Korai Kitchen

576 Summit Ave, Jersey City
(201) 721-6566

Recent Reviews

Kyle Weber

Unbelievably great service and great food. The cuisine was new to me so I can’t really compare it to other examples of the same cuisine, but I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to coming back.

Clare Mccutcheon

This restaurant is also a buffet style for both lunch and dinner. All the food is homemade as one of the staff's mother cooks it all, they also have a special fish imported from bangladesh that is extremely delicious! Staff did warn us that there is little bones inside the fish so to eat with cation.

Jimps Jerome

Decent place to try other cuisine. Owner is friendly and very welcoming. The food was good.

selina mala

Whenever I plan to cater for any special event, I think about Korai Kitchen! They set a very high standard for catering excellence. Food is yummy and people are lovely. In short, they are the BEST :)

Charles Duncan Miller Renfro V

Wow! I've never met a friendlier owner who brags about her mom's cooking. This place was great. I left waddling out I ate so much and the desserts, particularly the orange yogurt that tastes like cheesecake meets custard was phenomenal. A must visit!

Mia Mia

Delicious Bengali food in buffet style. Went for lunch and had a warming lentil soup then had an array of the entrees with a paratha on the side. I love the Egg curry and the cabbage dish. After that we had a choice of dessert and some authentic chai. You will love it and the owner. Sweetest and friendliest lady ever and her Mom is the cook. The only authentic Bengali place around here besides NYC!

Jenn L.

This is a local hidden gem in town! Staff is extremely welcoming and as it was my first time at their restaurant and eating bangladesh food as well, they gave a run down of what they had to offer and how to eat it. This restaurant is also a buffet style for both lunch and dinner. All the food is homemade as one of the staff's mother cooks it all, they also have a special fish imported from bangladesh that is extremely delicious! Staff did warn us that there is little bones inside the fish so to eat with cation. Their side bread is also provided, comes out nice and hot - really good to use to eat with all the extra sauce your food will leave behind. They also have dessert so make sure to leave room for those. Definitely coming back - 100% worth every cent.

Vrushali D.

This is hands down the best Bangladeshi buffet in Jersey City. Significantly different than the typical Indian buffet restaurants. They serve home cooked meals and is a family owned and run business. The owner is super super friendly and gracious and took the time to explain to us the meaning and preparation of all the dishes. Owners mother is the super chef who also came out to ask us if we enjoyed the food. Lively and lovely place with great ambience ...desserts were amazing..served fresh chai too! Menu included a mouth watering fish curry, 2 chicken curries, egg curry, dal, one vegetarian dish, 2 types of rice and a variety of dried and fried fish dishes. I would definitely recommend!!

Adhi Kesavan

Authentic Bangladeshi food. Must try if you're in the neighborhood...or even with the trip of you're craving for some good fish options.the host and the people are extremely nice👍

Urna B.

Very authentic Bangladeshi food. It's a family run restaurant affair and the whole staff is super welcoming. For $20 the buffet includes chicken curry, mutton curry, fish curry, egg curry, slow cooked biriyani and many different daals and bhorthas. Highly recommend as your first introduction to Bengali cuisine (beats a hike to Jackson heights)

Jazz M.

Great quality food. I appreciated the warm Welcome and friendly service. They have this special fish... it was good and it does have a lot of little bones...and I appreciate them for letting me know. I loved everything in their buffet!!

Zubin Shetty

Amazing authentic food for very reasonable prices. Buffet style, you will stuff your face and eat way too much. The service is warm and welcoming. Like dining at a friend's place.

Elva Rogers

We were here for Sunday buffet. We got there at 12:05 and were the first people to get in. The workers there are really friendly and will make you feel at home as soon as you entre. The buffet had varieties of food. The food tasted like homemade food, it was not oily and heavy like you usually feel after eating at an Indian buffet.

REVHarpswell

Our family just enjoyed their delicious buffet. The food is continuously brought out fresh from the kitchen. Service is excellent. Wonderful partnership with mom and daughter. Glad we got there early as it started getting busy as we were finishing our meal, and it's a small restaurant. Also saw people doing 'boxes to go.' Yum! Will be back!

Binoy valson

Great food! Excellent service. Felt like having a lunch at a friend's home. Ate like there was no tomorrow!

Giedrius Jokubauskis

Absolutely fabulous place! Atmosphere is amazing and the food is superb! They really treat you like a precious guess and you feel like eating at home!

kaopinlew

Terrific food, fish is to die for, incredibly nice cook/owner and manager. Everyone should try this place, and if you try it once, you’ll go back again.

Duvin Roman

The best service I have ever encountered. The staff were friendly and welcoming. The chef (mother of the host) came over to each table to make sure everything was great. The food was amazing. Didnt think that kind of quality was possible at a buffet style eatery. Every dish available was either good or very good. Try the fish! Try the biryani. Try this place. This is a must go if u are in the area.

Marie C.

We were here for Sunday buffet. We got there at 12:05 and were the first people to get in. The workers there are really friendly and will make you feel at home as soon as you entre. The buffet had varieties of food. The food tasted like homemade food, it was not oily and heavy like you usually feel after eating at an Indian buffet. The paratha that they serve is really soft. It was one of the beat parathas that I have had. The chef was really nice and she came to all the tables asking if we enjoyed her food. She is really sweet. The dessert that they serve at the end was really good too. The food that they serve is authentic food from Bangladesh. Cheers!! Overall, Food: 5/5 Service : 5/5 Price : 4/5

Kordian Witek

Good authentic food with great service. The nicest owners you'd ever meet. Hope it lasts.

Shampa Lodi

Best Authentic Bangladeshi cuisine .Great Fresh, food, awesome service with a smile, like all employees love to work there. Truly enjoyable atmosphere. I’ve known of their restaurant recently Well worth driving,If it was closer to the Boston would definitely be weekly lunches and dinners!!!

Mitan R.

Korai Kitchen is a small casual very clean restaurant owned by a mother daughter duo. They serve home style Bangladeshi buffet for lunch and dinner. I love to come back here again and again as it is so much like how my mom would cook food. The staff is very friendly, they take care you very well. The owner makes sure that you ate well. Their buffet has variety of items which includes different kinds of chicken , fish, eggs, vegetarian items , rice, breads etc. The food is non greasy and freshly made. Please make reservations before you go. They are always booked. Food : 4.5 Stars Ambience : 4 Stars Service : 5 stars. Overall I give 4.5 stars to this place.

Chengliang L.

Finally... finally.... I got to dine here. Korai Kitchen has been on my radar for the past few months and the anticipation has been building up ever since. I came in here with high expectations, and Noori (Nori? Nouri?) and her team blew them out of the water. As soon as you walk in you are greeted so warmly; it feels as if you're dining in her mom's home. By the way, every dish is cooked by her mom, so I got a little jealous when the host said it's what she ate growing up. The buffet was amazing, and so so worth it; the highlights were the chicken (cooked so well, it was super tender), the mixed vegetables (greens have never had so much flavor), and the lentil spread. My friends and I were so full after, but we still had to try two of the chef's homemade desserts. Both the rice pudding and yogurt dessert were able to find their way into our stomachs. I highly recommend leaving room for them. One more thing I'd like to add is that while we were dining: we constantly heard Noori being friendly and making conversation with each of her guests. That screams disposition and dedication that embodies the values of the restaurant. I was all for it. Korai Kitchen is the gold standard.

Bibi Rivera

The food was tasty but overpriced for the variety offered. Small and everyone is on top of you....Hardly any room to move around. The owner is very friendly and her mom is the cook so definitely you get that home cooked feeling.

Cici C.

We stumbled on this cute little family owned kitchen when we were looking for a family doctor. The staff (mainly the owner's daughter) was suppose nice and introduced the dinner buffet menu to us. She even got us some extra stuff not on the menu since we told her we love chicken korma ! All the food is prepared fresh here everyday by her mom and the menus change from lunch to dinner. The price is definitely worth how many selections there are. I just can't believe she cooks for this many people everyday! On a busy day she said her mom can cook for about 300 ppl all by herself ! The food was of course really yummy ranging from different types of curries to veggies to rice etc...the goat curry was a bit too spicy for me but the other dishes were great. Be careful if you do eat fish dishes as there could me a good amount of bones. Do save some room for the desserts as they are included in the dinner price and the rice pudding was so good! Chai tea is also included and it was so good I had to take another cup to go! We will definitely be back to try their other dishes as she says her mom has a lot up her sleeves!

Toby Phillippe

I've spent years in Bangladesh and this is like being there and having my mother in law in the kitchen. Soooo good. Worth a trip to NJ without a doubt. Wonderful owners and staff and so happy we have a place like this in the area. Give it a try and come away happy.

Evelyn Butler

I came back for a Lunch buffet on a Sunday and the place was packed! Food was even better than when I tried it 3 months back. Highlights being the soup, fish head lentils appetizer, mixed veggies with small prawns and the fish curry. The food here tastes lighter than Indian food but just as flavorful. Wash it all down with their desserts (yogurt, rice pudding) and a hot cup of cha. The food tastes homemade and comforting.

Belayeth Khan

Anyone looking taste south Asian/ Bangladeshi home made food for the first time, this is the place to be at people!!! I recommend everyone trying out the place! And yes the staff will make you feel at home, they are the best

Christine Stodolski

This is the real deal. Traditional Bangladeshi food, chicken bones and all. The egg curry is amazing, as are the vegetables and the dal. Rice pudding for dessert hit the spot! I will definitely be back and I'll bring my family next time...

Mayuresh P.

The spread is awesome. The food is cooked home style and has very subtle flavor. The mutton curry and rice pudding was my favorite. But there is plenty to satisfy everyone pallet. The food is not too oily as is the case with lot of Indian restaurants. Please make sure you call up ahead of time to make reservations. It's family style seating and sometimes gets full.

Arshi K.

Korai Kitchen is not only one of the best restaurants in NJ, it's one of the best restaurants I've eaten at. Nuri and her mom Chef Mama Rahman, are true connoisseurs of the craft - creating meals, creating moments and creating memories. Expect to be served with love and dig into a sumptuous lunch or dinner buffet bursting with flavors. The ingredients and dishes are changed according to the season... so there will always be some unexpected surprises and some all time favorites. A typical lunch buffet will have a rohu fish curry, a chicken curry, the delicious egg curry, a range of bhortas (mashed potatoes, smoked eggplant and boiled egg), dal, a veggie dish, shrimp + veggies and sometimes unexpected delights like baingan bhaajaa (fried eggplant fritters), khichdi (lentil mixed mushy rice) and omelettes! Nuri and the staff are phenomenal - warm, generous and great hosts over all. They even accommodated our toddler twins and made sure they were well taken care of! This place is truly a rare gem. More power to Korai Kitchen. Go get your fill of Bangladeshi cuisine. You can thank me later!

Madhavi S.

Simply awesome food great hosts totally warm by heart This was my first time trying Bangladeshi food . I had no idea what I was missing . It's best for non vegetarians !!! Call before you arrive as it is a homestyle cooking . And if u have to wait it's totally worth the wait . Don't miss the tea , it's nice . Restroom is clean and nice too. Every dish was superb . Try it to know it

Ami S.

Wow - if I could choose a restaurant to eat at on repeat till the day I die - this. Is. It! Rated top 100 yelp in the country I came in with high expectations...and then had them blown away! The mother daughter duo is so welcoming and it is clearly a labor of love for them. It was "mom's dream" to start this place and daughter Noori, had worked at USAID and gone to Georgetown before starting this place!). I felt like I was at lunch in their bright airy home. But on to the food...my favorites were the korai's - mashes that go as great mixes with the rice and the fall off the bone chicken curries, and the veggie dishes. I also loved the fresh bread they brought to the table. It's byob as well with a nearby spot to grab a cold beer. I'm originally Indian - but I've clearly been missing out on our norther neighbor. Word is spreading - I literally saw a guy come in with a translator on his phone in order to get in on the action!! This is the kind of place that I immediately texted all friend's in a 30 mile radius to tell them to come! Do yourself a favor and visit too!

Farzana Malik

Authentic Bangladeshi food, one of the best I’ve ever had.

Lindsay Curcio

Delicious Bangaleshi food! Delightful staff and atmosphere. Wow! so many wonderful selections on the buffet. I look forward to returning!

Julia W.

Like eating at Grandma's house. The home cooked meals at Korai Kitchen are the BEST. Read about this small storefront on the Summit Ave strip in an article in last year's New York Times. Ligations Mishan always finds the tastiest restaurants. Came here on a Saturday for their weekend buffet ($17.95)and easily found parking at the meter out front. The customer service could not have been friendlier. My partner and I were welcomed immediately upon entering the front door. The woman at the front mans the cash register while her mother does all the cooking in the back. Some standouts for me were the paratha, fish head stew, coconut curry chicken, rice pudding and chai. Everything was hot, fresh and constantly bring replenished. Can't wait to come back and try the shrimp curry with pumpkin. You can takeout for $7.95 a pound which is a steal.

Promee K.

This is a good and an authentic Bangladeshi/Bengali restaurant. Being a Bengali myself,.I am quite picky with Bengali food because most "Bengali" restaurants in the east coast focus mostly on Indian or Pak cuisine instead of authentic Bengali dishes. Anyway, we went to this place to have their lunch special. I was happy to see all my favourite dishes like, Murighonto (Fish head stew), Shiutki Bhorta (sun-dried fish dish) and Bengali daal (lentil soup). They serve fresh made parathas upon asking. The place was clean and well decorated with lots of little Bangladeshi touch. It was nice to see the owner and her mom come by to say hello. Definitely a must when visiting the east coast.

Randy Bognatz

We were blown away! Extremely nice and very friendly staff. Came around to talk to us a few times and explained each of the dishes. Very authentic, home-cooked Bengali food. Buffet style so make sure you go with some room and definitely save some space for dessert and tea. Highly recommended and we will be going back!

trishadasgupta

Authentic Bangladeshi/Bengali restaurant ran by a Mother & Daughter duo. Mom is the cook and the daughter manages the front. Nuri is super welcoming made me feel at home. Her Mom also comes out to meet and greet the guest once in a while. Cozy little place food is super tasty and not too spicy. They only serve buffet style for lunch and dinner so you will get to taste a lot of different types of food. Amazing selection of food starts with different side dishes such as mash (traditional mash potato, eggplants and eggs) and fritter. Along with many main course dishes like chicken curry, fish curry, goat curry and egg curry, lentil soup (Daal) and at least two different types of vegetable dishes. They also serve homemade milk tea (Chai) and on top of it you get phenomenal variety of dessert such as sweet curd (misti doi), sweet saffron rice (jorda), rice pudding (phirni). The owner told me they switch up the menu for lunch and dinner everyday nothing like fixed menu Indian restaurant menu!If you are interested she will also give you the background of each dish and the culture. We went twice already and will go back again!She is very welcoming and friendly. They also have take out option. Try to get in early for dinner since it’s a small place and tends to get crowded. Highly recommend.

Michelle O.

I was lucky enough to attend a Yelp Elite event in 2018 at this restaurant and became a fan of the food and the people who works there. I came back for a Lunch buffet on a Sunday and the place was packed! Food was even better than when I tried it 3 months back. Highlights being the soup, fish head lentils appetizer, mixed veggies with small prawns and the fish curry. The food here tastes lighter than Indian food but just as flavorful. Wash it all down with their desserts (yogurt, rice pudding) and a hot cup of cha. The food tastes homemade and comforting. I see a sign that says their prices are increasing beginning in April, so keep that in mind.