Pleased to “Meat” You!
Up in River Vale is a New Jersey restaurant worth more than just “meeting” but truly getting to know! Upon arriving at this premier steakhouse and an Italian eatery, you are reminded of a country club or a restaurant at a fine resort. The sleek building, with hand-set stone siding, is nestled in a tony Bergen County suburb.
Once inside, you feel the cool vibe of a NYC speakeasy or even an exclusive members-only establishment. Within moments, you are greeted with the warm and fuzzy welcome that makes this hidden gem a home away from home!
While the Let’s Meat name may be a clever play on words, it doesn’t play around when it comes to serving consistently amazing food with a mouth-watering menu of succulent selections. It serves only the finest USDA Prime dry-aged steaks, premium seafood, and Italian specialties in a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere.
Let’s Meat began as a small BYOB…
…in Harrington Park and later expanded, tripling in size via a gut renovation and an added full bar. Now run by owner-partners and Garden State natives George Kapigian and Bob Hay, this slightly off-the-beaten-path place is worth not just a try but many return visits.
Bob, or Bobby, which most call him, given he is all about informality, came to the restaurant business recently following his long and current career manufacturing promotional items. Bobby proudly states, “I love people; I love meeting new people. We personally care, and we’re not just fly-by-night. We want to build something that grows.”
He describes how he and his partner selected every element of the design, including a signature Legendchar grill that creates a 1200-degree dual surface cooking temperature, searing meats quickly and evenly to make them the most tender and juicy. They applied that keen attention to detail in creating the menu, sourcing its food, and bringing in renowned ChefPaul Bazzini.
…began his career in the kitchen with his grandfather and other chef family members in and around the New York City area, from bars to butcher shops and bakeries. He went on to work for top NYC hotspots like Bouley, Butterfield81, and The Four Seasons. Bazzini is a 4-time James Beard Foundation featured Chef and has catered numerous celebrity events, including shows like Law and Order and The Grammy Awards.
Chef Bazzini says it is all about “engaging with the guests to make them part of our extended family.” Bazzini is also involved in updating bi-weekly specials, as well as seasonally updating the actual menus. The owners, along with Bazzini, are committed to sourcing only the highest quality meat and produce for this steak house slash Italian eatery, and they, in fact, acquire their USDA prime dry-aged meat from the same purveyors as the biggest and best steakhouses in Manhattan. In addition to dry-aged steak, they have incredible mouth-watering pork chops and fabulous organic chicken dishes, as well as Italian specialties and fish.