It’s never easy to lose a popular restaurant in town. For Woodcliff Lake, locals still mourn the closing of their beloved Blue Moon Mexican Café. However, a new spot is (literally) taking its place in the form of Sol, serving Latin and Spanish cuisine. Despite the big shoes Sol needs to fill, the owners feel they are up to the challenge.
The 3,000-square foot restaurant serves a fresh Mexican and Latin menu in a casual and relaxed environment. It can seat 80 indoors as well as an extra 20 with seasonal outdoor seating. As a family-run business, Sol strives to treat you like one of the family every time you come in.
A New Day at Sol
The heavily renovated interior boasts a contemporary Spanish feel that’s warm and inviting, says Jacquelyn Canto; who co-owns Sol with her husband, Eric. Their 20-plus years of experience in the restaurant business includes owning two spots in Suffern, New York. (Both the Ole’ Ole’ Restaurant and Ole’ Tapas Bar). For instance, carpets and tile flooring were ripped up and hardwood floors were installed, she adds.
Likewise, the dining area and bar, along with the exterior, received a fresh coat of paint. In fact, the bar was totally redone, resurfaced with a stacked stone front. Meanwhile, the kitchen was refurbished and the hostess area was completely rebuilt.
Hot and Fresh Dishes to Brighten Your Meal
At Sol, everything is homemade, according to Canto. The menu includes traditional Mexican favorites like tacos and enchiladas. In addition, homemade tamales are both authentic and the most popular appetizer, she says; they’re made with shredded chicken and sweet corn, then topped with Mexican cream, salsa verde, and pico de gallo.
Other fan favorites include their ground beef empanadas (with olives and raisins) and ceviche (with shrimp and tilapia). Of course, you’ll also find Spanish/Latin dishes such as steaks, paella, and seafood. The ropa vieja (shredded beef) is also a big hit, as is the carne asada (skirt steak). They also offer vegetarian and gluten-free items, too. Click here to see the full menu.
The full-service bar serves beer, wine, margaritas, red and white sangria, and mojitos. Finally, Sol hosts a Happy Hour from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm; which features select $6 apps, $5 red sangria and house wines, $7 traditional margaritas, and $20 buckets of Corona.
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