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Good steak or Italian between EWR and Edison

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Food on the brain Mar 20, 2012 11:20 AM

Any thoughts? WAY delayed flight today means the need for a good meal between Newark & the Sheraton in Edison. Preference is for good steak or Italian, as close to the Sheraton as possible......

  1. njfreqflyer Mar 20, 2012 05:55 PM

    I suspect I may have missed your window, but two very good Italian restaurants, within about a mile of the Parkway.

    Ristorante da Benito, Union.
    http://www.dabenito.com/

    Casa Giuseppe, Iselin
    http://www.casagiuseppe.com/

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    Ristorante Da Benito
    222 Galloping Hill Rd, Union, NJ 07083

    Casa Giuseppe
    487 Rte 27, Iselin, NJ 08830

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      Food on the brain Mar 21, 2012 01:10 PM

      Thanks all - they got in really late and ended up eating at the Sheraton - NOT happy campers!

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      RGR Mar 20, 2012 11:26 AM

      Steakhouse 85. Not between the two but quite close to Edison in New Brunswick.

      http://www.steakhouse85.com

      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        coldsolderjoint Mar 20, 2012 12:05 PM

        arthurs steakhouse in north Brunswick is very good.

        I heard from my father-in-law that the dragonfly restaurant in linden has good steak, but have not been there myself.

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          BigGeorge Mar 20, 2012 02:14 PM

          No decent steaks around the Sheraton. For Italian consider IL Castellos in Woodbridge or Luca's in Edison. Not my favorite, but definitely better than the chains.

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            MarlboroMan Jul 11, 2012 05:40 PM

            Ate here for the first time tonight. (Arthur's). Was supposed to eat here for Father's Day, but ended up having to go out of state that weekend. Long story with an unhappy ending.

            Anyway, we arrived at about 5 pm. Place was empty, which was fine with us. 4 adults, and a tired 3 year old. I had the 24 oz. steak, which is a "Delmonico Ribeye". Mother and Father in law had burgers, which looked GREAT, even though they asked for them well-done. I will return to try the burger. Wife had sirloin & shrimp. Had to send it back because she likes it well done, and it was not. Kid had mozzarella sticks.

            Despite not having enough time to eat my steak (melting down 3 year old), I have to say this was one of the best steaks I've ever had. Maybe I'm just not that picky when it comes to meat, but this steak was tender, juicy, seasoned and cooked just right (medium-rare!). It was kind of charred in appearance, but I really liked the flavor. It will be fun digging into it tomorrow morning for breakfast. :)

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              jrvedivici Jul 12, 2012 07:07 AM

              OH MY…!!! Arthurs in North Brunswick is still there and operating? I probably haven’t been there in 20 years but I can attribute that establishment for starting me on the road to being the carne’ connoisseur that I consider myself to be today.

              They use to offer two versions of their signature cut the Rib Eye I want to say the basic was about 24oz. and the double cut was probably close to 36oz…both served on the bone. While not the highest grade of steak their seasoning and method of charring the steak locked in so much of its flavor while adding a nice but not overwhelming char taste to it. I’m starting to salivate on my keyboard thinking about that wonderful steak.

              Besides the steak the other “go to” item there was their garlic bread. I don’t know if you had it but imagine a loaf of bread….soft almost like a hoagie shaped loaf of wonder bread….sliced down the middle…..dunked in butter….then sliced horizontally….then drowned in garlic seasonings and topped with cheese and baked. Als;fjdlask;fjd (sorry I just had to clean the drool off my keyboard)

              Nothing fancy about the place…..excellent place to take even a cranky 3 year old…and satisfy your carnal cravings for a well prepared piece of meat. Wow what great memories thanks for sharing your experience I am definitely going to head back there soon. There use to be a location in Hoboken as well I don’t know if it is still there or not. Glad to see they are still surviving doing what they have always done best!!

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                MarlboroMan Jul 12, 2012 07:46 AM

                Hi Jrvedivici!

                I had the 24 oz. Just had some for breakfast this morning with my eggs. Didn't have the garlic bread (I think it came.. I just don't eat bread anymore). Tried the famous potatoes, though.. they were okay, but I'm not much into potatoes.

                "While not the highest grade of steak their seasoning and method of charring the steak locked in so much of its flavor while adding a nice but not overwhelming char taste to it."

                That sums it up perfectly! Very juicy and tender. LOVED the seasoning and char. Will definitely go back again.. plus it's about half a mile from my in-law's.. so next time we're over there and they want Sultan Wok take out.. I'm ordering a burger from Arthur's!

                1. re: jrvedivici
                  tommy Jul 12, 2012 08:07 AM

                  I don't recall the rib steak being on the bone. Thought it was boneless.

                  I've found the steak tough. The deckle is so fatty and chewy it's almost inedible. It should be the best part of the steak.

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