A New Neighborhood Gem
One of South Jersey's best chefs opens his own place in Audubon. Food is delicious. Service is good. I was there on their 2nd day of business. I expect that once word gets out, this will be a tough place to get in to. I love the decor of the room as well.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great addition to the neighborhood
As a resident of Audubon I was looking forward to seeing what would go in this space on Merchant Street and am pleased to report that Crux Cafe is off to a good start. I had an opportunity to try brunch today with my parents and was impressed by the food, service and ambience.We had omelets and a salad and all were all delicious with very fresh ingredients and great flavors throughout. Presentation was lovely. As for service, Dominic was our server and he was exceptional. All in all a fantastic first try at this new restaurant and I look forward to trying it for dinner very soon.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
New BYOB in Audubon
Nice atmosphere, pleasant & helpful staff, great service & food. That about sums up our visit to this new gem in South Jersey.
Will definitely return.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We'll be back
Once again the location can boast of truly top shelf dining. Chef Jason Grossberg's food at Alphabet Soup was truly worthy of its NY TImes top rating. We will need to return to Crux Cafe to sample the menu a bit more, but based on our first visit, Chef Joe Stewart is well on his way to equal Jason's success. The mussels were sweet and tender and the cream based sauce was a very nice change of pace. The duck spring roll was a nice portion and the dipping sauce was fantastic. The duck with risotto was perfectly done and served in a very ample portion size. The liver and sweetbreads were excellent. The whipped sweet potato was a great complement. The atmosphere is friendly and upbeat. We hope they are here to stay.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
we dined at crux cafe for
we dined at crux cafe for the first time last week. our entrees were very good, and well priced---just wish that they would improve upon the bread choice. i look forward to going back
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Show!! - Why go to Philly?
We are very pleased to have Crux Cafe in South Jersey. They use fresh food prepared with extreme care and finesse. The passion of the chef shows in with each plate and the restaurant ambience presents an extremely comfortable dining enviroment. Please bring a good/great bottle of wine to match the fine food and relax and enjoy one of finest dining experiences in South Jersey. Why go to Philly?
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great, new place. Can't wait to go back. The menu was so diverse and inviting. The Mussels appetizer was incredible. We had the Shrimp dish and the Duck dish.... perfect ! The best Duck I have ever had. The décor and ambience was lovely...the music was divine....so relaxing. Best of luck.. We will be back soon....with our friends and family.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything we had was delicious!! Will definitely be going back. Service is very good and they don't rush you out like so many other restaurants.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food, poor service
Went there last Saturday night. Food exceeded our expectations and was very good. Would have rated it higher, however, service was poor. Had to ask waitress for bread and additional water. Waitress was scarce after a table of ten was seated. Spoke to owner's wife who apologized and was very nice. The salmon and short ribs were excellent.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Sunday Brunch Spot
Joined a couple of friends for Sunday brunch. We made a reservation but it wasn't necessary. Seems that this nice cozy place is just getting some notice. Staff was friendly and attentive. My build your own omelet was well prepared (eggs fluffy and cooked just right), although my friend found her French Toast to be on the cool side. The dining room was bright and cheery. I would definitely consider a return trip - perhaps for lunch or dinner.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Recently dined at the Crux Cafe for lunch. Had the turkey and brie sandwich. So delicious! My friends ordered the the matzo ball soup. First time I ever tasted it and I can't want to go back and get my own bowl! The decor is lovely; our waitress was friendly, efficient and knowledgable; and the prices are so reasonable. Will definitely be returning.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
New restaurant. The food was
New restaurant. The food was excellent. The chef/owner came out to meet all of the guests. We are definately coming back!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
All Thumbs Up
I went with a group of six and five different entrees were ordered. Everyone was delighted with their choice...two daily specials - one pork chop, one blackened tilapia, salmon, seafood alfredo, and a pork tenderloin. The New Orleans Clam Chowder was excellent as was the Stuffed Pepper soup. Salads were beautifully presented and plentiful. We ordered two desserts to share...cranberry pear bread pudding, which was delicious, and an excellent creme brulee. Our server was very attentive without being overbearing. Crux Cafe was a most enjoyable dining experience.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
You won't be disappointed!
Excellent food, great service. BYOB. Short ribs were tender and flavorful. Duck was cooked to perfection. Appetizers and dessert were all lovely. We'll be back. Highly recommended.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best of South Jersey
Fresh food preparaed with passion and care!! All the dishes we ordered we perfect prepared and creatively planned - with attention to detail - especially the flavors. We can't wait to dine at Crux again.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Service needs a bit of tweaking.
Great food and a good experience overall, but I think your service needs tweaking. Although our server was very nice, she was a bit over apologetic for minor flaws like not knowing the price of specials, forgeting to bring out the bread. Also, our water was not refilled and we had to ask for more. I also noticed at another table that was set for 4 remained set for 4 although only 3 people were at the table. Little things, but the food was very good and just want to point out these minor distractions. Good luck and we'll be back.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent dining experience
Lauren was our server and she was delightful. Food excellent!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
It's about time...
We had a great time at crux cafe. Lauren was a great server and the chef came out to greet us. the food and service is excellent. can't wait to try brunch!
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favorite local spot
The food is amazing. The owners came by our first time there and has remember us ever since. She comes by to say hi each any everytime.
The New Orleans Clam Chowder is amazing and I highly recommend the Duck. Best I've had.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
This cozy gem, in Audubon, NJ, is a real treasure for anyone desiring great food, great service and great ambience in a small town. I heartily recommend this restaurant to anyone desiring great food at a very reasonable cost.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love the decor and feel of the dining room. It's well decorated and the beautiful chairs which add class and color are also very comfortable. It was an upscale dinning experience with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. We will go back again and again. The fried calamari appetizer was excellent. The breading was light and well seasoned. The duck spring rolls were excellent. The short ribs were incredible. The lobster ravioli in seafood alfredo was very creamy and the seafood was cooked to perfection. Can't wait to go back and try more. A gem in a nice neighborhood.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have dined here twice recently and are very impressed by the quality of the food turned out by the kitchen and the very fair prices. There is no fatal flaw with the front of the house and they are getting better at addressing their lack of experience and little misses. Worth trying.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great new BYOB!
A very nice cozy BYOB! My wife and I ordered the escargot and pasta app, which was good but the pasta felt out of place. It didn't feel like an app with the pasta. I ordered the Short Ribs, which was amazing! I highly recommend...very tender and tasty! My wife ordered the Strip Steak, which was very good and large! We will def. be adding Crux Cafe to the list of BYOB's we go to for dinner!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Creative, delicious fare
What a great find! From the gracious welcome to the warm yet vibrant ambiance, this restaurant set the tone for what we hoped would be an excellent dining experience. We were not disappointed! Delicious food focusing on classic bistro staples, including succulent lobster ravioli and a sublime liver with sweetbreads. The creme brulee cheesecake is mouth-wateringly awesome!
Service was very professional and friendly. The chef and his wife greeted each patron and are very warm and lovely people!
Can't wait to go again!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner and a Movie
This place is perfect for dinner and a movie. While dining there I saw director Mario Cerrito who is filming his movie "Deadly Gamble" in Audubon eating there that night. Place has a very nice feel, service was very friendly, and everything we had to eat was very good. Prices a little high for being in the middle of nowhere, but it was a great time had by all.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
So nice to have a new place
We were told by a friend to go here. We invited another couple to join us. She is a foodie, as is my husband. What a great place!
We had always enjoyed GG's and were glad to hear that Joe opened his own restaurant. Ambiance is beautiful. Parking at night is no problem. Very personable and openingly welcoming. Want to go back soon.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a group of 8 with two
We had a group of 8 with two children and the staff were so accommodating in getting us set up with a great table and room for the kids. The restaurant is beautiful and everything from the appetizers to the entrees were amazing! Highly recommend the Crux Cafe to all..
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our second visit. The quality
Our second visit. The quality of the food has gotten even better. Our friends were very impressed on their first visit.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
We usually go to Philly or Collingswood for dinner, but discovered the 2 month old Crux Cafe on Open Table. The restaurant is nicely decorated, warm, and inviting. Sevice was great; our server Lauren was the perfect blend of friendly and attentive. She was fantastic. So what about the food? I have to say my wife and I were shocked at just how good the food was! She had the duck over risotto with mushrooms and boc choy, and it was incredible. I don't think either of us has had better! I had lobster ravioli with grilled shrimp and scallops with an alfredo sauce. Again it was incredible. I highly recommend this restaurant!!!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious and
The food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. The service was excellent! We totally enjoyed our brunch on Sunday morning. We plan to go back for dinner
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Your gonna say nice resturaunt
Your gonna say nice resturaunt in Audobon? Give it a try, worth the trip. Had dinner on Saturday night, place is nice and open, once we sat down our server Sam was there to introduce himself. The appetizer, duck spring roll was great, salads were large enough to split after an appetizer. The dinners were delicious, portions were very generous. We had dessert and coffee and left very happy!
We will definitely go back, I recommend to all. Don't forget to bring a bottle!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM