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Great food in Old Bridge/Sayreville/Marlboro area?? Recs please!!!

chowhounder411 Feb 2, 2012 02:32 PM

I'm often in this area for work and haven't found any place I love. Ganga in Matawan is very good for sushi/japanese and easily my favorite restaurant in the area. I heard Jerry and Harvey's is a good Jewish deli but I haven't tried yet. Big Ed's was Zagat rated and it was disgusting; the chicken was inedible and the ribs were mediocre at best. I'm desperately needing suggestions (all price ranges). Please help! Thanks

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    joonjoon RE: chowhounder411 Feb 2, 2012 03:40 PM

    IMO Shanghai Bun is one of the most Chow-worthy restaurants in NJ and right down the street from Big Ed's. Check out the following threads:


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      RGR RE: joonjoon Feb 3, 2012 06:47 AM

      Shanghai Bun is not exactly "down the street" from Big Ed's. They are located at least a mile's drive apart.


    2. angelo04 RE: chowhounder411 Feb 3, 2012 05:42 AM

      Thai Thai on 516 and Cottrell is one of my local goto's. Love the Chile Thai basil dishes and the curry puffs. Krispy is our close local goto pizza joint. I recommend the grandma pie. Much more upscale is JUST on route 9 in old bridge. Relatively new and receiving excellent and mediocre reviews. I can not opine yet as I haven't been there yet. In Marlboro we like Sam Vera for Italian.

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        angelo04 RE: angelo04 Feb 12, 2012 09:03 AM

        Got to Just. As promised find my comments in the below thread. Overall positive, I would give it a try.


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        RGR RE: chowhounder411 Feb 3, 2012 07:01 AM

        I agree with angelo about SamVera. Though we haven't been there in a long time, it's the only Italian restaurant in the area that I would ever think of going to. The others are horrible to at best mediocre.


        If you like Indian food, you might want to check out Masala Kitchen. The address is Manalapan, but it's in the strip mall next to the Marlboro Shop-Rite strip, on Route 9 North & Union Hill Road, so I guess that puts it right on the border.



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          eatinman RE: RGR Feb 3, 2012 11:47 AM

          I disagree with both RGR and angelo04 re SamVera
          food prep is poor
          service is so so
          frankly I'd rather eat anywhere else than to go back to SV's - as I did recently

          I do agree with Masala Kitchen, Shanghi Bun both excellent choices

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          Jerzeegirl RE: chowhounder411 Feb 3, 2012 07:26 AM

          I agree with joonjoon. Shanghai Bun is excellent. For pizza, we like Denino's on 34, a little south of Shanghai Bun on 34. Up the road on 34, a bit north of Big Ed's, is the Pine Tavern. They have $5.00 lunch specials every day & various special nights, like $10 steak night on Mondays & pasta night on Wednesdays, which is usually less than $10.

          Let us know which places you end up trying & if you find any places not mentioned here.

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            angelo04 RE: Jerzeegirl Feb 3, 2012 09:53 AM

            I will second Deninos is awesome, but in Aberdeen, not terribly far. Ironically after writing my earlier post, I will be making my way to Just tonight. Will certainly report back

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            chowhounder411 RE: chowhounder411 Feb 3, 2012 11:15 AM

            Thanks all. Will add these places to the list. I am willing to travel 15 minutes outside of this area but only for excellent (not necessarily upscale) food

            1. MGZ RE: chowhounder411 Feb 3, 2012 11:52 AM

              Though I haven't been up there is a while, there are some real good ethnic options in South River. Try searching for it on this Board and you will see several discussions. Personally, I think European Provisions (which, I suppose, is technically in East Brunswick) is one of the best delis in the State - http://www.europeanhomemadeprovisions... .

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