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“Chef-owned. In a word: delicious, from snacks to full-meal”
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Latitude 41
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

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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2  Thank wharfinger
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

My husband and I decided to check out this restaurant last summer, thinking we might get a good "roadside" meal - a tasty hamburger, maybe a nice salad. We were completely surprised by the quality of the food, the friendliness of the service, and the creativity of the menu! And, by the way, it was the best hamburger we have had in a very, very, very long time - really! We returned the next week, and it has become a destination restaurant for us. The menu changes every week, and some favorites (delicious mussels, hamburger, caesar salad, cheescake) remain the same. There are sliders (again, changing every week) that nearby diners have raved about, but so far I haven't gotten around to trying them - must do that! There is a bar area, and the special apple martini is quite remarkable. In the summer, there is a deck on the lake, and boats pull up to dock so that all passengers on board can have a fine lunch. Sometimes there is live music out on the sandy beach, and everyone (including children) are encouraged to dance. The decor is very interesting, with serious art on the walls -- and again, I must mention the food -- so excellent!!! I am giving this restaurant a "5" because the food is so good, the prices are so reasonable, the setting is so beautiful, and the service is so friendly.

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2  Thank Harborhome
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Chef Jay has a noble task of trying to turn a sleepy lakeside malaise into a foodie destination, and I believe he is succeeding. Real neat choices and kitchen risks for West Milford jet ski/ quad/ dirtbike/ pick-up crowd who nonetheless venture here for frogs legs Provencal... Really?! This is NOT the Saddle River Inn, but Chef DOES have them coming and indeed raving. The food consistently improves and it is a great spot to pull up your ski or quad and yes even the snowmoblie in winter if the lake freezes! Check it out with an open mind!

1  Thank PeterBNJ
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