A Turkish Expansion in Cliffside Park

Savory stuffed and topped flatbreads are on tap at a new iteration of Cinar restaurant.


Turkish flatbreads are coming to town—or, to be more specific, to Cliffside Park. Cinar Pide & Bakery has opened at 671 Palisade Avenue, just a few doors down from the original Cinar, a full-service Turkish restaurant. That brings the Cinar empire to four locales, including restaurants in Emerson and West Caldwell.

Cinar Pide & Bakery is serving its specialty flatbreads with toppings that include meat, cheese, eggs and vegetables. There is also lahmacun, which are thin flatbreads covered with minced meat and vegetables, as well as borek,  Turkish puff pastry with a variety of fillings.

On Saturdays and Sundays, a complete Turkish breakfast is served. The new Cinar is open weekdays, except Tuesdays, 11:30 am to 10 pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 9 am to 10 pm.

For more information, call 201-699-0912 or visit Cinar on Facebook at: facebook.com/cinarpideandbakery.

Coming late summer:

Members of the original Pilsener Haus team are working on a new project for downtown Jersey City: Hudson Hall Bier Hall & Smoke House, 360 Marin Boulevard. Though not a barbecue spot, Hudson Hall’s executive chef will be Daniel Hoose, late of Dinosaur BBQ in New York. According to a spokesperson for the project, Hudson Hall will have the “retro look that has made Pilsener Haus, Asbury’s Festhalle and Jersey City’s Wurstbar so distinctive—same designer, who makes it look like it’s been there 100 years.”

Expect to dine and drink under vaulted, tiled ceilings reminiscent of Grand Central’s Oyster Bar. There will be a pair of large smokers in the main dining room. Indeed, smoked meats, fish, cheeses and vegetables will dominate the menu. There will be smokey notes in some cocktails, as well.

Add to the smoking the arts of pickling and fermenting, and you’ll catch the gist of Hudson Hall’s dining mission.

And, there will be “plenty of beer,” we’re told, but it will not be a biergarten, per se.

Also planned is a market/lunch counter for to-go orders and take-home ingredients.

We will keep you posted as the Hudson Hall project develops.

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