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Aug 31, 2007 04:08 PM

Need suggestions for Asbury Park/Ocean Grove New Jersey restaurants

My family and I will be spending the Labor Day weekend in Ocean Grove. I did a search here for restaurants but the ones that came up were dated.

We love seafood, Italian, French food. All suggestions will be appreciated.

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  1. If you've read the threads you already know that there isn't much in Ocean Grove. I would recommend the short drive to Asbury where there are a number of options: Bistro Ole, Taka, Sister Sues, Market in the Middle, etc. For Italian you can try Jimmy's, Posilipo and Carmines (although I've only been to the former). For seafood, I would recommend a trip to Pt. Pleasant Beach and try Spikes. For French, the pickins are pretty slim. Actually I can't think of any in the area. Maybe another hound will chime in. Good luck.

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    1. re: bgut1

      There is NOTHING worth eating in OG. In Asbury, oddly enough, it's pricey for dinner but Market in the Middle and Taka are both good. They are both very reasonable for lunch.

      1. re: New_2_718

        Here's some HELPFUL info, a recent post to my inquiry on OG:

        Nagle's (formerly an Apothecary, now a basic diner), is on Main, a couple blocks in from the ocean. Good for a cone after the performance, too.
        Coffee shop / bakery across the street is good, but not necessarily for dinner.
        Captain Jack's is a fancy-looking place, but like everything else in OG, dry.
        Moonstruck is within walking distance, across the bridge in Asbury"
        -- btw town is BYO

        1. re: nyebaby37

          Thanks everybody for your suggestions. We wound up at Moonstruck overlooking the lake. We really enjoyed the food and sitting on the 2nd floor porch having dinner. The restaurant has a nice buzz to it and the wait staff was very accommodating and polite.

          I had the Mediterrean antipasto as my main course and it was delicious. It contained grilled vegetables, roasted pepper, carbonata, fresh mozzerella cheese, tomatoes, hummus and other tasty ingredients I can't remember. ($15.00). My spouse had a special-baked halibut that was so light and flaky which came with mashed potatoes and fresh succotash (29.50). Both portions were large but not heavy. For dessert we had coffee and shared black & white creme brulee (7.50). The dessert was totally delicious and the black portion (chocolate) gave it an extra scrumptious taste.

          I would definitely go back to try some of the other dishes which sounded good.

          1. re: nyebaby37

            I've been to Captain Jack's a few times and enjoyed the food there. I seem to recall liking their rack of lamb a lot, but this was 3-4 years ago. You CAN byo, however.

            1. re: joonjoon

              We've been to Captain Jack's in OG several times in the past few years, and it has always been a very nice experience. Food is quite good, as is the service and at reasonable prices. One of the better restaurants in the area.

              1. re: bnemes3343

                I agree, for some reason nobody ever talks about this place though..

                1. re: joonjoon

                  I haven't been to Captain Jack's in a couple of years, but we did enjoy it the 3 or 4 times we went.