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At The Table, Asbury Park, NJ

Received a flyer the other week, and forgot to post it.

New Southern Family Restaurant in the old Sister Sue's location.

Grand opening was July 15, 2009

The Table
311 Bond Street
Asbury Park, NJ 07721

732.455.5093

Sunday: 11-6 (dinner only)
Monday: Closed
TWT: 11-4, 5-10
F, S: 11-4, 5-1 (1AM!)

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  1. Any hints as to the type of food being offered?

    1. any chance this is related to david bradley's table that closed in little silver?

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      1. re: boodie1821

        boodie - I doubt it as Chef Bradley (Martin Bradley BTW) is currently behind the stove at the Hollywood Golf Club.

        1. re: bgut1

          has anyone eaten there, i wonder if the food is even better then Table

          1. re: boodie1821

            Unlike some golf clubs, I don't think that Hollywood's dining room is open to the public. You either have to be a member or be invited to dine there by a member.

            1. re: RGR

              RGR is correct. You have to be a member or an invited guest to dine at HGC. I've been there on a few occassions and believe the food has improved since he has taken the helm.

              1. re: bgut1

                b.,

                Is the food Chef Bradley is preparing at Hollywood the same style as he was doing at the restaurant? For example, is that fabulous cowboy steak on the menu?

                1. re: RGR

                  R - While I understand he is no longer doing his cowboy steak I do know that he is preparing a rendition of his coffee steak.

      2. Sounds very interesting, especially the ability to customize and the fact that there is a vegan component to the menu. We often enjoyed Sister Sues, and found some of their vegan dishes better then the meat renditions. I wonder if the owners/chefs are related given the menu options.

        I'm looking forward to trying it out.

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        1. re: missybean

          Just had lunch at "At The Table" and I can start by saying that there is no website or chance that one of the family posted earlier about this place. I'm sure that early review was legit.

          Now, I've had soul food at some great places over the years and I'm not sure that At The Table is THE BEST, but ... the cooking certainly is up there in that realm.

          The cornbread was excellent. I'm told that they usually only serve cornbread at dinner, but we finagled a couple of pieces and I'm sooo glad we did. Moist and chewy, with a great flavor, this stuff deserves at least a whipped honey butter. Alas, all they had was store-type butter. But this is not haute cuisine, just down home goodness.

          The fried chicken had crispy, tasty skin and moist and juicy meat. And, unlike some places that oversalt their chicken, this was just right. It came with a nice order of sweet potato fries as part of a lunch special.

          We also ventured into the dinner side of the menu for a plate of smothered turkey cutlets. A good amount of pieces of solid white turkey meat were breaded and fried and served covered with a really good brown gravy. This dinner item came with a choice of two sides and the rice with black-eyed peas were decent enough, but the collard greens were outstanding - as good as any I've ever had.

          This family owned and run place has only been open for about a week and they are still getting things straight, but there is no mistaking the quality of the cooking. We were so stuffed that we couldn't even think about dessert, but they had a sweet potato cheesecake, chocolate cake and more that was all made in house.

          Also, as mentioned above, there was a meatless section of the menu, and they do not serve pork of any kind.

          One more thing, upon talking with the chef we discovered that it is not BYOB! Do not bring any alcohol as they can't allow it into the restaurant right now. Something to do with insurance.

          Good food, good prices and It's just about two blocks off Cookman on Bond St. - I know I'll be back.

          1. re: seal

            No booze . . . no interest!

            1. re: seal

              Seal - How does this restaurant compare with my old standby Jameson's? BTW, I'm happy you enjoyed your meal.

              1. re: bgut1

                Well, since my favorite thing at Jameson's are the ribs, so far it's mostly apples and oranges. But I have had Jameson's fried chicken and I think At The Table's is better. I am sure that the greens were better.

                To be fair I think we should gett some take out from both places one day and compare blindly side by side ;o)

                1. re: seal

                  Name the time and place, I'm there :)

                  1. re: seal

                    Great idea, seal. I'd be happy to host. :)

                    1. re: RGR

                      I'm in but it has to be a blind tasting!! I'd even be happy to pick them up as I think I'm the closest.

                  2. re: bgut1

                    Wow, b.! Great minds *do* think alike! ;) That's *exactly* the question I was going to ask seal.

                    1. re: RGR

                      They are not too far away from each other either so it wouldn't be that hard to hit both. And, by doing take out, we can drink as we please when we compare ;o)

                      1. re: seal

                        Booze and blind tasting!

                        I really love the blind tasting idea. We have many parties where that is the theme. It's the only way to objectively assess food.

                        1. re: aacharya

                          I'm all for a blind tasting. However, I guess that means that the person who puts out the food item(s) in question has to know which is which. So does that mean that person can't participate in the ratings?

                          1. re: RGR

                            Good point. Never thought about that.

                            1. re: RGR

                              Lol - true, true, there has to be one trustworthy person to set it up - fortunately that lets me out ;o)

                              I say we give At The Table a month or so to get their act together and then do this.

                    2. re: seal

                      This sounds awesome.. my wife and I are heading there tomorrow night to try out the vegan portion of the menu.. I'll be sure to post a review!

                      1. re: seal

                        Had dinner there Friday night (7/24). The food there really was top-notch. We ordered the collard green bacon dip, which was divine. We were given free warm corn bread which was also delicious (it came with a much-touted "sweet butter"--not plain store-type butter, which I thought was really good).

                        My companion, who was raised in NC, ordered the fried chicken with a side of collard greens and peas and rice ($13.99). He said it was the best fried chicken he had in a long time. He ordered the sweet tea too, which he thought was good but a little too sweet.

                        I ordered the oxtails with mac and cheese and peas and rice ($15.99). Deeeelicious! Note, their menu ranges from around $8 to a burger, to some seafood dishes. Our entrees were towards the pricier end.

                        The portions were very big...we ended up taking home half the fried chicken and some sides. (I'm guessing this may have been unintentional, but the half fried chicken came with two drumsticks...) We passed on dessert, but the menu had some pretty good choices, which we'll be back to sample at another date.

                        One note: we asked for a little side of the barbecue sauce, just to try it out. The server had told us it was home-made, but we aren't exactly sure that it is.

                        Another note: we spoke to the chef/owner after the meal, who came out to ask how things were. We specifically asked about the BYOB issue, and she told us that she has no plans to allow alcohol, as it is for her a moral issue. So don't plan on drinking there. Nevertheless, we plan on going back, as the food was just too good.

                    3. One could really eat well by following the advice of fellow hound Seal. Seeing his glowing report prompted us to have an early dinner tonight. "At the Table" is a wow revelation. It was really really good.

                      Greeted by Sylvia (apoligies if I got it wrong) we were seated at a comfortable window table. Quick word about Sylvia, if there is a more friendly server in NJ we haven't met her. We felt like we were in her home.
                      The most delicious cornbread you can imagine, moist and so full of flavor also came with "sweet butter" which tasted like honey was whipped in. I could eat that cornbread all night.

                      We will be back many times to explore the menu but tonight we both opted for the fried chicken. Crispy, flavorful, juicy and not a bit greasy, eating this was a real treat. Only one problem, the sides are every bit as good! I had the collard greens (YUM) and the mac & cheese which had a nice toasted top, plenty of cheese without being too wet or runny. Also delicious.
                      DW had the coleslaw and sweet potato fries. Both were very good and again the fries were crispy and greaseless.
                      Stuffed but wanting to sample dessert, we decided to get a couple to go. We just finished the sweet potato pie which was excellent, so rich but still so light.
                      The other dessert, Ora's cream cheese pound cake will be tomorrows breakfast with coffee... if I don't gobble it up later tonight :)
                      Spoke with owner chef Janice on the way out, wished her and the staff all the best.

                      My advice, run don't walk to At The Table, you won't be disappointed. We went early tonight but reservations are taken.

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                      1. re: tom246

                        Tom - Great review. Thank you.

                      2. Had dinner there Saturday and loved it. Wife had oxtail, mac and cheese, and cole slaw, I had smothered turkey chops, potato salad and collards. Everything was delicious and nicely presented, service was friendly, and the cornbread was as ethereal as everyone else has written. I didn't taste the oxtails but my wife pronounced them excellent. The Mac and Cheese was rich, but not overly so and the cole slaw was slightly sweet and creamy. The turkey chops were breaded and fried - greaseless, crisp and just chewy enough to set off the smoothness of the gravy. Potato salad was creamy without being overly dressed. We didn't have dessert. Menu attached if I can accomplish that,,,
                        Place was not busy as it needs to be on a Saturday night if it is to prosper, so please go and encourage others to go - because it's on Bond, it doesn't get people walking by as much as it would on Cookman or Mattison.....

                        1. Went back early again tonight to further explore the menu. I had a favorite, the meatloaf which was nicely prepared, tasty and a large portion. Sides of collard greens (could not resist) and candied yams.
                          My better half had Maya's sweet potato crusted tilapia served with a light Cajun sausage cream sauce. The seasoning in the sweet potato crust and the tilapia made for an unusual flavor combination but we enjoyed it. Sides were those delicious collard greens and black eyed peas and rice that were a bit bland.

                          Took a large slab of moist, delicious coconut cake home and we just devoured it with some coffee.
                          Our server Sonya (not Sylvia, I need my hearing checked:) again helped guide us through the menu.
                          We had a nice leisurely meal but during our time there only a couple of tables were occupied.
                          Like OGguy said, fellow hounds you need to tell your friends about At The Table and pay them a visit. Its located on Bond Street, a block or so from the action on Cookman.

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                          1. re: tom246

                            Tom is there a website for this restaurant?

                            1. re: Tapas52

                              I tried Googling. No website.

                              1. re: Tapas52

                                No website but if you have questions, let me know. I have a menu.

                                1. re: tom246

                                  oh me! I have a question -
                                  is the ox tail a special or always on said menu?

                                  thx

                                    1. re: tom246

                                      As Manow Asian Bistro didn't open until 3 PM (we found out the hard way), my guest and I decided to try At The Table for lunch today. The meal couldn't have been better. Eschewing the lunch platters, we decided to order off the dinner menu in order get the two sides. While I ordered the ox tails with collard greens and black eyed peas and rice, my companion ordered the fried chicken with mac and cheese and candied yams. Before the entrees arrived, we were presented with a basket containing nice warm slices of cornbread along with some honey butter. The cornbread was fantastic. It was moist, flavorful and toothsome. The butter just pushed it over the top and there was no comparison to the specimen provided at my usual favorite Jameson's. The entrees didn't disappoint either. Mine contained five (?) nice hunks of oxtail smothered in gravy while my guest's consisted of four pieces of chicken (breast, thigh, wing and drumstick). You definitely will not leave the restaurant hungry. Although the chicken was very good (especially appreciate the sweetness of the coating), the meat was a tad dry and was not as good as the chicken served at Jameson's. However, all the other items were stellar from the mac and cheese to the candied yams all the way through to the collards and black eyed peas. Eyeing the cakes on the counter as I came into the restaurant, I knew I would have a hard time choosing what to have for dessert as well as making some room in my stomach. All meal, I was debating between two of my favorites: coconut or red velvet cake. The coconut won out and I'm happy to say it met expectations. I was however pleasantly surprised by the pineapple jam used between layers (good although unexpected). All in all, ATT was a smashing success and I can't wait to go back for more. As far as to whether ATT is better than Jameson's, I'll still stick with Jameson's for my fried chicken and rib fix. Good Luck.

                                      1. re: bgut1

                                        bgut, great report as usual and it mirrors our experiences there. Nice people, relaxed setting, tasty food... a lot to like. My chicken was moist but a few extra seconds in the fryer can make a big difference. That coconut cake rocks!

                                        1. re: bgut1

                                          I love this Table vs. Jamesons discussion. I think most items are comparable but there's nothing at Jamesons that can touch ATT's cornbread. That shit is like crack!

                                1. Well I made it to The Table yesterday. We tried to get there on Sunday, unaware of the early closing time. Nice casual place, lots of good things, and a few not so good. The not so good would be the service, very slow, almost felt like we were in the south. I don't want to say inattentive, but the only way I can sum it up is that our waitress was almost shy? She spoke very softly, and was quite hard to hear. She also kept coming by to tell us that our food would ne out in a few minutes, three times! Don't get me wrong she was extremely nice and in a way I think she was almost apologizing for the food taking so long to come out, we waited nearly 45 minutes for anything, except for the wonderful cornbread! Just another note on service, although it is probably a kichen gaff, the appetizer was served with the main course.

                                  On to the good the food! Here's what we ordered, fried chicken, short ribs, turkey chop, honey bbq chicken wings, mac and cheese, collard greens, blackeyed peas w.rice. The fried chicken can only be described as excellent, hot and juicy with a light breading. The same breading was on the turkey chop. I had never even heard of a turkey chop. Turns out it is a thick slice of turkey breast with the bone still attached - GENIUS! I ordered it smothered and it was fantastic. The short rib was just OK, cooked until tender but just a little boring. Wings we good, a little over sauced, but I guess that is how it's supposed to be. The bbq was very thick and sweet, with a little smoke flavor, atop wings that were deep fried. Sides wrre good, my favorite being the mac and cheese. Collards were good, although I prefer the ones at Jameson's. Didn't have room for any of the cakes, although they looked great, and if they are half as good as the cornbread the're a winner!

                                  1. Yesterday, my daughter and I were ravenous after spending the afternoon at the NJ Premium Outlets. We almost wound up at Ruby Tuesdays (did I say we were ravenous?) but wisely decided to head to Asbury Park instead. I remembered this thread, but I couldn't remember the address, but some kind people on Cookman Ave. gave us directions.

                                    What a lovely little place! We were the only diners at 4:00 PM, which is a strange time to eat. We had the dinner menu, and I ordered the fried chicken, mac and cheese, and greens. I ordered the sweet tea, mostly to get in the spirit of things because: wow is that sweet! Water is my usual when I'm not having wine or beer. My daughter had the fried shrimp, with the mac and cheese and grilled asparagus. The cornbread was great, the food was homey and delicious, and the service was friendly. We may have had Larry Lg's "almost shy" waitress, but I didn't see her that way. I wouldn't say that it was polished service, but we were made to feel right at home, and that was just fine with us.

                                    We had to bring home some of the chicken and macaroni, but we decided to take home three pieces of the coconut cake for later. I didn't realize until later what a huge "hunk of cake" (to quote Beaver Cleaver) they give you, so we should have ordered some different desserts to try.

                                    I asked our waitress if it would more crowded later on, and she said yes, but I worry that they are on a relatively boring stretch of Bond Street, rather than the jazzier Cookman Ave. She was aware of the reviews on Chowhound. I will encourage my friends to give it a try.

                                    1. Has anyone been there lately?

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                                      1. re: OGguy

                                        3 times within last 2 months. excellent low key evenings every time. chef janice has some amazing recipes, like the batter for the chicken and the turkey chop. the meatloaf is very good as well, tastes even better as leftovers. baked crock of mac and cheese has an inherent sweetness compliments of secret ingredients, swears its not brown sugar or cinnamon but i don't know haha. the place is so good i don't mind the no-byob stigma, as much as an ice cold yuengling or a blue moon would compliment my chicken feasting. At The Table is highly recommnended for take out or a laidback casual evening of good soul food.

                                        1. re: longbranchgourmet

                                          We went on Saturday, not having been there for several months. Quality remains outstanding. I had the meatloaf with collards and rice/black eyed peas, my wife had BBQ chicken with slaw and grits and our friend had fried chicken with mashed and I forget what. We shared a crock of Mac and cheese. Service was warm and competent but, as usual, things came out of the kitchen pretty slowly. There was another couple and a family of 4 there at the time - 6:30 to 7:30 - and one or 2 takeout customers came in, but the place is nowhere near as busy as it should be, given the quality of the food.

                                          1. re: OGguy

                                            I went a couple months ago and yes, the food is still delicious. I told them they should do some takeout fried chicken...I'd be there a lot more if I could buy a bucket of fried chicken for 10-15 bucks or whatever.

                                            1. re: joonjoon

                                              They don't do takeout? I thought pretty much all restaurants did takeout these days. All the benefits of cash flow without the overhead...

                                              1. re: equal_Mark

                                                They do takeout, but 15$ is a lot for half a chicken if you just want takeout fried chicken. I'm talking about doing like a bucket of chicken only for 15 bucks or whatever. I love their chicken but if it's 10pm and I just want to munch on some fried chicken I'm far more likely to go to Kennedy or Crown. I know it's totally different but I know I'd be @ At The Table a lot more if I knew I could just buy some delicious chicken to bring home for cheap.

                                                1. re: joonjoon

                                                  Their loss. Maybe they are concerned that folks bringing home takeout would pop open a beer with their food... :-0

                                      2. Here's a link to a lovely review in the Asbury Park Press. Reminds me to get back there soon! I just don't know why they didn't mention the fried chicken?

                                        http://www.app.com/article/20110223/N...

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                                        1. re: Heidi cooks and bakes

                                          While I did see a reference to the fried chicken, I read nothing that suggested it was a review. To review a restaurant, I think, one must actually eat the food. If this author ate the food, she sure avoided mentioning her impressions of it.

                                          1. re: MGZ

                                            outstanding fried chicken! sweet potatoes, black eyed peas, beans, and esp cornbread aree amazing...wish i had enough room for the famous coconut cake but we were so stuffed!

                                            1. re: billybauer17

                                              I'm there with ya. But as for the coconut cake, I have two words: take out!

                                        2. We just ate here yesterday, man did it the spot in our italian-saturated world. The $18 all you can eat buffet was excellent: perfectly crispy fried chicken, sauteed kale, mac-n-cheese, tilapia, lemon chicken, bbqd brisket...it just went on and on. Fancy pinky raising food? Heck no, but tasty, well done southerns eats? Indeed. And just the sweetest folks working there, too.

                                          We'll be back.