Excellent food and ambience!. My husband surprised me with a romantic dinner there for our anniversary. I always wanted to go but it is not a cheap place. We normally never go to fancy places for dinner (especially in this economy). But my hubby wanted to do something special for our anniversary! I was very pleasantly surprised when he valet parked across the street at the Heldrige hotel and told me where we were going for dinner. We both loved it and hope to go back again for another special occasion.
Dinner was a Huge Hit!. My office mates and I recently celebrated the completion of a project with dinner at Stage Left. Could not have gone better! Great food - wonderful, discreet staff. The wine list was awesome - lot's of unique gems. We ended the night with Cigars and Port in the outdoor cafe. Great way to celebrate!
Elegant Dining in New Jersey. While I have had the pleasure of dining out in my travels until recently I had not had the opportunity to dine at Stage Left. I must say I am very pleased that I finally made my way to this destination restaurant as guests of another couple. It is rare in these times that you find a restaurant with true class. From the moment we walked in the door you could tell this was a restaurant run by professionals. Our server, Megan was warm, professional and very knowledgeable about each menu item. While the gentlemen choose from the steak menu I enjoyed the 4 course tasting menu. I though this was a great value at $49. I particularly enjoyed the Seared Scallops with a Citrus Butter. The entire evening we felt like we were in good hands. I look forward to returning.
Best Place for my Birthday. My family has been going to Stage Left for years and we just love it. I celebrated my 21st Birthday there because I could finally order off of their amazing wine list. I started with a shashimi style fluke with hazelnuts and a chili vingaigrette which was tdf! For my entree I enjoyed the Buttermilk poached chicken - If only my Mom could make chicken like this! Had a great time!!!
Great Business Dinner - Going Back. I recently was in New Brunswick on business and arranged to have a business dinner for about 15 people in Stage Left. I was pleasantly surprised when the upgraded our private room to the Wine Library. My boss was thrilled! This is a beautiful room. My boss loved the wine list and enjoyed selecting wine with the owner, Mark. We enjoyed an Italian Red and an Austrian Gruner Veltline (not sure of the exact wines). The wine complimented our meals very nicely. Service was great. The menu gave our guests ample choices (I enjoyed the Goat Cheese Salad with Candied Pecans, followed by the Butter Poached Shrimp with Romesco Sauce) and everyone loved the food. The wait staff was exceptional - very professional, knowledgeable and discreet. My Boss loved it so much I don't think he gave the bill a thought. He told me to book this restaurant at our next quarterly meeting. Will Do!
Great Place for Special Occassions and Business Dinners. Recently visited Stage Left after not being there for awhile. Not disappointed. I've conducted business dinners there for groups in the past. The staft was always friendly and discreet. Food is fresh - they strive to use seasonal, local ingredients - and well prepared. This time I went to celebrate a friend's birthday and was blown away. Love the new steak menu - best steaik I've ever had. The wine list is great - lots of hidden gems and our server - Alex - was wonderfully knowledgeable about the wine list. Looking forward to going back on my next visit to New Brunswick.
I've always loved this restaurant. I've been dining here on business for years. I enjoy holding business dinners here and dine here socially as well. I enjoy the Chef's approach to food - using seasonal ingredients and local ingredients as often as possible. I find the staff to be very knowledgagable and accomodating. One of the few places in NJ where you can enjoy a cheese course (and I often do). Always look forward to dining here.
Avoid this trap. Avoid avoid avoid. Went with a friend to use a gift certificate. What a waste. First, the service. Indifferent, incompetent and amateurish. Food is pretentious and poorly prepared. For rare steak, for example, expect rubbery and salty. A 'special treat' is their eponymous 'pork roll'- if you don't feel like spending $16 on diner food, you could be forgiven. The preparations are extremely uninspired, and while the ingredients might sound elegant, the plates exiting this ktichen are oversalted, too sweet and generally not palate pleasing. Having sampled the 'tasting menu', I found the hype surrounding this place bewildering. Is it the prices that make people expect fine food? Is it the pretentious service? There are far better establishments on which to spend your time and money in New Brunswick. Don't waste either one here, you will be disappointed.
Great place for a night out. Affordable and delicious! Recently I went to the theatre and and stopped by Stage Left because it was so nearby. We ordered their petite menu which was only $35. It even had options, I ordered the trout while my husband ordered the pork belly. We will definitely be back.
Best upscale restaurant in central Jersey. From the moment we walked into the restaurant, we were taken into hands of luxury and great service. They greeted us warmly at the door, took our coats, and sat us by the romantic fireplace. Our server was extremely gracious, and knowledgeable about their food and mammoth sized wine list. The food was scrumptious. Definitely a place for a special occasion, or date. Although, in the bar, they do serve "Jersey's best hamburgers" (as informed to us by several other diners and our bartender). This is definitely a place you want to leave the children at home with the babysitters!
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