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Best Chinese food in Woodbridge/Old Bridge/ Brunswicks? [moved from Tristate board]

Looking for a great chinese restaurant for my sister's going away party. We have been to King Chef in Woodbridge many times and love it but was wondering of some of the othe great Chinese restaurants in the area. I'm always open to trying new things. Please help!

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  1. Ah, this is a rough subject for me. I LOVE traditional chinese american food but have not found a place i love in NJ. For takeout I like China Cafe (Gill Lane/Rt 1 Wdge) and decent sitdown Jade Dynasty (on 531 Amboy Ave/Rd? Metuchen) but other than that nothing great. btw JD is byob, we've had many a family gathering there. Lisa and her sister are the owners, they rate #1 in Edison. Mei Ling in Metuchen so-so, Mei Mah eh. U love KC? I dont know some of the items there are just ok. The place seems kinda dirty too, and the fishtanks smell. I want to check out Crowne Palace in Middletown, they get vgood reports on CH. Pretty place too.

    1. Wonder Seafood on rt 27 in Edison--Hong Kong-style seafood preps, equal to or better than anything in Chinatown--the seafood is incredibly good, but be careful of the chicken, pork and beef preps, which in most cases are neighborhood-takeout quality (exeception is the deep-fried pork chops, which are sensational). If the manager asks you if you need some recs, go with it--he's never steered us wrong.

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      1. re: albinoni

        I went to Wonder Seafood for the first time this week and my husband and I left dissatisfied. Maybe we ordered the wrong items because everything at the table next to us looked great (dungeness crab, sauteed chinese vegetables).

        1. re: deborahk

          What did you order?

      2. Venture a bit ooa to Matawan and go to Westlake Seafood on Rt 34 near Rt 79. Without a doubt the best chinese food I have had locally. Just don't go for dim sum, as it is rather ordinary compared to the fresh fish or crab dishes, casseroles (try the filet steak w/ special sauce), and the amazing, canton style wonton soup.


        1. Sunny Palace Rt 18 in East Brunswick, near the Old Bridge Border is the best we've seen in that area.

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          1. re: njwinemaker

            Hate Sunny Palace! Rude, inconsiderate management spoils my restaurant experience every time.

            1. re: njwinemaker

              The only time the food at Sunny Palace was really good was when I coordinated a banquet for an organization I used to belong to. The few time my husband and I went there on our own, the food was no better than any other Chinese restaurant in the area, that is to say, mediocre.

              Note to seal: Our experiences at Sunny Garden took place before Westlake opened though I've yet to have an outstanding meal there either.

            2. 1 9 Seafood Plaza Restaurant
              1021 Us Highway 1
              Avenel, NJ 07001
              When we want authentic chinese food (cantonese style) we go to 1 9 or Wonder Seafood.

              1. spending 10 years scouring the area for the best chinese restaurants, something that can please the taiwanese parents, and have decided on:
                Shanghainese- Grand Shanghai on Rt 1 in Edison
                Cantonese- 1. Wonder Seafood on Rt 27 in... Edison? , 2. 1-9 Seafood Rest on Rt 1 in Woodbridge, 3. Westlake Seafood on rt 34 in Matawan.

                You have to know what to order. I find that Westlake does fish better than the others (cantonese food is generally better for steamed fish anyway). If you go to Wonder or 1-9 get the special fried rice with 2 kinds of egg and raisins. It's gourmet chinese, so you need to go buckwild if you want to be truly satisfied. Crown Palace doesn't really compare to these, IMHO.

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                1. re: BlueLineSwinger

                  tell me about 1-9 Seafood. I just read a small review on it. I remember when this place was a diner. They seem to do a robust business, but I've yet to try. I must know -- is there any ambiance, and is it clean? I thought Wonder was just ok. Service was good but food was only decent, nothing great. BTW, Shanghai Park in HPark is CLOSED.

                  1. re: nyebaby37

                    Closed? Forever? Say it ain't so.

                    1. re: albinoni

                      It's not so! lol Since Shanghai Park is a favorite spot for steamed buns, I was curious, so I called and got a recording saying they are closed for renovations and will re-open soon. There was a number for inquiries which because of the 609 area code I figured was their Princeton location. I called there, and the gentleman I spoke with said they hope the renovations will be completed in about 3 weeks.

                      1. re: RGR

                        Good for them. The place needs it.

                    2. re: nyebaby37

                      hmm, I don't know what to add about 1-9. They do dim sum every day, and have a very expansive menu with some good pictures to go along with it. Seems like a place that doesn't dumb down it's American menu (which I hold Crown Palace guilty of). Try the seafood. In particular the seafood casseroles, lobster, oyster and clam dishes. Cantonese food is top notch for that.

                      1. re: BlueLineSwinger

                        Shanghainese- Grand Shanghai on Rt 1 in Edison
                        Cantonese- 1. Wonder Seafood on Rt 27 in... Edison? , 2. 1-9 Seafood Rest on Rt 1 in Woodbridge, 3. Westlake Seafood on rt 34 in Matawan.

                        I like your list. Grand Shanghai is a favorite of mine, especially the weekend dim sum menu (I'm not sure if this is really dim sum or just Shanghainese breakfast). I've had great meals at Wonder but have also ordered wrong on a couple of occasions. Are you able to order off the specials posted on the walls? I always feel like I'm missing out on great things. I had one nice waiter who gave me a great suggestion for a clam dish but the next time my waiter wasn't into helping. I was not impressed with West Lake dim sum but I'd like to go back and try some fish. I agree that Crown Palace is the pits. How about Sichuan? I've had the best meals at Dragon Palace but they don't have a translated Chinese menu so I've had to do the pointing routine.

                        1. re: taste test

                          Some of the most dependable things to order at Wonder Seafood: grouper home style; seafood in taro basket; seafood w/pan fried noodles; deep fried pork chops; sauteed bok choy. We tried their Sunday dim sum a few months ago and like it, but get there early or prepare to wait forever. We noticed that when we first arrived, most of what was being served were dumplings and other small plates, but as it got later, more elaborate dishes were coming out of the kitchen. We had a dish of thumbnail--size claims in a brown sauce that were awesome.

                          1. re: taste test

                            I don't know of many Sichuan places around here. I live in Baltimore most of the time and know some great Sichuan down in Rockville. There's a place that I've seen on 27 going towards Highland park that, I think, does Sichuan, but I've never tried it out. As for what to order at Wonder, albinoni gave some great suggestions. Two people who will always recommend good things... the owner, who wears the suit, and this one waiter who likes to talk it up. As long as its seafood, you should be good.