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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The best thing about the off-campus dining is that there are so many options and restaurants available to cater to every taste. The downside is that they are very expensive- catered more to the general public than the student population and in a more unsafe part of town.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Of all the foods that I have eaten. By ratio with the meal plan and the money that I have spent on off-campus dining, I would rather have off-campus food since it's respectively more well-cooked, prepared and delicious.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some really nice spots to eat at in New Brunswick.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus food is great, when you have the money.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different off-campus dining options in New Brunswick. The variety can range from Caribbean to Italian to Middle Eastern and they can be convenient if you live in the city. Notable places include Hansel n' Griddle, Mamoun's, Hong Kong Kitchen, and Korean Barbecue and Grill.

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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Price: $4-$7
Food: Mexican
385 George St .
(732) 227-0058
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
Food: Salad, sandwiches, soup, wraps
120 Albany St.
(732) 418-9191
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
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
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
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 410 responses

Very poor
  • 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 442 responses

  • 52% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 38% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 7% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 2% An endless repetition of the same few places.


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