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Jun 5, 2009 01:51 PM

Danial's Bistro Point Beach

Place just opened June 1.. Menue is diverse .Prices are very steep . Up with the Atlantic Grill ..In this economy this is a wild venture .We can certainly use another up scale place . Anybody have a read on this rec ?

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  1. Where is it? Closest thing I can find is Daniel's on Broadway, is that it?

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      1. re: MGZ

        Is this the place next door to the Globe Trotter, near the Seven Eleven (Right where 35 splits to go into Bay Head?) It was a steak house last year? If not, anyone know the place I'm talking about and been?

        1. re: miah

          No, that's not it. Daniel's is on Broadway which is the northern thoroughfare to the beach in Point. It runs basically parallel to the Manasquan River.

          I think the place you are asking about is becoming/has become a coffeeshop.

      2. Anybody have any specific details on the menu, Type of food, prices etc

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        1. re: tom246

          I'm heading across the bridge this afternoon. I 'spose I'll try to take a look. I need a little ocean time first - if its open for lunch I may try it. (If not it's lobster rolls on the deck at Red's!!)

          1. re: MGZ

            It was closed up tight around 3:30 yesterday so, I am afraid, I've got nothing to share.

            1. re: MGZ

              As for the lobster rolls at Red's - $21! And, to make it worse, they were served on side-split potato rolls that were barely grilled - sad indeed!

              1. re: MGZ

                did you happen to see the hours of service ..thanks

                1. re: big1515

                  Nothing on the outside. It actually appeared as though it may be closed Mondays. Certainly not open for lunch.

                  1. re: MGZ

                    I was able to find the phone number: 732-899-5337. I called and spoke to a woman named Karen. I neglected to ask her position, but she sounded very much like an owner.

                    Hours of operation: 7 days a week. Mon.-Sat., starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. (I didn't ask about closing time.)

                    From her description of some of the items they're serving, sounds like an eclectic menu.

                    No website until November when "" becomes available.

                    If you send an e-mail, she will e-mail back a copy of the menu.

                    1. re: RGR

                      R - Did she send you a copy of the menu? If so, I would appreciate you forwarding me a copy. Thanks.

                      1. re: bgut1


                        I just e-mailed her this a.m. and haven't heard back yet.

                        1. re: RGR

                          I was just emailed a menu and it looks worth trying. The prices did not seem too steep to me at all for the seafood. The meat dishes were somewhat pricey, but I have to assume that the beef is steakhouse quality. Also the fact that they are a BYO helps immensely. I will certainly give it a try.

                          1. re: charmel

                            Yes, I also received the menu, and it looks excellent. Looking forward to trying Daniel's Bistro in the near future.

                            1. re: RGR

                              RGR ..please give a review .Most places in that area are seafood only .It would be interesting to find out if seafood and Truf can exist /survive in one eatery . BYO is good if reservations are taken ,but if you have to wait to be seated without a bar is a problem for me !

                              1. re: big1515


                                When we do try it, I will report back.

                                With regard to the menu, why are you questioning whether a restaurant with what I would describe as a Contemporary American menu like the one at Daniel's Bistro can survive? Restaurants of that type exist everywhere. The key, imo, is how good the food is. From what we've heard so far, it appears the quality at Daniel's Bistro is high, so if that is the case, I think Daniel's has a good chance to be successful. Of course, as we know, there are other factors which impact on whether a restaurant survives, such as the economy, how efficiently the business end is run, how deep the pockets area, and location.

                                ETA: I noticed that in your original post, you mentioned that prices are steep. I just looked at the prices again. Prices for appetizers range from a modest $5 for salads to the more upscale (though not outrageous) $14 for foie gras. Main course dishes have what I consider moderate prices ($20's), and the other half are more high end ($30's). Admittedly, my view is based on *my* pocketbook and our dining out proclivities.

                                1. re: RGR

                                  RGR: I would love for another upscale place to make it ,but I have found that the specialtiy type ,seafood ,steak ,Italian etc. seem to do better .This menue is all over the lot ,but the MAIN factor for suvival is good food and friendly efficient service .I hope to eat there soon

                                  1. re: big1515

                                    follow up :
                                    lobster cocktail $15 (high end apps) -
                                    ala cart salads $5 -$6
                                    dinner $29 average
                                    veg $6
                                    ****meal total (average) $40 **w/o apps

                                2. re: big1515

                                  Just spoke to them. They said that they absolutely take minimum party.

              2. Our Daniel's Bistro Experience:

                We made it there last night on Saturday for a 6 PM dinner reservation to this new bistro in Point Pleasant and were pleasantly greeted by the wife of the chef/owner. The place is cozy and nicely decorated.

                After being seated a nice dish of mixed olives, along with a tiny chopped cheese bruchetta was served. After a bit a really nice touch was when a server came over with an offer of different type rolls that you got to choose. There was EVO for dipping on each table.

                For starters we had the PEI mussels in a spicy sauce that contained thinly sliced chiorizos (not too much, just enough) This was a special appetizer for the evening and was absolutely delicious. This is offered only when they can get decent mussels otherwise they do the same dish with clams. Then we shared a ceaser salad which was made the traditional way with a hint of anchovies in the taste, and the hearts of romaine were nice and fresh....another hit.

                For our main courses I had the day boat halibut server on a thin bed of risoto with baby green beans and my wife had the zuppe de pesce, containing 1/2 lobster, several large shrimp, scallops and clams and slivers of hot green pepppers. On the side was served angel hair, which to our amazement was served al dente without even having to ask. Both of these dishes were simply outstanding.
                The flavors and portion size were wounderful. Unfortunalely we were too full to sample a desert but plan on doing so at our next visit.

                Our server was excellent; she made sure we were well taken care of, without being instrusive. Just to be fair, however, a few of the staff were still feeling their way around but the chef's wife seemed to have a good handle on that and was quick to assist and oversee them. Although a little "green" around the edges, they were polite and eager to please. The overall meal lasted about 90 minutes which for our liking is just right. The only concern we would have is their ability to provide this level of dining once the summer crowds converge. The cost of the meal was $72 before tax and tip.

                Based on our experience they appear to be off to a flying start !

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                1. re: JerzeyShore

                  Great review. Thanks Jerzey. I plan on visiting Daniel's Bistro very soon.

                  1. re: bgut1

                    Bgut1, I think that you will like this place. It sort of reminds me of Bistro44 as they have a limited menu but a lot of attention is paid to the food and it shows. Thanks to your mention of B44 often we have been there several times over the past month or so and it has become one of our favorites ...

                  2. re: JerzeyShore

                    Thanks for the detailed review, JerzeyShore. I'm pleased to hear such good things about the food.

                    My educated guess is that the wife of the chef/owner is Karen, whom I've had the pleasure to speak with on the phone. Judging from that conversation and the few e-mails we've exchanged (including one where she attached the menu), she sounds extremely competent. Thus, it doesn't surprise me that she's running the foh with a sure hand.

                    Despite early days, it sounds as though we already have a winner in Daniel's Bistro, and I'm really looking forward to dining there in the near future.

                    1. re: RGR

                      Jerzey Shore:
                      Good review ,was it crowed .How many seats @ The Bisto ?

                      1. re: big1515

                        Big by the time we left at 7:30 the place was pretty well full with about 8 or ten large tables. We did notice that they have a bunch of tables outside but no one was seated out there because of the weather I guess. At any rate the good news is that they take reservations even for two people.

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                    1. Imsmdm,

                      I see you are new to Chowhound. Welcome!

                      I would be very interested to hear the details of what you ate at Daniel's Bistro and why you felt "every bite to be BEYOND worth EVERY PENNY."