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Like many chefs worth their salt, I started my culinary journey at my mother’s knee.  Many of my fondest childhood memories involved cooking at home as a kid: Earning a Cub Scout merit badge for cooking; making my parents jealous by cooking a fancy dinner for my brothers (but not for them); having dates come over and make fudge or other sweet delights; our annual Christmas cookie baking marathon.

This passion for making quality products, and serving them with a smile has never waned, despite almost 40 years in the restaurant business!

   Pearl St. Café is committed to making everything the very best that it can be, every day.  We make everything from scratch, and in-house.  We brine, cure, and smoke our own Pastrami.  We make our own bacon, smoked salmon, etc., etc.  Who else around here has this passion and commitment to quality? I guarantee our sandwiches will be the best you ever had!  They will be the stuff that dreams are built on.  You know the kind: where the juices run down your chin, and you can’t help but wipe your mouth with your sleeve.  But don’t worry – we’ll give you extra napkins!

That’s what Pearl St. Café is all about: Comfort foods, Fun foods – made as well as possible, without any pretense.  Hope to see you soon (and often)!

Chef Dan


But, don't take my word for it - see what people have to say about us:

Facebook: 4.8/5.0   Google: 4.7/5.0   Open Table: 4.8/5.0   Yelp: 4.5/5.0


Tyreen Reuter, Executive Director, Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce

Adult Birthday Party – 150 guests – German theme

We really, really enjoyed everything - and everyone is raving about the food and service! When I have a party I am usually so busy with doing everything, and knowing you were there and it would be wonderful really made the day for me and my immediate family, too! 

Lorraine Mulligan, Vice President & Business Development Officer
Metuchen Savings Bank

Metuchen Savings Bank recently hosted a private after hours party to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Mortgage Division. Chef Dan received only rave reviews on the menu items we selected that included a variety of seasonal house specialties. He and his staff arrived on time and helped us to set up the catering using their beautiful serving pieces. Working with Chef Dan was simple and stress-free and made for an enjoyable + memorable event for all involved. 

Alison M., Metuchen- Daughter’s 1st Communion Party

Thank you! Everyone enjoyed the food very much.

Beth K., Adult Birthday Party – British Theme

I want to thank you for a fabulous evening. The Surprise English Birthday Feast was amazing! Everyone loved the food and your staff is fantastic. Everything was perfect. It was a night to remember! Thank you for making it so special.

Stephen K.: Dan, It was phenomenal. Everything - the food, the team there and of course your brilliance. Thanks again.

Isaac Kremer, Executive Director, Metuchen Downtown Alliance

Networking Events.Very happy. Thanks. Chef Dan is experienced at making food that delights all of the senses. From his robust flavors, to beautiful presentation, and his gracious personality - working with him is a pleasure from start to finish