Staying True to the Authenticity of The Garden State’s World Class Agriculture and Fisheries
The Frog and The Peach was founded in downtown New Brunswick, NJ in 1983 by husband and wife team Jim Black and Betsy Alger, both Rutgers University graduates. The restaurant occupies an old industrial building (c. 1876) located at 29 Dennis Street, which originally housed printing presses for the local paper, The Home News. It was later used for various types of manufacturing and was last used as a leather suitcase handle factory. Pioneering the redevelopment and subsequent renaissance of New Brunswick, they carefully gutted and renovated the space to create a multi-leveled contemporary restaurant that reflects the spirit of its industrial roots.
In April 2012, Executive Chef Bruce Lefebvre purchased the restaurant from Betsy and Jim. Lefebvre is known for his modern take on American Cuisine and for staying true to the authenticity of The Garden State’s world-class agriculture and fisheries. He combines his classical training from The Culinary Institute of America with an eagerness to explore and share influences and ingredients from cuisines throughout the United States and the world. “The Frog has always been proud to highlight local ingredients,” says Chef Bruce. “In fact, 30 years ago, Betsy’s first menu had on it an Arugula Salad with Hunterdon County Goat Cheese, Walnut Oil, and Champagne Vinegar (menu price $4!).”
The Frog and The Peach have received critical praise for their fine food, extensive and approachable selection of wines, genuine hospitality, and ambiance. It was named New Jersey’s Best “All Around” restaurant, been selected for inclusion in “America’s Top Tables”, and was most recently selected as one of New Jersey Monthly’s “Top 25 Restaurants in 2013”. The Frog is repeatedly chosen as among the most popular restaurants in the state by the Zagat Survey.
About our Name
The restaurant’s unique name comes from the title of a Dudley Moore and Peter Cook comedy routine about a restaurant in the Scottish moors that served only Frogs and Peaches — a culinary concept that was never considered for the restaurant!