Last week, I gave you some of my picks for the best food in New Jersey; here's a bit more!
Mitsuwa Marketplace seems to be the ultimate and only place for authentic Japanese. I've said it before and it bears repeating; for a true sense of the Japanese food aesthetic, get a hot dog and study how it's served. Otherwise, go for a bowl of ramen, a plate of Japanese/Chinese, or some soba. (Meals $8.00 to $12.00) And don't ignore the terrific supermarket, either.
We all look for different things when we say "coffee." Some could want the taste and atmosphere of an old diner; others, an elaborate frothy drink; and then there are those who are looking for microroasting and single-origin beans. For people in that last group, Rojo's Roastery in Lambertville is my choice. Not only do they have one of the very few Clover machines in the state, they'll make up a vacuum pot for you too. No coffee shop is more comfortable, has better coffee, or is in a nicer neighborhood. (Coffee drinks run from less than $2.00 for a cup of the brewed stuff to $12.00 for a vacuum pot that serves four.)
The Chinese scene, most centered around Edison and New Brunswick, seems to be in constant flux. I've praised King's Village (snack items from $3.00, noodles from $5.00 and stir-fry dishes for a bit more. Check the menu for bargain set meals.) and Dragon Palace (lunch specials for $6.50, dinner main dishes are mostly in the $9.00 to $14.00 range.) many times before and will add the Grand Shanghai to the list. (lunch from $6.25, dinner from $9.00. Some dishes are in the twenties though.)
Strangely, Cantonese food, the staple of much of the country, is tough to find here but Wonder Seafood on Route 27 offers dim sum every day and Cantonese fine dining in the evening. (Most dishes $11.00 to $16.00. Shark's Fin Soup can be more than $60.00) Noodle Chu in Parsipany also does a great job with dim sum in a completely unexpected location. (Dim sum in the $3.00 to $5.00 range.)
Even more of a surprise is Shanghai Bun, dishing out great Shanghai noodle dishes in a strip mall on Route 9. (Noodles and dumplings in the $4.00 to $9.00 range.
Noodle Chu: 770 Route 46 West (Arlington Plaza), Parsippany NJ 07054 (map); 973-299-6518
Shanghai Bun: 952 Route 34 South, Matawan NJ 07747 (map); 732-765-8388
British food almost never seems to show up in the Dispatches even though there are a couple of great places. The Ship Inn in Milford is a pub/microbrewery in a beautiful riverside town (Meals in the $12.00 to $15.00 range.) and Sally Lunn's Tearoom in Chester (Meals $10.00 to $14.00. High Tea is about $25.00) is a great place to grab a pasty, ploughman's lunch, or serious tea.
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