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Chef Returning To Ridgewood With Own Restaurant

Village Green and Latour chef returns with Cafe 37 on S. Broad Street

This isn't Chef Cesar Sotomayor's first go-around in Ridgewood – but it's the first time he's had a restaurant to call his own.

Well-versed in French cuisine, Sotomayor formerly led the kitchen at and also worked in the kitchen of Michael . Now he's realizing his dream of owning his own restaurant, Cafe 37, in the space that on S. Broad St.

Depending on when he gets the go-ahead from the village after required inspections, he thinks he'll be open in a three-to-four weeks.

"Over the years I have developed a style of cuisine which is pretty modern because of the way it's presented," the energetic, young chef and father of two, said Sunday. "It's fine dining but it's unique and simple – very well presented."

Sotomayor, a Hawthorne resident, said he'll be serving up mahi mahi, sea bass, filet mignon, lobster, shrimp and tuna. Slicing into some California flair, the chef will have a black-pepper seared tuna burger, open faced sandwiches called tartines and savory soups for lunch specials to round out the menu.

"We'll be making our own desserts, everything from scratch. Everything is made in house," he added. Prices will be competitive, most around $20 to $30 for entrees, he noted.

Taking Patch on a brief tour of his newly renovated sunny space, Sotomayor said the restaurant – newly painted with dark wood and walls painted a golden hue – will hold about 15 tables.

Cafe 37 will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:00 to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays, remaining open later on weekends. Sotomayor hasn't decided if he'll be open on Sundays.

"I'm here to serve the town, to serve the people and do my best," he said. "This is my passion."

Cafe 37 is located at 37 S. Broad St.

barbara April 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Good Luck! We need a good restaurant in Ridgewood.....I mean a very good restaurant....not an overpriced mediocre restaurant. Can't wait to try the cuisine!
jp1 April 20, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Cannot wait to try it out.
Stella birtcher May 09, 2012 at 10:46 PM
First off ceasar was never the chef at Latour. Secondly when he took over at the village green the zagat rating for food went from a respectable 26 to an average 23(dont even think it warrented that high a score). His food will be good for a week then he wont season anything and overcook everything which is his M.O.. I wish him luck but i give him 3 months tops. Maybe more if the actual owner of cafe 37 has deep pockets.
Kevin May 18, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I'm a culinary school graduate and have worked professionally at The Virginia Hotel and The Pluckemin Inn, some of New Jersey's best restaurants. I'm always dining in New York. I'm from Bergen County and finding an exciting consistently great place to eat isn't always easy. i always could rely on Chef Sotomayor's cooking at The Village Green. He once invited a few friends of mine and I into the kitchen after a perfectly prepared five course meal, and he was very humble and polite. What a clean kitchen as well! I can't wait for this place to open! Looking forward to some awesome food in NJ!
samuelsmom19 June 14, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Wow - someone sounds very bitter (Stella Birtcher) what goes around comes around - remember that ! I was there for Friends and Family last night and the food was great! The desserts were divine
Diane Antonacci June 16, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Amazing new restaurant. My new favorite place to dine in Ridgewood. I had dinner there last night with my family. We ordered a variety of appetizers and entree's, everything was fantastic. Looking forward to going back! Try it, you won't be disappointed!
Chef David July 16, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I have eaten at Cafe 37 a number of times since the opening and the food is fantastic! I've never posted an opinion or response to any comment on the internet. After reading Stella Birtcher's premature, immature and negative PREview I feel compelled. First off Bitcher if you know this chef so well then why can't you spell his name properly? I'm glad he wasn't the chef at Latour as Latour has become a bore. Secondly a Zagat rating of 23 is considered between very good and excellent. Also keep in mind that Zagat ratings are based on the opinions of diners such as yourself. Since you are already issuing statements as to the quality of his food before the restaurant has opened then your opinion is invalid kind of like your spelling ability.."warrented"..really? Even my 5 year old knows how to press the 'spell check' button. The fact that you seem so familiar/obsessed with this chef leads me to believe that you have a personal vendetta. Seriously, who trashes a restaurant before it's opening other than someone with a personal grudge? "Don't you think your superior attitude is a little out of place?"
Rachael ... September 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
"Sotomayor formerly led the kitchen at Village Green and also worked in the kitchen of Michael Latour" nowhere in the article does it state he was the chef at Latour. Anyway, I had a lovely dinner there on Friday night and will be back!
El Tigre Maximas May 11, 2013 at 04:40 AM
...What happen Mrs. Stella Birtcher. I thought You were giving Cafe 37 3 months of Life. It has been already 11 months, and it still rocking. Way to go Mrs. Bitch-er.. !!!!

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