Taos Wok & Restaurant: East Rutherford

The lovely Taos Wok & Restaurant offers varied and reasonably priced lunch and dinner options. Having been there for get togethers with old friends, business lunches, Mother’s Day, and New Year’s Eve, I can honestly say that Taos delivers. Oh, and they do actually deliver as well!

A meal at Taos, part of the Village Restaurant Group, kicks off with a generously sized complimentary house salad and fresh multi-grain bread, served with a trio of pesto-infused olive oil, hot pepper, and butter. I’ve been going to Taos since they opened about five years ago, and as far as entrées go, I pretty much always get the General Taos chicken. Yes, that’s what it’s called, but the dish is worlds better than what most people think of when they hear its name. Served with yellow rice, the chicken is the perfect combination of hot and sweet.

In 2009, I co-hosted a cocktail-party-style bridal shower in the party room at Taos, and it was an opportunity for me to try some of their other selections, including spicy wontons and crab cakes. The service was great and the space more than accommodated our crowd of about 70. And for such a varied menu, the price per head was incredibly reasonable.

If it’s your birthday, Taos—as well as a few of the other eateries in the Village Restaurant Group—offers a free Surf & Turf meal to the guest of honor. All you have to do is show your driver’s license and come hungry. (Call ahead to double check, as they don’t all offer this promotion.)

Taos offers parking, a great bar, real atmosphere, and tasty food. While the name might remind you of a local takeout place, East Rutherford’s Taos is anything but “general.”

Taos Wok & Restaurant
356 Paterson Avenue
East Rutherford

Check out www.villagerestaurantgroup.com for info about other restaurants in the Village Restaurant Group, including Village Gourmet in Rutherford, Mignon Steakhouse in Rutherford, and Tina Louise in Carlstadt. And be on the lookout for our coverage of the newest addition to the Village Restaurant Group, coming soon to Essex County’s Cedar Grove.

Rachel Bozek is a freelance writer and editor based in suburban Essex County. She grew up in Bergen County, and has lost track of how much time she’s spent on LBI and in the Wildwoods. Her search for the perfect pancake continues. www.rachelbozek.com