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Front Exterior of Molly's - Central Kitchen & Cocktails, Clark, NJ

Central Kitchen & Cocktails

3.7
3.7
88 Reviews
$31 to $50
Gastro Pub
Once an Irish pub, this completely reimagined space now has a sophisticated look, chef-driven menu, creative cocktails, beer & wine list.

Discover imaginative fare designed to delight with hand-selected ingredients and chef-inspired recipes that excite both the palette and the imagination. Beyond the food, gather around our gorgeous white bar top and indulge in craft beers and a wide array cocktails that fuse the warmth of your favorite bar with the exhilaration of a night out on the town.

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2 people

7:30 PM


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 am Dinner Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 388-6511

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Cocktail Party Passarounds | Buffet | Plated | Tiered Bar Packages to suit your budget

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you are hosting an intimate gathering or a more extravagant party, we offer a variety of event spaces, chef-driven menu options, & tiered bar packages to suit your budget. Conveniently located off of the Garden State Parkway Exit 135, CENTRAL is a great place to get together for a memorable experience. Visit centralkitchencocktails.com

  • Neighborhood

    Clark

  • Cross street

    Raritan Rd.

  • Parking details

    Central Kitchen & Cocktails' has parking for over 100 cars with additional parking in nearby lots shared by other businesses.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 88 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Jersey - North

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. B

    Biztravlr

    New York Area

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We went for an early dinner. Very few patrons.a drink and appetizer selection were not available. A little disappointing otherwise food was good and service attentive.
  2. MK

    MarkK

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Burgers were extremely well done after asking for rare. Only dessert offered was vanilla ice cream. Bill for 3 burgers was $90.
  3. CB

    CathyB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was ok. I ordered a rib eye and believe I got a NY strip. Service was good. Dinner options were very limited. No pasta, no broiled fish. I guess I would eat there again if I am in the mood for a burger for dinner.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was friendly. Food was great. Great juicy burger. Will definitely be back.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    A great job was done converting this restaurant to what it is now. Had a party of four, all had the fish and chips which were good, but not crispy. Very limited entree menu. Will go back and try other entrees.
  6. G

    Guest

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great evening at the wine pairing event!
  7. J

    Jess

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    They have some kinks to work out. Food was mediocre. Server was nice but overwhelmed. One meal was missed in the order. Food description was not accurate on certain menu items.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, staff and service. The space is beautiful as well.
  9. B

    Biztravlr

    New York Area

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Went there for an early light supper…. Appetizers and drinks. Attentive and friendly service, well prepared food in a casual atmosphere
  10. r

    riccifamily

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great
  11. MS

    MichelleS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went for brunch on Sunday for a birthday. Overall a very good experience! It was pretty quiet, they had a private event scheduled in the afternoon, and there were already communion or confirmation decorations all over. The food was pretty standard, nothing gigantic or amazing but definitely tasty and I certainly wasn’t still hungry. I like the faux living wall, great photo opportunity. Accessible for stroller and enough room to leave the stroller at the table ( although would probably be difficult if they were more crowded, I don’t think they’re Weekend brunch had gotten too popular yet). Will return!
  12. VS

    ValerieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I met friends here for Sunday brunch. It’s an a la carte menu. I had A delicious breakfast flatbread and I had plate envy! My friends had an omelette and chicken Cordon Bleu that looked amazing and they said it was delicious! The white sangria was a perfect drink along side! It has fruit, it’s like having juice!
  13. SN

    SaturdayNightOut

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Overall our dinner was good. The restaurant was a bit noisy, Tuscan flatbread appetizer was delicious and white sangria pitcher was plentiful. My daughter ordered the Short Rib Bahn Mi, but when the waitress came to our table to check with her on what she ordered she was not clean in communicating that they were out of short rib and did not tell her their would be a substitution of pulled pork. When the sandwich came out the combination of pulled port in a gravy with the mayo any veggies on the Bahn Mi was not good. We did bring to the attention of our server that the sandwich was not good and she offered a replacement, but we were more than halfway through dinner and my daughter opted not to replace. Overall the place is good. I would go back and give then another try
  14. T

    Tess56

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    I realize this restaurant just re-opened under a new name with some changes to the interior, but it is overpriced and the food is mediocre at best. The wine selection is minimal and choices not very good. Our pulled pork nachos were bland. The pulled pork overpowered the taste and the cheese sauce had absolutely no taste. My wine order was incorrect but it took so long to get our drinks I just drank it and decided not to have another. My salad with grilled chicken was ridiculously small with overdone chicken and outrageously priced for the portion ($18). My husband was satisfied with his $23 burger but in all honestly there are three establishments within a half mile of this restaurant that has comparable burgers that are less expensive. I won't comment on the service because they all appeared new and were trying their best to keep orders straight. Perhaps in time service will improve.
  15. T

    Terri

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was very sweet and attentive. She did not try to rush us along after we were done eating even though the place was getting crowded. The food was very good. You HAVE to try the poutine fries with short ribs. And ask for bread to dip in the delicious gravy
  16. LF

    LindaF

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We wanted to try Central Kitchen, it was adequate, nothing special. The service was good, the food was ok, a limited menu. The noise was overwhelming and we wanted to leave as quickly as we could. We went on a Wednesday night and it was not crowded, I would never go on a weekend!
  17. K

    Karen

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went for Mother’s day brunch. The sangria was awesome! The service was excellent. My quiche was delicious The French dip was excellent as was the shrimp po boy. Very good job with the renovations. I highly recommend this place and will definitely be going back.
  18. LJ

    LorenJ

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We appreciated the spacing between tables so it made the restaurant feel spacious and open. The service was warm and friendly from hostess to server to manager/owner. We enjoyed our brunch meals and the cocktails were delicious!! We’ll definitely be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    No modifications rule was taken to a new level and ruined experience.
  20. CF

    ChristinaF

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Food was not cooked properly. Made my boyfriend and me sick.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The food was terrible.
  22. B

    Biztravlr

    New York Area

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Our first time after changing from molly McGuire’s to clark kitchen. Just went for drinks and appetizers. Wasn’t disappointed. We’ll be back for a full dinner. Appetizers were delicious. Wait staff was originally attentive but lapsed at the end...possibly because understaffed .
  23. PA

    PATRICKK

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    First time here since the rebranding. Service was great, which is a big deal after a complete overhaul. Food was hit or miss with some items being great, some ok, some were not good. The pricing may be an issue here as they’re going for a price point, TBD as to whether the kitchen and mgmt can deliver at that level. Also a little strange to see a “cocktails and craft beer” place aspiring for this new level to advertise on its menu that the drink options available are just old stock they’re looking to clear out. Not really what you want to see.
  24. GP

    GretchenP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I hadn't heard good reviews, but I wanted to give it a try anyway as the menu looked tantalizing! The food quantity was not worth the cost. Hamburger bun was stale and much bigger than the burger itself and my entree was was lukewarm. Hostess and server seemed like they needed extra training. High top tables were too close together. Hostess didn't want to sit my husband and me at a standard table for 4, "just in case." However, the tables of 4 were plentiful! Anyway, I don't think we'll return unless I start to hear reviews that are favorable and consistent. Server mentioned they were short staffed, but that shouldn't have affected the food portions vs the cost and the ambience being only sub-par. I wish them the best!! The table next to us was also not happy.
  25. BV

    BernadetteV

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was good service was great. The entire family had a great time ages 7 to 70 were comfortable and enjoyed themselves.
  26. YS

    YoungSeniorCitizens

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Very limited menu, but good choices if you’re not a vegetarian or vegan. It’s a lively place with customers being a mix of ages. The dining room was closed; only the bar & booths surrounding the bar were open. The food was okay/average. We’ve been here several times (before the pandemic) & always was able to get a baked potato instead of fries. Was told they don’t have any, which was disappointing. The servers were polite & friendly, doing the best they could ~ obviously short-staffed as many restaurants are these days. Hopefully, things will improve once they get more staff ~ servers & kitchen help.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend & I had a fun time! There was live music & they sounded great. We enjoyed our cheeseburgers too. 😁
  28. DS

    DianeS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was very good. And food was delicious. Would definitely return.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and extremely attentive and courteous service.
  30. D

    Donnamarie

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Molly's has some traditional Irish dishes like Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepard's Pie, Guinness Stew, and Fish and Chips, and a great Chicken Pot Pie but also some unusual surprises on the menu including various steak dishes, pasta, chicken, pork, and seafood. We love their Seafood Danielle (which is puff pastry with scallops and shrimp covered in sherry cream sauce). They have great soups, an appetizer menu (hit and miss - some are very good, others okay), very good burgers, pub sandwiches, a house salad as a side or where you can add chicken or shrimp for an entree and also a great Cobb Salad. Some items are only available on the lunch menu or dinner menu- check their website. They also have special menus such as a weekday lunch menu and an Early Bird dinner menu (called Sunset Specials on weekdays) that includes selected favorites as a full meal with soup/salad and dessert and coffee for a bargain price between 3 and 6 pm. While I do not specifically remember a children's menu, there probably is one available as we have seen children dining on several occasions. Their bar has both music nights and a comedy night. Dining area is cozy with a fireplace going during the winter.
  31. DE

    DELICIOUS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and the food was just great. Best Irish Soda Bread I've had in a long time!
  32. KK

    KevinK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and atmosphere. Great time was had by all.
  33. R

    Roman

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2017

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    We were a group of seven including three children. Everyone enjoyed their food but my potato croquets came out stone cold. Had to ask for “kids eat free” adjustment on our check.
  34. AL

    ALAN

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good wholesome food at a very reasonable price. Service was fine, waitress and all other service personnel kept eye on us and made sure we were well taken care of.
  35. R

    Roman

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Enjoyed the chicken Samantha with potato croquettes. Spouse had $15 dinner special including potato leak soup, fish and chips and key lime pie. Portions were good and food was tasty. Friendly service.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Chose Molly's for Sunday afternoon lunch with friends from out of town. This restaurant is right off GSP Exit 135 so was convenient for them to meet me on their way home. Casual and nice atmosphere. Food was ok, great burgers.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Charming Irish pub with attentive staff and great food. Sunday prime rib special was delicious as was Irish soda bread pudding.
  38. DS

    DanielS

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choice of menu items. Excellent service. Food was prepared and presented excellently. Server was very attentive to our needs. Pricing was very good . Portions were very good.
  39. V

    Vmaxer99

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I tried the Sunset Specials. It was a Wednesday so restaurant wasn't very crowded. Everything was good, no disappointments.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    53 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very Average, just another place. Nothing noticeable about the menu or decor. Service was good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Central Kitchen & Cocktails does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats.

Central Kitchen & Cocktails is rated 3.7 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

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Google Map for Central Kitchen & Cocktails

1085 Central Ave, Clark, NJ 07066

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Raritan Rd.

  • Neighborhood

    Clark

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Bar Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 am Dinner Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, Comfort Food, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Central Kitchen & Cocktails' has parking for over 100 cars with additional parking in nearby lots shared by other businesses.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 388-6511

  • Catering

    Cocktail Party Passarounds | Buffet | Plated | Tiered Bar Packages to suit your budget

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you are hosting an intimate gathering or a more extravagant party, we offer a variety of event spaces, chef-driven menu options, & tiered bar packages to suit your budget. Conveniently located off of the Garden State Parkway Exit 135, CENTRAL is a great place to get together for a memorable experience. Visit centralkitchencocktails.com

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