Remington's Manasquan, NJ?
- angelo04 Dec 15, 2010 03:54 AM
SO I was just reading my email and received one from opentable.com in regards to there top 10 picks for a special occasion. Our beloved Nicholas made the list @ # 7 or 8. However it was beat out by Remmingtons. I consider myself to know most of the chowworthy places in my area but have never heard of this place nor really recall ever reading about it on this board. Has anyone been there? If it is indeed better than Nicholas I am there, even if it isn't but is chowworthy I am there.
First, congtatulations to Remington's. That Open table ranking, like Zagat's, however, illustrates why polls are really not very useful. Discussion and consideration, particularly by those with familiar to you or with some general credibility, are always more welcome than a tally of scores and rankings. That being said, my impression of my meal at Remington's (at which I was someone's guest) was more than favorable enough to make me want to go back and "put it through its paces" properly. Nicholas (which some of you may recall, I do not hold in the same esteem as many) certainly seems a better "special occasion" restaurant, as was my favorite, Trinity, when ChefMD was still behind the stove.
My partner and I just ate there this evening. Their menu had changed for Winter 2011. There was a short wait, and the staff was friendly and decor warm and inviting. My partner had the cheddar soup with bacon - very good - and I had the arugula salad which was also quite nice and flavorful. Service was very attentive without being obtrusive. Our main courses was the 14 oz NY Strip for my partner and I ordered the bacon-wrapped shrimp with polenta. My partner's was cooked medium rare as ordered and was a bit on the lukewarm side, but overall it was a good dish with mashed potatoes. Mine was nothing special, and could have used more of the balsalmic sauce; the polenta was bland.
I must say I will try this place again. The bone in rib eye on the specials menu looked good, as well as the scallops on the regular menu. The servers and staff were very friendly and pleasant, and the bar area is a nice place to have pre/post dinner cocktail; our Stoli Orange Cosmo's were very reasonable and very good.
I’ve come to be really glad that Remington’s is in town. The efforts of the ownership, management, and staff have become apparent. The easy happy hour with pleasant six dollar wines and tasty, half priced plates is laudable. They also offer a mid-week, three course dinner for thirty bucks as a way to allow a chance to consider the skill in the back of the house. The servers are friendly and apparently well-schooled.
As for the food, I can honestly say I have enjoyed each dish I have tasted. The Kurobuta pork chop, for example, finds its way on the seasonally-changing menu in different preparations, but is always been tender, moist, and delicious. Artisanal cheeses and charcuterie rotate, but are similarly well thought out and prepared. We have also been quite pleased with each of the various seafood offerings we have sampled.
Just wanted to update this thread as Remington's has just renovated their space. They pretty much doubled the bar area and rearranged the layout of the (now) one dining room. There is now a row of bar stools across the Main Street window and maybe ten hightop tables. It looks pretty cool and should be a fun spot to enjoy small plates and cocktails. Their happy hour has been a good local spot for a while and this should only make it better (at least until summer drives to only being able to comfortably drink at home).