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May 16, 2010 02:13 PM

Rumson-Area Graduation Dinner Ideas?

My family is looking to celebrate my high school graduation with a nice dinner with my best friend and her family. While she and I love the idea of eating at a Pier Village resteraunt because of the stunning views, the food at those places (Avenue, McLoones, etc) is awful. Nothing too ethnic, because it is a large party and we're looking to please everyone. The graduation is being held in the Red Bank / Rumson area, and we're looking for suggestions of upscale places in a 20 minute radius. Thanks!

Pier Village
30 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ

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  1. Wow...a high school girl who already knows good food!! I love it! Congratulations on your greaduation!

    Do you like D'Jeet in Shrewsbury? I happen to be a huge fan of the place. It is BYOB, so I don't know what your parents want. I did go to a dinner party there of 14 people, and I thought they did a great job.

    Other place that comes to mind is Fromogerie in Runson. I know the place is hit or miss, but just a suggestion.

    You can also do Le Fandy in Fair Haven. Some people don;t like the place here, but I really do. I have never had a bad meal here and think the place is quite lovely! Also, BYOB.

    Congratulations again, and keep up your food knowledge!


    Le Fandy Restaurant
    609 River Rd, Fair Haven, NJ 07704

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    1. re: Angelina

      If you are looking for a private room and your party is 12 or less and you want a killer view try The Beacon Hill Country Club, they have a great room on the third floor with views of Manhattan, Sandy Hook and The Verazano Bridge; the food is good and the prices reasonable

      Or My Kitchen Witch in Monmouth Beach, Karen will do a great private dinner for you there for up to 30

      But if you want a scene and a full bar beside the good choices Angelina maybe the Wine Loft in Pier Village or Mr. C's in Allenhurst, they both have music and Mr. C's view is even better than the Pier Village spots for the view but alas the food is just as average

      The Wine Loft
      32 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ 07740

      Pier Village
      30 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ

      My Kitchen Witch Cafe
      29 Beach Rd, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750

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      1. Yep, a special night with 6 or 8 people...splurge for Nicholas.

      2. This is probably on the outskirts of your 20 min radius from Rumson, but for Italian, I've had celebration dinners at Piccola Italia in Ocean. Has mixed reviews on the board, but I've always thought their food is really tasty and inventive compared to the other red sauce joints in the area.

        Another good option may be Belford Bistro which is definitely within your mileage requirement. The space is somewhat small but with reservations, I've done upwards of ten people there. Food is usually pretty similar as I haven't found the menu to change much but its always extremely good.

        And like Mr. Bingley says, you can't go wrong with Nicholas. Just be prepared for a food cost between $60-80 a person. That being said, at that price level, go to Nicholas over Fromagerie

        Belford Bistro
        870 Main Street, Belford, NJ 07718

        Piccola Italia
        837 W Park Ave, Ocean, NJ 07712

        Fromagerie Restaurant
        26 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760

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        1. re: gwh912

          Excellent advice from Mr. Bingley and gwh912.

          1. re: bgut1

            I don't know bgut1, Im not feeling the love :-(

            1. re: sockster

              Sorry Sockster. No disrespect intended as I've never tried Ama. I can say however that it is on my short "try list".

              1. re: bgut1

                If and when you go....ask them to make you the tasters menu (when you make your reservation). Also, unhappily for us, they switched to cash only in beware...but it's still wonderful!!

        2. Think maybe Ama in Atlantic Hightlands- Authentic Italian food, and they can hold your family and friends. If you haven't been here...try it.