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Jul 20, 2009 07:06 AM

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


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


                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.

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        1. 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.