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I found great real rye bread in NJ!

You mean Sitzes in South River re-opened!?

Sep 01, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

FORK & SCREEN Menlo Park anyone been?

39$ for dinner and a movie. Let's break it down...

First, the movie is the same price as any other movie....10$

Then the 15$ "experience" charge, which is credit towards your dinner.

Dinner entrees are priced on average of 12$, with apps maybe 8-12$. Drinks...maybe 3$?

Where do you go that dinner entrees are much cheaper than 12$?

if 39$ is with tip, I'd say that's cheap!

10$ movie
8$ app
12$ entree
3$ drink
6$ tip
==39$

Mar 06, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

FORK & SCREEN Menlo Park anyone been?

The whole theatre is like that. Since it's assigned seating, best to buy online before you go. There are 2 types or 'levels' of theaters in the place. One with big red leather recliners, and the other is more casual. I forget which is which. Try the big red recliner one first.

The way they charge is this....you pay for the movie ticket...then you pay for the 'experience' fee, which is 10 or 15 depending on the theater level (big red recliner vs. casual) . That money is put towards your food though. I guess they just want to make sure you don't go see the movie there and not order any food. Prices are pretty good...21$ for 5 beers i think, 6$ unlimited popcorn.

It's truely made going to the movies, enjoyable.

Mar 06, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

FORK & SCREEN Menlo Park anyone been?

being able to order a scotch, in a red leather chair, with no annoying kids, while watching a movie is very much worth it...and I've been there a few times.

The food, yeah, don't expect much I'd say, applebees....like the above poster. But, not overpriced liek you think it would. Stick to the staples...fried anything, burger...and you'll be OK. Milkshake even.

I think this place is really awesome, just don't go in thinking you're going to have michelin 3 star food.

I will say, the service is absolutely excellent, and better than you'll get in most restaurants (so far I've been 3 or 4 times, and it's been consistent).

Mar 06, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Krakowiak Restaurant - Polish in South River NJ

Bummer, I'm walking distance to Krakoriak and live less than .25 miles from Polonia. I'll be leaving beautiful NJ where I've lived the past 28 years....to move to even more beautiful Boulder, CO.

Feb 23, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Bombay Gardens, East Brunswick

my only problem with the Korean place is it's a little too pricey for the quality of food.

I wanted to like it as it's almost walking distance for me....but id much rather trek to Kimchi Hana in Middlesex mall for korean bbq.

I have'nt tried the kebab place yet.

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Kimchi Hana
6101 Middlesex Mall, South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Feb 16, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Valentines Day help PLEASE :)

I haven't been, but perhaps Hat City Kitchen? http://www.hatcitykitchen.com/

Feb 13, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Bombay Gardens, East Brunswick

Bummer. There are 2 european provisions. both equally good, but I frequent the one on old bridge turnpike that has the gooseliverwurst. (made in house)

301 Old Bridge Tpke
East Brunswick, NJ 08816-2346
(732) 254-7156

Feb 11, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Bombay Gardens, East Brunswick

YES! Goose Liverwurst on Rye bread with mustard and a slice of onion. best. sandwich. ever.

Feb 11, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Frog and the Peach behaving badly.

"You can not have top quality and service when you serve $32 prixe fix meals."

I disagree with that. Not that I'm comparing the below to F&P...just you're statement.
An example being Restaurant Nicholas' 3-course menu for 29$.
https://www.restaurantnicholas.com/menus/bar.pdf

Lot's of NY Times 4 star and Michelin 2 and even 3 star offer comparable price fix meals and you have top quality and service.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/753248

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Restaurant Nicholas
160 State Route 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Feb 05, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Frog and the Peach behaving badly.

If I can add another perspective. I get it...it was a bit annoying. You told management.

I'd be hard pressed to say the next time you walk in it happens again. Should it have happened in the first place? Probably not but consider this....F&P is a pretty good restaurant. You've said so for the past 20 years no? Times is hard in New Brunswick....just this month SoHo and Daryl closed and probably more that I'm missing. Can't blame them for at least TRYING to upsell.

"Tonight we made a comment to the management which did not acknowledge our concern" - I'm curious how that went down.

In perspective though, with everything you said....it's really silly to be this upset to the point of not going back to a restaurant you've enjoyed for 20 years based on a waiter trying to upsell you wine....twice. You did the right thing and told management.

Feb 05, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

New Jersey's best burgers: Where Are They Now?

Yeah, also strange that the 2nd place burger was never offered on the Christophers menu (and from the looks of the website, it's still not).

Bummer to rate the best burgers and not being able to eat em!

Feb 01, 2011
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

New Jersey's best burgers: Where Are They Now?

Can't beat Stage Left for a burger in New Brunswick.

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Stage Left
5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Dec 27, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Bergen County Knife Sharpening Service?

I second this service as well. I send all of my knives to him! It helps he's right around the corner from work.

Nov 29, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant Beach

No no no....to get the shorter fatter guy with the bigger wallet!

Oct 09, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant Beach

I don't get caught up in the gradings, etc. For me it's more 'At that price, it better taste good!' :)

and it certainly did.

Oct 08, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant Beach

They don't list is as 'for two' but they do have a big porterhouse if I remember correctly....

the rib steak was 59$

Oct 08, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant Beach

Disclaimer: I actually liked Manhattan Steakhouse a lot.

We went last night, about 7:30ish. It was fairly busy, but not jammed. Perfect.

We sat at the bar. It's a nice space, no TV in the bar which is a giant plus for me, but no music either. 3 bartenders behind the bar.

We ate at the bar (we usually do).

First to comment on Tommy's comment...I didn't expect much from the bar at this place, and it delivered. A very good wine list, with lot's of bottles ~50, a 'martini' list with a bunch of vodka and colored sugar, and big glasses. Nonetheless, decent beer selection and bartenders who were personable. (disclaimer: we knew one of the bartenders as he used to work at our usual place).

The food menu is exactly what you'd expect from a steak house...all the staples
- Shrimp cocktail
- Wedge salad
- French onion soup
- Garlic Mashed potatoes
- Creamed spinach
- Steaks...

All in there. With a few other tasty sounding dishes.

For us, that's really all you need on a 'steakhouse' menu.

Amuse was breaded and fried braised beef

We ordered:
Open faced lobster and crab ravioli with caviar
shortrib

Both were great, the short rib was cooked perfect, not overcooked and was served over a nice parsnip puree. Good portions, by good I mean not huge.

Next up we switched gears to 'traditional' - ordering the wedge salad and the french onion soup. My wife said the french onion soup was one of the best she's tasted, and I enjoyed it as well..a little bigger than the first course we had. The salad was ok, but the dressing was a little thin for my taste. The one thing I liked was the dishes didn't try to be anything else. They didn't try to fancy them up, or make them haute.

One grip my wife had was they served us bread and butter, foie gras butter, and sea salt but the butter was too cold/rock hard to spread. nit picking I suppose.. ;)

Then, we split the dry-aged cowboy ribeye. They had maybe 8 cuts on the menu? One complaint my wife had was no small filet. They had a 'bone in filet' 10oz. I think was the smallest...

Tommy - unfortunately, I was most into a bottle of Two-Hand Shiraz to ask about the grading/aging. They steak came out bone in....BIG bone in. (see picture) and was topped with onion rings. Cooked a perfect medium-rare with a pat of butter on it. Twas a great steak, no complaints at all.

For a side dish we ordered goat cheese peirogies with truffle oil. Wow. I live in pierogie central and can throw a rock at any one of my surrounding polish neighbors and get really good pierogies, but these things were pretty awesome.

dessert (yes, after all of that, we had dessert)
The options were nothing short of traditional
Carrot cake, molten chocolate (sans the 'must order 15 minutes ahead of time' ;) ), apple tart?, cheese cake, bananas foster.

We did the cheese cake and it was great.

No complaints at all on the food, with the exception of picking nits re: butter, and wedge salad dressing. It certainly met all my expectations of being a great steak house.

There were other things on the menu that looks good as well....but we didn't try. The shrimp cocktail the guy next to use was eating, made my wife drool. They also have a pretty decent looking raw bar we didn't partake in.

I'll definitely be back, and regularly as I think it's a great steakhouse, I'd say on par with or even one up on Steakhouse 85, although likely not in the summer....no steakhouse in the world could get me to endure BENNY central in the summer.

The clientele is very 'over 40 females with orange tans and platinum hay hair with platinum rings, platinum boobs, and short fat husbands' if you get what I'm saying.

They had only been open 3 days so they did have some grand opening hiccups, such as silverware was removed every dish, but replacement silverware was only available via pre-wrapped napkins, so you got a new napkin every course. The wine organization seemed to be....still in the works. The storage system behind the bar didn't look conducive to the fairy decent sized wine list they had.

It's a place that will certainly go into the regular rotation.....until May. It most certainly is a 'Steakhouse'. Great wine list, traditional staples cooked the way they SHOULD be cooked. Steak.

Oct 08, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant Beach

Headed tomorrow night...

Oct 06, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Shipwreck Point - Point Pleasant Beach

I 'believe' an old bartender from a bar I frequent is going to be running the bar there. If so, plan on it being a good bar that you can get a well made 'real' cocktail at. (Sidecars, old fashiones, sazeracs, etc..).

Sep 27, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Rosa Branca

It is.

Not bad for take out...they deliver!

Sep 04, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Delirium Tremens beer in New Jersey or PA

the store next to the A&P in east brunswick off rt 18 has it. marketplace wines?

Catherine Lombardi/Stage Left in New Brunswick serves it I know...

Sep 01, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Rats or 90 Acres

I'd recommend that too. and show up an hour early to tour the grounds.

Fantastic experience...

Aug 20, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Rats or 90 Acres

I had a very bad experience at Rat's recently, I believe I posted it on here. Even if it was 'good' I'd recommend other places over it for sure and I'm sure everyone else will have the same feelings..

90 acres, I've actually never been, but there are some credible reviews I've read on here that our outstanding. it's on my list to try.

Aug 20, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Location for a Girls Night in Central NJ

It sounds like Clydz is 'exactly' what you are looking for.

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Clydz
55 Paterson St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Aug 16, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

uproot in warren

I agree on Mr. Ross, but, have to disagree with you on Chef Bucco. Take it for what it's worth, but I really don't prefer seafood at all, but, UpRoots seafood I find myself 'craving', if that makes any sense. I'd say if you're going to UpRoot and are choosing between a meat or seafood dish, pick the seafood, but I also really enjoyed the venison, pheasant, quail dishes I've had there.

Aug 04, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Craig Shelton - Movin' on Up?

Well, there goes the Skylark diner I'm guessing...between the beverage/wine person moving on, and the Chef leaving...If I had to bet, I'd say they are going to have a hard time keeping things as they were a few months ago ala NY Times review...

Jul 28, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Sunday Morning Breakfast in New Brunswick?

If you're going to venture out to a place like Sandy's (with btw, I wouldn't recommend, it's a simple strip mall joint that's not at all special)

Close on Rt 18 is Colonial Diner, which was an awesome brunch. It's sister diner is the Skylark Diner on rt 1 which is also close. it's not a 'normal' dinner, skylark....NYT actually gave it 4 stars. Colonial, though, I think is better for sunday brunch. I recommend Chipotle Benedict :)

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Colonial Diner & Restaurant
429 Lacey Rd Ste B, Forked River, NJ 08731

Jul 24, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

AMA Revisted

*Please note starting April 15th 2010 Ama will no longer be accepting

credit cards due to increasingly high merchant fees

really?

Jun 11, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey

Enough with the furshluggina chicken dishes at Indian Buffets, already!

I go to the place in Plainsboro (in the shopping center off scutters mill?/by the CVS) and they always have 1 lamb dish.

Jun 11, 2010
RPMcMurphy in New Jersey