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Jul 28, 2009 06:06 PM

60th Birthday Party in Red Bank area; where?

We will be about 20 people coming from all over and are looking for a restaurant in Red Bank or surrounding area that might also have a private room where we could have a 60th birthday party. I did something for my husband up in Massachusetts and we ordered off a the regular menu and paid a fee to use the room. Is there anything down there that can be recommended?

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  1. it would help to know if you have a price range or budget in mind, but off the top of my head i know that Restaurant Nicholas and Red both have private rooms.

    Restaurant Nicholas
    160 State Route 35, Red Bank, NJ 07701

    Red Restaurant & Lounge
    3 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      The budget would be moderate. We are a casual group. I'll check out those two places. Thanks.

      1. re: opaldog

        The Molly Pitcher Inn might be worth looking into.Nice views over the Navesink River Indoor / outdoor tranquil seating,easy parking and food / atmosphere that is comfortable for almost any demographic IMO.


        It is a very popular civilised Sunday brunch spot (around $25-$30 per head ).that I believe fits within your requirements.

        1. re: xny556cip

          Come to think of it,they have a private room overlooking the river nearbye in Rumson at Salt Creek,but i'm sure it's not as good value overall?Just another option.

          1. re: xny556cip

            I've never had the Sunday brunch at the Molly Pitcher, but I have been to a private event there, and the food was meh.

            Imo, a special occasion such as this one deserves a special restaurant with superb cuisine. And that would definitely be Nicholas.


            1. re: RGR

              Except for 2 words: "moderate budget."

              1. re: equal_Mark

                20 guests - $1200 before drinks.

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  I look at Nicholas as comparable to restaurants in NYC, and compared to those, the prices *are* "moderate." Try to find a 3-course prix fixe for $59 in a NYC restaurant serving cuisine at that superb level, and you will come up empty.

                  Of course, it would be helpful if opaldog would give us her per person budget, excluding drinks, tax & tip.

                  1. re: RGR

                    I don't have an exact budget but I'm looking at inexpensive to moderate. This is a special occasion but it's for a shall we say very down to earth kind of guy. I actually thought about a Vietnamese restaurant in Red Bank that advertises private parties for 25 and byob. It's Saigon II on Newman Springs Rd. Anyone ever eaten there?

                    1. re: opaldog

                      Saigon II is actually in Lincroft, about 10 minutes outside of Red Bank. I'm not a fan, though other Hounds on this board like it.

                      If you are interested in Asian, I would, instead, highly recommend Manow Asian Bistro, which is right across Newman Springs Road (aka Route 520) from Saigon II. Excellent Thai cuisine! It's a small place with very nice modern decor. You would probably have to take over the entire space, but I'm sure that could be arranged. It is a BYO.


                      1. re: opaldog

                        Saigon II is quite good for Vietnamese food in the area.(Well, not that there are tons of choices) If you have a party of around 20, I think that it is a bit easier to go for a place with more classic food and not an asian taste(unless everyone love asian or in this case Vietnamese). If the group is more down to earth and enjoy beer, Basil T is a place to consider. I would not say that the food is top shelf but I think that it is easy to find something to please everyone. Besides, it is more of a causal environment in Red Bank. I like Dish in Red Bank but it is a small place and I wonder if they will do private parties. Here is the link:


                      2. re: RGR

                        If he's looking for moderate places in NYC he should be posting on the NYC board.

                        1. re: equal_Mark

                          *She* never said anything about looking for a moderate place in NYC. I was just making a cost comparison between Nicholas and comparable restaurants in NYC.

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              1. Check with Midtown, on 35 S (Union Square Plaza) a mile north of Red Bank. The food is good, the price is right, the atmosphere is probably what you want, and it's convenient. I don't know if they have a separate room, but they have a few separate areas and could probably accommodate you.

                Also, on Shrewsbury Ave, CJ Montana's and Poor House. Again, I don't know about the separate room, but it probably could be worked out.

                1. Here is a thought:

                  Basil T's in Red Bank. I have been to a small dinner party there in one area, maybe about 18 of us/ Some people on this board don't like this place, but I really like the homemade pasta and the wine selection is just great!

                  Have a nice time!


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                  1. re: Angelina

                    Good suggestions from all. I have to consult with everyone down in Jersey and come up with a consensus. Thanks.

                    1. re: opaldog

                      Good Luck opaldog. Please report back.

                    2. re: Angelina

                      i like basil's a lot (but as a mug club member i may be biased). The food is generally quite good and the portions are very generous but I would say the price is on the very upper-end of 'moderate.' They certainly have space for a party of 20.

                    3. sienna grille on shrewsbury ave in red bank might be a good option. they accommodate private parties in either their tavern or the more upscale dining room. each room has a separate menu.