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California Girl Jul 25, 2005 07:24 PM

I'm going to be in the New Brunswick/Raritan area for 3 days at the end of September. What are the good places I shouldn't miss in this area? Thanks!

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    marcharlan Aug 2, 2005 12:11 PM

    I echo the Seven Hills suggestion below. Great Food: Great ambiance; reasonable price. Note though that it is BYOB.

    Another great option just over the bridge into Highland Park is Pad Thai. Great thai food at reasonable prices. They recently redid the interior so the ambiance is quite pleasant and a boost for some is that they have a liquor lic.

    Also, if you go to either place have go to the Corner Confectionary for dessert especially if it is a nice evening and you can sit outside.

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      Linda Aug 15, 2005 05:44 PM

      The Seven Hills Of Istanbul Mediterranean Grill House
      does not answer their phone. Do you think they may be on vacation or have they closed?

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        arpad Aug 13, 2009 12:59 PM

        Seven Hills has been out of business for a few months .

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        arpad Aug 13, 2009 01:00 PM

        Pad Thai is definitely a winner !
        I prefer it over Mie Thai in Woodbridge .

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        jennifer Jul 29, 2005 11:03 PM

        The Old Bay has an excellent selection of microbrewed beers and good live blues. The food is pretty sucky though.

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          jay in boonton Aug 15, 2005 12:40 PM

          Pretty sucky food at the old bay? I have to say I've had better cajun/creole, and they have been dumbing down the menue for the college kids, but overal, I have always been impressed with the food at the Old Bay. Add in some great live music and the place is top of the list. The lunch specials are some of the best deals around, and the beer list is also one of the best.

          If there are any better cajun/creole restaraunts in central or northern nj, pleast post!

          Link: http://www.oldbay.com/

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          christine Jul 28, 2005 10:45 PM

          make a stop at Thomas Sweets for dessert.It's on Easton Ave. great ice cream

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            JB Jul 29, 2005 02:23 PM

            A few weeks ago, I stopped at Thomas Sweet for some ice cream, and I have to say that the quality has dropped drastically from what I had experienced previously. My chocolate mint chip was "OK"--but definitely not in the category of good. My friend's Butter Pecan was absolutely awful. When he said that it was not good, I asked for a taste of it. The reason (at least the main reason) why the Butter Pecan was awful is that the pecans in it were RANCID!

            I suggested that we go back and get a refund, but he demurred. In my opinion, an ice cream company that uses rancid ingredients does not deserve my patronage again--and as a result, Thomas Sweet has seen my money for the last time.

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              christine Jul 29, 2005 08:59 PM

              wow! I haven't been there in awhile, but it was always so good. not many good ice cream places in the area.

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                JB Jul 30, 2005 10:13 AM

                I agree that there are not many places for good ice cream in the area. However, recently I tried the Blueberry Ice Cream at the Amish Market on Rt. 27 in Kingston. It was really, really, great. The next time, I will try a different flavor, so that I can determine if their quality is consistent.

                If you are in that area on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday (their only business days), give them a try, and see if you agree with me about their high quality.

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            RGR Jul 25, 2005 08:12 PM

            For upscale dining, my favorite in New Brunswick is The Frog and the Peach. Outstanding New American cuisine. Fine wine list. Excellent service. Stylish, contemporary interior + all-season Garden Room with lovely tropical decor.

            www.frogandpeach.com

            Stage Left is another of New Brunswick's upscale dining establishements. Though it's been a couple of years since we had dinner there, reports are that it is still producing very fine cuisine.

            www.stageleft.com

            Seven Hills of Istanbul, in Highland Park, serves excellent Turkish cuisine. Friendly, efficient service. Large space with nice decor, including interesting artifacts. Very reasonable prices. BYO.

            Seven Hills of Istanbul
            441 Raritan Av., Highland Park
            Tel.: 732-777-9711

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              Mateo Aug 9, 2005 04:21 PM

              I absolutely have to second the Frog and Peach recommendation. After a few disappointments since moving here about 18 mos ago - Stage House (twice), Panico's, etc. - it was so refreshing to be pleasantly surprised by a restaurant. Modern cuisine (American + French?), done WELL (i.e., we didn't feel like the chef was experimenting on us), in a contemporary and relaxed setting, with very good service.

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                zackk7 Aug 13, 2009 07:07 AM

                I did not like the Frog and the Peach at all. The food was very sub-par and way over-priced. I don't agree with the label "the best restaurant in NJ" at all. My greens were unwashed and had sand / grit in them.

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                  Mr. Bingley Aug 13, 2009 09:56 AM

                  Just had dinner at Stage Left on Tuesday night (which makes twice in a month after not going for 10+ years). The food was excellent, well-prepared and presented. My only reservation is that on most of the dishes the portions are on the smallish-side...except for the 48 oz Porterhouse. The wine list, while interesting and extensive, does tend to be on the pricey-er side of the scale, as well. It's not a cheap meal by any standard, but I felt it was worth it and I'll go back.

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