Remembering The Seven Arches & Bel Air Manor & More

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek HarrisonBy Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY—I received a note from a Woodbridge resident after my Oct. 17, 2008 column with doctors who once practiced in Perth Amboy. The note read: “Dr. Max Novich was an orthopedic doctor in Perth Amboy.”

I was asked to ask the readers if anyone has information on the Perth Amboy P.B.A. dances from the 1930s, or information, specifically on the dance committee badges from 1934. If you have information or memories of any dances or balls from the area, please write or email.

This material was given to me for my column. There is no year on it, but looking at the prices it had to be way back in time. The Seven Arches was destroyed in a fire. It was located at 496 Fayette Street and was under the personal supervision of Ed Mason.

“Seven Arches-Bel Air Manor, Party Room Menu”

Broiled halibut steak, fresh parsley and butter sauce, $3.50; broiled twin African lobster tails with drawn butter, $6.50; roast Tom turkey with dressing and giblet grave, $3.75; half roast spring chicken, $3.75, London broil with mushroom sauce, $3.75, roast sirloin of beef-Au Jus, $5.25; broiled Virginia ham steak with honey glazed pineapple rings, $4; roast prime ribs of beef, $5.25; shish kebab-flambé included marinated beef on skewer with mushrooms, peppers, onions tomatoes and brown rice, $5.75; prime sirloin steak, $6.25 and prime filet mignon, $6.25.

All came with fresh fruit cocktail or soup, celery, olives, baked or mashed potato, fresh garden vegetable, ice cream cake roll, sherbet, cut ice cream and coffee.

Drink List Cocktails

Champagne, Manhattan, Martini, Bacardi, Whiskey Sour, Jack Rose or a Daquiri were all 75 cents. A half keg of beer was $35.

Maitre De Service and decorations were $35.

Bottle prices including set-ups were as follows: Rye Blend, $11, Canadian Rye, Bourbon, and Scotch were all $14 and Scotch Premium was $16.

For your wedding, banquets, bar mitzvahs, social functions, large or small, they had five banquet rooms with facilities for 1,200.

They had entertainment nightly. Businessmen’s lunches, cocktails-dinner daily from 11:30.

There was a Gold Room, Crystal Room and a Victorian Room.

This is from 1966 material: The Bel Air Manor was run by Edward Mucinski. Delicious French American cuisine is featured. Dancing Friday and Saturday to music of Buzzy Barber’s Dixieland Jazz. Sing-a-long with Dan Fimiani at the piano on Wednesday and Thursday.

If you have material with what things cost in the past from the area, why not share?

If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

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