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25 New St, Metuchen, NJ (Pearl Street)
+1 732-549-5306
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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NJ
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We like the bar menu because it has a variety of interesting dishes that are reasonably priced. The main dining area is more expensive.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Ate at the bar, everything was delicious. Cannelloni was sold out so I had the meat sauce. Shrimp app was NOT overcooked, could have ordered a second. Although I am no wine drinker I described what I like and the recommended noir (i think) was truly perfect. Did have two of those! Highly recommended. I am still amazed at how... More 

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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

My Wife and I are French and always seeking for nice places. Based on recommendations of local friends, we had dinner and we decided to post this : pasta are unique in terms of quality and taste, wine has been selected by a competent sommelier. Service was way above reasonably expected. Won't forget the pianist who was playing very smooth... More 

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nj
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Lots of positive reviews here, but after tonight's dinner (there were 6 of us), I think the one star was overly generous. The service was probably the worst I've ever experienced in my life. Yes, the place was packed for restaurant week, but the restaurant should have been prepared, and not understaffed with amateurs. Not even sure where to begin..the... More 

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1 Thank traveler310Nj
Colonia, NJ
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I am shocked by all the rave reviews of Novita since last night my group had an entirely different experience. It seems we ate at an entirely different Novita. It started off well. Hostess was very friendly and we sat down promptly at 7:30 PM, our reservation time. We decided to go to Novita since it was restaurant week in... More 

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Rahway, New Jersey
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed this place ! Went on a Saturday night on a date with my boyfriend . We shared garlic shrimp appetizer & margherita pie . Both really good . My boyfriend is always very picky on what he eats and the servers were more than helpful for him to create a meal that he would enjoy still utilizing... More 

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1 Thank Abigail M
Metuchen, New Jersey
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

I have been to this restaurant several times and every time the menu has been a bit different but alway delicious with a twist on the classics. Everything is extremely flavorful with little surprising touches.

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Brandon, Vermont
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93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

I have eaten here several times over the past few years. It seems when I visit an old college friend who lives in Metuchen, this is where we go. The food is consistently good, and I have scoured the menu sampling a range of items. This past trip, because I am adhering to a really low carbohydrate diet I skipped... More 

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Somerset, New Jersey
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130 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

I've gone there several times and have not been disappointed. Not a huge menu, but what they serve is excellent. A nice romantic place with great ambiance with live music (old standard vocals and piano). If you're looking for a nice place for a 'date night'? This is the place. Call for reservations on Fridays and Saturdays the tables fill... More 

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New York
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360 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2015 via mobile

Really great northern (jersey) Italian dishes. We got a good laugh, though, because it was vegetarian night with a separate menu... plus one more special... a 44 ounce beef dish for two! I had the pasta bolognese and really enjoyed it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$32
Cuisine
Italian, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 New St, Metuchen, NJ
    (Pearl Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Metuchen
  • Phone Number: +1 732-549-5306
Description
What does "Novita" mean? "Novita" means "something new" in Italian. When her sons got into trouble growing up, Mrs. Badalamenti would be waiting, wooden spoon in hand and say "ma che cosa e, Novita?" Today, Novita has a new meaning for the Badalamenti family, "Italian with a twist". 25 miles from NYC & in Middlesex county, NJ.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?