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Celebrate Chinese New Year

Celebrate Chinese New Year in #HipNJ

February 5th marks the start of the Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the Year of the Pig! Those born in the Year of the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) are known to have beautiful personalities and are blessed with good fortune in life. You can read more about the personality traits of the Pig here

To celebrate the Pig in your life, below is a rundown of some of our favorite Chinese restaurants throughout the Garden State.

Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know!

1) Xina Restaurant, Toms River, www.XinaRestaurant.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mac N’ Cheese Dumplings – sriracha ranch & shichimi togarashi bread crumbs

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2) TS Ma, Montclair, www.TSMACC.com

3) Hunan Taste, Denville, www.HunanTaste.com

4) Shanghai Bun, Matawan, @shanghai_bun_matawan

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sunday success… eat each dumpling like your last! #shanghai #shanghaibun #soupdumplings

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5) Joe’s Peking Duck House, Marlton, JoesPekingDuckHouse.com

 

 
 
 
 
 
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#welovenoodles

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Where To Spend National Pie Day in New Jersey

What’s your favorite part of the pie, the crust or the sweet center? At The Pie Store in Montclair, New Jersey they embrace every inch of these circular delights! Doubling the crust and tripling the fruity or creamy center that will make your taste buds dance. This authentic English styled market offers you the chance to indulge in traditional English styled double crusted apple, blackberry and cranberry pies. Trying to lay off the sugar? No need to feel left out! They also have an entire menu dedicated to mouth watering, freshly made savory pies filled with potato, cheese, chicken and mushroom.


Calling all carb lovers! The Greek mother-ship of everything sweet, savory and delicious has landed right here in Hoboken, New Jersey. Within the first few steps of walking through the GFG Bakery and Cafe modern styled glass doors you will be welcomed with the warm smell of baked goods and introduced to the land of Greek treats. Their Mediterranean pie exceeds maximum satisfaction as the creamy feta and airy crust melts in your mouth. Take a daily trip to Greece and start your day off right with a sweet Greek treat or savory snack. Can’t choose between sweet or savory? Try their Honey Cheese pie, the perfect combination of delicious and addicting.

Did you say you loved pie and all things scrumptious? Because we do! Mara’s Cafe and Bakery has been serving Denville and its surrounding areas for over 30 years now and has yet to disappoint. Their extensive line of baked goods includes brownies, bars, biscotti, homemade cookies, cannolis, cupcakes and of course pies! Mara’s Cafe and Bakery accommodates all, whether you want just a little treat for yourself or are looking to host a party for your friends and family. Searching for a new way to end the work week? Pick yourself up sweet treat at Mara’s Bakery!

 
Mr.Tod’s Pie Factory, originally seen on Shark Tank in 2009, can now be found in the heart of Englewood, New Jersey. Mr.Tod, was formerly famous for being one of Shark Tank’s many successes and since then has maximized his palette and has created his own version of pies, cobblers and even cheesecake! If you are looking for a four inch or ten inch pie Mr. Tod is able to accommodate you. His menu gives you the abstract in the ordinary, starting with his popularly known sweet potato pie, going on to his freshly made buttermilk coconut pie and finishing off with his own interpretation of pecan and chocolate pecan pie. Can’t choose? Buy a box of his four inch samplers!

Sweet, Sweet, LilliPies! LilliPies started from the ground up, going from selling their baked goods at local Princeton farmers markets to now being a complete commercial kitchen and eatery right in the neck of the Princeton Center Mall. This up and coming business has created a home for all of those who are looking for a little piece of sweetness to start their day. Their January themed menu is currently hosting three pies, all with a Southern twist. Their Bourbon Pecan pie is filled with a buttery honey, pecan custard and topped off with roasted pecans. Their NJ Apple pie is baked to perfection, centered with Jersey apples and finished off with their streusel crumble. And of course, we can’t forget the Chocolate Chess pie, made with farm fresh eggs and E. Guittard chocolate. Did I mention they serve breakfast all day?


The struggle of finding a guilt free, allergy friendly treat is a thing of the past. No more DIY, three ingredient baking for you! Squirrel & The Bee Grainless Bake Shop in Short Hills has it all! Every baked good is made with love and care, minus the preservatives, grains, dairy, refined sugar and gluten. Their locally sourced produce really creates the “farm to table” feel. Their menu is endless, giving you the options of pies, brownies, grainless granola, muffins, bread and even dairy free, homemade ice creams! Squirrel & The Bee passion for clean eating doesn’t stop there. They also offer a healthy, traditional approach to breakfast and lunch. Serving up grainless waffles, eggs, smoothies and acai bowls for breakfast and soups, grainless sandwiches and salads for lunch.

Kai Yang

NOW OPEN: Kai Yang, Thai Restaurant in Montclair

Are you craving some authentic Thai food? Do you have a taste for something new? Well luckily for you, Kai Yang, an authentic Thai food restaurant, has recently opened in Montclair. With its traditional decor and intimate seating, Kai Yang puts you right in Thailand, without the hassle of flying!

Thai food features rich combinations of flavors, making it a very popular and favorable cuisine. Sweet, spicy, tangy, savory, they have it all! Kai Yang specializes in authentic Thai Rotisserie Chicken and street food. Their name, “Kai Yang”, actually translates to “grilled chicken”. Served half or whole, their platters of organic marinated chicken, along with traditional sides such as papaya salad, sticky rice, and dipping sauces are shareable for the whole family.

If you are craving more, there are add-on options for their marinated chicken dish. These include Moo Ping (grilled pork skewers), Nuea Yang (sliced grilled beef), and Larb Kai (minced chicken). Their menu also features many other traditional Thai dishes which include stir fry, curry and noodle dishes like Pad Thai and Panang, duck, specialty entrees, seafood, and fried rice. They also offer several Thai desserts which include fried ice cream, fried banana, and sweet sticky rice with ice cream. Kai Yang is BYOB and they offer drinks such as Thai iced tea, lemongrass iced tea, coffee, and more. 

Owner and Chef Sheree Sarabhaya is an award-winning veteran restaurateur, who owns Boon Thai Kitchen in Livingston, Spice II in Montclair, and now Kai Yang. Sarabhaya grew up on these foods in Bangkok, and wants to share them with us all.  Kai Yang is open for lunch and dinner, Monday and Wednesday-Sunday. They are closed on Tuesdays. Take our and delivery are available. Reservations can be made for four or more at (973)-509-2110. 

Remember, September is National Chicken Month!