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Apr 16, 2007 06:31 PM

Red Bank- Searching for Good Mom Place

I am taking my mom out for lunch for her Birthday with a group of her friends( there will be 8 of us total). I am looking for a good BYOB, with a moderate price, that also caters to vegetarians.

Nothing to fancy, my mom is not one that likes to spend a lot on a meal, unlike me, and also does not like others to spend a lot on her.

I just bought a house in red bank and have not spent a lot of time dining in the area's restaurants, so any suggestions will be helpful.

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  1. I think La Pasteria, on a side street near Monmouth Street, is your best bet. Italian, BYOB, decent price.

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    1. re: aacharya

      Hmmm..that was the one of the restaurants that I have dined at, and I have to say it was one of the worst dining experiences of my life, the service was horrendous. Maybe they were having an off night.

      1. re: aacharya

        aaacharya, when you mentioned Monmouth Street, another restaurant came to mind.
        There's a restaurant called Eurasian Eatery on 110 Monmouth St.They are pretty good and serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.

        1. re: wench31

          Eurasian Eatery gets a nod from me. Small intimate place (and lunch is much quieter than dinner) nice portions, fresh ingredients, homemade bread, freshly brewed teas (hot or cold), wonderful homemade desserts, def. BYOB and the place is amazingly affordable.

        2. re: aacharya

          My first thought was La Pastaria also. I had the best risotto there once. Most of their entrees can be served as half portions, which is about the perfect size.Their salads are delicious. The price is right. It's a pretty place. Usually very friendly. They have a wine list from the liquor store down the street who will deliver the wine to the restaurant within minutes.

        3. Does it have to be in Red Bank? The Turning Point is open only for breakfast and lunch. (They don't serve alcohol, I'm not sure if you can BYO.) It's definitely a ladies-type place with nice sandwiches, wraps, quiches, salads. Lots of coffees and loose tea in pots. My vegan friend likes to eat there.

          I have been to the Holmdel location many times and found the food was good and service very nice. I have not tried any of the other locations.

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          1. re: val ann c

            I actually love the turning point and go the one in long branch all the time, unfortunately my mom wants to walk to a place from my house.

            1. re: emilyb27

              If it must be in Red Bank, and a BYO, and moderately priced... you might look at La Chalupa on Bridge St.
              I make this suggestion reluctantly. I haven't been there in years. I liked it at first, but it seemed to go downhill. However, a few chowhounds have recently made positive comments.
              Surely some others will have suggestions.

              1. re: val ann c

                I am surprised nobody has suggested Thyme Square.

                1. re: taboni

                  How about Dish? I don't recall vegetarian options, but it definitely satisfies your requirement that it be BYOB and that the food not be too fancy.

                  1. re: bgut1

                    I don't think Dish is open for lunch is it?

                    1. re: taboni

                      No, Dish does not serve lunch.

                      The Bistro at Red Bank is a pleasant lunch spot and would be nice for a birthday celebration, vegetarian friendly, but not byo.

                      1. re: taboni

                        Sorry - I couldn't tell from their website.

            2. Well, there is always Juanito's! I love to go there for lunch on weekdays! It is BYOB and if the weather is nice, you can sit in the back. They have a few vegetarian dishes, my friends LOVE the vegetable quesidilla's. It's on Monmouth St near the train station.

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              1. re: Jen_in_NJ

                I just had lunch there today and they had a heater going in the back! Toasty and comfortable. Took home a quart of salsa and a bag of chips for the family, enjoyed the shrimp special. Juanito's Bakery nearby (cross street heading in the direction of the train station) is also a worthwhile stop to buy a birthday cake!

              2. To meet your requirements and staying in Red Bank, I would try Juanitos (Monmouth Street), Front Street Trattoria (West Front Street), Chiafullos (Bridge Avenue) and La Pastaria (Linden Place) . Also just across the RR tracks on Rt. 35 in Shrewsbury is the Blue Moon Cafe which seems to have something for everybody and is simple with good food at a good price.

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                1. re: RobertinRedBank

                  Robert, do you mean Java Moon Cafe? If so, they do not allow BYOB.

                  1. re: fershore

                    ...and the last time I had a meal at Java Moon Cafe I had a bad food reaction for two days. sorry to be a downer.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      I haven't been to Java Moon Cafe in over a year. We ate there a couple times and were unimpressed with the food and desserts.
                      One exception: I thought their brownies were excellent.

                      1. re: val ann c

                        The food is nothing to write home about but the two times I have been there the others in the group said the food was simple but decent and the price value was good.

                      2. re: HillJ

                        Not a downer at all. I have only gone there for birthday celebrations for others....certainly not my choice but thought it might fit the criteria.

                      3. re: fershore

                        Yes I did mean the Java Moon Cafe. The two times I went there I bought beer one said anything. Maybe they have changed their policy or maybe when we were there they didn't care or the server didn't know? I dunno.

                        1. re: RobertinRedBank

                          We brought a bottle of wine to the Java Moon Cafe in Shrewsbury just two weeks ago. There was no problem. It was sold fairly recently so it's under new owners now. Unfortunately, it was practically empty when we went there, although that could be because it was Good Friday.