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Best "new" bars and restaurants in Monmouth and Ocean counties

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fifthcolumn Dec 7, 2010 02:05 PM

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.

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  1. equal_Mark RE: fifthcolumn Dec 8, 2010 08:58 AM

    Best new bar: Bond Street Bar in Asbury Park. It's a bar. Period.

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      aklein RE: MGZ Dec 11, 2010 05:32 PM

      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.

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        MGZ RE: aklein Dec 12, 2010 04:58 AM

        It's certainly a "waiting area" type of bar. That ragu plate sounds quite interesting. I'm looking forward to heading back soon myself.

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          missybean RE: aklein Dec 13, 2010 04:09 PM

          aklein -

          Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Sounds like the menu in the window may be outdated, or that there are significant specials.

          I was happy to see your favorable general impression as we have tentative plans to try Remingtons this coming Friday.

          Will report back as well.

          missy

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            aklein RE: missybean Dec 13, 2010 04:13 PM

            outdated?

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              missybean RE: aklein Dec 15, 2010 04:22 PM

              There is/was menu in a window that seemed sort of old and faded the last time I walked by. In general it was underwhelming. I did just take a look at the on-line menu and it seems much more intriguing.

        2. JerzeyShore RE: fifthcolumn Dec 8, 2010 10:34 PM

          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.

          www.johnnymacbar.com

          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.)

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            OGguy RE: JerzeyShore Dec 13, 2010 11:39 AM

            The burgers at Bond Street are really good. Fries are acceptable. Haven't tried anything else except the beer.

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            HillJ RE: fifthcolumn Dec 9, 2010 07:35 PM

            fifthc, have you checked out Nemo's in Keyport (north monmouth) yet?
            http://www.nemorestaurant.co/

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              fifthcolumn RE: HillJ Dec 13, 2010 10:11 AM

              I've haven't received much feedback on Nemo's, but what I have heard has been good. It's nice to hear, as the Bayshore's dining options don't get nearly the credit they deserve.

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                HillJ RE: fifthcolumn Dec 13, 2010 10:47 AM

                fifthc, I encourage you to make a trip to Nemo to find out for yourself! I'm working my way through their menu and doing my best to bring customers their way. Even the free area delivery service I hear is reliable...and that's saying something!

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