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raritan expo center lunch or dinner

daisylover Apr 10, 2013 05:38 PM

hi, going to that gem, mineral fossil, jewelry thing this weekend, looking for recs for lunch/dinner, something casual but good food, don't know the area at all. thanks for any suggestions.

  1. bgut1 Apr 10, 2013 07:32 PM

    Simple - Harold's Deli. It's right there. Good luck.

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    1. re: bgut1
      seal Apr 11, 2013 02:32 AM

      +1 on Harold's. I know there are a lot of strong and mixed opinions on the place, but I have driven a half hour just to eat there. In case you are not aware though, order a lot less food than you think you need as even the "small" sandwiches are really large and a single triple decker potato pancake and meat platter can feed 6-8.

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        jrvedivici Apr 11, 2013 06:06 AM


      2. re: bgut1
        Sdenred Apr 11, 2013 09:11 AM

        It's not really "right there."

        1. re: Sdenred
          bgut1 Apr 11, 2013 03:02 PM

          Last I checked, Harold's was located adjacent to the Edison Hotel on the corner of Woodbridge Ave and Raritan Center Parkway IN Raritan Center proper. While it is not located IN the expo center itself, I thought that since BOTH are in Raritan Center, saying the Deli was "right there" was more than appropriate. My bad if I wasn't specific enough.

          1. re: bgut1
            EL7 Apr 12, 2013 04:22 AM

            If your husband is good at finding his way you might want to venture out a little bit for good food. Wonder Seafood in Edison has really good Chinese food. If you are going for lunch you can order from their dim sum rolling carts. I suggest you get there for an early lunch, as quality and quantity diminish after about 1maybe 1:30. Dinner is always good and the manager Tom has always been really helpful telliing us what is good that day. We travel about 45 minutes to go their and for us it is worth the trip! I hope you enjoy the expo and your meal!

            1. re: EL7
              marfoodie Apr 25, 2013 05:37 PM

              Wonder Seafood, China Bowl or Sichwan Spring on Route 27 in Edison are good Chinese choices.

        2. re: bgut1
          marfoodie Apr 25, 2013 05:38 PM

          Can't go wrong with Harold's - just watch your portions!

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          ebchower Apr 10, 2013 07:46 PM

          My niece had a gymnastics event there a while back. As mentioned, Harold's Deli is right there. That wasn't really an option for us. Even with GPS, the area is very tricky and it's easy to miss a turn and end up on the wrong highway if you're not familiar with the area. Do you plan to return to the expo center after eating, or will you be heading out and in which direction?

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            fourunder Apr 10, 2013 07:56 PM

            It's a short ride away....consider Planet Chicken in Dunellen. A great and inexpensive family meal.

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              coldsolderjoint Apr 10, 2013 08:40 PM

              I was going to say Harolds also which is good and a solid choice, but you know the pastrami gurus on here have their opinions. But Highland Park and New Brunswick is only about 10 minutes away up 514. And Edison is right there too. You didn't mention where you were coming from which might determine which way you would want to eat at. And also what type of food.

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                jrd303 Apr 10, 2013 09:23 PM

                The Skylark Diner is a good option in the area.

                17 Wooding Ave Edison, NJ 08817

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                  daisylover Apr 11, 2013 05:22 PM

                  ok, i am coming from westchester, my husband is very good at getting around new jersey, and i have been to harolds. he loves it, me i think it is just ok, but i did not realize i would be that close. in terms of style of food, wasn't really thinking anything specific, was just wondering if there was something that people liked in the area.

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                    cke25 Apr 12, 2013 04:21 PM

                    As usual, the experienced Chowhounders know where to go: Harolds Deli or Skylark Diner. Both good choices. If you are in the mood for something Asian, Mie Thai on Main St in Woodbridge is also excellent.

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                    1. re: cke25
                      Curlz Apr 13, 2013 09:19 AM

                      +1 for the Skylark! NOT your typical NJ diner (which is a good thing)...

                      I'm pretty sure you'll also be very close to Wegman's...if you haven't been to one of their stores yet, it is, imo, THE supermarket chain. And you can get lunch/dinner/snacks and eat upstairs in their 'cafe' area (or whatever they call it)

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                      wizard2 Apr 13, 2013 05:58 AM

                      Pantagis Diner is quick & easy right outside (less than a mile) Raritan Center.

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                        daisylover Apr 14, 2013 05:54 AM

                        thanks for all the suggestions, husband saw harrolds on the way in and nothing else would do, i liked it better the second time, and now i have lunch for today! thanks again.

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