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May 5, 2010 09:27 AM

Chinese, Thai, Indian in/near Maywood NJ

Hi everyone-

I just moved to Maywood NJ and I'm looking for a really good chinese takeout joint. It is my favorite "fast food" and everywhere I have tried so far is a let down.

Are there any good Thai and Indian places around ... or even any must try eats of any cuisine?


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  1. Panda on Essex Street is the best chinese one in the area. The are also very nice and fast.

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    1. Chinatown gourmet has the best chines its in lodi on main street right behind the lodi post office

      1. The ubiquitous Chinese takeout is pretty poisonous in Northern NJ. The only one that is even slightly edible that I've found is Lotus Cafe in the Home Depot shopping center just next to Riverside Square Mall. (It's also a sit down restaurant). Otherwise, stay away from Chinese takeout.

        1. Guys I'm very sad about the Food in this area :(

          I even tried Wondee's in Hackensack and it was nothing worth repeating.... I feel like I have moved into a blah food zone

          Wondee Cafe
          296 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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          1. re: foodaholic8

            Despite the positive reviews, i'm not a fan of Wondee's either....There's the Green Papaya in riveredge (on kinderkamack) that serves a kinda pan-southeast asian food...some of it is really good (homemade tofu), some not.

            Pollo Mario's in hackensack for really good columbian roast chicken & sides

            Heard good things about madras cafe in Hackensack, but still have not tried, though it's worth exploring

            Green Papaya
            110 Kinderkamack Rd, River Edge, NJ 07661

            Wondee Cafe
            296 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

            1. re: sixelagogo

              I was prompted to join just to express my strong disagreement with the anti-Wondee comments. While not every dish is great there it's easily the best Thai I've had in Bergen County. I'm not even sure how the Bangkok Garden is even open with Wondee across from it. Decor at Wondee is horrendous no doubt and the restaurant layout can leaving you freezing cold or sweating from the draft coming through the door. That I agree with. I've hit some duds here and there and I've been disappointed in the fact that they don't have real "prik pon" and instead use crushed red pepper. However the food is *overall* excellent.

              Bangkok Garden Thai Rest
              261 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

              Wondee Cafe
              296 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

              1. re: IbrahimSS

                Wondee's is liked by lots of people who eat a lot of Thai. It's certainly regarded by many as the best in the area.

                While it might not float everyones boat, I know of no other Thai restaurant in north jersey with as many selections.

                I just wish they wouldn't turn their pork belly into pork croutons.

                Wondee Cafe
                296 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

                1. re: tommy

                  My experience with their pork belly is you must tell them how you want it. If you're not Thai, and I'm not, then you better explicitly tell them you want the traditional fatty pieces rather than the dry pieces they produce for the "Western palate".

                  Wondee Cafe
                  296 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

                  1. re: IbrahimSS

                    That's good to know. But they shouldn't produce inedible pork belly croutons for any palate. Americans are quite familiar with bacon and aren't too offended by pork belly with a bit of moisture left in it.

                    I certainly hope they don't take that position with all of their food (to any great extent, anyway). They'd be even more popular if they made more interesting dishes in more a Thai style. I'd certainly go there much more often if I felt I wasn't getting served baby food for my unsophisticated Western palate.

            2. re: foodaholic8

              You actually live within 20 miles of some very good Chinese, bistro, and pizza places, not to mention taquerias, and a few decent steakhouses. And of course various middle eastern and Greek restaurants.

            3. Most of Bergen County is a "blah food zone" Lol.

              If you can do a 15 min drive, try Mediterraneo in Ridgewood. Very good. Heard good reviews of Picnic in Fair Lawn, I haven't been. Oceano's in Fair Lawn is very good. Bistro 55 in Maywood/Lodi has some good nightly Pub specials. I mentioned in a previous post about Lotus Cafe in the Home Depot shopping center. Not great, but acceptable Chinese food for takeout. Certainly better than the inedible takeout food at all the storefront chinese places.

              For Thai, Pimaan in Emerson on Kinderkamack Road is decent. Nice digs too.

              Oceanos Restaurant
              2-27 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

              23 N Broad St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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              1. re: menton1

                I can second Menton's recommendation of Pimaan...very fresh Thai, served beautifully (the whole fried fish rocks my world). If yer into Beer, Andy's Corner Bar in Bogota has a great selection on tap, and a lovely atmosphere (though no food- you can get a slice from Angelo's down the street (if the owner is working, it's a great slice, if he's not--move along). I'm also a fan of Bistro 55- very good burgers and nice beer selection.

                As for fine dining- I give. IMHO Bergen County is a major letdown in this respect...Picnic was ok, but nothing mindblowingly great (in our car ride home, my dude and I both gave it a solid B).

                As for indian, don't even get me started...I think i've gone to every Indian restaurant in the county and have left seriously or somewhat disappointed in each...Get on the GSP and head to Edison if yer really in the mood for it.

                Pimaan Thai Restaurant
                79 Kinderkamack Rd, Emerson, NJ 07630

                Angelo's Pizza
                115 Queen Anne Rd, Bogota, NJ 07603

                Andy's Corner Bar
                257 Queen Anne Rd, Bogota, NJ 07603

                Bistro 55
                55 Route 17 South, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

                1. re: sixelagogo

                  I love Pimaan. It is my fave thai place. I was just hoping for a 10 min ride to a new joint. Have you guys tried Rocca in Glen Rock for a somewhat upscale dinner? It is pretty good (stay away from the typical chicken parm etc and you will be impressed).