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azkaevolution Jul 9, 2011 09:04 AM

Hey 'hounds, I thought it might be fun to find out what everyone's favorite restaurants in the area are, by type of cuisine...

For me...

Chinese:

Wonder Seafood in Edison for dim sum and dinner
Noodle Gourmet in New Brunswick for their spicy beef noodle soup and various noodle dishes
Crown Palace in Marlboro

Steakhouse:

Steakhouse 85 in New Brunswick

Noveau American Fine Dining:

Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell

Italian:

Due Mari in New Brunswick
Teresa's Cafe in Princeton

Mediterranean:

Istanbul Restaurant in North Brunswick (their doner is delicious)

Thai:

I guess Rhong Tiam is it. Still looking for that great Thai place in the area
Tom Yum Goong in East Windsor maybe

Indian:

Cross Culture in Princeton

Pizza:

DeLorenzo's on Hamilton Ave, Trenton
DeLorenzo's in Robbinsville

Sushi:

Ajihei in Princeton

Various Others:

Stuff Yer Face in NB for boli's
Efe's in NB for doner sandwiches
Grease trucks in NB for...grease? mmmm. Fat Moon.

I have yet to try, but planning on trying Delta's and Makeda in NB.

Any other suggestions for a guy on a semi-limited budget?

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Ajihei
11 Chambers St, Princeton, NJ 08542

Blue Bottle Cafe
101 E Broad St, Hopewell, NJ 08525

Stuff Yer Face
49 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Crown Palace
8 N Main St, Marlboro, NJ 07746

Noodle Gourmet
43 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Due Mari
78 Albany St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Rhong Tiam
660 Plainsboro Rd, Plainsboro, NJ 08536

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    cling0017 Jul 15, 2011 01:51 PM

    Chinese:
    AK Seafood Restaurant (formerly 19 Seafood Restaurant) - Avenel, NJ (on Rt 1 by Woodbridge .. if you like Wonder Seafood this place is bigger and IMO has a slight edge over Wonder .. they are also much bigger for dim sum, Wonder crams everyone in)
    Dragon Palace - Edison, NJ
    Grand Shanghai - Edison, NJ (they also have pretty decent half price sushi 7 days a week, I think it's much better than Uyee)

    Japanese
    Sushi Suzuki - Metuchen, NJ
    Midori Sushi - Piscataway, NJ (also has a branch in Highland Park but haven't tried that one)
    Mr. Pi's - Metuchen, NJ
    Sushi Palace - Edison, NJ (sushi is average to above average but probably one of the better AYCE options in the area as everything is made to order, about $20-25 per person)

    Thai
    Thai Thai - Edison, NJ
    Thai Basil - Piscataway, NJ
    Mie Thai - Woodbridge, NJ
    Pad Thai - Highland Park, NJ
    Thai Noodle - New Brunswick, NJ
    Four Seasons - Piscataway, NJ (cash only!!)
    Heard good things about Radhana in Metuchen but haven't tried. Put a few of my local favorites since you haven't found one you liked in the area.

    Korean
    Kimchi Hana - South Plainfield, NJ

    Personally I tried Makeda a while back and didn't like it at all. This list is of course is in addition to the many great restaurants that have already been named.

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    Kimchi Hana
    6101 Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

    Thai Thai Restaurant
    3843 Highway 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

    Sushi Suzuki
    15 New St, Metuchen, NJ 08840

    Thai Basil Restaurant
    1316 Centennial Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854

    Mie Thai
    34 Main St, Woodbridge, NJ 07095

    Dragon Palace
    1635 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820

    Midori Sushi
    237 Raritan Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904

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      GraceD Jul 21, 2011 09:49 PM

      Thai house rock on Rt 35 in Colonia. The BEST, fresh food, great prices & the owners are so friendly. My favorites, Spicy Noodles & Basil Chicken. Voted one of the best in Central Jersey

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        Leebe Jul 22, 2011 08:32 AM

        Have to Agree on Thai house Rocks. The "More Garlic Chicken" is amazing!

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      chuck98 Jul 13, 2011 12:54 PM

      I'll play (lunch only)

      Chinese:
      Wonder Seafood, Edison
      King's Village, Highland Park
      Szechuan Ace, Somerset

      Burger:
      Stage Left, NB

      Mexican:
      Crazy Burrito - chiles rellenos en salsa verde

      Indian:
      Chand Palace - veg
      Arusvai - chettinad

      Sushi:
      Shumi, Somerville
      Jo-Sho, Somerset

      Hot Dogs:
      Tido N His Junkyard Dogs, NB

      Jamaican:
      Jerk An'ting, NB

      Iberian:
      Little Spain Restaurant, Fords

      Malaysian:
      Coco, Edison

      Sri Lankan:
      Sigiri, Edison

      Barbecue:
      Local Smoke, Cookstown

      Buffet:
      Ichiumi

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      Sigiri
      52 Lincoln Hwy, Edison, NJ 08818

      Stage Left
      5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

      Crazy Burrito
      238 Plainfield Ave, Edison, NJ 08817

      Shumi Restaurant
      30 S. Doughty Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876

      Chand Palace
      1296 Centennial Ave, Piscataway, NJ 08854

      Little Spain Restaurant
      582 New Brunswick Ave, Fords, NJ 08863

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      1. re: chuck98
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        Rich D. Jul 18, 2011 12:07 PM

        Regarding Shumi or Jo Sho on Cedar Grove Lane:

        I had not heard of these places before. Are they new? What makes them better than other sushi restaurants in the area? How do they rank when compared to Ajihei in Princeton? I am looking for traditional Japanese, with exotic fish options: e.g.- Uni, various cuts of toro, etc.

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        Shumi Restaurant
        30 S. Doughty Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876

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          chuck98 Jul 18, 2011 06:25 PM

          No, they've been around a while, I think. Sushi's not my strong point, so I can't put my finger on exactly why one place is better than another, other than to say I just enjoyed the meal a lot more. Good sushi and great sushi sort of taste the same to me, but one of them leaves me happier after I eat it. I would guess freshness, superior flavor and the skill of the chef with balance and seasoning? Beats me. I just know I'm going back to the two of them. Try the chef's choice at Shumi if you get a chance.

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          Shumi Restaurant
          30 S. Doughty Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876

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            gwh912 Jul 20, 2011 03:17 PM

            Night & Day. Shumi is best and most traditional in NJ by long shot

            Otherwise, a trip to 15 East in NYC will do the trick

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            Shumi Restaurant
            30 S. Doughty Ave., Somerville, NJ 08876

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          yCf Jul 11, 2011 11:34 AM

          Steakhouse 85 is awesome!!

          Chinese:
          Agree with Wonder Seafood but definitely disagree with Crown Palace - my last two meal there were disasters.
          Second joon's Shanghai Noodle House / Shanghai Bun.

          Mediterranean:
          Ibby's at Freehold

          Japanese:
          Jo-Sho - Cedar Grove lane in Franklin Township (?)

          Anyone has Vietnamese suggestion?

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          Shanghai Bun Restaurant
          952 State Route 34 Ste 6, Matawan, NJ 07747

          Crown Palace
          8 N Main St, Marlboro, NJ 07746

          Shanghai Noodle House
          518 Old Post Rd #11, Edison, NJ 08817

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          1. re: yCf
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            joonjoon Jul 11, 2011 11:59 AM

            All of the options in Edison are good, but this is probably the best overall one in CNJ IMO:

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/pho-thanh-hoa...

            Not spectacular but they have a huge menu that will satisfy pretty much everyone.

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              azkaevolution Jul 12, 2011 07:13 PM

              yCf, i haven't been to crown palace in a while, but from what i remember, it was really good. not quite wonder level good, but it was as good as the avg restaurant in chinatown, which is to say, better than most chinese restaurants in NJ.

              and joonjoon, for all the times i've been to harvest moon, I've never eaten there! is the food that good? also, i like divey places, but man, cool runnnings sketches me out when i see it. i've always wanted to give it a try tho.

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                joonjoon Jul 13, 2011 08:34 AM

                I've never eaten at Harvest Moon either! Ok, maybe once. I was talking about their beer, not the food. :) Give Cool Runnings a try...checking out places that skeeve you out is a part of the Chow spirit!

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                  chuck98 Jul 13, 2011 12:45 PM

                  Joonjoon, which viet place was closed? Bien Hoa?

                  Also, for Jamaican, Jerk An'ting in New Brunswick/Somerset is pretty good. Really hot jerk.

                  Harvest Moon has pretty decent food. Better than bar food, maybe like a Rafferty's.

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                  Bien Hoa Restaurant
                  2090 State Route 27 Ste 1, Edison, NJ 08817

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                    joonjoon Jul 13, 2011 01:26 PM

                    I will have to check out Jerk An'ting! I'm always looking for good jerk.

                    I'm pretty sure it was Bien Hoa that closed. There're two Viet joints right by each other on 27 and I can never remember their names. The place that used to be my favorite was really divey looking but served up some serious pho...But checking yelp it appears they are now open under new management...the mosBt recent Yelp review reads "Yep, new management unfortunately killed this place". Bummer.

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                    Bien Hoa Restaurant
                    2090 State Route 27 Ste 1, Edison, NJ 08817

                    1. re: joonjoon
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                      chuck98 Jul 13, 2011 01:44 PM

                      There's the one near the new HMart and the one across from Revlon - I think Revlon is Bien Hoa. They seemed kind of the same to me. Have you tried Saigon on the other side of Piscataway? I hear that's pretty good.

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                      Bien Hoa Restaurant
                      2090 State Route 27 Ste 1, Edison, NJ 08817

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                        joonjoon Jul 13, 2011 04:31 PM

                        I'll have to make a run through to make sure I'm getting the places right - but I remember thinking one of the joints on 27 was clearly the best in Edison while the other one was easily the weakest. Not that I've actually ever had a bad bowl of pho - it seems like even the worst still damned good.

                        I will have to check out Saigon...looks great!

                      2. re: joonjoon
                        Duppie Jul 16, 2011 06:46 AM

                        My find is a little off the beaten path but has been making some seriously good Pho for years.Pho da Nang on route 9 in Parlin which was the sister restaurant to Miss Sigon in Jersey City before being sold.
                        Excellent pho stock brimming with flavor, little fat globules shimmering with goodness. good Bu lu lac,cha gio,and their wok fried flounder in a sweet/hot sauce when in season.
                        Also remember Sunny Palace for HK style Dim Sum, still the best in C NJ.

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                          joonjoon Jul 16, 2011 09:34 AM

                          You're talking about the viet place on Rt 9 just south of the parkway right Duppie? If so that's my favorite vietnamese place in CNJ also.

                          Still haven't tried Sunny Palace but I want to try their dim sum and banquet. Mmm..

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                            Duppie Jul 16, 2011 10:34 AM

                            That's the one,I've been eating there for 6 years now and it's never disappointing, I also like their noodle soup with blood cake.
                            You have to visit Sunny Palace for Dim Sum, we just got back from a eating tour of Hong Kong a couple weeks ago and was fortunate to visit some of the so called best Dim Sum palaces like Maxsims,Fu Sing,Tim Ho Wan,Din Tai Fung for Soup Dumplings and SP is still comparable overall to most of them, also the service is friendly and accommodating.

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                              yCf Jul 18, 2011 11:37 AM

                              Agree with Sunny Palace. One thing is that their service is head and shoulder above any other Chinese restaurant in the area.

                              Went to West Lake in Matawan for Dim Sum for the first time in a long time. It's decent. I think Sunny Palace and Wonder Seafood are better but for some reason West Lake's decor (or there of :-) ) just remind me of the old dim sum restaurant in NY Chinatown - it just got that run-down but charming feel to it. By run down i don't mean dirty; just want to make it clear that West Lake is nice and clean.
                              Again the dim sum is decent. It might not wow you but I recommend a try.

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                                sockster Jul 18, 2011 11:45 AM

                                Does Sunny Palace make Xio Long Bao (soup dumplings)?

                                1. re: sockster
                                  Duppie Jul 18, 2011 11:57 AM

                                  Unfortunately not,SP is more Cantonese cuisine.besides they more that make up for it with their chicken feet.

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                  joonjoon Jul 10, 2011 09:38 PM

                  Like Seal said, cross the bridge from New Brunswick to Highland Park for some White Rose burgers. Keep going down 27 to Edison where you'll find tasty Korean Fried Chicken at H Mart. Noodle Gourmet is good, but Shanghai Noodle House (also in Edison) is better. Right next to Shanghai Noodle House is Keum Ho Jung which is probably the best overall Korean restaurant in CNJ. If you're in the mood for a different type of Korean, hit up Edison Noodle House or China Star for Korean Chinese cuisine, both right off Rt 1. Nearby on Rt. 1 is Pho Anh Dao, one of many Vietnamese joints that serves up a good bowl of Pho. There's a place on Rt 27 which does it better, but last time I was there it appeared closed.

                  I'm not sure who's got the best Indian food in CNJ, but I'm going to guess it's some place in Iselin, not Princeton.

                  Makeda is overpriced and not worth the money IMO. But Harvest Moon in NB is probably the best brew pub in the state. If not them it would have to be JJ Bittings in Woodbridge.

                  Also in New Brunswick is Cool Runnings (?) - I don't know a lot of Jamaican/Caribbean joints in CNJ but they're worth checking out if you like this type of food.

                  That's all I can think of for now, but in Edison alone there is no shortage of cheap, great eats.

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                  Noodle House
                  2313 US Highway 1 Ste 4, North Brunswick, NJ 08902

                  Pho Anh Dao
                  691 US Highway 1, Edison, NJ 08817

                  Keum Ho Jung Restaurant
                  518 Old Post Rd Ste 12, Edison, NJ 08817

                  Noodle Gourmet
                  43 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

                  Shanghai Noodle House
                  518 Old Post Rd #11, Edison, NJ 08817

                  1. seal Jul 9, 2011 01:09 PM

                    Wow. All those NB joints and you haven't crossed the bridge into Highland Park and gone to Pad Thai? They are not only my favorite Thai place in NJ, but possibly my favorite meal out as well.

                    Delta's is not bad, but it is both more expensive and less good than both Jameson's and At The Table although both are further south. Makeda is a better choice for an expensive ethnic meal in town, but be careful is you are spicy averse. Neither place is good for those on a budget.

                    There are some good tacos and burritos to be had in NB that fit the bill. The $5 burrito at Costa Chica is huge and filling and one of the best cheap meals in town after the grease trucks. But none of the many mexican joints are as good as North of the Border in Red Bank.

                    Do you count Monmouth county as CNJ? If so, there are a whole host of other places to mention.

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                    North of the Border
                    176 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701

                    Chicas
                    637 Wyckoff Ave Ste 24, Wyckoff, NJ 07481

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                    1. re: seal
                      JustJake Jul 15, 2011 09:20 AM

                      Seal, I suggest you try Four Seasons - same owners as Pad Thai, but so much better. Completely different menu - . It's on Stelton Rd in Piscataway.

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                        cling0017 Jul 19, 2011 10:40 AM

                        FYI they're cash only according to a recent sign on the door!

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