BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- Summer's finally here and with it, the perfect weather for dining alfresco.
The county is brimming with "hot" spots, from rooftop decks to secluded patios. Got a favorite we missed? Tell us about it on our Facebook page. In the meantime, enjoy the breeze with the following options.
American Cut Bar and Grill, Englewood Cliffs: Want to feel like you're dining in Manhattan without the schlep? American Cut Bar & Grill pays homage to the original New York steakhouse complete with a sleek 50-seat patio. Dine Alfresco: 495 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, (201) 510-4460.
Bradys at the Station, Ramsey: You're only a stranger once. So says the slogan of this friendly Irish bar/restaurant with an outdoor dining area on the second floor. Dine Alfresco: 5 W Main St, Ramsey, (201) 327-9748.
Cafe Amici, Ho-Ho-Kus: This American cafe with an Italian soul is known as much for its diverse classics as it is for its charming decor. Choose sidewalk dining for a birds-eye view of the ever-charming Ho-Ho-Kus. Dine Alfresco: 4 Sycamore Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus, (201) 389-6377.
La Lanterna Cafe & Grill, Ridgewood: Your people-watching perch couldn't be better when you dine at La Lanterna. Here, you can enjoy Italian specialties while taking in the view. Dine Alfresco: 29 West Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, (201) 444-5520.
Locale Cafe & Bar, Closter: Folks rave about the gourmet Italian food, fine wines and the “la dolce vita ambiance." The outdoor patio also gets high marks for being so gorgeous fans wish it could be open year-round. Dine Alfresco: 208 Piermont Rd., Closter, (201) 750-3233.
Mambo Tea House, Rutherford: A sizeable front patio keeps the atmosphere lively, especially on nights when there is entertainment under the stars. Bear in mind, however, its BYOB though the Cuban eatery provides the mixes to convert your bottle into sangria, mojito, or pina colada. Dine Alfresco: 98 Park Ave., Rutherford, (201) 933-1262.
Rebecca’s, Edgewater : Cuban and Caribbean cuisine aren't the only things that make this a "hot" spot: it's also the intimate patio, situated between bamboo trees. Dine Alfresco: 236 Old River Rd., (201) 943-8808.
Roxanne’s, Mahwah : There's lots of room for outdoor dining at Roxanne's known for its authentic New York-style thin crust pizza and“Old World” family recipes. Dine Alfresco: 150 Franklin Turnpike, (201) 529-0007.
Santorini Taverna, Fort Lee: Shaded tiki-like umbrellas on a large outdoor patio make you feel far, far away when you indulge in the traditional Greek fare of Santorini. It's not Greece, but it does offer a healthy dose of sunshine. Dine Alfresco: 2020 Central Rd., Fort Lee; (201)947-2055.
Oceanos Oyster Bar & Sea Grill, Fair Lawn: Lobster, clams and crab cakes all seem to taste better when you dine outdoors in the fresh summer air. Dine Alfresco: 2-27 Saddle River Rd., Fair Lawn, (201) 796-0546