Pakistani-Forward Eatery Laree Adda Arrives in Jersey City

Laree Adda 287 Grove Street Jersey City Interior
Grove Street’s Shah Taj has quietly rebranded and retooled their menu. Photo courtesy of Laree Adda.

A restaurant that’s been a Grove Street staple for almost a decade has quietly rebranded, retooled their menu, and spent the last month donating meals to a local hospital in anticipation of their re-launch.

Shah Taj first opened at 287 Grove Street in back in 2011, offering Indian cuisine and sweets in a casual setting. A quiet revamp under the same ownership has been ongoing and to prepare for the move, the restaurant’s ownership has been making deliveries of 20 meals per day for workers at Christ Hospital as COVID-19 wages on.

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Delivering meals to Christ Hospital. Photo courtesy of Laree Adda.

The effort is still underway as the overhauled restaurant has gone live, as customers can donate $5 to be matched by the restaurant towards a meal for those on the medical front lines. Those interested can donate here and also order pickup or take out from Laree Adda directly through their website.

Laree Adda 287 Grove Street Jersey City Pakistani Restaurant
Chicken Biryani. Photo courtesy of Laree Adda.

Laree Adda features a greater focus on Pakistani cuisine than its more Indian-focused predecessor, but the menu still includes items from both styles. Solo plates at the restaurant include beef, chicken, veggie, or mutton platters complete with basmati or veggie rice to go alongside entrees like butter chicken, palak paneer, or mutton korma, a Mughlai stew dish.

A selection of dishes cooked in a clay oven like tandoori chicken or seekh kebab are complemented by a variety of sides like biryanis and salads. A few specialty sweets the former restaurant was known for like a kheer rice pudding or uncured ice cream dubbed kulfi round out the menu at Laree Adda.

The restaurant is currently open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily for take-out and delivery only, with a more formal opening planned whenever COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. They can be followed on their newly-created Instagram account at the handle @lareeadda.



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