Saigon Cafe: Great Grilled Meatballs!
Saigon Cafe is a small Vietnamese restaurant in the "Village" area of Jersey City. I came across it by accident. I was hungry and decided to stop in. It is nicely decorated but a bit on the small size. It was early evening and not many people at all. The wait staff were very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.
I started with the Banh Tet - New Year's Cake which is sweetened stick rice, homade mung bean paste, & pork belly steamed in banana leaf. You get two pieces. It was good but not the highlight of the meal. For the main course I had the Grilled Pork Meatballs. These were very good. They are accompanied by was savory-sweet sauce for dipping. There were eight meatballs all together and come out skewered, 2 per stick. I would definitely order this again. I could not finish the meal. They are very filling.
One thing to note, on there menu and posted in the restaurant is that they will not accommodate small infants or toddlers after 7pm.
Tuesday 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 – 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 – 11:00 pm
Sunday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory: Power brunch
Being accustomed to the many brunch restaurants in our hometown province of Quebec, we were happy to find such a place in New Jersey: the Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory, which opens every day at 6 a.m. (unlike other cafes, who open later, often around 10 or 11 a.m.).
The Brownstone is a true diner, a throwback to the 1950s or 1960s, with its stool section, booth section and obvious crowd of regulars. The atmosphere was very friendly and the portions were enormous.
Light eaters be warned: my better half's meal came with 3 eggs, 2 fat sausages, toast and potatoes... Had we guessed the amount of food she would get, I probably would have just shared her meal. Instead I had cinnamon & raisin French toast (interestingly, with the raisins spread out on the bread instead of being in the bread), which I didn't finish either as I did my best to help with the eggs and meat across the table.
The food was good -- nothing to blow your mind away, but in large enough portions that you certainly won't go hungry for a while -- and gave us good value for our money. We wouldn't mind returning, especially considering this place is supposedly known for its pancakes... and neither one of us had any!
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Bolo Curry: Best Indian Food In Jersey City
Visited the New place on Newark Ave, Bolo Curry. Located at 839 Newark Avenue, A beautiful corner location. The food there is the best Indian food I have ever had. The Menu is diverse and in my 2 visits there I found that each curry they serve is a different recipe unlike rasoi who have the same base.
Favorite Dish: I tried the Lamb Kheema and a vegetarian curry called Sham Savera. The Malai Kofta and Paneer Makhni was great too. They have cool deserts like Mano Ice cream in the natural Mango Shell. With similar pricing to Rasoi I give it 4.5 star rating.
Triumph: Charming, French Bistro
A charming, French Bistro. Very lively & fun atmosphere. You feel like you're in Paris or NYC. No pretense. Good food & good service.
Favorite Dish: Mussels + french fries. They have several different versions. Delicious salmon entree.
FATBURGER: Fatburger in Jersey
I was first introduced to Fatburger in Pacific Beach. Now there's one in Jersey City's Exchange Place, walkable from the Exchange Place PATH station. There's a simple menu of freshly made burgers, fat (or skinny) fries, real onion rings, and soda or shakes. Since the food is freshly made, you can't really call it "fast" food if you're in a hurry.
Inside it's a bright burger joint of old, complete with jukebox. Don't be surprised when you give your order, since the kitchen staff sing it out with you. Take a seat at the booth and your burger will be delivered to your table. Afterwards, staff will bus your table for you, so there's no need to clean up. Just enjoy the fresh burger...
Favorite Dish: The Kingburger with fat fries, real onion rings, and chocolate shake is pretty good, and freshly made. Use the wide ketchup cups to dip your fries into.
When I'm watching my diet, I get the turkey cheeseburger, which is so good I can't tell it's made without beef.
List of Favorite Restaurants: My favorite restaurants LIST
Not in any particular order ..for more info..use www.menupages.com
1. Flor de Sol 2. Centrico 3. Odeon 4. Lighthorse Tavern in Jersey City 5. Skinner's Loft in Jersey City 6. Lederhosen 7. No. 28 (Pizza) 8. John's Pizzeria 44th Street, best in midtown 9. Bella Napoli 3rd best in midtown 10. Chez Napoleon 11. Bubby's 12. Bread Tribeca 13. Azul Bistro 14. Oliva 15. Jeeb 16. Rosario's Pizza 17. 8 Mile Creek 18. Gus Pickles on Orchard, it is just a pickle stand, but oh boy! 19. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory 20. Island Burgers 21. The Burger Joint 22. The Half King 23. Don Giovanni Ristorante on 10th Avenue 24. Virgils Real BBQ 25. Blue Smoke 26. Ruths Chris 27. Buenos Aires 28. Delmonico's 29 Sparks 30. Ben Benson's 31. Betyi in Weehawken NJ 32. Zafra in Hoboken 33. Carnegie Deli 34. Arturo's Pizza 35. Carmine's on 44th Street & Bway 36. Tehuitzingo Mexican Deli 10th Ave & 47th Street, best 'real' mexican food 37. Q2 Thai 38. Jiannetto's Pizza Truck 47th Street & Lex. 39. Taam-Tov (russian food) 47th Street bet. 5th & 6th Avenue. 40. Rice and Beans at 9th Ave & 50th (brazilian). 41. Tommy's Italian Hot Dog in Elizabeth NJ. 42. Rutt's Hut (deep fried hot dogs) in Clifton NJ 43. Bubby's (tribeca) 44. Del Frisco's Steak House at 6th Ave/49th St) 45. Raymund's on North Bedford Avenue in N.Williamsburg (Polish). 46. 9th Avenue Pizza, 2nd best slice in midtown west. 47. Five Guys Burgers on 55th Street, 3rd Ave/43rd or La Guardia. 48. Macchiato on East 44th Street 49. Saigon Cafe in Jersey City 50. Indochina 51. Metrazur in Grand Central Station 52. The Beriyana Cart on 46th and 6th Avenue. 53. Pitstop (french) in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 54. Trini Paki Boys Cart on 43rd and 6th Avenue. 55. Mesa Coyoacan 372 Graham Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory: Amazing Pancakes
This diner was featured in March 2008 on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network; and being so close we decided to go check it out. Many locals online seem to be complaining about the new attention they have gotten from the food network exposure and the increase in wait times but we felt the 30 minute wait for a seat was worth it. Go inside when you arrive and get a number from the hostess desk and they work off of the list.
Limited counter space is also available. The real downer of the place if I had to find one is that they are not open all night. They maintain daily hours of 6am until 11pm.
I think the food quality and portion size at the Brownstone is excellent. The portions are large and the ingredients are very fresh. The place is always hopping yet the service is very good and attentive.
Favorite Dish: The Original Pancake Wrap is very good and my favorite. It is basically a large 1 foot diameter pancake rolled up and stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese.
Liz enjoys the PB and J pancakes which I also tried some of. The pancakes themselves were so good and light and fluffy that you really didn't need to add anything to them. They were just that good on their own.
Antoinette had a similar wrap to mine but with sausage instead of bacon and had home fried potatoes in the wrap as well.
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Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory: IMO Alright Pancakes
I am a huge fan of eating pancakes and other breakfast foods whenever ones wee little heart desires so I often will whip up some pancakes and eggs for the boys for dinner. This past weekend we took the time to make a day trip down to Jersey City to see the Liberty Science Center. Before a long day of visiting exhibits we decided to make a pit stop for some food. I had read about this diner on VT when putting together the trip so this was right up our alley.
I have to admit that we were all a bit disappointed mainly because the prices are actually a bit high considering what you are getting. All the boys had a short stack of pancakes at $4.25 each with no sides or drink included. When you add in some bacon and eggs you are looking at at least $9.00 per child. Richie isn't a pancake person so he ordered a salad with chicken. I had the pecan waffles which were yummy and not too expensive. I was impressed with their cafe selections. I tried the caramello which is espresso, caramel, steamed milk and foam.
The place was really clean and the wait staff were competent, but nothing I would really write home to mom about. I don't think we'll be coming back just because of the expense. It is definitely worth checking out.
The diner is open Monday-Sunday: 6am to 11pm
Favorite Dish: Richie really enjoyed a Spring Salad which is mixed greens, radicchio, endive, , dried cranberries, Gorgonzola cheese and almonds in a balsamic vinaigrette. He added some chicken to it for an additional fee.
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Dorrians Jersey City: almost too clean to be a pub
An almost too clean Irish/American pub with all classic features (tv screens, wide selection of beer etc.). And: it's close to the PATH train station :-) The staff paid a lot of attention to my sister's remark about her celiac disease, well done guys.
Favorite Dish: I ate fish & chips which was nice (I didn't expect them to re-invent this dish). My sister had the organic burger which seemed delicious too.
The Merchant: Irish and more across from City Hall
This is the place to grab a beer, maybe a wine or cocktail, have a nice tasty dinner and enjoy. There are a couple of TV's to watch sports or grab a Barclay's Premier League game. The local over 30's club occassionally drops by and adds to the atmosphere NICE!
White Castle: SLYDERS-"WHAT YOU CRAVE"
Slyders are 2.5 inch wide by 2.5 inch tall square meat patties, steamed and covered with onion on a bun that cost 53 cents a piece.
The best time to visit is anytime but late at night (they never close) is when you can experience an important albeit gritty urban American icon no visitor to the US should miss. New Jersey has 24 White Castles.
The first White Castle opened for business in Wichita, Kansas in 1921. WHITE for the purity of the product - Upton Sinclair's muckraking 1920's novel The Jungle about the meat packing industry was still churning people's stomachs in the 20's- and CASTLE for strength).
Get a copy of David Gerard Hogan's Selling 'Em by the Sack NYU Press, 1997 for the history of this American institution and see the movie: Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.
Favorite Dish: SLYDERS. You order them by the sackful- from your car or go inside. You order and pay at one window and pick up at another window. Slyders are steam-grilled on top of onions and placed in a bun with a slice of pickle. Each slyder is placed inside a small white box. Be sure to check the bottom for philosophic observations about - well each box is different. A lot of people eat slyders for breakfast. You can find recipes using Slyders on the Internet.
PS They also serve Chicken Rings and Fish Nibblers sandwiches.
PSS People who love slyders are called CRAVERS.
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Rasoi: Best Indian food in Jersey City
Take a visit to 'Little India' - a section of Jersey City close to Journal Square. This lively block has many shops and restaurants. The one we enjoy the most is Rasoi. They don't take reservations, but usually there is only a short wait.
Service is hit or miss. Sometimes we get great service, other times we get slow service.
Favorite Dish: The best dish here is their Chicken Korma. We also to order up a side of roti or garlic naan. Also, try the Mango Lassi if you haven't before.
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