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Soho on George (New Brunswick) Closed

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I understand Soho on George closed at the end of October. One reason given was the construction on George St. which has effectively closed much of the street to vehicular traffic. Anyone know how other restaurants along that stretch are faring?

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  1. Every time I walk down George St. in the evening I see the absence of diners except on Friday and Saturday night. Stage Left has hardly any customers, as does Catherine Lombardi. The last time I went to Daryl Wine bar on a weekday, it was 2/3rds empty.The Frog and the Peach is no longer crowded. Panico is offering $29 dinners to try to fill its seats. Hotoke has scared its customers away with bad service. The Ginger and Olive, the Indian/pseudo Italian restaurant has no customers. The only places that appear to be doing well is Due Mari and Old Man Rafferty's.

    I do not think it was the construction that killed the restaurant. Most of the restaurants in New Brunswick have relatively high prices and over the years the quality of the food has gone downhill. With this bad economy, then need to improve their game. There are many restaurants outside of town that are a better value.

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    Catherine Lombardi
    3 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    Daryl Wine Bar & Restaurant
    302 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    Stage Left
    5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    The Frog and the Peach
    29 Dennis St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    Old Man Rafferty's
    284 US Highway 206 Ste 3A, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

    Hotoke
    350 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    Due Mari
    78 Albany St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    1. Ugh that makes me sad...one of my old time favorites. :(

      1. I don't know about evenings, but I know daytime most places are still as crowded as usual. (I work downtown). I've also talked to a few owners, and while they do recognize it's been tough, they say it's picking up.

        I do feel like in the past few years the number of upscale restaurants have increased and we've lost some good options for a casual night out. But my favorites are still my favorites and I haven't seen their food quality go down. New Brunswick is still my favorite eating town, maybe for sentimental reasons, but the 3-4 restaurants I frequent there for a night out, I still think are top notch. (That would be Tumulty's, Makeda, & Stage Left)

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        Stage Left
        5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

        1. We were shocked when we saw the sign the other day, this was one of my favorites too. It was pretty crowded just 2 weeks before on a week night, but was then closed on a Sunday. They had the best burgers, fries and pomegranite martinis. Many other dishes were good too, side dishes were creative. It seems as if it would have been better for this construction to take place during the summer which is slower anyway in New Brunswick. Another review stated the construction was the last straw, and another place closed across the street from Soho. Their website had stated they were related to Rafferty's. If anyone finds out if they re-open or where the chef goes, please post. I need the recipe for the pomegranite martini:). Rafferty's is not the same!

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          1. re: shore1

            Sad news. They will be missed.

            1. re: bgut1

              Agree, was there a few times the past year on business and each time both food and service were spot on.

              1. re: tom246

                One of our fav's. Comfortable bar and they used to serve a great osso buco. Will be interested to see what takes its place.

          2. We would go to SoHo everytime we'd go to the State Theatre. 1 1/2 weeks ago we went to see Penn and Teller and tried to make reservation at SoHo. Couldn't understand why they wouldn't pick up their phone. Oh, so sad. I really liked that place. Extremely comfortable, great bar, great food, great value and very good service. We'll miss it. Would love to know where the owners and talent are going. The space will be filled soon due to it's above average location in New Brunsiwck. Good luck!

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            1. re: StantonChef

              Damn are you kidding? I loved SOHO wow.