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Dec 21, 2007 05:40 PM

Chinese Food Recommendations - Central NJ [moved from Tristate board]

Can anyone provide recommendations for a great Chinese food restaurant around New Brunswick, NJ?


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  1. The deafening silence speaks volumes. While there probably are a few passably good Chinese restaurants in the Garden State, I've yet to find one this side of the Hudson that's remotely classifiable as 'great'. Please! Somebody prove me wrong!

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    1. re: mmgpsych

      The only two I have read about on here are Grand Shanghai on Route 1 and Shanghai Park on Route 27 in Highland Park.
      Have you been to either of those?

      1. re: ashulman

        We have been to the H.P. Shanghai Park, which is the original location. Their steamed buns, aka soup dumplings, are superb! We've not tried too many other dishes on the menu, but what we have tried would not, in my view, be described as great. In 2004, it received a rating of "Good" in the "NY Times":

        1. re: RGR

          Another vote for Shanghai Park. I went there last year and while I found the decor to be "dingy" at best, the food we had was very good (soup dumplings, salt and pepper shrimp and pickled cabbage and pork soup). Be prepared however, the service was quite rude and the authentic Chinese menu was not translated to english. Of the others in the Edison area I've tried and can recommend the following: Wonder Seafood, Sunny Palace, and Grand Shanghai. The only one I can't recommend is Kings Village. You might want to try this informative post:
          Good Luck.

          1. re: RGR

            Just as a heads up. Shanghai Park has changed their name to, I beleive, 'Hung Fo' People inside said it was the same ownership. The soup dumplings are as good as ever.

            1. re: jrd303

              Good to know! I still haven't made it there but when I do go--the soup dumplings are my goal--no one else around the area has them.

              1. re: gbean

                i believe Grand Shanghai on Route 1 has soup dumplings as well.

                1. re: yCf

                  As I recall, the soup dumplings at the former Shanghai Park were better than the ones at Grand Shanghai.

              2. re: jrd303

                I was there yesterday and thought it was just not good at all.

                The xiao long bao were way too thick and large and cumbersome. It was difficult to eat in one bite or even in two as the skins were too thick the soup kept spilling out. Also had a beef egg pancake which had way too much hoisin and muted the taste of everything. And I'll bet that the seafood shu mai were of the frozen variety that one gets in the supermarket. It was super mushy with no texture whatsoever.

                I'm really surprised to read positive reviews of the place because I thought it was just so bad. Not sure whether it's a downhill thing or people are saying it's good relative to the area. But I don't think I'll be going back.

          2. re: mmgpsych

            A Chinese family member explained it to me. THe old Chinese restaurants are dying because the ambitious kids went to med school and don't want to run restaurants. I guess they don't care about us….

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            1. Edison, NJ is like the capital of asian cuisine in Central Jersey. Just do a search of the board and you will find long threads discussing all of Edison's asian cuisine.

              1. Wonder Seafood on Route 27 in Edison. Great Hong Kong style seafood preps, good dim sum.

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                1. re: albinoni

                  Anyone been back to Peking since they re-opened? I used to love it there but have yet to make it back since the fire. By the way I'm referring to Peking on Route 33 just outside of Freehold.

                  1. re: shorebilly

                    I've been a few times since the reopening and enjoy it for what it is ... inauthentic Americanized Chinese food made with fresh, high quality ingredients. So much better than the recently opened P.F. Chang's at the nearby Freehold Raceway Mall. I mention P.F. Chang's because both places seem to derive from the Asian Fusion mold, but with P.P. executing at a higher level (IMO of course).

                    1. re: shorebilly

                      My husband and I went to Peking Pavillion shortly after it re-opened. The food and service was incredible as always, but I am not find of the decor. The concrete makes it very cold and loud :(. We just went to PF Changs a couple of weeks ago. The food and service was great as always. Both have great food. I am a Chinese food freak and these two places are definitely my top picks.

                  2. I grew up in Hong Kong. It's sad to say that there aren't any great ones in Central NJ even with the high Chinese population.

                    As mentioned, Shanghai Park in Highland Park has decent Northern Chinese dishes (buns and dumplings).

                    For Cantonese Seafood and Dim Sum: Other than Wonder Seafood on Rt. 27, there's also the 1-9 Seafood Restaurant on Route 1 South Bound Side in Avenel/Woodbridge.

                    For Chinese style BBQ and Noodle soup, China Bowl, also on Rt. 27 in the strip mall where Asian Food Market is located, has them. BBQ pork is decent and the noodle dishes are as authentic as they come without crossing the Hudson River.

                    There is also a tiny little place called Hong Kong Garden located in Somerset off Easton Ave and Cedar Grove Lane just before the entrance to Rt 287. It's located in a strip mall that has a Drug Fair. The family that run the place is from Hong Kong (as you may have guessed). Nothing fancy about them but the dishes just has that "Hong Kong taste" that remind me of restaurant in HK.

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                    1. re: yCf

                      This is a very helpful post. Thanks for adding it.

                      1. re: yCf

                        I've been to 1-9 Seafood; those little shrimp dumplings in like an almost rice type paper noodle were to die for. I wish it were closer to my house; I'd be there once a week. Another good place in that area is Dragon Phoenix off of Oak Tree Road. Shopping Center is kind of dumpy but the place is large and clean on the inside. I like the shredded chicken with long hot peppers. Yum.


                        1. re: CatLadyJan

                          Does anyone know if 1-9 Seafood serves dim sum everyday or just weekends?

                          1. re: al3h

                            They serve Dim Sum everyday but only on the weekends do they have cart service, during the week you can order dim sum only off the menu. Call them to make sure they are serving what you want to try. They are not open on Mondays yet, but certain times of the year they are open 7 days. Hope this helps.

                            1. re: shabbystorm

                              Yes it was very helpful. Thanks.

                        2. re: yCf

                          I got take out from Hong Kong Garden Easton Ave Somerset NJ this weekend. They make an AMAZING Beef Chow Fun with Black Bean Sauce!

                          1. re: yCf

                            ycf, Hong Kong Garden is a true delight. Their squid, or seabass in blackbean sauce is terrific.

                            1. re: yCf


                              Have you tried "The Hunan Gourmet" in Manalapan, NJ?

                              I've been to a lot of places but I find this place's food great and the atmosphere very nice and clean. And they have a liquor license too!


                              Hunan Gourmet
                              357 US Highway 9 Ste 23, Englishtown, NJ 07726

                              1. re: bogsidebunny

                                Have not tried Hunan Gourmet. As a general, I usually I stay away from Chinese restaurant that also do Hibachi & Sushi. With that said, the Chinese food might be fine but I just don't like restaurant that dabble in other cuisines..

                                Hunan Gourmet
                                357 US Highway 9 Ste 23, Englishtown, NJ 07726