From the outside it looks like and could be any "dive," but this lakefront restaurant is a Chef-owned mecca of very good and often excellent dishes. It is not your average "bar food" joint, but is a serous restaurant serving delicious food.
Johnson & Wales trained chef-owner Jason Hajek and his crew provide a varied and changing menu of entrees together with everyday stapes--such as an exceptional and superb hamburger (the "Jax Burger"), appetizers (such as delicious mussels Fra Diavolo, tasty lamb chops, caesar salad with anchovies), or a plate of sliders (which vary nightly).
Everything is fresh and cooked to order. Rather than present a long menu, "Chef Jay" limits the number of entrees available each night so that each can be prepared well. The entrees (which vary nightly) usually include a pasta dish, a steak or roast, a fish or seafood dish and chicken or poultry. And, if you don't like the entrees that night, the mussels, the Jax burger, the sliders, the lamb chops and other "staples" on the regular menu will not disappoint.
The small bar is often filled with regulars (and the noise level in the bar can be high). The separate dining room is peaceful and pleasant, and in warm weather there are five or six tables outside along the lake. There is often live music on weekends. (Note: the dining room is not necessarily quiet if the live band sets up in the dining room; but the music is good).
Latitude 41 is on the West side of Greenwood Lake, mid-way between Hewitt (West Milford) and Greenwood Lake Village, in a small marina (with slips to tie up if you come by boat).
From its looks on the outside, this is a place you could drive by without a second-thought if you didn't know that a very good meal awaits inside. Be prepared for a very pleasant surprise.
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