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10 Livingston Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Reservations: 866.609.4700

Resort Direct: 732.729.4670


Freshly baked bread

The best food artisans, farms, and local markets.

New Brunswick Community Farmers Market

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What started as just one home location on Jones Avenue in 2009 has grown to three market locations scattered across the city on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The weekday markets tend to be the quietest – which means more facetime with farmers and artisans, hawking everything from homemade honey and jams to local meat and veggies.

Freshly harvested root vegetables

Scala Bakery

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Decorated cake

Said to be the best Italian bakery outside of New York’s five boroughs, this 50-year-old family-owned establishment utilizes every inch of its space, chockablock with a variety of traditional cookies, cakes, and pastries, as well as wonderful breads: semolina, rustic, rolls, rye, all made fresh daily. Just remember to bring cash or a check.

Cypress Brewing

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Located just 15 minutes from New Brunswick on the other side of the New Jersey Turnpike, this nano-brewery is known for beers with progressive flavor profiles, deep colors, and frequent rotation (if you find something you like, scoop up a few growlers as it might not be there the next time). Eight taps are offered in its small tasting room, as well as tours of the attached brewhouse.

Two glasses of beer

Giamarese Farm and Orchards

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Strawberries on the plant

This 35-acre East Brunswick farm has been in the Giamarese family since 1941 and is the locals’ choice when it comes to pick-your-own with quite the roster: strawberries, peas, peaches, apples, pumpkins, and greens. But if you’re not into picking, a farm store sells produce, as well as eggs, homemade pies, jam, and honey.

The Stress Factory Video

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Video Transcript

Various images and silent video of The Stress Factory Comedy Club appear with the narrator speaking the following:

"I'm Vinnie Brand and you're standing outside of the world famous Sress Factory Comedy Club. For 21 years the biggest names in the business right here in our club. Ray Romano, Kevin James, Chris Rock, you name them, they've been here.

You gotta come try it. Our food is great, drinks are awesome, and the comics- best in the world. Shows around here are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

We're also available for private parties. We do unbelievable private functions. We even send the comedian out to you if you need them. And I'm telling you something: parties here at The Stress Factory, you remember them forever. Birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, divorces, weddings, whatever it is we are going to make it great for you and you're gonna remember it.

Downtown New Brunswick people. Right outside Rutgers University and we're on restaurant row. The best restaurants in the state and then come to the best comedy club in the country after a fine meal to enjoy yourself. Most comedy clubs have overpriced drinks and crappy food. This place you come for the food, you come for the drinks, you come for the laughter. It's the complete package. You're going to love this club.

I've been doing it for 21 years. You want to have an excellent time here? Our staff. They aren't just going to bring you drinks and what not, they're part of it people. They are going to send you home saying 'Oh my God that place was amazing, I'm going back!'

Follow us on Twitter: stressfactorycc, or me, I'm vinnie_brand. 90 Church Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey. You gotta come try it people. 732-545-4242. Website is, easy to remember. Show times vary- sometimes its 7 sometimes its 7:45. Read the internet, that's why the information is there. And get the tickets early. Don't be showing up here at the last minute trying to get in because it's going to be sold out. Because people know about this joint and they know it's great. I don't care what comedy club you've ever been to. This is the best club in the country. This is where Ray Romano worked at and where Chris Rock wrote his special. You come here one time- the atmosphere, the food, the drinks, the service- you will never go to another comedy club, you will love it here. And I will make sure of that."

The Weekender

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Christophers restaurant

How to spend 36 hours in New Brunswick, with The Heldrich as your base camp.



Located within walking distance of The Heldrich, this second-floor Italian restaurant gets you a bird’s-eye view of the Theater District, thanks to 21 windows that line the spacious, deep red interior. Dishes embody the Italy-meets-Brooklyn cooking style of the owner’s grandmother, the restaurant’s namesake.


No need to head into New York City to see a show…or cross the street for that matter. This playhouse is positioned just a few doors down from Catherine Lombardi (along with two other theaters). With a mainstage season that runs October through April, productions include on- and off-Broadway musicals, dramas, and comedies with show times that start promptly at 8 p.m. on Fridays. 




Don’t expect a super high-end brunch café from this local chain, but do expect hearty, well-made breakfast dishes served all day. Head to their location on the edge of Rutgers University campus on Easton Avenue to try their signature “breakfast crisp,” a three-egg omelet, Cajun-style home fries, bacon, and cheese all folded and grilled in a flour tortilla.


In the heart of Rutgers, the Voorhees Hall building contains what is said to be one of the largest university-based museums in the country with more than 60,000 works. Its most unique feature is its particularly extensive collection of Russian art. A realm of art history rarely seen in other museums, here, it accounts for almost one-third of the entire holdings.


Return to The Heldrich for a 55-minute Raindrop Therapy at the hotel’s spa [] (be sure to book ahead). This unique full-body treatment takes various oils and drips them down your spine and legs before fully massaging them in. Hot towels are applied to allow the oils to penetrate deeply into the skin.


After grabbing dinner at one of the many eateries that line George Street (some picks: Glo, Hotoke, Tumulty’s Pub), you can easily walk to this comedy club that has been here for 20 years and has hosted the likes of Amy Schumer, Drew Carey, and Chris Rock. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m.  




Before departing, you can’t miss dining at least once at the hotel’s urban-chic restaurant, Christopher’s, featuring theater-style lighting and an open-hearth kitchen. Breakfast comes in the form of a buffet, with chef-manned stations for omelets, waffles, and pancakes made-to-order. 

Like a Local

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Rutgers Gardens

It’s a place that even the locals drive by, unaware of the little oasis tucked under the Route 1 exit ramps. Here, you’ll find a bamboo forest, interwoven with a path that follows a small creek and tiny waterfalls along the way, several botanical gardens (one boasting the world’s largest collection of holly), and a slew of wooded nature trails.


State Theatre

Most towns can claim a gem of a historic theater in their ranks. But not many can say their icon was built by one of the most prominent twentieth-century theater architects, Thomas W. Lamb. That’s why $3 million was invested in 2003 in this downtown 1921 theater, removing as many as 20 layers of paint in some places, to bring it back to its true design.


The Heldrich's Art Collection

Three beautiful women with flowing red hair are always on hand to greet guests with apples as they enter the lobby of this downtown hotel. Actually nymphs from Greek mythology, the ladies are depicted in 10- by 10-foot nine-panel glass installation by J. Kenneth Leap – just one of several New Jersey artists represented in the hotel’s three-gallery art collection. 

An art installation at The Heldrich

The Adventurist

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Scenic view of a pond and trees near The Heldrich

When simply “seeing” a destination just won’t do.

Feature Adventure: Bike About

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One of the state’s most scenic bike paths calls Central New Jersey home: the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail. Shaped like a “V,” the smooth and flat route runs along an 1830s canal towpath from Frenchtown in the northwest down to Trenton in its southernmost point, then up to New Brunswick to the northeast over a continuous 70 miles along. With a dozen places to access it, the eastern side of the route (from New Brunswick down to Trenton) features 40 miles of scenic nineteenth-century bridges and bridge-tender houses, remnants of locks, and hand-built stone-arch culverts.

Person biking on a designated bike path

Walking Tour- Historic Walking Tours of New Brunswick

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People walking down a cobblestone road

4 Centuries of History in 2 Hours

Enjoy a two-hour tour that covers one-and-a-half miles of downtown New Brunswick; landmarks include one of the oldest churches in North America (dating back to 1717). Need a little more excitement? Try the drunken history pub crawl, where you can learn the history and have a few drinks along the way.

Making Wine- The Grape Escape

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A wine with it's own style.

Journey over to the leading East Coast hands-on winery to learn the winemaking process from start to finish. Choose the region, grape type, and barrel type, then return for four one-hour sessions to crush, press, rack, and bottle.

Wine grapes in buckets

The Heldrich Wanderguide

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Your top-rated places to explore in New Brunswick, NJ

Brunswick Farmers Market Brunswick Farmers Market

Brunswick Farmers Market

Distance: 0.6 mi

In the 10 years the market has been around, it has outgrown two locations, meaning there are three mini-markets scattered around town on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

George Street Playhouse George Street Playhouse

George Street Playhouse

Distance: 0.2 mi

No need to head into New York City to see a show...on- and off-Broadway musicals, dramas, and comedies play right down the street every Friday from October to April.

New Brunswick Train Station New Brunswick Train Station

New Brunswick Train Station

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Like an old train stop out of a movie, this quaint train station is the perfect launching point for day trips to New York and throughout New Jersey. @Tom Slucer

Old Man Rafferty's Restaurant Old Man Rafferty's Restaurant

Old Man Rafferty`s Restaurant

Distance: 0.02 mi

Affectionately known as “the New Brunswick habit,” this local eatery serves classics like chicken pot pie and corned beef brisket sandwiches in modern, atmospheric digs.

Rutgers Busch Campus Rutgers Busch Campus

Rutgers Busch Campus

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Launched as a “daring move” during the Great Depression, today the Busch campus section of Rutgers University–New Brunswick boasts five libraries, a stadium, and even an 18-hole golf course!

Rutgers Douglass Campus Rutgers Douglass Campus

Rutgers Douglass Campus

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Rutgers has more to offer than your average college campus, like the 60,000-works-strong Zimmerli Art Museum and the hidden gardens tucked under the Route 1 exit ramps.

Rutgers High Point Stadium Rutgers High Point Stadium

Rutgers High Point Stadium

Distance: 1 mi

Truly a multi use facility, you can catch a football game, both men's and women’s basketball, as well as wrestling and lacrosse.

Rutgers Livingston Campus Rutgers Livingston Campus

Rutgers Livingston Campus

Distance: 0.5 mi

The expansive Livingston or "Livi" campus is located in Piscataway and is the youngest of Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s five campuses. The compact walkable area boasts plenty of entertainment, with a plaza featuring a movie theater and restaurants. @RBScomm

Salt Seafood & Oyster Bar Salt Seafood & Oyster Bar

Salt Seafood & Oyster Bar

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Clams, local oysters, lobster, or stone crab? Why choose when you could order the Seafood Tower and get them all and more.

Stage Left & Catherine Lombardi Stage Left & Catherine Lombardi

Stage Left & Catherine Lombardi

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Twenty-one second-floor windows look out at the Theater District, giving you an amazing view while you dine on some amazing Italian food.

State Theatre New Jersey State Theatre New Jersey

State Theatre New Jersey

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In 2003, as many as 20 layers of paint were removed from the walls of this 1921 Thomas W. Lamb–designed theater during a $3 million restoration. @State Teatre NJ

Steakhouse 85 Steakhouse 85

Steakhouse 85

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You’ll go for the steak, you’ll stay for the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list. You'll leave happy.

Stress Factory Comedy Club Stress Factory Comedy Club

Stress Factory Comedy Club

Distance: 0.2 mi

In Stress Factory’s 20 years, it has hosted the likes of Amy Schumer, Drew Carey, and Chris Rock. See which up-and-coming comedian or famous act will be performing during your visit.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

The Grape Escape

Distance: 11 mi

Choose the region, varietal, and barrel type then spend four sessions crushing, pressing, racking, and bottling your own signature wine.