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645 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-5004 (Pleasant Street)
+1 781-643-1666
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: What does creative casual cuisine mean? Exactly what it says. We"re...
What does creative casual cuisine mean? Exactly what it says. We"re creative, because we reject the same-old-same-old in favor of tastes that are interesting and unique. We're casual because while our food may be worth getting dressed up for, we invite you to come as you are. We're all about cuisine in the sense that our chefs apply high standards of culinary art. There it is. Creative. Casual. Cuisine. If it sounds like your kind of place, then you – like us- are not your average Joe.
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Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food

I only tried their jambalaya and meat loaf but both food was great! Not too salty or not too greasy. However there was this once when the waiter never asked me for a refill. Then i finally could get my soda refilled but he never apologized for his laziness. Food wise 5 stars, but service wise, 3... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
HoonyK
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Quincy, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
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74 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Quincy, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I only tried their jambalaya and meat loaf but both food was great! Not too salty or not too greasy. However there was this once when the waiter never asked me for a refill. Then i finally could get my soda refilled but he never apologized for his laziness. Food wise 5 stars, but service wise, 3 stars.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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128 reviews 128 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

The title says it all! When one starts off with a martini glass that arrives 1/3 empty, the stage has been set. Tried questioning our waiter whose understanding and English seemed to get worse at that point. :-/ Really a rip off. Wine was a good pour but pricy at $11.50 a glass for a house Merlot. Food is ok.... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A little gem right on Mass Ave with nearby parking and accessibility (my mother is handicapped). Excellent food - definitely a cut above expectations and other NYAJs. Uses fresh, local grown produce - and feels like a family owned establishment not a franchise. Great value too!

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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139 reviews 139 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

The food was decent but they did hit two of my pet peeves. First of all, we ordered our meal and a table with a larger party that arrived after us and ordered well after us received their food first. Second, they removed my plate while my husband was still eating AND they then took the plate from my husband... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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616 reviews 616 reviews
354 restaurant reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

great place to grab a bite and just chill out. It was a surprise to find this place, but the advertising on the front entrance kind of drew us in. Definitely a place to check out for certain.

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Monroe, ct
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68 reviews 68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I really enjoy going to not your average joes! The bread and oil is absolutely delicious and every plate I have tried is awesome! This is a good place for family and friends, or a nice date with cute atmosphere. They also have a bar with a few booths if you prefer to drink. I have come back to this... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 via mobile

I go there every Saturdays to meet my friends, we sit at the bar and enjoy the nice selection of beers and appetizers! The service is great, especially if you are lucky enough to be looked after by Kasey!

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Arlington, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Because we did not want to cook dinner in the heat, we chose to NYAJs in Arlington as we hadn't been to here for a while. We were seated promptly when we arrived with a reservation. Service was prompt and attentive but not overly. A quick response and follow up when I asked if the AC could be turned up... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

NYAJ's is our go-to restaurant. Their menu is creative and the execution is excellent. The rosemary skewered scallops are delicious, and the burgers are as well. The bread and dipping sauce are really good. The only thing I have been truly disappointed in is the take-out service. We have tried it several times, but it has been consistently poorly plated... More 

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New York City, New York
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90 reviews 90 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is the big place in Arlington. Big room, big menu, BIG potions. The food is very good, nothing exceptional. It is very kid friendly anda very nice family retaurant fo casual eating.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 645 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-5004
    (Pleasant Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 781-643-1666

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

What does creative casual cuisine mean? Exactly what it says. We"re creative, because we reject the same-old-same-old in favor of tastes that are interesting and unique. We're casual because while our food may be worth getting dressed up for, we invite you to come as you are. We're all about cuisine in the sense that our chefs apply high standards of culinary art. There it is. Creative. Casual. Cuisine. If it sounds like your kind of place, then you – like us- are not your average Joe.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?