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KCMiller Dec 17, 2010 05:00 AM

I'm looking for a nicer Chinese restaurant in or near Hudson county for a dinner on Christmas Eve for a family of about 16. We usually go to a buffet, but my kids are older now, and are clamoring for a more 'upscale' experience, and I'm with them! It doesn't have to be very high end, but it does have to be a real restaurant, not a take out place with formica tables.

Any suggestions welcome, and anywhere between Jersey City and Fort Lee, the Meadowlands to the Hudson is OK with me.

Thanks so much, and happy holidays!

KC

  1. tommy Dec 17, 2010 08:05 AM

    PF Changs.

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      fourunder Dec 17, 2010 08:52 AM

      Unlike others, I'm not as down as others with regards to PF Changs...but I would not consider it someplace to go for Chinese food, but rather Asian inspired. They do things well, but they under season meats(dumplings) and over sauce, or dress entree and salad items.

      I was actually at PF Changs last night, not for food, but rather drinks at the bar. This I can highly recommend. My date had three glasses of wine and I had two Crown Royals.....the latter being triples at most places. Total Tab....40.66...plus 10 tip ....A similar evening at Houston's or Bisto 55 is double before tip. An added bonus......Valet parking. Pull right up for 6 bucks. At the end of the evening, after 11PM, the valet pulls the car up to the front, parks it in the take-out spaces available and brings you in the keys...definitely worth a minimum pound not to have to walk out in the cold a long way.

      As for the food, there were many patron eating in the bar/lounge area and I was able to view many items. all served very attractively and some with extremely excellent value.

      Somehow though t, I can't help but think your suggestion was sarcasm.....I apologize in advance if I am wrong.

      1. re: fourunder
        tommy Dec 17, 2010 09:17 AM

        I was trying to be helpful. I suspect this particular group isn't going to be interested in tripe and tongue or sea cucumber, or I'd suggest Petite Soochow and Chengdu 23 and Grand Sichuan.

        I would not eat at PF Changs, but others sure do like it. It was what immediately pops into my mind when someone asks for a white tablecloth chinese restaurant near Weehawken, with the additional consideration that they usually go to Chinese buffets, like the Chinese places in Weehawken and Hoboken, but want carpet and waiters. That's precisely the niche that PF Chang's China Bistro was created to fill.

        There's also the restaurant in Edgewater where John's Shanghai used to be. Same phone number, different name (and owners, I would think).

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        Grand Sichuan
        342 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

        1. re: tommy
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          fourunder Dec 17, 2010 10:42 AM

          John's Shanghai was one of the other restaurants I used to frequent before they were displaced by the fire. If not mistaken, before the fire, the restaurant was listed for sale. I would think new owners as well.

    2. ttoommyy Dec 17, 2010 06:23 AM

      What about Precious in Hoboken? They are a "real" restaurant (though they do a brisk take out business). The food is very good, the atmosphere is nicer than "a take out place with formica tables" and it's BYOB.

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      1. re: ttoommyy
        Curlz Dec 17, 2010 08:33 AM

        It's still more on the casual side than 'fancy,' but certainly an option; only prob in Hoboken is parking.

        I'd recommend Chengdu 1 in Cedar Grove (just outside of Montclair) or Chengdu 23 in Wayne (or is it Little Falls?)--it's in the West Belt Mall behind Willowbrook, right at the intersection of 23 and 80.

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        Chengdu 1
        89 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

      2. f
        fourunder Dec 17, 2010 05:44 AM

        I'm not all that familiar with the corridor you have set, other than with Petite Soo Chow in Cliffside Park. The two restaurants I used to frequent are long gone.....however there is a place that still gets good reviews for Cantonese style cooking....although I have not bee there in years, they used to have tablecloths in the evening for dinner service. I would suggest if this is important for you, then you should call the restaurant directly.

        Although the following link shows their Dim Sum Service, it will give you an indication of the quality of their food.

        http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/20...

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        Petite Soo Chow
        607 Gorge Rd, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

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          KCMiller Dec 17, 2010 06:09 AM

          Thanks - it's not the color of the tablecloth that's important, it's more that we're looking for a nice restaurant, with carpet on the floor and waiters. And most of the Chinese places I know in Hoboken and Weehawken are take out joints - good food, but not really sit down and have a nice meal places.

          One note - we have one family member who is in a wheelchair, although she can transfer and walk short distances, so that may be a consideration.

          I'll look into Petite Soo Chow, and look forward to more suggestions!

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          Petite Soo Chow
          607 Gorge Rd, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

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            fourunder Dec 17, 2010 06:32 AM

            Four notes....Re: Petite Soo Chow

            1. I do not recall them using tablecloths

            2. They have a bare wood floor (which i personally like better than carpet)

            3. Others complain about their service, however I am not one of them.

            4. The Food trumps the first three points.

            http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/nyregion/02dinenj.html

            http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/20...

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            Petite Soo Chow
            607 Gorge Rd, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010

          2. re: fourunder
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            fourunder Dec 17, 2010 10:07 AM

            KC,

            In my original comments, I was actually suggesting Silver Pond in Fort Lee.

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