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

Thanks!

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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":
        http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

        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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/395626
          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….

          3. 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.

                      Catladyjan

                      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

                            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!

                            http://www.hunanon9.com/

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                            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..

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

                          2. Ming in Edison and Naking in Piscataway/Edison are excellent and interesting. There is a very good Vietnamese place in New Brunswick on George Street. Route 1 and 9 Seafood and Kings Chef in Edison draw many Chinese patrons

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                            1. re: Nochef

                              The Vietnamese place in New Brunswick is slightly below mediocre.
                              Shanghai Park in Highland Park has a sister restaurant in Princeton Shopping Center -- great soup dumplings!

                            2. I recommend Jade Dynasty on Amboy Ave in Edison. Really good.

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                              1. re: mop312

                                No where near NB but MING YING in West Long Branch NJ is the only Chinese take-out Restaurant in the entire area I have tried that was worth a damn. I am sure there are others but of the 10-12 or so I have tried this dismally was it. But it is good!

                                1. re: njfoodexpert

                                  Simply the BEST!!! Their duck, the shrimp wonton soup, their fish in garlic sauce etc etc has me forsesaking any and all places that I used to use (Eastern Empire, Magic Rice etc)

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                                  Magic Rice
                                  835 W Park Ave, Ocean, NJ 07712

                                  1. re: JustJake

                                    Moved here from upper west side, where every block had a fairly decent chinese restaurant, and in our 10 years here, only like YA YA NOODLES which is on route 206 in Montgomery/Skillman, in the mall that has the only movie theater that has decent inde and foriegn films. we drive 16 miles for a decent film and decent chinese food now!!!

                                    1. re: JustJake

                                      Some of their stuff is OK but I find much of what is offered at Ming Ying to be under seasoned. Dishes that are supposed to be spicy such as General Tso Shrimp, Beef Szechuan Style, Kung Pao Chicken which are marked with a chile pepper on the menu, simply aren't spicy at all. Many other places use those dried red chile peppers in their cooking, but no matter how much I emphasize that I want it very, very, very, EXCEPTIONALLY SPICY, there is nary a chile pepper to be found. Although the ingredients are very fresh, the seasoning level is generally on par with a can of La Choy.

                                      1. re: equal_Mark

                                        Ming Ying is above average for a take out place for sure...but equal Mark is right...they're afraid to make it spicy!! For genuine Chinese Food, try Shanghai Bun or Westlake in Matawan. Both the real deal!! And Mark, at SB, if you want it spicy (or if it has a red mark), it's spicy....because that's what it's suppsed to be!!

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                                        Shanghai Bun Restaurant
                                        952 State Route 34 Ste 6, Matawan, NJ 07747

                                        Ying Restaurant
                                        520 W Side Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

                                  2. re: mop312

                                    I wasn't impressed at all with this place. The food was decent, but there was nothing interesting on the menu. Standard chinese-american but well executed, I guess.

                                  3. Big fan of Chinese food here, and have eaten it all over the world. That being said, my favorite in NJ is by far Tiger Noodle in Princeton. Not the nicest place to sit down in but they opened a new spot in a strip mall on Route 1, which is much nicer for a sit down meal. Food is always top notch.

                                    1. Tiger Noodle in Princeton gets my vote! Best Chinese around and it's a BYO! They also have a great place to eat outside in the summer.

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                                      1. re: crtny

                                        Tiger noodle great for lunch!

                                        Sunny Palace on rt 18 isn't bad.

                                        1. re: RPMcMurphy

                                          Sunny palace has "passable" food . but where they shine is their Dimsum, Even better than Chinatown. They still use Steam carts, and everything is so fresh and authentic. They bring in a team of Dimsum chefs on Friday night and all they do is crank out sublime food all weekend. Get there early or it's a wait.

                                          1. re: currymouth

                                            currymouth - Interesting that you bring up Sunny Palace as me and the boys enjoyed their dim sum this weekend. Excellent steamed BBQ pork buns and chicken feet.

                                            1. re: bgut1

                                              The wife and I was there at 11.30am on Saturday, Had the buns as well as the chicken feet. Buns were just soso, but the feet was great. Must also try the scallion buns and shrimp with leeks. The last one is new on the menu. When we first starting going there for Dimsum about 6 years ago and I ordered the Chickenfeet the young lady would always do a double take, now it's the first thing that hits the table, even before the tea.

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                                              2. re: bgut1

                                                Sorry, but "chicken feet" are definitately out; as are "frog's legs". I'll pass on that, thank you.

                                                catladyjan

                                                1. re: CatLadyJan

                                                  You don't know what your missing Cat!

                                                  1. re: bgut1

                                                    bgut1 - Your opinion is pretty well respected around here so I am intrigued when you endorse Chicken Feet. I will eat anything though honestly wouldn't seek out chicken feet. Now I just might try them. Plus the fact that I am in Old Bridge and Sunny Palace is real close and my wife and I were just saying how we have been craving their dim sum. Downside - The weekend is 5 days away!!!!

                                                    1. re: angelo04

                                                      angelo - Thank you for the nice words. Obviously all food is a matter of personal taste however I believe people "limit" themselves by their preconceived notions. If you can look past the fact that these are in fact "feet" I'm sure you will enjoy them. Trust me, people wouldn't eat them if they weren't good.

                                                  2. re: CatLadyJan

                                                    Cat , you must try it, If you have a open mind. and perhaps just a little curiousity, you will find that they are very tasty. Come on , give it a shot some day.

                                          2. I have takeout lunch from SunSun on Main Street in South River. No great shakes but for a hole-in-the-wall take out place, I found them very good (non Cantonese). Relatively inexpensive but good portions.

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                                            1. re: MoxieBoy

                                              yup, thats my "delivery" place. never screwed up an order, and the food is "comforting" ;)

                                            2. Any Decent take out near metuchen/adison areas?

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                                              1. re: dragonguy

                                                Your best bet for takeout in Edison are the counters at the big supermarkets; high quality, low prices, and quite authentic. Asian Food Center on Route 27 in the big strip mall and the Kam Man Supermarket on Route 1 near Penang both have very complete takeout departments.

                                                Sadly, the best of all - the food court at the Hong Kong Supermarket is now closed but the word on the street is that they will reopen in a new nearby location as soon as they can.

                                                1. re: BrianYarvin

                                                  Brian. Your killing me. I was at Hong Kong on friday and said hello to the girls, and the buffet was humming along. They even had fresh pig's ears. I will check it out today and find out what's happening.

                                                  1. re: BrianYarvin

                                                    BrianYardin, Are you sure you were talking about Hong Kong Supermarket on Rt 18. Just had lunch there not 1 hour ago and talked to Mai, the older lady behind the counter at the buffet. She speaks a little english, but she knows nothing about the buffet closing or moving, and she's part owner.So please folks, It's the best deal in town, and it's real chinese home cooking. Not the stuff that passes for chinese food at the rest of takeout joints. You have no idea how funny it is to the resturant owners what we order and eat and consider to be great chinese food. Have you also noticed that all the sauces are getting sweeter? Why? because they have noticed we love it that way.

                                                    1. re: currymouth

                                                      I thought it was the Hong Kong market on Oak Tree at the Edison-Plainfield border that was closing......

                                                      1. re: OGguy

                                                        I am sorry. I did not realize there was a Hong Kong Supermarket there.

                                                        1. re: OGguy

                                                          Take a ride BrianYarvin, the one in East Brunswick is killer.Their duck comes in every morning from chinatown and is great.

                                                          1. re: currymouth

                                                            Folks!

                                                            The one that closed was in South Plainfield. The Route 18 branch is as lively as ever. The question was about Edison and Metuchen.

                                                            I stand behind my claim that the takeout at the big Chinese supermarkets beats the local restaurants by a long mile.

                                                            ...and I take rides to these places all the time!

                                                            1. re: BrianYarvin

                                                              BrianYarvin. Please..... I was offering options to the OP, Who asked for Resturants around New Brunswick. If I am not mistaken, East Brunswick is quite a bit closer than Edison or Metuchen. And in turn agreed with you that tasty,quality chinese food can be had at these supermarkets.

                                                              1. re: currymouth

                                                                Sorry for the confusion
                                                                I do not prefer ears pigs and the yummy exotic foods, I was just looking for good ole american chinese takeout.

                                                                Thanks to all

                                                                1. re: dragonguy

                                                                  Update: tried Kam Leung <?> on cedar grove and it was pretty yummy, good takeout

                                                  2. Well, even if you're looking for American Chinese, they have a few things on the menu at HK supermarket that'll fit your needs. I also like Sen's Asian Cuisine on Route 1 in the Home Depot/Stop and Shop Plaza. But yes, Edison is probably where you'll find the better chinese places. If you live out in the forest like me, you might want to try Hunan House on 130 in Hightstown. Both these places have really fresh ingredients and there is actually a flavor to the food as opposed to just tasting gobs of brown/white sauce.

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                                                    1. re: construction

                                                      wait...do you mean sens asian cuisine in the home epot/stopnshop plaza? i always go to stopnshop, live in emtuchen herer, but do not recall that place...thanks, will check it out

                                                    2. Hong Kong Supermarket on Oak Tree Road. Where has it gone? Miss congee soup and Lucy's fabulous won ton, terrific buns, etc. Thanks

                                                      agonsky@yahoo.com

                                                      1. If you go to Tiger Noodles the pan fried seafood dumplings are a must have! Also Moo Shu Chicken was very good (at Windsor Green Shopping Center off rte 1). Dumplings are great at either location but I 've other stuff that was mediocre at the one in downtown Princeton. There's a new place that I think has Thai, Japanese and Chinese in the strip mall (on Tiger's Tail side) of Rte 206 in Montgomery but I don't know the name of it (Mei Mei?). Anyone been there? Do share, if you have.

                                                        1. Central NJ Best "American" Chinese Restaurants

                                                          Tung Hsing House Spotswood NJ
                                                          Golden East Garden East Brunswick NJ
                                                          Island Taste III Marlboro NJ
                                                          Seafood Empire North Brunswick NJ
                                                          Wong Chinese Manalapan NJ
                                                          Little Szechwan Little Silver NJ

                                                          Central NJ Best "Authentic" Chinese Restaurant
                                                          Hong Fu Highland Park (Formally Shanghai Park)
                                                          Sunny Palace East Brunswick NJ
                                                          West Lake Chinese Matawan NJ
                                                          Wonder Seafood Edison NJ

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                                                          1. re: shabbystorm

                                                            Wong's, in Manalapan? Surely, you are joking! From my experiences there, albeit a very long time ago, some of the worst Chinese food on the planet Earth!

                                                            1. re: shabbystorm

                                                              I will have to disagree with you on Sunny Palace except for the DimSum, The only time the dinner fare can be considered "Authentic", is if you order off the menu, and my Cantonese sucks, or if you order the banquet menu, which can be very good.

                                                              1. re: currymouth

                                                                We've never done dim sum at Sunny Palace, but we have had dinner there a few times and also participated in a banquet -- in both cases, quite a few years ago. The banquet meal was excellent. The other meals, no so much.

                                                                1. re: RGR

                                                                  I've only had the dim sum at Sunny Palace and have only good things to say. BTW, anyplace that sells chicken feet is good in my book. :)

                                                            2. China Palace - Taiwanese - Middletown, NJ
                                                              1815 State Route 35

                                                              I went here for lunch today. I had the Cabbage Pork Noodle Soup - AMAZING!! You can add this to the list for Must Try NJ - It is authentic - It is a little strange, that it is in the restaurant attached to a bowling alley but it was the most AMAZING bowl of noodles. Fresh pot of tea and the staff are wonderful! We also tried the Spicy Pork and Tofu - Great!!

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                                                              1. re: shabbystorm

                                                                China Palace is very good, but a new commer called Bando on Rt 35 north in Middletown hits one out of the park. This place has become our standard for excellent Chinese food the equal of any of the NYC China Town restaurants and better than any other place in central Jersey.

                                                                1. re: JerzeyShore

                                                                  Now I have another road trip :) gotta try, thanks for posting.

                                                                  Found the details (Where Hunan House was I suppose)
                                                                  Bando
                                                                  655 Rt 35 (Between Chapel Hill and Kings Hwy)
                                                                  Middletown NJ
                                                                  732-671-5588

                                                                  1. re: JerzeyShore

                                                                    Thanks for posting this to this thread!
                                                                    Bando is great.
                                                                    Wonton Soup - Amazing! Scallion pancakes with beef- Amazing! Fried Shanghai Bun (Like a Zeppole) - Oh My!
                                                                    Can't wait to return for a proper dinner so I can taste even more of their extensive menu especially the Dried Lily Flower with Snow Pea Leaves

                                                                    There was so much slurping going on in that restaurant at lunch - noodle soup eaters everywhere.

                                                                    Thanks agaiN!

                                                                    1. re: shabbystorm

                                                                      Glad to hear that you enjoyed Bando. The more we go to this place the more we like it. Try the moo shu - fantastic the best we have ever had. I could go on and on but you get the point. This place will grow on you and spoil you. Bando will quickly become your go to Chinese restaurant.

                                                                        1. re: eleeper

                                                                          There's a For Sale sign there now. After nearly a year it's clearly not coming back.

                                                                  2. re: shabbystorm

                                                                    Warning--China Palace is closed between 2PM and 5:30PM! We were all set for it yesterday, but it was 2:05 when we got there. :-(

                                                                  3. Sunny Palace East Brunswick NJ - I stop for relieable take out.
                                                                    Peking Pavillion Manalapan, NJ - Use to go for the fire and it was fine
                                                                    Crown Palace Chinese Restaurant, Marlboro, NJ related to Sunny

                                                                    1. Stumbled across a wonderful Twaiwanese CHinese Bakery while doing a quality check at Hong Fu in Highland Park, yes the soup dumplings are still wonderful.

                                                                      Tasty Bakery aka Lily's Bakery is on Rt 27 in a storefront close to Foodtown.
                                                                      http://www.tastybakerynj.com/
                                                                      They have lots of sweet and savory pastries.
                                                                      Owner John was kind and helpful. He makes everything.

                                                                      Keep in mind these treats are not for everyone, some people just don't enjoy them.
                                                                      His signature pastry is the Sun Puff - Maltose Inside - Kinda like Caramel, with a cup of tea. Yummy.

                                                                      1. People, there's one choice less for great dimsum in central New Jersey. 1-9 Seafood in Avenel on the Edison border closed this past weekend.

                                                                        http://blog.kim.thewei.com/20090712/1...

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                                                                        1. re: kimijye

                                                                          House of Chong, Middletown - family business in town for more than 30 years. Nice little lounge, good food, good value.

                                                                        2. WHERE NOT TO EAT!

                                                                          Mings
                                                                          79 Rout 202/Route 31 South
                                                                          Ringoes, NJ 08551

                                                                          I had hoped that with a change in ownership the new Ming's (located at 'Everitts Plaza corner Rt 202/31 and Everitts Road) would be good and well-priced. It is neither. While the gentleman behind the counter was certainly more polite and pleasant than the prior owner of Lo-Fatt, the food still suffers from the same ailments. Lack of taste, lack of salt, small portions and overpriced. A simple won ton soup and shrimp egg foo yong came to almost $14. Compare this with China Moon 10 minutes away in Flemington and the total is about $10. That's 40% more expensive, with less taste and smaller portions (note the rice container is not a full pint container it's somewhere between a half-pint and pint). The rice was also not terribly hot or fresh. I was disappointed and will be driving to China Moon in the future.

                                                                          Go into any Chinese restaurant and you get predicatable food, it's usually ok or really good, in plain white Chinese food containers but here they manage to tweak every single dish just enough to screw it up.

                                                                          For Gods sake, Wonton soup is as basic as it gets, a standard that anyone can make, yet the soup here is not tempting. I threw most of it out. Burning nerve-damage hot, and yet flatly bland, they should get over this "no peanut oil, no msg" campaign and pay attention to what they're putting out there- how does it taste???

                                                                          Sorry about the rant but I live close by and was really hoping there was a good local tasty Chinese restaurant. Oh well, China Moon in Flemington is 10 minutes away and let me tell you, their food is outstanding and much lower-priced. In fact I would say they are cheap. Compare their $6.85 Shrimp Egg Foo Young and $2.95 Large Wonton Soup.

                                                                          1. I've lived briefly in the capital of Sichuan, Chengdu, and my relatives have eaten here with me. We all thought it was very good, authentic. I've only seen Chinese here. My one beef is when they use firmer tofu for the mapo, which requires silken. I think they run out of the silken.

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                                                                            Sichuan Spring Chinese Restaurant
                                                                            1167 State Highway 27 N, Highland Park, NJ 08904

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                                                                            1. re: jolivore

                                                                              I was thinking about trying Sichuan Spring next week. Any suggestions as to specific dishes? Any off-menu?

                                                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                                                MGZ, did you ever go to Sichuan Spring? If so, how was it and what did you get??

                                                                                1. re: FoodDude2

                                                                                  We tried. After calling a few times and getting no answer while on the way up, I persisted and still took us into the lot. Oddly, given the hours posted on another thread by someone, the place was closed. It was a Monday, early afternoon. We settled for some soft tofu soup next door to the H-Mart.

                                                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                                                    Sorry about that, I guess the hours on the menu are wrong.

                                                                                    1. re: chuck98

                                                                                      No sweat. You put up the hours from the menu after I went by the place. Besides, it's not like there aren't a bunch of cheap and tasty options in the vicinity.

                                                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                                                        CoCo, a small place on 27, it gets crowded, has a southeast Asian menu, so far we think it's pretty darn good! Have not yet tried the Korean barBQ place near H Mart (a great market!)

                                                                            2. Shanghai Park in Princeton Shopping Center, probably Highland Park is the same. Make sure to order off the Chinese menu, they will translate if you ask them.

                                                                              Ya Ya Noodles is also good in Montgomery Shopping Center but that's a bit far from New Brunswick. It has been up and down but we went recently and really enjoyed our meal, they also have a more authentic Chinese menu.

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                                                                              Shanghai Park Restaurant
                                                                              301 N Harrison St Ste 33, Princeton, NJ 08540

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                                                                              1. re: nitehawks

                                                                                we eat at YaYa in Montgomery when we go to the movies there...after moving from the upper west side in NYC to NJ we have almost got used to driving 16 miles each way to see good films, and so we discovered YaYa..., not bad. Not very good either. Never enough spice. Recently finally made it to CoCo, just north of highland park (in edison I guess) but don't want it to become too popular, as it's small, and already gets very crowded... have to eat early to get a table!!

                                                                              2. Absolutely the best Chinese food in Monmouth County (and I've tried most of them) is Crown palace on Rte 79 in Marlboro. Nice ambience and fresh tasty food. The weekend Dim Sum is excellent as well.

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                                                                                1. re: doodyg

                                                                                  I have to disagree with this. I throw a party for 40 ppl there for the birth of my son. I was embarrassed that I picked that place and served that terrible food to my relatives and friends. Should have went to Sunny Palace in E. Brunswick instead.

                                                                                  To be fair, Dim Sum there was okay. However, save your money and stay away for dinner.

                                                                                  1. re: yCf

                                                                                    Ive been going there at least once weekly for the 17 years ive lived in the area. Ive also been to parties there and thrown parties there. I never had a problem and would highly recommend Crown Palace

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                                                                                    Crown Palace
                                                                                    1285 State Route 35, Middletown, NJ 07748

                                                                                2. A great new addition is Ming's Court, which has taken over the building formally occupied by the wretched Ivy Garden, and which is, in my opinion (after three visits) the best Chinese restaurant in the area. ( I believe it opened earlier this month - December 2011. ). My family and I had dinner there last week -- their plain chicken is spectacular, with a delicious marinade, crisp skin, cooked to perfection, like what one would find in the best restaurants in NY's Chinatown. A dish of spinach, mushrooms, and preserved egg recommended by the owner was just as good, providing a wonderful combination of nuanced flavors and textures. We also enjoyed a tasty dish of fried tofu in a slightly (but not at all cloyingly) sweet red sauce. The steamed vegetable dumplings had a delicious filling, but were a bit doughier than I would have liked. For lunch I have tried roast duck (like the chicken, prepared perfectly, cut up and served on rice), a piquantly delicious meat stew, and a perfectly roast pigeon (which i discovered only after asking the waiter to translate the items listed in Chinese on the "Specials" marker-board - something I shall make a point of doing in the future). Although Princeton has had a couple other passable Chinese restaurants (Tiger Noodles and Shanghai Gardens, if you stick to the Highland Park part of the menu), this is the first one about which I have been really enthusiastic.

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                                                                                  1. re: gargantua2

                                                                                    what town is Ming's Court in -- princeton? because googling, the only place with that name is in wharton NJ (and i have no idea where that is). I've given up on CHinese food in middlesex county, nj, only eat it when in the city. (NYC)

                                                                                    1. re: karmaya

                                                                                      It just opened on Nassau Street in Princeton in the location previously occupied by Ivy Garden (across the street from the Indian restaurant formerly known as Kalluri Corner).

                                                                                  2. Very good Chinese american food.
                                                                                    Get the house made mustard! YUM

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                                                                                    Ling's Chinese Kitchen
                                                                                    503 New Brunswick Ave, Fords, NJ 08863