NJ Dining: Nha Trang Place

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Nha Trang Place
249 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ
(201) 239-1988

In my previous post about Binh Duong in Bloomfield I talked about how I love to eat Vietnamese food, particularly during the hot summer months. My favorite traditional-style Vietnamese restaurant is Nha Trang Place, in Jersey City — which just happens for me to be the most pain-in-the-ass one to get to, because of all the traffic and lights associated with getting there. But if you persevere, you will be rewarded with authentic Vietnamese cuisine of the like that compares with the best in NYC’s Chinatown, and even in places like the New Orleans suburbs where the best Vietnamese food in the entire country can be found.

Nha Trang storefront on Newark Ave in Jersey City. Nha Trang has an ample parking lot next door, it’s a huge restaurant. You will also see signage for “Miss Saigon” and “Pho Thanh Hoi”, which were the two previous incarnations of the same restaurant that they never bothered to take down.

Nha Trang is the best traditional Vietnamese restaurant in Northern New Jersey. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.

This pretty shrine of offerings in the entranceway was being displayed during our last visit.

Nha Trang is cavernous inside, utterly dwarfing any other Vietnamese restaurant in New Jersey in terms of seating and also in its menu offerings. The only thing it compares to is similar restaurants in NYC’s Chinatown.

Service at Nha Trang is fast and efficient. One word of warning though: if you order a whole bunch of dishes, they will all land on your table pretty much simultaneously. The Vietnamese really have no concept of “courses” as everything all comes and is eaten at once. So I suggest only ordering a few dishes at a time.

Goi Cuon, aka Shrimp Summer Rolls, with Peanut Sauce.

Cha Gio, fried spring rolls.

Accompaniments for spring rolls — pickled vegetables, lettuce and mint wrappings, and chile/fish sauce condiment for dipping.

Wrapping up a spring roll.

Spring Roll, ready to eat.

Vietnamese fresh lemonade soda drink.

Durian Shake.

Grilled Pork Meatball Appetizer.

Pork Meatball, wrapped in a thin rice paper and lettuce/mint/pickled vegetables.

Steak Salad over Watercress

Chicken Salad with Peanuts

Spicy Rare Beef Salad with Lemongrass. I really liked this one.

Condiments for Pho soup.

Pho Tai, anise-flavored beef broth with rare beef and rice stick noodles. An excellent rendition.

Shrimp with Oyster Sauce

Pan Fried Rice Noodle with Beef

Rice Noodle (Bun) with grilled steak cubes

Sliced marinated grilled pork chop over rice. Excellent.

Vegetarian Fried Rice

Green Vegetable with Oyster Sauce. I think the green vegetable itself is Chinese Yu Choy, but I’m not sure. In any case, it was quite tasty and went great with the fried rice.

This is a grill-your-own lettuce wrap dish I saw other patrons at another table eating.

This is the bill we got at the end — each dish has its own letter code. It looks awfully like the activation key codes for Windows Vista!

The refrigerator case in front had some interesting looking desserts and beverages, but we didn’t partake of any.

The restaurant also owns a grocery store next door. Apparently, on Saturday afternoons, they make Vietnamese sandwiches, or Banh Mi as they are called. I’ve never been there at the right time to get them, though.

Check out the condiment section! They got every flavor of Sriracha sauce you could possibly want.

13 Responses to NJ Dining: Nha Trang Place

  1. Abe Froman says:

    Looks great, especially concidering the general state of Asian food in JC.

    Thanks for the heads up, this went straight to the top of the list.

  2. coollikeme says:

    You are making me hungry.

  3. E. Nassar says:

    Careful now! Ever had Viet food in Houston? We might have the best in the country, not NOLA. Next time you are here, let me know and I’ll be happy to share a good vietnamese meal in Houston with ya :) . That beef salad does look fascinating. Was the meat cooked at all?

  4. BJS says:

    Is this restaurant walkable from the Grove Street Path Station stop?
    I noticed that it’s not near the NJT Light Rail.

  5. Elie: Meat was barely cooked if at all.

  6. Just me says:

    This place is awesome! It’s by far my favorite restaurant in Jersey City,

  7. Abe Froman says:

    By the way, next time you are in that that neighborhood (for lunch) check out Second Street Bakery right around the corner. Some great italian sandwiches and stuffed bread. Eggplant parm is particularly good… as is the sausage bread. And they do a crazy italian coldcut sandwich on a half loaf of sausage bread.

  8. Lawrence says:

    I frequent that place and I love it. My girlfriend introduced it to me and I cannot get enough of this place. Me and her went there 4 times in 1 week and I ordered the same thing each time, number 1 soup with a small order of viet spring rolls. I usually get that all the time and I can never get sick of it. I definately recommend it to anyone. Prices are great, atmosphere is nice, and the people are nice as well.

  9. maliha11 says:

    i love Asian food specially Vietnamese that is really good but i rather have sea food or veggies with that amazing cuisine

  10. kendra says:

    Sounds like you have experience with eating in New Orleans. Just wondering if you know any place in Bergen county area that sells good Boudin sausages?? Been looking for them w/ no luck… thanks.

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