Driving from Northern Nj to Brookline, Ma. Dinner on the way?
Wethersfield, CT right off I-91 http://www.luckylousbarandgrill.com/
Manchester Ct off I-84 http://www.pepespizzeria.com/?page=locations
Vernon Ct off I-84 http://www.woodntap.com/locations/ver...
So, I just found your post on the Boston board which narrows things down a lot. I agree with the BBQ suggestion in Sturbridge - great place. It may be too far though, as you asked for Northern CT or Western Mass. Sturbridge is in Central Mass, though it IS right off 84, which is probably the route you are taking. So maybe that was what you meant after all. If so, BBQ is by far your best option in that part of MA; don't know about CT, though.