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Recommendation(s) needed for Somerville / Bridgewater / Raritan area?

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My husband and I are looking for a place to have dinner this weekend while staying in Branchburg. My sister-in-law recommend some restaurants in Westfield, but I'd rather not drive from Branchburg to Westfield and back. I don't care if it is fancy, not fancy, sushi, italian, steak, BYO or liquor license, etc. I just want it to be nice enough that there won't be 3 yr olds running around since mine will be at home! :) I'm just looking forward to enjoying a meal & uninterrupted conversation with my husband and not having to cut up somebody else's food first, you know? I've read up online about a few BYOs in Somerville, but I hate trying a place without input from a 'real' person. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Trattoria Uno: 1067 US Highway 202 North, Branchburg (908) 203-8666
    This is in a little strip center. Casual italian, I've had lunch here a couple of times and everything was fresh and service is friendly. When you walk in you'll see the pizza ovens and counter, the restaurant area is in the back.
    If you want sushi, there is a place in Somerville called Shumi which is well regarded.

    1. I vote for Origin French Thai in Somerville. Have not been there in about 2 years but all previous meals there have been very enjoyable. Here is some info:

      http://www.originthai.com/index-s.htm

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      1. re: tom246

        I was going to suggest the exact same as Tom. Ive never really been disappointed, very pleasant experience at Origin whether it is the one in Somerville, Morristown, or Basking Ridge.

        1. re: yankeefan

          It might be a cop-out to some on this board.. but the melting pot is on main street in somerville, that can be either a fun, or romantic dinner, or both :-P

          1. re: coldsolderjoint

            Unfortunately, also pretty high priced for what it is.

      2. Of course, there is also VERVE...a nice bistro at 18 E Main St right in downtown Somerville. Probably not the least expensive option...moderately priced for the area, and quite nice.
        Info here:

        http://www.vervestyle.com/home.html

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        1. re: The Professor

          LOVE Il Pomodoro $$$ and it's sister restaurant Tapas (downstairs) $$. VERY good food, atmosphere, Not BYOB. http://www.ilpomodoro.com/

        2. There are a LOT of restaurants to choose from in this area. Some of my favorites are:

          da Filippo's - wonderful Italian cuisine; better than Il Pomodoro in my opinion
          Tapastre (not Tapas) - in the basement of the building that houses Il Pomodoro (same kitchen); emphasizes small plates
          Gabriela's - Portuguese cuisine; I like it though some question its authenticity
          Cedars - Lebanese cuisine; helps if you know something about Middle Eastern dishes
          Splash of Thai - my second favorite Thai restaurant (after Origin)
          Shumi - some of the best sushi in the tri-state area; if you like Japanese food but not sushi, go somewhere else
          Char - steakhouse that can be pricey (don't let them push you into ordering a steak if you want something else!)
          Uncle Vinnie's Clam Bar - great neighborhood place in Raritan
          Girasole - good Italian in nearby Bound Brook (10 minutes away)

          http://dafilippos.com
          http://www.tapastre.com
          http://www.gabrielasrestaurant.com
          http://www.cedarsfinecuisine.com
          http://splashofthairestaurant.com
          http://www.charsteakhouse.com
          http://www.unclevinniesclambar.com
          http://www.girasoleboundbrook.com

          Shumi does not have a web site but you can find lots of information about it on line.

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          1. re: ambrose

            Ambrose a quick clarification
            Il Pomodoro and Tapastre are in the same building BUT
            I have 2 separate kitchens, 2 different chefs, different staff the only thing I share between the two is a couple of dishwashers
            thanks
            john

            1. re: john.ilpomodoro

              LOL, thanks John for clearing that up... I love your restaurants, and you're one of the few owners that responds to the CH blogs, esp about their own restaurant reviews. Can't wait to come back this holiday season for another great meal and hopefully the pumpkin gnocci will back on the menu!