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First dates can be stressful, especially when you’re the one planning what to do! You can relax knowing that Metuchen, New Jersey has endless opportunities for a romantic evening. And, one of the best parts about living in this Middlesex Country borough is all of the fun it has to offer! Between delicious restaurants and exciting entertainment, you’ll find plenty of options for the perfect first date.


1. Fine Dining at the Metuchen Inn

If you’re looking to really impress your date, make your reservation at the Metuchen Inn. Having served fine food in its charming, historic atmosphere since 1843, this famous landmark features a world-class wine list and 3 fireplaces for the perfect romantic evening.

Taking a clean, fresh approach to contemporary food, the Metuchen Inn provides the best ingredients in an elegant environment to meet your taste and budget requirements. They are known for their delicious seared dry jumbo sea scallops creations! Not into seafood? Try the free range grilled chicken, Long Island crispy duck breast, or grilled beef short ribs.


2. Indulgent Italian at Novita Bistro & Lounge

“Novita” means “something new,” and an Italian meal at Novita Bistro & Lounge is one of the best spots for new beginnings with a special someone! Earning rave reviews from The New York Times and other critics, the family-owned restaurant is proud to serve the Metuchen community with Italian food that has its own unique twist.

Created with fresh, local ingredients, the food options that make up each menu are seasonal – and always delicious. With weekly drink specials, outdoor dining, and live music, Novita provides a romantic escape to Italy that will have you singing “That’s Amore!”


3. Fun at Hailey’s Harp & Pub

Looking for something a little more casual? Invite your date out for a pint at Hailey’s Harp & Pub! This wildly popular local Irish pub features incredible food, live music, and a friendly and homey atmosphere. They offer an impeccable craft beer selection, which is dictated by the clientele, and there are weekly food specials. Get some friendly competition going with your date at their retro arcade, located directly behind the pub!


4. See a Show at The Forum Theatre Arts Center

In Metuchen, your “dinner and a show” date night is easier than ever! The Forum Theatre Arts Center has been Central Jersey’s cultural arts hub since 1928 when it was built as a theatre and vaudeville tryout house. It now features a full schedule of cultural events including concerts, dance and other performances, movies and recitals, as well as providing the community with a center for local events.


5. Sip and Paint at ArteVino Studio

Discover your inner artist at ArteVino Studio right on Main Street! Bring your date to this friendly and stress free environment to create an awesome painting under the guidance of their skilled instructors. You can even bring your own wine or beer to sip on while you’re making your masterpiece.


6. A Morning at the Metuchen Farmers Market

Who said a first date has to be at night? Every Saturday from June through November, have an afternoon date at the Metuchen Farmers Market. Featuring top-notch vendors, the market hosts four “Jersey Fresh” farmers and features a wide variety of mouth-watering foods.

Here you can find artisanal bread, farmhouse baked pies, all natural cheeses, pickles, grass-fed pork, and much more. You can even find vegan soaps and local wine!


7. Cook Dinner in Your Apartment

Nothing is more romantic then cooking dinner for your date! At Woodmont Metro, stylish kitchens with sleek open space provide a fun cooking environment. So your date can sit and relax while you cook, or even help! Make a great first impression with one of these simple and impressive first date dinner recipes, and don’t forget dessert!


New Luxury Apartments for Rent in Metuchen, NJ

All of these wonderful first date options are just minutes away when you make Woodmont Metro your next home. Woodmont Metro at Metuchen Station offers modern and elegant one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans that boast an extensive list of features and amenities. Apply online today to learn more about moving to this unbeatable location. We can’t wait to meet you!