Locals say it’s true, Jersey City has the best Indian food

Adella Miesner

JERSEY CITY — In a community tucked in Journal Square, you’ll hear traditional Indian music play softly as you pass by a two-block strip of restaurants that leak a whiff of classic Indian cuisine. This is India Square. On Friday, Brad Japhe, a freelance food and travel journalist for CNN, […]

JERSEY CITY — In a community tucked in Journal Square, you’ll hear traditional Indian music play softly as you pass by a two-block strip of restaurants that leak a whiff of classic Indian cuisine. This is India Square.

On Friday, Brad Japhe, a freelance food and travel journalist for CNN, named Jersey City as the go-to spot for Indian food in the U.S., and locals in the Newark Avenue community said it was true.

“The food here is good and it’s pretty close to the food in India,” Manbar Pednepar said. “There’s so much variety.”

Pednepar has lived near India Square for about three years. He’s been working at Sri Ganesh Dosa House for about eight months where it gets busy, he said. Sunday morning, a handful of customers walked in while the telephones were constantly ringing.

The Newark Avenue restaurant serves dishes like Masala Idly and Ghee Idly or small food choices like samosas – all of which may have spices in it.

But across the street, people can choose the sweeter tastes of India.

Aarvin Patel is the owner of Rajbhog Sweets – also known as Rajbhog Café — which sells its own manufactured products. The store has been on Newark Avenue for about 25 years.

“Yes, the best Indian food is here,” Patel said.

Patel is from India, and said the best Indian food is in Jersey City area because they “make everything.”

The café sells products like Nana Khatai – shortbread biscuits – and Khir Mohan – a creamy dessert. The spacious shop is decorated with the colors of the Indian flag – orange and green – and is stacked with classic snacks and meals.

Japhe wrote that the Journal Square community makes you feel “as though you never left” India.

The freelance writer highlights eateries like Curry On, a popular Indian food spot on the corner of John F. Kennedy Boulevard and Newark Avenue; Raaz, an Indo-Persian style restaurant; and Rasoi, a diner that specializes in Punjabi dishes.

As for Patel and Pednepar, they said it’s the community that makes you feel that way.

“The community is helpful and so kind,” Pednepar said. “… And they’re very social.” –

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