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Nov 18, 2009 09:08 AM

Recs for BYOB in Somerville/Bridgewater NJ area?

As payment for a bet, a group of us were planning on going to 18 West Grille in Raritan but I understand it has closed. Any recommendations for BYOBs in the Somerville area? Bonus points if it also has steak.

18 West Grille
18 W Somerset St, Raritan, NJ 08869

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  1. Lots of very good selections in this thread which is only a few weeks old.

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    1. re: tom246

      Thanks for the link. Some restaurants I have tried and others I will need to try in the future. Unfortunately the discussion doesn't make it clear which (if any) are BYO)

      1. re: annl

        You can enter the websites from the link and get lots of detailed information including if they allow BYO but here are a few.
        Verve (license or BYO)
        da Filippo's

      2. re: tom246

        Origin = BYO - and it's great. But a little loud, so if you are looking for someplace quiet this may not be a good choice. It's Thai-French.

        Girosole in Bound Brook = BYO - very underrated restaurant. quite, intimate, and just great food. One of my favorites in NJ.

        1. re: RPMcMurphy

          A small group of us have a pool for the men's NCAA basketball. We all get together at a restaturant chosen by the winner. The first year the winner choose Origins and we did have a very nice time. This year we are actually paying off the winners for the last two tournaments (its been crazy arranging schedules) and one winner asked for something different (non Thai) and specifically steak. I like keeping it BYOB just to make it a reasonable night out for a bunch a friends.

          I recently tried Girasole and enjoyed it. I was suprised how busy it was on a Tuesday night but they were able to fit us in even though we didn't have reservations. But it doesn't have steak so it probably is not a good choice for this dinner. But it reminds me I need to go back again soon with my husband.

        1. re: sunangelmb

          The two places I would go for steak are Verve and Char, the latter being on Route 202 in Bridgewater. However, neither is BYOB.

          Assuming that the B in your BYOB is wine, then I would choose Girasole, mentioned above, or da Filippo's, mentioned in the link posted by tom246.

          One place that might work for you is Yutaka, which bills itself as an hibachi steak house and sushi bar. I have never been but have heard good reports. Personally, though, I tend towards beer or sake at Japanese places (still BYOB!).

          Finally, I too really like Origin but I've had little success finding the right wine to go with their food. And yes, I've tried various rieslings and gruner veltliners.

          1. re: ambrose

            Hi Ambrose, from the Verve website, they do encourage BYO without corkage fees even though they have a full bar.


            1. re: tom246

              Tom, thanks for mentioning this. I had no idea Verve encouraged BYOB though it should be noted that the policy applies only if there are six or fewer people in the party.

              For people who want to do this, you should check Verve's wine list to make sure you are not bringing a wine that they offer. To do so is considered a major faux pas!

              If the OP's group is six or fewer, I would definitely include Verve in my recommendations.

              1. re: ambrose

                Unfortunately we are 7! Though I will have to look into it for dinner some night with the husband

                1. re: annl

                  If you really want to try Verve, give them a call. They will likely permit BYO for your party of 7 if you work it out with them in advance.
                  I know others who have done this.