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Jun 30, 2011 09:57 AM

First visit in 43 years

It has been 43 years since I have been to NJ. I remember eating in an upstairs Chinese restaurant called Queens Palace on Front Street in Plainfield. I would love to have some authentic Chinese food while I am there. Was also wondering if anyone knows if the building is still around. It was creepy going up the stairs but a wonderful formal setting when you opened the door and walked in. We also would go to the Leaning Tower of Pizza. Don't remember where that was. But they had the best pizza (when I was young)
I will be in the Plainfield, Somerset, Middlesex area.

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  1. Leaning Tower of Pizza...wasn't that on Route 22?

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    1. re: HillJ

      That sounds right. I am having to think back too far. lol Thank you. I have been searching for authentic good places to eat there. I am looking through all the messages.

      1. re: HillJ

        Was it across from the Howard Johnsons. I only have a vague memory? (intersection of Rt.22 and Wilson Ave)

        I don't remember the Chinese place but do remember that Grunnings was good - great burgers, fries, and ice cream (across from Plainfield Town Hall).

        -- I see arpad has a similar memory of Leaning Tower (below)


      2. Authentic Chinese food: Take the Holland Tunnel into Chinatown. New Jersey side: fuggeddaboudit!!

        BTW, where do you live now, mennorm?

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        1. re: menton1

          I live in Florida. On the east coast. Not much in restaurants here.

          1. re: mennorm

            Really? I hear Miami has a mega-food scene going on there!

          2. re: menton1

            I am now in Florida. On the east coast.

            1. re: mennorm

              Miami=Florida=East Coast=Great restaurant scene

              1. re: menton1

                Did not see mennorm mention anything about living near Miami.

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  Miami is about 3 hours south. That is true about Miami :) I have been there only once and there is so much to choose from there. I meant, where I live there is not much to choose from.

            2. re: menton1

              Not necessarily true. There are a number of real, truly authentic Chinese eateries in Edison. Problem is, they don't have menus in English (or if they do, it's the 'gringo' menu. LOL). It takes some convincing (and sometimes a translator) to convince them you don't want "American" Chinese food.

              1. re: The Professor

                Fortune Cookie in Raritan is fairly authentic.

                Fortune Cookie
                41 Old York Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

                1. re: GraydonCarter

                  Thank you, am adding to my list and see which will be in the direction I am going.

              2. re: menton1

                There are a bunch of authentic chinese restaurants in NJ.

              3. Leaning Tower of Pizza was on the north side of Rte 22 in Greenbrook .
                As far as Chinese food search this site - as many opinions as there are posts .

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                1. re: arpad

                  Thank you arpad, I have been searching the posts and getting ideas.

                2. mennorm, there are tons of suggestions for Italian on the NJ boards.

                  For Cajun in Plainfield I'd give Freshwaters a try; especially if you enjoy fish.

                  and Hoysala in Somerset for Indian comes to mind

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                  1. re: HillJ

                    Thanks so much HIllJ. I am keeping note of these for my trip in July. "only one more week!!"

                    1. re: mennorm

                      Know one needs to tell you that 43 years is a long time and much has changed, yes ?!
                      But have a wonderful time and I hope some lovely meals!

                      1. re: HillJ

                        LOL I wasn't even old enough to drive then. So this is more of an adventure than remembering. Yes I will have a wonderful time.

                  2. I think you may be disappointed in Plainfield . When you were last there there were good stores like Tepper's and a terrific ice cream place - can't recall the name but now there's nothing in the downtown area . If you remember Iselin that town is now mostly Indian with some great restaurants on the outskirts . Do you have any preferences other than Chinese ?

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                    1. re: arpad

                      I really want some good Pizza and Seafood too. I try to stay away from Chain restaurants. I like the authentic kind of places. I will be in Somerset, Plainfield, and also up in Warren. then one day will be by the Liberty State Park. All of my family has moved from Jersey. My Sister and I are coming up to put our parents remains in the family Grave. We are making a vacation out of all of this. Thanks arpad, I am kind of scattered around. I will just keep looking and figure it out.

                      1. re: mennorm


                        This is a link for a beer garden near Liberty Park .
                        The ferry to Ellis Island and to the Statue of Liberty gives you a wonderful view of the Upper Bay but don't even carry a small pen knife in your pocket - security is tight . I was last there the day the Intrepid was moved back to its permanent berth - great to see the fireboats putting up plumes of water in salute !

                        1. re: arpad

                          Thanks for the info on the security. Good to know. Hope to go to the beer garden. Adding it to my list!!!

                          1. re: mennorm

                            What town do you now live in Florida?

                            1. re: JerzeyShore

                              I am in Sebastian. Quiet little town. Known for its Inlet and great fishing. But no seafood restaurants with fresh fish. Haven't explored to the north and south of me lately though.

                              1. re: mennorm

                                I've been to Sebastian (the Inlet has a legendary break) and would say that dim sum at Wonder Seafood or a few Sichuan dishes at Dragon Palace (each in Edison) might be what you're looking for. There are discussions of each on the Board.

                                Dragon Palace
                                1635 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820

                                1. re: MGZ

                                  That sounds good. I am hoping to try them or one.

                        2. re: mennorm

                          Mennorm, after 43 years you may notice that NJ is quite crowded, espcially compared to Brevard.

                          1. re: GraydonCarter

                            Ya think so? LOL I travel through Orlando every so often and used to go to Tampa when I was on that side of FL. Also to Miami to a Dr. I don't hardly remember NJ. Only few memories, I was young. So I am expecting it to be quite crowded like you said. thank you for your reminder.

                        3. re: arpad

                          Say Hi to Archie in the men's department of Tepper's for me! What a dude he was.

                          1. re: Passadumkeg

                            Talk about a voice from the past !!! Their men's department was great !

                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                              My grandfather worked in the men's department at Teppers, he would have been an older man named Vincent.