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For the Top Chef Fans

Woops, he was on Hell's Kitchen

May 03, 2013
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For the Top Chef Fans

Clemenza is at the Red Zone in Sayreville

May 02, 2013
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Burgers

Best burgers around!

Oct 12, 2011
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Keyport Fishery ~

I went on Friday for some takeout, it's been awhile but I always remembered it as good stuff. IMO the fishcakes had no fish, flavorless. The coleslaw was also bland. The fried shrimp were not deveined and once again lacked any spice. I feel something might be wrong with me after all these positive reviews, but as former chef for 15 years I need to be honest. I also didn't enjoy the fact that the entire line was shouting "closed" at 8:50pm when they close at 9:00pm. It made me feel that they were doing me a favor.

Jul 12, 2011
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Grist Mill ---> The Falls ---> MJ's ?? (Tinton Falls NJ)

Went on Thursday around 8:00pm, parking lot looked busy but inside was not. Waitress said the bar was crowded. The food was good. Tuna app was awesome. just some small things that could have been better. Salads were served in hot bowls, waitress ignored my comment about it. Waitress did not know the soup of the day. When leaving several of the staff members were hanging out on the front porch smoking and "taking shop". More care needs to put into the small details in my opinion. The place is new, they should be more on top of their game, first impressions are important.

Aug 02, 2010
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Trinity in Keyport

I went on Saturday @ 7:30 for the first time, the place was dead. Very good all around, will be back.

Aug 02, 2010
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Blue Rock Cafe in Keyport

The best New England Clam chowder I’ve ever had.

Jul 28, 2010
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The Inlet - Atlantic Highlands

Went on Monday with the family and kids for the first time after a day at the beach. The hostess was very nice and inviting. My kids started petting the dog that lives there (didn't bother me too much, but still). The kids ordered root-beer on tap that tasted like vinegar, sent it back. To sum it up. The view is nice and the food mediocre. 137.00 for two adults and two kids ($20 for steamers) is expensive in my opinion, especially when a dog is going under your table now and then.

Jun 23, 2010
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Trinity in Keyport

Wow, sounds like you really don't like Keyport.

Jun 07, 2010
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Restaurant Nicholas Disappoints and Under-Delivers

. Please let us know how it went, I too went on my 10. I'm also the one that dragged this post out again due to my disappointment. I think people are relying very heavily on the term “best quality”. You can take the best chicken wing and boil it, it’s still just a chicken wing if the preparation is boring. Side note: the best foie gras I ever had was at the Strip House in NYC, 17.00 and incredible.

Sep 16, 2009
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Restaurant Nicholas Disappoints and Under-Delivers

I was expecting hate mail judging by the following this place has . It’s a fact that ones dinning experience is based on many things, perhaps I was having a bad day coupled with them being a little off. I will go back one day, just not soon. thanks

Sep 02, 2009
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New Thai Restaurant Old Bridge NJ

Got takeout on Sunday, very good.

Sep 01, 2009
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Restaurant Nicholas Disappoints and Under-Delivers

Thanks for the interest. Here I Go. I’d like to say that this is first time I’ve ever written a review for a restaurant. I was so disappointed at Nicholas I felt I had to tell someone. We did in fact do the pairing, getting an extra glass or two of them because they were so good. As far as the dishes - all were boring in my humble opinion. My Cobia (sp) was perhaps the worst fish dish I’ve ever had. No salt, no flavor and lukewarm - nothing to set it apart from Red Lobster. The suckling pig was merely ok, I’ve tasted much better smoke complex and texture in local places down in North Carolina. The Watermelon Sashimi, nice textures and sweet and salt combo was good but again.. Nothing ground breaking. I thought I’d be given something I’ve never had before; unusual flavor combos that I would never think of, nothing came close, nothing sparked interest, nothing was special and everything was under seasoned. I hate to sound so negative, as a formed cook I’m in love the chefs Cinderella story and wish the place the very best (as if it needs it). Side note: After sampling a wine I asked the waiter if he could write down the name, in an almost condescending tone he say “yes, sir, of course after the meal”. Well, we were never asked “will that be all” before the check arrived (table turnover I’m sure), had to ask for the wine and the “gift” from the pastry chef that I was promised when I made the reservations. Mind you he forgot… the check was signed when I asked. People forget, I understand (that’s why I didn’t mention it in my first post), it was just a bad end to a disappointing night. It is simply not in the same league as Jean-George and likes in (once again) my humble opinion.

Sep 01, 2009
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Restaurant Nicholas Disappoints and Under-Delivers

Went last Saturday for our anniversary. A little background on me - I’ve been cooking in kitchens for 25 years (now just part time for a friend when needed). I’ve been to quite a few good places including Jean Georges, Nobu, Lutece, Daniel and The Strip House just to name a few. While I’m no expert I do consider myself a foodie. I was impressed that I didn’t find any negative reviews about Nicholas in Red Bank NJ, all great and “gotta go” reviews. I have to say – I’m incredibly disappointed. Nothing impressed me; nothing made me say “Wow! What was that?” Well, the bill did. Nicholas did not surprise or tantalize my taste buds as other top restaurants have done in the past. It seemed boring and lack luster, the staff and the dishes. We each had the 7 course so we had a chance to sample a good amount of their offerings, not one, repeat, not one impressed. For 388.00 (including tip) I’m going to the city next time, maybe Bouley. Save your money, I wish I did.

Sep 01, 2009
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