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Hopefully, I'll try Dish tomorrow.

Pink Pepper Jan 18, 2008 04:48 PM

Going to call now and try to get a reservation. I heard about it from this board. Is it still a good place? Haven't heard anything in awhile.

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  1. Pink Pepper Jan 18, 2008 04:56 PM

    Oops...no reservations on Saturdays. She said we can call ahead. Now I'm not sure what to do.

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      RGR Jan 18, 2008 06:50 PM

      One of the problems with Dish is that there is no place to wait if your table isn't ready. Not so terrible during warm weather when you can wait outside, but in the winter....

      You could call and see if Table has a table. I think the food is superior to Dish's, and I think the atmospherics are far more pleasant as well.

      www.tablenj.com

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        Pink Pepper Jan 19, 2008 06:08 AM

        Thanks, RGR, for the tip about the wait at Dish. I'll wait until the weather gets warmer.
        Yes, we've been to Table a few times. Always been a hit with us. Was just wanting to venture out and try a new place. I was under the impression that Dish was one of the better places. Ok, the search is back on. Unless we just do our old standby, SamVera. Parking is great for these cold nights.

        1. re: Pink Pepper
          fershore Jan 19, 2008 07:54 AM

          You could wait at Dubliner or another nearby establishment and have Dish's maitre d' call your cell when your table is ready.

          I haven't been to Dish but will be dining there soon as I just purchased a coupon. Table is on my Go To list as well.

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            RGR Jan 19, 2008 07:56 AM

            Hey, P.P.,

            Though we haven't been to SamVera in quite some time, it's a fav. We generally go mid-week, but the one time we were there on a Saturday night, the noise level was kind of high, and service could have been better.

            Have you tried Pino's, on Route 9 North, in Marlboro? We haven't, but lately it's been getting positive comments from some who have, especially for the steaks.

            http://www.pinoslaforchetta.com

            Or how about Christopher's Cafe, across from Delicious Orchards, in Colts Neck?

            http://christopherscafe.homestead.com

            1. re: RGR
              Pink Pepper Jan 19, 2008 08:50 AM

              We've given Pino's more than our fair share of chances. Disappointed every time. Last time I had this veal dish smothered in a balsamic sauce. Horrible. Haven't been there in about 2 years. Still don't think I'm ready to give it another try.
              I think we've gone to Christoper's years ago for a lunch. Maybe it's time to check it out again.

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                RGR Jan 19, 2008 09:22 AM

                I think two years is about how long Pino's has open, so your experience is in line with other reports on this board at the time. (Maybe yours was one of them?) The current positive views all seem to be about the steak. In any event, I can't blame you for not wanting to go back, and I'm not at the point of trying it.

                We used to really enjoy going to Christopher's for dinner before he expanded. Then, the one dinner we had there was something of a disappointment. That was several years ago, and we haven't been back since. But that might have been a fluke, so if you go, I'd be curious to hear your take on the food.

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                  Tay Jan 19, 2008 09:35 AM

                  RGR
                  It's interesting> I keep reading very favorable/unfavorable reviews of Pino's. As you mentioned, favorable for steak. I've never been there. I'd like to see a favorable comment regarding some of their other offerings. Now I'm trying to recall if the, 'Great steaks' postings were from several, or just one Poster?

          2. re: RGR
            bgut1 Jan 19, 2008 10:59 AM

            Pink - I just had dinner there last night so I can give you a timely assessment. Dish used to be one of my most frequented restaurants. After a while I started getting a bit "sick" of it so I gave it a break for sometime. Last night was the first time back in quite awhile. The meal reminded me what I loved and hated about the place. First the good news. The food remains very good. The house special salad of wild greens, dried cranberries, candied pecans and blue cheese was fantastic. The fried calamari and fried spinach apps were also very good although I remember the spinach as being less greasy (good nonetheless). My main of short ribs over root vegetable mash was as perfect as the dish could be - falling apart tender short ribs in a luscious sauce. For dessert I shared the famous white and dark chocolate bread pudding with caramel sauce. While it was as excellent as I remember, the portion seemed to be cut in half. Now for the bad news. As RGR correctly points out, the atmospherics of the place is pretty bad. It's small, a bit cramped and noisy (especially if full as it was last night). More problematic was the horrendous service. Our server was plain horrible. She forgot to open our bottle of wine (thankfully I brought my own opener), she failed to provide us with more bread (her response being she believed they were out -which they weren't), she practically threw plates down in front of us, she mixed up our order, etc.). We were having too good a time to let her get to us, but such bad service could ruin the evening if not in the same frame of mind. Admittedly, this was the first time in many visits that I experienced such horrible service so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and continue to recommend this restaurant. I would however advise that you give them a try during the week instead of the weekend. Good Luck.

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              big1515 Jan 19, 2008 01:40 PM

              bgut1:
              obviously you know good food and have been around .. Off the current posting ..What happen to the Ryland Inn on Hwy 22 in Lebanon NJ

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                RGR Jan 19, 2008 02:20 PM

                big,

                Actually, the Ryland Inn was in Whitehouse. I was never a big fan. Here's a thread which discusses its closure: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/411764

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                  bgut1 Jan 19, 2008 02:24 PM

                  Thanks RGR - You beat me to the punch. Thanks also to you big1515 for the compliment.

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                    big1515 Jan 20, 2008 06:25 AM

                    RGR
                    and bgut1
                    thanks : It looks like spring of 2008 may be the rebirth
                    you people really know your eats

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                      RGR Jan 20, 2008 10:53 AM

                      Thanks for the compliment, big! :-)

                      There have been so many false alarms about Ryland re-opening -- and reasons/excuses why it hasn't happened yet -- that I wouldn't count on its "rebirth" anytime soon, if at all.

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