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Bay Head area-coffee, drinks location?

I'm meeting up with an old friend for drinks/coffee over the Memorial Day weekend-possible romantic connection. Is there a tea room, nice place for cocktails, non-Starbucks coffee house within a few towns?

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  1. Not sure what is in Bay Head but Sweet Tease Dessert Shop on Main Street in Manasquan is quite nice. They have lots of teas, coffee drinks and do all their own baking on the premises. Though the website doesn't say so, I believe they are staying open later on Friday nights for "dessert".

    http://www.sweetteasedesserts.com/

    Missy

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    1. re: missybean

      Thanks Missy, I'm staying in Manasquan so that'll work.

      1. re: missybean

        I like Sweet Tease as well. It's about the only place I know of locally where you can go and enjoy a pot of loose leaf oolong.

        As for cocktails, you are in the land of Coors Light draft specials and Jello shots this time of year. The $5 Martini Happy Hour at the Mill in Spring Lake Heights isn't bad. The Shipwreck in Brielle used to have a laughable bar, but has really improved in the past year. In fact, if you are not too put off by the uncaged cougars, it's probably your best bet on the north side of the River.

        Should you find it necessary to cross the bridge, the Offshore or Clark's Landing in Point Pleasant are probably your best choices for a relaxing cocktail without the perfume of a day's worth of baked-on sunscreen in the air. The former is up by the beach. The latter, and my stronger recommendation, is off Arnold Ave., situated on the River, and recently renovated. Neither serves food that is more than simply adequate to absorb too much alcohol.

        As a total aside, you might want to look into anything the Grenville Hotel in Bay Head might be doing - lunch, tasting, brunch, etc. It's a pretty cool, romantic little spot that sometimes has interesting offerings.

        1. re: MGZ

          Grenville Hotel or Sweet Tease are both great tips; I think the tipping point will be if we're in a cocktail mood or tea vibe, I'll report back next week.

          1. re: johnlockedema

            On Memorial Day weekend the biggest determining factor may be the traffic!
            We try to avoid going over the bridge after Memorial Day and tend to stay on the Squan side. Enjoy your stay.

            MGZ - I haven't been to the Grenville in years. I think the last time was for a funeral repast. I'll have to keep it in mind as I will have more free time during the week this summer and am already thinking about new places for lunch. Do you know who the chef is there these days? I know a while back it was the former (3 formers ago) the chef from Mahogany Grill.

            1. re: missybean

              I was hoping the successor to the Mahogany Grill would be open but it doesn't look that way from the website-small, but nice bar in MG before. I'll be heading down Friday morning, so I'll miss the GSP traffic at least. RT 35 from Squan to Bay Head will be tolerable I hope.

              1. re: johnlockedema

                I believe it is open. I know the owners planned on a soft opening last weekend, not sure it went off. There had been a sign on the window with a phone number for reservations. It was there at 2:30 when I went thru town but not at 3:15 on my way home. I did manage to jot down the number for you - 732-292-1300.

                I will say that I am not sure the bar will be open. In previous conversations, I think the owners said it would take 4 to 6 months to get the license transferred. Not sure what the status is.

                I am looking forward to trying Remingtons. We could use a good place in town.

                Missy

                1. re: missybean

                  Thanks Missy I'll call or visit on Friday to give it the once over.

                    1. re: johnlockedema

                      I saw a couple guys dining in the front window of Remington's on Tuesday night. I doubt they'll have the liquor license by this weekend. Particularly due to the assinine way that the authority is exercised.

                      Missy - don't know much about the chef at the Grenville, I'm just a fan of the vibe and thought it kind of a beachy-romantic blank page for our visiting friend. Also, enjoy eating lunches instead of making them this summer. Try a trip to Pop's Garage or Labrador in Normandy for a little reasonable al fresco - pretty good last summer, at least.

                      Finally, john, if your looking for a little something sweet for your sweety, Pierre Chocolat in Point Pleasant on Arnold Ave. or in the Allenwood General Store (just follow Atlantic Ave. out of Manasquan) has some above-and-beyond treats worthy of even the geekiest of us food geeks.

                      1. re: MGZ

                        MGZ - Thanks for the lunch suggestions. DH has a weird work schedule and often has one day off during the week. We are looking forward to trying out some new lunch places the summer. Needless to say, he had a favorite in the past.

                        Not to hijack the thread too much but...You didn't happen to do the Taste of Manasquan on Sunday did you?

                        John - enjoy your visit to our fair town. Just as an FYI - there will be fireworks on the beach Saturday night.

                        Missy

                        1. re: missybean

                          We did in fact do the "Taste of." It was pretty cool and I'd like to see it as an annual event. Most of the restaurants provided multiple options and appeared to have invested a significant amount in the event. Maria's was the highlight for me as Frank splurged on VEAL for the Braciole, and also put out Scrod Francaise and Eggplant Rollatini. I'm almost embarassed to admit that I only missed three or four spots.

                          1. re: MGZ

                            Glad to hear you enjoyed it. I know the Chamber of Commerce was quite pleased with how it went. According to an article in the Coast Star, they plan on making it an annual event.

                            Have a good holiday.

                            1. re: missybean

                              Well, it didn't end up like I thought, but not in a bad way. She called me after she finished her day at the beach, and just said 'come down to Bay Head we're having cocktails on the porch at 5.' So that's what we did, cocktails and some snacks. But thanks for all the suggestions.

                              1. re: johnlockedema

                                Cocktails on a porch in Bay Head? Not a bad way to spend a summer evening. Maybe we'll "see" you in Squan another time.

                                1. re: missybean

                                  I'm in Manasquan often, so I'll give a shout out next time I'm heading south.