Food & Drink

The 14 Best Restaurants in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Published On 08/19/2015 Published On 08/19/2015
Tumulty's Pub
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The Old Bay Restaurant
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Sanctuary
Steakhouse 85
Harvest Moon
Hansel 'n Griddle
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1. Tumulty's Pub 361 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This university stalwart serves nothing but classic, reliable pub fare. There's a downstairs area with live music and events, and the upstairs is for dining and drinking.

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2. Skinny Vinnie's 60 Sicard St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Count on freshly baked pizza and Italian subs and calzones at this corner joint. Don't count on losing any weight.

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3. Old Man Rafferty's 106 Albany St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This family-friendly American restaurant has a pub-type feel and offers hearty fare and outdoor seating. It's a little pricey, so local college students should go when the parents are in town!

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4. White Rose Hamburgers 43A Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Although the word "hamburger" is in the title, it's really the breakfast that you want to come for here. Everything is served on cafeteria trays and plastic plates, which provides a quaint touch. Most importantly, they DEEP FRY their bacon!

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5. The Old Bay Restaurant 61 Church St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This Cajun/Creole spot practically takes you to New Orleans with jambalaya, catfish, po-boys and an assortment of other delicious classics. The beer list is huge and they place has themed happy hours pretty much every night of the week!

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6. Stuff Yer Face 49 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Head to Stuff Yer Face when the weather is nice to join the ranks on the packed outdoor patio. The stromboli sandwiches are made to order and the international beer is always flowing.

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7. Thomas Sweet 51 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This ice cream shop makes homemade small batches on site, and they even have an in-site chocolatier. Flavors change with the seasons, but the one thing you can count on is the long line.

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8. Sanctuary 135 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This joint keeps it low key and high quality with counter service and delicious burgers, sandwiches and wraps. There's a comic book collection to peruse and the place is open late.

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9. Sushi Room 12 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This sushi place puts elevated taste in a casual setting, and the lunch prices can't be beat. If sushi isn't your thing, there's plenty of Asian fusion cuisine to enjoy.

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10. Steakhouse 85 85 Church St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This steakhouse has a surf & turf menu with a hefty price tag attached. Expect an upscale atmosphere and occasional live jazz.

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11. Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe 392 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This relaxed brewery has exposed brick walls and serves house-brewed beer along with eclectic pub fare. The food is selected to pair well with the beer so anticipate a great tasting experience.

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12. The Olive Branch 37 Bartlett St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

This is the place for cheap beer, cheaper pizza and a round (or 10) of skeeball.The place keeps things cheap and casual so you can ball on a budget and leave with a full stomach and a good story.

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13. Hansel 'n Griddle 130 Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

A favorite of Rutgers students, this place is perfect for everything from Sunday breakfast to dinner on Tuesday. Their crisps, or quesadillas, are a must-order.

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