According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, humans cannot attain self-actualization without first tending to such basic physiological needs as water, sleep, and brisket. Achieve overall fulfillment with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of pub fare and drinks at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell.
Since its post-Prohibition opening in 1933, the Cloverleaf Tavern has been owned and operated by the same family, serving a hearty menu of casual American and international eats. Begin a meal with the counter-intuitively best-selling hot, bubbling crab dip, a mouth-watering concoction of fresh crab meat baked in a gooey white-wine-cheese blend and served with toasted baguettes ($9.99). Pub classics abound, such as the charbroiled burgers ($7.49+) and irish cottage beef pie, with brown gravy and hearty vegetables bubbling under the mashed-potato crust ($12.99). Cloverleaf Tavern, which was the first saloon in Caldwell to secure a liquor license after Prohibition, also proffers a full bar and vast beer selection of 25 beers on tap, plus more than 50 bottled brews, which makes it an ideal place to stop for a post- or prework celebration.
Cloverleaf Tavern's friendly, inviting environment warms the souls of its patrons with wood accents, framed memorabilia, an antique bar that dates back to the 1880s, and burning desires for a pint of stout. An expansive outdoor patio offers respite on warm summer evenings or chilly second dates, and a call-ahead seating option allowing guests to call ahead and be added to the waiting list helps combat long wait times at the popular eatery.
395 Bloomfield Ave.
Caldwell, New Jersey 07006