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NJ Diner Sausage - I give up!!

I'm so there. Will report back!

Sep 27, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

NJ Diner Sausage - I give up!!

You from Jersey?

They look just like these...:
http://www.fontanini.com/food-service...

Sep 27, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

Lunch in Cape May

Were at Gecko's a couple weeks ago for lunch. A couple good things - soup, pork quesadilla (these were the specials) but everything else dissapointed us. Felt like a case of an average chef trying to be chic-too many flavours that didn't belong with each other.

Do a seach on here for Cape May. There's a couple good threads.

Sep 26, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

NJ Diner Sausage - I give up!!

This makes me sad. How on earth does no supermarket carry these??

Sep 26, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

Monroe Twp Area - new choices or suggestions for 2012/2013?

I love Antonios when I have to fillup my kids without spending a ton of cash. They do have exceptional chicken wings. Dry vs. saucy. 20 for $10.

Sep 26, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

Monroe Twp Area - new choices or suggestions for 2012/2013?

There's Garveys. No windows but ok burgers. Nothing great at all.

Sep 26, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

NJ Diner Sausage - I give up!!

Searched the internet for the past two weeks with no luck. I though I had struck gold when I followed up on a recommendation for Thumanns Links...but whe I went to pick up my 10 pound box, it was the small links <frown>.

I'M LOOKING FOR THE BIG ONES served at diners here in Monmouth/Middlesex County and all across the state. As abover, Thumanns is out as is any of the dreck manufactured by Johnsonville.

Please help me. Please. Help. Me.

PS - When is Cindy Sherman leaving us?

Sep 19, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

Costco Tirmisu?

Does Costco still sell that frozen tirmisu from a few years ago? I can't seem to find it when I go there. Thanks...

Aug 25, 2012
pktaske in Chains

Italian Pork Store Bella Italia in Spotswood/Monroe

This place used to have good fresh mozzerella but now its hit and miss. Its close so I go there and the bread is decent when avsilsble.

I've had the same experiences there with some of the staff. No smiles or thank you's. Other times they are nice.

Saying wait till others chime in on the sausage is an outrage. I work with a solid customer service department and can't resist lecturing people like that on how its done. I rarely do it buut alwsys eith a smile. It usually prompts a visit from the manager, a big I'm sorry and refund or comp. And I'm always sure to come back in again and let them know they've kept my business.

Aug 23, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

Jerzee Boys - italian hot dogs - Keyport

Having been raised on Dickie Dees in Newark/Bloomfield, it came with the recommendation of my mom. We waited for about 10-15 minutes while these were 'custom-made' (ie - no re-heat drops in oil or microwave). Quite good by bayshore standards. Pizza bread was tasty (still not Calandras but what is?). Potatoes were real potatoes just out of the deep fryer..and NOT FRENCH FRIES (which get my disdain and immediate disqualification!). Onions and peppers were also freshly cooked.

The girl behind the counter was...umm...let's see...yeah...uh-huh...well...wow. Does that count for anything?

http://www.jerzeeboyzpizza.com/

Aug 22, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

Jimmys Greek American Grill - Spotswood

Very new and undergoing a menu revision (losing the high end steaks, chicken dishes, adding more staples, some american). Very small ... very cheap ...very good. Dining room looks better than expected given last tenant but don't expect more than nicer dark wooden tables and matching chairs. Had gyro ($5.50) which was hot, fresh and loaded. Moussaka ($9) was quite tasty,

Not an extensive sampling i realize but if you need to scratch the itch for Greek food without killing your wallet, this seems the place for now. Hopefully they stay in the mode of 'fresh is good' before the financials start dictating to cut corners.

Aug 22, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

D'Abuscos Brooklyn-Style Pizza in East Windsor

Stopped by today with co-workers. Ordered a grandma pie and while waiting I had a single slice of fresh plain. Pizza was good and comes recommended. We'll come again. He's looking for an electrician so I told my brother in law to stop by.

I do get a chuckle regarding the perceived superiority of NY food over NJ. Without a doubt there are more numerous 'better' places in NY...and we don't have a wealth of Del Posto type or specialty places here...but to say a NJ establishment cannot replicate the quality of what's cooked across the river is pure and unadulterated hogwash. I'm sure there's a post on this board where people have rolled up their sleeves on this topic but my experience is what it is... and no self-appointed food snob is convincing me otherwise.

Aug 22, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

Post-Yankee game meal options?

UPDATE -

The bad news: Did not have a great meal at Keens last night. More specifically, did not have a great steak. Pretty much everything else about the night was spot on excepting the fact that all of our NY strips (3 to be exact) , while ample and cooked perfectly, were tough. Of course, this was more than disappointing.

The good news: While I do not make a habit of it (in fact, never in my dining life), I wrote a short email this morning to the Keens staff. I received a call from them about 8 minutes later professionally apologizing and making amends. What a pleasant experience. Many other establishments of thier ilk should learn from them.

Aug 02, 2012
pktaske in Manhattan

Post-Yankee game meal options?

Back from Keens. Not good. Wrote them an email and will follow up with group on details and their response.

Aug 02, 2012
pktaske in Manhattan

Keen's or Wolfgang's?

Just visited Keens last night. Everything was good except the main meal. Steak (NYS) was tough and flavouless. I wrote them an email, which I NEVER do.

Aug 02, 2012
pktaske in Manhattan

Post-Yankee game meal options?

Keens is cool with Yankee jerseys and shorts?

Jul 31, 2012
pktaske in Manhattan

Post-Yankee game meal options?

4. Its an afternoon game so anytime after 5pm. Tomorrow. Unlimited.

Both restaurants look appetizing but oh so far south. Anything closer between Midtown and the Bronx?

Jul 31, 2012
pktaske in Manhattan

Post-Yankee game meal options?

Looking for a good place in Manhattan for an after game meal. We won't be dressed for business but still want as top-shelf a meal as possible. Thinking of a churriscaria but open to most other options. We will be driving but one guy will be taking the train back to CT so quick access afterwards is a plus.

I'll leave a report afterwards. thanks again.....Nick

Jul 31, 2012
pktaske in Manhattan

New GREEK Restaurant coming to Applegarth Road, Monroe

Unfortunately they do have a lunch menu but you have to ASK for it!?!? I suspect this is their strategy but they are pricing people out by doing this.

This place is top shelf for sure and most definitely the best rest. Monroe Township has to offer at the moment but I wonder how much longer they have. Too bad they can't tweak things a bit. I take all my clients there but of course the company pays.

Note: GET THE CALAMARI! I am amazed no one has mentioned it! I normally hate the tentacles but I'll eat every one here.

Apr 03, 2012
pktaske in New Jersey

Azzaro Brothers Pizza and Tomato Pies - Coming to East Windsor

Love Cranburys brick oven pizza!

Oct 30, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

Best Pizza In NJ Still Scorintino's !

Cranbury Pizza Brick Oven is in middlesex. GSeriously great pie. And Jake - if you're in the area, I'll buy!

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Cranbury Pizza
63 N Main St Ste 2, Cranbury, NJ 08512

Oct 30, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

New Brunswick restaurants open Monday nights for business dinner?

We ended up at Clydz as in the end I could not justify the NYC prices of steak at Steahouse85. Can New Brunswick really get away with charging $47 for an ala carte 12 oz tenderloin??

Loved the feel of Clydz We were seated in the upper dining room and the weathered brick was quite handsome. The highlights of the night were the game meatballs and the diver scallops. The latter was served with pappardella in a cream sauce. Scallops were fresh and cooked perfectly. It is worth noting that I think the dish came with, if I can recall correctly: 8! of them. All of our other entrees were more in accord with the smaller portions/big presentation you normally find at higher end establishments.

The rest of us tried the game (because we had to, right?!?!) which was ok. Heavier on taste/lacking a bit in tenderness.

Martini's were, of course, outstanding. Bar was packed on our exit.

I would be negligent if I did not mention the EXCELLENT service. Attentive, proactive and always available.

Overall a great night.

We ended up at La Spigola last night. I've posted on that also.

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions as we'll be frequenting NB more often and intend to try them all out.

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Clydz
55 Paterson St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Oct 27, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

La Spigola - Hamilton Rt 130

Considering the dearth of (good) upscale eateries in the area I'm surprised there's not more chatter on the board about this restaurant. While a bit on the expensive side, I've really never been disappointed by a meal there. I will say that I tend to stay away from the chicken and pasta dishes while focusing on the steak/fish/osso buco. My reasons are two-fold: 1) there are places nearby that do similar at least as well for cheaper (although almost all the chicken dishes there are under $20) and more importantly 2) the filet (especially) and NY strip are really out of this world. I can't tell you how many times I've been disappointed at a high end eatery by a mediocre cut of beef. Is $37 too much to pay for a tender tightly grained cut that's pushing 16oz and includes a veggie and starch side? Certainly not in my book.

Note the bread service (sliced&toasted peasant w/olive oil, roasted garlic and kalamata olives) is incredible as is the Tiramisu.

I also give it a +1 for service and decor. Some may call it a bit over the top but if it is, it's certainly not in the typical gaudy North Jersey style. Much more modern vs overdone marble and statues.

I am very interested to hear others take on this place!

http://www.spigola.net/

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Spigola
US Highway 130 Klockner Rd N, Trenton, NJ 08610

Oct 27, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

John Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen

I second that!

<]:^)

Oct 27, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

New Brunswick restaurants open Monday nights for business dinner?

Still undecided. I think you have me leaning to Steakhouse 85. I'll write up whichever place we go. I appreciate everyones feedback!

Oct 23, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

New Brunswick restaurants open Monday nights for business dinner?

This looks nice. One fear I have is that 3 of the guys I'll be with are pretty big eaters. We got burned in NYC going to one of these high end places where we ended up with 8 courses and stopping for pizza at Rays on the way home. Food was great but sparse.

If I was on my own, I think I'd go here.

Oct 21, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

New Brunswick restaurants open Monday nights for business dinner?

Steakhouse85 would be an option but I've been dissapointed by so many high end steakhouses that I tend to stick with what I know is great. When you pay those prices...

Their web site seems a bit hokey. I worry when a place that charges that much would put such little effort into their presentation to the public.

How does it compare to a Flemings or Gibsons?

Oct 21, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

New Brunswick restaurants open Monday nights for business dinner?

Someone here at work mentioned Clydz (sp?)

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Clydz
55 Paterson St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Oct 20, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

New Brunswick restaurants open Monday nights for business dinner?

Need to plan a dinner for half a dozen people this Monday. We've about expended our options down here in Cranbury and are thinking that jumping on 8A up to NB might be a good idea. Problem is I really haven't eaten there aside from the Frog and the Peach over 12 years ago. (I've been there for jury duty but pizza at Filipos doesn't count!). Is NB still a foodie hotspot?

Anyway, nothing too exotic (ie-no Indian, Vietnamese, etc). Trying to keep away from Italian as we have another dinner on Wed.

All that being said, great food is the number one requirement.

Thanks...Nick

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The Frog and the Peach
29 Dennis St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Oct 20, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey

In search of fresh pasta

How about a more pedestrian place?

Oct 17, 2011
pktaske in New Jersey