a new kind of Mediterranean.

Located in historic Ridgewood, New Jersey, NOVO offers a modern twist in mediterranean cusine.

about novo

NOVO offers modern Mediterranean cuisine in the chic ambiance of Ridgewood, New Jersey.



Influenced by the food and cultures of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, NOVO’s menu is a journey through contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Novo’s executive chef has many years of fine dining experience both abroad and in the US, which allows him to authentically create unique Mediterranean dishes that include an American touch. With an emphasis on locally grown, fresh, seasonal ingredients, the menu changes frequently and will always surprise and delight our guests. Novo combines the classic with the contemporary to achieve bold, exciting and comforting flavors among its innovative culinary compositions.

With an atmosphere of casual elegance, exceptional cuisine and attentive service, NOVO satisfies diners of all appetites. Experience the allure of our Mediterranean fare at NOVO.

about the chef

Elie Kahlon, Executive Chef, NOVO

Chef Elie (Eli) Kachlon is a dynamic chef that creates unforgettable and innovative Mediterranean food. He is meticulous about the cooking process and takes great pride in sourcing local, fresh ingredients for his distinctive dishes. Chef Eli grew up in Israel, and has been working in kitchens for most of his life. He pursued his dream of cooking professionally when he attended Tadmor Culinary School in Israel. Upon graduation, he worked in some of the most renowned restaurants in Tel Aviv.

After moving to America, Chef Eli worked in several of New York’s most well respected and highly acclaimed restaurants, including the two Michelin star rated Gordon Ramsay at the London and the one Michelin star rated Oceana. His extensive foreign and domestic work experience has bred a strong understanding and appreciation for culturally accurate cuisine. However, his recent tutelage in America has inspired him to embrace the individual characteristics and strengths of the local Mediterranean cuisines, but to merge these distinctive elements into cohesive dishes that all share a modern American touch.

As the Executive Chef of NOVO, Chef Eli brings a new and inventive approach to the classic Mediterranean cuisines. He takes full advantage of the freshest local meats, fish and produce while incorporating the best imported Mediterranean ingredients.

Chef Eli is intent on keeping his food fresh, local and delicious.

Reviews & Recognition

NOVO is pleased to have been given high ratings by Food Critic Elisa Ung of The Record and by Open Table users.



"With its gentle lighting and soothing tones of blue and cream, the modern dining room of Ridgewood's Novo lulled me into a false sense of calm. Then the food began arriving, and I spent the rest of the evening on the edge of my seat."

Elisa Ung, The Record


NOVO has also been reviewed by prominent sites such as Bergen Mama and periodicals 201 Magazine and New Jersey Monthly.


"Many food lovers would argue that Kahlon's food is not only better than the fare found in most North Jersey restaurants—but it is unlike much, if not all, food found in the area."


Read the full review here

Visit Us

NOVO is one block away from the Ridgewood train station or a 25 minute drive from NYC.
We look forward to your visit!

37 Chestnut St
Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
Telephone: 201.444.4910


Sunday-Thursday 5-9
Friday and Saturday 5-10.
Lunch served daily 11:30-3

Parking & Valet

Free parking available to all NOVO customers, seven days a week, at the old "Town Garage" auto body shop
located at 120 Franklin Avenue (directly opposite the TD Bank).
Complimentary valet service is available every Friday and Saturday.