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    Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant: One of New Brunswick's Best Restaurants!

    by seamandrew Updated Jun 8, 2003

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    Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ

    Enter Makeda and leave the ordinary behind! Not only does the restaurant have one of the most nonpareil interiors you'll ever see in a dining establishment, but the food is just as unique. Makeda has a very diverse menu (catering to vegetarians as well) and just about everything is uniquely amazing. The dishes tantalize the senses with a mix of spices and exotic flavors.

    Another standout at Makeda is that everything is eaten with the hands. Don't worry, you get nicely heated wipes to clean your hands prior to eating (and again after you're done). Since all the food is served on injira (a traditional bread of Ethiopia with a spongy texture), all the food is prepared so that it can be eaten by grabbing it with pieces of the injira. Additionally, if you and your guests all wish to share your meals, they have these huge plates that they arrange all the food in and everyone can just grab in and enjoy all the wonders of their cuisine. It is truly an extraordinary dining experience.

    When you order any item from the entree list, you get to choose 2 vegetarian entrees as side dishes. Simply put, be prepared to be stuffed. The portions are as generous as their plates are big.

    Lastly, each evening (Thursday through Sunday only) they have live entertainment. They have African, Jazz, Brazilian and Latin music to cater to a wide audience. Be sure to make reservations on these nights as the restaurant is very busy. Reservations can be made online (I think they offer a free drink when you do so).

    Favorite Dish: It's hard to say.... if I had to pick one, it would be the finely minced filet mingon with Ethiopian Spices (delicious!). Also the vegetarian dishes are all really good (except for the one served cold). You have to try their sorbets after dinner. Try to leave room. It's very hard though, the dishes are so big and soooo good!

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    Clydz

    by katmag Written May 1, 2003

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    This place is famous around here first and foremost as a martini bar. They have a huge menu of every imaginable kind of martini, or you can design your own if you don't see the combination that suits you. As far as food goes, I've only had appetizers there, but they were very tasty.

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    The Frog and the Peach

    by katmag Written May 1, 2003

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    This place is quite pricey. There are many fine dining places in New Brunswick, but you can find something for every budget. Anyway, this restaurant won the America's Top Tables Award and is the most winning restaurant in New Jersey Monthly's Reader's Poll History. I'll let that speak for itself.

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    Gaebel's

    by katmag Written May 1, 2003

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    Good food here, American with an Asian flair. On the weekend nights they turn it into a night club. Very nice venue. Just don't get the sashimi. I don't know why, but it is so small here! I thought it was a garnish to my other food when I got it!

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    Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant

    by katmag Updated Jan 5, 2004

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    Nice ambiance of simple decour and Ethiopian food. The tables are a bit cramped, but the high ceilings give a feeling of spaciousness anyway. You can request silverware, but you're really supposed to eat with your hands. The food tastes a lot like Indian food, but there are many variations. It's worth the experience to check out. There is live music Thursday - Sunday nights, and there is an African gift shop next door.

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    Northstar Cafe

    by katmag Written May 1, 2003

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    The Northstar Cafe is a happening little Art Deco place with live music from Wednesday to Saturday nights after 10pm. They serve Mediterranean inspired foods and have a really really big tapas menu, and also an excellent, huge selection of wines. The bartender is my friend, so tip her well!

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    Harvest Moon Restaurant and Brewery: Try all the flavors of home brewed beer here.

    by katmag Updated May 1, 2003

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    Slightly upscale, the locale is absolutely amazing. Brewery downstairs, restaurant serving American cuisine upstairs. Check out both, pay attention to the architecture. When you're in the main area of the pub downstairs, look up. You can see all the way up to the restaurant through an opening in the ceiling. There is live entertainment nightly. The hours are from 11:30am to 2:00am.

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    Tumulty's Pub

    by katmag Written May 1, 2003

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    New Brunswick's original restaurant, a family-run favorite for 35 years. All-American cuisine ranging from sauteed chicken or shrimp with pasta, to prime rib and steaks, 10oz burgers, and great sandwitches. The atmosphere is inviting and casual, with an exposed beam cathedral ceiling, wood booths and room for larger parties. Antique electric trains circle the room on request.

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    I's Cafe: Small Japanese style Cafe

    by seamandrew Written Sep 6, 2003

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    I's Cafe in New Brunswick.

    This very tiny Cafe offers the visitor an opportunity to try something unique in this part of New Jersey. They make a vareity of drinks ranging from traditional teas to their unique Bubble Ice. They make them with these small tapioca balls inside which makes the drink awesome. They call it bubble ice. Yes, it sounds gross, I'm not a fan of tapioca but the combination is excellent. Worth trying!

    They're open:
    Mon-Thur 12pm - 1 am
    Fri - Sat 1pm - 2 am
    Sun 1pm - 11pm

    Favorite Dish: Passion Fruit tea slushy with tapioca balls. Yummy!

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    Frog and the Peach: Frog and the Peach

    by feline01 Updated May 8, 2003

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    Very upscale and absolutely delicious restaurant. Only go if dressed nice and have loads of money though the waitstaff is extremely professional and will probably be just as nice if you're sporting a mullet and a KKK t-shirt (please don't try). Lunch menu is much cheaper than dinner. Nice little outdoor garden to eat in. Well worth the cost. I believe this place is considered one of the best restaurants in New Jersey, rightly so.

    Favorite Dish: Any vegetarian entrees.

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    Michael_D's Restaurant Tip

    by Michael_D Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Rutgers University and its neighbor, Princeton, played the first game of intercollegiate football on Nov. 6, 1869, on a plot of ground where the present-day Rutgers gymnasium now stands in New Brunswick, N.J. Rutgers won that first game, 6-4.

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  • I's Cafe: The Whole New and Better I's Cafe

    by wawamei Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    I's Cafe was the first Bubble Tea Cafe in new brunswick NJ. After 8 years of hard works. I's cafe now expanded to across the street from 45 Easton Ave to 42 Easton Ave. Now providing more selections of different flavor bubble teas.( all teas are made from Organic Tea leafs with fresh fruits blended in. ) Also now providing indoor and outdoor seatings. Open from 10am-1am daily and sunday 12 noon to 11pm. Please call 908-938-8858 for any questions or 908-209-2929

    Favorite Dish: Try out Almond Taro latte and Peach Kiwi smoothie..
    now also available Organic Vanilla Chai
    Coming soon..White grape Organic White tea with Aloe vera and frozen Yogurts~~

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  • stage left restaurant: very romantic setting

    by suzyquzy Written May 29, 2007

    take your time dining here since there is a lot to experience. spend 2-3 hours if you have the time in order to enjoy the total experience of this restaurant. the service is excellent and professional and the servers are friendly and informative. although it is not required, most diners make reservations a day or two in advance (especially if dining pre-theatre) The restaurant is split into little rooms- try to sit in the fireplace room because it is very romantic. the menu is very pricey (most entres ranging from $30-50), however i encourage you to also order wine to go along with your meal; the restaurant has a wide-ranging collection of wines for every taste. (another romantic and interesting room to sit in is the wine library). Ask your server for his/her wine of choice in order to make a better decision. The food is made with the freshest ingredients and Chef Anthony Buco is famous for combining very unusual tastes in one dish for an amazing and complex flavor. There is a bar at the entrance of the restaurant for those diners who wish to eat less interesting but nonetheless intensely flavorful bar food- try the burger with bacon and cheese for a larger than life experience- best and biggest burger in new brunswick!

    Favorite Dish: if you can afford it ($99 per person), i highly reccommend ordering the tasting menu. This meal is complete with 7 small courses (changing every month or so) including: foie gras in a rasperry hazelnut reduction, espresso-braised short ribs, north atlantic salmon served with creme fresh, caviar, and all the accoutrements: chopped egg yolk, capers, and shallots, and other interesting dishes. Towards the end, you receive a sampling of aged cheeses with bourbon-soaked cherries, dried apricot, and goldenrod honey for dipping. The meal is finished with a sampling of a few dessert items like a bite sized pear cake, fresh pear juice, and pear mascarpone. This was one of the best meals i have ever had and certainly a top-notch and elegant establishment.

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  • Old Man Raffertys: Affordable and delicious

    by suzyquzy Written May 29, 2007

    This restaurant is comparable to The Cheesecake Factory. It is a local restaurant (quite large on the inside) with pretty good food and a fun atmosphere. The service is usually pretty good- but it is sometimes compromised by new staff since the turnover rate for employees is high. Try to sit outside in the courtyard if the weather is nice because it is like a little paradise with trees around each outside table to give you and your party privacy from other diners. inside is nice too but nothing special.

    Favorite Dish: the dishes are all pretty good- excellent appetizers and desserts- try the fried calamari appetizer with the or the giant mound of nachos to start, in addition, the dim sum appetizer is interesting and delicious- and whatever you get as your main dish, save room for dessert! check out the giant selection of desserts behind the case in the gormet section- my favorite is the ebony and ivory sky high cake with chocolate cake layered with cheesecake- or you can try the banana chocolate chip cake made from heaven!! they also have fabulous flavored cappucinos

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    Edo Japanese Restaurant: Great Sushi place!

    by seamandrew Written Sep 6, 2003
    Edo Japanese Restaurant

    Edo is one of New Brunswick's most popular restaurants. It is especially popular with the college crowd as it has afforadable prices and delicious food with generous portions. They offer the same variety of food most Japanese restaurants offer and prepare their food with the same dilligence and flare. Certainly a great dining choice if you go there.

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