Author and Ridgewood resident Harlan Coben’s Bergen County
Sunday, March 17, 2013 Last updated: Sunday March 17, 2013, 4:56 PM
BY KARA YORIO
His go-to dish is the Kung Pao chicken, but on this dreary day in early March, author Harlan Coben is focused on the specials menu, particularly the salt-and-pepper calamari salad.
Author and Ridgewood resident Harlan Coben enjoying a quiet moment at Baumgart’s Café in Ridgewood, the setting for many of his books.
The Ridgewood resident is at Baumgart’s Café on Franklin Avenue, sitting in a booth around the corner from where his signed photo hangs on the wall. A few minutes earlier he had ducked in from the cold and the staff greeted him like the old friend he is.
“A lot of scenes in my books take place in Baumgart’s — Ridgewood in general, but Baumgart’s especially,” says Coben, whose 24th book — a stand-alone thriller titled “Six Years” — will be out Tuesday .