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Not Your Average Joe's

645 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-5004
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Ranked #19 of 88 Restaurants in Arlington
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Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Pizza
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Pleasant Street
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.
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63% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Arlington, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Arlington, Massachusetts
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We enjoy the food, especially when we want a good burger. Usually the ambiance is above average. However, on occasion, families allow their children to make too much noise.

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Chelsea, Massachusetts
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117 reviews 117 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Our server wasn't very attentive, but the food was delish! We're familiar with this chain and knew we could trust them to serve us up a great affordable meal for the family.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I like NYAJ for the diversity of the menu. They will recreate past menu items for you...split an entree onto 2 plates.....they make every attempt to accommodate your every request. Their 3-6 pm appy happy hours is a fabulous deal....all appys are 1/2 price. Well worth time and $$$ spent at any NYJAs! Great value.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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170 reviews 170 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Although I am not too big on the food here, this place is a convenient spot to meet friends for lunch or dinner. The food served is mainly comfort but I wish the servings were a lot larger. After having my meal here, I still feel like I have plenty of room for half of another entree. If they charged... More

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Boston, MA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The food is OK and the service is good, but they recently raised their prices, so it is no longer my favorite for a burger or appertizer and drinks. What really has turned me somewhat off from the place is the decor - who thought it was a good idea to have brown on brown and a very rustic decor... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This is my go-to place not because of thr food but because of the space itself. It is conveniently located in Arlington Center with plenty of seating space. They also have a bar. Great place to meet friends. Food is mediocre at best. They have everything from salad to steak but nothing is exceptional. Place is often crowded but I... More

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Went their for dinner before a show and the four of us loved their meal. From the steak tips, salmon, meat loft and fish ,they were all cooked perfect, the side dishes tasted great, service was good and so was the pricing. Parking in the back also was a treat.

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Albany, New York
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109 reviews 109 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The menu had some more unusual offerings for a chain restaurant. They have thick sliced focaccia bread with a different type of bread dipping sauce. It's yellow as it contains grated Romano/Parmesan cheese. I had the Harvest Mac ‘n Cheese: roasted butternut squash, marinated chicken thigh, baby spinach and curly cavatappi noodles, baked in a creamy cheddar and smoked mozzarella... More

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