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25 New St, Metuchen, NJ 08840-1813 (Pearl Street)
+1 732-549-5306
12:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 12:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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New York City, New York
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eat here all the time and just love it. Always sit in the lounge side of the restaurant to be near the music. Lots of regulars at the bar. Drinks are good and happy hour is great!! Very cheap bites and cocktails. Portions are big. Love it here and will come back often.

Thank JazzSooner
Powell, Ohio
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104 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Ate here with a team of 8, and everyone loved their food and drinks/wine. I love their super Tuscan wine. The food made me feel like we were back in Italy. All house made. I won't eat pasta unless it's homemade and this certainly didn't disappoint! The staff is very friendly. I hope we visit this work facility again, because... More 

Thank Elise W
Metuchen, New Jersey
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100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

My wife and I took a friend, that was visiting, for dinner on Saturday night. We have enjoyed Novita in the past and have never experienced what we did last night. We had 6:30 reservations and specifically told the hostess that we were not in a hurry and we wanted to listen to the music. We were seated in the... More 

Thank timfromnj
Calogero B, Manager at Novita, responded to this review

We thank you for dining with us recently and for your praise on your dinner, however we are sincerely apologetic that you were unsatisfied with your accommodations. We would be happy to provide you with a table for the entirety of the evening upon prior request. Saturday is our busiest evening to host all of our customers and we always... More 

Edison, New Jersey
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147 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Only been here for drinks and appetizers and to listen to the entertainment but would definately recommend this place. Love the atmosphere and food.

Thank Dnnklly
Calogero B, Manager at Novita, responded to this review

We sincerely thank you for you excellent review and hope to continue providing excellent service for you and your guests. More 

Staten Island, New York
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Walked in off the street. Immediately greeted and escorted to our choice of table. Had never had artichoke soup so had to try it. That dish alone would bring me back, a generous serving.

Thank SteveatYahoo
Calogero B, Manager at Novita, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review! We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Edison, New Jersey
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

great drinks, service and food. Always fresh, always delicious and it is nice to see the same wait servers time and time again.

Thank CindyC9230
Calogero B, Manager at Novita, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review! We are very happy to provide you with the best of service, food and cocktails. We hope to see you again in the future for another wonderful evening. More 

Level Contributor
49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

We like the bar menu because it has a variety of interesting dishes that are reasonably priced. The main dining area is more expensive.

Thank mhs2010
Calogero B, Manager at Novita, responded to this review

We appreciate your excellent review and thank you for visiting us at the bar. For the future, please be advised that the dining room is the same menu as at the bar, only without the pizzas and sandwiches. All of your favorite appetizers, salads and pasta dishes are available in the entire restaurant. We hope that you experience the excellent... More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

Ate at the bar, everything was delicious. Cannelloni was sold out so I had the meat sauce. Shrimp app was NOT overcooked, could have ordered a second. Although I am no wine drinker I described what I like and the recommended noir (i think) was truly perfect. Did have two of those! Highly recommended. I am still amazed at how... More 

Thank WilmingtonKen
Calogero B, Manager at Novita, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your excellent review! We love to satisfy our customers needs and we take pride in educating the staff to be knowledgeable on both wine and food. We hope to see you many times in the future. More 

Level Contributor
41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

Lots of positive reviews here, but after tonight's dinner (there were 6 of us), I think the one star was overly generous. The service was probably the worst I've ever experienced in my life. Yes, the place was packed for restaurant week, but the restaurant should have been prepared, and not understaffed with amateurs. Not even sure where to begin..the... More 

2 Thank traveler310Nj
Colonia, NJ
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

I am shocked by all the rave reviews of Novita since last night my group had an entirely different experience. It seems we ate at an entirely different Novita. It started off well. Hostess was very friendly and we sat down promptly at 7:30 PM, our reservation time. We decided to go to Novita since it was restaurant week in... More 

3 Thank DebbieW41

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$9 - US$32
Italian, International
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 25 New St, Metuchen, NJ 08840-1813
    (Pearl Street)
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Metuchen
  • Phone Number: +1 732-549-5306
What does "Novita" mean? "Novita" means "something new" in Italian. When her sons got into trouble growing up, Mrs. Badalamenti would be waiting, wooden spoon in hand and say "ma che cosa e, Novita?" Today, Novita has a new meaning for the Badalamenti family, "Italian with a twist". 25 miles from NYC & in Middlesex county, NJ.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?