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Should we try Catherine Lombardi in New Brunswick?

Pink Pepper Dec 11, 2009 08:33 PM

Was searching Open Table tonight to look for a place for tomorrow night. Came across this restaurant. I remember hearing about it from someone. The few reviews I've seen so far look good but not great. We're coming from Monmouth county so it's not too far of a trip.
Can we do better in that area?

  1. bgut1 Dec 11, 2009 10:21 PM

    Pink - IMHO, I think you can in fact do better. While the food is decent, I found it to be overpriced for what you get. Instead, I would recommend two of my favorites in that area; Daryl or Soho on George. Good Luck.

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    1. re: bgut1
      seal Dec 12, 2009 03:02 AM

      Have to agree with bgut, there are better options nearby - even more than a few for less money.

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        Pink Pepper Dec 12, 2009 06:03 AM

        Thank you so much for the quick replies. I'll cancel and try to book one of the other two. I have been to Soho on George many years ago. We did enjoy it.

        1. re: Pink Pepper
          Pink Pepper Dec 12, 2009 07:05 AM

          Now let's think about price. Are they pretty much in the same category as Nicholas and Fromagerie? If they are I'd rather stay closer to home and go to my usual favorites.

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      RPMcMurphy Dec 12, 2009 07:02 PM

      You won't find a better cocktail bar in NJ. I'm biased on the food, because I eat there weekly so take my cheering for the 'yes' crowd with a grain of salt if you will, it's one of my favorite restaurants in NJ.

      I haven't tried Daryl since the menu change, but I have been to SoHo and it doesn't hit the mark for me anymore. I used to love it, now, not so much.

      I had a few good experiences at Frog and Peach recently in that area.

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        Pink Pepper Dec 12, 2009 08:00 PM

        Still planning a trip to New Brunswick after the New Year. I know there are many places to try. From what I see the area looks hopping and I like that.
        Tonight we ended up at Whispers in Spring Lake. We were seated in an off room...4 tables in a closed room, no windows. Not the main dining room. I wish they would tell you that when you make the reservation. Sorry I'm not gifted in the details department. Some of you have such a wonderful knack of describing your experience that I feel like I'm right there with you. I do better if I'm asked specific questions.
        We all agreed the food was very good. No complaints there. But we were a bit disappointed with the room. Ambiance definitely plays a part in the overall dining experience.

        1. re: Pink Pepper
          gailelyson Dec 13, 2009 02:24 AM

          We love the bar at CL and the owners, but the food, not so much. Would rather have drinks up there and dinner at Stage Left.

          1. re: Pink Pepper
            JustJake Dec 13, 2009 05:50 AM

            Pink, you probably made the right choice in opting for Whispers over CL. This Spring Lake restaurant remains a fine fine dining experience, from ambience, to food, waitstaff, and attention to detail making for a fine nite out.

            Then if the weather's just right (last nite in particular - cold but nice), a walk on the boards is so refreshing.

          2. re: RPMcMurphy
            ambrose Dec 13, 2009 06:21 AM

            I think you have pretty well nailed it. When it comes to food, CL is WAY overpriced. That's not to say the food is not good, just that you can do much better elsewhere. When people ask me about CL, I always tell them to go on-line and look at the special Sunday dinner that is offered. Do you honestly believe that this is worth $50 (plus tax, 20% service and beverage)? The prices for regular dinner selections are also unusually high.

            BTW, does anyone know who has replaced Anthony Bucco since he left CL and Stage Left?

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