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Oct 11, 2007 06:01 AM

BYO - Middlesex/Monmouth

Does anyone have any suggestions for any BYOs in the area? I am not aware of all that many that are worthwhile and more and more have become frustrated by the beer selections at a lot of restaurants.

Im not really looking for anything in particular or any type of food and actually would like a variety of options. The only BYOs I really currently go to are El Meson in Freehold, Piquant Indian in New Brunswick, Perrones in East Brunswick, and a few other small family joints.


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  1. I like Luchento's in Millstone (on 33, right outside of Englishtown, off 527-Alt). Great bread, large portions, country Italian menu and a few Cajun/Creole choices, (altho' I'm sort of stuck on the Linguini and White Clam Sauce), great beer selection (from my own beer frig).

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      1. Marmara on Rt. 9 in Marlboro for Turkish

        Le Fandy ~ Little Silver for French

        Pithera Taverna ~Highland Park for Greek

        If I think of more, I will post.


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        1. re: Angelina

          Funny you bring up Marmara.. Ive heard some good things and not so good. It is something that I had been meaning to try. I love Turkish and my favorite is Bosphurus in North Jersey but I trust your advice on this one. I really look forward to trying it out. Thanks.

          What is Pithera like? Authentic Greek? I havent found a Greek place in NJ that I like yet, I always do end up @ Kellari in the city.

          I cant wait to bring some quality lambics and stouts to these places and try them out. Thanks a lot for the suggestions. El Meson becomes less of a standby when summer ends.

          1. re: yankeefan

            If you look for other posts about Marmara, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. We really enjoyed every meal we have had there!

            Pithera is very much authentic Greek food. Not on the same caliber as Milos, but for our area...very good!!

            El Meson....yummmm!!

            1. re: Angelina

              Ive only been to Meson in summer months, is only the indoor section open during the cold months?

              Ill be there tonight for sure.

              1. re: yankeefan

                Sorry, this is late ..yes the inside is open and BOOMING!!!

                Love that place! I made a HUGE mistake and tried the new Mexican place right down the block. I think it is Mexico Lindo. Awful, the cheese on top of my dish smelled sour. Out of 6 of us, no one like their meal. I willl never stray from El Meson again!!

                1. re: Angelina

                  I hit Meson last night, you were right. The inside was awesome. Put my brews in the ice chest and the food was just as delicious outside as it is inside.

                  What a great place!! Thanks for the warning Angelina on the place down the street, I will be sure not to stray from El Meson. It definitely has taken its role as my Mexican fall-to over Casa Comida and Jose Tejas.

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          1. Yankeefan
            Here are several in Monmouth and they are all excellent restaurants with great food:
            Cafe Solar - Belmar
            Vivas - Belmar
            Taka - Asbury Park
            Via Veneto - Brick
            Bay Avenue Trattoria - Highlands
            Tandoor India - Ocean & Longbranch
            Rigoletto - Middletown
            The Palm - Sea Bright

            Good luck,

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            1. re: bjsimmons

              bj - I think you meant Casa Solar in Belmar. :)

              1. re: bgut1

                Right you are - Casa Solar - Thanks...

              2. re: bjsimmons

                I am a new hound and have been actively exploring the site. I'm surprised that Rigoletto in Middletown has barely been mentioned. It's a nice little place owned by a local couple located just north of Restaurant Nicholas with excellent food. Try the Salmon in Maple Sauce- delish! As bjsimmons mentioned above, it's BYOB.