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ieee488 Nov 5, 2011 08:03 AM

I know Edison is where it action is so to speak, but since I live near East Windsor and go shopping on weekends in Freehold, I was hoping that there was something decent near Freehold Raceway Mall.

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    Gold RE: ieee488 Nov 5, 2011 08:29 AM

    Peking Pavillion on RT 33 in Freehold is pretty good

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    Peking Pavillion
    110 State Route 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726

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      EL7 RE: ieee488 Nov 5, 2011 08:38 AM

      Kings Restaurant on Route 9 is worth trying too.

      1. seal RE: ieee488 Nov 5, 2011 09:38 AM

        Nothing authentic near the mall, but ...

        I also like the american/cantonese food at Peking Pavillion. It is a tad expensive and nothing I couldn't make at home with enough prep time, but it is well done and always fresh. And it is only five minutes from the mall.

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          ieee488 RE: seal Nov 5, 2011 05:24 PM

          Thanks for all the suggestion.

          Wow. A tad expensive is right, but their luncheon specials look okay. It doesn't say on their website whether it is M-Su or just M-F.

        2. Tapas52 RE: ieee488 Nov 5, 2011 01:15 PM

          Not to far From Freehold off Rt 79 & Main St in Marlboro is CROWN PALACE which is pretty good also ....& has Dim Sum on weekends also

          http://www.crownpalacerestaurant.com/

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            MarlboroMan RE: ieee488 Nov 6, 2011 01:45 AM

            If you're really desperate, there's always a P.F. Chang's at the Freehold Raceway Mall.

            Really desperate would also include the Asian offerings in the food court. :)

            Me, I like Freehold Grand Buffet (Rt 9 North, perhaps a mile south of the mall). The food is decent, and there are a number of dishes you won't find on most buffets. The price is right, too; $7.99 for lunch.

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            9 North
            37 Berdan Ave, Wayne, NJ 07470

            Freehold Grand Buffet
            3681 US Highway 9 Ste 21, Freehold, NJ 07728

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              ieee488 RE: MarlboroMan Nov 6, 2011 06:50 AM

              :)

              I saw the buffet place on Google Maps.

              May give that place a try since their weekend lunch price is probably $8.99 like the one that is here in East Windsor.

              I may head on over to Crown Palace when a friend visits this coming weekend.

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              Crown Palace
              1285 State Route 35, Middletown, NJ 07748

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                ieee488 RE: ieee488 Nov 6, 2011 01:20 PM

                I ended up having lunch at Freehold Grand Buffet today.
                Weekend lunch is $9.99

                They had Chinese-style roast duck. Yum. I took a drumstick.
                Their rice noodle was done well - not too wet like some places tend to make them.
                Food was replenished at good pace.
                Also liked their seafood soup.

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                  charmel RE: ieee488 Nov 7, 2011 04:45 AM

                  I second Kings in Pond Road Plaza, Route 9....great ribs. All their food is good!

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                    MarlboroMan RE: ieee488 Aug 26, 2012 08:14 PM

                    I went to Freehold Grand Buffet on Friday. It was good, as usual. What threw me for a loop was that now they have a dedicated sushi area. Before, the sushi was kinda like.. press rice into a pan, layer fish on top, and cut it into rectangles. Now, the sushi actually LOOKS like sushi should look.. and there's a better selection. I had to ask.. was this included in the price, or extra? Nope, included. STILL $7.99 for lunch. I'm curious to see if they have different types of fish for the dinner buffet. For lunch they had tuna, salmon, 3 kinds of white fish, shrimp, crab stick, and a couple of others, and of course a bunch of assorted rolls.

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                      MarlboroMan RE: MarlboroMan Oct 7, 2012 04:18 PM

                      Had dinner with my family at Freehold Grand Buffet tonight. This is officially my favorite Chinese buffet of all time, and I've been to a lot of them.

                      Very generous sashimi offerings. I had lots of super tender yellowtail. There was also albacore (most likely escolar), tuna, salmon, mackerel, and a few others. So much sashimi.. I didn't even bother with the rolls.

                      Dinner price was $14.95 but definitely worth it. They had all the usual stuff, plus grilled lamb (never saw that before at a Chinese buffet).. it was excellent by the way.. a bit on the spicy side, but I like spicy. Also, BBQ steak.. not the best cuts of meat, but the flavor was excellent. And the first time I've seen it there.. ginger and onion lobster! Of course, some people "camp" waiting for this to come out. Some guy in front of me took nearly all of the meaty "easy access" pieces, but I managed to grab a piece of tail for myself. Great flavor and very tender.

                      Great cheesecake for dessert, too! Had a coupon for 10% off, but failed to notice it read "cash only." That's okay, I'm sure I'll be back before it expires on Dec. 1!

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                    yCf RE: ieee488 Nov 7, 2011 06:22 AM

                    Crown Palace has okay Dim Sum. Dinner has been disastrous the last few times i went so I definitely do not recommend dinner.

                    It's not Chinese but Tokyo Sushi Buffet a little north of Freehold Grand Buffet is worth a try also. You can loosely classify it as Chinese since it is run by Chinese and offer a variety of Chinese dishes besides the sushi.

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                    Freehold Grand Buffet
                    3681 US Highway 9 Ste 21, Freehold, NJ 07728

                    Crown Palace
                    1285 State Route 35, Middletown, NJ 07748

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                      MarlboroMan RE: yCf Aug 26, 2012 08:15 PM

                      Tokyo Sushi Buffet had a fire or something the other night. Not sure if they're open for business yet, but after reading the most recent reviews on Yelp, I don't think I'll be heading there anytime soon. Too bad, the place used to be pretty decent for a sushi buffet.

                2. drongo RE: ieee488 Nov 7, 2011 05:41 PM

                  West Lake Chinese Restaurant on Route 34 is 12.5 minutes from the Freehold Raceway Mall (according to Google Maps). There are quite a few reviews here.

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                  West Lake Chinese Restaurant
                  1016 State Route 34 Ste 2, Matawan, NJ 07747

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                    yCf RE: drongo Nov 8, 2011 05:50 AM

                    don't think this is correct. l think 12.5 is the distance in miles. it takes at least 25 min to go from the mall to West Lake.
                    I like West Lake and Shanghai Bun in Matawan much more so that any offerings from Crown Palace. The OP lives around East Windsor so it is probably too far a drive from Matawan back to that area.

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

                    Crown Palace
                    1285 State Route 35, Middletown, NJ 07748

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                      ieee488 RE: yCf Nov 8, 2011 07:23 AM

                      I tried out the Shanghai Bun in Edison recently. Like it alot.

                      I have yet to try Noodlelicious on Rt 27. They were closed mid-Sunday afternoon.

                      Since I don't eat raw sushi, I'd lose money at places like Tokyo Sushi buffet.

                      I gave Hunan House in East Windsor two tries via takeout. Both times very mediocre.

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

                      Tokyo Sushi
                      249 Plainfield Ave, Edison, NJ 08817

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                        seal RE: ieee488 Nov 8, 2011 09:59 AM

                        There's a Shanghai Bun in Edison? That's great! I go to the one in Matawan a lot and also Westlake Seafood right up the street from it. Btw - I agree with yCf. I drive too fast and know all the back roads, but there is no way I am getting from the mall to either place in under 35 minutes or more. Maybe as the crow flies, but even then I doubt it.

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                          yCf RE: seal Nov 8, 2011 11:12 AM

                          Yes, the ShangHai Bun in Edison is in the strip mall behind Kam Man Food Market (across from Penang, in the same strip mall as the Korean place). I have not been to either Shanghai Bun for a while but the menu is slightly different. Both places are good though.

                          Been to Noodlelicious once, absolutely love it. Noodles are great but I especially love their "noodle bar" style. Walk in, sit down, check off what you want on a sheet of paper, eat and leave.

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

                          Kam Man Food
                          200 State Route 10, East Hanover, NJ 07936

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                        drongo RE: yCf Nov 8, 2011 03:23 PM

                        Oooops.... yes you're right, it's 12.5 miles not minutes. Sorry.

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                          EL7 RE: drongo Nov 30, 2011 05:27 PM

                          Recently went to Ming Ying Long Branch and were thrilled! I know it is a trip from Freehold, but I can't remember where I read that recomendation! I just wanted to say it was much appreciated!

                          Where is Noodleicious? Also, any other recs I would be most thankful.

                          Oh...is it just me? We have been to West Lake many many times. Last visit the food was not up to par. I hope someone will say I was wrong. Our party of four were all quite dissapointed, hopefully this was a one time only and worthy of another trip.

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                            yCf RE: EL7 Dec 1, 2011 05:18 AM

                            Noodlelicious is in Edison, in the small strip mall of Rt27 on the other side of Plainfield Ave. from the new Hmart.

                            Do you have Dim Sum at West Lake or dinner? Dim Sum is usually solid in West Lake. I had dinner a few times; nothing amazing. Definitely better than Crown Palace, Marlboro but not as good as Wonder Seafood in Edison.

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                              EL7 RE: yCf Mar 9, 2012 04:33 PM

                              Thanks YCF ! We had dinner at West Lake only and not impressed. It was good one time, ok the next, and not good at all the last time. However, will try it for Dim Sum as you suggest. Wonder is our favorite restaurant, however I keep hoping to find something else also. Tonight we brought home take out from Ming Ying in Long Branch once again. REALLY GOOD! This is a 1/2 hour trip for us, but well worth it. We had pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings, seafood noodle soup, bean curd with vegetables in black bean sauce. Everything was excellent except the black bean sauce.. wouldn't get that again. The shrimp dumplings were best I have ever had.. and I frequently order them!

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                                sockster RE: EL7 Aug 27, 2012 12:05 PM

                                Don't forget to try Shanghai Bun in Matawan. Fantastic, incredible, wonderful, Authentic Shanghaiese fare at fair prices in a little strip mall right near West Lake.

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