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Greek Food - Central / North Jersey

Thanks. Long Branch is definitely within range. This looks exactly like what I've been looking for...

Jul 20, 2009
dealop in New Jersey

Greek Food - Central / North Jersey

Does anyone have any suggestions for good greek dining in central / north jersey? I'm a little north of Princeton and would travel about 45 mins - 1 hr for good food. Please don't mention any of the greek / middle eastern places in Highland Park. We've given these places ample chance to serve a good meal and have been disappointed every time.

Jul 20, 2009
dealop in New Jersey

New elements restaurant- princeton, nj

I couldn't agree more about the dress code. My husband and I ate here on Saturday for his birthday. We had the tasting menu and were not disappointed. I will say that Nicholas in Middletown still exceeds this place but it is a local gem. Our service was impeccable but then again the place was barely half full.

My husband and I were hardly dressed to the nines but we felt very over dressed. I had on a simple sun dress while he had on a button down and khakis. For the price tag it seems bizarre to me that diners would show up in shorts and tees.

My only other complaint would be the ambiance. No doubt it's minimalist and clean but it felt a bit sterile. It could use a bit of color or something.

Jul 20, 2009
dealop in New Jersey

What's your favorite "impressive but easy" recipe?

Tuna Steak Burgers are the only way to go. They are perfect on an outdoor grill or on the George Foreman. I take a few tuna steaks and rip them apart into small chunks. I add minced garlic, fresh minced jalapeno, zest of a lime, juice of a lime, cilantro, finely chopped red onion, fresh black pepper, an egg to bind and usually about 1/4 cup of italian breadcrumbs (again to bind). Shape into burgers and grill. Usually take about 5-7 minutes total. I serve on a bun with some mayo mixed with cayenne (to taste). Everyone raves!!! They also taste great with fresh guacamole or fresh watercress used like a lettuce.

(i left out exact quantities because it depends on how many steaks you use)

May 11, 2007
dealop in Home Cooking

So I Just Bought a Supermarket Roasted Chicken & don't want to eat it for 2 - 3 Hours...

Funny enough, I also had a store bought roasted chicken for dinner. Don't put it in the fridge. I find the meat dries out and toughens when it cools. I would think that you could leave it out for at least 3 hours as long as it is covered. When you are ready to eat it, try a piece. You might find that it's moist enough and the right temperature for dinner. I ate my portion earlier and the rest has been sitting on the counter waiting for my boyfriend to get home from work..

May 10, 2007
dealop in Not About Food

Atlantic City

DON'T go to Speccia even if there are reservations. I took a bunch of friends here from out of town and was terribly disappointed. They are foodies like me and we left with a very bad taste in our mouths. Not one of our 4 appetizers was edible and it actually smelled like someone had been sick in the bar area. The Borgata is definitely out of the way but the restaurants in the French Quarter in the Tropicana are generally good.

May 10, 2007
dealop in Mid-Atlantic

Why are Indian restaurants so crummy compared with the glory of Indian cuisine?

I lived abroad for 5 years - 4 in London and 1 in Sydney. Prior to this I'd only eaten Indian food in New Jersey and didn't like it at all. I've been back from London for 7 months and I'm desperately trying to find restaurants in New Jersey and NYC that come close to the food I've eaten abroad. It's been very hard to come by. I feel that most ethnic cuisine served in the US are the fast food, dumbed down versions of their true selves. It's definitely that way with Chinese food. You really need to get good recommendations from people that really know the food and culture. I love spicy food but I've yet to find a vindaloo that comes close to the versions I've had overseas. From the various articles I've read and the numerous cookbooks I own, all that I can ascertain is that true Indian food takes time to prepare and stew. Perhaps the restaurants I've tried use alot of shortcuts to make the business prosperous. I feel for you because I'm in the same boat.

May 10, 2007
dealop in General Topics