Ruth’s Chris Steak House Debuts at Bergen Town Center

Dining Lifestyle

At VUE, it’s a rare occasion for us to feature restaurant collections. There are, however, a few exceptional exceptions—and Ruth’s Chris happens to be one of those few.

With already brilliant locations in Weehawken and Parsippany (and three others across the state), Ruth’s Chris recently added its sixth location to the Garden State. Situated at The Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus, N.J., the steakhouse looks to continue its upscale take on steaks and service. Topped off with a “steak-cutting” ceremony on November 19, the restaurant is officially open for business with aspirations of becoming a premier local destination. The ceremony itself was preceded by a private team training dinner benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County—which raised upwards of $7,000.

Upon entering the 8,790-square-foot space, you’ll quickly notice how much time and effort went into the interior design and architecture of the brand’s 156th location. Pairing traditional elements with modern fixtures and fashionable finishes, the atmosphere at Ruth’s Chris is one deserving of a night out. Nevertheless, its versatile environment is befitting of just about any occasion, from an 80-person corporate meeting to an early dinner with the family. With room for up to 250 persons, the new restaurant also features an expansive bar and two elegantly arranged private dining rooms.

A shot from 1 of 2 private dining rooms.

At the head of Ruth’s Chris new location, is a bit of veteran leadership. General Manager David Gurwicz, who has spent over 20 years in family-owned restaurants, comes to us from Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Waltham, MA. And in the kitchen, Executive Chef Israel Jimenez, who has held his title since 2008, brings over 25 years of restaurant experience to the table.

Everything at Ruth’s Chris feels new and elegant, without infringing on the brand’s signature traditions of food and showmanship. Using USDA Prime beef, steaks are served on a sizzling 500-degree plate—the same way founder Ruth Fertel intended more than 50 years past. Signatures include a lean, 11 oz. filet, a well-marbled 16 oz. ribeye and a tender 40 oz. porterhouse for two. The new location will also serve specialty cuts such as a broiled 40 oz. tomahawk ribeye and 19 oz. bone-in New York strip. In addition to the classic accompaniments such as lobster mac & cheese (along with vegetarian options), the menu includes a wide range of seafood appetizers including a chilled seafood tower, jumbo lump crab cakes and seared ahi tuna. (And don’t forget to top off dinner with a classic Creole crème brûlée.)

Apart from Ruth’s Chris dinner menu, its bar program has put together vintage and classic cocktails. This includes the New Orleans staple, French Quarter 75, made with gin, champagne, sugar and lemon; and their Ginger Coconut Lemon Drop with Ketel One Citroen, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur and housemade ginger-infused syrup, among others. In addition to happy hour, the bar also features an extensive wine list by the glass or bottle, including red, white and sparkling.

With a great location at The Outlets at Bergen Town Center, Ruth’s Chris’ newest location is sure to see an influx of diners in 2019. The restaurant will be open seven days a week, including holidays, and reservations can be made by visiting ruthschris.com or calling 551-258-0013.

“We are eager to welcome guests,” says GM David Gurwicz. “…we have been tirelessly working on making our newest restaurant one that is sure to become a favorite in Bergen County.”

November 19 steak-cutting ceremony.

By VUE NJ