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Jan 18, 2003 04:19 PM

Good food in Northern NJ?

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I live in Manhatten but love NJ for some reason. I guess because everyone seems to write it off. As such I spend a great deal of time exploring NJ. I have found a wonderful mine tour, a wild west town, a ski slope - 30 minutes from my house, etc, etc. What I haven't found is interesting places to eat. (There is one exception which is a fantastic south Indian resturant in Jersey City called Chowpatty - on the same block as the White Castle - order appitisers from the photos.)

So given that I am not interested in hot dogs or dinners, (but love barbaque and ethnic food), any suggestions for me? Thank you all. Yale

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  1. Ummm...while many in Manhattan have "written off" New Jersey, those of us who live here count its' remarkable food resources as one of the reasons we love it so much.

    If you liked Chowpatty, you should come to Oak Tree Road in Edison and try some of the other great Indian restaurants (including Chowpatty's other branch)

    Have you been to any of the Korean and Japanese places in the Fort Lee area?

    Portugese in Newark?

    German in Ringwood?

    Cuban in Union City?

    Chinese in Highland Park?

    I live here for the food!

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    1. re: Brian Yarvin

      One of the best Indian restaurants on Oak Tree Road is Moghul.

      In Highland Park, on Raritan Avenue, you will find excellent Turkish food at Seven Hills of Istanbul.

      And in Morristown, there is a branch of Pamir (original location in Manhattan on 2nd Ave. in the 70's), where you can eat very good Afghani food.

      1. re: Brian Yarvin

        Ok maybe I am under selling NJ and myself. Yes I have been to the Ironbound district, often. I have had Cuban in Union City and Indian in Edison. I have been to Fort Lee and had Japanese and Korean. The thing is I can find good Japanese and Korean in NY, good Cuban and Chinese also.

        Chowpatty like food I can find but not anywhere as good here so a specific greatest hits for me would be great. Thank you. Yale

        1. re: Brian Yarvin

          German in Ringwood?

          I've lived in Ringwood for almost 20 years and don't know of a German rest. Am I missing something?

          1. re: Drew E

            Unless he's referring to the "Alpine Deli" on Greenwood Lake Tpke. That's about the only thing "Deutsche" I could peg in Ringwood.

        2. Best BBQ i've had in the area:
          (very small CASUAL place, fairly new, good home cookin'
          )BTW, also convenient that the Red and Tan Bus line (11A) passes right by the place, so you can get there from NYC even w/o a car

          1. I recommend China 46 Resturant, which is only 3 miles away from the GWB. They have a huge selection to choose from. I brung many of my friends to this place and they all enjoyed the food. My friends were excited to see all of the unique dishes availible. China 46 also has good reviews from The New York Times (Very Good) and The Bergen Record (3 1/2 Stars out of 4). Thier website is

            P.S. China 46 is B.Y.O.


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            1. re: Kevin

              Haven't been in years, but always very popular and very good. Thanks for the heads up and the reminder.

              1. re: Kevin

                Totally new. The site was closed for a long time. Current restaurant is an upscale cihina town Hong Kong style restaurant. I only ate here once but very extensive menu with a lot of unique options. Food was excellent.

                1. re: pajacobs86

                  I totally forgot about this place. Thanks for the review. I'd love to get some good dim sum in NJ.

                  1. re: Monica

                    It is now Lan Garden 88...prior it was Phoenix Garden Too...and prior to that it was China 46.

                    There is plenty out there on the history, changes, re-opening, etc.

                    I have not been there since it has become Lan Garden 88.

                    1. re: ELA

                      Speaking of dim sum, any good dimsum place you know in Northern NJ? I heard the one in Fort lee main street is decent.

                      1. re: Monica

                        Lan Sheng 88 Dim Sum

                        1. re: Monica

                          Lan Sheng 88 Dim Sum, Part 2

                          1. re: Monica

                            Speaking of dim sum, any good dimsum place you know in Northern NJ?


                            I recommend Qin Dynasty in Parsippany. It's a 45 minute drive for you. The plus side is by saving $40-50 for gas and can put it right towards your check total...I see it as $50 in free food per vehicle whenever my family goes.

                            Enjoy the pictures.

                  2. Maybe not completely Northern NJ, but in Jersey City (near Journal Square) on Newark Ave., you'll find the best dosas around. Dosa House is incredible (blows away anything I had in NYC). Give it a try. Their Samosa Chatt (w/ chickpeas) is also to die for. Their sambar - yummmmmm. This place is a real gem.