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Nov 30, 2008 07:45 AM

Monmouth County Restaurants with Entertainment

I'm looking for all Monmouth County, NJ restaurants with decent to great food that has single or duo music entertainment., during the week or on the weekends.
Also, I've had my feet in the sand since moving to the Jersey Shore in 1971. To this day I have not found a place that CONSISTENTLY makes a light and airy thick crust pizza like the ones that came from 3 Brothers in Jersey City, circa 1968-1971, or the ones that were made in the lower east side of NY. If anyone knows of any in the Ocean/Monmouth County areas please let me know. Thanks...Cos

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  1. What about Red in Red Bank?

    I have only had the cheese platter there, so I can't tell you about the food, but I sometimes go there to meet friends and I know th upstairs lounge has entertainment. I don't know what nights, but I was last there in early August and it was a Thurs. and my husband and I sat upstairs and they had a nice lively band.

    Can't help you on the pizza. I have been so disgusted, that I just make my own at home. I have found that Denino's in Aberdeen is really good. Thanks to this board, I found the place.

    Good luck!

    1. Navesink Fishery is a BYO with live entertainment. I have not been there in quite awhile, but I always liked the fish very much. Be sure to stick to classic preparations, i.e. broiled or francaise. I've never been happy with the chef's creative recipes.

      Regarding pizza... I feel your pain. Every place I try is bad. I haven't been to Denino's yet. Actually, I kinda like the brick oven pizza at Whole Foods. It's pretty good for supermarket pizza.

      Navesink Fishery
      36 N State Highway, Middletown, NJ

      1. For excellent thick crust pizza try VIA ROMA in the plaza across from the Ramada INN on RT9 &
        Rt 70 in Toms River!

        1. Crystal Palace (fka Rendezvous), in the Home Fashion Center strip, on Route 9 North, in Manalapan, is a Russian restaurant. We've had lunch there a number of times, and the food's good. Love the vereniki! They have entertainment on weekends -- a band and, I think, vocalists. Tel.: 732-972-5959.

          We've not been to 3 Brothers, but I grew up on the LES. Attilio's, in the A&P shopping strip, on the corner of Routes 79 & 520, in Marlboro, makes what I think is a very good "classic" pizza. The thick crust is not too dense, and there's just the right balance of sauce to cheese.

          1. Basil T's isnt bad and has live entertainment......