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Bar Menu at Nicholas

in reference to my previous post. Thinking perhaps this would be a good post theater spot. Have been to the main restaurnt but do you need reservations for the Bar at Nicholas what about dress and how late do they serve? Themenu looks fantastic. Drooling over that gnocchi!

Thanks!

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  1. Hello stack_c. I've dined at the bar on numerous occassions. No reservations are accepted nor needed. Seating is mostly at the bar however they have a few tables along the windows. The table seats seem to fill up first. Obviously, the time as well as the day of the week you go greatly determines the choice and availability of seating (BTW, they have an interesting group of Tuesday night regulars). I 've been there on most days of the week and have never had a problem getting at least a bar stool. As far as dress, its casual. Although I wouldn't recommend it, I've seen t-shirts and jeans (and maybe shorts once). To be comfortable, I would say think friday office casual. One pearl of wisdom however. Be mindful of what and how much you order. I've walked away on many of occassion spending more than I would've having sat down for a "formal" dinner in the dinning room. That being said, the convenience of being able to drop by without a reservation and dressed casually far outweigh the lack in savings. Good Luck and Enjoy. Let me know if want some advice on the menu as I've had most items. For dessert I wholeheartedly recommend the smores or beignets.

    1. bgut1 pretty much covered the lay of the land re: the bar at Nicholas. It's not in Red Bank, so it never occurred to me to suggest it on your other thread. I say, definitely go for it! And, yes, that dish gnocchi is fabulous!! Oh, and if you do order the beignets, the portion they served me was hardly of small-plate size, i.e., large enough to share.

      P.S. They would most probably still be accommodating people in the bar when you're finished with your show. However, I think it's best to call to be sure. We showed up one evening many months ago only to discover the entire restaurant, including the bar, was closed because of a private party. So, despite the no reservations needed thingy, lesson learned.

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        1. re: bgut1

          Ended up just going to the Bistro...I suggested Nicholas but others wanted to walk. Actually had a surprisingly delicious meal. A pasta special buccatini (sp?) with grilled baby veggies and langostine (head on) in a wonderfully light and flavorful spinach (they called it cream sauce but i wouldn't describe it that way) The sweet potato and shrimp dumplings were also delightful! Certainly not Nicholas but it did the trick! :)
          Will have to do the Bar menu another night. Still thinking about the gnocchi!

          1. re: stack_c

            I haven't been to the Bistro in quite some time. Maybe its time to try it again. Thanks for the review stack c.

            1. re: stack_c

              stack_c, Thanks for reporting back. Good to know The Bistro came through for you. My one lunch there was two years ago. You've given me an incentive to try it again.

        2. Went to the Nicholas bar with a friend a couple weeks ago.

          I almost DIED over their truffle lobster. SO. GOOD. If you haven't tried the lobster yet, RUN! :D

          I usually end up spending about 50-70 (per person) for food and drink which is fine by me considering 50 is what you'd spend for 1 entree + drinks at most places these days.

          Any other favorites?

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          1. re: joonjoon

            It's really hard to narrow things down because everything is so delicious, but these head my list:

            Seared Foie Gras, Pickled Bing Cherries, Almond Foam, Pain Perdu
            Parisienne Gnocchi, Sugar Snap Peas, Braised Artichokes
            Seared Long Island Duck Breast, Crispy Polenta, Port Plum Puree
            Roasted Organic Chicken, Baby Vegetables, Whipped Potatoes (Note: I usually don't order chicken in restaurants, but at Nicholas, it warrants a major exception.)
            Beignets, ala "Cafe du Monde", Chicory Coffee Ice Cream
            Any souffle. Right now, it's Apricot with Toasted Coconut Ice Cream, which I've had.

            1. re: RGR

              My current faves are as follows:
              Crab & Avocado Salad, Mandarin Orange Sorbet, Cardamom Crisps (amazing flavor combination - make sure to eat the salad in the same bite as the sorbet)
              Seared Day Boat Sea Scallops, Citrus Braised Endive, Orange Butter Sauce (you can't go wrong with any scallop preparation they have on the menu - an oldy but goodie is the one with green apples and truffle vinaigrette)
              Crispy Halibut, Honshimejii Mushrooms, Fava Beans, Lemon Caper Sauce
              Nova Scotia Lobster, Black Truffle & Mascarpone Agnolotti, Melted Leeks (the butter poached preparation is also fantastic)
              S'Mores Baked Alaska, Chocolate Ice Cream, Marshmallow Sauce (a new fave)
              Beignets, ala "Cafe du Monde", Chicory Coffee Ice Cream (destined to be a classic like the vahlrona chocolate cake - people aren't letting Nicholas remove this one)
              And anyone of those three special drinks they have on the menu for that night :)

              1. re: bgut1

                Man you guys got me hungry again.

                Bgut1- that crab salad/orange sorbet sounds insane! I just offered to take my friend there for her bday so I'll have to try out the new recs. Lately it seems like I'm always looking for an excuse to treat someone there but it's really for me. Haha!

                1. re: joonjoon

                  The salad is great. Reason enough to go.