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Iansaunt43 Mar 5, 2007 01:07 PM

Hi all........ I'm planning a stay at the Oyster Point Hotel this weekend (a surprise for my boyfriend's birthday). I thought it would be really romantic to have room service dinner instead of going out for the evening. Has anyone eaten at the Restaurant in the Oyster Point Hotel??? The dining room menu looked upscale but have found no feedback anywhere (ie. Zagats) on the quality of the food. Would appreciate any comments or recommendations. If you recommend a restaurant in Red Bank, I would prefer it to be in walking distance so we can indulge (ie. drink as much as we want lol). Thank you everyone.

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    RGR Mar 5, 2007 01:45 PM

    I haven't eaten at Oyster Point's restaurant. I did attend a funtion at the restaurant in the Molly Pitcher, which is next door. Very attractive space. I thought the food was o.k., but nothing to rave about. People talk highly of their weekend brunch.

    If you decide to walk into town, Dish is on White Street, just off Broad. Very good food though I think the seating is too cramped, and the noise level can get too high when the room is full. It's a BYO. They have a wine list from the shop in town and can have your selection delivered to your table. Or, you can stop at the shop and pick something up directly.

    http://www.dishredbank.com/

    Thyme Square is a fairly new restaurant. I haven't been yet but have heard good things about it. I think it may also be a BYO, but you should check.

    http://www.thymesquarerestaurant.com/

    Best wishes to your b.f. on his birthday. Enjoy your romantic weekend and Bon Appetit!

    1. bgut1 Mar 5, 2007 02:22 PM

      I agree with RGR on Dish and Thyme (I haven't dined there also but have heard from friends that love the place). Dish is a favorite of mine. Great food and BYO to boot. Any thought of driving the short distance to Nicholas? You could either do a formal sit down dinner or go causal for small plates at the bar. Truly the best restaurant in NJ and so close to where your staying. Good Luck.

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        RGR Mar 5, 2007 03:37 PM

        I agree with you about Nicholas, bgut1. It would certainly be my first choice. She says they don't want to drink and drive, which I think is an excellent attitude. Even though it's quite close to the Oyster Point, it's not walking distance.

      2. stack_c Mar 5, 2007 04:31 PM

        Absolutely for a special occassion like a birthday I would definetly go with Nicholas. It's about a 3 minute car ride (maybe not even!) over the bridge. Not walking distance but defiently worth the trip! A special treat!

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          Iansaunt43 Mar 5, 2007 05:19 PM

          Thanks for your responses. We think alike..... I thought about Nicholas & Dish (both received favorable ratings in Zagats). I don't believe Dish takes weekend reservations which translates late to "waiting an hour for a table for two on a Saturday night" and Nicholas wasn't in walking distance. I want the evening to go smoothly and stress free although I have every intention of visiting both establishments in the near future. The Thyme Restaurant menu is phenomenal and I'm going to check into it. In regards to the Atrium Restaurant (in the Oyster Hotel), I was told it was separate from Molly Pitcher Inn which is why I thought room service would be nice. (FYI.... planning on doing the brunch thing at Molly's on Sunday ...... I won't be counting calories this weekend lol). Thanks again for all your feedback.

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            RGR Mar 6, 2007 08:25 AM

            You're correct about Dish not taking reservations on the weekend. I should have thought of that. Not only is it very likely you'll have a long wait for a table, there is absolutely no place to wait. Just a teensy space between the door and the reception desk.

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            HillJ Mar 6, 2007 03:45 AM

            http://www.siamgardenrestaurant.com/

            Siam Garden in Red Bank is within walking distance (wear a warm coat!) if you enjoy Thai food. I've never had the same meal twice and always excellent.

            1. RobertinRedBank Mar 6, 2007 04:30 AM

              I agree with some other posters that Thyme Square would be a great choice....have eaten tehre numerous times and never been disappointed. Also has bonus being a BYOB. I must say it is a decent hike from the Oyster Point. Siam Garden is closer and also a good choice. Across street from Siam is Danny's.....not bad.

              As for walking, Nicholas is not much further in distance than Thyme Square, however you are walking along State Highway 35.....but it does have sidewalks.....if you go remember to cross the street at the first light after crossing the bridge. There is taxi service in Red Bank so you may consider that option.

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                val ann c Mar 6, 2007 12:48 PM

                I was going to suggest taking a taxi to Nicholas. I've done the walk. Nichoals is not far from Oyster Point. It's walkable, but it's unpleasant to walk along the busy highway.

                Nicholas is always a great experience.

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                  RGR Mar 6, 2007 01:50 PM

                  I could see maybe doing that walk during the summer when the weather is warm and the days are long. But at this time of year, I don't think so.

                  Taking a taxi is defnitely the best option.

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                nyebaby37 Mar 6, 2007 08:52 AM

                Try RED in Redbank, decent bar fresh fish, on Main ST. Liked it, didnt love but nice atmosphere

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                  RGR Mar 6, 2007 09:01 AM

                  The reason I've avoided trying Red is that the reports I've seen have been very mixed. Even you say that you didn't love it. I, for one, wouldn't take the chance for a special occasion meal, especially when there are other excellent options.

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                  nyebaby37 Mar 6, 2007 09:05 AM

                  yea i didnt love it, the maitr'd was rude (i wrote that in my review on zagats) but the staff was good and fish was fresh. they had decent mojitos and an extensive wine list also. i do know someone that had a wedding at the oyster point and said the food was GOOD, and there is so much in redbank!, w/b on where u ended up.

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                    Iansaunt43 Mar 6, 2007 02:59 PM

                    Okay... okay... you've weakened me! I made a reservation for Thyme Restaurant!! It's only a 2 min drive and we'll probably cab it. I drove up to the Oyster Point Hotel today and wasn't impressed with the restaurant which basically was a dining room. The menu wasn't bad, however, they do not have specials (which I found odd) and while there's a separate chef for this hotel, I believe the Oyster Hotel shares the kitchen with Molly Pitcher Inn. So I had no other choice but to go elsewhere. Thanks to all of your feedback. I'm confident our evening will be a very special one. So glad I found this site. I will post my feedback on Thyme.

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                      RGR Mar 6, 2007 03:34 PM

                      If you are going to cab it, why not Nicholas? After all, this is a birthday celebration, and no matter how good Thyme Square might be, I can't imagine it will outshine Nicholas. Just sayin'....

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                        RobertinRedBank Mar 7, 2007 03:29 AM

                        No doubt that Nicholas would outshine Thyme Square, however the cost differential is huge...I would say easy a 1:3 ratio.

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                          RGR Mar 7, 2007 07:46 AM

                          Yes, Nicholas is upscale, but I disagree with your statement that the cost differential between prices there and at Thyme Square are "huge...easy a 3:1 ratio."

                          I've looked at the prices on Thyme Square's dinner menu on their website and, while it is possible to put together a meal there for substantially less than at Nicholas, it's the soups and pastas that are the cheaper dishes. T.S.'s appetizers and main courses carry much higher price tags, the most expensive being rack of lamb @$30. So, if you order an appetizer for $12 and a rack of lamb + dessert, you will not end up with a huge difference from Nicholas's $55 3-course prix-fixe. (Note: Dessert costs are not available on T.S's website, so I'm guessing they're between $6-$8.)

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                      Iansaunt43 Mar 7, 2007 06:34 AM

                      Exactly Robert.............. Don't think the ole pocketbook can manage Nicholas this weekend (I am paying for hotel & dinner). However.......... my birthday is at the end of March and I might hint to my boyfriend how I'd love to go to Nicholas for my birthday (lol).

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                        Iansaunt43 Mar 7, 2007 10:50 AM

                        RGR, while it's true the pre-fixed menu is not outrageously expensive compared to Thyme's menu, however, when you add in alcohol, well, that's where it can get very costly. At least with a BYOW restaurant, you can control the bar bill which we all know can sometimes be more then the food bill!!

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                          RGR Mar 7, 2007 01:12 PM

                          In that regard, I completely agree. :-)

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