The Best Chinese Restaurants in Jersey City, NJ

Fried rice, a classic of Chinese cuisine
Fried rice, a classic of Chinese cuisine | © takedahrs / Pixabay
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26 April 2018

Chinese food has become more of a staple in America’s gastronomic culture. Considering they are the largest Asian community in the U.S., it would make sense that many of their culinary flavors are familiar to many Americans. And that is no different in Jersey City, NJ.

From westernized takes on Chinese dishes to the more traditional and regional fare, Chinese food in Jersey City is a big go-to for locals—learn where to find the best below.

Shanghai Best

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Traditional Chinese-style dumplings | Traditional Chinese-style dumplings

Soup dumplings have been gaining popularity in Chinatowns all over the U.S. Luckily for Jersey City, Shanghai Best serves some of the best in the area. Each doughy parcel has a balanced ratio of broth to pork filling. However, if you’re craving something else, the restaurant also serves some of the best Chinese food in the city. Whether you’re salivating over some Peking duck or a dish from the Chengdu region of China, Shanghai Best will be able to satisfy all of your cravings.

King Szechuan Palace

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Wonton soup with beef and scallions | Wonton soup with beef and scallions

If you’re in The Heights neighborhood and craving Chinese food, give King Szechuan Palace a try. Known for its spicy dishes such as Szechuan pepper jumbo shrimp and stir-fried sliced lamb, the restaurant makes a number of authentic Chinese dishes but also has a lot of more familiar choices—if you’re not in the experimental mood. The place isn’t big, so takeout is a popular option. And while they’re great for dinner, King Szechuan Palace has a wide variety of choices on their special lunch menu.

Taste of North China

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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A wok filled with Chinese noodles | A wok filled with Chinese noodles
Taste of North China is on a mission to deliver the best of Northern China to Jersey City. And while much of the menu looks fairly similar to others you may have seen, its abundant selection of dishes make it stand out. There are a variety of noodle dishes and different types of dumplings. And if you’re a bit more adventurous, you can try Chengdu-style pig feet, which is meant for those who like things really spicy. Vegetarians will also be happy to know that there are enough options that won’t make you feel like the veggie-only dishes are an afterthought.

Grand Sichuan

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Stir-fried water spinach with garlic and chili | Stir-fried water spinach with garlic and chili

Anyone looking for more than just some wonton soup and General Tso’s chicken should give Grand Sichuan a try. Only a few blocks from the Grove Street Path Station, the restaurant doesn’t shy away from traditional Chinese cooking. And you will notice it instantly after looking at the menu. While the braised whole fish with hot bean sauce or the sauteed Chinese watercress are great options, those with more adventurous palates can try the spicy frog or the pig kidney with pickle. Although the prices may be a little higher than what you’d expect from other Chinese restaurants, the quality of the dishes will make it all worth it.

Asian Food Markets

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Peking duck hanging in a Chinese food market | Peking duck hanging in a Chinese food market

On the south side of Jersey City, Asian Food Markets has been serving the large and varied Asian community in that part of the city for several years. With aisles and aisles of authentic sauces, spices, and even rice varieties, the supermarket holds the keys to many of your favorite Chinese, Japanese and Filipino dishes. Aside from being able to grab things off of your grocery list, there’s a section by the entrance that offers hot foods. From fresh roasted pork or Peking duck to stir-fried vegetables and pastries, customers can grab a snack or their readymade meal for later that day.

99 Ranch Market

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Seafood section of an Asian food market | Seafood section of an Asian food market

Originally opening its doors in Westminster, California, in 1984, 99 Ranch Market has been the answer to finding quality ingredients for the Asian community. While the chain grocer is predominantly found in California, there are many locations around the U.S., including Jersey City. Whether you’re looking for a particular type of nori or some fresh lychees, the supermarket helps many different Asian communities make their traditional dishes. And to top it all off, there is a prepared foods area where you can grab some Peking duck or a rich and meaty stew. Grab one of the combo plates to go and save your groceries for later in the week.