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Asian (but not Korean) in Bergen County

How does Lan Sheng compare in quality and consistency to Chengdu 23?

about 13 hours ago
scott10 in New Jersey

Asian (but not Korean) in Bergen County

This is another great combo for eating. It is a little further southwest from Bergen County but right where I-80 and Routes 23 and 46 converge. Chengdu 23 is among the best Chinese/Sichuan restaurants in New Jersey.

about 14 hours ago
scott10 in New Jersey

Asian (but not Korean) in Bergen County

Probably your best option is to focus on the village of Ridgewood in Bergen County. There, you can start with a very good Vietnamese dinner at Mekong Grill (from the same family that runs The Vietnam in Spring Valley). Just remember to bring your own since Mekong Grill is BYOB. Then for dessert, you have some fine options: wonderful pastry at Sook, great ice cream at Van Dyk's Homemade, or a number of other coffee/dessert options in this picturesque village.

about 16 hours ago
scott10 in New Jersey

Joyce Chinese Cuisine.....River Edge, New Jersey.....Opening April 16th.

Despite its large population and close proximity to NYC, Bergen County has largely been a sea of mediocrity when it comes to Chinese restaurants. Until recently, the only above average establishment in my opinion has been Lotus Cafe in Hackensack which consistently puts out some pretty good dishes (Ta Loo Mein, Three Cup Chicken, Lotus Delight) that are well executed and a bit outside of the norm. When I need to satisfy an urge for seriously good Sichuan food, I usually travel to the always excellent Chengdu 23 in Wayne. Now, with the recent introduction of Lan Sheng in Wallington and the imminent opening of this Joyce Chinese Cuisine in River Edge, perhaps the tide is turning.

Apr 06, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Edible frog market

It is possible that they only have them on Saturdays since that is the day that I have seen them there before. Or, perhaps, they longer stock live frogs.

Apr 03, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Edible frog market

On a few occasions I have seen live frogs in a barrel by the fish department at New KF Asian Supermarket in River Edge on Kinderkamack Road.

Apr 02, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Where are the Northern Jerseyans?

Don't give up on Chowhound. There is no better forum for this information. In the past 24 hours, there have been at least 5 topics dealing with areas of New Jersey north of the Raritan River (the line of demarcation which I use to generally indicate "North Jersey"). Some days there is a flurry of North Jersey postings; other days there are none. For the past year or so there have been a larger amount of posts for the region south of the Raritan River. But don't let that discourage you. I'm certain that a lot more posts about North Jersey will be forthcoming in the coming months.

Mar 27, 2014
scott10 in New Jersey

Bobby Q's Smokehouse - Suffern

We went last week and thoroughly enjoyed it, perhaps even more than Fink's other place in Dumont. The menu is a bit larger and the ambiance is that of a loud roadhouse. Service was good. The ribs and the fried-a-cue chicken were perfect. The fried catfish with a remoulade was as good as we had at the now departed Johnny's Smokehouse in Pearl River. The sides were excellent; we especially enjoyed the beer mac and cheese, the Cajun seasoned fries, and the fresh coleslaw. There is a decent selection of beers on tap and a full bar. Hopefully, this place will maintain consistency with its quality which is sometimes a problem at other barbecue establishments. We went on a weeknight and the parking is a bit funky but not troublesome; apparently they have valet parking on weekends which makes sense considering the layout of the parking lot and the proximity to the road.

Mar 26, 2014
scott10 in New York State (exc. NYC)

Looking for a place for lunch in Fort Lee

It is not moderately priced at night, but you can eat for less money at lunch. Their sandwiches and salads are excellent and generously portioned and might fit the budget.

Dec 20, 2011
scott10 in New Jersey

Looking for a place for lunch in Fort Lee

Actually, Franco's Metro is a good choice. The restaurant has a separate entrance from the pizza place and is quite nice. There is a full bar with a decent selection of wine, the food is consistently good, and the service is excellent. My wife and I take my mom (who is in her mid-80's and lives in a Fort Lee high-rise) here often. You might want to also consider River Palm Terrace which is just a few minutes next door in Edgewater and is another favorite of my mother.

Dec 20, 2011
scott10 in New Jersey