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May 27, 2009 06:00 PM

Harold's Chicken and Grill Old Bridge NJ

Looks like a new place opening up on Rt 516 Old Bridge, It was in one of the smaller strip malls across from the Browntown Shopping Center. If anyone stops or sees it open let us know.

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  1. is it in the same strip mall as dunkin donuts/romeos/april's nail salon or is it with the kosher meat store?

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    1. re: njchowgal

      Can't visualize where it was specifically.

      1. re: shabbystorm

        It's with the kosher meat store (which still claims it's re-opening soon :-( ). The Dunkin Donuts strip mall still has the Portuguese BBQ.

        1. re: eleeper

          passed it today- does not look open yet

          1. re: njchowgal

            Hello All!

            We will be opening within the next few weeks. Our website is located at and we look forward to serving all of your delivery and quick pick up needs!

            -Harold's Chicken

            1. re: Harolds Chicken

              All other stuff posted on this thread aside, do let us know when you open.
              Looking forward to trying your Rotisserie Chicken.

    2. I was a loyal customer of Goldberg's Kosher Meats from the day it opened until it closed. I hadn't been to the strip since then, but this thread got me curious, so I took a ride over there. I noticed that the signage over the store that was Goldberg's now says, "Galaxy Kosher Meats." Obviously, this would be new ownership. I'll be curious to see what's what if and when they do open.

      As for Harold's Chicken and Grill, it will be a couple of doors over in the space that was previously a fried chicken shop, which also sold other items, including sandwiches.

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      1. re: RGR

        Goldberg's may just be looking for a snazzier name. After weeks (since Passover!) of nothing happening, Galaxy's door was propped open, so maybe something is happening there. They used to be a good place to buy Israeli/Middle Eastern products. (Of course, now there are several other places in the area, including Al-Sahara on Route 516, the one next to Rajpoot on Ernston Road and Route 9 in Parlin, and the one on Route 34 in Aberdeen, as well as the Shop-Rite in Aberdeen.)

        1. re: eleeper

          No, not a case of "looking for a snazzier name."

          I was in the store the day before it closed and spoke with David Goldberg. His lease was up, and he couldn't come to terms with the landlord. The landlord was insisting on a two-year renewal. In his inimitable way, David, who is in his 80's, called it "a death sentence." For some time, he had been thinking of retiring but would have been willing to stay through the Passover holidays, i.e., another 6 months. And, perhaps, short term after that. The landlord refused. So, David closed and retired. Seems to me the landlord was an idiot who shot himself in the proverbial foot since it's obvious he has been receiving *no rent* since then.

          The Shop-Rite in Marlboro has a huge kosher dept., including a kosher fish counter and glatt deli counter. Israeli/Middle Eastern products are available as well.

          1. re: RGR

            I have to admit that I stopped going to Goldberg's when Shop-Rite (first in Marlboro, and now in Aberdeen) started carrying a huge kosher meat selection. It was much more convenient to do all my shopping at once, particularly since Goldberg's hours were not convenient for people who had jobs during the day. (Sunday was a mob scene!)

            1. re: eleeper

              I can understand your need for more convenient shopping hours. That was never an issue for me. During the years when I worked, I would often shop there on Sunday. I would get there just when he opened at 9 a.m., and the store was empty. Talking about mob scenes, pre-holidays, the place was a zoo!

      2. Update: Harold's is still not open.

        However, Galaxy Kosher Meats just opened today. They are in the process of bringing in stock, so there wasn't a very wide selection. Here's an article about the new owners:

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        1. re: RGR

          I saw that Harold's is now open. Shabbystorm, what is the verdict on the chicken? : )

          1. re: njchowgal

            Thanks for thinking of me njchowgal.
            Still feel bad about that whole Sushi thing a few weeks back, if we have a local sushi get together, my treat for your meal. :)

            1. re: shabbystorm

              Hey Shabby,

              I have a friend coming from Massachusetts that I haven't seen since high school. She loves sushi, as do I. She also likes really FRESH sushi. Where do you recommend for the consistently freshest sushi in the Monmouth county area? I liked Wasabi House in Matawan, I might take her there, but would like to know your recommendations. (Please don't say "Sushi by Kazu".. been there once, not gonna happen again!)

              And if we have a local sushi get-together, what do you think would be a good place for that?

              1. re: MarlboroMan

                Wasabi House is a great local place for a get together
                Think NJchowgal enjoys that place too but since I owe her a meal, it is her choice. :)

                1. re: MarlboroMan

                  Sorry, it is early, about the recommendation for sushi.
                  Without writing a dissertation, love eating and exploring.
                  Can write about my sushi experiences and taste but after that, I don't know anymore, so many places places are good one day and stink the next.
                  Sorry wish I could help more.

                  1. re: shabbystorm

                    I tried a bunch of items. The chicken and ribs are good and made on site. It seems the apps and some other items I tried are frozen stuff they do not prepare on site. Do not order the seafood. If you like chicken and ribs, give them a try and pick up the rest at your supermarket and don't waste your money at Harold's.

          2. We finally tried harold's tonight. we ate earlier in the day, so our stop at harold's was really just a snack. all in all, not bad. we ordered 14 wings, extra hot, and the 17 wings we received were small, but nicely spicy. no whimping out on spice here. the blue cheese seemed to be mixed with sour cream, which dh was able to eat (he does not eat blue cheese). the mac and cheese side was al dente, which we liked, but the cheese not the homemade type. we will be back.
            -ps to guarantee a rotisserie chicken, call in the morning.

            1. Now apparently defunct.