Chakra

4.4
1694 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
New American Cuisine served in a warm, passionate, romantic atmosphere. (Tented canopy seating requires a minimum of 5 guests). Voted for Best Cocktail, Most Romantic and Best Girls Night Out. Recently won Best Crab Cake in NJ competition.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5PM - 10PM
Thursday - Saturday 5PM - 11PM
Sundays Closed for Private Events
Lounge open till 2AM.
*Late night lounge menu offered until one hour pass the last seating for the dining room

Private Parties Welcome
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Phone number
(201) 556-1530
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Thomas Ciszak
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arcadian Avenue
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Entertainment
DJ every Saturday from 10PM to Midnight
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Special events & promotions
Join our Wine Club. Log on to our website chakrarestaurant.com and enter your email address. Monthly wine dinners with special guests.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Chakra Restaurant welcomes private parties and special events seven days a week. Whether hosting a business meeting, corporate event, or a private party for 2 to 200 guests, Chakra provides the perfect environment.

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PN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Although the food and ambiance was fabulous, the service was terrible. I do not know what the issue was, but it took a very long time to be served. It was not the waiters fault- I have very severe allergies, and he went out of his way(as did the maitre d) to make sure that what I wanted was acceptable, but we had a 7:15 reservation and did not leave until 2 hours later.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was never rushed, food was great and service was very aware and respectful of our time...awesome experience

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NJ
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent. The sea bass was excellent. My husband said the tuna was very good also. The bread basket is also good. My daughters enjoyed their homemade pasta and trout. The food might have been a bit more sophisticated than their palates. I tasted their food and it was great.

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LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I chose it for my birthday celebration for a group of 6 and Chakra was a great overall experience! We had a cocktail in the chic lounge before dinner. The ambiance of the restaurant and our table seating were both great! I would recommend requesting a booth which provided a comfortable atmosphere and was quiet enough to hear everyone talking. Food, appetizers and desserts were well done and very creative! I felt that the wine prices were a bit high which made my overall ranking for value 4 stars vs 5.

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r
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This place never disappoints. Excellent food and charming atmosphere every time.

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Decor is beautiful- dimly lit brick walls with sculptural accents. At the time we were there- around 7:00PM on a Friday night- the noise level was low and people could hear each other without shouting. Food was excellent all around.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience 😛

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U
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

The waiter bought my date a glass of wine and made a pass at her twice.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kind service and the food was more than perfect. Everything made the night Amazing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was so attentive and pleasant. The food was great. Every single dish was special. Would love to go again soon.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic! Great as an independent restaurant in an area full of chains. Menu seems almost random because I've never been to a place before that did both sushi and pasta and was good at both but every thing we ordered was better than the next. Great cocktails. Great dessert. Foie gras pizza was to die for.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant food was amazing service was exceptional. We went there on a Saturday evening waited at the bar to be seated cause we arrived super early. The bartender offer to make what ever we wanted. We decided to tried the apple pie martini it was AMAZING and the autumn harvest drink it was delicious!

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RF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I took my family for my niece's birthday. This is the first time for her and she loved the whole food experience. We got a nice comfortable booth, food came quick and was all delightful. From taste to presentation.
Additionally, she got a nice candle with her desert. Very happy to have done this for her.

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LT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had forgotten what a lovely atmosphere the place has. The food was fine. Daniel could not have been more charming and accommodating, the hostess and server were excellent as well. I would recommend Chakra.

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OT
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Fantastic, friendly service from Mitch at the bar and Juan at the table. Definitely will be back!

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Montreal
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding cocktail menu and food was extraordinary. Service by Chris our server was impecable and I’m out of fancy adjectives to describe what a wonderful evening we had

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DK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere is it’s best attribute. Food, service, price are just ok. Been there a few times now and it’s consistently “ok”.

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J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came for the Jean Edwards Wine Dinner. Great matchings between the wine and the food offerings. We were out in the main dining area as there was a party in the room. They were out in the main room also for cocktails, so was a bit difficult to hear the owners speaking about the wine for the first 1/2 hr or so. The group was very social - spent time talking to others at the event. Only issue I had was making reservation - the number on the email notice was incorrect, and the number on the website seemed to also be incorrect - or I was consistently dialing incorrectly. I now have the correct number in my phone, so won't have that problem again.

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e
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with even better service. Food was great dessert was amazing. There carrot dessert and blueberry tea was best I ever had.

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A
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Hidden gem!!
I have passed this restaurant for years and did not know it would be such a great experience, from the chic decor to the delicious food. My entire party was pleasantly surprised.

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R
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed well worth every penny from the food to the staff wish there was a higher rating than 10

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Romantic, quiet, fast service. Had the lamb, melt in your mouth amazing. Big wine selection. Cocktails very good but expensive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect is always. Impeccable services and delicious food. Pork belly, lamb and foe grace pizza are superb.
Wish menu would be updated more often. Serving sushi and rolls just does not cut it for true fusion cuisine and rarely requested. Stick to new American an expand... Hot Sea food, with exception of scallops and crab cakes is quite boring. Newer seen anybody ordering chicken from the menu.

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GL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is not much to look at on the outside as it sits off RT 4 . But inside , the lighting is very pretty , with stone and dark wood decor . I found it a little on the dark shadowy side . If you don't like dining by candlelight, this place is not for you . Food was delicious, a little on the pricey side but portions were good size . Appetizers and overall menu is a little limited . $19 for ONE crab cake appetizer , even though was almost all crab meat and was delicious , was kind of pricey , maybe two smaller ones for appetizer would be better so you can share . We didn't have dessert, too full , but the dessert menu looked creative and interesting , but again pricey at about $13 a dessert . Would like to go back again and try some of the other dishes as well as one of the desserts.

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R
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nia was a great server, although the ppl helping her out that night weren’t really around and we had to wait for the bread and utensils for quite a bit. The food as always was on point and delicious! And of course the ambience is top notch

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambience are exceptional. Staff is amazing. Everyone at Chakra made us feel special! We had a lovely experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family went to Chakra for dinner to celebrate a birthday. Our server was great — very knowledgeable about the menu, and attentive to us throughout the evening. The only point deduction would be that entrees and dessert took excessively long to come out of the kitchen. We didn’t complain, or ask him to, but our server was kind enough to comp dessert as you could tell he was aware things were moving along slower than usual.

As for food, we had the rainbow roll sushi, and calamari for appetizers. Both were decent; calamari wasn’t overly battered and came with some fried peppers which were enjoyable. The flat iron steak entree was quite good, I’d get it again. Additionally, the salmon and black fettuccine entrees were up to par. For dessert, the chocolate brioche pudding was more like a lava cake, but still good — not overbearingly rich. The scoop of ice cream that came with it was quite small, however.

Decor and ambience in the restaurant was nice. No dirty linens, no wobbly tables or chairs, clean silverware, etc. There noise level was also comfortable. Overall, we would definitely go back.

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WN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance. It is a bit pricey and loud but worth it!!!

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L
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food saved this experience. We gave Chakra another shot after a not-so-good previous experience. When we arrived, we were surprised to see a very large party going on in the back section of the restaurant. There is no private dining room for parties, so there were paper and bamboo screens dividing the party from diners, like ourselves. Those were insufficient, to say the least. It was extraordinarily LOUD. Service was rather slow, although our waiter was knowledgable, friendly, and certainly working hard. The bar was backed up because of the party, so drinks were slow to arrive to the table. There was also a visiting chef with a special price fixe menu (which we did not order from), so I would imagine that contributed to the less-than-efficient service. But like I said, the food saved our evening. We (2 of us) ordered four small dishes and shared them all - calamari, tuna poke, pork belly, and brussels sprouts. All were delicious!

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F
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been wanting to go here for years. Finally made it and what a fabulous restaurant. So romantic inside. Low lighting so it's romantic but you can still read the menu! Great for those of us over 50 using readers! I had some absolutely delicious scallops while hubby had filet minion which was cooked to his perfection and cut like butter even though he likes it medium well. The accompaniments to the dinners were very well thought out as well. We had a Groupon which I paid $60 for that included two entrees (only an upcharge for one entrée on the menu which was nice and we didn't order it anyway), 2 glasses of house wine, and one dessert. We ordered a second glass of house wine each due to the lovely pace of the meal and forgot we only got 1 dessert and ordered two. Then they charge the tax on what the bill would have been which I find odd. I know they should charge the tip on what it would have been, but the tax? So the rest of the bill was $79 but overall, I think a dinner for two with what we had would have been a lot more than $139 if we didn't have the Groupon. High for a weeknight but definitely a special place.

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HA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

The service was HORRIBLE! I will not go back

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We arrived at 8:30 for our 8:30 reservation. We were immediately shown to lounge to wait for our table. 25 min later we were shown to table...at which time we noticed several empty tables, not sure why the wait?
My black fettuccine with shrimp was very bland. My husbands sea bass on the other hand was very tasty.
Our waitress was very pleasant.

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DD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Ambience and service are always top notch. Food varies dish to dish. Some are very good, some just ok and others not good at all. Overall its an enjoyable experience. The filet was very good but the corn it sat on was boring. Brussel sprouts were sent back due to overload of salt, but server was excellent and removed it from the bill. Crispy Trout was just ok. Pork belly was also just ok. I would expect more based on the price of the dishes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved loved loved this Restaurant, starting with the hostess, to the waiters and to every employee that came to check up on us if we needed anything. Everyone was so attentive and the friendliest i have even seen! The food was amazing and very fresh. We ordered two fish dishes and they where cooked to perfection. We also ordered the macaron dessert tree with cotton candy, the macaron where delicous and it was the cutest dessert! The ambience was super romantic and beautiful! We will definitely come back many more times!! Outstanding

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EZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We had a 4 person Groupon- food and ambiance was amazing and we bought 2 extra drinks each even though Groupon came with 1 glass of wine per person. Whole night was perfect until the bill came. My husband looked at the total, returned it with his credit card and when he received it back for his signature he only received the total to sign, not the detailed print out like is usually provided. It was much higher than the original total so he politely asked our waiter for the detailed portion of the bill who said he will bring it but also “oh, I forgot to mention 18% tip was already added”!! On the signature bill my husband had already added 20% tip! He had no idea 18% was already added (for a party of 4!) because our waiter purposely failed to tell us and he failed to give us that portion stating it was already added! It was a horrible ending to what was a great dining experience due to our waiter’s greed. What a shame!

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c
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Chakra has great atmosphere, feel like you are transported somewhere else. Interesting selection of food, and the service is excellent.

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s
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go-to place is always on point with food and service! Never disappoints!

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t
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely date night restaurant. Romantic decor and perfectly prepared food. As a value proposition it does not do well...food is pricey. Service can be overly attentive bordering on fawning.

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DS
Atlantic City
23 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I have previously reviewed Chakra and was very favorable in my comments. Last night ordered sushi for the first time. Would not do so again. It was just okay. There are plenty of outstanding Japanese in Bergen County that you don't need to have mediocre sushi at Chakra. They have plenty of other terrific dishes like their crab cakes so delicious. The knife skills of the sushi chef were to be desired when you looked at the way the pieces of fish were cut. Not as professional as I am used to. Also the 6 oysters not worth the $21 they charged for them especially when if you sat at the bar and ordered them the cost would be $1 per oyster or $6 total. That just plain bugs me.

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