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lunch in monmouth county

rutgers2 Jan 12, 2009 07:25 AM

Hi, are there any recommendations for a casual restaurant lunch in Monmouth County on a Sunday? Anything that has some Italian-inspired items on the menu and preferably with a liquor license. Many thanks.

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    yCf RE: rutgers2 Jan 12, 2009 08:14 AM

    which town are you visiting?
    anyhow, if you are looking for Italian food, there are pretty much nothing but Italian restaurant on route 9 between Old bridge and Freehold.

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      rutgers2 RE: yCf Jan 12, 2009 08:52 AM

      Thanks, yCf. I'm meeting my in-laws and they live in Pt. Pleasant but I was hoping to meet them somewhere in between. Maybe Red Bank or that area? Thanks!

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        Angelina RE: rutgers2 Jan 12, 2009 11:16 AM

        I know some people hate this place, but I happen to like it. Homemade pastas and a great wine list. Right in Red Bank.

        Basil T's



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          rutgers2 RE: Angelina Jan 12, 2009 01:34 PM

          Thanks Angelina! I see they have a wine list, which is needed with the in-laws...LOL!

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            Angelina RE: rutgers2 Jan 13, 2009 03:42 AM

            The can also serve shots, you know before the in laws come...ha ha!!! Hope you have a wonderful outing!!!

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              rutgers2 RE: Angelina Jan 13, 2009 09:17 AM

              Thanks Angelina! Definitely will have shots--maybe some absinthe :)

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        RGR RE: yCf Jan 12, 2009 11:53 AM


        I don't think those Italian restaurants betweent the points along the Route 9 corridor are open for lunch on Saturday. Not that anyone would be missing anything because they are all mediocre at best.


        In Red Bank, you might want to consider Gaetano's, which does serve lunch on Saturday.


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          rutgers2 RE: RGR Jan 12, 2009 01:34 PM

          Thanks RGR. This sounds good too.

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            aacharya RE: rutgers2 Jan 13, 2009 09:35 AM

            Remember most places in RB (with the exception of Buona Sera) don't have liquor licenses. Gaetano's and the Bistro can only sell NJ wines.

            If you BYO, then visit 2 Senza or La Pastaria.

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              rutgers2 RE: aacharya Jan 13, 2009 09:39 AM

              Thanks so much, aacharya. Of the 2, do you prefer 2 Senza or La Pastaria?

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                val ann c RE: aacharya Jan 13, 2009 03:29 PM

                I've only been to 2 Senza once, about a year ago. I was going to suggest it for you. Very nice atmosphere. We went for appetizers and oysters. Everything was tasty. The owner was charming.
                The place has a comfortable sophisticated casual atmosphere. The small oyster bar is on a lovely alcove. I think they might serve NJ wines, as well as BYO.
                It's in the Galleria -- lots of free parking in the lot.

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                  rutgers2 RE: val ann c Jan 14, 2009 12:34 PM

                  Val Ann C, thank you so much. You have given me great recommendations in the past. I think my in-laws will really like this place and the parking, BYO option (would be interested in NJ wines though) in addition to the congenial owner sounds like a perfect combo. Have a great night.

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                    val ann c RE: rutgers2 Jan 14, 2009 01:37 PM

                    Please let us know how you all like the food. As I said, I have only been there once, about a year ago. I remember the food was good and fresh.

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                      rutgers2 RE: val ann c Jan 16, 2009 05:25 AM

                      Val Ann--I definitely will! I am sure it will be great. Thanks and have a good weekend!

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                      njchowgal RE: rutgers2 Jan 14, 2009 01:51 PM

                      rutgers2- i must caution you about NJ wines. i have tasted almost every one of them and they are nothing like Cali or French wines. although the quality has improved in the last few years, some of them taste a little "off". if you want to try one, go for a fruit wine, an off-dry varietal, or a cab franc. in my experience, these are the best bets among NJ wines. even with these, it can be hit or miss. good luck!

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                        rutgers2 RE: njchowgal Jan 16, 2009 05:27 AM

                        Thanks njchowgal, that is good to know as I definitely do not have a strong knowledge of wines (I tend to drink mostly Chateau Musar but more frequently have been drinking more Yellow Tail since it is cheap).

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