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Need Unique, Delicious & Casual between E. Orange & Toms River NJ

Tapas52 Sep 14, 2011 02:12 PM

Lately I have business up in E. Orange NJ & was wondering if you CH'ders could suggest some places that are Unique, Delicious & Casual in between that we could dine at going back South on the GSP.... we're open to any cuisine... appreciate your suggestions in advance.. Thanx

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    gudeatz Oct 10, 2011 01:25 PM

    Harold's in Raritan Center-Edison....
    Delicious, Unique and Casual, Deli with attitude....

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      Tapas52 Oct 10, 2011 03:26 PM

      gudeatz thanx for that we have been to Harolds a few times ....too much food for two people...better with 8-10 pp

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        seal Dec 4, 2011 07:05 AM

        Four Seasons Thai is always a good choice as well.

        Red Bank is not far off the GSP too, so you have all those options. but I'm sure you've been to El Norte De La Frontera and Pho Le.

        Now that I think about it, Lincroft is right off that same exit and I am seriously craving a Pizza Rustica from Aleo.

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          Tapas52 Dec 6, 2011 08:37 PM

          Thanx Seal....Pho Le , yes.....El Norte, No....the Pizza sounds interesting also....

    2. njfreqflyer Oct 6, 2011 07:59 PM

      Tapas - next to the H Mart in Edison there's a Korean Tofu House ("So Kong Dong") and Korean BBQ buffet ("Picnic Garden"). I haven't tried either of them yet - I'm usually just running into shop for some specialty groceries at the HMart - but they look pretty tempting. The shopping plaza is on Lincoln Hwy (Rt 27). They're a little ways off the GSP but certainly fit your "unique" and "casual" criteria.

      Picnic Garden. 1763 Rt 27, Edison, NJ 08817. (732) 650-1000
      So Kong Dong Tofu House. 1755 Rt 27 S, Edison, NJ 08817. (732) 777-2110

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      So Kong Dong Tofu House
      1755 Rte 27, Edison, NJ 08817

      Picnic Garden
      1763 Rte 27, Edison, NJ 08817

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        Tapas52 Oct 7, 2011 05:55 AM

        These are some excellent choices...

        njfreqflyer I have been to

        Kimchihana Korean 6101 Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, NJ (908) 755-0777 ‎ ....
        which was fun and delicious also Krakowiak Polish Restaurant in South River is on my list.

        http://www.krakowiakrestaurant.com/

        this is what makes this forum really fantastic... Thank you all !

      2. nsxtasy Oct 6, 2011 06:13 PM

        Maplewood is in between. Lorena's is excellent, a tiny place that's one of the very best restaurants in the state. I ate there a week ago and it was fantastic. Unique, delicious, and casual - that's Lorena's. Note, reservations are essential, as they do fill up in advance.

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        Lorena's
        168 Maplewood Ave Ste E, Maplewood, NJ 07040

        1. menton1 Sep 15, 2011 03:21 PM

          Arturo's/ Maplewood. A true DON'T MISS. That's the rating it got in the Times.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/nyr...

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            Tapas52 Sep 15, 2011 05:39 PM

            menton1...now we're talking ! looks and sounds delicious its on my to go list for sure thank you....keep them coming !

            http://www.youtube.com/user/ArturosTV

            1. re: Tapas52
              Tapas52 Oct 3, 2011 07:29 AM

              Any more suggestions... I'm I'll be along in that area a few times this month? I will also be in Montclair on business too .

              thank you

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                menton1 Oct 6, 2011 07:05 AM

                Where have you been so far, tapas52?

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                  GraydonCarter Oct 6, 2011 10:20 AM

                  I assume you know about Iselin? There are many posts here about the Indian cuisine there. It is right off the parkway. Unique, Delicious & Casual.

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                    Tapas52 Oct 6, 2011 02:12 PM

                    I dont know much about Iselin restaurants due to the fact that I live in in Ocean County.
                    All suggestions are welcomed..and appreciated.

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                    nsxtasy Oct 6, 2011 06:12 PM

                    >> I will also be in Montclair on business too .

                    Montclair has a lot of great places, including Fascino, Blu, and Culinairianne. Note that Passionne is closed at the moment while they are moving to a larger space.

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                    Fascino
                    331 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042

                    Passionne
                    77 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

              2. MGZ Sep 15, 2011 08:56 AM

                What about trying Dragon Palace in Edison? It's right by the exit for MetroPark from the Parkway. Maybe a bit far north, but it certainly fits your three criteria.

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                  Tapas52 Sep 15, 2011 02:46 PM

                  MGZ isnt that the Dim Sum Place?

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                    MGZ Sep 16, 2011 04:29 AM

                    No. You're thinking of Wonder Seafood. Dragon Palace is basically Sichuan, and very good. There's some discussion of it on this Board.

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                    Dragon Palace
                    1635 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820

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                      Tapas52 Sep 16, 2011 07:12 AM

                      ok MGZ I stand corrected on Dragon Seafood ..

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                  cantkick Sep 15, 2011 08:31 AM

                  You could also do Keyport Fishery. Nothing more casual than taking a plate of fried fish and sides over to the dock and eating it there. An institution.

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                  Keyport Fishery
                  150 W Front St, Keyport, NJ

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