Off-Campus Dining

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is pretty good. Whenever I got out of a late study session, I either got school takeout or some Chinese food from the campus center. Overall, the food is really good & VERY fattening.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat on campus

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Hansel's so hot right now

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the off campus food places I go to are on or near college ave. They have a good amount of of vegetarian/vegan places, there a TON of pizza places, a few regular fast food chains, there are a few ethic food places (Mexican, Indian, etc.), and there's an abundance of ice cream/fro yo places. All these food places have decent dishes. None of them are super expensive because they're not sit down dinner type places and the quality of food ranges from just alright to amazing.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's some convenience stores and good restaurants in the city.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 45th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 161st
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Hometown
Ardsley, NY
Major
English
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Nationwide, Rutgers is more known for its grease trucks than its highly-rated business school. Fat sandwiches are the primary cause for gaining the Freshman 15. It is said that you are not really a Rutgers student until you have had a fat sandwich. Maxim magazine even rated the Fat Darrell the best sandwich in America. However, if you want to fit into your high school jeans for a while, you have other options. Saladworks, Thinisu, and Happy's Health Grill are popular spots for vegetarians and students who don't want an early heart attack. However, if cardiac arrest is your choice, downtown New Brunswick is filled with cheap, greasy pizza places that all offer the same foods that are delicious, but certainly not healthy.

When parents come to town, RU students beg them to take them to one of the four-star restaurants in the area. Nova Terra, Sapporo, and SoHo are popular, trendy spots to eat. However, Old Man Rafferty's is unofficially the "Rutgers" restaurant, employing and serving most of the University. The restaurant is cheap and has amazing desserts and a classy ambiance that keeps students coming back. The restaurants downtown also accommodate the diverse student population by having restaurants that offer Indian, Ethiopian, Chinese, Creole, and Italian foods.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Attilio's Pasta Kitchen
  • Happy's Health Grill
  • Marita's Cantina
  • Old Man Rafferty's
  • Saladworks
  • Skinny Vinnies
  • Stuff Yer Face
24-Hour Dining
None
Best Asian
Noodle Gourmet
Best Breakfast
  • Nuebies
  • Somerset Diner
Best Healthy
  • Happy's Healthy Grill
  • Saladworks
Best Pizza
Skinny Vinnie's
Best Wings
Cluck-U Chicken
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Old Man Rafferty's
  • SoHo on George
Other Places to Check Out
  • Frog and the Peach (American)
  • Paulie's
  • Sapporo
  • Stage Left Restaurant
  • Tumulty's (Pub grub)
  • West End Café (Coffee)
Did You Know?
  • The Food Network's Mario Batali, known as "Molto Mario," was a chef at Stuff Yer Face during his Rutgers college years.
  • Local pizza places flood their walls with pictures of drunk Rutgers students.
  • There are more than 75 locations that accept RU Express off campus.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

C Town Supermarkets
275 George St.
(732) 545-5582
Stop and Shop
940 Easton Ave.
(732) 545-7707

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Attilio's Pasta Kitchen
Food: Italian
9 Spring St.
(732) 846-0010
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Attilio's is owned by Sopranos star Federico Castelluccio (Furio). It has become one of the most popular date spots at Rutgers for its quality food, the cozy ambiance, and the reasonable college prices.
Bombay Grill & Bistro
Food: Indian
371 George St.
(732) 247-7474
Price: $10-$15
Cluck-U Chicken
Food: American
53 Easton Ave.
(732) 828-2318
www.cluckuchicken.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Chicken wings in five different barbeque sauces: mild, atomic, nuclear, thermo-nuclear, and 911.
Edo Sushi Bar
Food: Japanese, Korean
68 Easton Ave.
(732) 514-0700
Price: $10-$15
Happy's Health Grill
Food: Sandwiches, wraps
144 Easton Ave.
(732) 418-0336
Price: $4-$8
Cool Features: Happy's is one of the few places at Rutgers where you can order something healthy and have it delivered until midnight.
Harvest Moon Café
Food: American
392 George St.
(732) 249-MOON
www.harvestmoonbrewery.com
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Harvest Moon Café is also a brewery and bar featuring DJ nights and Acoustic Mondays. Popular dishes include their unique salads, specialty pizzas, late-night menu, and desserts.
Jersey Subs
Food: Salads, sandwiches, subs
380 George St.
(732) 418-7900
Price: $4-$9
Cool Features: A great place to go if you are in a hurry., and you can even walk here from the College Ave Campus. They accepts RU Express.
Jimmy's Grill & Pizza Specialties
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, stomboli, calzones
104 Easton Ave.
(732) 418-9600
Price: $5-$10
Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant
Food: Ethiopian
338 George St.
(732) 545-5115
www.makedas.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: The Asbury Park Press has said that once you enter Makeda, "you leave the world of same old, same old behind." Friday and Saturday nights feature live Africana and salsa music.
Noodle Gourmet
Food: Chinese
43 Easton Ave.
(732) 828-8188
www.noodlegourmet.com/
Price: $5-$8
Nova Terra
Food: American Latino cuisine
78 Albany St.
(732) 296-1600
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Nova Terra is one of New Brunswick's many four-star restaurants with live jazz and Latin music in the evening. The restaurants two signature dishes are civiche (Latino sashimi) and new-world paella.
Nuebies
Food: American
120 Somerset St.
(732) 846-0999
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Nuebies delivers late night to residence halls. However, the restaurant is a quaint, personal spot specializing in burgers, sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, and vegetarian options. A meal at Nuebies is a simple quick bite on a college budget.
Old Bay Restaurant
Food: Louisiana cooking, French Creole cuisine
61-63 Church St.
(908) 246-3111
www.oldbay.com
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: The Home News Tribune has said that Old Bay is the best place to listen to jazz and blues music. The restaurant was designed to resemble the French quarter's bistros. Favorites at Old Bay Restaurant are the gumbo, crawfish, and jambalaya.
Old Man Rafferty's
Food: American
106 Albany St.
(732) 846-6153
www.oldmanraffertys.com
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: This restaurant is a popular place to bring your parents. Most college students go to the gourmet shop to skip meals and go straight to dessert. College favorites include Mississippi Mud Cake, Oreo Monster Mousse, and Caramel Apple Granny Pie.
PJ's Grill & Pizza
Food: Pizza, salad, Middle Eastern, pasta, buffalo wings
166 Easton Ave.
(732) 249-1800
www.pjsgrill.com
Price: $4-$7
Qdoba
Food: Mexican
385 George St .
(732) 227-0058
www.qdoba.com
Price: $5-$8
Cool Features: This is a student favorite where you can get free delivery with a $15 purchase. You can even walk here from the College Avenue Campus. Accepts RU Express.
RU Grill & Pasta
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, burgers, buffalo wings, salads
14 Easton Ave.
(732) 828-1128
Price: $3-$6
Saladworks
Food: Salad, sandwiches, soup, wraps
120 Albany St.
(732) 418-9191
www.saladworks.com
Price: $4-$8
Skinny Vinnie's
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, burgers, calzones, stromboli
60 Sicard St.
(732) 545-6671
Price: $10-$15
SoHo on George
335 George St. # A101
(732) 296-0533
www.sohoongeorge.com
Price: $20-$50
Cool Features: SoHo's large windows face the street, allowing passersbys to peek inside and see you-and as a passerby, you can see who's dining in this fancy spot.
Somerset Diner
Food: Breakfast, burgers, salads, sandwiches, seafood, steaks
1045 Easton Ave., Somerset
(732) 828-5424
www.somersetdiner.com
Price: $5-$25
Cool Features: You can order food online from this diner or use RU Express. Also, you get 10 percent discount as a Rutgers student.
Stuff Yer Face
Food: American, Italian
49 Easton Ave.
(732) 247-1727
www.stuffyerface.com
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Stuff Yer Face is the typical college bar with neon beer signs and a jukebox. Strombolis, commonly referred to as bolis, are the restaurant's claim to fame. Students can be seen drinking outdoors on the restaurant's patio.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 237 responses

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  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 274 responses

  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 7% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 41% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 50% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.

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