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Looking for Ethnic Restaurants (Middlesex/Monmouth)

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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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  1. best ethnic food in that area is italian

    1. 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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      1. re: Angelina

        Another vote for Shirin

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

      2. 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. 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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          1. re: arpad

            +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

            1. re: bgut1

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

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

            1. Pad Thai in Highland Park.

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              1. re: seal

                +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??

                1. re: seal

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

                  1. re: JerzeyShore

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

                2. 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. 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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                    1. re: joonjoon

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

                      1. re: MarlboroMan

                        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?

                        1. re: MarlboroMan

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