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School Zone

13 Apr

The Palisades Park venue is closed, but the Fort Lee venue is still oppen.

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Rating: ★★★☆☆
1635 Lemoine Ave, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
413 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Website
(201) 944-4888
Price: $
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School Zone is a fairly a new self-service diner in New Jersey with two locations, one in Palisades Park and the other in Fort Lee. They serve Korean style cafeteria food, which is nothing like the cafeteria food in the States. You can order dishes like ramen, spicy rice cake, pork cutlet, fried rice, curry rice, and rolls. There’s a good variety to choose from, the portions are fair and soup is always free. They attracts a lot of youngsters, but don’t be fooled in thinking this place is only for kids, it’s for everyone. Their food is decent, their prices are acceptable and you have the option to can eat-in or takeout. They also have a self-service frozen yogurt counter that’s similar to 16 Handles, only with a lot less favors. I recommend their mango frozen yogurt, it’s my favorite of the bunch. I’ve been to both of their locations and I prefer their Palisades Park branch because there are more seats and it’s often less crowded. Overall, I think School Zone is a good place for a quick no-frills Korean meal.

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Front Counter

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Free soup (fish cake is an addition $1.50)

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Spicy rice cake with sauce $7.95

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Spicy rice cake with cheese $8.75

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Small spicy rice cake with sauce $4.95

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Ramen with seafood $7.00

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Pork cutlet $8.75

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Hamburger w/ Fried Rice $9.50

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Bibimbap $8.75

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Dragon Roll $6.75

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Mommy’s Gim Bob $5.45

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Sundae (blood sausages) $8.75

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Corn Dog $1.75

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Frozen Yogurt Station

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Toppings Table

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2 Bros Pizza

13 Apr

2 Bros Pizza

Rating: ★★★☆☆
601 6th Avenue (btwn 17 & 18th St), New York, NY 10010
(212) 206-8656
Price: $
Nearest Transit:
18th St-7th Ave (1)
14th St-6th Ave (F, V, L, 1, 2, 3)
23 St (F, M)
28 St (N, R)
23 St (1, 2)
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2 Bros Pizza is a dirt cheap New York City Pizzeria. They have three branches, two in the City (St. Marks, 17 & 6th Ave) and one in New Jersey (Woodcliff Lake). I’ve only been to their 6th Ave branch and it’s always filled with customers. Their $1 a slice and $2.75 two slices and a soda combo is incredibly cheap. The quality isn’t bad either, slices are made fresh and served sizzling hot. It’s not the best, but definitely one of the better slices I’ve had in the City. They also have a host of other offerings like fried chicken, french fries, and soup that are also recession friendly ($1-2.5), but I don’t recommend trying anything other than their pizza. The chicken looks really dry and the soups are less frequently sold and are usually sitting out for long periods of time.

2 Bros Pizza

Flurt

2 Apr

This venue is closed.

Flurt

Rating: ★★★☆☆
110 Broad Ave Ste #4, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
Price: $

Flurt is a froyo joint that serves Pinkberry style yogurt. They have three locations: one in New Jersey (Palisades Park) and two in New York (Battery Park and Gramercy). I’ve only been to their NJ branch and it’s always empty, maybe because it looks very uninviting and much like a Pinkberry Knockoff. In terms of tastes, their yogurt is very similar to Pinkberry, but they offer a lot less toppings and are limited to only one flavor (original). I don’t prefer Flurt over Pinkberry, but I do tend to come here often because it’s a little cheaper and a lot more convenient for me. In addition, they also serve gelato, korean snacks, bubble tea, and coffee.

Flurt

New Totowa

10 Mar

New Totowa

Rating: ★★★★☆
421 Broad Ave, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
(201) 592-7020
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Thu 9 am – 10:30 pm
Sat-Sun 9 am – 11 pm
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Totowa is one of the better Korean Restaurants in Palisades Park. Their management, however has recently been changed and they have been re-branded as the New Totowa. Under the new management, they still provide a fair amount of side dishes and their potions remain very large (for me at least). Their pork cutlet and spicy rice cake (duk bokki) are among the best in the area and their friendly service is what keeps me coming back. This is definitely a place worth try if you’re ever in the area.

New Totowa

New Totowa

New Totowa

New Totowa

New Totowa

New Totowa

Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ Restaurant aka Light House

9 Mar

Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ Restaurant

Rating: ★★★★☆
261 Broad Avenue, Fairview, NJ 07022
(201) 941-0104
Price: $$

Light House is a Korean BBQ house that specializes in tofu soup, but I found their BBQ and tofu not all that impressive. They are Ok, just not the place I would run to if I wanted some BBQ or tofu. Their octopus stone pot rice on the other hand is amazing. It’s well flavored with Korean spices and their portions of octopus is very generous. They also serve a good amount of ban chan (side dishes) and their food is MSG free.

Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ Restaurant

Myung Ga Tofu & BBQ Restaurant

UCC Cafessa

8 Mar

This venue is closed.

UCC Cafessa

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
595 River Road (in the Mitsuwa Marketplace), Edgewater, NJ 07020
Website
(201) 941-9113
Price: $$

UCC Cafessa is part of the of the UCC Coffee family of coffee shop concepts. They are renowned in Asia for their premium, siphoned coffees and delicious Euro-Japanese fusion food. They don’t have many locations in the States, but I happen to run across one while shopping at the Mitsuwa Marketplace in New Jersey. It’s located towards the main entrance on the far left. There are shuttle bus available from New York City at a fee.

Although they’re a renowned coffee shop, it’s the food that made we want to try this place. Like many Japanese cafes, UCC Cafessa has plastic replicas of their dishes for customers to preview prior to purchase. When I came across this place, I still haven’t had breakfast yet so the green pan cake seem like the ideal dish to try. From the plastic replica, the pancake looked soft and fluffy and not overly sweet. The actual pancake was nothing like the plastic replica (see pic below). It was hard and dense, the red bean topping was way too sweet, and size was nearly half the replica. Their coffee might be good, but don’t come here for the pancakes!

UCC Cafessa

Italian Tomato

5 Mar

Italian Tomato

Rating: ★★★★☆
595 River Road (in the Mitsuwa Marketplace), Edgewater, NJ 07020
Website
(201) 941-9113
Price: $
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Italian Tomato is a Japanese Italian restaurant and bakery chain. You wont find many of them in the States, but if you happen to come across one you’re in for a treat. They serve Japanese influenced Italian pasta, and gourmet Japanese buns and pastries.

You can find a Italian Tomato in the food court section of the Mitsuwa Marketplace, which is located in Edgewater, NJ. There are Shuttle Bus Available from New York City. Italian Tomato have daily specials that include a pasta, small salad, a bun, and a drink for only $6.25. I highly recommend their clam pasta, fruit tart and green tea cake.

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Italian Tomato
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Boom Boom Chicken

1 Mar

Boom Boom Chicken

Rating: ★★★★★
553 Main Street, Fort Lee NJ 07024
(201) 592-9700
Price: $$
Hours:
Mon-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
Sun 11 am – 9 pm
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Having previously tried two Korean Fired Chicken joints (Bon Chon & Kyedong), I found Boom Boom to be the best out of the three. Boom Boom, formally a Bon Chon, has similar fresh, never frozen wings and drumsticks, a 20-minute turn around time and similar choice of sauces. Like Kyedong, it also offers whole fired chickens that is sure to please customers who like breasts and/or thighs. The restaurant has a total of three tables that can seat six. The staff is extremely friendly and can speak both English and Korean. The restaurant is located on a street that has very limited parking, so be prepared to circle a bit.

When visiting Boom Boom the only decisions you will need to make are:
– Large ($20) or Small ($12)
– Drumsticks, Wings, Mixed, or Whole Chicken
– Soy Garlic, Spicy, or Mixed

All orders come with a can of soda and and a cup of Korean daikon radishes. If your taking away, your food will be neatly packed; if your eating in, you will be provided with wooden bowls to eat from. Similar to other Korean fried chicken joints, I recommend you phone in 20 minutes prior to pick up or dinning.

We got a small order of wings and drumsticks with half soy and half spicy sauce. Like its counterparts, the skin was very crispy and the meat was very juicy; however, Boom Boom’s soy garlic was a lot more bold and the spicy was not overly spicy. With that said, if you really enjoy the overly spicy taste (and I know a lot of Koreans do) Boom Boom wont do it for, hit up a Bon Chon instead.

Boom Boom Chicken

Boom Boom Chicken

Boom Boom Chicken

Boom Boom Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

28 Feb

Bon Chon Chicken

Rating: ★★★★★
346 Broad Ave, Leonia, NJ 07605
bonchon@bonchon.com
Website
(201) 461-1212
Price: $$
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Bon Chon Chicken serves Korean style fried chicken that is amazingly good. They have a number of location in the tri-state area and some over on the west coast (CA). I ate at the Bon Chon on Lemoine Ave and found the service to be exceptionally good. The staff speaks both English and Korean and are very friendly. The restaurant has amble amount of seating. Parking in front of the store is limited, but if you circle around you should be able to find a spot in no more than 10 min. Furthermore, there’s a parking lot around the corner that is free for shoppers (limited to 2 hours).

Both the spicy (contains vitamins A & C) and soy garlic are very crispy, juicy and not very greasy. According to Bon Chon, they use a proprietary sauce that stays on the chicken and not on your fingers, which is totally true. The soy garlic is exceptionally sweet and the spicy is very spicy compared to their competitors (Boom Boom & Kyedong). You can choose from a number of combination: wings drumsticks, soy garlic, spicy, or a mixture of both. An order of large goes for $20 and the medium is $12 (tax included). As of Oct 2008, the Leonia location no longer provides a free soda with each order, not sure about other Bon Chon locations. Do remember to pre-order 20 minutes prior to pick-up or dinning because the chicken is made to order and will take sometime to prepare.

I had a medium drumstick and wings with a mixture of both spicy and soy garlic, which also came with a cup of Korean daikon radish. I couldn’t decide which one I liked more as they were both very good!

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Kyedong Chicken – Palisades Park

28 Feb

Kyedong Chicken

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
133 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ
Website
(215) 468-1546
Price: $$

Kyedong Chicken is Korean Fried Chicken house that has two locations; one, on Northern Blvd, NY (718-358-8300) and another on Broad Ave in Palisades Park, NJ. My review is based on the Palisades Park branch, which has no seating and is strictly for takeout only. The shop is located behind a bus stop and maybe hard to find since the shop’s sign is entirely in Korean and is co-located with New York Meat Market, a Korean butcher shop. Parking in this area is limited, so be prepared to circle a bit.

Kyedong Chicken, like their competitors (Boom Boom), offers wings, drumsticks, a combination of both, or whole chicken in either soy or hot sauce. You can also get a combination of sauces in any order, medium ($14) or large ($20) size. All orders come with a side of Korean daikon radish and a choice of soda. Remember to pre-order prior to pickup because it can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes to prepare.

I had a medium order of wings and drumsticks with a mixture of half soy and half spicy. The skin was crispy and had good texture, but there’s nothing good I could say about the meat itself. It was very bland and lacked taste. For the price I paid, I would have been better off going to Boom Boom or Bon Chon, which is significantly better! I have however, heard that the Northern Blvd branch of Kyedong is worlds better and cheaper for that matter. If you really want to try Kyedong Chicken, I would suggest you skip the Palisades Park branch and head straight to Flushing.

Kyedong Chicken