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.
In addition to a printed menu, our waiter brought over an iPad with photos of the dishes.
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.
The seafood vermicelli (with squid, scallops, and shrimp) was very good.
The beef short ribs were finger-licking good.
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.
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.
Finally, our waiter brought us a nice potato dessert dish.
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.