NJ: Pub 199, an Awesome & Cheap Seafood Feast in JerseySaturday, October 12, 2013
When you make the 44 mile journey out to Mount Arlington in New Jersey from Manhattan, you have to go to Pub 199. Why? Because afterwards, you will feel like this...
Not convinced? Feast your eyes on this...
|King Crab Noms|
|Snow Crab Noms|
|Steamer Clams Noms|
Is that enough noms for you? The best part about all this seafood is that it's not only super affordable (maybe because we're in deep Jersey), but considering the price, the quality was actually really good too!
Amazingly cheap seafood isn't Pub 199's only strong point. I actually really dig the kookiness of it all. Check out their main dining hall...
If you're thinking to yourself, wow that's a large dining hall with a ton of tables. How great for groups! You're probably not noticing what I'm noticing...
I'm talking about the crazy amount of animal heads hanging on the wall. If you're wondering what all these stuffed animals have to do with crazy amounts of seafood, my answer to you is that I have no clue. If any of this is offensive to you, you have been warned and you should avoid this place at all costs.
These crazy stuffed animal totally helps with the gimmicky feel of the place. And they don't discriminate against their sea friends either. Check out the OTHER dining room with all our sea friends floating around too...
If you're iffy about the decor, just know that you will be stuffing your face with seafood anyways, so you won't look up once your food is here.
Now about how insanely cheap this place is. Where else can you get 2 Dozen Clams and Lobster for only $22!? That is just madness, so of course my group of eight took full advantage of this ridiculous menu.
(By the way, for your non-seafood loving friends or children, they also have pub food like sandwiches and such..)
As if these orders weren't enough, we actually ended up ordering some appetizers too - hot wings and jalapeño poppers. I actually enjoyed both since it helped give some variety to our massive orders of seafood.
This photo below is a good lineup of the seafoods that I preferred in order, from left to right. I really enjoyed the snow crab because the meat was so firm yet tender and sweet. The king crab offered a lot of meat, but you really had to dig for it since the soft shells wouldn't crack with our crab shell cracker. I liked the subtle sweetness of the snow crab more.
And of course, the lobster was delicious as well, but I enjoyed the meat on the crabs more.
At the end of the meal, one of my friends said "I could eat 10 more dozens of these clams!" He's quite the seafood lover, so we went ahead and ordered another 2 dozens for him to savor. At $10 per 24, who could resist?
All in all, we paid about $37 a person including drinks, tax and tip. Not too shabby for such a wonderful seafood feast. Sadly this place is so far away from the city, but maybe it's better that way for my cholesterol levels.
Next time if you're ever in "deep" Jersey or on your way to Pennsylvania from NYC, try to see if you can swing by this place and grab a bite of seafood and you too will be doing the lobster dance after you finish.
Let me here you say... nom nom nom nom nom. Oh, and cash only!
Pub 199 | Yelp
199 Howard Blvd
Mount Arlington, NJ 07856