c

carlylecat's Profile

Title Last Reply

Private party for 50-60 people in Monmouth County

Beacon Hill Country Club in Atlantic Highlands, big outdoor deck with views of NYC Skyline www.beaconhillcc.org

Jun 30, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Delicious Hot-Dog's, Southside Johnny & Charity for the Food Bank....a great day at the Jersey Shore !!!!

No idea on the tech stuff - looking forward to stopping by on Friday and see if a crowd draws here

May 21, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Woody's In Sea Bright

It was a special - came with two legs cut up into sections and was $17.95

May 12, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Woody's In Sea Bright

Went out Saturday night and was expecting the usual there - good drinks, fun atmosphere, a few fish tacos... but was taken aback by an appetizer they served

I forget what they called it but it was king crab legs that were served dusted with a paprika/cayenne pepper rub and served with drawn butter that had scotch bonnet peppers soaked in it.

I had never had king crab legs like this before and the four of us fought over the legs until we finally relented and placed another order. The sweetness of the crab held up well to the heat and the richness of the butter brought it all together.

All in all a fun Saturday night - the wait was not too bad - 20 minutes at 6:30, the bar area was comfortably busy - all the stools taken but plenty of "reach in" room to get drinks and the three bartenders were really attentive and helpful.

May 12, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Fromagerie Burger Night

No doubt he is a polarizing figure, but the place has its following and I was hoping to give some folks who may not have had a chance to the "Peter's Fromagerie experience" a view of what they could expect....like jsfeinb said it was a nice night out, that we had a $25 burger instead of a $36 piece of fish or $45 steak, ended up not really mattering to us...the burger "deal" is what drew us in but it was a more enjoyable experience than we expected and as such opened the wallet up a bit more on the salad supplement and high end drinks.

I can understand your feeling but also I am kind of glad he did not rename it, it is an institution and I remember so many times from the Peter's days (my sister's HS graduation dinner, our wedding rehearsal dinner, etc.) and when we bring our parents or friends there is fun to reminisce

May 09, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Fromagerie Burger Night

Stopped in last night on a whim - looking for something different and remembered the $25 burger menu - sat in the very packed and fun bar area - a two top in the middle of the room - large groups of 30-40 year old ladies out together all around us at the high top table of 8 and to our right at a round 8 top as well.

Musician playing Beatles tunes all night contributed to the noise level being high, but we could hear each other talk and the mood was really upbeat. Servers moved as quick as they could and while it took a bit to get started once we did everything "flowed" very smoothly.

The menu consisted of what seemed like the regular menu of apps, and entrees on the left with handwritten specials on the right side outlining the $25 burgers. We focused on the burger menu which included a house salad and the choice of a traditional burger on an English muffin or a Quinoa Veggie burger on a Toasted Brioche.

Two add'l starters were offered with a $6 and $12 supplement - one a stack of smoked salmon and seared tuna and the other a lobster salad. Another special on the menu was a two pound lobster for $50.

We opted for the lobster salads and we had one regular and one veggie burger.

The Lobster salads were quite impressive, what looked like a half of a tail and one claw of a 1.5 lb chilled lobster was presented in a large shallow bowl surrounded by field greens, cherry tomatoes, fennel with sliced avocado on the side. All were tossed in a citrus vinaigrette that really balanced the fat of the lobster and avocado. I would happily eat this as a main course, it was that rich, filling and delicious and any quandary I had of paying a 50% supplement to the $25 menu went away quickly.

The burgers were good and served with a wire basket full of well done French fries, medium sized fries that seemed to be fresh cut potatoes.

Small jars of ketchup and mayo were served with the burgers.

The Quinoa burger was presented by the server as a house made patty and it had a strong texture and a bit of barley flavor to it. The brioche was large and easy to cut, the burger was topped with tomatoes, red onion, lettuce and for some reason an arugula salad as well.

I moved the salad off to the side next to the crunchy dill pickle and tried to eat the first half "burger style" I quickly retreated and went "Bill DeBlasio style" and completed my meal with fork and knife. I loved the burger and restrained myself by simply sampling the fries, they tasted as good as they looked.

My wife enjoyed her beef burger, topped with melted cheddar and topped by an over sized English muffin - it was all good and none of it went to waste.

All in all a fun night but rather expensive for two burgers - total bill with a glass of wine and cocktail, tax and tip was $134. Could have gotten a couple of great burgers and some drinks down the street at Barnacle's for $60 but the "scene" with live music, that incredible lobster salad and top notch service made us feel like we would be coming back on another Tuesday night.

.

the Lobster salad

May 07, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Tre Amici Long Branch NJ

Stopped by on Saturday night for a drink and a nibble at the bar - the place was pretty full - there was room at the bar for two of us - and most folks seemed to be having a good time - place is much smaller than I thought - and very dark - bartender was less than friendly - and actually the hostess with the print leopard top was almost surly - drinks were good and the eggplant rollatini was very good/exceptional.

The bar next door though was having some type of punk band and by 8:30 there were dozens of very odd looking people (leather, chains, Goth makeup) hanging out smoking and being loud in front of the restaurant - not sure how conducive that will be for upscale diners

Not sure we will go back - my wife did not like the scene outside the restaurant - I am sure that doesn't happen every night and hopefully I can talk her back to give it a full try

Apr 28, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Hi -Going to be in Morris county tonight and tomorrow night,

It was last night - I did run up there and it was great - the highlight was a ramp infused and encrusted halibut with pistachio cream along its side

Apr 23, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Ramps are $36 a pound at Fairway.

I had a ramp infused and encrusted halibut last night at a restaurant that would have me happily paying whatever is necessary for a repeat of that intense flavor -- RAMP it up!

Apr 23, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Hi -Going to be in Morris county tonight and tomorrow night,

There is a very unique dinner going on at the Bernard's Inn (Bernardsville) - Ryan DePersio from Fascino in Montclair is guest chefing and cooking beside Corey Heyer- should be very interesting - if I was close by I would check it out...

Apr 22, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Tre Amici Long Branch NJ

They come..they go...they rarely stay

Apr 22, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

La Grenouille owner Charles Masson splits from restaurant

Yes have been twice since Charles has left and thought I wrote a review - all in all almost all the staff is the same - Bertrand still running the back room - Brian at the Bar - Charles' brother seems a bot out of place bouncing around but he is very pleasant and helpful - the flower arrangements are just as powerful as ever and the food is rock solid.

No discernible changes I can attest to after two meals, one just me and my wife and another with a party of 8

Apr 22, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Worst Restaurants in NJ

The worst restaurant in NJ is the one that has a one hour wait to fulfill your reservation you have been holding for two weeks, is so noisy you cant hear each other speak , is so dark you cant read the menu without your iPhone, the food is delivered and no one is to be found as soon as you take a bite and realize it is not as described or desired and when you leave no one even notices...unfortunately there are too many of these places taking our dining dollars....

Apr 22, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Restaurant in Nicel

I would head up to The Chateau Chevre D'or in Eze for a meal al fresco that is just unbeatable for the view, service, elegance, romance and simply a once in a lifetime experience

Apr 22, 2014
carlylecat in France

Tre Amici Long Branch NJ

Good luck to them - Brighton Avenue has a way of destroying everything it touches - never been a big fan of the old place but if they can make it on Brighton that would surely be something....

Apr 21, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Manhattan restaurants with great bar areas

Triomphe in The Iroquois Hotel on 44th street has a great bar area with big tables you can sit at and have a nice drink and some nibbles

Apr 15, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Keens Steak House, NYC

I eta there once a week for lunch - perfectly reliable, great food, solid service, don't know about the wine list because I don't drink at lunch but impressive bottles seem to be on those tables who do imbibe....really cant go wrong - the mutton chop is HUMUNGOUS

Apr 15, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Wolf & Subzero

They only hire people with the first name of Richard?

Apr 15, 2014
carlylecat in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Italian in midtown east or upper east side?

Il Gattopardo on 54th Street

Apr 14, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Tavern on the Green accepting reservations

Very odd - I was able to make one yesterday

Dear XXXXXXXX,

You're dining at Tavern on the Green!

Manage this reservation on the go with our mobile apps:
iPhone and iPad apps > | Android app >

--- Your Reservation Details ---


Diner's name: XXXXXX
Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Time: 7:15 PM
Party Size: 2 Invite your party >

Need to change your reservation?
Update date, time or party size > | Cancel >

Tavern on the Green
1 Tavern on the Green New York, NY 10023
Cross Street: Central Park West between 66th St & 67th St
(212) 877-8684

See menus, map & more >

--- A Message from Tavern on the Green ---


Thank you for choosing Tavern on the Green.

Please be reminded that have a 15-minute hold policy. We hold tables for 15 minutes past the reservation time. In the event you are running late, please call the restaurant at 212.877.8684 so your reservation may be updated.

Should your plans change, please let us know. We look forward to serving you.

--- A Message from OpenTable ---


Enjoy your meal at Tavern on the Green! This reservation is not eligible for Dining Points.

Please keep this email for your records.

Your confirmation number: 851445480

Happy Dining!

OpenTable Member Services
www.OpenTable.com

Apr 08, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Tavern on the Green accepting reservations

Opening Thursday April 24th - 30 day advance res from open table and link from the TOTG web site - what was the Crystal Room is now called the central Park Room

Apr 07, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week April 4- 13

Had the $30.14 1 1/2 Lb broioled lobster w/ shrimp cocktail and desert (key lime pie) at Rooney's on Saturday night

Great lobster, shrimp cocktail was ok, desert was great - service was fun,efficient and and relaxed

I know it is far from one of us 'hounders favorite places but this was a good value and the view is still the biggest attraction here

Placed was packed to the walls, we went early (6 PM) and there was a line out the door when we left

Apr 07, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

good, cool reasonably priced place not too far from penn station to eat and hang out

Mooncake Foods on 30th street between 7th and 8th - definitely for that age group "comfort" Asian food - awesome food - hip locale - good music - $16 dinner specials

Mar 26, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

La Grenouille owner Charles Masson splits from restaurant

Heading there next Wednesday night - will report any obvious changes

Mar 26, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Wedding Reception in Jersey

Best wedding/event last year for us was Beacon Hill Country Club www.beaconhillcc.org

amazing views of NYC right in Monmouth County

Jan 30, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Private Party for 40-50ppl Monmouth County

second on Christine's - sausage egg rolls are amazing - what a great spot if you could have it to yourself - and a byob to boot - we did a private thing like that at Anna';s Kitchen in red bank a few years back that was great as well

Jan 16, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Private Party for 40-50ppl Monmouth County

we went to a private birthday dinner at beacon hill country club in Atlantic Highlands in November - about 60 people - it was tremendous - the chef cooked eggplant rollatini and veal saltimbocca - not a BYOB but our friend said it was competitive to having it at local restaurants - and we had a gorgeous room all to ourselves and there was not a rush to move us out - we all sat around over coffee for hours talking about stories of the birthday girl - my wife booked our daughters sweet sixteen there right afterward I think the lady who helped us is Katheryn

www.beaconhillcc.org

Jan 16, 2014
carlylecat in New Jersey

Four Seasons Restaurant??

The duck is wonderful - as are all of the old "continental cuisine" standbys (the caviar service is perfect, steak au poivre done with a flair, duck carved tableside, etc.) it just seems old - the cotton candy surprise ending is so old it is new again, but very refined dining -not the buzz or the flash of other NYC institutions (Grenouille, or Luger's) but a very solid very predictable meal with attentive if not a bit gruff service that is well worth trying if you have never been

Jan 13, 2014
carlylecat in Manhattan

Dinner contract includes 22% gratuity

In absolutes (either accept or decline) or in a discussion like I did in the above example?

Jan 08, 2014
carlylecat in Not About Food

Dinner contract includes 22% gratuity

it was the restaurant owner/chef's wife

Jan 06, 2014
carlylecat in Not About Food