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Water & Wine restaurant in Watchung?

Found myself here for a client lunch meeting. Thoroughly enjoyable. I've never been previously, but found the front room/lounge to be nicely decorated, albeit a bit dark. Noticed some nice high end bottles lining the bar shelves. Half in our group ordered off the $24 lunch price fix, and the other half a la carte. For $24 you received a generous amount of food. My order included a tomato and mozzarella stack with prosciutto, red snapper with spinach, and a mascarpone cheese cake (could have used a few more minutes getting to room temp, but still very good). Service was excellent. The main dining room was very brightly lit with lots of natural sunlight reflecting off the snow covered lake. Don't often find myself in the area, but would return for sure.

about 16 hours ago
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European Bistro in Howell, NJ

Looks good!!

Jan 27, 2015
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Recommendations for Freehold

Joe - early congrats for next year, but I gotta ask. Is your party in the Market Yard Grill or an American Hotel banquet room? I tried to book the Market Yard Grill (not a banquet room) for the very same purpose for this Spring and was told that my party size (which isn't crazy large) was too many.

Jan 23, 2015
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Some questions for my NJ friends about our home board...

I don't know how long I've been around the NJ board, but it certainly feels like a long time (long enough that I hit up an amazing Chow dinner with RGR and bgut1, and Dim Sum with seal, longer ago than I can remember). IMO, the NJ board has held up well and is relatively active. There were some other NJ food websites that have died out over the years, which I think helped concentrate the NJ CH page with posters.

Jan 23, 2015
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Recommendations for Freehold

Another thumbs down for Federici. The related family owned Frankie Fed's on Business Rt. 33 is superior imo. I haven't been overly impressed by San Marzano, but will say that the owners/front of the house are some of the nicest people. We always feel very welcome when we drop in. (Incidentally to the OP, San Marzano is in a strip mall on the other side of Main Street. There is always ample parking in that parking lot as well.)

Jan 22, 2015
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Recommendations for Freehold

eleeper - I need to get into Bahia one of these days. The few times I've ever seen it get mentioned its usually accompanied with a disclaimer that there may be some communication issues for non-Spanish speakers. Is this the case? What's good?

Jan 22, 2015
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Lunch in New Brunswick

If you're looking for something different, check out Destination Dogs ... high end and unique hot dogs, sausages, etc. Pretty nice bar with cocktail program.

Jan 21, 2015
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Recommendations for Freehold

You will want to head off of Rt. 9 and into Freehold Borough. Most of the downtown restaurants are located on Rt. 537/Main Street. There is ample free parking, with the closest and largest lot located behind the strip of buildings that house the American Hotel, Federici's, etc. Please report back on any good eats.

Jan 21, 2015
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Clam Pizza in NJ

I've been to Osteria (Crosswicks), but didn't order the clam pie. Need to return. Thx!!

Jan 15, 2015
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Clam Pizza in NJ

Short of driving to New Haven, where can one find a fresh shucked clam pie in NJ?

Jan 15, 2015
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Clam Pizza in NJ

There was nothing wrong with DeLorenzo's clam pie, but I didn't realize when I ordered it that it was basically their regular pie with chopped clams. I guess I was hoping for the clams to be the star of the pie and not get lost in the red sauce.

Corvette Johnny - will follow up the Luigis recommendation

Jan 15, 2015
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Recommendation for favorite Korean BBQ in NJ

Picnic Garden in Edison is fun if you want an all you can eat experience. However, I prefer Keum Ho Jung on Old Post Road.

Jan 15, 2015
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DQ that serves burgers?

The DQ in Hamilton on Rt. 130 North (just south of Exit 5 off 195) is a restaurant location. The burgers are very average. Somewhat close in taste to Wendy's. Nothing to go out of your way for.

Jan 14, 2015
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Clam Pizza in NJ

Reviving this old thread as I've had a hankering for a clam pie. The one I had over the summer at Porta in Asbury Park was terrific (seasonal I think and not presently available). The one I had recently at DeLorenzo's in Robbinsville decidedly less so. Anyone doing a clam pie with garlic, oil, etc. (no red sauce)?

Jan 13, 2015
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Jimmy Johns in Freehold

The Freehold location noted in the original post closed shop around 6 months ago.

Jan 13, 2015
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Harold's New York Deli in East Brunswick, NJ

I'm no Harold's apologist, but usually don't feel like I'm getting ripped off by their prices. If a regular sandwich is now $30 (says $25.95 on website), I still find that that sandwich is more than sufficient to feed two people. That's the equivalent of $15 per person, and includes a pretty awesome pickle bar. While not an apples to apples comparison, you're paying nearly $20 for a corned beef sandwich at Katz's which I have no problem polishing off myself.

Jan 12, 2015
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Monmouth County - Best of Last Year?

The burger at Pascal & Sabine, Asbury Park

Jan 07, 2015
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your favorite "north of the border" dishes? (red bank)

As has been mentioned here before, the al pastor tacos are great (but I have recently come to enjoy the ones at Lino's even more). I also try to arrive on weekends prior to noon to get my hands on the tamales (all the varieties are delicious).

Jan 06, 2015
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New restaurant coming to Freehold Raceway Mall

I find the gyro place particularly good for gyros and platters. A little pricey, but everything is made fresh.

Jan 05, 2015
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Ibby's Falafel Is Now....

yes

Jan 01, 2015
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Ibby's Falafel Is Now....

I've continued going to Main St. Falafel since June at least once per month. Really nothing has changed except the guys behind the counter.

Dec 31, 2014
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Whole Foods coming to Wall in late 2015 or early 2016!

I'm far, far from knowledgeable regarding Asian food markets, but the few times I've walked into Asian Food Market on Rt. 79 in Marlboro, the place has been hopping with activity.

Dec 02, 2014
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40th Birthday dinner - fun, not too expensive, central jersey

Korean BBQ in Edison. My preference is Keum Ho Jung where you order off of the menu and grill your own meats. A bit pricier and all you can eat is Picnic Garden.

Nov 05, 2014
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Toast - Asbury Park

Fantastic post. Love all 10 items, but #7 had me rolling.

Oct 31, 2014
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Miss Saigon in Freehold

Got a couple of pho (tai and seafood) and a shrimp app for take out the other night. Lots of confusion with the order and the bill, but will chalk that up to first week jitters. Although I asked for hot sauce and condiments, the to go package had none. Again, willing to give a pass. The $9 shrimp app consisted of 6 very small shrimp that seemed to be lightly fried but were otherwise tasteless. The pho, with no condiments, was quite bland. I wish them luck, but at least for now, will be getting my fix at Vietnam Bistro down the road.

Oct 31, 2014
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Texas Roadhouse, Holmdel

Its been a while since I had it as I don't frequent the restaurant, but the NY Strip at Peking Pavilion was always very good (at nearly $40 it should be).

Oct 30, 2014
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Taste Of Smoke BBQ Jackson NJ

Had a nice first visit to Taste of Smoke's storefront location. We really enjoyed the ribs, chopped brisket and pulled pork. For our tastes, sides were a bit of a mixed bag, with the fresh cut boardwalk style fries and cole slaw the best of what we sampled. The live band in that small space was loud, but fun. Wanted to try the beef rib, but at $14 for a single rib didn't seem like a good value. As it was, we left with a fair amount of leftovers which heated up well the next day. They've been there 3 months now and I wish them success. Nice addition.

Oct 20, 2014
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Vietnamese in Atlantic City.

Recent meal at Pho Sydney was better than expected. A bit dingy and run down interior, but the food was quite good. Had a beef pho, spicy shrimp pho, and beef and lemonglass rice noodles. Way too much food for 2 people, but an absolute bargain at about $30.

Oct 15, 2014
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Laurita Winery - Rock the BBQ Festival 2014

Sounds like a fun event. Am I just missing it, or is there no mention of who the bbq pit masters will be?

Oct 08, 2014
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Western Monmouth Lunch Party Location

Was also thinking about Spargo's Grille in Manalapan. I last went some 10 years ago. Never hear anything about it.

Sep 22, 2014
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