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Mongolian BBQ.... is it extinct in NJ?

creamfinger Dec 23, 2013 10:44 PM

Are there any Mongolian BBQ places left in NJ? There used to be a number of restaurants that did Mongolian BBQ in the Morris, Essex, Union area, but it seems they're all gone. It was so much fun loading up a bowl with various meats, vegetables, noodles and sauces; and then watching it all sizzle as the chef cooked it atop the huge, scalding hot Mongolian grill.

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    lemarais Dec 24, 2013 09:39 AM

    There is one just over the NY Border in Blauvelt... however, "Mongolian BBQ" is a phrase with ambiguous definition at many of these places.

    The one in Blauvelt is basically mediocre Chinese-style food that you collect yourself and hand to a "chef" to throw around in a wok. . I was there once (never again) and the quality of the food was well below average. There are chains around the country (not in this area) that seize on this concept, I have relatives in Fla that love it, but I thought it was AWFUL.

    Basically it's a gimmick.

    Better to let a real Asian chef decide on ingredients and flavoring agents and cook it up him/herself. Wild Ginger in Ridgewood does this very well, a "different" style of Asian cooking.

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      ELA Dec 24, 2013 07:53 AM

      I can't remember where, but I saw one in one of malls in Bergen County, but that was a long time ago. They are gone now. I haven't seen one in a long time. I think they might be a natural fit with some of those AYCE/buffet places. Good luck.

      1. Curlz Dec 24, 2013 07:27 AM

        Ha! I remember going to Khiva (?) in Morristown and thinking it was such a fun, unusual experience when I was in my...teens? How times have changed! And you're right--there used to be on one in Millburn, too.

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          DDaruba Dec 24, 2013 07:47 AM

          It was a tradition to eat there before going to the Papermill!

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          DDaruba Dec 24, 2013 03:52 AM

          I know I have seen Mongolian Grills at most of the Chinese buffets in Morris County. They look fine but I have never tried any. It is worth checking out.

          1. jnk Dec 24, 2013 03:40 AM

            Magic Grill in Garwood N.J. (Union Cnty)

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/magic-grill-g...

            1. Tapas52 Dec 24, 2013 12:45 AM

              PJ lee's Mongolian BBQ is still there in Bricktown

              http://www.yelp.com/biz/pj-lees-brick-2?nb=1

              P.J. Lee's
              706 Route 70, Brick NJ
              (732) 262-0002

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PEFpo...

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                coldsolderjoint Dec 23, 2013 10:50 PM

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8526...

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