New Brunswick suggestion
I recently went to Old Man Rafferty's two days in a row. The main courses and service were quite nice, but the desserts were a big disappointment for a place that emphasizes cakes and pies. First, not everything on the menu is always available. You need to go take a look at their display case in the retail shop to see what can be ordered. The first day of my recent trip, I saw about four or five pie choices and a plethora of ooky, plasticky-looking cheesecakes and layer cakes. The pies were the biggest problem. The homemade apple pie was the only one that looked fresh. The caramel apple pie was missing a few wedges and had chocolate crumbs (obviously from one of the cakes nearby) all over its top. The next day, what looked to be the same crumb-littered pie was sitting in the case. Didn't they move enough slices on a Friday evening to put in a fresh pie? That was a little bit shocking to me. And not a little unappetizing.
Second problem was how small the piece of pie was that I was served. Six bites and I was done. It was a fairly narrow slice. Should have been at least an inch wider. And I think the slice on my trip to Old Man Rafferty's last year was bigger. Perhaps a cost-saving move has been put into place. I can't say for sure. But I was disappointed. The homemade apple pie was good--a few bites more would have been better.
I went to college at Rutgers and have tried many a resto down there. Old Man Rafferty's is definitely a family-friendly place and the food is typical American bar stuff. It's fine. They're really known for their fabulous cakes. I have always found Soho to be somewhat disappointing. Same goes for Frog and the Peach (pricey and disappointing).
I am actually a big fan of Clydz - I think their food is fantastic and they are really a cocktail/martini place, so no worries on the liquor license front. http://www.clydz.com/
I also like Makeda's, which is Ethiopian, though the service is spotty. http://www.makedas.com/
And if you want sushi, there's Sapporo.
Oh! And also Nova Terra - Latin American, very cute, good food. http://www.terramomo.com/restaurant/n...
Also, Delta's - southern food, but it can get crowded, so be sure to have a reservation.
Hi Patricia! You might want to repost this on the Mid-Atlantic section. You will get far more responses.
I reallly do not care for any restaurant in N.B. I must say Daryl is very good, but can also be pricey. Soho has been off way too many times for me to ever return. i.e., cold dinner entrees, service non-existant, my husbnad being served before me, while my dinner came out 15 minutes later....get my drift?
Old Man is a fun, family friendly place. Not the best cuisine, simple and casual. I sometimes meet a friend there for a cocktail.
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Another place next town over is Greek/seafood. Pithari Taverna. It is a BYOB, but you can buy some great Greek wines in their Greek store next to the restaurant. Literally 5 minutes from Soho or Old Man:
I hope this helps!
Enjoy your meal!
I have a daughter at Rutgers and we go to Old Man Rafferty's when we come down to visit. They have a big menu and amazing desert selection. They also have a nice little take-out/gourmet store attached. The Frog and the Peach is a highly rated restaurant, but I haven't tried it out.