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Restaurant Review: Chef Yang 46 Tasting Dinner Menu

Several weeks ago, we enjoyed a wonderful meal at a quiet, but visually delightful restaurant in New Jersey. Nestled just off Highway 46 in Clifton, New Jersey is Chef Yang 46, a gourmet Chinese restaurant specializing in Sichuan food. We rarely dine out in New Jersey but we promise you will love what Chef Yang 46 has to offer. At almost a year old, we delighted in lots of Sichuan favorites at this creation of Dinggen Wang and Jiaqing Yang. Let’s dig right in, shall we?

Chef Yang 46 Chinese Restaurant

You feel immediately welcomed by the very informative and attentive staff as soon as you step inside. We may be a bit biased seeing as these are our colors, but we love the chic black and white decor with touches of red. As you may or may not know, red is a popular color in Chinese culture, symbolizing luck, joy, and happiness. We promise you won’t get bored with this menu as Chef Yang diligently dishes out seasonal items every three months.

Chef Yang 46 Chinese Restaurant

As we perused the menu of elegant and versatile Sichuan cuisine, we noted the restaurant and menu bosted a modern setting with traditional Chinese highlights. Visions of dumplings, noodles, and Peking duck (a Chef Yang specialty) danced through our heads as we took it all in. The staff makes it a point to share what makes each dish wonderful and are ever ready to make recommendations. We started our culinary journey through the contemporary Chinese menu with some light and tropical cocktails.

COCKTAILS 

Chef Yang 46 Cocktails

While tonight was all about the wonderful food, we delighted in the most famous Tiki cocktail, the Mai Tai; and Strawberry Margarita; both of which went down quickly. Both cocktails were refreshing and sweet and paired wonderfully with the variety of flavors we were about to indulge in.

STARTERS

SCALLION PANCAKES

Chef Yang 46 Scallion Pancakes

Scallion Pancakes are much-loved favorite Chinese starter or snack. The Chef Yang 46 flaky and savory pan-fried flatbread boasts a crisp edge and was delicious with the dipping sauce; the pancakes were light and not too oily. Of course, we prefer to drizzle the sauce over the Scallion pancakes it so every piece of the pancakes soaks up every drop.

ROAST PORK BUNS

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We encourage you to make these Pork Buns your first order after your cocktails. You’ll love the flavorful and hearty chunks of roasted pork and the slight sweetness of these unbelievable delicacies. They take a while to make but once you taste them, you’ll see why they are worth it. We suggest you order two.

BBQ PORK RIBS

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Get ready for delicious, some-fall-off-the-bone bbq ribs. These were so wonderfully prepared, it’ll be difficult to share with anyone else, so if you love ribs, we recommend you order more than one or get individual orders as you won’t want to share.

MAIN COURSES

BEEF WITH BROCCOLI

Chinese Food Photography: Beef and Broccoli

Succulent, tender cuts of shredded beef and semi-crunchy broccoli is why this dish remains a traditional favorite. It’s a great option for those who like non-spicy choices.

PRAWNS WITH GARLIC SAUCE

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Much like the Beef and Broccoli, this entree is another favorite. It boasts the perfect amount of garlicky flavor, with the earthiness of mushrooms and steamed broccoli adding great texture to it.

PORK BELLY WITH LEEKS

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We love spicy dishes and this pork belly and leeks dish from Chef Yang 46’s new style Sichuan food section of their menu really hit the mark. It was the perfect level of peppery spiciness. Its flavorful spices keep your palate wanting more.

DRAGON & PHOENIX

Chinese Food Photography: dragon & phoenix (surf & turf)

Another of Chef Yang 46’s specialties, the Dragon & Phoenix dish is the Chinese version of surf and turf. In this instance, it is one half sauteed Prawns and half General Tso chicken. Both were mouthwateringly delectable and we loved mixing the two flavor profiles as they enhanced each other.

We highly recommend you try some of their other noted dishes, rarely seen on any Chinese menus: Grand Marnier Prawn, dressed with a homemade sauce combining the golden ratio of mango and pineapple; and iconic dishes like Peking Duck and Tea-Smoked Duck.

DESSERTS

Chinese Food Photography: Desserts

Although our well-sated stomachs almost didn’t allow, we had to make room for dessert. Going for decadent chocolate, and a key lime pie desserts. Both were the ideal end to our evening of savory traditional Chinese and Sichuan delights. Light and airy, these desserts left us with the right amount of indulgence.

Chef Yang 46 is divided into three distinctive areas, a private room in darker tones perfect for parties and gatherings, a full bar in the middle, and a large dining room in brighter tones and white tablecloths. Chef Yang 46 is located at 1105 Route 46 E, Clifton, NJ 07013. Call 973-777-8855 to make your reservation or walk right in to indulge.

Patron 2019 Margarita of the Year Contender

Will The Golden Hour Margarita Win 2019 Margarita Of The Year?

Patrón Tequila hosted a happy hour being held at The Archer Bar in Jersey City to kick off the Margarita of the Year competition. We had the pleasure of tasting one of the competing cocktails before we voted for our favorite. Of course, it was easy to select Bartender Natalie Jacob’s Golden Hour Margarita as our favorite. The decadent cocktail mesmerized our tastebuds with its inspiring mix of ingredients.

The Golden Hour Margarita is one of eight contenders vying for the title of The Margarita of the Year. Natalie and the seven other masters of margaritas hope to entice judges with their mixology skills to win the coveted title. We loved the Golden Hour Margarita for several reasons; we love the use of turmeric (it doesn’t magically make it a “healthy cocktail”, but in our heads it does); we love the combination of the earthiness, sweetness, and slight heat that the cocktail’s ingredients brought.

Patron 2019 Margarita of the Year Contender

We also love how dangerously easy it all went down (thankfully the wonderful cocktail didn’t call for any “hair of the dog the next day, despite us enjoying five (keep the judging to the cocktails). Check out the full recipe below. Trust us, you will want to recreate it at home. If you’re not skilled behind the bar, Cocktail Courier will happily send you all you need to recreate this delicious cocktail.

Golden Hour Margarita

Bartender: Natalie Jacob/New York City

 

Patron 2019 Margarita of the Year Contender

1.5 oz Patrón Reposado
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
1 oz. Fresh pineapple juice
.5 oz Fresh lime juice
.25 oz Turmeric agave syrup*
+ Salt/turmeric/chili pepper rim
+ Pineapple wedge for garnish

*Turmeric agave syrup:
2 cups agave
1 cup water
2 tbsp. turmeric powder
Add agave, water, and turmeric to a saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to incorporate the turmeric. Let cool and strain into a sealable bottle.

This drink can be shaken and served on the rocks or frozen. Rim a rocks glass with a mixture of equal parts salt, turmeric, and chili pepper. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker or blender to combine. Pour into a rocks glass (filled with ice if you used a shaker). Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

We must also give major points to The Archer Bar for their amazing and inventive bar fare. Our Golden Hour Margaritas were made even more enjoyable with the addition of the Buffalo Maple Duck Wings & Waffle and the Bison “Jucy Lucy” Sliders.

The Archer Bar Fare - Buffalo maple Duck Wings & Waffle The Archer Bar Fare - Bison Sliders

If you love heat and spice, the Duck Wings will answer your prayers in satisfactory spades. Burger fans will love the double dose of dill in the Bison Sliders from the Dill Havarti cheese and Horseradish dill spread. In all honesty, we were expecting the typical bar food when we arrived and praise the culinary gods for surprising us with such decadence.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on Natalie Jacob’s margarita and of course, we can’t wait to hear which margarita will be crowned 2019 Margarita of the Year on April 25th.