Located in an old Friendly's building with the signature cupola, on approach you are greated by statues of Chinese warriors, but don't be afraid. Once inside you will find a smartly designed and comfortable dining room with a friendly and well trained wait staff.
We have dine at and taken out from 88 Cafe many times and have always enjoyed their food and service.
88 Cafe offers Chinese cuisine and sushi. I tried their sushi once and was not thrilled with it, although others have said they liked it. We have stuck with their delicious Chinese food. They have some Thai on the menu too.
One of my favorite dishes that is very hard to find in New Jersey is rice cakes, some times called new year's rice cakes.
"Nian gao, year cake or Chinese new year's cake is a food prepared from glutinous rice and consumed in Chinese cuisine. It is available in Asian supermarkets and from health food stores. While it can be eaten all year round, traditionally it is most popular during Chinese New Year. It is considered good luck to eat nian gao during this time because "nian gao" is a homonym for "every year higher and higher." Wikopedia
The rice cakes are served with a brown sauce with shrimp, beef, pork, chicken or vegetables.
There are many dishes on the menu that you don't find on the standard Chinese menu. Several vegetarian options, we like the dried fried broccoli and lima beens as well as the tofu home style. The dumplings and pork buns are quite good, if you are in the mood for something like that. On the appetiver menu we did not really like the ribs but the chicken in lettuce wraps was delicious.
For entrees the salt and pepper shrimp and beef with basil are favorites.
We prefer 88 Cafe over Baumgart's Cafe for Chinese food in Livingston, NJ.
Check out the menu on their web site below.
106 E Mount Pleasant Ave
Livingston, NJ 07039