Recommendation(s) needed for Somerville / Bridgewater / Raritan area?
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!
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)
Shumi does not have a web site but you can find lots of information about it on line.
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!
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.