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Relaxing & Casual Valentine's Dinner 15 minutes from Oceanport?

MichelleM131 Feb 3, 2010 10:06 AM

We normally do not go out for Valentine's day, but we haven't been out in awhile and I thought I'd surprise the hubby. We live in Oceanport, and will travel 10-15 minutes. He prefers casual restaurants, (i.e., smartly dressed, no jacket and tie, or even a place in jeans will do). Any thoughts? We don't want to do Asian. THanks!

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    joonjoon RE: MichelleM131 Feb 3, 2010 11:04 AM

    What kind of casual are you looking for? I mean there aren't exactly many restaurants in our area with a dress code.

    My personal picks for Vday:

    Manhattan steakhouse
    Piccola Italia

    The most casual of those places is Manhattan, but I've been to Nicholas wearing jeans plenty of times.

    For the most relaxing and casual VDay though you can always try White castle!

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      MichelleM131 RE: joonjoon Feb 3, 2010 01:59 PM

      I do love White Castle's fries. I have heard good things about Piccola Italian but have never been. Thanks for the recommendations.

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      aklein RE: MichelleM131 Feb 4, 2010 03:28 AM


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        MichelleM131 RE: aklein Feb 4, 2010 09:20 AM

        That's exactly what I was thinking!!! I haven't been since the redo; I'm so happy you confirmed my thoughts! Thanks.

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        Jen_in_NJ RE: MichelleM131 Feb 4, 2010 10:16 AM

        Sallie Tee's in Monmouth Beach is nice and not too fussy....

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          familyguy13 RE: MichelleM131 Feb 5, 2010 06:50 PM

          Anjelica's in Sea Bright might be a good choice

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            fershore RE: familyguy13 Feb 6, 2010 06:45 AM

            We were there last year for Vday. Reservations definitely required. Food and service was excellent but we were packed in like sardines. We were with another couple so we weren't there for romance.

            Piccola Italia with its beautiful atmosphere and delicious food is a good bet but prices are higher than one might expect.

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            stickman731 RE: MichelleM131 Feb 6, 2010 05:06 AM

            On Piccola Italia - make sure you are seat in the main dinning room, not the bar or entrance area. Food is excellent but seating location can impact experience.

            For casual Italian, I prefer Riggoletto Trattoria in Middletown (www.rigolettotrattoria.com) and it is a BYOB.

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              fershore RE: stickman731 Feb 6, 2010 06:45 AM

              Ooo. Another good idea.

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                MichelleM131 RE: stickman731 Feb 8, 2010 07:09 AM

                Oooh! They have whole wheat pasta! This one is rising up on the list...

              2. JustJake RE: MichelleM131 Feb 6, 2010 02:32 PM

                Whispers in Spring Lake is hard to beat for a nite like Valentines Day. Others to consider:

                Dish in RB; Scarborough Fair in Wall; Moonstruck in AP

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