The 10 Best Restaurants in Fort Lee, New Jersey

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Katherine Oakes

Just across the Hudson River lies the small town of Fort Lee, which is famed for its diverse ethnic cuisines, most notably Korean food. Foodies from near and far come to sample its authentic fare, including Japanese, Italian and even…Creole? Yes. Read on to discover the 10 best restaurants in Fort Lee.

1. Soup Dumpling Plus

Restaurant, Chinese, Asian

For a laid-back and low-key night with delicious food, Fort Lee’s Soup Dumpling Plus is a favorite local spot known for their (surprise) dumplings and soup dumplings. The lines get long, but the service is fast and friendly. Come here for authentic Chinese cuisine that’s down to earth and never overpriced.

2. Myung Dong Noodle House

Restaurant, Korean

Ask any Fort Lee local with a nose for Korean cuisine about their favorite local eatery, and they’re sure to tell you about Myung Dong Noodle House. Although it’s a chain Korean restaurant, that doesn’t take away from its authenticity and wildly popular dish, kalguksu. Sure, it’s a hidden gem, but its long lines and packed tables give itself away. Order a bowl of its famous Korean broth and noodles next time you swing by.

3. Shanghai Restaurant

Restaurant, Chinese

An authentic Chinese eatery with a no-frills appearance, Fort Lee’s Shanghai Restaurant serves up customer favorites such as scallion pancakes and fried rice. Also on the menu is a variety of Dim Sum options, so be sure to order their popular pork dumplings. In addition to their indoor seating area, Shanghai has outdoor seating as well.

4. Raku Izakaya

Bar, Restaurant, Japanese, Korean

At Raku Izakaya, you can chow down on handmade sushi rolls, small Japanese dishes like yakitori and choose from a wide variety of sake and chu-hai cocktails to wash it all down. Located in the heart of Fort Lee, the Japanese-style lounge is known best for serving its tasty eats in a tranquil atmosphere featuring chic Eastern décor. Better yet, it’s great for big (sushi-loving) groups.

5. Masil House

Restaurant, Korean

Diners can partake in a Korean tradition at Masil House by having a seat on the floor. It serves a less trendy version of Korean fare—the ever-popular Korean BBQ—that’s still warm, hearty and nourishing Seoul food (get it?). Here it’s best to order one of the soups or stews that they are known for serving, such as the gamjatang, along with a tangy and tasty plate of kimchi.

6. Mother’s

Restaurant, Korean

With a name that’s as good as it sounds, Mother’s offers a wide variety of Korean dishes. Unlike the many traditional spots in town, they take a more contemporary approach to their food and décor. There are poke bowls, sushi, and sashimi rolls, as well as typical Korean plates, bibimbap, and bulgogi.

7. Menya Sandaime

Restaurant, Japanese, Ramen

There’s one word that best describes Menya Sandaime, and that’s ramen. This Fort Lee joint serves up fresh, homemade bowls of the Tokyo-style broth that gives visitors a taste of authentic and traditional Japanese cuisine. People come to Menya to slurp up these steamy noodles in a cozy space that also boasts a sleek and modern vibe thanks to its wooden accents and Japanese décor.

8. Loui Loui

Restaurant, Cajun, Seafood

If you’re looking for some tasty Cajun and Creole cooking in Fort Lee, stop by Loui Loui. Grab a bit of their rich and flavorful seafood dishes such as fresh crawfish, crab, mussels, and lobster. The most popular item on the menu? Their funnel cake fries, of course. Simply pick your choice of seafood, the sauce, and level of spiciness, and you’re good to go.

9. The Big Red Tomato

Restaurant, Restaurant with Rooms, Italian

From their Margherita pizzas to the marina sauce (yes, just the sauce), regulars at The Big Red Tomato all have that one menu item that they love to rave about. A family-friendly corner eatery not far from the heart of Fort Lee, this spot has all the trappings of your favorite Italian restaurant: warm, friendly, and plenty of garlic bread.

10. Franco’s Metro Restaurant, Bar and Pizza

Restaurant, Italian

In a town that’s brimming with Korean and Japanese restaurants, Franco’s offers New Jersey’s more traditional cuisine. A long-standing family favorite for its Italian dishes, brick-oven pizzas, and comfortable atmosphere, you can come here for a quick bite or a sit-down meal with friends. Like any good Italian restaurant, the family-owned establishment has been serving up slices for over 20 years.

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