Eno Terra sits amidst lush surroundings in a beautiful mansion steeped in history. The majestic setting is just the beginning of your experience though. Drawing inspiration from the region's rich agricultural bounty, the restaurant presents a diverse menu of Italian specialties that offer a good mix of the traditional and modern preparations. Most of the kitchen's ingredients come from the restaurant's own Eno Terra Canal Farm with independent growers and suppliers also chipping in. The seasonally changing menu offers a good mix of classic and contemporary preparations, with seafood dominating the proceedings. The delightful wine list is a globe-trotting affair with American and Italian wines making up a major part of the list. A romantic charm envelopes you as you enter the historic building, with the wood-dominated interiors accentuating its striking features. An excellent bet for an intimate meal, Eno Terra is also apt for memorable group dinners and private functions. Check website for more.
Rat's Restaurant in the middle of the Grounds for Sculpture is a romantic venue complete with a pond, a beautiful garden with sculptures, outdoor seating and French food. Imagine walking into a fairyland and eating a meal there- this is just what happens at Rat's Restaurant. The name is inspired by a fictional character who loved to host parties in the book The Wind in the Willows. The menu comprises of Caramelized Scallops, Maple Cured Pork Tenderloin and Pocono trout. There is a cocktail lounge too, which serves some outstanding cocktails and wines- befitting a celebratory meal. They also host events which is a great idea given the beauty of the venue. Dine here to recreate a scene out of a fiction novel!
The Rocky Hill Inn is a cozy neighbourhood bistro and pub, much loved by the localites. It features an extensive menu of wholesome food like Shepherd's Pie, Braised Short Rib, various burgers and quite a few salads. Here one can relax like in an English pub with the adjacent bar providing the beer on tap, TV screens and WiFi. The outdoor patio is also a good place to unwind. Do not leave without trying out the turkey burger that is supposed to be one-of-a-kind.
Seafood is a specialty in Due Mari, however their pizza has also earned many accolades. This Italian restaurant is a storehouse of novel seafood dishes and Italian recipes like the Due Mari Crab Cakes, Pasta Rigatoni Bolognaise and the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. There is a bar in the center which leads on the sprawling dining room, done up in white, brown and wood. An elegant fine-dining venue, the decor is minimalistic and speaks of class. The private room is an ideal venue for a formal party. Be sure to dress well and book in advance before dining here.
Life is one big party at The Fox and Hound. With a chain of locations across America, this happening establishment is a popular local favorite. Indulge in a pitcher or two from the exquisite list of local and imported draft beer on offer - Guinness, Ale and Pilsner to name a few. In addition, enjoy creative concoctions like the Dragonberry Mojito and Wild Tea Gimlet with delicious appetizers and snacks featured. A communal oasis of sorts, head here if you're up for a game of pool, to catch live sporting action or to simply soak in the contagious buzz of lively banter and mood-enhancing music.
An integral part of Dunellen city's nightlife, the Roxy & Dukes Roadhouse is a rocking club and venue in every sense of the word. Open six days a week, this club features an interesting and fun event almost everyday. Live music concerts, theme nights, dance parties, car/bike shows, circus sideshows, contests and other entertaining acts are a regular feature here. The tasty food menu and drinks variety served here is simply an additional bonus. And, if this cool place manages to impress you, you can host your next private party here. For gig guide and bookings, call ahead.
Eat in style from breakfast to dinner at the Glasswoods tavern inside the Hyatt Regency. This upscale restaurant makes delicious pancakes and omelettes to begin the day. Follow up on it with Crab Cakes, paninis and immaculately prepared Seafood Chowder and Lobster Pot Pie. The ambience is elegant yet comfortable, though one needs to be well dressed here. Book early for a seat. The bar serves wines and some light meals till late in the night. One can also host personal functions in the venue. There are TV screens in the private rooms for added entertainment.
Steakhouse 85 is an American Steakhouse that is known for its steaks and happy hours. The meat is tastefully prepared with a mix of herbs, salt and pepper. The onsite bar serves chilled cocktails to accompany the meals. There is live jazz which is popular among the locals. Fridays are date nights where couples can have a pre-set meal with wine at USD99. Try the Filet Mignon or the Dry Aged Delmonica which are the most popular steaks.
Located close to the Rutgers University campus, Old Man Rafferty's is a charming restaurant serving American cuisine. Headed by chef Cleo Menendez, the place was established in the year 1989. They feature an array of exotic dishes with large portions and affordable rates, which has made it a popular destination among the locals. They have a seasonal outdoor seating which is very pleasant during the summer season. The place has also been voted as one of the top restaurants in New Brunswick by Zagat.
Explore the menu of craft beers and bar snacks at Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe. This spot is a favorite among locals, who love the great selection of beer, friendly service, and casual atmosphere. Every shade and flavor of beer is available here on a rotating basis. Jimmy D's Firehouse Red is a consistent favorite, though. The menu features small plates, salads, sandwiches, pizza, and entrees. The vegetarian chili nachos are sure to please even the most carnivorous palates.