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July 18, 2018
725 River Road
Edgewater, NJ 07020
  • Opened: 2017
  • Cost: $$
  • Credit Cards: All Major
  • Alcohol: BYO
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Take Out: Yes

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July 18, 2018

Review

Edgewater’s SouthEast Asian Kitchen, or SEAK, is a sleek spot for small plates inspired by Vietnamese and Thai cuisine. 

SEAK’s co-owner and chef James Wang draws inspiration “from the floating markets of Southeast Asia.” The restaurant’s wide-ranging menu of small plates, banh mì sandwiches, noodle soups, and mains includes iconic dishes from both Thailand and Vietnam, as well as some creative twists on Southeast Asian flavors.

“Artisanal” Banh Mì

SEAK’s “artisanal” bánh mì offerings overflow with heritage pork or grilled sesame beef, dabbed with sriracha aioli. The Vietnamese banh xeo crepe is an overflowing version filled with shrimp, pork and bean sprouts. SEAK’s “banh mi frites”twice fried waffle fries topped with pickled vegetables, caramelized pork crumble, cilantro, and sriracha aioli – are a popular Southeast Asian – American mash-up. The counter bar up front serves fruit smoothies, teas and Vietnamese coffee.

Vermicelli Noodle Bowl

Crab Fried Rice

Entrées include Thai curries (massaman, red, yellow, green), pad thai, and meat and seafood plates with Southeast Asian accents, like Vietnamese Filet Mignon Cubes and Jalapeño Manilla Clams in a Spicy Black Bean Sauce. Try the Jumbo Lump Crab Fried Rice with jasmine rice and a shrimp paste reduction, a menu standout.

The vibe at SEAK, opened in 2017, is decidedly trendy, with Edison light bulbs and Thai iced tea served in mason jars. Brightly painted wooden window shutters on one wall of the busy dining room evoke the French colonial architecture you might see in Hanoi. The view outside, however, is of the Hudson River and Upper Manhattan’s Riverside Church tower.


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