Best "new" bars and restaurants in Monmouth and Ocean counties
I'm currently rounding up nominations for a local bar, restaurant and entertainment Web site's annual Best of the Area awards. I was hoping to get some help with our "best new bar" and "best new restaurant" categories, as Monmouth/Ocean is a pretty vast coverage area with certain corners (Southern Ocean County, Highlands) that people tend to overlook.
I qualify "new" as meaning having opened any time between December 01, 2009 and today, since, as I said, these are annual awards.
Thanks in advance. Any help is hugely appreciated.
We had drinks at Remington's tonight. There was a nice choice of bourbons and beers, mixed drinks with some creativity, too. Decent wines. We didn't eat but checked out the menu, on which I found an appetizer with bottarga and another with venison ragu stuffed into a fried poblano with queso fresca, and a salumi plate with cheeses from Artisinal. We'll be eating there next week and will report back. That said, I enjoyed the bar atmosphere a lot, though the space is small... good thing it wasn't crowded tonight.
Johnny Mac House of Spirits on Main Street in Asbury Park has my vote. Just opened up this summer and is by far the best thing to come to Asbury Park in a while. They do not try to be anything other than a watering hole. They have a great atmosphere and bar scene.
Bond Street would be my next pick but a distant second as it is replete with cheap beer (which is a good thing) and mediocre food (which is not so good.)