A reader here at t:e a reader has been talking up Alen Lee's Westchester restaurants (Westcheraunts, if I may). When the news that Mr. Lee was opening a place in Ridgewood, NJ, the reader was very pleased indeed.
For my part, I was skeptical right out of the gate. Mr. Lee's restaurant are best described (and self-described) as "pan-Asian." To the best of my knowledge, that means various Asian cuisines on a single menu, tamed, with a some sugar added for American palates. I used to get a bit excited for this back in the 90's, when it all seemed new. Not so much anymore. I find the food too safe (chicken breast?), too sweet ("glazes" and whatnot), and just not terribly exciting (no tripe on these menus, that's for sure).
Well I finally got around to sampling some of the food at Wild Ginger (not related to Englewood's Japanese restaurant of the same name, but sister restaurant of Hoboken's), and boy oh boy, I'm big enough a man to admit when I'm right, and was I. It was the first day of what turned out to be a three day Asian craving. Suffice it to say the craving would have not lasted so long if I didn't dick around on the first two days.