I've passed Pathmark for a year on the way to work never giving it another thought, but one day, for some strange reason, I decided to check it out. I'm glad I did because I liked what I saw.
The first thing that you quickly notice about Pathmark is that it's open for 24 hours. That's a huge bonus for those who like doing grocery shopping later at night. Even though there are about two supermarkets closer to where I live, I enjoy stopping at Pathmark more and more even time I go there.
Like any other supermarket, they have an bonus card for you to use to save on your groceries. It seems like a novelty at first but the savings really do add up. Add that to the triple bonus coupon days that they have and then you really see the savings come in. There are some months where they will reward you with a 10% discount coupon if you spend a certain amount within a given timeframe.
Pathmark is really big and I appreciate how easy it is to find everything despite its gargantuan size. All the tolietries and essentials are at one end of the store while all the dairy is at the other end. The produce and meats are right in the middle with everything else surrounding these sections making up the rest of the store.
I'm always finding some really good deals over here which keeps me coming back for more. I enjoy the friendliness of the staff and the cleanliness of the place. I guess it's easy to do when it's open for 24 hours.
Even though this isn't our main supermarket, Pathmark is sure turning out to be just that, and I for one can't complain about it at all.
PROS: Graet selections and deals
Originally, having a hibachi meal meant that we had to drive all the way into Hackensack just to experience the flavour. Thankfully we managed to find a place closer to home in Mahwah, NJ. East Tokyo fills that void.
The place is separated into two sections--the sushi bar and the hibachi room. Most of the times we opt to go the hibachi room since we love the food as well as the entertainment. The decor adds the the ambience of the whole experience. The hostess will announce your presence into the hibachi room by banging on a drum. From there she leads you to your designated section. The chef comes out with your order and prepares the meal right in front of you doing tricks along the way. A meal per person can cost between $20-$30, so for us a dinner for three will usually cost $90 in the end. It's expensive but well worth it as we are always filled.
A side note: children 12 and under get their meals for 1/2 price, and they are a pretty hefty portion as well.
The sushi section is for those who wish to order other things from the menu. You can still get your hibachi meals without the ceremony if you like. The fish is always fresh and I love the variety of selections that are available.
The staff is very friendly and cordial. I really appreciate how they try to make the whole experience as authentic as possible.
I've enjoyed all the time I've been at East Tokyo and know that whenever we do eat there, we will never be disappointed with the outcome.
PROS: Hibachi entertainment, fresh food
Time Warp Comics & Games in Cedar Grove, NJ is a really fun place to visit. A lot of the customers are guys between 18 to 35, and no they aren't the stereotypical-can't-get-the-girl-type-of-guy. In fact these guys are actually cool.
They have a good stock of new and old back issue comic books in stock, as well as other comic book related merchandise--trade paperbacks, statues, games, t-shirts, posters, trading cards, novels, DVDs, videos, books, and even ing equipment such as paints, brushes, glue, tools and anything elated to that subject. Liek I said, they are well stocked and diverse.
Lots of after hours activities take place as well such as gaming and painting. I personally enjoy the HeroClix tournaments even though I've been out of it for a year. I just enjoy the fellowship and company of others who share the same interests.
The owner is such a big kid at heart which really sets the tone to the whole shop. Everyone isn't stuck-up or pretentious at all. In fact they are downright friendly.
I really enjoy coming here when I can because I love the atmosphere that is set in the place. I just wish I lived closer.
PROS: Fun, fun, fun place to be, lots to offer
Party City in Paramus, NJ is the place to go for all your costuming needs especially when Halloween rolls around. Every year at that time, the droves of people that try to get into the store is outrageous. Because it's located right on Route 17, the traffic in and out of the place is a nightmare, and you can usually tell by the backup of cars when you are close to the store.
Luckily the store is big to accomodtae everyone that comes inside. Rows and rows of costumes are available on display and for people to order. Like I stated earlier, Halloween seems to be the biggest time of the season for Party City. because they are popular around this time, you can imagine the mess in all the aisles. The staff is helpful especially during this busy period. I;m surprised they can keep a level head throughout the whole ordeal.
The rest of the year isn't as crazy as Halloween though I'm sure it gets busy again during Christmas and other festive holidays. They have lots to offer from tablecloths, candy, napkins, themed accessories, and lots of other goodies to make any party come even more alive. You can even get supplies such as glue, tape and what not just in case you run out.
It's a great one-stop shopping experience if you are specifically buying for any themed occasion.
PROS: Lots of themed accessories and gear
CONS: Location, parking
When I was up in New Paltz, NY for some business, I needed to find a place where I could output my files and print them. I'm so used to having a Kinkos around that I never realized it until I really needed one. Unfortunately, there was no Kinkos around. However, I noticed a place called P D Q Business Center that might fulfill my needs.
My instincts paid off and they were more than happy to accomodate me. Even better yet, because I'm a graphic designer and had proof of it, they offered me 10% off my total bill.
This place is no Kinkos as they do not have any computers that you can use, but they do offer almost everything else, and at a relatively better price. Lots of black & white photocopiers are available as well as some colour copiers. They also do binding, finishing, scoring, print business cards, posters, flyers--anything that you might need. They also sell office supplies as well as packaging materials.
The store is actually small and very tight to get around, but roomy enough so you don'[t feel so trapped. They definitely keep up with the latest technologies and have the most up-to-date software if you need any disks read by them.
New Paltz is a small college town so I can see this fulfilling a huge need for students and business people. It's a good thing this place is around; otherwise, you would need to travel at least 30 mins. to the nearest big town.
PROS: Friendly and courteous, lots of supplies
CONS: Small store, feels cramped, no computers
Ridgewood, NJ hosts a lot of different stores and the Ridgewood Cycle Shop is one of the many in the area. Conveniently located across the train station, this store is actually big housing many cycling accessories and parts.
All types of bicycles can be found over here and there is definitely one for everyone no matter what your taste is like. You can even customize your own cycle to suit your needs. They have the latest equipment and technology for those serious cycling enthusiasts, the ones who dream of becoming the next Lance Armstrong competing in the Tour de France.
If you have a problem with your bicycle or even need it fixed, the repair team is top notch and will do their utmost best to fix any problems that might occur.
One of the biggest problems of this store is the location. Ridgewood is very crowded and parking is so tight that sometimes it's next to impossible trying to find any place to park your vehicle. Teh fact that it's located on the corner across from the train station means that lots of activity is going to happen just aroud that particular area. Dont be surprised if people dart in front of you when they cross the street.
But overall, this is a great place to fulfill anything you might need to make your cycling adventures even more fun.
PROS: Lots to choose from, great selections
CONS: Parking and congestion
Wholesale Photo Supply in Midland Park, NJ became a necessity for me when I need to get some passport photos done quickly. I was looking around for someplace close and happened to one day see a sign that they did passport photos. Lucky me because they did it within 5 minutes.
But while I was waiting for my photos, I managed to browse around and marveled at the latest technogical equipment available for not only photography but printing as well.
For those who have a digital camera and wish to make their own prints, they have equipment for almost every type of name brand available to make things easier. Step-by-step instructions are at each machine so you won't be stymied at all and be able to print what you want. The big Epson inkjet printer is a bonus for those looking the make poster-sized prints.
If you are still doing the traditional develop your roll of film bit, they have an excellent service to accommodate your needs. Lots of photographic equipment is also for sale, even frames and carrying bags. The store may look small from the outside but is deceivingly big as you enter the doors.
Located in a strip mall where Kings Supermarket, CVS, and Subway are the biggest names, there is plently of ample parking to serve your needs.
I've gone back more than a couple of times just to get passport photos, all at a very reasonable price. Knowing that this service is readily available will make me come back for more.
PROS: Everything at your fingertips
It's hard to find a Chinese restaurant in New Jersey that doesn't "Americanize" its food. I know this because I've been very critical with the places I've encountered. However, when my wife took me to Lotus Cafe, I could already tell that it was going to be different.
There's nothing fancy about the place. It's small and manageable, yet there is a good feeling to the restaurant. I knew I was going to be in for a treat, and I was right just looking through the menu. There were items on there that I hadn't seen in other Chinese restaurants and I knew at once that I was going to get more than what I bargained for.
I was impressed with the food that we ordered. I actually wanted to try more but my stomach can handle only so much. I liked the selections and liked what I tasted. Won ton soup actually looked like won ton soup instead of a perogie dumped into a soup bowl. I was glad to have some good noodle dishes and even more impressed with the cost of everything--all reasonable prices.
This place was a good find and my wife says she and her co-workers come here when they can. I can't fault them at all . I would be here everyday if I could as well.
PROS: Graet authentic dishes
CONS: Far away from me
Ichiban Japanese Restaurant in Hackensack was one of the first Japanese restaurants I experienced in New Jersey. I was totally mesmerized by the decor that included a real Japanese flavour to the place.
I know what Japanese food tastes like coming from a very Asian culture so I knew that Ichiban needed to impress me with its food. There is a choice to have a traditional sushi meal or go to the hibachi bar. If you haven't experienced a hibachi meal at all, you need to rectify it and Ichiban is good place to start. Every ingredient is fresh and you can definitely taste it as they prepare your meal right in front of you. Even better are the tricks the chef performs while cooking. He entertains and feeds you at the same time.
If hibachi isn't your cup of tea, you can then just order from their vast selections in their menu. You can't go wrong with anything you choose from as, again, the food is fresh and fantastic.
The staff is very friendly and courteous to all their customers. The restaurant itself is very big and spacious. Even better, it's connected to the Best Western Hotel so you can imagine that all types of people drop in to this restaurant. But watch your pocketbook. It can get expensive, especially with the hibachi meal. The lunch, however, is really worth it, though.
I've enjoyed myself every time I've gone to Ichiban Japanese Restauarnt and have yet to be disappointed.
PROS: Fresh food, hibachi, lunch selection
The immigration process is long and tricky. If you have the knowledge of how the system works and are confident on proceeding to doing things by yourself, the more power to you. Unfortunately, most people aren't like that and I fall in that category. I needed an immigration lawyer to help me make sense of what I needed to do.
I can upon the Law Offices of Marilyn Labrada-Dume from a referral. She was also the closest around being located in Englewood, NJ. Afetr my first meeting with her, both my wife and I were stunned at how much that had to be done, almost to the fact that we thought it was hopeless. Fortunately, we acquired the services of Ms. Labrada-Dume and set the plans in motion.
She is very proficient and meticulous in gathering documentations and making sure that all parties receive the necessary information. Even though she comes across as being indifferent at first, this is not the case. It helps her screen the clientele and the cases she wishes to take on. She has been ontop on the situation and kept us informed when something was coming up, helping us prepare for whatever was necessary.
In the end, she delivered on her promise and because of her dedication to my case, my immigration process went as smoothly and painless as it possibly could.
I'm grateful I decided to go to her because I couldn't imagine filing all the paperwork myself. If I did, I'm sure I would still be going through this whole process with no end at sight.
Ms. Labrada-Dume made sure that it was done right the first time.
PROS: Professional, gets the job done
CONS: Needs better parking spaces