If you are looking for fantastic fare and very reasonable prices then Chai Ko Tapas is most definitely the restaurant for you. Owner Yamin Dayan, a Madrid native shows Jersey how steak should be cut and cooked. Spain is known for its meat selections and meat dishes and Yamin really brings that out at Chai Ko, one example being the Oxtail on the menu. This is the sister restaurant of Estihana with locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. While Estihana is more of the Asian sibling, Chai Ko, which is named after his daughter Chaya, is taking on more of the Steakhouse role in the Dayan restaurant family.
The restaurant is modern with an Asian-style feel, silky wooden tables line the restaurant with a sushi bar upon entrance. Yamin's favorite and the house specialty is the Mongolian Style Steak in a Garlic Brown Sauce. Another fabulous mouth-watering cut is the Aged Rib Eye. Chai Ko ages its own meats and cooks them to juicy perfection. The Rib Eye is accompanied by grilled Zucchini and the option of roasted, mashed or french fried potatoes. For those who do not favor meat on the menu, there are over two dozen sushi rolls that are innovative and tasty. Appetizers include the infamous Shredded Crispy Beef, Gomatore Chicken Balls in a delicate Sesame Sauce, Stuffed Jalapenos with Kani, Spicy Tuna, and Spicy Salmon in a spicy sauce.
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With food so good, the clean-cut, quick-service atmosphere makes this restaurant the complete package. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly with a true love for the food at this fine establishment, especially Yamin who is very accommodating to all requests.
Chai Ko is switching up it's menu so be on the look out for less tapas and larger portions of all your favorites at this Northern Jersey staple. Now with the seasons changing, this is the perfect time to try the warm flavorful soups on the menu such as the comforting French Onion Soup served with a crispy Crostini or the light and home-like-taste of the Chicken Dumpling Soup in a Chicken Broth. Lastly, don't forget to bring your favorite bottle of wine to pair with your savory meal as Chai Ko is BYOB.
The food was delicious and the service excellent. They are now open Motzaei Shabbat and you do not have to bring your own wine. I definitely recommend the Asian sampler. This was a wonderful dining experience!
i was by chaiko tapas many times and found that this is my favorite restaurant! from service to food...everything was delicious, pleasant, and an enjoyable meal.a few of my favorites are the PRIME RIB AU JUS, OXTAIL, RIB STEAK FRITES, and of course the CRISPY CHIKEN/BEEF!!