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Good sit-down Chinese restaurant in greater Newark region?

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I have an uncle visiting from Asia and he'd like to meet up for some good authentic Chinese cuisine. He'll be staying at a Newark airport hotel.

I know of a couple of good Chinese restaurants near Edison such as Shanghai Park in Highland Park or Wonder Seafood in Edison. (That's a 40-minute drive). I also know of one in Middletown, near where I live. (Which would be a 60-minute drive.)

Can anybody recommend a good sit-down authentic Chinese cuisine (Cantonese or Shanghainese style preferred) that is under 30 minutes from Newark? I am NOT looking for Americanized versions or take-out places. Thank you for any suggestions you may have.

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  1. What's the one in Middletown?

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    1. re: cantkick

      I hope it's not Crown Palace...

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      Crown Palace
      1285 State Route 35, Middletown, NJ 07748

    2. Chengdu 1 in Verona is probably the closest to Newark that I can think of. Noodle Chu and Chef 81 in Parsippany are also very good and within 30 minutes of Newark.

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      There's also Chengdu 23 in Wayne near the Willowbrook Mall which I have heard good things about, but I have not yet been. Hunan Cottage in Fairfield is popular for weekends and the Chinese community, but the atmosphere is bare bones.

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      Petite Soo Chow in Cliffside Park has good Xiao Long Boa

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      Chengdu 1
      89 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

      1. manhattan's chinattown meets your 30 minute spec on weekdays if you can leave newark at 6:45p. you'll hit the holland tunnel at 7p. head downtown. then, make a left on worth street (STAY OFF CANAL !!!!). make a left onto bowery. cross over canal. when you pass grand street, street parking starts opening up around 7:15p, as the small shops start closing. parking in this area is free after 7p, so you can have a leisurely meal, nosh walk, or both. The parking spaces will start filing up again, so the timing is important.

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        1. re: piney

          If you come out of the Holland, you can also take Walker Street , which is one block parallel to Canal.....street parking is also free after 7PM.....and I agree with you on the timing aspect.

        2. 3 recs, 2 in NJ, one in NYC:

          -Chengdu1 in Cedar Grove (mentioned above as Verona--right near it--also close to Montclair

          -Noodle Chu in Parsippany

          -Grand Sichuan on St. Mark's Place in the E. Village

          Any of those will get you what you're looking for!

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          1. re: Curlz

            I heard such great things about Noodle Chu in Parsippany, and was really eager to eat there after making the 30-min trek from work. Imagine my dismay when I walked in the door and was overpowered by the smell of cigarette smoke! The place was nearly empty, and nobody at any of the tables was smoking. I asked the waiter whether anybody had been smoking in here earlier, and he said no. Then I looked toward the back of the restaurant. There's a window into the kitchen, and I see some middle-aged cook with a smoldering cigarette dangling from his lips as he is cooking at the stove! I told the rather annoyed-looking waiter that I couldn't stay because of the smoke, and he just shrugged his shoulders and shook his head as if I were crazy.

            Was this a fluke, or have others had the same problem here? I don't know whether to give it another try...

          2. Thank you for all the suggestions!!!!