WELCOME TO METUCHEN, ‘THE BRAINY BOROUGH’
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Ideally located on the Northeast Corridor rail line direct to New York City and Newark International Airport, Metuchen is less than 30 miles from Manhattan, only 70 miles to Philadelphia, and within minutes of Rutgers University and major NJ highways. 

From our early colonial history, to turn of the century progressive literary and artistic community, and then modern day family atmosphere, we are proud of our community and its excellent public and private schools, active Chamber of Commerce, enthusiastic community organizations and houses of worship, charming downtown district, YMCA, Senior Center & jitney, municipal pool, vibrant public library, parks & playgrounds, and the fact there is always something happening locally... Metuchen has a small town feel, but treasures its variety and diversity.  


"METUCHEN...A SUBURB WITH A CENTER AND A SOUL." - THE NEW YORK TIMES, 2006 

DINING
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Angie's Cafe - mofongo, pernil, empanadas
Breeze's Café & Grill - Caribbean Cuisine
Cai's Café  – Wine & Smoothie Bar, Opening Soon!
Café Paris – European Bistro 
Civile Cucina Italiana – Classic Italian and Movie Nights
Changsha House – Chinese
D'Novo Italian
Fresco Italian Deli
Fusha - Asian Fusion & Sushi  
Hailey's Harp & Pub*
Lola's Latin Bistro
Mariachi Mexican Restaurant
Metuchen Diner
Metuchen Inn* – since 1843
Novita Bistro and Lounge*
Phattra - Thai Cuisine
Thai Garden - Thai Cuisine
Sushi Suzuki - Japanese
The Brownstone*
The Orchid – Kosher & Vegetarian
Torino II - Authentic Italian Bistro

COFFEE SHOPS & BAKERIES
Brewed Awakenings ~ Buttery Bakeshop

PIZZA & SANDWICHES
Antonio’s Brick Oven Pizza ~ LaRosa’s ~
Buon Appetito ~ SubPlace Better ~ Joey D's
What’s the Scoop (pizza, ice cream, soups )
Mangia Toscano
 

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Earthsongs – Fine Art Ceramic Studio
Forum Theatre – Film, Music, Theatre
Haileys Harp & Pub – Live Music. Karaoke
Novita Bistro & Lounge - Comedy &Jazz
Old Franklin Schoolhouse – Live Music, Art Gallery, Theatre Performances, & more
Paradise Custom Stained Glass - Studio
Raconteur Ventures – Radio Plays & more
The Drawing Room – Art Classes
The Brownstone – Live Music, DJs
Westerhoff School of Music & Art
What’s the Scoop – Gallery & weekly Jams


GALLERIES

The Rotunda & Annex - Borough Hall  
Transformations Gallery - Old Franklin Schoolhouse 
Nails in the Wall – Gallery at St. Luke’s 
The Drawing Room - Commissions & Classes
The Library Gallery - at the Metuchen Public Library


GREEN & RECREATIONAL SPACE
Dismal Swamp -Ecological Reserve
Metuchen Sportsplex – Indoor Leagues
Middlesex Greenway - Bike & Walk Path
Victorian Office Rentals Park – duck pond & garden at Main Street & Wernik Place
Woodwild Park – 3.5 acres, glacial kettle hole 

FITNESS - WELLNESS

Black Belt Institute – Martial Arts & Fitness
Bounce Back Fitness - Personal Training
Metuchen Dance Centre – since 1982
Ms. Doreen's Fabulous Feet
9 Round – 30 Minute Kickbox Fitness
Sakula Yoga Studio – Yoga Classes


SEASONAL SERIES & FESTIVALS
Hometown Holidays Weekend - December
“Plays-in-the-Park”- Summer Theatre
JuneBug ArtsFest – Fridays in June
“SummerHouse for the Arts” Series - July & August at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse
Arts Council Summer Music Series

SHOPPING

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A&J Jewelers – jewelry
The Brass Lantern –new & vintage gifts
Boyt Drug & Gifts – gifts for every occasion
The Jewel Shop –jewelry and fine gifts
The Jewelry Doctor–jewelry and repairs
Lollipop Land – custom creative candy gifts
Optique Unique – Elegant Eyewear
Pedigree Pet Salon – pamper your pooch!
Runner’s High –for all your running needs
Smoker’s Haven – fine cigars
Suite Beverly - salon & clothing boutique
Thrifty Thrifter – Thrift Shop
Two Chicks with Chocolate – fine chocolates
The Pyramid – health food & more
The Wine Chateau – for extra holiday cheer!
Ultimate Swim Shop – swimwear & more
What's New - Pre-owned Menswear

Plus, there are several spas and salons, and gift certificates for these services make great gifts.


FLORISTS AND MORE
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Creative Crafts – flowers and balloons 
Gardenia’s Floral – arrangements & fine gifts


METUCHEN FARMERS MARKET
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Farmers Market on Saturdays, June to November, 9am to 2pm in the Pearl Street Lot


LOCAL RESOURCES

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Borough of Metuchen
732-632-8540, www.metuchennj.org

Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce
732-548-2964, metuchenchamberexchange.com

Metuchen Matters
Local News Forum, MetuchenMatters.com

Borough Improvement League
Caretakers of the ca. 1807 Old Franklin Schoolhouse
www.boroughimprovementleague.org

Metuchen Downtown Alliance
www.downtownmetuchen.org

Metuchen-Edison Historical Society
Preserving the Past for the Future
www.metuchen-edisonhistsoc.org

Criterion News Advertiser
Local Free Weekly News & Services, www.CriterionNews.com

Metuchen Cash Mob
Check for local deals! metuchencashmob.com

Metuchen Living
People, Events, & places in the Brainy Borough metuchenliving.com

NewBrunswickNightOut.Com
Central Jersey Nightlife, Restaurants, Bars, Bands, Entertainment, Accommodations & more.

HISTORY
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European settlers began living in the section of Woodbridge Township that eventually became Metuchen during the late 1600s, setting up homesteads and farm lots within an area long populated by Native Americans and named for its leader; “’MeTochen’ is called from ye name of ye chief of this place and meanth "slowe-dog" for that chief is lame and goeth slowly." (John Ayers, 1720). Like many early New Jersey towns, it experienced some Revolutionary War activity when General George Washington marched up what is now Main Street.  Evidence of our early history lays in the fact that there are still more than a dozen homes here that date back to the 18th century. 
In the 1830s, the railroad came to Metuchen and development as a village began to pick up speed, hastened by the proximity to New Brunswick, Newark, and New York City.  By the end of the 19th century, Metuchen had grown into a thriving residential community populated by commuters, long-time local residents, immigrant workers in the local clay mines, and a growing culture of literary and artistic notables whose influence spread far and wide.  Many of our “Victorian” and Colonial & Classical Revival homes date from this period.
In 1900, residents voted to separate from the surrounding Raritan Township and officially incorporate as their own Borough, effectively making it the “hole in the donut.”  Soon afterwards it acquired the title of “The Brainy Borough” because of the many literary, artistic, and scientific luminaries that settled here.    
Metuchen’s downtown during the early to mid 20th century was filled with retail establishments, services, and light industrial concerns; appliance dealers, clothing retailers, an ice-cream manufacturer, banks, meat markets, and more.  As the nature of commercial retail has changed, Metuchen’s downtown has become home to a diverse array of restaurants and smaller, distinctive shops.  But those things that have made Metuchen an ideal community remain; location & mass transit, wonderful homes and schools, vibrant community life, and a ‘walkable’ downtown district.  We have a proud past and an exciting future ahead!
For more information about Metuchen’s history, including a list of historic sites, old photographs, oral histories, and a walking tour of its residential architecture, contact the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society.