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The Porter House, Northern New Jersey

Andrew Nagy
Posted: October 13, 2011

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In addition to being a fine-dining steak house, The Porter House is also one of the last places where you can smoke and eat at the same table, if you desire. The Porter House enjoys this privilege because it was grandfathered in when New Jersey passed its restaurant and bar smoking ban in 2006.

The cigar bar is also an officially licensed Montecristo Lounge, meaning it has an in-house humidor and sells all the brands Altadis U.S.A. Inc. manufactures, such as Warlock, H. Upmann, Romeo y Julieta and Siglo. The owner has also procured some boxes of Padróns, including the 1926 80th Anniversary Perfecto Maduros.

I sat down to my Arbeg and lit up an Aging Room Presto (rated 94 points in the most recent Cigar Insider). Inside the members-only section of the pub are humidified lockers that are overseen by staff. I saw former cover subject and actor James Gandolfini had his name on a box, and some members said he did smoke there “pretty regularly.” I sat back in one of the fine leather chairs, puffed on my cigar and watched the flat-screen TV tuned onto college football.

When the red velvet cake was placed before me, and I laid my cigar to rest in the table ashtray, I said to my date, “Next time, we’re eating in this room.”

The Porter House
125 Kinderkamack Road
Montvale, NJ 07645
(201) 307-6300 (under construction)
Lunch: Monday - Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Pub Menu available until 11 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and until midnight Thursday to Saturday
Sunday Brunch: seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Chris Moreno — Nanuet, New York, United States,  —  October 13, 2011 8:27pm ET

I live about 5 minutes from The Porterhouse. It is my regular spot to enjoy a cocktail and cigar. The food is great and the atmosphere is friendly. Definitely a must visit for any cigar lovers in the area.

Al Bruckner — Astoria, NY,  —  October 13, 2011 9:42pm ET

and just how are you supposed to enjoy a cigar there if it is members only???

Al Bruckner — Astoria, NY,  —  October 13, 2011 9:47pm ET

only at the!

Chuck Gough — Wichita, Kansas, USA,  —  October 14, 2011 8:39am ET

Here, in Wichita, we have cigar lounges and steak houses, but none combined. You are indeed fortunate to have such a great spot to visit. Great article!

Chris Kitchens October 14, 2011 10:39am ET

Wow, I wish they had a place like this in Atlanta.

Andrew Nagy October 17, 2011 10:42am ET

@Al, There's a member's only section but the entire pub is a cigar lounge. Only place where smoking is not allowed is the dining room area I ate in.

Matt Morrissey — Northern New Jersey, USA,  —  October 25, 2011 4:10pm ET

I also live about 5 minutes from the Porterhouse. I actually met my wife there 12 years ago... but i dont hold it agains them ;) Any locals looking to get together drop a line on here... would love to meet up..

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