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Chinese Fine Dining in Ocean/Monmouth County?

Tapas52 Nov 21, 2008 01:27 PM

Is there such a thing or close to it?....just wondering vs the usual in search of the best.

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    cling0017 Dec 18, 2008 01:06 PM

    As a major foodie who happens to be Chinese, working in Monmouth county is really killing me in terms of getting my Chinese food fix. No such thing as good Chinese food around here that I can tell, and I have tried a LOT of restaurants. The only place that comes close is Szechuan Tokyo in Sea Girt on Route 35, they do Chinese and Japanese. If you want to make the trek up to Middlesex though, try authentic Chinese at:

    AK Seafood Restaurant (formerly 1-9 Seafood Restaurant) - Rt 1, Woodbridge
    Grand Shanghai - Rt 1, Edison
    Wonder Seafood - Rt 1, Edison
    Dragon Palace - Oak Tree Road, Edison

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      fmartinr Dec 3, 2008 01:52 PM

      I like Crown Palace in Middletown, just ask for the Chinese menu.
      and yes there are 2 menu's, 1 for non Asian and 1 for Asians.

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        Shu the Moody Dec 3, 2008 08:27 AM

        Eurasian Eatery is probably your best bet, but it's not Chinese. It's Asian fusion.

        My favorite dive is Far East Taste. It's still ok even though the guy that made it famous sold it.

        Of course, I'm biased. I'm from San Francisco and haven't found anything in the tri-state area that can be considered good Chinese food out here. Not even in Chinatown in NYC.

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          equal_Mark Dec 3, 2008 08:48 AM

          I'd be willing to let it slide, but then you claim there is no good Chinese in NYC? Perhaps you define "good" food as the way it tasted when prepared in San Fransisco? By that subjective measure it's unlikely you would be able to find any "good" Chinese food in China either...

          1. re: Shu the Moody
            Bob Martinez Dec 3, 2008 01:05 PM

            All right, I'm going to say it - Far East Taste is mediocre. It was mediocre even when St. Richard ran it. The food was fresh and the flavors were reasonably bright but he had a spicing range that ran the gamut from A to B. As a result there was a sameness to many of the dishes. Granted, it was a nice sameness but lets not confuse nice with great.

            Since you've reached out and backhanded the Chinese food in New York City I can only assume that you haven't been there in awhile. Here's a tip - the best Chinese restaurants aren't in Chinatown.

            In Flushing try Spicy & Tasty or Little Pepper. Both are first rate.

            In Bay Ridge Grand Sichuan House is outstanding.

            In midtown Wu Liang Ye and Szechuan Gourmet are excellent.

            In addition the cooking at various branches of the Grand Sichuan International mini chain ranges from good to very good.

            The prices at all of these places are either the same as Far East Taste or certainly within shouting distance.

            BTW - the pizza in NJ blows the doors off anything you can get in SF.

            Little Pepper - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/391630

            Grand Sichuan House - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/461890

            Wu Liang Ye - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/532749

            Szechuan Gourmet - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/459240

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            Szechuan Gourmet
            21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

            Spicy & Tasty
            39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

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            ParadiseWaits Nov 24, 2008 03:48 PM

            Interesting that no one ventured to offer up "Little Szcheuan" in Little Silver. My favorite and they do offer unique and fabulous dishes (especially soft shell crab when it's in)

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              Tapas52 Nov 24, 2008 06:57 PM

              http://www.littleszechuanrestaurant.com/

              menu has some interesting dishes...I must try when in the area.....

              My favorite is WANG SUSHI Asian Fusion Restaurant in Toms River...

              http://www.wangsushi.com/

              Excellent menu from many countries of Asia

              1. re: ParadiseWaits
                Deb Van D Nov 25, 2008 09:24 AM

                I'm sorry to say that Little Szechuan in Little Silver is mediocre at best. It is more Cantonese than Szechuan and not very good even at that. It was pretty good maybe 10+ years ago, really the only option within a reasonable radius, but has gradually become denatured Chinese-American fare.

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                  notspicyenough Nov 25, 2008 10:22 AM

                  I agree - bypass this place and head over to Bando in Middletown.

                2. re: ParadiseWaits
                  JerzeyShore Nov 28, 2008 12:25 PM

                  Have to agree with you on the Little Szcheuan - still one of my favorites. I've been to Bando now a few times and it is excellent but I do not intend to toss out this old favorite in Little Silver. For sure one of the best cheap eats around.

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                    Shu the Moody Dec 3, 2008 08:24 AM

                    My hunch is that LS went through a management change early last year. The faces changed and the quality plummeted afterward.

                  2. bgut1 Nov 21, 2008 01:43 PM

                    Tapas - It depends what you mean by "fine dining", if you mean like Shun Lee Palace in NYC, the answer is no. Otherwise, I recently enjoyed a meal at Bando. Other good choices include West Lake and Sunny Garden (Middlesex County). Good Luck.

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                      Tapas52 Nov 21, 2008 06:57 PM

                      Thanks bgut good to know.......btw..SHUN LEE is awesome.

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                        newgourmet Nov 25, 2008 05:59 PM

                        Shun lee NYC .I Try there the food it so so . I don't need go to NY C. It too Price..
                        I can get good Chinese food in NJ . I forgot the name In shoprite plaza on summerhill road spotswood good small chinese restaurant.

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                        DrewBB Nov 24, 2008 06:56 PM

                        Bgut1, have you heard anything about Manow Asinn Bistro in Lincroft? Passed by it today, and was unable to come up with anything on a search.

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                          bgut1 Nov 24, 2008 07:01 PM

                          Drew - I've never heard of it. BTW, here is the website:
                          http://www.manowasian.com/Home_Page.html
                          Looks like they mostly specialize in Thai food but also do Japanese and Chinese. If I'm in the area, I'll try and stop in. Thanks for the heads up.

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                            DrewBB Nov 24, 2008 07:19 PM

                            Thanks! I was thinking of maybe giving it a try Tuesday night, but I might wind up going to Far East Taste, or maybe even trying to find Fisherman Richards Far East Taste 1 in East Brunswick, as I rarely get the chance,.I might as well take advantage!

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                              bgut1 Nov 24, 2008 07:48 PM

                              98 Main St Street
                              East Brunswick, NJ 08816
                              (732) 251-8818

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                                DrewBB Nov 24, 2008 08:06 PM

                                HAHA! Thanks again!

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                                equal_Mark Nov 25, 2008 09:22 AM

                                Is Fisherman Richards Far East Taste 1 run by the Richard that used to run Far East Taste in Eatontown?

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                                  bgut1 Nov 25, 2008 10:29 AM

                                  Yes!

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                                    equal_Mark Nov 25, 2008 10:46 AM

                                    Dang. The original Far East Taste is a 5 minute drive from my house. East Brunswick is a bit of a hike... :-(

                                    Will have to really hope the new place in Lincroft is decent.

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                                RGR Nov 25, 2008 05:46 AM

                                Hey, b. and Drew,

                                This is the first I've heard of it as well. Yet another Thai restaurant in the area. Since it's on Newman Springs Rd., I surely must have passed it the other day on my way down to Red Bank. It's probably in one of the strip malls. I prefer Thai to Chinese food, so I'm definitely going to check it out. Looking at the menu, I see several duck dishes including this one:

                                "Hudson Valley Duck Breast 21
                                With sweet potato, mousse, grilled asparagus marmalade huckleberry (demiglaze)"

                                Sounds more French than Thai. :-)

                                Btw, the website provides all necessary information, including days and hours of operation. Mega-kudos to them for that!

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                                  val ann c Nov 25, 2008 05:51 AM

                                  Manow Asian is in a free-standing building just east of the Dunkin Donuts strip mall.
                                  I haven't tried it.

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                                    cantkick Nov 25, 2008 06:59 AM

                                    This used to be a forgettable Chinese restaurant. I'd bet it's just a reworking of the menu by the same owners.

                                    This building used to house a great luncheonette, but that was probably at least ten years ago.

                                    1. re: cantkick
                                      equal_Mark Nov 26, 2008 05:28 AM

                                      Decided to give Manow Asian a try last night. Figured I'd post it in a new thread...

                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5754...

                                2. re: bgut1
                                  Tapas52 Nov 25, 2008 02:04 PM

                                  Thanx for the tip....looks nice ...I often go north on business....I will surly check it out when I'm in the area.

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