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Jul 7, 2008 09:53 AM

Driving down to Atlantic City from NYC...

Any recommendations for places to stop for lunch along the way? Thanks.

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  1. Exactly what route are you taking? What kind of lunch are you looking for?

    7 Replies
    1. re: RGR

      Driving down on the Garden State. Anything fun, unusual, best of NJ...

      1. re: jjroesch

        Since the GSP runs the entire length of NJ north to south, exactly where you are picking it up makes a difference when it comes to lunch suggestions. So, are you picking it up at the nothern end via the GW Bridge or, perhaps, coming off the NJ Tpke at Exit 11?

        1. re: RGR

          Either way you come, the Woodbridge/Edison area is a nice midway point for your trip. It is replete with gastronomic offerings. You can do Indian, Chinese or Deli. For Indian I would recommend Mogul in Edison (I've never been but its a board favorite), Wonder Seafood in Edison for Chinese, or Harold's Deli also in Edison. For me Harold's would be the best choice as its fun and novel (due to the size of the portions), its easily accessible off of exit 11 on the GSP and the price is right assuming you will be sharing with a nice group of people. Good Luck and Enjoy.

          1. re: bgut1

            Hey, b.,

            We have been to Mogul. albeit several years ago, and it was quite good.

            As you know, we have not been to Harold's (yet), but I'm not sure a NYer would find the gargantuan size of the sandwiches all that novel given delis like Katz's and Carnegie. We were in NYC this past weekend and ate at Sarge's. Not exactly slouches in the sandwich sizes department. :-))

            About the route though. If they come off the Turnpike at Exit 11, in order to get to Edison, they will have to go north on the GSP rather than continuing south. It makes better sense, at least to me, for them to continue south and go to a restaurant in Matawan.

            Westlake for Chinese:
            Cafe de Thai - Thai and French - Lunch until 3 p.m., Mon.-Sat.
            Denino's Pizza

            1. re: RGR

              Come on R - You can never get enough deli!!If that logic applied wouldn't your recommendation of Denino's be superfluous? With regard to the drive, I agree that Wonder and Moghul are not as conveniently located as Harold's, but the drive is only about 10 -15 mins. and IMHO a very small price to pay for good food. :)

              1. re: bgut1

                Not to quibble, b.,[though quibbling is fun ;-)], note that my comment re: Harold's was not about the quality (which only you can vouch for since I have not been) but related to the *size* (I have seen photos), which you said would be "novel," and which I, in turn, said might not be the case since these are NYers who are probably used to gargantuan-sized deli sandwiches a la Katz's, Carnegie, Sarge's, etc. O.K. End of quibble.

                I guess your comment about Denino's being superfluous relates to the fact that there is good pizza to be had in NYC, so why bother? If that was your reasoning, then we might as well not recommend Indian or Chinese or Thai or French since all can be had in NYC. :-))

                As far as driving out of one's way, I'm certainly all for it if what one will gets is so superior that it makes the inconvenience worthwhile. Frankly, I don't think Moghul is that good to warrant it, especially when there are other good options available which don't require that kind of detour.

                1. re: RGR

                  RGR - Your points are well taken.