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Jul 15, 2009 08:29 PM

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!

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  1. i would recommend lucas in edison. great italian cuisine.

    1. 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.

      1. 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!!

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        1. re: ambrose


          Have you been ot David Drake's lately? It's been a very long time since we last had dinner there (Oct. '07), and I recall posts -- albeit not recently -- saying the cuisine is not as good as it used to be.

          1. re: RGR

            dD is at the top of my list of places to go, based on high praises I've been reading. One stop north from the Metropark station, across from the NJT station in Rahway.

            1. re: RGR

              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!

              1. re: ambrose

                David Drake consistently delivers excellent food and service. We go there every couple of months and have not experienced any decline in quality.

          2. How about Soho on George in New Brunswick, we've always enjoyed our meals there - but haven't been there in several months.

            1. Given your criteria, Loucas is a great choice for your dining group. Its BYO, pick out some nice wines or beer and enjoy.
              The menu has something for everyone and the food is very good.


              Very short distance from the Metropark. Enjoy wherever you go!