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Guidebook for East Brunswick

Leslie

Guidebook for East Brunswick

Essentials
open 24 hours good prices and high quality
ShopRite of Spotswood
380 Summerhill Rd
open 24 hours good prices and high quality
Open 24 hours.
CVS
330 Rues Ln
Open 24 hours.
Food Scene
Good food. Good atmosphere. Excellent value.
Bollywood Tadka
415 NJ-18
Good food. Good atmosphere. Excellent value.
Traditional NJ diner. Large portions. Always enough for a doggie bag.
Colonial Diner-East Brunswick
560 New Jersey 18
Traditional NJ diner. Large portions. Always enough for a doggie bag.
Vegan. Love this food. Excellent value.
New Udipi Cafe
3029 NJ-27
Vegan. Love this food. Excellent value.
Delicious Thai food. Good value. Nice atmosphere.
River Thai Cuisine
50 Main St
Delicious Thai food. Good value. Nice atmosphere.
Delicious food from Peru. Love the huge bowl of soup. Great value. Closed Mondays.
Don Pepe Peruvian I
200 Buckelew Ave
Delicious food from Peru. Love the huge bowl of soup. Great value. Closed Mondays.
Always good Thai food. Good value.
Thai Shangri-La
2590 County Rd 516
Always good Thai food. Good value.
Family operation for 30 years! Outdoor seating. Check hours before going.
Magnifico's Ice Cream
500 NJ-18
Family operation for 30 years! Outdoor seating. Check hours before going.
Organic. Sandwiches, salads, platters. "rice and peas", plaintains, and more. Yum.
Simply Jerk Jamaican Grill
891 Cranbury South River Rd
Organic. Sandwiches, salads, platters. "rice and peas", plaintains, and more. Yum.
Takeout Chinese. Recommended by friends.
Hunan Wok
100 Ryders Ln
Takeout Chinese. Recommended by friends.
A classic eatery in historic Cranbury, NJ. Always great breakfasts. Friendly people!
Teddy's Luncheonette
49 N Main St
A classic eatery in historic Cranbury, NJ. Always great breakfasts. Friendly people!
Great pizza. Also a nice, local breakfast and lunch place. Fun to sit at the counter.
Sandy's Pizza
322 Rues Ln
Great pizza. Also a nice, local breakfast and lunch place. Fun to sit at the counter.
Good sushi. Several friends told me that this is their favorite Japanese restaurant in the area.
Wasabi House (East Brunswick)
77 Tices Ln
Good sushi. Several friends told me that this is their favorite Japanese restaurant in the area.
Recently discovered this great cafe! Crepes galore: sweet and savory. Breakfast and lunch menu. Late night food too. Wifi. (Reminds me of NYC!)
La Crepe French Bakery And Cafe
1020 NJ-18
Recently discovered this great cafe! Crepes galore: sweet and savory. Breakfast and lunch menu. Late night food too. Wifi. (Reminds me of NYC!)
Love this food. BYOB. (They have a $2 per glass "bottle charge".) Middle Eastern. Family-run. Belly dancing on some nights. Call to find out when. Great ambience.
Koy Turkish Grill
280 U.S. 9
Love this food. BYOB. (They have a $2 per glass "bottle charge".) Middle Eastern. Family-run. Belly dancing on some nights. Call to find out when. Great ambience.
On the pricey side but an experience to experience at least once. Definitely a nice to celebrate an occasion. Lunch and dinner prices. Sitting at the bar is cheaper.
The Frog and The Peach
29 Dennis Street
On the pricey side but an experience to experience at least once. Definitely a nice to celebrate an occasion. Lunch and dinner prices. Sitting at the bar is cheaper.
Famous bakery. Especially famous for their eclairs. Check the website for times and read the reviews!
Mendoker's Quality Bakery
34 W Railroad Ave
Famous bakery. Especially famous for their eclairs. Check the website for times and read the reviews!
Open 7 days. Just had a great lunch there! Delicious fancy ice cream desserts. Delicious.
Mi Familia Authentic Mexican Cuisine
12 Snowhill St
Open 7 days. Just had a great lunch there! Delicious fancy ice cream desserts. Delicious.
Zagat winner in 2014. Upscale ambience. Great value. Located in quaint Jamesburg (the next town over). Lunch, dinner, and brunch menus. Closed Mon and Tues.
Fiddleheads Restaurant, New American Bistro
27 E Railroad Ave
Zagat winner in 2014. Upscale ambience. Great value. Located in quaint Jamesburg (the next town over). Lunch, dinner, and brunch menus. Closed Mon and Tues.
Fresh bagels made every morning. Many times I have gotten them while they are still warm! Lots of varieties. In the ShopRite Spotswood mall.
Bagel One
Fresh bagels made every morning. Many times I have gotten them while they are still warm! Lots of varieties. In the ShopRite Spotswood mall.
Thin crust pizza! Very thin. Not easy to find. Delicious. Take-out menu (by the counter) has a $1.50 coupon for a large pie.
Michelangelo's Pizza
6 Edgeboro Rd
Thin crust pizza! Very thin. Not easy to find. Delicious. Take-out menu (by the counter) has a $1.50 coupon for a large pie.
Local beers. Recommended by a guest. Part of the downtown nightlife of New Brunswick.
Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe
392 George St
Local beers. Recommended by a guest. Part of the downtown nightlife of New Brunswick.
Just ate here for the first time tonight. I ordered the vegetarian sampler (for 2). Absolutely delicious. The owner's husband works for United Airlines. He flies to/from Ethiopia every 2 months and brings back all the spices used in the restaurant. Authentic spices are not available in the US. Makes the food very special. Speciality item: The Coffee Ceremony. $25. For about 10 people. The coffee (from Ethiopia) is roasted fresh and brought to the table so guests can enjoy the aroma. It is all about process and taste. Available during off-peak hours. $$
Dashen Ethiopian Cuisine
88 Albany St
Just ate here for the first time tonight. I ordered the vegetarian sampler (for 2). Absolutely delicious. The owner's husband works for United Airlines. He flies to/from Ethiopia every 2 months and brings back all the spices used in the restaurant. Authentic spices are not available in the US. Makes the food very special. Speciality item: The Coffee Ceremony. $25. For about 10 people. The coffee (from Ethiopia) is roasted fresh and brought to the table so guests can enjoy the aroma. It is all about process and taste. Available during off-peak hours. $$
High end grocery store. Better than Whole Foods!
Wegmans
15 Woodbridge Center Drive
High end grocery store. Better than Whole Foods!
High end grocery store. An experience. Sometimes they even have live piano music!
Wegmans
55 U.S. 9
High end grocery store. An experience. Sometimes they even have live piano music!
Over-priced. But worth shopping there at least once for the experience.
Whole Foods Market
113 U.S. 9
Over-priced. But worth shopping there at least once for the experience.
A shopping experience. Sometimes you can find great value.
Trader Joe's
3528 Brunswick Pike
A shopping experience. Sometimes you can find great value.
Yes, another Whole Foods. They are all over the place!
Whole Foods Market
3495 U.S. 1
Yes, another Whole Foods. They are all over the place!
A local whole earth grocery store. Wander. Explore the coffees and teas and chocolates. Very close to downtown Princeton. Just wander North on Nassau Street and you'll find it.
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Whole Earth Center
360 Nassau Street
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A local whole earth grocery store. Wander. Explore the coffees and teas and chocolates. Very close to downtown Princeton. Just wander North on Nassau Street and you'll find it.
Outside dining at wooden picnic tables. On the water. Lobster. Crab. Shrimp. (Sort of like Martha's Vineyard?) Good food and drink. Google for reviews. Nice summer atmosphere.
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Bahrs Landing
2 Bay Ave
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Outside dining at wooden picnic tables. On the water. Lobster. Crab. Shrimp. (Sort of like Martha's Vineyard?) Good food and drink. Google for reviews. Nice summer atmosphere.
One of my Chinese guests highly recommends this Szechuan restaurant. She especially likes Sour Beans with Preserved Pork (Suan dou jiao la rou) and Spicy Pig Ear (Ma la zhou er). Yum!
Green Apple Chinese Cuisine
Renaissance Road
One of my Chinese guests highly recommends this Szechuan restaurant. She especially likes Sour Beans with Preserved Pork (Suan dou jiao la rou) and Spicy Pig Ear (Ma la zhou er). Yum!
There is a Mexican restaurant and a Mexican grocery store next to each other, in the same strip mall. The back of the grocery store serves food to both the restaurant and to the casual dining area in the store. My guest prefers eating in the casual atmosphere at the back of the store. Same food. Lower price. He raves about the tacos and fajitas!
Plaza Tapatia
707 Main St
There is a Mexican restaurant and a Mexican grocery store next to each other, in the same strip mall. The back of the grocery store serves food to both the restaurant and to the casual dining area in the store. My guest prefers eating in the casual atmosphere at the back of the store. Same food. Lower price. He raves about the tacos and fajitas!
Mancini Pizza
293 New Jersey 18
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Asbury Park Boardwalk
850 Ocean Ave
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Drinks & Nightlife
Recommended to me by friends. Upscale. Nice place to celebrate an occasion.
Clydz
55 Paterson St
Recommended to me by friends. Upscale. Nice place to celebrate an occasion.
Fun place to try at least once. Noisy, so not the right atmosphere for intimate conversation. Lots of craft beers!
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Triumph Brewing Company
138 Nassau Street
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Fun place to try at least once. Noisy, so not the right atmosphere for intimate conversation. Lots of craft beers!
Checkout their website. On Tuesdays, from 9 pm until closing, the house jazz band performs with local musicians sitting in. Radam Schwartz on the organ. Highly, highly recommended. No cover charge.
Crossroads
78 North Ave
Checkout their website. On Tuesdays, from 9 pm until closing, the house jazz band performs with local musicians sitting in. Radam Schwartz on the organ. Highly, highly recommended. No cover charge.
Pier Village is a collection of bars and restaurants on the boardwalk at the beach in Long Branch. Lots of drinking and music and action. Not my cup of tea, so I cannot really recommend it, but you can google for reviews.
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Pier Village
50 Chelsea Avenue
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Pier Village is a collection of bars and restaurants on the boardwalk at the beach in Long Branch. Lots of drinking and music and action. Not my cup of tea, so I cannot really recommend it, but you can google for reviews.
Shopping
open 24-hours Not everyone shops here; but if you do, it is available. Has an organic grocery section.
Walmart Supercenter
290 New Jersey 18
open 24-hours Not everyone shops here; but if you do, it is available. Has an organic grocery section.
If you like shopping, this is a very pretty mall with quality shops. Check out the website.
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Менло Парк Молл
55 Parsonage Road
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If you like shopping, this is a very pretty mall with quality shops. Check out the website.
NJ has lots of shopping malls. Bridgewater Mall is a relatively upscale one, with lots of high quality stores. A nice place to window shop.
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Бриджуотер Коммонс
400 Commons Way
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NJ has lots of shopping malls. Bridgewater Mall is a relatively upscale one, with lots of high quality stores. A nice place to window shop.
Very close to Menlo Park Mall. Much larger. Great place to walk for exercise, even if you don't intend to shop.
Woodbridge Center
250 Woodbridge Center Drive
Very close to Menlo Park Mall. Much larger. Great place to walk for exercise, even if you don't intend to shop.
Getting Around
Location: 551 Old Bridge Turnpike, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 Weekdays: Buses to NYC. Check Coach Suburban schedule. non-rush hour buses every 30 mins, 5 mins before the half-hour. On return trip, check with driver that bus is going to Transportation Center. (Some buses only stop at one of the 2 stops, not both.) On return trip, bus leaves from a gate close to gate 420. Check with dispatcher near gate 420 for exact gate. Weekends: See Tower Center bus station. Parking: garage. $5. Park on level marked 'Daily Parking'. Remember the number of your parking spot. Pay in lobby.
East Brunswick - Transportation Center
Location: 551 Old Bridge Turnpike, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 Weekdays: Buses to NYC. Check Coach Suburban schedule. non-rush hour buses every 30 mins, 5 mins before the half-hour. On return trip, check with driver that bus is going to Transportation Center. (Some buses only stop at one of the 2 stops, not both.) On return trip, bus leaves from a gate close to gate 420. Check with dispatcher near gate 420 for exact gate. Weekends: See Tower Center bus station. Parking: garage. $5. Park on level marked 'Daily Parking'. Remember the number of your parking spot. Pay in lobby.
Tower Center Bus Station (also called Nielsen Parking Plaza) Daily: Buses to NYC. Check Coach Suburban schedule. non-rush hour buses every 30 mins, 5 mins before the half-hour. On return trip, check with driver that bus is going to Tower Center. (Some buses only stop at one of the 2 stops, not both.) On return trip, bus leaves from a gate close to gate 417. Check with dispatcher near gate 417 for exact gate. Parking: garage. $5. Park on level marked 'Daily Parking'. Remember the number of your parking spot. Pay in lobby.
Tower Center Boulevard
Tower Center Bus Station (also called Nielsen Parking Plaza) Daily: Buses to NYC. Check Coach Suburban schedule. non-rush hour buses every 30 mins, 5 mins before the half-hour. On return trip, check with driver that bus is going to Tower Center. (Some buses only stop at one of the 2 stops, not both.) On return trip, bus leaves from a gate close to gate 417. Check with dispatcher near gate 417 for exact gate. Parking: garage. $5. Park on level marked 'Daily Parking'. Remember the number of your parking spot. Pay in lobby.
Check the NJ Transit train schedule. Amtrak stops here too. 40 minutes to Penn Station, NYC. 35 minutes to Penn Station, Newark, NJ. (Both stations have the same name! Confusing.) Check prices for New Brunswick parking garage. www dot njnbpa dot org / parking-info / parking-rates Greater than 8 hours: $22
Нью-Брансуик
Check the NJ Transit train schedule. Amtrak stops here too. 40 minutes to Penn Station, NYC. 35 minutes to Penn Station, Newark, NJ. (Both stations have the same name! Confusing.) Check prices for New Brunswick parking garage. www dot njnbpa dot org / parking-info / parking-rates Greater than 8 hours: $22
Check the NJ Transit train schedules. Parking is cheaper ($5 daily rate) at this station than the New Brunswick station. South of East Brunswick. Parking info: www dot westwindsorpa dot com / parking-info dot aspx
Princeton Junction
Check the NJ Transit train schedules. Parking is cheaper ($5 daily rate) at this station than the New Brunswick station. South of East Brunswick. Parking info: www dot westwindsorpa dot com / parking-info dot aspx
Amtrak and NJ Transit stop. Check schedules. Parking rates: $5 to $9 daily rate. Check website for Metro Park station. About a 25 minute drive from our house. Exit 131 on the Garden State Parkway.
Metropark Rail Station Bus Lane 4
Amtrak and NJ Transit stop. Check schedules. Parking rates: $5 to $9 daily rate. Check website for Metro Park station. About a 25 minute drive from our house. Exit 131 on the Garden State Parkway.
Arts & Culture
Check the website for details. High quality art. Special programs. Free admission.
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Princeton University Art Museum
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Check the website for details. High quality art. Special programs. Free admission.
Historical NJ houses moved to this park setting and set up like a little village. Learn a little history about this part of NJ. I highly recommend the free tour. My tour guide was excellent. Check out the East Jersey Old Town Village website. Hours Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Saturday & Holidays​ Guided Public Tours Tuesday - Friday and Sunday 1:30 p.m. No Tours on days when events are scheduled (732) 745-3030
East Jersey Old Town Village
1050 River Rd
Historical NJ houses moved to this park setting and set up like a little village. Learn a little history about this part of NJ. I highly recommend the free tour. My tour guide was excellent. Check out the East Jersey Old Town Village website. Hours Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Closed Saturday & Holidays​ Guided Public Tours Tuesday - Friday and Sunday 1:30 p.m. No Tours on days when events are scheduled (732) 745-3030
The art museum on the campus of Rutgers University. Check out the website for current exhibits and special events. Admission fee.
Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University
71 Hamilton Street
The art museum on the campus of Rutgers University. Check out the website for current exhibits and special events. Admission fee.
Home of the NJ Symphony Orchestra. Check out their website for current goings-on. Lots of entertainers from NYC and Hollywood perform here. Call about rush tickets. If not sold out, tickets go on sale (at the box office) for half price 1 hour before the show.
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State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue
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Home of the NJ Symphony Orchestra. Check out their website for current goings-on. Lots of entertainers from NYC and Hollywood perform here. Call about rush tickets. If not sold out, tickets go on sale (at the box office) for half price 1 hour before the show.
Check the website for concerts, dance, plays, opera. All music genres. Many performances are free. In July, look for a free jazz concert by the Rutgers jazz faculty. They are described as "the best on the planet."
Mason Gross School of The Arts
33 Livingston Ave
Check the website for concerts, dance, plays, opera. All music genres. Many performances are free. In July, look for a free jazz concert by the Rutgers jazz faculty. They are described as "the best on the planet."
Check out their website for current events. Last play I saw was August Wilson's Piano Lesson. A wonderful experience. Student discounts. (Ask if they have rush tickets.)
McCarter Theatre
91 University Pl
Check out their website for current events. Last play I saw was August Wilson's Piano Lesson. A wonderful experience. Student discounts. (Ask if they have rush tickets.)
NJ Symphony plays here. As well as famous performers in all genres of music. Check out the website for current info. Yes: Count Basie lived in Red Bank.
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Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street
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NJ Symphony plays here. As well as famous performers in all genres of music. Check out the website for current info. Yes: Count Basie lived in Red Bank.
Sightseeing
The town of Cranbury is a National Historic Site. Many houses were built around the time of the Civil War. Self-guided and guided walking tours.
Cranbury History Center
6 S Main St
The town of Cranbury is a National Historic Site. Many houses were built around the time of the Civil War. Self-guided and guided walking tours.
The town of Cranbury is a National Historic Site. Many houses were built around the time of the Civil War. Self-guided and guided walking tours.
Cranbury Museum
4 Park Pl E
The town of Cranbury is a National Historic Site. Many houses were built around the time of the Civil War. Self-guided and guided walking tours.
History of East Brunswick. Did you know this town was a resort town before air conditioning? Self-guided walking tour.
East Brunswick Museum Corporation
16 Maple St
History of East Brunswick. Did you know this town was a resort town before air conditioning? Self-guided walking tour.
This is where the guided walking tours begin. Fascinating tours of the town, the history, and the university. (I loved my tour!) This is not a tour of the university. Call for more info.
Historical Society Of Princeton
354 Quaker Road
This is where the guided walking tours begin. Fascinating tours of the town, the history, and the university. (I loved my tour!) This is not a tour of the university. Call for more info.
Walk around the gardens. Enjoy easy hikes in the woods. Fridays is the Rutgers Farmers Market. Lots of vendors. 11 am - 5 pm. May thru Nov.
Ратджерс Гарденс
112 Ryders Lane
Walk around the gardens. Enjoy easy hikes in the woods. Fridays is the Rutgers Farmers Market. Lots of vendors. 11 am - 5 pm. May thru Nov.
Local museum. Learn the story of the man Cornelius Lowe and the history of Landing Lane. I enjoyed the exhibit on the history of NJ Diners.
Cornelius Low House
1225 River Rd
Local museum. Learn the story of the man Cornelius Lowe and the history of Landing Lane. I enjoyed the exhibit on the history of NJ Diners.
Check out website to plan your visit: www dot twinlightslighthouse dot com Situated 200 feet above sea level atop the Navesink Highlands, Twin Lights has stood as a sentinel over the treacherous coastal waters of northern New Jersey since 1828. Museum. Great for families.
Navesink Twin Lighthouses
Check out website to plan your visit: www dot twinlightslighthouse dot com Situated 200 feet above sea level atop the Navesink Highlands, Twin Lights has stood as a sentinel over the treacherous coastal waters of northern New Jersey since 1828. Museum. Great for families.
Built during the French and Indian Wars to house soldiers. Check out the website www dot barracks dot org for visitor info and daily tours and events. A wonderful way to learn history!
Trenton Visitors Center
102 Barrack St
Built during the French and Indian Wars to house soldiers. Check out the website www dot barracks dot org for visitor info and daily tours and events. A wonderful way to learn history!