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Jan 9, 2010 10:16 AM

Northern Monmouth County Fine Dining

Please list your top three place in northern Monmouth County for fine dining. Thanks.

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  1. OK. I'll start. 1. Nicholas 2. Fromagerie 3. Le Fandy

    1. Doris & Ed's, Trinity & Fromagerie (no particular order). Just to be fair, I've only been to Nicholas once & it was for a private party which I thoroughly enjoyed. Also, I am excluding BYOBs as I equate "fine dining" with at least 1 cocktail.

      1. I submit that fine dining in Northern Monmouth means Trinity or Nicholas.

        1. Agree....Le Fandy and Fromogerie. Sometimes when I really want Le Fandy, I go for lunch and it is such a bargain! I think it is $ 25 or $ 30 for 3 courses and it is absolutely divine!

          Last time I was at Nicholas, I left feeling very unimpressed. The couple who also dined with my husband and I felt the same. After that experience, and the amount of money we paid, this gave us no reason to hurry back at all.

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          1. re: Angelina

            I love Le Fandy, but wish they would change the menu now and then. I love Nicholas and have always left feeling it was money well spent. I love the burger and the arepas at Trinity, but have had a few clunkers there too, but they still edge out any other Monmouth Co place for my third spot.

            Except for

            1. re: seal

              Except for...??

              The suspense is killing me Seal!

              1. re: joonjoon


                I'm sorry about that. As I get older I forget things and sometimes

          2. Nicholas, without a doubt. Fromargiere, YES. Doris and Ed's, most definitely. Harry's Lobster House would even warrant consideration even with that dated interior.

            Belford Bistro and Bay Ave Trattoria miss because of their being BYOB's, though food wise they're terrific.

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            1. re: JustJake

              I'm confused. Why can't BYOB mean fine dining? I like to bring my own cocktail and
              bottle(s) of my favorite wine.

              1. re: Papa Bing

                Are non-licensed restaurants permitted to allow customers to bring their own alcoholic beverages (byob) for consumption with their meals?

                Unless there is a local ordinance prohibiting it, customers of an unlicensed restaurant may be permitted by the ownership of the restaurant to bring and consume only wine and beer. The restaurant can supply glasses, ice, etc., but may not impose a cover, corkage or service charge. Also, under no circumstances may spirituous liquor be permitted. There may be no advertising whatsoever of the fact that wine or beer may be permitted. Additionally, the owner may not permit wine or beer to be consumed during hours in which the sale of these products is prohibited by licensees in that municipality, nor allow consumption of beer or wine by persons under the age of 21 years or by persons who are actually or apparently drunk or intoxicated. (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-27).

              2. re: JustJake

                I'm with Jake. No booze to choose, it's not fine dining. BYO's can be fun and cost effective, but not fine dining.

                Which gets to my BYO pet peeve - what do you do with red wine? I much prefer almost any bottle after it has opened for an hour or so. In a real restaurant, I can select a bottle, have it opened, and enjoy some spirits while it breathes. In a BYO, I either have to open it at home and transport an open bottle (both illegal and potentially messy) or drink wine before its time. And then as to pairings . . .

                1. re: MGZ

                  It is not illegal to transport an open bottle of wine in the trunk of the car. So you can take the open wine to the BYO ...or conversely take home leftover wine at a licensed establishment if you do not finish it at dinner. I found a small little cooler that can hold a wine bottle with cork in it and put it in my trunk to prevent any mess if it spills.

                  1. re: bfl13

                    I forgot that loophole - It's been years since I had a car with a trunk. I must admit, it's nice to know there are others who bring open bottles to dinner. Ever get a funny look from an inattentive server who can't figure out how there was wine in your glass?