Lavash City Grill and Bakery: Anna and Harry, owners (left and center, pictured with manager Vram Kherlopian), Lavash City Grill and Bakery, 331 Main Street, 201-464-5445.
“Our place is named after a type of Armenian flatbread that is made simply of flour, water, and salt. We open at 7:00 a.m. and we’re here until 8:00 in the evening. Some of our customers come multiple times a day—for breakfast or coffee in the morning, then for lunch, and a cookie later in the day. Most of our customers are drawn to our good hot food—we have a healthy buffet starting at lunchtime that changes every day, plus homemade bread and baked goods. You can choose what you want. The basis of our menu is Armenian, but we’ve made accommodations for food from other cultures—like empanadas, for instance. Most of our customers are students or people who work in the area. We know almost everybody by name. And we deliver, too, within a five-mile radius.
“Hackensack is coming alive, there are more people on the streets, it’s more invigorated. We’re optimistic—the vision they have for the city seems reasonable and doable. Hackensack is the county seat, so there are a lot of people here. There’s no reason it can’t be an energetic place.”