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Mar 5, 2007 01:21 PM

Quality Chinese Food in South Jersey

I'm originally from New York and have eaten in some of the finest Chinese restaurants in the tri-state area. I have yet to find one in South Jersey. I refuse to eat at one of those buffets! Yuck! I live in Manahawkin but would travel at least 30 miles to find some quality Chinese fare. Have any suggestions/recommendations?

I do enjoy Makato's Japanese restaurant in Manahawkin so I'm not totally deprived of Asian culture but truly would enjoy some Chinese.

Thanks all.

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  1. By quality chinese do you mean authentic? If so the closest ones to you are in Philly or Matawan (about an hour north on the GSP) at West Lake Chinese. Here is the website Otherwise a more than servicable "americanized" chinese is Tang Dynasty on Rt 166 in Toms River. Good Luck.

    1. Thanks for the info. I was looking for authentic and will keep West Lake in mind although it's an hour away. I check out Tangs in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for the feedback.

      1. i am also from brooklyn, too me a long time. favorite takeout/eat in (NOT FANCY) is China Cafe Woodbridge. BEST chicken in black bean sauce i have found in NJ, also excellent pork in oyster sauce, minced noodles and rip tips w/ rice. many chowsl rave about the Crowne Palaces in Middletown and Marlboro, ongoing correspondence about which is better. havent been yet.

        1. I second the recommendation as to West Lake, but would suggest you not go on a Saturday or other weekend night. We (3 of us) were actually asked to hurry up and leave because people were waiting. No, we weren't lingering or unnecessarily taking up space. The owners were that rude and even people at the next table were offended! However, if you must, get a reservation and stand your ground. Otherwise, go on a week night.

          Equally good, closer to you, but much smaller and plainer is Far East Taste in Eatontown ( Exit 105 GPS). It also has wonderful Thai and Malaysian food, helpful waitstaff who will make recommendations, and very wonderful food. I eaven got a point higher on Zagat's, the state's highest, I think. Bon Appetit!

          1. There is a sit-down Chinese restaurant called The Grand in Hammonton, NJ. I don't know if you have eaten there before, but I think it's a cut above the other Chinese restaurants in the area.