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Surv Kitchen & Lounge ~ Manalapan

Oh boy, without the chef, I can't see any other reason to go back. One of the owners is so nice and friendly, while the other one has his nose up in the air. The last time we were there was for burger night. The restaurant was almost empty and the owner sat at a table with friends and never came over or acknowledged us. We were pretty much regulars, too. It's not the way to keep your customers from returning.

Apr 17, 2014
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Chef Michael d'Ennery

We've been back many times. They have a nice crowd now. In fact, going again tonight. Will finally try those short ribs.

Mar 02, 2013
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Chef Michael d'Ennery

Time for my brief review. Wait! The place is still too new. The staff was nice but not yet comfortable. We were seated by the hostess and asked what type of water we wanted. We chose the flat and no water was brought out. I took out our wine, my husband ordered soda and then our waitress brought me a glass of water, none for him. The bread was bland. Nothing tasty in our bread basket.
We ordered the romaine salad and the fried calamari for our small plates. The fried calamari was tough and chewy. We compare all fried calamari to our favorite place, Brioso. I know that many on this board are not fans. But to us no other Italian restaurant in our vicinity comes close. So that's our standard even it we stand alone.
Now for the pizza. We chose Mark's favorite, roasted mushrooms, truffled breadcrumbs. That was delicious! Tasted like a big stuffed mushroom. Would definitely go back in a few weeks when we're in the mood for grilled pizza.
The place definitely has potential. You can tell they put a lot of thought into the menu. But like any other new place, it just needs time to work out the kinks.

Aug 18, 2012
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Chef Michael d'Ennery

Uh-oh, pressure is on. ; ) I am terrible at writing reviews. I'll try my best. I'll even take pics.

Aug 15, 2012
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Chef Michael d'Ennery

Will do! My husband loves short ribs, too.

Aug 15, 2012
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Chef Michael d'Ennery

It looks like he's at Mark Joseph's Grilled Pizza & Restaurant in Manalapan. I've been waiting for them to open and I liked their Facebook page. His name popped up on the site. Hope he's their chef. May try it this Friday night.

Aug 15, 2012
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I need a Japanese restaurant near 34th and 6th Ave. for tonight.

He's going to try and get a reservation for Sakagura.

Aug 14, 2012
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I need a Japanese restaurant near 34th and 6th Ave. for tonight.

I guess he'll have to travel a little bit. One of the nearby restaurants he had in mind didn't serve alcohol.

Aug 14, 2012
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I need a Japanese restaurant near 34th and 6th Ave. for tonight.

Hoping somebody sees this. I know it's such short notice. As you can see the weather is rainy so it leaves out all the great outdoor dining options.

Thanks.

Aug 14, 2012
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Food/cookie/dessert platter delivery in Toms River? Last minute help, please.

Spoke with Pino. Very nice. All done. : )

Jul 10, 2012
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Food/cookie/dessert platter delivery in Toms River? Last minute help, please.

Perfect! Thanks njfreqflyer, I'll go check out their website and see what I can order.

Jul 10, 2012
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Master Chef week of 7/2 (SPOILERZZZZZZZZZZZ)

I'm rooting for Monti. How can you not, she's reality gold. Curses as much as Gordon.

Jul 10, 2012
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Food/cookie/dessert platter delivery in Toms River? Last minute help, please.

I'm not from the area so I immediately thought of you nice folks for your knowledge. I need to have a tray of cookies or other type of food or snack delivered for a funeral in Toms River. I know they are having food but I wanted to add something else to send. Any other suggestions are welcome. Thanks so much.

Jul 10, 2012
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Name of closed sushi restaurant in Colts Neck

It's been gone for years. Would love to know if he works somewhere else.

Apr 30, 2011
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Name of closed sushi restaurant in Colts Neck

We used to go there! Was it Yoshi's?

Apr 30, 2011
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Belford Bistro (Belford NJ)

Angelo, plans have changed and we are going to The Black Trumpet tonight. But definitely keeping BB in mind for another time. I loved your idea of all appetizers.

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Black Trumpet
7 Atlantic Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

Apr 30, 2011
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Belford Bistro (Belford NJ)

I see this is an older discussion. How did I never hear of this place! I'd like to try it tonight. It's our anniversary and I always come here to browse around and see what I can find. You guys have never let me down.

Apr 30, 2011
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Due Mari or Daryl Wine Bar for birthday dinner?

Thank you both! After hearing my friend rave about her dinner, I was kind of leaning that way. I'll call them tomorrow and make my reservation.

Jun 13, 2010
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Due Mari or Daryl Wine Bar for birthday dinner?

We will be 3 couples celebrating two birthdays and they left it up to me. I was all set to finally try Daryl and then I heard about Due Mari. Other friends were there 2 weeks ago and loved their meal and dessert.
So now I'm torn and I turn to you.

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Daryl Wine Bar & Restaurant
302 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Due Mari
78-80 Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Jun 13, 2010
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Bay Avenue Trattoria - Highlands

I can see why this little place is such a favorite. We were already fans of Joe and Maggie's. We knew we were going to have a great meal.
The four of us picked 4 appetizers and split them up. Crispy oysters, the famous crab cake, mac & cheese, and a crock of eggplant parm. Each and every one was delicious! So glad we did it this way. Could have made a meal out of every single one.
By the time my salmon came I was almost full. Cut it in half and today I have lunch.
For dessert we shared Maggie's sorbet. Think of a creamsicle...orange sorbet mixed with vanilla gelato.
Loved it! Wish it wasn't so out of the way for me. I'd eat there every week.

Mar 21, 2010
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Bay Avenue Trattoria - Highlands

Thanks, Bgut. What a difference a week makes! Lovely weather...doesn't matter where we park tonight.

Mar 20, 2010
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Bay Avenue Trattoria - Highlands

We have reservations for tonight. I've been anxious to try BAT for some time now. But look at this weather. It's so windy and rainy! Hope they have a parking lot.
Update...canceled! Made it for next week.

Mar 13, 2010
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wegman's custom cake??

Since we don't live near any good bakeries, we've been getting our birthday cakes from Wegmans. The fresh whipped cream is delicious. Everyone loves them.
They may not be the fanciest looking cakes. But they're pretty enough. You can't go wrong.

Feb 08, 2010
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Looking for restaurants between Marlboro and Brick, please.

One lives in Marlboro the other lives in Brick. Need a nice place to meet for dinner or even lunch. Sushi is a favorite. But welcome all suggestions.
Thanks in advance.

Feb 07, 2010
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Should we try Catherine Lombardi in New Brunswick?

Still planning a trip to New Brunswick after the New Year. I know there are many places to try. From what I see the area looks hopping and I like that.
Tonight we ended up at Whispers in Spring Lake. We were seated in an off room...4 tables in a closed room, no windows. Not the main dining room. I wish they would tell you that when you make the reservation. Sorry I'm not gifted in the details department. Some of you have such a wonderful knack of describing your experience that I feel like I'm right there with you. I do better if I'm asked specific questions.
We all agreed the food was very good. No complaints there. But we were a bit disappointed with the room. Ambiance definitely plays a part in the overall dining experience.

Dec 12, 2009
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Should we try Catherine Lombardi in New Brunswick?

Now let's think about price. Are they pretty much in the same category as Nicholas and Fromagerie? If they are I'd rather stay closer to home and go to my usual favorites.

Dec 12, 2009
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Should we try Catherine Lombardi in New Brunswick?

Thank you so much for the quick replies. I'll cancel and try to book one of the other two. I have been to Soho on George many years ago. We did enjoy it.

Dec 12, 2009
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Should we try Catherine Lombardi in New Brunswick?

Was searching Open Table tonight to look for a place for tomorrow night. Came across this restaurant. I remember hearing about it from someone. The few reviews I've seen so far look good but not great. We're coming from Monmouth county so it's not too far of a trip.
Can we do better in that area?

Dec 11, 2009
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The Inn at 75 South

Still no reviews?
I may try it tonight.

Sep 12, 2009
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Dinner near 45th and Lexington

Thanks all. I now have a nice selection for tonight and future visits. You folks always come through.

Apr 17, 2009
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