For Jesse’s birthday, we spontaneously discovered The Noble East in Upper Montclair while taking a drive. We had heard that it opened, but we didn’t know what to expect. Many Chinese eateries are scattered around the area, but hardly any of them are proper for a “sit down.” Most are takeout joints that have “the usual” (i.e. dishes printed on a mass-produced menu that you can find anywhere).
The Noble East felt different. And upon seeing edamame dumplings on its list of appetizers, our suspicions rang true.
And for your information, the edamame dumplings were AMAZING. On par with what we’ve had at Buddakan in New York City — but with more of an authenticity that we have been longing for now that we’re no longer a mere subway ride away from Chinatown.
We also ordered the peking duck, which came with cucumber, scallions and pancakes. It’s one of their specialties. The skin was crispy, the meat was tender and it wasn’t greasy like other peking ducks I’ve had.
And for good measure — because Jesse ALWAYS HAS TO ORDER IT — the general tsos made its way to our table.
Good eats aside, the service at The Noble East was also pretty outstanding. Attentive yet relaxed.
I would recommend you pay them a visit if you’re in the area. We can’t wait to go back for the dim sum on weekends.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
4 Alvin Place in Montclair, NJ