Quick Bite

George Street Ale House Serves Up Comforting Pub Classics

The New Brunswick sports bar, not far from the Rutgers campus, offers ample booze options and tavern fare for every taste.

George Street Ale House
New Brunswick
378 George Street


Open: Lunch and dinner, daily; brunch, Sat-Sun

Price: $-$$

Style: Comfortable neighborhood pub/sports bar with 10 big screens. Glossy red walls signal its proximity to the Rutgers campus.

The scoop: Capably prepared tavern food pairs with 55 choices from the Scotch and whiskey menu, 15 beers on tap and another 15-18 in cans or bottles.

The menu: A long list of starters includes a plate of three crispy empanadas (left) generously stuffed with spinach and cheese, classic beef or Southwest chicken and cheese. You can choose from a variety of grilled flatbreads, stuffed tacos or nicely composed dinner salads, including the bacon-and-avocado Keto Salad. Burgers are a juicy Angus blend of short rib, brisket and lean chuck. The Ale House Burger (on brioche bun, topped with Gouda, crisp bacon and chipotle mayo) came out a perfect medium, as ordered. Burgers, sandwiches and wraps come with a choice of fresh greens, fries, cole slaw or Cajun-spiced, house-made chips. A grass-fed flatiron steak and nightly dinner specials are the more substantial options.

Heads up: Reservations are essential for George Street’s Boozy Brunch, featuring $3.95 mimosas (Saturday, noon-3 pm and Sunday noon-4 pm). Monday is trivia night; Tuesday is live jazz; Friday, karaoke.

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