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Suez Canal

Map & Directions 117 Tonnele Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
  • Diner, Egyptian
  • Daily 2pm-11pm
  • cash
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Not Necessary
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

This Egyptian old-timer Suez Canal specializes, somewhat obsessively, in fish. Whole fish (sea bass, red mullet, and porgy) are dusted with whole wheat flour, grill-blackened, then doused with salt water-you must peel off the skin to get at the succulent flesh. Then there are red-sauced stews of squid and shrimp, and huge grouper fillets, which arrive lightly breaded and laked in a tart garlic sauce. Apart from these seagoing selections, the only other options are chile-heaped fried eggplant, a perfunctory salad, and dirty rice-making you think there's a Cajun back in the kitchen somewhere.

Member Reviews

  • thevillagevoicebestof wrote a review for Suez Canal
    on 05/10/09

    Jersey City's Alexandrian fish places have become legendary. The best is Suez Canal, where the modest premises belie some of the freshest locally caught fish around, rubbed with whole-wheat flour and charcoal-grilled - peel and discard the skin to reveal the smoky flesh.

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  • Nick P. on 05/17/13

    Closed! Don't know why:/

  • Nick P. on 10/06/12

    I'm obsessed with this place. Great home cooking style middle eastern/Alexandria Egypt cuisine. Friendly, so don't be shy to go in. Also have a positive NYT review.

  • Bibz B. on 11/17/10

    Closed on Wednesday.

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