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eleeper Apr 19, 2010 06:47 AM

A group of us like to try various ethnic restaurants, the more unusual the better. We live in an area bounded by Edison, Old Bridge, Jamesburg, and Toms River, so something within that area is better than something further away.

We've been to Chim Pun Callao, the Filipino place in Middletown (now gone), the Russian Restaurant in East Brunswick, Makeda, and various "Asian fusion", Indian, Mexican, and Central American restaurants. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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    joonjoon May 15, 2010 07:45 PM

    You said you liked asian fusion joints but didn't mention any straight up asian food.

    There are so many good Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese joints in the Edison area...have you tried them?

    If you like Indian you might also be interested in trying Indian Chinese food....I forget the name of the place but there's a place in South Plainfield that does Indian Chinese.

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      MarlboroMan May 15, 2010 08:00 PM

      There's also a place in Parlin that does Indian Chinese.

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        eleeper May 16, 2010 06:39 AM

        We've been to the Parlin place a couple of times, but have either not figured out what is Indian Chinese on the menu, or decided it tasted pretty much like non-Indian Chinese. Do you have any specific dishes you can recommend?

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          joonjoon May 16, 2010 10:39 AM

          And there's also a couple Korean Chinese joints in Edison too. Yum!

      2. MGZ May 15, 2010 07:47 AM

        It's in the OC, but since you count Toms River as a boundary, I figured I'd throw out a Jamaican spot for you:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6384...

        1. seal May 15, 2010 03:31 AM

          Pad Thai in Highland Park.

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            sockster May 15, 2010 04:26 AM

            +1 for Pad Thai- Really good but watch out....they're food can be really, really hot. Another thought would be Delta's in New Brunswick- Really good Southern food. That's ethnic....no??

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              JerzeyShore May 17, 2010 09:44 AM

              Seal, have you been to their sister restaurant Four Seasons on Stelton Rd in Piscataway, and if so how do you compare the two?

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                seal May 17, 2010 04:38 PM

                I like Four Seasons too, but I work so close to Pad Thai that I usually just go there.

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              exoram May 14, 2010 10:18 PM

              if your looking for indian try Urban Spice. Its in Edison NJ.

              http://socialroots.com/reviews/Urban-...

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                arpad Apr 19, 2010 08:16 AM

                Krakowiak on Main St South River and Polonia also in SR are excellent for Polish .

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                Krakowiak Restaurant
                42 Main St, South River, NJ 08882

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                  bgut1 Apr 20, 2010 05:58 AM

                  +1 for both Shirin and Krakowiak.

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                  Krakowiak Restaurant
                  42 Main St, South River, NJ 08882

                  Shirin Cafe
                  345 U.S. 9 South, Manalapan, NJ 07726

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                    eleeper Apr 20, 2010 06:14 AM

                    I definitely agree on Krakowiak (and I also prefer it to Polonia).

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                    Krakowiak Restaurant
                    42 Main St, South River, NJ 08882

                2. ambrose Apr 19, 2010 06:59 AM

                  Eleeper, check out the following thread where the same question was asked. Some of the responses are almost two years old so if you see some place you're interested in give them a call to make sure they're still there!

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5243...

                  1. Angelina Apr 19, 2010 06:53 AM

                    Shirin in Manalapan. (Uzbek/Russian) BYOB very good!! Located on Rt. 9 South

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                    Shirin Cafe
                    345 U.S. 9 South, Manalapan, NJ 07726

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                      Bossa_Nova Apr 19, 2010 04:29 PM

                      Another vote for Shirin

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                      Shirin Cafe
                      345 U.S. 9 South, Manalapan, NJ 07726

                    2. thew Apr 19, 2010 06:52 AM

                      best ethnic food in that area is italian

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