Wonderful Wednesday at Chef Ji’s Moon Jar

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

The ice storm had passed and Leya came over for dinner. I had read some good stuff online about Chef Ji’s Moon Jar at 1636 Palisade Avenue in Fort Lee. So, we decided to try this Korean restaurant. Well, things turned out better than either of us thought they would.

The restaurant is a bit trendy, more like one you would find in Manhattan than in New Jersey.

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Silverware at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Silverware at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

In addition to a printed menu, our waiter brought over an iPad with photos of the dishes.

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

We ordered only two items, seafood vermicelli and beef short ribs, but our waiter also brought us two different rice wines to sample – one regular and one raspberry. They were both quite refreshing.

Rice Wine at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Rice Wine at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Rice Wine at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Rice Wine at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Rice Wine at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Rice Wine at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

The seafood vermicelli (with squid, scallops, and shrimp) was very good.

Seafood Vermicelli at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Seafood Vermicelli at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

The beef short ribs were finger-licking good.

Beef Short Ribs at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Beef Short Ribs at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Beef Short Ribs at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Beef Short Ribs at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Then in the spirit of Asian Lunar New Year’s and hoping to get us to come back, our waiter brought us a fried chicken dish, which was quite yummy. It reminded me a lot of the chicken katsu I used to get when my parents took my brother and me to the Japanese restaurant East in Teaneck when we were little.

Fried Chicken Dish at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Fried Chicken Dish at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Then our waiter brought us each a small bowl of a dumpling soup, which we enjoyed. There were chewy (I think) rice discs in there, too.

Dumpling Soup at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Dumpling Soup at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Finally, our waiter brought us a nice potato dessert dish.

Potato Dessert Dish at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Potato Dessert Dish at Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

Chef Ji's Moon Jar - Fort Lee, NJ - Feb 2, 2011

So, quite an evening for a Wednesday! 🙂 By the way, they do have a liquor license.

We then went back to my apartment for tea and Jeopardy!

Also, Mazel Tov to Leya who starts a new job on Monday!

– Evan Bindelglass

Update (Sunday, March 20, 2011): Chef Ji and Moon Jar have parted ways. The restaurant has completed its transition from Chef Ji’s Moon Jar to simply Moon Jar (which it was in the midst of during this visit). Expect a new blog post in the months to come.

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One Response to Wonderful Wednesday at Chef Ji’s Moon Jar

  1. Hi:

    I enjoyed your post, but think Chef Ji Cha had already left the restaurant, as the photo of the sign in the window shows.

    I was told “New Season of Moon Jar” is the give-away.

    Cheers.

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