Vegetarian choices in Monmouth Cty
Absolutely no need to be nervous about going to Nicholas. If you're a little nervous about eating in the formal dining room, you can get your proverbial feet wet by dining in the bar room. The menu of small plates is a la carte; therefore, though it is not inexpensive, you will spend less than you would in the dining room (depending, of course, on what and how much you drink). You don't need a reservation; you can dress *very* casually, e.g., jeans; the bartenders are exceedingly friendly; and the overall feel is very relaxed.
My vote for Eurasian Eatery. Mrs Chan's tried and true recipes rock! My suggestions would be:
My number 1 gotta have it is the Szechuan Dumpling Salad. Buckwheat dumplings in a vinigary hot sauce with fresh jullienne veggies and soy nuts...Dont make a mistake and share it
Black Bean Mousaka
Pasta Toss with Vegetables
and for the carnivore...Chicken Cordon Bleu Dumplings
None of the people I went to Sister Sue's with are vegetarian tho we all seem to eat that way when we have a choice. There are a number of interesting non-veg items on the menu as well - oxtail, curry goat - so that a wide variety of tastes ought to be satisfied.
By the way - Are you a Rutgers alum? I am tho I was probably there long before you.
Jesse's is going strong. Go there on Thursdays. There is a wonderful farmers market in the back -- thursdays 12-6pm.
Sadly, Down to Earth is closed. The Eurasian Eatery has lots of vegetarian items. I've only been once. I liked it and keep meaning to go back.
In Ocean Twp off Rt 35, I like All Mixed Up. Not strictly vegetarian, but they make very good fresh salads with lots of good quality ingredients.
There's Twisted Tree Cafe in Asbury Park. I have not been there, but I've tried their take-out soups and other products. I think they are all vegan.
110 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701
All Mixed Up
809 W Park Ave, Ocean, NJ 07712
139 Brighton Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Twisted Tree Cafe
609 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ