ARTHUR’S TAVERN (Morris Plains) Step inside on a Friday evening and be enveloped: the happy hubbub of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd hits you first, then the visual jumble of beer mirrors and pictures covering every inch of wall space and oversized plastic liquor bottles hanging from the ceiling like piñatas.
Two-fisted eaters on tight-fisted budgets feast here as at Arthur’s other locations in Hoboken, Emerson, and North Brunswick. A juicy, 9-ounce burger ($4.75) can be done up with American, cheddar, Swiss, or bleu for 50 cents. (Prices slightly higher in Hoboken.) Plop a 95 cent side of nicely caramelized sautéed onions on top, press down the softly yielding bun, and bite at the ooziest place. Note how the hubbub falls away.
700 Speedwell Avenue, 973-455-9705.
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