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The Iron Horse burger, voted as Best Burger in the Best of Bergen 2012. (Photo by Anne-Marie Caruso)
Posted: Wednesday August 1, 2012, 9:40 AM
By Amelia Duggan

Westwood is a friendly suburban community with a bustling downtown that provides goods and services not only to its own residents, but to the surrounding municipalities.


Prior to the Revolutionary War, Westwood was primarily farm land. Its first permanent settlers arrived in the mid-1700s. In April 1870, Isaac Bogert purchased 500 acres of land and moved his family from the city, establishing residence in the area. The Bogert family was to become one of the more prominent families in the history of Westwood, and today, the Bogert name can still be found on streets, buildings and landmarks in the borough.


When the holiday season rolls around, downtown Westwood lights up for the annual HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS celebration, which includes a parade and tree-lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa.

The WESTWOOD HERITAGE SOCIETY sponsors an annual crafters fair in Veterans Park and an antique fair in late summer. The society also sponsors an annual Westwood Pride Day celebration.

Voted Best of Bergen 2012



Ownership of this popular category changes hands once again. This year, voters came out in droves to support The Iron Horse's perfectly crafted patties. Specialties include burgers stuffed with different assortments of cheese.



Choosing best candy store is sort of like choosing the cutest puppy, because the choices are all so lovable. But the prize once again goes to Conrad's for its sweet treats, molds, gift baskets and chocolate novelties.



Readers voted in Ginger N' Cream, a casual-to-trendy boutique set in a white house with pink trim. This boutique is perfect for finding just the look you want.


Popular Westwood Eateries

Baci Italian Grill: Great ambiance with an imaginative menu.

Bibi'z: An eclectic, fun and deftly executed menu of new American dishes with Middle Eastern and other international accents.

It's Greek to Me: A family-owned restaurant celebrated for authentic Greek cuisine.

Jack's Café: An upscale menu in a casual setting, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Melting Pot: Fab fondue for everyone.

P.J. Finnegan's: From the décor to the drinks, P.J. Finnegan's feels like someone planted a slice of the old sod here in Bergen.

Rolling Pin Cafe: The best foods and desserts like your grandmother used to make.


Your fashion heart will belong to HARTLY FASHIONS, a total style experience with gowns, dresses and suits, and sportswear and accessories – even shoes – from trendy designers. Don't let the quaint pink trim on the buildings fool you. GINGER N' CREAM, with boutiques for both women and girls, has the hottest trends and elegant styles. In search of the perfect prom or party dress? GUESS WHAT'S NEW is a unique boutique for teens, juniors and contemporary women. And perhaps for a bride to be, beautiful lingerie can be found at TENDER IS THE NIGHT.

Deck your walls with original artworks or framed prints and photos from WESTWOOD GALLERY. Shutterbugs will appreciate the extensive inventory and expertise offered at BERGEN COUNTY CAMERA. For Valentine's Day or just because you care, say it with beautiful bouquets and arrangements from TYRRELL'S FLOWERS & GIFTS. Brides-to-be should also venture in for a consultation. And if you need invitations for that special event, YOU'RE SO INVITED has the perfect match plus all the party supplies you need. When it comes to sweets, SUGARFLAKE BAKERY takes the cake.

Trusted for exquisite taste and impeccable service, LAVIANO JEWELERS has been a mainstay in Westwood's downtown district for generations.

Westwood has two health clubs, NEW YORK SPORTS CLUB or WESTWOOD HEALTH & FITNESS, where residents can get fit. Or if on-road cycling is more your spin, you can get everything you need to keep those wheels turning at WESTWOOD CYCLE.

Gene and Tara Callaghan bring a bit of the Emerald Isle to the Pascack Valley with IRISH EYES IMPORTS, a boutique specializing in clothing, jewelry, pottery and all things Irish. Snazz up your kitchen with some sparkling new appliances from OBERG & LINDQUIST.

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