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Thai Restaurant, Kinsen, Opens in Downtown Jersey City

by Diana Cooper
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Kinsen is a new Thai restaurant that has taken over the former spot of Prince & I at 80 Wayne Street in Jersey City. Since it is currently operated by only one person, the owner, Kinsen is still in its soft opening stage. Kinsen will soon become the it spot for a quick lunch pick-me-up or anyone craving a curry rice bowl or fresh summer roll. Read on to learn more about Kinsen, another great spot to get Thai food in Jersey City.

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Taking Over Prince and I

Kinsen owner Ann Chalayonnavin learned about the open space through her connection with the previous owner of Prince and I. Also known as ‘Pr&ince,’ Prince and I — also a Thai restaurant — first opened in late 2015 at 311 Baldwin Ave. It then moved locations to 80 Wayne Street in January 2018. The exact date Pr&ince shut down is unknown, but Yelpers were quick to report it was permanently closed at the time. 

Ann, who commutes from Queens every day to operate Kinsen by herself, told Hoboken Girl that she loves being part of the community despite her long travel time.

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“I love this neighborhood and the community. It’s quiet,” Ann shared. “People are so nice. They pick me up with a warm welcome because I was not familiar with the area at first.”

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Kinsen opened in April of this year and is still in its building stages. The exterior and interior aren’t completely finished yet, but Ann believes it could be done in a few weeks. Upon walking in, there is a counter to place an order or to pick up an order. There are also a few tables and white chairs for eating in. A green plant-like backdrop aligns part of the wall.

About The Menu

The menu can be seen on GrubHub and Seamless delivery apps. The appetizers consist of steamed fish balls, pork balls, summer rolls, and vegetable gyoza, among other items. There are various salads such as mango salad, Thai beef salad, green papaya salad, and seafood salad. The lunch specials, available until 3:30PM, include green curry, yellow curry, red curry, and tofu mixed vegetable rice bowl.

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Kinsen’s specialty item is its rice bowl and noodle dishes. Some of these include: peanut curry rice bowl, Choo Chee curry rice bowl, teriyaki rice bowl, spicy chili basil rice bowl, and pineapple curry.

kinsen fried curry shrimp bowl

(Photo credit: @kinsenjerseycity)

Ann told HG that each Thai rice bowl has a variety of food such as vegetables, rice, and a protein. “It’s whatever you want to choose. It can be a chicken base, which is popular, or the fish,” she said.

The charming restaurant, which is on a quiet street but close by to bustling Grove Street, is BYOB but has flavorful drinks on the menu. These include Thai iced coffee, Thai iced tea, Butterfly Pea iced tea, Thai pink milk tea, and green jasmine milk tea. 

Kinsen is open every day from 12PM to 9:30PM. You can follow Kinsen on Instagram for some inspiration on what to order. 

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