakery is perfect for a quick and casual daytime date on Main Street.
Caffe Bene 1636 Palisade Ave, (201) 779-5422
Caffe Bene is a coffee shop serving a myriad of snack and dessert options in a spacious, trendy and comfortable atmosphere. Seating in the modern, hardwood-decorated dining rooms is plenty and conducive to conversation. Stop by for a post-meal coffee and dessert. Enjoy a wide selection of gelato, bubble teas, smoothies and pastries. Their fruit and ice cream topped dessert waffles are decadent and not to be missed.
Tea Bar 1636 Palisade Ave, (201) 944-3102
The Fort Lee Tea Bar is a sure-to please date spot serving speciality tea and Western/Korean fusion cuisine. It’s a perfect place for a quick snack with tea or a full meal. Come for the tea and casual fare, stay for the stylish and cozy atmosphere. Favorites include the rooibos tea (either hot or as a refreshing bubble tea) and the K-town Burger—a cheeseburger topped with kimchi and a fried egg. Other tempting menu items include the K-town Fries—french fries dressed in bulgogi meat, cheese, kimchi and pickled vegetables, and the towering shaved-ice dessert for two.
Batten Ramen 2024 Center Ave, (201) 461-5465
$$ (Cash only)
Treat your date to a hot bowl of traditional noodle soup and other Japanese comfort food in this authentic, casual and cozy ramen shop. Batten Ramen has been around for over a decade—and for good reason too. Portions are huge and daily specials compliment the already large selection of soups, gyoza, fried rice and curries. The house special Batten ramen soup is a favorite, along with the grilled squid teriyaki. A fun little stop for lunch or dinner, be sure to slurp your noodles—it’s a big compliment to the chef.
Greek to Me 1611 Palisade Ave, (201) 947-2050
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a taste of the Mediterranean at It’s Greek to Me. The full service restaurant serves traditional Greek cuisine along with a variety of contemporary Greek dishes. One step into the dining room and you’ll instantly feel the Mediterranean island vibe—the decor is as warm and inviting as the service. Try the GTM Mixed Grill Platter for two—gyro, pork, bifteki, lamb and chicken served with grilled pepper, grilled tomato, onions and tzatziki sauce. Seafood-lovers will be happy to try the grilled octopus or a wide selection of whole fish, including fagri (pink snapper), striped bass, branzini, barbounia (mullet) and royal dorado.
BCD Tofu House 1640 Schlosser St, (201) 944-2340
You don’t come to Fort Lee without being tempted by the smells and sounds of authentic Korean cuisine. Stop by BCD Tofu House for casual classic Korean fare like soft-tofu soups, bibimbop and sizzling bulgolgi. If you’ve never had Korean food before, this is a great place to start. First time diners will be surprised by the portions—like any good Korean restaurant, meals begin with quickly served starter plates of fried fish and pickled sides. Their specialty, soondubu (soft-tofu soup), is served bubbling hot in a stone bowl, and diners can pick their level of spiciness.
In Napoli 116 Main St, (201) 947-2500
Take your date out for steak, seafood, pasta and more at this warm and spacious Southern Italian Fort Lee favorite. The lighting is romantic and the ambiance is quiet and old-world. Service is more than accommodating and their portions are generously Italian. Start your meal with a plate of tender grilled calamari over fresh arugula. Enjoy Zuppa de Pesce—lobster tail, shrimp, calamari, clams and mussels over linguini, paired with a bottle of Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio from the full bar.
Prime & Beyond 501 Main St, (201) 461-0033
Meat-lovers rejoice! Featured on Food Network’s show, Meat & Potatoes, treat your date at this family owned steakhouse serving cut to order dry- and wet-aged steaks, served both family-style or individually. Take a tour of their in-house climate controlled aging facility and chat with their passionate butchers to see just how meticulously they prepare their meats. Start off with the beef sashimi or the Akaushi Wagyu Sausage. Be sure to try the massive dry-aged prime rib for two, or the wet-aged center cut Filet Mignon. The dining room is close and intimate, reservations are recommended for both lunch and dinner.
Khloe Bistrot 200 Main Street No:9, (201) 461-9700
Every day is Valentine’s Day at Khloe Bistrot—a petite eatery serving traditional French staples in a dining room uniquely their own. The whole staff prides themselves on such a high attention to detail and service that you don’t just taste it in the food—you feel it upon entering. Their cuisine is as refined as their decor is chic. All the food served out of their open kitchen is made in house and from scratch, and every ingredient in their cooking is meticulously searched for and selected with top quality in mind. Start with the escargot d’artichaut (escargot in artichoke hearts) and tuna tartare. The house special is the Amish chicken with cognac sauce, and for dessert, enjoy traditional Moroccan mint tea with a Napoleon—chantilly cream layered between puff pastry and topped with seasonal fruit. Reservations for brunch and dinner are highly recommended.