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