Petite Soo Chow: Chinese; Cliffside Park; 607 Gorge Rd; 23/13/$32; 201-313-1666; BYO; Shanghai style Chinese; Very popular in the area; Endless menu; Soup Dumplings are their signature dish, called Xiaolongbao; Dim Sum typical menu; Always packed. Similar to Joe’s Shanghai in Manhattan. One of the best (and only) sit-down Chinese restaurants in Bergen, a sorely lacking genre. Best for weekend lunch. NY Times loves them! https://petitesoochow.eat24hour.com/
Chengdu 46: Chinese; Clifton; 1105 Rt 46 @ Rock Hill Rd; 20/17/$41; 973-777-8855; www.chengdu46.com; Upscale Chinese that could use a facelift; Has a bar and wine list; Solid reviews in Zagats and can Chinese food, both high end and regular take out, ever be that far apart? Worth dining out here overall. $14.95 Sunday Lunch special perfect time to go. Gets better every year. Peking Duck amazing. For a ‘nicer’ Chinese experience.
Soup Dumplings Plus: Chinese; Fort Lee; 1550 Lemoine Av; 24/14/$16; 201-944-0901; http://soupdumplingplus.com/; Incredibly inexpensive; Soup Dumplings are the stand-out of course for about $6 an order! Full service Chinese options as well; Lunch specials with a drink for under $10. Decent setting overall – good service; I’d suggest order 4-5 things for a party of 2 so you have lots of leftovers.
Lotus Café: Chinese; Hackensack; 450 Hackensack Av; 21/15/$25; 201-488-7070; www.lotuscafehackensack.com/ One of the better Chinese restaurants in Chinese restaurant-starved (sit down places) Bergen county; Giant selection to pick from; BYO; Poor décor- in a strip mall; Tasty food with very few ‘misses’. Near Riverside Mall; Great effort made by the staff and cheap prices. Seafood Soup;
*PF Chang: Chinese; Hackensack; 50 Riversource Sq @ Hackensack Av; 19/20/$38; 201-646-1565; Never disappoints – for a chain – if you lower your expectations; Interesting menu featuring all sorts of different dishes from each region of China; Seafood, chicken, duck, beef, dumplings- all featured; Cool décor but mixed service. Always popular as it is a fun place to eat. Actually has great drink deals. Ideal break from shopping. Happy Hour M-F 3-6pm – discounted apps and drinks. www.pfchangs.com;
Golden Dynasty: Chinese; Hillsdale; 295 Kinderkamack Rd; 21/18/$35; 201-358-8685; 5-time winner 201 Mag best Chinese but mixed reviews elsewhere; Great website with pics of all dishes and drinks; Full bar; 8 million items on menu; Shrimp dumplings; PuPu platter appetizer; Crispy shrimp with salt and pepper; Orange flavored beef; All the classic dishes; This to me is a ‘real’ (American) Chinese restaurant. www.goldendynastynj.com/hillsdale/index.html;
Chan’s Dragon Inn: Chinese; Ridgefield; 630 Broad; 23/17/$36; 201-943-1276; While the menu is fairly typical of a Chinese restaurant, the food is extra good. Also has a full bar with lots of fun Asian inspired drinks like the Zombie; Great, affordable lunch specials with soup included; Décor almost cheesy – but they do Chinese right. Polynesian set up; Service and prices are great. www.yelp.com/biz/chans-dragon-inn-ridgefield
*Dim Sum Dynasty: Chinese; Ridgewood; 75 Franklin Av; 20/15/$28; 201-652-0686; www.dimsumdynastynj.com; Cantonese BYO; Hong-Kong style Dim Sum on weekends; Push carts and all; While not Chinatown, great for area; Clean, pleasant setting; Mixed service and always a quality meal. Ideal for lunch and obviously Dim Sum. Won’t blow you away but a nice sit-down option for the genre. Starts 11am weekends. Go early.
Joyce Chinese Cuisine: Chinese; River Edge; 478 Kinderkamack; 23/16/$35; 201-261-8858; www.joycechinese.com/; Lots of amazing dishes on this huge menu; Includes Sautéed & Spicy aromatic Crab – hard or soft shell; Great Crispy Duck; Frogs Legs; Mini Riblets; Basically, what makes them great is their sauces are so flavorful; BYO; Open daily for lunch or dinner; Lobster dishes; Almost an eclectic menu for genre. Management cares.