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10 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Reservations: 866.609.4700

Resort Direct: 732.729.4670


Christopher's Restaurant & Bar

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Salmon Entree Sitting on Table with Glasses of Red Wine

Enjoy a Delightful Dining, Lounge & Restaurant Experience at The Heldrich

HOURS: Christopher's Bar is open Tuesday - Saturday from 4 - 11PM & Christopher's Restaurant is serving breakfast Saturday & Sunday 7 - 11AM

Enjoy Christopher’s, The Heldrich’s casually sophisticated restaurant and one of the best restaurants in NJ, serving freshly prepared specialties to delight the discriminating palate. This trendy cosmopolitan restaurant and bar is a welcome haven for contemporary American favorites, savvy cocktails, and spirited conversation. Our cuisine, ambiance and incredible location in the cultural heart of downtown New Brunswick has made Christopher's an institution among locals and guests alike.

Two private dining rooms within our restaurant are the perfect venue for special occasions, and alfresco dining on our patio is available in season. 

To make a reservation, please call us at 732-214-2200.

Dinner & A Show

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Before and after the curtain, make your appearance at Christopher’s Restaurant at The Heldrich, located just across the street from The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center and the historic State Theatre NJ. 

Indulge in classic American favorites from our chef-crafted Theatre Menu, designed so that you can make it to the show on time. Or stop by after your performance for a decadent dessert paired with a craft cocktail, local microbrew, or glass of wine to top an already memorable evening off with.

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Private Dining Event Space

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Private Dining Room #01 outside Christopher's Restaurant

From intimate dinners to large gatherings, Christopher's has the space and flexibility to meet the needs of your special occasion. The restaurant and bar can be rented out in its entirety, or you may reserve one of our private dining rooms for up to 40 guests. 

Our high-touch, chef driven dining experience uses only the freshest ingredients that are sourced locally when possible. And our stylish setting is conveniently located in the cultural heart of downtown New Brunswick, just across the street from the historic State Theatre and the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.

For more information about renting our private dining room or the entire restaurant, please call 732.214.2200.

New Brunswick Dining Guide

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New Jersey foodies already know that New Brunswick is a restaurant hotspot - now, we want to share our dozens of out-of-this-world eateries with you. And the best news? Everything on this list is within walking distance of The Heldrich!



Catherine Lombardi

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Catherine Lombardi Dining Room, red carpet, large fireplace, tables and chairs

Brooklyn-style Italian Food

With two large fireplaces, an elegant bar, and 21 windows overlooking George Street & Livingston Avenue, Catherine Lombardi’s offers a classy setting and dramatic bird’s-eye-view of the New Brunswick Theater District. Their Neapolitan-based and heavily Brooklyn-influenced menu is inspired by the food and culture of one of the owner’s Italian grandmothers – Catherine Lombardi herself. We love their extensive wine list that features mostly estate-bottled wines from small producers, and they make some of the best classic cocktails in town… all from scratch! 

Distance from hotel: 210 feet - located directly across the street from The Heldrich Hotel

Stage Left Steak

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Sliced Wagyu Steak with Brown Sauce on a Cutting Board

A Contemporary Steakhouse 

Stage Left is famous for its wood-grilled steaks, award-winning wine list and pioneering cocktail program, and has been an incubator for many of the NY region’s top chefs and mixologists. Their 11 oz. burger has also been named one of the best in New Jersey by NJ Monthly Magazine, Edible Jersey and many other publications throughout the years. Try ordering it with a slice of aged Vermont cheddar cheese and applewood smoked bacon… you won’t be disappointed. Winner of the coveted AAA Four-Diamond award for outstanding restaurants. 

Distance from hotel: 190 feet - located directly across the street from The Heldrich Hotel

Tavern on George

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Dining area at Tavern on George, old wood beam ceilings

New Brunswick's Coolest New Gastropub

A cozy atmosphere, elevated pub food, doughnut flights and live music every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night makes the Tavern on George one of our must-visit restaurants while you’re in town. Located in the heart of Hub City and in a historic building, the restaurant kept the original wood beam ceilings, iron chandelier fixtures and an old train set that chugs along the interior of the space. And did we mention that their live jazz music every Wednesday night is awesome?

Distance from hotel: 0.1 miles or 1 block away from The Heldrich Hotel

What we love: laid back atmosphere, live music every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday night


Ramen Nagomi

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Authentic Japanese Ramen

“Nagomi” is a Japanese character that means comfort, harmony and “Japan” and it is a fitting name for this cozy ramen restaurant. Nagomi’s ramen brings warmth with a simple presentation, made with the best possible ingredients that gives each bowl a distinct, artisanal quality. Specializing in the assari-style of ramen, Nagomi’s broths are made in small batches that are cooked low and slow. Ramen fans take note - this place is definitely worth the wait!

Distance from hotel: 0.1 miles or 1 block away from The Heldrich

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Efes Mediterranean Grill

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Mediterranean Restaurant specializing in Turkish Food

An open, airy atmosphere and outstanding Mediterranean cuisine are the hallmark’s of Efes. Efes is the Turkish name for the ancient Greek of city of Ephesus, located in Turkey where the Cayster River flows into the Aegean Sea. Today, Ephesus contains the largest collection of Roman ruins East of the Mediterranean, and gives some idea of the city’s original splendor. Don’t forget to try their Kadayif for dessert, similar to baklava and a popular dessert in Turkey. 

Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles or 5 blocks away from The Heldrich

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Esquina Latina

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Vibrant Latin American Cuisine

Under the colorful lights of Esquina Latina you’ll discover Latin American soul in every bit and sip you take; enjoy their array of authentic dishes and craft cocktails… and if you linger long enough, you may also discover a nightlife scene so filled with Latino tunes and fun that moving to the music will come naturally. Known for their tapas and authentic sangrias. So, grab a glass of homemade sangria and let your worries fall to the wayside as you step into the vibrant world of Esquina Latina.

Distance from hotel: 470 feet, just down the street from The Heldrich

Esquina Latina Dessert with Plantains and an Orchid Flower

Serving up Southern Soul Food at its Finest

Delta’s is a brick-walled Southern eatery offering down-home dishes and live music on the weekends. This deliciously swanky restaurant serves up real Southern cuisine like golden brown fried chicken, baked mac n’ cheese, flavorful collard greens, gumbo and so much more. A well-rounded cocktail menu with unique drinks, like the Bubblin' Brown Shuga and Respect Your Elders makes this a go-to spot when you’re in town. And did we mention their killer atmosphere and on-point decor? This place just oozes sophisticated southern charm.

Distance from hotel: 0.2 miles or 2 blocks away from The Heldrich

What we love: hint, don't leave without trying their homemade sweet potato cheesecake

Delta's Interior Dining Room & Bar Area Shot


The Frog and The Peach

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Looking Down at The Frog & The Peach's Bar from the upstairs floor

Upscale American Cuisine with World Influences

Whether sitting in one of the warm and inviting alcoves of this stylish restaurant, in the outdoor garden, or in the swanky bar area, diners will enjoy The Frog and The Peach’s modern American menu with a seductive international spin. Don’t forget to browse their award-winning wine list, offering 400 selections carefully chosen by Wine Director Jim Mullen. Winner of the coveted AAA Four-Diamond award for outstanding restaurants. 

Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles or 3 blocks away The Heldrich

Pasta Dish with Clams Sitting on Restaurant Table

A Hip Seafood & Oyster Bar

Salt is a hip modern oyster bar that serves up a large variety of fresh local oysters and bountiful seafood towers. Guests are encouraged to relax at the spacious rustic bar, while peering out through the windows that open to the lively local streets. Patrons seeking a smaller bite before heading out to a local show, are encouraged to choose from a large selection of creative small plates and sip on one of Salt’s creative signature cocktails. Just don't forget to make a reservation!

Distance from hotel: 0.2 miles or 3 blocks away from The Heldrich

Steakhouse 85

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The Classic American Steakhouse

The menu at Steakhouse 85 is comprised of modern day interpretations of timeless American cuisine, served alongside the traditional steakhouse classics. The back bone of Steakhouse 85's menu is without a doubt their beef - their mouthwatering dry-aged steaks are rubbed with a simple yet luscious combination of sea salt, black pepper and fresh herbs. Paired with a large classically designed bar, complete with savvy cocktails and an award-winning wine list.

Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles or 4 blocks from The Heldrich

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Regional Italian Cuisine & Fresh Seafood

Translated to “two seas,” Due Mari’s menu not only features the freshest of Italian seafood dishes, but regional cuisine ranging from pizette and crostini to start, hand-made pastas, choice grilled meats and well-known Italian classics. To compliment the menu, Due Mari’s spacious bar and lounge dining area offers an extensive Italian-inspired wine list as well as a seasonal signature cocktail menu and full bar. Winner of the coveted AAA Four-Diamond award for outstanding restaurants. 

Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles or 4 blocks away from The Heldrich

What we love: their menu allows full flexibility in sharing and trying different dishes


Modern American Restaurant with 100% Vegan Dishes

Veganized offers an extensive menu with creative combinations of fresh, delicious ingredients. As a community-focused restaurant, Veganized uses only local, seasonal produce and fair trade ingredients – their menu items are 100% vegan, 100% natural, 95% organic and made fresh daily. Plus, their bananarama and 14 karat cake is some of the best cake we’ve had in a long time… you can’t even tell it’s vegan! 

Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles or 3 blocks away from The Heldrich

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Hub City Brewhouse

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Brew Pub with over 50 Craft Beers on Tap

Hub City Brewhouse is New Brunswick’s premiere sports bar and live music venue. With 25 HDTV’s, an Ultra High Definition Video Wall, 50 craft beers on tap, 200 more beers in bottles and cans, craft spirits and artisan pub fare, Hub City is an excellent spot to hang out and watch the game while trying a new beer. 

Distance from hotel: 460 feet, just down the street from The Heldrich

Hub City's Tap Wall with 50 Craft Beers on Tap and Multiple Flat Screen TVs

Destination Dogs

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Gourmet Sausages & Hot Dogs from Around the World

Destination Dogs features a broad range of unique and delicious gourmet hot dogs & sausages inspired by global travel (all made in-house). From classic versions of “domestic dogs” from major U.S. cities to international fare like kangaroo sausage, banh mi, and duck bratwurst, Destination Dogs will have you wishing you could try everything on the menu! Their own signature cocktails make the experience even more fun. 

Distance from hotel: 0.3 miles or 3 blocks away from The Heldrich

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Harvest Moon Brewery

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Local Microbrewery with Perfectly Paired Food

This relaxed brew pub with exposed brick walls serves up an eclectic menu alongside house-brewed beers. Harvest Moon’s head brewer and executive chef work together to pair beer and food to ensure a truly memorable tasting experience. If you enjoy sampling a new city’s or state’s craft beers, then Harvest Moon should definitely be on your list to visit. 


Distance from hotel: 0.2 miles or 3 blocks away from The Heldrich

What we love: beer dinner enthusiasts take note - their menu items truly enhance the beers they brew

Harvest Moon Brewery Interior Shot of Patrons at Tables and The Bar