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Restaurant Nicholas

I have done it and it is quite an experience. It is quite pricey though when all is said and done. 4 people ran about a grand or so I think. I wasn't even drinking "too heavily" that night.

It really depends on your disposable income. Have you been to nicholas and do you enjoy fine dining? If I took someone like my dad to this place he probably wouldn't even eat half the stuff they served that night so...

Put it this way, if money was no option I would be at that chef's table at least once a month LOL

Jul 02, 2015
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Tony's Tomato Pies in Long Branch Closing after 85 yrs..

They had a good sausage pie. He made the sausage himself.

Does anyone know what will be coming next?

Jun 24, 2015
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Havana pig roast on Sundays

It is a restaurant in Highlands that serves cuban food (which I am assuming you guessed ; )

They have some outdoor seating (under a tent) and it's a pretty cool spot. I have been going for years. The last time they kind of pissed me off and I wrote them off for a year. However, a pig roast is enough to get me back to try again.

Ralphie is the owner. He is a cool guy. They might still have the domino table set up. A few mojitos and some dominoes make for a fun night.

Jun 23, 2015
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Havana pig roast on Sundays

I heard on another thread that Havana has a pig roast on Sundays (highlands)

Has anyone been there yet to try it? If so, how was it and is it cooked over charcoal on a spit outside or do they just oven cook it? If they spit roast this over charcoal that would be cool but I kind of doubt it. cost?

I will definitely try it but I am curious on the details.

Jun 23, 2015
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Seeking Pig Roast Catering, Central NJ, for a Backyard Wedding

Sockster, how much is a dish? I used to be a big fan of that place but my last experience was bad. I kind of wrote them off but I might try it again. Do they cook it over charcoal?

Jun 12, 2015
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Seeking Pig Roast Catering, Central NJ, for a Backyard Wedding

Local Smoke in neptune is legit. If you have the cash I am sure they can do a pig for you. I am definitely a fan of their bbq! They are more traditional BBQ so I dont think you will get "higher end" sides but i will say their stuffed jalapeno's are outrageously good. http://www.localsmokebbq.com/catering...

Jun 10, 2015
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Azul Tequila - Long Branch

some 1 hit wonders we are dealing with here LOL

2 of them in a row...interesting.

Jun 08, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

FYI, whole foods in middletown is having a sale soon for fathers day on their dry-aged ribeyes.

I picked up this last night...top notch!

Jun 05, 2015
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Oriental Empire in Red Bank

So I went a second time and ate outside with my wife and dog. We didn't get appetizers but I got a very tasty flank steak dish and she liked her pad thai.

Royal Steak:
Sauteed sliced flank steak w. mushroom, scallions & ginger with black beans over a bed of spinach.

For 13.00 I thought it was a good value. You need to like mushrooms if you get this dish.

Has anyone tried this place? It seems pretty similar to the oriental empire.

http://wildbamboonj.com/full-dine-in-...

Jun 05, 2015
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New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

CC for me. I really like christines though so it would be a tough choice. He is definitely a gracious host and his wait staff is top notch.

I have been hanging out at the new gas light. It is a pretty cool spot but with small portions I quickly rack up some impressive bills there drinking ...and eating multiple dishes.

Jun 01, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

SM Food Market, Middletown

yes there are backroads behind there so you dont have to get on 35

If they have peking duck please let me know.

Jun 01, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

Black Swine in Sea Bright

If you like BYOB then this place might not be for you. Beer and drinks are not cheap there. I rack up some hefty bills there. The Stout Stew is probably my favorite dish there.

Jun 01, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

Dont let JR steer you in the wrong direction ; )

CC is an outstanding place. Not everyone connects with what they do, but those that get it love the place. In fact, I constantly see lots of the same people in there over and over again. He definitely has a following.

From my experiences the old fashioned "meat and potatoes" kind of guys like my dad or uncle just don't get the copper canyon at all and don't appreciate the flavors.

It is loud, drinks are pricey and you will need reservations on a weekend. The steak is honestly very good. See for yourself.

I have actually met people that took the ferry over from NYC to eat that steak LOL

Jun 01, 2015
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Black Swine in Sea Bright

yeah pretty much!

No....I will try it. I will bring a bottle of wine and see how it goes.

Sockste, the gaslight (spot next to copper canyon) has a good burger I think you would like.

Jun 01, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

Black Swine in Sea Bright

oh I see. I thought I saw somewhere that they classifed it as a gastropub?

Jun 01, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

Black Swine in Sea Bright

did you happen to see what beer they had on tap? (good beers that is)

Jun 01, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

Black Swine in Sea Bright

I will have to try this place. Was it this burger by chance or is this a special one? I saw this on facebook.

Dry Aged Burger with Steak Fries
Pat LaFrieda 30 day dry aged burger, with bacon,
gruyere on a Potato Roll

Jun 01, 2015
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New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

I was thinking the same thing. I thought it was a new Jimmys from asbury.

I think we need a new red bank "redux" thread. The town seems to be getting better on the dining front...not amazing but it's good if you pick and choose your dishes at certain locations.

May 27, 2015
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New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

see below comment on Jimmys "A little further out is Jimmy Pecci's Taste of Italy (Asbury Ave), but I understand they have opened another location near MJ's on Sycamore as well."

yes toki is the old broadway grill. They did a nice job on the inside.

May 27, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

JR, I ate at Toki last night (the one that was going to be called Taka in red bank.) It was pretty good...nice decor, great service and prices were slightly lower than I thought they would be for the location. Maguro was tasty.

wait what building did Jimmys move into in tinton falls? Is it a restaurant or "deli"

May 27, 2015
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on the ocean/boardwalk?

Jr...Yeah its not the best spot around but for cheap food with some salt in the air it is ok. I like the wings and pretzels. ..beer selection sucks lol. With Kane and carton around I am not sure why they can't work things out.

Any new spots I should check out?

May 22, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

on the ocean/boardwalk?

For Canadian visitors I would go with off the hook. It has a nice nyc view with outdoor dining. The food is mediocre but ok for bar food and it won't break the bank. Get a few cocktails, wings and pretzels. Enjoy the view, salty air and roar of bikes and cars ripping by.

Then head to somewhere local for dinner if you want better food.

If you plan to eat there keep it simple with burgers and chicken sandwiches....wings etc. higher priced dishes arent worth it.

If you want to know more about Avenue I can tell you. I work in long branch and have been there many times. So my question is....do you want to impress or have a fun time and not kill your wallet? If impress, then go to avenue.

Then there is red bank if you want a little night life lol

May 22, 2015
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New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

Does Junction bar even serve food? Serious question. Belford has some awesome salty locals. Does anyone remember the Meadowview? My hat is off to some hardworking nj local commercial fisherman. They work their ass off and I have seen what they do to make a living. I've spent a few days on commercial boats and it is amazing how hard these fellas work.

May 22, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

100%, you have to eat it there LOL

May 21, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

at vals I pretty much live on beer, pizza and wings. That is what it is good for (for my preferences.) I can't comment on the other food.

I really liked the lobster rolls at chowdah house but they are 25 bucks now (I think since lobster is out of season.) So for that price I am in steak territory for a few more bucks.

Christine's is good too. try the eggroll.

May 21, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

well here are some casual places I can think of that your child might like...vals, queso, off the hook, on the deck and the chowdah house which has outdoor seating in the back.

brothers has good pizza and Mr pizza slice. Vals in rumson I like too.

chicken wings at Tommys are a must try!

New Corner has a decent cheesesteak if you take it home, throw on another two slices of cheese and toast it up....not the best but decent. It is a little dry.

Try the roast pork sandwich at Phillys when you travel over to atlantic highlands.

North of the border is good but for tacos lino's is my spot (chorizo or al pastor.) Dont go on a hot day there LOL...the open fire pit makes is unbearable.

cafe 28 is a cool spot in RB and if you haven't had a windmill hotdog, try one. (not sure where you moved from)

May 21, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

I may have misunderstood you. Are you looking for a "nice" place to bring your child or something casual?

I see little kids in the beach tavern. As long as the child is well behaved I don't see an issue.

Try mac attack in red bank for good mac n cheese. Your child would like this place I bet.

Last time I had the little schzeuan I was really disappointed and that was a few months ago. Maybe try Emperor wok in shrewsbury. I haven't been there in years but back in the day it was OK.

Ps, red bank has some great mexican places but they are "hole in the wall" joints which might not be your style.

May 21, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

New to Monmouth County- need recommendations

well I can write a book on this topic but let me get a few quick answers over.

Talercios is the spot so you have that down already. Sals in shrewsbury has some great subs.

Chinese delivery is tough in red bank area. See my post on Oriental Empire http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1009242

Sultan wok will deliver to you and its mediocre but you get a lot of food. Sign up for their email specials and for like 20 bucks you can eat for like 3 days lol

Fish: wholefoods in middletown and "catch" in red bank for dinner. I can elaborate more on this. If you like specific species I can name some restaurants.

For something nicer than mccloones but not quite Nicholas try Beach Tavern in Monmouth beach. They have a good happy hour until 6:30

Cheesesteaks are hard to find believe it or not (well good ones.) Tre Calore in middletown is the spot to get them. Their BBQ platters are also good...hickory smoked on the premises. The 3 meat combo is quite a meal and I usually go with brisket, pulled pork and ribs but the kielbasi is very good.

For meat, costco and monmouth meats.

If you are a sopressata fan Giannas in atlantic highlands is similar to Talercios. John makes some great sweet and spicy versions. Also, they have a good rueben and Cuban sandwich. They have di parma Prosciutto

let me know if you have any questions. I have been to quite a "few" restaurants around here.

May 21, 2015
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Need more dinner choices near Freehold

yes not cheap. Apps really drive up the price. I just get one dish, the rib eye and call it a day. 40 bucks but a prime beef extravaganza

May 21, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey

Need more dinner choices near Freehold

la cipollina in freehold. try their rib eye. I haven't been in a while but it is a beast!

May 21, 2015
corvette johnny in New Jersey