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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.

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

    1. 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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      1. re: aklein

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

        1. re: aklein

          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 Sounds like the menu in the window may be outdated, or that there are significant specials.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

            1. re: aklein

              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. 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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          1. re: JerzeyShore

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

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

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            1. re: HillJ

              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.

              1. re: fifthcolumn

                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!