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juman23 Jul 27, 2010 12:32 PM

Dear all NJ Board readers:

If you could only eat at one New Jersey restaurant for the rest of your lives, which restaurant would you pick? Me personally, I would choose Clydz in New Brunswick. Why? First, great cocktail list. Second, the game burger on the bar menu is phenomenal. Third, they have an otherwise good menu with selections that will satisfy your hunger. That's all I could ask for in a restaurant. It would keep me satisfied for life.

55 Paterson St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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    coldbeer Jul 27, 2010 12:38 PM

    The Orange Squirrel. Frank is a genius.

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      partytime Jul 27, 2010 12:40 PM

      That's a very interesting question. I'd have to say The Office, in Ridgewood, because their burgers are always amazingly prepared and taste great. Second, if I ever get tired of their burgers, the variety of other foods they have is really diverse. Plus, an added bonus is that the decor is pretty cool. I really would be set for life.

      1. menton1 Jul 27, 2010 02:34 PM

        A pretty tough question because the human animal needs variety and contrast to really appreciate anything. Eating at the same place day after day would diminish even the greatest of places. It's why the guy in the ice cream parlor never eats ice cream...

        The 5 favorite restaurants might be a better idea...

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          Heatherb Jul 27, 2010 04:22 PM

          Ah, but some place like the Blue Bottle Cafe, which changes its menu seasonally, would likely be fine by those criteria. It's also pretty healthy. I'd have to pick that though only if someone else was picking up the tab:)

          Otherwise I'd choose Mastori's Diner - ok, a lot of the food's not very good, but there's a lot to choose from, and it's fairly affordable. Plus, they'll customize something within reason.

          But it does sound kind of like culinary purgatory - eternity with only one restaurant to choose from:P

          Blue Bottle Cafe
          101 E Broad St, Hopewell, NJ 08525

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            menton1 Jul 28, 2010 07:13 AM

            A DINER FOREVER??? OMG!!!

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              tommy Jul 28, 2010 07:26 AM

              how about the Office?

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                menton1 Jul 28, 2010 07:55 AM


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                Heatherb Jul 28, 2010 10:52 AM

                Dude, it's a really big diner. I could eat in a separate wing every night of the week and feel like it was a new restaurant each time:) I could probably set up camp in there and no one would notice.

                If I'm going highbrow, Blue Bottle Cafe all the way. But if I'm going low brow, at least I can mix things up a bit at Mastori's. Their dessert menu is like a small novel. Granted, I'd be the size of a small house:)

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                  menton1 Jul 28, 2010 10:59 AM

                  Separate wings, ahhhh. OK. Very nice...

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              ttoommyy Jul 28, 2010 06:33 AM

              "The 5 favorite restaurants might be a better idea..."

              That's all very well and good, but the OP asked for ONE restaurant...that's what makes the question so difficult to answer and in turn, provokes thought and debate. :)

            3. phDuh Jul 27, 2010 02:55 PM

              Thought about it - can't pick one. I am spoiled by living in NJ, and am able to 'feed' any craving I have: ethnic, spicy, comfort, fried, upscale, artisan, farm to table, etc. So, instead of picking one restaurant, I will pick one state (NJ) to live in for the rest of my life.

              1. seal Jul 28, 2010 05:58 AM

                Pad Thai in Highland Park.

                1. JustJake Jul 28, 2010 06:33 AM

                  So as to not getting bored with the menu, I'd opt for Sally T's in Monmouth Beach......extensive menu, including good sushi, a real nice NY deli bar, burgers, and then the regular menu (steaks, seafood, pasta). And let's not forget the fully stocked bar.

                  Works for me.

                  1. ChefJune Jul 28, 2010 12:02 PM

                    I'm sure I couldn't (nor wouldn't) want to dine only at one New Jersey restaurant for the rest of my life, but we really do like Madame Claude in Jersey City. Food is consistently delicious, fairly priced, good selection. Plus it's a BYO.

                    Madame Claude Cafe
                    364 1/2 4th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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                      bgut1 Jul 28, 2010 12:16 PM

                      Belford Bistro. I can eat there every week and not be bored with the food.

                      Belford Bistro
                      870 Main Street, Belford, NJ 07718

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                        sockster Jul 29, 2010 10:59 AM


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                          bgut1 Jul 29, 2010 12:56 PM

                          Come on sockster. That's not nice. We all are entitled to our opinions. Although you didn't have a good experience, most of the posters on Chow love the place.

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                            sockster Jul 29, 2010 02:29 PM

                            No no....I was really kidding..I TOTALY agree with you.. We're all entitled to our opinions.....I apologise if you were offended...none meant at all....

                    2. The Professor Jul 28, 2010 12:42 PM

                      VERY tough question...but if I really have to choose one restaurant, it would probably have to be Stage Left in New Brunswick. Between the always changing menu from a great kitchen, they have a very good bar and a very well considered wine list which is overseen by a bona-fide expert in the field. And in addition to the fancier foods, they make one hell of a great hamburger!

                      Stage Left
                      5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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                        NJfoodLover Jul 28, 2010 06:15 PM

                        Make fun of you me if you wish but i tend to agree with the poster who chose a diner. I would never be able to eat at one place for the rest of my life but for the purpose of this post I would say The Butler Famliy Diner. I have been there for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and enjoyed all of them. There is a ton of variety and gives me the most options for "the rest of my life".

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                          J M S Jul 29, 2010 10:10 AM

                          Ama Ristorante - Atlantic Highlands

                          Love the mussles, pastas, and everything else. Great food.

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                            sockster Jul 29, 2010 11:00 AM

                            +1 for Ama- Great food and the menu is always changing....

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                              charmel Jul 29, 2010 01:14 PM

                              Seagrass in Ocean Grove--My favorite....food consistent...great atmosphere.....phenomenal and friendly staff.

                              68 Main Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

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                                Barbarella Jul 29, 2010 01:41 PM

                                Great resto, but do not take reservations in summer. That really stinks.Who wants to sit out in the heat waiting for a table?

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                                  charmel Jul 30, 2010 05:03 PM

                                  I agree Barbarella...we don't go as often in the summer. I find, however, that alot of restaurants at the shore do not do reservations in the summer. We have gone to Seagrass and put our name down and then strolled a couple of blocks to the beach to sit for awhile. Also, we don't mind eating a bit on the later side, so sometimes we will go at 8:30 or so and it has emptied out. Friday nights and Sundays are not as crowded as Saturday of course. The trouble with Ocean Grove in the summer on a Sat night is finding a parking spot.

                                  68 Main Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

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                            menton1 Jul 29, 2010 01:59 PM

                            If all I had was a diner forever, I would take my own life...

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                              tommy Jul 29, 2010 02:31 PM

                              I think it's a rather pragmatic choice, and on that level I'd agree. But I suspect the question really is just another variation of "what is your favorite restaurant." Or at least, "what is your favorite restaurant that you wouldn't mind visiting every day." I'd say Chengdu 23, but then I realize that if I had that food every day, I'd grow tired of it. Of course, they have plenty of different vegetable and protein choices, and I'm sure they'd cook whatever I'd like if I went every day from now until eternity, so maybe it would be my choice after all.

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                            joonjoon Jul 29, 2010 01:51 PM

                            I'll go with Han Il Kwan in Fort Lee. Ridiculous variety of Korean food + Sushi. I can live off that for the rest of my life...

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