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What is proper if Im paying for drinks and invites are paying for their own dinner?

That's fine, I would just make it clear on any invitation written or verbal; "Dinner and 1st round on me, cash bar thereafter" something of that nature.

about 15 hours ago
jrvedivici in Not About Food
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The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

Toots!?!?! My kinda gal!

Listen us hounds are a pretty fast paced bunch, if you can't run with the pack then you better stay on the porch.

You gotta get your :-) :-( :-P :-b :-/

All in line if you want to keep pace!!

~:o)----<B

(that's my clowning around....holy shit I think after 45 years on this Earth I've just realized my only God given talent is discussion board art...WTF?)

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

Sunny.....no.....no.....no.....No!!!

"THIS is sarcasm :( " I'm sorry but :( is sad, .~ is sarcasm! Gosh!!! How are we going to keep this straight!?!?!?

Now I'm not sure how I feel, this was suppose to be .~ , but now that I've posted I'm feeling a little :( ughhh.

I guess I'm :-(~ which is either sarcastically sad, or I've drank too much vodka and am drooling on myself.

(This is in accordance with Chowrin official guide to listed below)

Steakhouse 85: A Review

On the topic of lamb chops upon a recent trip to Shipwreck Point someone near me at the bar had an order and boy did they look good. Much larger than most chops I've ever seen, including what looked like a miniture bone(a) from a tomahawk rib eye. I will be back there very soon to give them a try, trust me I will report the experience.

Mar 28, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

White Castle Veggie Burger!

I can picture the vegans lining up around the block! This could be a game changer! Lol I would LOVE to see the quarterly sales figures for these. Why do I see a sudden influx of veggie sliders on our prison menus in 12 months??

(You have to click the link for it to take you to the Veggie Burger ad)

Mar 28, 2015
jrvedivici in Chains

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

That is the most likely outcome.

The American Hotel in Freehold, the bar enterance is one step up, then the door opens out. I was leaving one night, pushed the door out towards the side walk, took one step out, forgot there was a step down and I went straight down onto my knees. No one of any size should ever do a knee-plant on a cobble stone sidewalk, let alone someone my size. I went down like a ton (ok a 1/8 ton) of bricks and I honestly thought I broke my knee caps. I got up as quickly as possible simply out of sheer embarrassment only to look down at the two holes in the front of my suit pants, and the blood seeping from the holes. I limped as quickly as I could to my car parked in the rear lot, where I had no option but to remove my pants to asses my injuries.

I contemplated driving myself directly to the hospital only a mile up the road, but instead decided to go home. Drove home sans pants, walked in the door in my underwear with blood strewn knees and shins.

Not my proudest moment as a man.

Mar 28, 2015
jrvedivici in Site Talk
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The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

[][:-)X•••

This is the, I'm happy to be going to a wedding in my top hat and tuxedo.

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

Chowrin I put you in charge of placing this key on every board, on ever thread, as a reminder for all users. I would appreciate if you can have that done by noon tomorrow, ok, thanks!

(Ok let's see I need one of these :-) cause I'm always happy, I need a wink ;-) so you know I'm just kidding, oh and I need a .~ cause I'm being a bit sarcastic here, and I think this whole thread is a bit :-p to begin with. :-o I'm sorry excuse me that's the "someone forgot to replace the empty toilet paper face" I think I need another one of
:-p now, ok I think that covers it)

Everyone :-) now this is over?

The ":)"...Friendly or passive agressive?

:)

Mar 28, 2015
jrvedivici in Site Talk
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Steakhouse 85: A Review

Ok my bad on understanding your question. My follow up 2 for a total of 4 would be;

NJ; there is a tie for my second favorite place. The first of the tie goes to Sammy's Cider Mill in Mendham. This is purely a sentimental choice as this was the first "steakhouse" experience my parents introduced me to. I remember as a child my parents loving this place and how the trips there were a thing of mythic tales, it instilled in me at a young age, a good steak dinner is an experience more than a meal. I was probably 10 years old my first trip and the awe I held for that place was the same I held for Peter Lugars at 25 years old.

The tie goes to Char, but Char of Raritan, not Red Bank, that's why there is a tie. As much as I Love Char of Raritan I loath Char of Red Bank. Long story which I've written of several times already I won't repeat it here.

NY; I'm going to go with a tie here as well. Obviously I would be a complete hypocrite by not saying Peter Lugars (I bow in respect as I type this). While Peter Lugar will always be the best steak I have ever had, the Peter Lugar "experience" is one to be experienced, but after that never tolerated again. So for that reason Ben and Jacks takes the top spot from the slightly superior Peter Lugars. Again this is completely subjective and my opinion only.

The tie for second with Peter Lugar would be Keens. Keens is utterly fabulous for their lamb/mutton, and boy am I a sucker for it. It is an ablsolute staple in old school historical NYC steakhouses, and an absolute MUST for mutton. I only go about twice a year and as I write and think about this I realize that's probably doing myself a disservice.

That my friend is my complete list.

(For all those reading this was typed on my phone, after a few well earned martinis, at home. Please forgive any typo's)

Mar 27, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Prime Rib - Monmouth

That's pretty funny, reminds me of the time I ordered a "double cut" at Houlihans. I asked the bartender if they could give me a double cut prime rib, charge me whatever, I just wanted the extra thick cut. He didn't know the answer so he sent a manager over. I explained myself to the manager who agreed, and I placed my order. Wouldn't you know when the runner came out with my food, they had two orders of prime rib & sides. {{ sigh FMFWP..........Fat Men First World Problems}}

Steakhouse 85: A Review

I'm not sure I follow your question Joon, but if you are asking me to pick my favorite 2 steak places, one in NJ & one in NY the picks would be;

NJ: Old Homestead in Borgata. Sadly I cut back substantially on my gambling so I tend to stay away from A/C so I don't get here nearly as much as I would like.

NY: Ben & Jacks (where I was this past Monday). To me as close to the Peter Lugar quality in a fine dining NY City atmosphere. A big bonus is the 5th Ave location, which has a great roof top lounge 230th 5th Ave just one block away, so a great steak dinner followed up with a nice cigar and cordial on the rooftop is a perfect night for me.

Hope that answered your question.

Mar 27, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Steakhouse 85: A Review

Well it's been awhile since this thread has seen any action, I'll breath some life back into it with my experience here last night. It's been about 4-5 years since I was last here, my impression last time was it was good, but nothing good enough to bring me back within the last 4-5 years.

We had 7pm reservations and we arrived on time, the bar had a few people at it, the restaurant itself was less than half full. We had a couple of cocktails at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed the popcorn they had as a bar snack. This is not your Ground Round Pop-Corn, as the matter of fact we had a rather detailed discussion trying to figure out what exactly they flavored their popcorn with, the final conclusion was it's tossed in olive oil, garlic and parsley. I guess we could have asked them if we were correct, but for now that's what I'm going with, anyway it was very good.

There were 4 us and they sat us at an ample table-booth combination that could have accommodated 6 of us, plenty of room. Server came over and since I was the only one of us who had been there previously he took us through all the steps which included a display of their steaks. They brought a platter with a Strip, Filet, Boneless Rib Eye, Bone-in Rib Eye and the Tomahawk Rib eye. The server explained the rib eye's were dry aged and the strip & filet were wet aged. (or reverse to be honest I wasn't paying that much attention). After his presentation we placed our appetizer(s); 2 Shrimp Cocktails (3 shrimp per order, one of us didn't eat shrimp so it was a perfect 2 shrimp per-peep) 2 orders of the thick cut bacon (2 slices per order) 1lbs of lump crab meat, 1 order of prosciutto wrapped mozzarella.

Shrimp were true colossal U-8's, perfectly cooked and fresh, I love colossal shrimp cocktails. It was very good, as was the lump crab meat. The thick cut bacon was a bit fattier than most, but with bacon is that really a complaint? It seemed to have been coated with maple syrup prior to or doing cooking, that obviously gave it a delicious sweet flavor, again very very good. I didn't have the prosciutto wrapped mozzarella, but it received high regards.

For dinner we actually had 2 Tomahawk Rib Eyes and 2 regular Rib Eyes. for sides we had creamed spinach, lobster mac-n-cheese and brussels sprouts with chopped bacon. I was one of the two Tomahawks, I ordered mine blue cheese crusted, the steak was very good. Cooked to a perfect medium as requested, the blue cheese crusting was perfect, not burned. The steak was over all very good......my only let down was compared to other Tomahawk Rib Eye's I've seen (Corvette Johnny) it's size was a bit of a let down. The other guest at the table who ordered the same steak, without any topping, has had the Tomahawk at Char and said while the bone was certainly smaller, the amount of meat served seemed to be the equivalent of Chars (Red Bank). Everyone was very pleased with their steaks, with an exception or two of slightly missing the requested temp. but not enough to send anything back.

The creamed spinach was delicious, not too creamy, the lobster mac-n-cheese was a little too over cooked, dry, not oooozy cheese more dried out cheese and the brussels sprouts were under cooked. We had way too much food at this point to bother complaining about the sprouts or mac.

Desert orders were 1 cheese cake, 1 banana's foster, 1 creme brulee", I could not eat another bite, but I did have room for an espresso and sambucca. The cheese cake was enjoyed as was the creme brulee's, the banana foster was the desert let down. Although I should mention the person who ordered it assumed it was a table side flambe which it wasn't.

Service was excellent, water glasses always filled, waiter always present when needed, but never intrusive. All in all a very good meal, typical steakhouse prices......check for 4 was $485 + $100 tip so $585. all in, one of us wasn't drinking.

On Monday of this week I had dinner at Ben & Jacks in NYC. It took me just about an hour to get there......Steak 85 is 45 mins from my home, for the extra 15 mins. I just prefer to go into the City. So while I can't fault Steak 85 in any way, I probably won't be back for another 4-5 years.

(Side note, it's nice to see a thread by RGR back on top of the local board)

Difficult site to use

Whatchu talkin about Willis?

Seriously? I'm using Adblock.....I tried to use Adblock Plus but had problems with it so I used Adblock. I thought Plus was a later version?

Mar 26, 2015
jrvedivici in Site Talk

Difficult site to use

Download a good adblocker, like Adblocker Plus, and many of your problems will go away.

Blu Bistro & Bar to open in Red Bank

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/991675

Oh yeah, thought this sounded familiar!

Mar 25, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Superlative food in Bergen County?

As you aptly pointed out this is an old thread, as such people might just skip it over. Since you seemed so pleased with your experience I would suggest starting a new thread about Sparta. Give them the current and glowing review they deserve!

Mar 25, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Route 35 Steak and Ale building

Even in New York you can get a license for $50k or less. Why are our taxes so high? Why is our auto insurance so high? Please do find an answer to this question I would love to know.

The easy or short answer I assume is supply vs. demand. Since licenses are issued on a per capita basis, there are only a certain amount allowed per town, per population. So if you want to open a business in a certain town, and there aren't any licenses available at the time, you can't just apply for one and get one. You either have to wait for one to become available, for a business to fold, or find another town with a license available.

Mar 25, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Jose Tejas in Woodbridge

Jose Tejas opened back when I was still in high school in that area. It's amazing to me it has remained as popular as it has. I wonder if they still play the Marty Robbins Greatest Gunfighter Ballads still.

Down in the west Texas town of El Paso, I fell in love with a beautiful girl..............

Mar 24, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Route 35 Steak and Ale building

Given the Sitch's looming income tax fraud problems I doubt he has the expendable cash for any new ventures. I'm sure he will be very popular in prison, even if it's federal.

Mar 24, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Last minute go to dinner spot in Monmouth County

That has been on my radar for a long time, I'm glad to hear a favorable review of the place. I know the family that owns it, they also own the Salad Works two doors over, the gelato place between and two. I've got to make my way over there soon!

Mar 24, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Angelicas in sea bright

I guess the mashed and green-beans is their standard side, that is what our dishes were served with, both were very good.

Mar 23, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Angelicas in sea bright

I didn't see the pork chop served, it was on special served over broccoli rabe, which was the turn off for me. I'm so partial to my own broccoli rabe I generally avoid ordering it out. That was the difference between ordering the veal chop vs. the pork chop for me.

Mar 23, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

Ouch.....short mini series!

Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

Exactly, I was torn if I should respond to Liz reporting that her GM Rob sucks at his job. Being from the industry just as you Fourunder, you know there is a fine line between sincere feedback and being perceived as pandering for a free meal.

Well I guess you did miss out on a promotion so there was a savings that you missed, I just missed a night of full priced gluttony.

{{SIGH......is that a "first world problem"?}}

Mar 22, 2015
jrvedivici in Not About Food

Angelicas in sea bright

Ok finally made it back here post Sandy. They did a very nice job on the rebuild, very nice open bright feel to the space.

We started with the cold anti pasta, fried calamari and stuffed mushroom appitizers. The fried calamari was excellent, second best only to Jimmy's in Asbury Park who ranks #1 in my book. The crabmeat stuffed mushrooms were very good as well, but with only 3 to a serving a little skimpy in my opinion. The cold anti pasta was a bit of a let down. Not very large and a rather odd, undiscribed or explained cheese selection. I have no idea what they charged for it, but this was the weakest of the apps.

Entrees we had;
1.) Seared tuna, I had a bite of this it was excellent.

2.) Shrimp Scampi Francese over linguini. While the portion was a large heaping plate of pasta it did have an ample amount of shrimp, 6 or 8 perhaps. I had a bite of this it was very good as well.

3.) Halibut Special, I honesty have no idea or interest in how it was prepared but it was enjoyed.

4.) Assorted shell fish over linguini. I'm not sure what exactly they called the dish, a fruiti del mar or something equivilant, again very high regards on the dish.

5.) Last but not least, I got the signature Veal Chop stuffed. It was excellent and cooked to perfection. It was a porterhouse cut and it was a perfect medium stuffed with a cheese I can't recall, very very good.

Desert was a biscotti platter with cannoli cream, pistachio gelato and a tartuffo all of which got compliments, I didn't try any. I enjoyed a nice double decaf espresso with a complimentary sambuca, it hit the spot.

Great meals, service was spot on, water glasses constantly filled, more bread without requesting it, overall a great dining experience. Highly recommend, I will be back sooner rather than later.

Mar 21, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Last minute go to dinner spot in Monmouth County

Last minute + No reservation needed + Chow worthy + Sat. night = Slim Pickings! (That's not the name of a new great place)

I would honestly try Red Bank where you can walk around and inquire at a few places with in walking distance. My suggestion would be Muang Thai on Front Street, but obviously there are several options including the highly regarded Catch.

+ 1 Picolo Italia

I'm heading over to Angelina's in Sea Bright!

Mar 21, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey

Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

I sent the restaurant an email detailing the above and received the following response;

"Dear Jrvedivici : (name changed to protect the innocent)

I forwarded your message on to the GM Rob. We apologize for the error and are so sorry you had to drive so far out of your way.

Warmest regards

Liz"

I received this email Tuesday afternoon in response to my email, I never heard from or received any other follow up from the GM Rob.

Mar 21, 2015
jrvedivici in Not About Food

Restaurant Web-Site Fails...

It's actually kind of funny because when I went to the restaurants web site, it was to get their number to call. Right on the main/front page of their site was the hours of operation, so once I saw Mon. 5-9pm listed I took it at face value and didn't bother calling.

While I guess it is technically a "mom and pop", they have two locations locally, they are very well established and high end dining. I truly anticipated them to be "on top" of their web site and image.

Mar 21, 2015
jrvedivici in Not About Food

First Dickey's BBQ in NJ opens in East Brunswick today

Is that where the old Chicken Holiday use to be? Now there's a dunkin donuts in that plaza? Not only the ribs, what's with that spiral ham pic???

Mar 19, 2015
jrvedivici in New Jersey