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Oct 9, 2008 03:04 PM

The Falls tinton falls

Former Grist Mill is now the Falls? Anyone have any info, menu? Opening date?

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  1. Thank God someone took over that place! I felt like I was walking up to a board meeting going upstairs! That place needs serious work. (And a new menu...That Bennigan's type menu went out in 1980)

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    1. re: Angelina

      I hope someone finally opens a place worthy of the view, instead of capitalizing on it to draw a crowd and then serving mediocre (if you're lucky) food. There are several restaurants on that corner within walking distance of where I live. I'm still waiting for one actually worth the walk.

      Just last weekend I clamored over their back wall onto the back terrace to get these pics...

      1. re: equal_Mark

        Sadly, in the NY/NJ Metro area, restaurants with a view serving outstanding food are scarcer than the proverbial hens' teeth.

        1. re: RGR

          Sorry, I have to disagree. Actually, I'm not all that sorry. This is something I learned 60 years ago about eating out from my father. And over the years I've discovered how right he was. The surest way to have a positive dining experience is to enter a place with a positive attitude. To be governed by negative cliche's and stereoyypes and bumper-sticker proverbs limits one's potential for an enjoyable experience. A positive attitude has served me well over the years - even when the experience was less than hoped. I've enjoyed a good laugh describing how crappy the food or service was in the less-than-recommendable joints I've encountered.

          1. re: CompareFranco

            Franco - I must respectfully disagree with you. The most positive of attitudes will not compensate for poor food and/or service. Furthermore, especially in these tough economic times, I don't see any humor in "crappy food or service".

            1. re: bgut1

              but we digress... any info on The Falls? I heard a rumor that the same people who own the Boathouse in Belmar and another in Rumson (McDougal's? or something like that?) have a hand in it... anyone

              1. re: aklein

                Have not heard anything about the Harmon's (from the Boathouse being involved with this. I know they have spent the last seven months on the former Briody's in Rumson which has recently opened as Murray MacGregors. Haven't been there yet but have spoken to people who have. As of last week, bar was opened but kitchen was not yet up and running.

                1. re: ncn

                  I went in the Falls last week. It looks like they are doing a lot of work inside and out. They cleaned up the interior and cut down a lot of the over grown stuff outside. You can actually see the "Falls"
                  The 2 guys that are running this are the chefs from The Raven and Peach. Artie & Justin, I have met them in the past at The Raven and are really nice guys and have a lot a fun ideas for thsi place.
                  I think they said end of November toopen.

                  1. re: NJDolfan

                    does this mean the pseudo-chain of The Grist Mill--The Pour House--The Sitting Duck--The Ivy League (is that it?) is breaking up?

                    1. re: aklein

                      The original owner of all 4 (Main Street being the 4th) sold 2 of them off over the past couple of years. He still currently owns the Duck and The Pour House. The last owners of The Grist Mill had it for about 2 years before they decided to sell. Looking like the week of Nov. 19th opening.

                      1. re: fallsguy

                        sounds good... the grist mill was a big waste of a great property and I think it was out of synch with the others.. Pour /Duck are better (for what they are)... I guess Main Street in Ocean was also part of this group sometime in the past, they also know what they are and make a decent burger.. thanks for the info, though if The Falls comes in with prices like I've seen at Raven and Peach, I may be the Poor House instead! HAHA!

                        1. re: aklein

                          Does anyone know when they have made the opening date for?

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      1. As per The old Grist Mill... I actually worked there for two years under the former Gary regime, and 3 months under the new. I miss the place a lot, and cant wait to go back and check it out. Im not really within walking distance, but would drive to chill. Were actually planning a Grist Mill reunion, hopefully listening to live music and sippin cocktails on the porch by those little Falls.

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        1. re: metalrat

          For what it's worth, I drove by the Falls tonight (on the way home from a great shrimp tempura taco at The Shack) and the place was open and the front lot was about half full. Will drop in over the weekend and see if I can get a look and snag a menu...

          1. re: equal_Mark

            sorry to go OT, but what's The Shack?

            1. re: aklein

              The Shack is a Cal/Mex place in Sea Bright that has been open for almost 4 years now. They go beyond the places like Surf Taco and Fins in that they are an actual sit-down restaurant. I was truly impressed a couple years ago when
              I noticed one of the surfboards that usually adorned the walls was missing, and was told "The surf is up, and Ed was out surfing."


              1. re: equal_Mark

                thanks.... i think i've seen it, but don't get up there often enough from belmar (now i might have a reason)

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  Thanks!! I just googled the place and the menu looks delish! Thanks for the suggestion! Those shrimp tacos sound great.

              2. re: equal_Mark

                Well I stopped by and chatted a bit with the folks there, and they plan on opening Monday (The crowd I saw last night was their semi-private opening party).

                They've fixed the place up nicely both inside and out (well appointed dining room and a cleared view of the falls). They are doing American cuisine with apps around $10 and entrees about $25. Hopefully they will best the string of mediocrity that has plagued the location till now...

                They have a website at:

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  No hours on the website (a peeve I have with all too many sites). I see there's a "happy hour," but are they serving lunch as well as dinner?

                  1. re: RGR

                    I have the same peeve. The site has a lot of dated-looking content but very little actual information. Found the "About Us" data under "Catering." If they're opening tomorrow, you'd think they'd post that bit of data. I guess they're busy getting ready to open, but a regularly updated and easy-to-read website tells me you care deeply about customer satisfaction.

                    1. re: fershore

                      Called this afternoon. They are open and I'm going in tonight. Will report back and let everyone know.

                      1. re: NJDolfan

                        Menu looks interesting. I look forward to NJDolfan's review.

                        1. re: bgut1

                          Ok sorry it took so long to post. Had the whole family over all weekend.
                          Anyway, before going any further, this place was only open for 3 days when I went in. Normaly wouldn't even think about it. I started off with Calamari w/parmasan crust & Pepperocini aioli, nice and crispy and tasty. The aioli was really good, but spicy as well. That spice that you like and its hot and you cant stop eating it even though its spicy. my wife and daughter had the onion soup. Somewhat classical except for the crouton and cheese they made a mini gruyere grilled cheese sandwich that was good and creative. My in laws both had the Butternut Squash soup. I didnt try it but they couldnt stop talking about how good it was.
                          Dont know why, but we all had simple entrees. I had the Lobster sandwich on brioche and so did my mother in law The lobster salad was tender and very tasty and I loved the brioche roll, it was nice and soft.
                          Father in law had a burger which looked juicy and a perfect Med Rare. My daughter had a grilled chicken caesar salad. 3 year old had of course chicken fingers and fries. We all could not stop eating hers and my wife's fries, they were crispy and flavorful.
                          My wife had the hanger steak sandwich w/ onions mushrooms and Havarti cheese. The first thing I did was ask her if it was tender and she said"yes". Beleive me if it wasnt she would have let me know.

                          Dessert which I normally dont get, but I had to because I always remember the good desserts at The Raven & Peach.(owners wife is pastry chef) I couldnt even tell you what my in-laws split. I was to busy with my Black Bottom peanutbutter mousse. I was suppose to split with my wife but I dont even think she had time to try it.

                          Over all the food I think was really good and can only get better. The service was ok but you couldnt ask for anything more than that only being open for 3 days. the whole night ran like clockwork, you would think it would be slow but everything ran good.

                          I will without a doubt go back, but with out the kids, that way I can take a little more time to relax and enjoy in peace. Next time I will hit up the Entrees

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                            Great review. I will certainly try this restaurant....

                  2. re: equal_Mark

                    My husband and I dined at The Falls last night. The parking lot was about half full. Not bad for a Tuesday. We were seated in the mid-level dining room, the same level as the entrance. Only one other party of four was in the room with us. I assumed that the crowd must be in the bar upstairs but my husband said the downstairs dining room was full. We had a beautiful view of the falls. The decor was warm and comforting.

                    Per my request, I overheard our server emphasizing to the bartender that my cosmopolitan be made with no sour mix, a frequent unpleasant surprise at other establishments. The drink list is interesting and well rounded as is the list of wines by the glass. Didn't peruse the bottle list (yet). As he was unfamiliar with some of the wines, our server was happy to bring us tastes of the ones that interested us to help us make our choices.

                    The bread basket did not include bread but higher end seasoned crackers and bread and cheese sticks and a pesto butter and roasted veggie spread. Delicious.

                    We shared the onion soup. We loved it. The flavor came from the onions, not from high-sodium industrial beef broth. The mini grilled cheese was a nice touch.

                    I ordered the halibut, which was wonderful in flavor but could have been cooked a little less. It came with whipped potatos with shrimp. Unusual but we loved it. Pure evil. The squash was perfectly steamed. The sauce was sinful too.

                    My husband had the seafood paella, which he devoured.

                    We're not dessert people, but we had no room to indulge anyway. I was extremely happy to see two dessert wines on the menu.

                    We're looking forward to future dining experiences and checking out the bar scene. The service was very attentive. I wouldn't mind seeing more healthy choices on the menu.

                    It appears that they read our posts because the website changes to reflect our comments. Bravo. (Since you're listening, add the wine list to the website, indicate what "happy hour" consists of, and remove November from the events calendar.)

                    For now, they are open for lunch on weekends. The plan is to open for lunch during the week at some point, per our server.

                    I'm optimistic...

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                1. Had dinner at The Falls last night. It wasn't planned, but I needed a burger fix and did not feel like journeying to Belmar. I had noticed tat The Falls has burgers listed on the regular menu as well as the bar menu, and since it is only a few minutes walk from where I live so I figured I'd check it out.

                  First of all, it was about 6pm on a Thursday night and it was packed. The parking lot was full. Since I was alone I opted to sit up in the bar, and it was also crowded and loud. It seems the place has quickly developed quite a hopping bar scene. I was lucky enough to snag a table next to the windows..

                  There was a bit of a wait to get a menu and drink from the server, but given the general hubbub this was not a surprise. When my order was taken, the service was friendly and pretty quick (Note to myself: Next time when ordering Iced tea, specify unsweetened).

                  I started with the onion soup. which as mentioned here is close to a classic rendition with a *lot* of onions cooked way down and caramelized, served with a mini gruyere grilled cheese sandwich. A nice start on a cold night.

                  I ordered the 8 oz On the Rocks burger, with tomato, blue cheese and bacon. It was served with a nice dill pickle spear, a small cup of cole slaw that was actually very good. I would have enjoyed a bit more slaw and a bit less fries. This is not to say the fries were not good, they were also very good, standard cut, crispy and hot. But there was a LOT of them! I could not finish them all.

                  The burger was cooked medium rare as requested, and had nice flavor and left a not insubstantial puddle of drippings on the plate. The only issue, and this is just a little peeve of mine, was the actual construction of the patty. Most of the places that do really good burgers tend to slightly indent the center of the patty. When grilled, this results in a more evenly cooked burger and prevents the center from swelling excessively. When a burger is served with a swelled center, it can make eating the second half of the burger more difficult as it tende to try to slip out of the bun. Like I said, this is a minor peeve and just tends to up the messiness factor a bit.

                  All in all it was a good meal. Price before tip was about $20. The setting was OK considering it was in a pretty raucous bar scene, but the food and view made up for it. If the Falls can work from here, maintain or even improve with time, it looks like after 35 years there is finally an establishment worthy of the location.