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Patricia Jun 17, 2008 11:53 AM

Hi. Someone recommended Soho on George or Old Man Rafferty's in New Brunswick. Anyone been? Good or would you recommend someplace else in the area? Full liquor license a plus. Thanks.

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  1. Angelina RE: Patricia Jun 18, 2008 11:00 AM

    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.

    Here are some other pics:

    as mentioned:

    Daryl

    http://www.darylwinebar.com/

    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:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/08/nyr...

    http://www.thepithari.com/

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    I hope this helps!

    Enjoy your meal!

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      billmayo RE: Angelina Jun 23, 2008 04:39 AM

      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.

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      megsnj RE: Patricia Jun 23, 2008 02:53 PM

      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.

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        Angela Roberta RE: Patricia Jul 28, 2008 09:21 AM

        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.

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