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Amanda's Early Dinner menu Hoboken?

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bnemes3343 Jan 30, 2008 08:06 AM

Will be in Hoboken in a few weeks and see that Amanda's has an early dinner menu (in your seat at either 5 or 5:30, out by 7:00 or 7:30)) that is three courses and fixed price at $28 per couple (yes, $14 each). Since we will probably go to a show afterwards, the early seating would work fine and the price seems too good to pass up. Has anyone been to Amanda's recently and/or tried this early dinner?

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    robin76 RE: bnemes3343 Jan 31, 2008 03:22 AM

    I have been to Amanda's many times- the early dinner menu is definitely a steal. The food is very nice and you won't leave hungry. The dishes on the early dinner menu are less complex than the dishes on the regular menu but they are still delicious and Amanda's atmosphere is truly lovely. They have specials on bottles of wine too- Enjoy your dinner.

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      bnemes3343 RE: robin76 Feb 8, 2008 03:22 AM

      We have tickets to an 8:00 show in the city next Saturday, so have made an early dinner res. at Amanda's (this works really well in terms of timing). We will be sure to do a review of the experience. Thanks for the rec.

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        bnemes3343 RE: robin76 Feb 19, 2008 12:05 PM

        We went to the 5:00 early seating at Amanda's on Saturday (reservations are taken for 5:00 and 5:30 seatings). It was outstanding and a real steal. For apps my wife had the mesculin salad with goat cheese, walnuts and golden raisins in a sweet vinegarette (she liked it, I didn't try it). I had an outstanding app of a polenta cake with a medley of sauces (roasted red pepper, pesto and something 'white'. The polenta had a nice crisp on the outside and was creamy inside. Great flavor and nice to look at. For mains we had the short ribs over mashed potatoes and veggies and a pork loin in a honey sauce and, again, vegetables (green beans, carrots). Both were excellent. They aren't huge portions for the early seating, and the choices are more limited (maybe 1/2 dozen choices?), but the portion sizes were perfect for us. Dessert was a so-so key lime pie and a better than average chocolate mousse. Wealso had a bottle of their 'special' wine at $20.00. So, two three course dinners with a nice bottle of wine for a grand total of $48.00. Wow.

        Service was excellent with no hint of rushing us out or making us feel at all wierd about being 'early birds'. It was only slightly uneven in that it was a bit too quick at the beginning and a bit slow at the end (they got quite crowded), but no complaint from me. One thing I found endearing was that they called their green beans 'green beans' even though they could have easily qualified as 'haricot vert'.

        Overall this was a very good meal, regardless of price, but for what we paid, even better. A very attractive venue as well. I would absolutely do this again and I highly recommend it.

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