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Jul 15, 2008 10:05 AM

Need a good place to meet and eat

My book club meets from 6-9 on Sunday evenings. We'd like to find an inexpensive restaurant in the vicinity of Middletown, Holmdel, Red Bank or Little Silver that wouldn't mind hosting us for 3 hours. We've tried Zebu in Red Bank but their chairs are uncomfortable to sit on for any length of time. I remember reading about a pizza buffet in Hazlet on an earlier Chowhound posting. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. rnr, the pizza buffet in Hazlet might be difficult for a book club meetup given the buffet appeals to families/parties of children. However, if you don't mind a chain resto (which imho would not have an issue w/a 3-hour timeslot) Bertucci's, serves lovely grilled pizzas and decent italian fare (usually the specials are a good bet) and delcious Sangria.

    Bertucci's is located right before the pizza buffet on hwy 35 northbound, has a private room and even a number of outdoor tables.

    Edited to add:
    The women's group I belong to booked the private room some time back and it really was private from the rest of the customers.

    1. Hi r!
      Eurasian Eatery in Red Bank? The food is really good and not too expensive.

      Check out Piazza Italia, in the Best Buy mall. I think their food is pretty good. They have a nice dining area.

      I went to a group recognition event hosted at Far East Taste in Eatontown. They took good care of us and the food was good.

      You might also try the Mid-town restaurant in Middletown. I was there about a year ago and the food was just OK. But they have a few separate rooms and a bar. It may be a comfortable place to meet.

      I like the Bertuccis' suggestion, but Bertuccis is loud.

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      1. re: val ann c

        val ann c, the Bertucci's private room is completely enclosed and as loud as the resto can get, the private room is truly private.

        I love, love Eurasian Eatery but the tables and space is very small; you would need to take over the resto.

        Piazza Italia & Far East Taste would be very nice for a small group.

      2. I don't know if Keyport is an option but one of my favorite places there, Trinity, has a downstairs lounge that is available for use. I'm not sure if the price range would be ok. I don't believe there are any entrees over $30. The lounge has a couple of couches and one large table.

        1. A postscript; we ended up at Saigon 2 in Lincroft (Vietnamese). Dinner was fabulous. Since the weather was blazingly hot we started with fruit shakes (I had the refreshing coconut and mung bean), and shared Banh Xeo, chicken, shrimp and vegetable-filled filled crepes, Com Ga Xao Lan, a spicy chicken curry over brown rice and Mi Xao Don, mixed seafood and vegetables over crispy noodles. We finished with Vietnamese iced coffee. Everything was delicious and impeccably fresh and the service was great.