Edison is a city in Middlesex, New Jersey. The city is named after Thomas Alva Edison who carried out most of his life's work, including the invention of the phonograph, here. Menlo Park, where Edison's laboratories were located has a Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Museum honoring him. The town of Edison now has a large concentration of Asians, and Oak Tree Road in Edison is the place to visit if you are looking for Indian food or Indian stores.
Edison is a 40 minute drive from the Newark International airport. Drive down the Garden State Parkway and take exit 131 to Iselin/Rahway/Metuchen. The Northeast corridor line of NJ Transit provides a rail link. It might be convenient to get off at the Edison, Metuchen or even Metropark stations depending on where you need to go.
Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Menlo Park Museum (Menlo Park Museum), 37 Christie Street, ☎ +1 732 549 299., . 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tu-Sa. Built on the location of Thomas A. Edison's laboratory at Menlo Park, the museum showcases many of Thomas Edison's inventions including the phonograph, some light bulbs and a recently donated 1929 Edison 'Light-O-Matic' Radio. Free, but donations welcome.
Oak Tree Road near the border with Iselin has a large number of Indian restaurants and stores: people from all over come here to shop . Whether you're looking for Bollywood videos, bhel puri, or a sari, you'll find it here. Note that many stores are closed on Mondays. The best way to get here is by taking the Garden State Parkway to Exit 131 (on-street parking is available), or taking the train to Metropark (it's about a 15-minute walk from the train station; exit the station, turn left onto Route 27, and then turn left again at the intersection with Oak Tree Road).
Keum Ho Jung Good Korean food located in the shopping center at the intersection of Old Post Road and Vineyard Road.
Super Duper Deli I and II Good sub shop to get a quick bite to eat. Cold cuts are usually better than hot subs.
Harolds NY Deli A jewish deli that has huge sandwiches but also a very good salad bar and desserts. A little pricy but worth the money.
Skylark Diner Generally, most entrees are good. The best item is the Lebanese Wrap at around $9. One of the few diners in New Jersey with a liqour license.
Le Peep A very good breakfast place. Has a ZAGAT rating.
Ferraros Pizza One of the better pizzerias in Edison. A little bit pricy but well worth the money. Dinners are also very good
Lams Kitchen A very good Chinese take-out place in Edison that are at a higher standard compared to most places. Prices are very reasonable.
Akbar Quality Indian food located off US Highway 1. Also has a lunch Indian buffet at around $8.
Mithaas, 1655-170 Oak Tree Road (At the intersection of Oak Tree Road and Wood Ave.), ☎ +1 732 947 3014., . The name means "sweetness" in Hindi. Serves Indian desserts, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks — it is in fact possible to make a meal out of some of the snacks. The Paneer & Veg Kathi Roll is passable, but the mango lassi is just right. Completely vegetarian. $10-15.
Ming Far Eastern cuisine, 1655-185 Oak Tree Road (At the intersection of Oak Tree Road and Wood Ave.), ☎ +1 732 549 5051, . For a sample of what the Indians have done to Chinese cuisine, this place is worth a visit. The restaurant is well-patronized and if you do not call ahead for a reservation, you are looking at a wait of around 20 minutes.$20 for a meal.
Hilton Garden Inn – Edison (Edison, NJ Hotel), 50 Raritan Center Pkwy, ☎ 732-225-0900, .