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Kosher in Deal/Long Branch

Can someone sum up the places in the Deal are this summer. I was down there yesterday. Freddies and Scops are closed. Did the two pizza shops change owners?
I understand that Kyo and 656 are upscale. What about moderate places to eat. How is Chang Mao.


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      1. re: havdalahclub

        Thanks havdalah, but the JSOR website has not been updated. I was in Deal yesterday and things have changed since last summer.

      2. New places this summer:

        1. Zuma Beach @ the Deal Casino (day hours for Casino members & guests, open during the evening hours to all) is operated by the same owner of the Prime Grill & Solo and is an upscale and pricey steakhouse.

        2. Albert's - A fish/steak/chicken steakhouse, located on Second Ave in W. Long Branch, across from where Ranoosh used to be located. They also operate a fish & grocery shop next door. From what I hear, they partnered with the owner of Jerusalem Steak House, so the fare is typical Israeli/Mediterranean cuisine.

        3. Yuda's Cafe. Located on Norwood Ave, a door down from Kyo. I have'nt heard scratch about this place which is located where Freddie's Grill used to be.

        Kyo is not what I would call upscale- the ambiance rivals that of your average neighborhood chinese take-out joint, while the prices and the paucity of the servings turned me away for good.

        Ocean 656 is pretty good-- if you stay away from the steaks and try all their other interesting and zany dishes. Not recommended for the steak-lover obviously.

        Chang Mao Sakura is the place to be; that is if you're a pre-pubescent 12-year old, and want to hang out with the cool kids, or those Lakewood frummies out on an expensive date. Again, it's expensive, and its worthwhile to order from Manalapan's Chinese take-out, as they deliver to the Deal area for some odd reason.

        I have also learned that Branches, which was an excellent, upscale restaurant is not open this year, although the catering hall will be.

        I've also heard a rumor that the owner of Ranoosh is opening another restaurant, if its not already open.

        Dougies is still going strong, but its not to my palate.

        Jerusalem Pizza is now under the ownership of the family that brought you Slices Pizza.

        Mazanoubeh is still around, and their food is decent- the joint just needs a very thorough cleaning.

        Crawford's Cafe is open again this year, on Second Ave in Long Branch.

        Back to Nature is an excellent dairy place, with an emphasis on nutritious, yet delicious food. In my opinion, it's not upscale enough for a dinner-date though.

        Ronit Nahum operates a bakery shop on Norwood Ave, but now she has branched out into other take-out foodstuffs. Her appetizer salads are recommended.

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        1. re: iceberg

          What is the fare at Crawford's, Yogi's and Back to Nature and are any of them ok for little kids?

          1. re: Kosher Critic

            Yogi's is Vegetarian (or Dairy, I don't recall) Indian Food. If you're kids are funky eaters then sure - if not, then definitely not.

            1. re: LoveKosherEats

              Where is Yogi's located & under whose hashgacha?
              How are the prices?

        2. As a followup, I have made a pilgrimage to Zuma Beach at the Deal Casino this past Saturday night, and I must say I was very pleased. Please keep in mind that our food tasting was limited by the fact that they were only offering a very minimal Saturday night fare, which is typical for places which open after a late ending of Shabbat.

          The cons:
          Pricey. Cocktails from the tiki-bar were $15 by the glass. Appetizers were anywhere from $18-$22 each. The one main course they offered that night, the 16oz. rib-eye was priced $43.

          Service. Needless to say, when all your evenings' covers arrive within the same 20 minute slot, seating and service take a toll. We waited nearly a half hour until we received the single-page menu-- and only after I called the maitre 'd over and explained that a table which was seated sometime after us already placed their orders. I had to call him over again later, because there was no waiter assigned to our table. The waiters were streaming out of the kitchen with the food, but kept going from table to table and asking diners if the dishes they carried are the ones they ordered. To be fair, these sort of problems will vanish once the waiters learn the table numbers (don't forget that this is a very new place which is quite large.)

          Gratuity. On the bottom of the menu, it states that there is a charge of 18% for gratuity applied to every ticket, no matter how few diners. If the food wasn't excellent, I would have probably balked at paying gratuity since the service was so poor.

          Now the pros:
          Ever been on vacation, wishing you didn't keep kosher, because you were dying to try that oceanfront restaurant? Well God was listening, and he set some earthly mortals to task of bringing it to a kosher fruition.

          Everything from the swaying palm trees, the tiki-bar, the beach seating section for bar-goers, the wood deck-top dining, the eclectic, hip and exciting DJ entertainment (flown in from the Prime Grill in LA just for the summer, and playing Thursday and Saturday nights, and also Sunday during the daytime hours I think). Did I mention that the food that we ordered was also straight from God's kitchen? Tender Chicken skewers in a mild-wasabi spiked guacamole, a generous portion of the classic beef jerky platter, huge ceasar salad, incredible herb-crusted french fries.

          The cocktail drinks we ordered- pina coladas, "zuma sunsets" and my favorite- a fresh blended mango with a hint of alcohol, gin I think, were also quite delightful.

          Under the sparkling stars, the dazzling orange-hazed moon, the gentle sussuration of the ocean, the glow of candle-lit table lamps, and the undertone of the pulsing DJ music, I found myself having an extraordinary time, which I look forward to visiting again sometime in the near future.

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          1. re: iceberg

            Iceberg - Yasher Koach for the update - its really appreciated. Many Thanks

              1. re: iceberg

                Is Zuma Beach only opened for the summer? Does anyone know how I can contact them? I did a search on Google and was unable to come up with anything. I'd like to go tonight if posible, so any responses would be appreciated right away. thanks!

                1. re: Abbyb.

                  Zuma's phone number is (732) 531-4750.

              2. i would definitely recommend chang mao sakura. The service and food is great. We went the other day to the new restaurant Albert's. The meat and chicken entrees had everything ala carte. The fish entrees came with potato or rice and a veggie. We ordered sides of baked potato and spicy fries. The people bringing out the food did not know where the food went > OUr sides did not come with the food. It came a long while after and having to ask for it. The spicy fries never came. How can they not get the right sides especially since everything is alacarte. They automatically add 18 percent gratuity. We will not go back. There is also a dougies in town which is good. I would also recommend back to nature in allenhurst. The other bad one is kyo. Why cant we get a decent run restaurant

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                1. re: janetldd

                  I have definitely had a different experience - I find Kyo to be the best sushi place out there, with the quality exceeding that of sushi at prime grill and other high end places. It is certainly a much better choice than Chang Mao, both the sushi and non-sushi options. At Kyo, I'd recommend trying the tuna carpaccio and tuna tau tau, as well as the lobster roll, the lemon roll, and kamikaze roll. The tempura is also amazing. We love the Kyo in Monsey as well.

                  Ocean 656 is a nice option. Menu is typical steakhouse, but good food, and good cocktails.

                  1. re: Hirscheys

                    My wife and I have a very erratic meal Alberts. The baba, hummous, Israeli salads and pita was first rate. My steak came out twenty minutes before my wife's chicken arrived. The french fries I ordered came 15 minutes after the steak, The Roumanian tenderloin steak was oversalted--I needed to cut it with the pita. When we asked about my wife's chicken, all we were told was the kitchen was confused. There were maybe four other tables occupied at the time. When I complained to the owner, he listened blankly and said he would see what he could do. Never apologized. They did take my wife's chicken off the bill, but the overall impression was of a disorganized, ungracious, operation. And, overpriced. Go to Alberts if you must, but we won't again.

                2. Had a nice meal at Back to Nature. Service was good, food was tasty. I was happier there than my visit to Mazanobah a month ago.

                  1. back to nature on main street in Allenhurst. Chocolate Soda on norwood ave in deal is good too especially if your on a diet. The veggie soup is awesome in the winter but made with butter.

                    1. Can anyone provide updated information for this summer? Thinking about headin down that way with the family in August. Which, if any, of these places are family friendly?
                      Also, if anyone has any hotel tips, they would also be appreciated! Thanks!

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                      1. re: kosherdude

                        We just got back from a weekend in Long Branch. We didn't eat at that many restaurants -- went to Slices for pizza, which was fine. Also had lunch at Ice Cafe on Norwood, and I thought the food was really good, pretty tasty with a good selection on the menu. The service was pretty quick, and they were very accomodating to our party of 4 adults and 2 little kids.

                        As far as hotels -- we stayed at Cedars and Beeches, which I have mixed feelings about. It's a beautiful B&B, the rooms were nice and clean and the beds comfortable. There's a fridge and space to put food you bring, and they offer a pretty decent packaged kosher breakfast upon request. It's within walking distance to several shuls if you'll be there on Shabbos, and we had lovely Shabbos meals on the big porch. But the staff is not so warm -- a bit distant and cold, and in some cases flat-out unfriendly. Not what you'd expect from a B&B. Also, if you're coming with kids, it's not the kid-frienliest place int he world. Lots of breakable tchotchkes around the house, and they don't seem to have a very high tolerance for normal toddler noisiness. Which is understandable, except their website advertises the place as kid-friendly. It's more along the lines of kid-tolerant.

                        1. re: speedymoose

                          Can you recommend any where else to stay near a shul for Labor Day Weekend ,where we could bring our own food? TIA

                          1. re: momrn

                            I am also interested in staying at a Hotel on the Jersey shore where the Hotel is walking distance to a Shul & a kosher restaraunt(s), I found a web site www.jsor.org which list five hotels: Staybridge Suites & Sheraton in Eatontown; Ocean Place & Cedars/Beeches in Long Branch; and Berkeley in Asbury Park. I am currently exploring these possibilities.

                            1. re: momrn


                              The above link gives the nearest Shul to each of those Hotels. According to the website, they are in walking distance. It seems that only the Long Branch Hotels have kosher restaraunts nearby.

                              It would be great to hear from a local resident if there are other alternatives.

                              1. re: momrn

                                The Sheraton or staybridge suites are a 20 minute walk to the Sephardic shul which is 1.25 miles away. Dont know anything about prices. Check their websites for prices and other details. The Sheraton will give a you a fridge in the room. There is nothing else to do in the area and nothing to see, unless you are willing to walk the several miles to Deal, so you need to be prepared to sit by the pool and chill.

                                1. re: bay1

                                  a new upscale hotel just opened in long branch in the pier village near ocean place.. i think it is a small modern hotel, priced mid $200's for a room without view of ocean. ny times reviewed it today.

                                  1. re: 4greatkds

                                    Thanks for this. It is a bit steep and most rooms do not offer ocean view, but a cool place nonetheless.

                            2. re: kosherdude

                              Chocolate Soda, Crawford's, Back to Natue, Mazzenobeh- all dairy, all kid friendly

                              ChangMao/Sakura- meat Chinese/Japanese- pretty kid friendly- food isn't so great

                              Slices, Jerusalem 2- both pizza places and very kid friendly- both have more than just pizza

                              Ice Cafe- similar to the other dairy restaurants above- haven't been myself- friends say the food is good and as kid friendly as the other places

                              Sub Grill- new place- basically like a Subsational kind of place

                              also, there's a Tasti-D-Lite in Long Branch that's kosher (it's right near Crawford's)

                              If you want any more info- let me know

                              1. re: cheesecake17

                                My husband, baby and I ate at chocolate soda... what a dissapointment. The place was clean, and service was excellent but the food was all fresh from a frozen box. The pizza is made on top of premade pita (advertised in their menu so i stayed away from that), the grilled cheese and french fries was $7 for a tiny portion, the 'homemade' mozarella sticks are the frozen maccabe box kind, and the veggie burger was a regular morningstar farm burger! Did i miss something when I ordered or during eating there that people describe it as good?

                                1. re: marissaj

                                  I was disappointed this time too. I ordered a vegetable soufle that wound up being some steamed vegies with a few pieces of shredded mozzarella on it. That was silly. Also, I'm getting tired of the rudeness of the owners. And the washing station on the counter is silly and impossible for children to use comfortably. So, I have actually written them off for now.

                                  1. re: marissaj

                                    The grilled cheese and french fries is actually pretty good. Everything else I don't bother with. I'm surprised you liked the service, usually the waiters are kinda rude, except late on Sat nights when the place is empty.

                                    1. re: cheesecake17

                                      The waitress was really nice. Although honestly we should have known better than to stay cause when we walked in the whole place was empty (it was 11am) and there was a family with 2 kids ahead of us.. the kids both had diaper bags and strollers and clearly they could use a little extra space.. anyway they sat down at a table seating 6 people and the owner called at them from across the room really rudely to 'move to a four seater table..' I didnt realise people could afford to still be so rude to their customers.

                                      1. re: marissaj

                                        They can be rude to their customers b/c they know they are one of the only restaurants in the area..