Client Dinner Near Metropark?
I'm in search of good dining destinations for groups of 10+ clients, close to Metropark / Iselin / Edison. American or Italian fare would probably be ideal, and a decent wine list is a must. My searches have yielded many wonderful "foodie" options to check out on my own time, but no good safe options for wining and dining a large group with potentially less adventurous eaters. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Casa Giuseppe is a very good italian restaurant on Rt 27 that has been there for a long time. Have not been there in a few years. They do have a wine list. Definitely call Ahead for a larger party.
Not too far up Rt 27 is The Metuchen Inn.
Another place have not been to in a few years, but good.
They do have a wine list.
That being said, agree with the recommendation for Loucas, food exceeded expectations.
However, it might be BYOB. Remember carrying wine that day.
Our party of 20+ enjoyed a table out of the main dining area, on the main floor, quieter.
Hope this helps.
This is a toughie because so few restaurants in that area meet all your criteria.
First of all, LouCas is BYO. IF you are willing to take your own wine, I have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant. As Shabby mentions, the food is good and you can request a table in the front room, which is more private and quieter than the main dining area.
I'm also with Shabby on Casa Giuseppe though, like her, I have not been there for several years. I disagree about the Metuchen Inn, however, which I used to frequent fairly often but no longer do. This place has declined noticeably in the last 5+ years and desperately needs an infusion of cash to upgrade the physical structure. Food is OK but nowhere close to where it was 10 years ago.
The only other place I can think of is Il Castello's in Woodbridge, which is not too far away. I'm pretty sure they have a liquor license but I would phone to make sure.
Of course, if you're willing to drive about 15 minutes to Rahway, there's always David Drake's!!
I'm guessing it's been 18 months since we were there (winter, bad weather) so I can't personally comment on any recent changes in quality of cuisine, service, etc.
Yes, I've seen some of the posts you're referring to but I've also heard positive remarks - some within the last couple of months - about "what a wonderful restaurant" David Drake's is. I suppose that means we need to make a visit!
How about Soho on George in New Brunswick, we've always enjoyed our meals there - but haven't been there in several months.
I will also cast a vote for Loucas. I have been there with a group - people from the office as well as clients. We reserved the front room, and there were about 20 of us, although the room fits more than that.
We brought a mixed case of wine and everyone was very happy. There were people from overseas and even with their picky palates, all found something they enjoyed. They even insisted we go back that same week they were in town!
I work in MPark, and live in Woodbridge. LouCas has no wine list - as listed below its BYO. It's good for crowds, its very loud. If you can get someone to go to Joe Canal's on Rt 1 for wine, go to Loucas. If not, Casa Guisseppe is ok, nothing fancy esp for the price, food is "ok". Former Sheraton Woodbridge @ Gill Lane & Rt One is now a Marriott, they have OLIO. Metuchen Inn is nice, pricey too. Best of course is Trattoria Venez or Il Castello on Main St in Woodbridge, about 8-10 min from Metro Park. Il Castello's service and food is excellent.
I'm just throwing this out there so you have some options. Also in Rahway is Luciano's www.lucianosristorante.com.
Driving from Metropark maybe 10 mins tops (or about a 3 minute walk from Rahway train station). I have not been there yet myself but I know a half dozen people that have been at different times (one was a group very similar to what you mentioned) and they said it was really nice with great food and excellent service.