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New Brunswick Dining Guide

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!

Best Restaurants closest to the hotel...


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

What we love: laid back atmosphere, live music 4+ days


Catherine Lombardi

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


Stage Left Steak

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


Restaurants with Tantilizing World Flavors...

Ramen Nagomi

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


Efes Mediterranean Grill

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


Esquina Latina

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



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


Restaurants Perfect for a Fancy Meal...

The Frog and The Peach

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



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

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


Specialty Restaurants & Brew Pubs...


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


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


Destination Dogs

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