I've lived in Central NJ for about 5 years now and am ashamed to admit that I have yet to find a good once a week neighborhood place. I live in Somerset about 15 minutes from downtown New Brunswick and just stumbled across Sophie's Bistro on Hamilton St. in Somerset. Did a little research and the reviews are quite mixed - seems to get points for authenticity and some of the dishes get raves, while things a bistro needs to do in its sleep (like steak au poivre) get bad marks.
I'd love to hear if anyone's been. Thanks.