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

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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  1. 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.

    Keyport Fishery
    150 W Front St, Keyport, NJ

    1. 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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      1. re: MGZ

        MGZ isnt that the Dim Sum Place?

        1. re: Tapas52

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

          Dragon Palace
          1635 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820

          1. re: MGZ

            ok MGZ I stand corrected on Dragon Seafood ..

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


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        1. re: menton1

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


          1. re: Tapas52

            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

            1. re: Tapas52

              Where have you been so far, tapas52?

              1. re: Tapas52

                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.

                1. re: GraydonCarter

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

                2. re: Tapas52

                  >> 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.

                  331 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ 07042

                  77 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042

            2. 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.

              168 Maplewood Ave Ste E, Maplewood, NJ 07040

              1. 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

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

                Picnic Garden
                1763 Rte 27, Edison, NJ 08817

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                1. re: njfreqflyer

                  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.


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

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

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                  1. re: gudeatz

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

                    1. re: Tapas52

                      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.

                      1. re: seal

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