Philly Hound travelling to edison, NJ for several days need help with BYO's and good food
Welcome to Central NJ...Harold's NY Deli, 3050 Woodbridge Ave. is just down the block from the Mariott Courtyard...Overstuffed Pastrami, Corned Beef , Turkey, list goes on..Portions are extremly large...High turnover place ,hugh pickle bar and being a high turnover place everything fresh..Prices a little on the high side but understand, one sandwich can feed two or three, with some leftover to take home..Harold is usually there..
Skip the free breakfast offerings at the Marriot and stop in at Pantagis Diner, also very close to you..Fluffy omlettes,strong coffee and oversized english muffins....
Having grown up in Edison, here would be my authentic picks in and around:
Chinese - Wonder Seafood, Dragon Palace
Thai - Thai Basil (Piscataway), Mie Thai (Woodbridge)
Korean - Kimchi Hana (South Plainfield)
Japanese - Mr Pi's (Metuchen)
Indian - Mogul, anything on Oak Tree Road in Iselin
They also just opened a sushi buffet last week at the Menlo Park mall called Ichiumi .. if you like sushi, I recommend it. At about $30 bucks per person for dinner, you'll definitely get your money' worth: www.ichiumi.com
You'll be within easy driving distance of Iselin which is a center of Indian food . Oak Tree road is a main street that has many Indian Restaurants .
For Polish there are two good choices but in each case about a twenty minute drive ... Big Stash' on Wood Ave in Linden , just off Rte ! and Krakowiak in South River .
For Italian Lucas on Rte 27 is a good choice .
Must disagree about Lou Cas,which may qualifiy as a byo, but the management is hostile and the food is so-so. Better and friendlier choices exist in the area.
We love Wonder Seafood on Route 27, a Hong-Kong style seafood house. There is an English menu and a Chinese menu-- even though the Englsh menu is fine, the manager will gladly suggest things from the latter (ex--home-style grouper, which is one of our favorites. Also the deep fried Beijing pork chops). In general, avoid meat dishes that say Szechuan or Hunan--they are only there for the takeout trade.
Sadly, I agree about Lou Cas. I was dissapointed the last three times I ordered .
I've been very happy there in the past, but I'm kind of down on them lately. Every time I have a mediocre meal it takes me longer and longer to want to go back and give it another shot.. I hope I'm the exception and just having bad luck There's a Sri Lanken place in a strip mall east of Loucas that I've been interested in trying. Has anyone been there?
Couple places in Pertth Amboy that I've been happy with in the past.
Cohibas in Perth Amboy for Cuban has good food, great prices and a nice room with a lunch counter as well as seating, Parking can be tough. There's a school next door that eats up most of it. There's is a building on the opposite side of the street though with a good sized lot..
287 State St
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
If you like chimichurri sandwiches (seasoned ground beef on a toasted bun with a tomato-mayo sauce) there's a Dominican place called Rancho, If the older lady is doing the cooking you're in luck. She's not always there but when she is she really takes the time to make a perfect sandwich every time. They have a variety of meats and sausages behind the counter that they serve by the plate as well and usually have a tray of mangu, If you're looking for something adventurous chances are you'll see it behind the counter here.
163 New Brunswick Ave
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
There's also a Peruvian place by the corner of Jeffries and Amboy Ave. They aren't listed on any maps but everytime I go in there the place is doing a good amount of business. Cheap and good. I tend to like their rice and beans so much that I always seem to order it over trying something new. They cook different types of beans depending on the day. I do remember it for being a great value and for having a couple interesting things on the menu. Beef heart was one dish and I think they had some kind of dish with chicken livers and avocado.
Bonao for Puerto Rican. . Whenever I ask people in Perth Amboy for a reccomendation for a restaurant this place gets mentioned over and over again. Again I go strait to the rice and beans so I haven't tried too much of the menu. But I have had the mofongo before and it was delicious and the desserts here are all homemade.
349 Oak St
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861