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Im looking for a special place to take mom & dad for their 60th wedding anniversary dinner on a sunday.......great food doesn't matter what style, maybe an ocean view but not a must, would like a nice atmosphere.........they live in the freehold area, driving 30 min or so is no problem.....just something they will remember & enjoy.....open to anything & thank you all in advance.

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  1. Rooney's in LBranch maybe? I have not been but heard the view is great. Its on my list to try. It's pricey. Stella Marina in Asbury supposed to have a nice view, not been there either LOL. BAHR's is still good, not great but good. All these have views. Went to a place in the summer, why cant I remember the name, in Keyport. Was fun, a tad dated appearance, but pretty view and food was ok. i'll write back the name comes to me!

    1. In general, the places with great views don't have great food. So you might want to decide what's more important to your parents.

      Rooneys and Avenue have a great view and decent food, but there are better places to eat. IMO.

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      1. re: joonjoon

        The chef's table at Nicholas. One caveat being, it's not available on weekends

        1. re: rickster71

          You know what, for a 60th anniversary...you should definitely go to a place like Nicholas.

        2. re: joonjoon

          Ive been to Le Avenue in Pier Village.......the food is definitly more important.....vs View...
          another choice of my parents would be a Great Steak House also?....Manhattan in Wayside or Danny's? Redbank...or?

          They love Great PRIME RIB....but I dont see it on any of their menu's?

          1. re: Tapas52

            If you want the best overall food possible you should definitely hit up Nicholas. Manhattan serves up a very good Luger-style steak, the best in our area if you're into that sort of steak. They do not do Prime Rib though.

            IMO both places are as good as it gets at doing what they do in our area. Honestly between these two places I find little reason to visit other premium restaurants. When I want something fancy it's Nicholas...when I want steak it's Manhattan. Done! :)

            1. re: joonjoon

              Second to Manhattan for steak. Every time we have gone it has always been very good. I don't know anywhere else in Monmouth that you can get the true steakhouse experience. Not sure if anyone on the board took advantage but for a short window they were byob while they worked out some things with their license. I haven't been in about two months but I'm pretty sure they have it back now.

              1. re: AC Captain

                AC thank you i also have heard good things about MSH..........is there a reason Prime rib isn't on the menu?

                1. re: Tapas52

                  I'm not sure why not. I know they do pride themselves on their extremely hot ovens, somewhere around 1200 F. Maybe a slow cooked prime rib is not something that falls into those parameters. That's just a shot in the dark though.

                2. re: AC Captain

                  Yeah, a PR doesn't really fit in with what they're trying to do. It's a STEAKhouse, rather than a roast house. :) But if you're a ribeye fan, DO try their ribeye steak!

                  The last time I was there was around Xmas and they still had no license. It was great for me because I had a wonderful bottle of cab I was saving for a good steak...

                  1. re: joonjoon

                    Thank you for all your replies.....it's just that if I go "Steakhouse" my Mom loves good prime rib.... there is a place in Philly called The Prime Rib that does it right wish it were closer...

                    http://www.theprimerib.com/

                    you have all given me food for thought and I appreciate it mucho! Now decisions....decisions...:)

          2. finally remembered... Ye Cottage Inn. Place has been there for 100 years. Its "nice", its pretty, and food is ok. Again, not Great gourmet food but something I think "parents" like. I know mine would, and they were just married 65 years!

            1. Another suggestion that may be a little far from freehold and the opposite direction from the ocean would be Ratz in Hamilton. I've heard many good things since Stephen Starr has taken over. Sunday would give you the brunch option as well. You could also tour the grounds either before or after your dinner, but that may be alot of walking for one day.
              Good Luck and hope you guys have a great time.

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              1. re: AC Captain

                Thank you to all.....please keep suggestions coming!! I have till Jan 30th.