Each month, Hoboken’s Daughter and The Giordano Group will spotlight a northern New Jersey town to share some of the best places to eat/drink and socialize. We’ll help you understand the different transportation options and, if you’re starting a family – fun activities for you and the kids – while providing you with the necessary facts and critical information about hot and competitive northern NJ real estate. market. This New Jersey real estate series will showcase what makes each city cool, unique and vibrant. So while you might not be looking to move, we all know that hunting down Zillow homes is the best pastime and so the Giordano Group is here to make it easy for you. You’re welcome.
We start with Ridgewood, New Jersey. This NJ town is one of the most desirable and desired neighborhoods in Bergen County. The city has a bustling downtown, organized community events for all ages, easy transportation options to New York City, and beautiful homes. You will find a range of different styles of architecture throughout Ridgewood. Most of the homes here are historic: Tudor, Victorian and Colonial, according to The Giordano Group. Read on for your guide to Ridgewood, NJ.
About the Giordano Group
Darren Giordano and his team of real estate agents have over a decade of experience in Hudson County and Northern New Jersey, achieving Platinum Excellence every year since 2016. They have closed over $300,000,000 over the past decade.
To learn more about the market value of homes in Ridgewood – or to appraise the current market value of your home in Hudson County, text CMA at 201-723-3300 to get in touch with The Giordano Group or Click here.
There are two public transit options if you need to get to New York or just want to escape Hudson County for a taste of this suburban gem.
Train: Door to door the trip is 1h10. There are services departing from Ridgewood and arriving at New York Penn Station via Frank R Lautenberg Secaucus Upper Level.
Bus: It’s about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Services depart every 20 minutes and operate daily. Line 163 or 164 — direct buses to Manhattan at New York Penn Station depart from Van Neste Square.
Auto: Driving times depend on distance traveled and traffic on Rt 17 of course. A Park Ride is located on Route 17 for an easy ride. Or you can drive to Hoboken and hop on the PATH.
Where to eat
Downtown Ridgewood is home to a variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to sandwich shops, and everything in between.
Déa European Café | 9 Broad Street South
This place has a European cafe vibe and aims to bring that culture to Ridgewood. Here you can get pastries, breakfast, lunch, coffee and all day breakfast including options like avocado toast, rainbow cookies, croissants, an Italian sandwich, etc.
At Raymond’s | 101 Ridgewood Ave East
With locations in Montclair and Ridgewood, Raymond’s serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers classic dishes like Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Raymond’s Classic Burger, Vegan Chili, and more.
Coffee 37 | 37 broad street south
Café 37 serves modern American cuisine with seafood, pasta, meat and seasonal dishes. Choose from options like Cafe 37 Kale Salad, Herbed Goat Cheese Ravioli and Grilled Jersey Scallops at Cafe 37 Day Boat.
West Park Tavern | 30 Park Street
Park West is a modern tavern that offers craft cocktails and contemporary American fare. Choose from a variety of dishes here, like raw sea bass dishes, a wagyu steakhouse burger, short ribs and shells, and more.
Steel Wheel Tavern | 51 North Broad Street
This restaurant has 19th century origins, modern craft beers, specialty cocktails and a substantial wine list. The menu includes gluten-free options, as well as dishes like crab cakes, roasted butternut squash, and braised beef ribs.
Scratch and S Egidio | 17 Broad Street North
Scratch and S Egidio’s Italian cuisine was voted one of the best pizzas in the state by Monthly NJ. In addition to pizza options like Bianca, Toscana, and Margarita, there are also Italian meat boards, pastas, and more available here.
Felina | 18 Prospect Street
Felina is an energetic Italian spot that offers a new perspective on New Jersey Italian cuisine. Pair any of the dishes here with a choice from the extensive wine and spirits list.
Steakhouse Roots | 17 chestnut street
Roots is a bustling chophouse that does all the important things well — from steaks and shellfish to “a world-class wine list,” according to Zagat. The espresso martini is also worth ordering.
Dipped Pastry | 24 Broad Street South
Sook Pastry is a family-run Korean pastry shop inspired by the country’s delicacies. The place has become well known for its French pastries, chocolates, bread and pancakes prepared in front of you.
Things to do
Ridgewood Art Institute
Ridgewood Art Institute (voted as one of the county’s top art galleries), The Stable, and the Ridgewood Public Library offer events and programs year-round. It also offers a wide selection of courses for adults, children, and experienced and budding artists in drawing, oil painting, and watercolor. Students young and old feel a sense of welcome, a sense of encouragement, a sense of community, and form lasting friendships here.
Paint + Sip and other creative courses
If you’re looking for other family-friendly social or interactive art experiences, you can check out Creatively Yours, Pinot’s Palette, and Color Me Mine.
Ridgewood Newcomers Club
Meeting people is hard, and so some Ridgewood locals have figured it out – and established the Ridgewood Newcomers Club. Longtime residents of Ridgewood for 20-25 years still credit this group with building their network and making this town a home. This club has special interest groups with regularly scheduled functions – from sporting events to social gatherings like dining out, book talks and ax throwing.
music in the night
From July 10 through September 4, Ridgewood’s Music in the Night program features music at 4 locations from select bands on Saturday nights.
Festivals all year round to discover
Spring has the Ridgewood International Film Festival.
Summer has movies under the stars, art in the park, and fitness in the park.
Fall has Fall Music Fest, Oktoberfest, and Winterfest.
Ridgewood hosts holiday events like its downtown 4th of July Parade, Van Neste Square, and other seasonal festivals.
Public parks + recreation
The Graydon pool includes a ramp to enter the water, shaded play area and seating area, water feature fountains, shade kits, Adirondack chairs, picnic area with charcoal barbecues, a sheltered pavilion and the Water’s Edge cafe. Additional amenities include volleyball, basketball, shuffleboard, four-square, hopscotch, backgammon, and a lending library.
Ridgewood Parks and Recreation also offers a competitive summer swim team, tennis and pickleball memberships, and programs to learn and practice skateboarding.
Urge | 7 Ridgewood Avenue East
If you are a RHONJ fan, you know all about Melissa Gorga’s shop Urge which has its original location in Montclair. Six years after launching her business, she has now opened her second and largest location in the heart of Ridgewood.
apricot street | 111 Ridgewood Ave East
This women-owned boutique offers unique clothing, accessories and gifts. There are over 70 Apricot Lane stores nationwide.
The Casita | 158 East Ridgewood Avenue
La Casita is a clothing boutique that offers one-on-one consultations to enhance your style with designer clothes. All ages from the age of 20 are welcome, and there is something for everyone here.
fox | 230 Ridgewood Avenue
Fox’s sells jewelry, accessories, shoes, swimwear and more. There is also a full resort shop here, and with all products at a reduced price.
Womenbot Clothing | 43-45 Hudson St.
Femmebot has a bit of everything, with the goal of every shopper creating their own personal style. That being said, there is a variety of clothing to choose from here – from unique to casual wear.
Bookends | 211 Ridgewood Ave East
Bookends Bookstore is a nationally recognized independent bookstore that hosts over 100 author/sports/celebrity events each year and has been in operation for over 30 years. There is a wide selection of autographed books in store and online to buy.
Eat your spinach shop | 42 East Ridgewood Ave
This children’s clothing store has been around since 1991 and sells clothes for newborns up to 14 years old.
Ridgewood is known for its top-notch education and outstanding ratings, awards, and accolades – named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation in 2021.
Ridgewood is home to five private daycares that provide full-time and part-time care, and the public schools consist of six elementary schools and two middle schools, all of which feed into Ridgewood High School.
For more information on the location of each school, contact the Giordano Group for an interactive map.
Parks + Playgrounds
Ridgewood’s Wild Duck Pond, known for its famous dog park, is also ideal for children. A large playground is meant to keep them happy and family walks and jogs can be arranged around the scenic pond. There are bathrooms with changing tables and manicured grounds for everything from picnics to fishing.
Children’s sports, fitness and art
There are tons of sports camps, classes and lessons in conjunction with Ridgewood Parks and Recreation – for all ability levels and a range of ages from two to adults.
Art in Motion and Arthur Murray Studio host dance classes, and Master Art Studio hosts virtual and in-person classes for kids and adults and hosts parties.
The corner of real estate via the Giordano group
Ridgewood’s real estate market, like all northern NJ towns, is on fire. There were 43 sales in the first quarter of 2022, compared to 67 in the same period last year (hello supply and demand). Inventory is history with only 25 active homes for sale as of April 15th. The average sale price was $973,000, with 28% of homes selling for more than $1,000,000. It is possible to buy homes under $700,000, but be prepared to go over the asking price and forego appraisal and inspection contingencies. Overall, days on the market were 25 days for the first quarter, but things sell out even faster in the spring. If you want someone in your area browsing the Ridgewood Market, call Darren and his team or email us at [email protected]