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About Novita Bistro & Lounge

Creative, non traditional Italian food utilizing local ingredients whenever possible. Our award-winning wine list consists of 225 bottles, emphasizing Italy & California. We make handcrafted cocktails with fresh juices & infusuions. We also offer live entertainment on the weekends.

25 New Street
Metuchen, NJ 08840
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:

Lunch:

Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Dinner:

Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Pearl Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 549-5306

Website:
http://www.novitanj.com/

Entertainment:
Live entertainment every Thursday, Friday & Saturday night. Please call to confirm entertainment schedule.

Catering:
Off premise catering available for take out & delivery. For more information, please call.

Parking Details:
There is parking available in the municipal lot directly across from our location, as well as on the street. The meters are free after 6pm Monday through Saturday and all day on Sundays. Stickered parking is free all day on Saturdays and Sundays.

Public Transit:
Metuchen train station is a few minutes' walk from us.

Executive Chef:
Joseph Catalano

Private Party Facilities:
We specialize in private functions of every kind. We offer a private wine room which can accoomodate up to 30 persons & can accomodate up to 150 people total. Our catering menu is available on our website.

Private Party Contact:
Carlo Badalamenti: (732) 549-5306

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Flora Springs Wine Dinner - Thursday, January 19

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate NYE with us and Champian Fulton! 72 hour no cancellation policy.

Novita Bistro & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Special Occasion (5)
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Good for Birthdays (5)
Worth the Drive (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Live Music (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Casual (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Friendly and nice but Not accommodating manager/owner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Nice atmosphere - small servings and pricey for average Italian food. Would go back only for bar / music

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Enjoyable dinner. The meatball appetizer was great, the pastas are fresh and delicious. I especailly loved the Caramel Maple budino- it was the star of the meal. We'll return for sure.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great selection of appetizers and pastas to share. Incredible wine list to pair with your food choices. Friendly and attentive service that never makes you feel rushed.

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful restaurant with excellent food and service!! Looking forward to our next visit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

What a fantastic meal all four of us had at Novita! From appetizers to desserts we were all so thrilled with the quality and taste! Two of us tried the Porchetta Wednesday menu and it was truly wonderful and you can't beat the price. And to top it off our server Oscar was so fabulous.
His suggestions for wine and menu were right on point and he was so attentive. We all are truly
in love with Novita and would recommend to all.

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Good food coupled with excellent service add up to a great dining choice for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great lunch spot, and the food is superb. Have to make it for dinner soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food was good, the service was not so good! The waiter took out drink order, and than when it came to the bar it remained on the bar till we almost has to get it ourselves. The waiter was not very attentive, and the wait staff seemed as thought they may have been new,, however the waiter should really be more attentive to his guest.. Drinks were pricey, but food ok, cauliflower soap was tasteless, we returned it.. through a bus staff, the waiter no where to be seen

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent as always we have never been disappointed

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Live Music, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Tasteless food and a wierd decor that is attempting to be fine dining.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Expensive and the food is not so greatExpensive and the food is not so great
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Expensive and the food is not so great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The food was wonderful and Oscar was extremely professional!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Always an enjoyable time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Not sure if there is a dress code but it made it feel more like a pub than a upscale restaurant. Could be because there was a festival going on or not. The food was great and so was the service.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Another yummy meal at Novitas. Sausage and mussel appt is superb....bronzino always amazing....great wine list. Wonderful attentive service...and then there is George in the piano....awesom food and vibe...go right now...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This place is so good!!!! I eat here once a week for business lunches and come here from time to tom at night. Very very very good!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great location & ambiance... soft piano music playing all night. Our table was ready on time and even gave a prompt phone call just before we walked in. Awesome experience for our Date Night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

It was great

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Good for a Date
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 27, 2017

We enjoyed delicious paninis in the lounge. Very comfortable environment and a very accommodating and courteous staff. Would definitely visit again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Great food, great ambiance

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on April 26, 2017

I enjoyed a business dinner here recently. The food was authentic Italian and the service was impeccable. 5 stars for everything! WELL DONE SIR.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Hands down our favorite restaurant in central NJ. Friendliest and most attentive staff I've ever encountered. Great entertainment. Especially Lou.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 22, 2017

It was a great lunch and great food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Great place with live music in Saturday night , a good menu of beverages and wines .. being a vegetarian very little options however the server was able to help us customize some of the dishes but would have loved to see more veggie options for next time

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I would have to make specific mention of the quality of the food. The restaurant claims that they make everything handmade from the bread to the cheese to the pasta. This is a claim that I could not verify with my eyes but definitely with my taste buds. WOW! Excellent quality food across the spectrum from the fish to the meatballs to the cheeses to the pasta to the bread. And what bread it is... A wonderful dining experience with great service. Delicious... we will definitely be going back soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Food is very good. Only reason I was upset is that OpenTable reservations are sent to the 'dining-only' side of the restaurant, which has a different menu entirely from the bar-menu. The bar-menu is delicious and has great dishes. The dinner-menu is more so fancy, expensive dishes in small portions.

I highly recommend going, but try out the bar side!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

Great Birthday dinner for my husband, wonderful service and nice surprise that it was restaurant week making it a great value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Thoughtful selection of items prepared with expertise. Swanky feel makes it worthy of an occasion but also nice for friends gathering.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

My wife and I have eaten here a few times and had a great experience every time until Saturday night. We took a friend from out of town and had a 6:30 reservation. The hostess sat us at a table in the "lounge" area, near the music. We told her we were having dinner then wanted to stay for the music.

The table was right by a door that the hostess kept opening, so almost all the women were wearing coats while they were eating.

Our food was good. I had the $49 four-course dinner with a main course of salmon. My wife enjoyed her bronzini. Our friend had the stuffed pork, which he thought was greasy and was made with too much olive oil.

We had cocktails and a bottle of wine and our total bill was about $260.00.

We were surprised, when at 8:35, half-way through dessert, the hostess came to the table and told us to "move on", as she had a 8:30 reservation for our table. We finished-up in about 10 minutes and left. When we were leaving we noticed many empty tables on the "restaurant" side.

Our friend and us were disappointed as we would have liked to have an after dinner drink while enjoying the music on a Saturday night. The hostess really needs some customer satisfaction training.

This Friday we will be going to Torino 2 in Metuchen instead of Novita.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Thank you, Carlo and Staff! You did it again, my friend!! BT & JT

Tags: Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun, Live Music, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Overall good food and vibe with a great piano played. I was disappointed with our waitress who forgot to give me my wine (and had to be reminded)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Food was excellent! Our waiter was awful! My husband and I sat in the dining area we usually sit in the lounge area, I have never had a problem there. The waiter was arrogant and dismisive, he was nice to the elderly couple sitting in front of us who were regulars. Even lied to us about the specials when we over heard him recite them to another table. We had to flag him down for dessert after 15 minutes. I still tipped 20% because the rest of the staff was nice and the food was good. Would never sit if he was the server ever again. It was a shame, put my dog down on Valentine's and this was our belated outing. All dressed up to be treated poorly

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Went to Novita for a late Valentine's Day celebration. The experience was awful. We were seated
right away, but after that it took Forever until someone showed up to take our drink order.
The atmosphere is lovely, but the food is way OVERPRICED, and portions are small. The menu is
extremely limited. Staff is basically invisible, and it feels as if you are sitting on top of the person next to you.
My girlfriend and I could barely hear each other talk. So No I would say save your money and try somewhere else.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Server was not attentive... food was good but a little pricey.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2017

My husband and I went to Novita for Valentine's Day. We've eaten here twice before and both the food and service were fantastic. This time, the food was fantastic again but the service was lacking. Our meals (pasta for my husband and risotto for me) were brought out and plopped in front of us without a word. We had to wave someone down to ask for grated cheese. After we finished our entrees my husband commented that it was strange that we didn't have any bread this time, since both other times we were presented with a nice selection of different types. Shortly after, we saw that other people WERE being offered bread, but we just weren't. The frustrating part of all this was when we saw that a 20% gratuity was automatically added to the bill.

Hoping this was just a random off night they were having because the food really is great. I will give them another shot at some point, just not for any other busy night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Valentines Day, with reservations. Service slow and forgetful. Drinks were very good. Prix Fix menu lackluster for the price. Taste of food similarly lackluster, for the price.
We have been here before and been very happy. This time the charm, gone. Oh, and the usual jazz styled 3 piece or similar, replaced by a guy playing piano to a music machine. Super tacky.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Food was salty. Kale salad was boring, flavorless. Restaurant was very loud, so much that I couldn't hear the whole conversation at the table

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Thanks, Novita for a splendid dinner and a special thank-you to our waiter Oscar for his excellent service and good advice. Enthusiastically recommend

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Outstanding Value, Good for a Date, Live Music, Quiet Conversation
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