Charlie's resto Long Branch
Just returned from a retirement luncheon and was amazed how good their balsamic
salad dreessing was. Does anyone know exactly how they do it ?
I'm with you, Mark. I like the bar and have enjoyed watching playoff games there recently, but I think the food misses. There are a couple of dishes on the menu that can make a meal if you order defensively and the burger doesn't suck. Salad is pretty good. I have a friend who really likes the Bermuda chowder, but I don't even like that in Bermuda. Somebody next to us had fish on Saturday night and it smelled pretty much like ammonia. Not so hot. At least the OP had a better experience with a buffet.
Just for the sake of clarity, they spell it "Charley's."
I dont know how the service could be any different from the OP, Norm is still behind the bar, Merril and Peggy still waiting tables...pretty much all the same crew except Peter is not at the front door very often any more.
Peter was always our favorite Met fan , for ten years my wife and I would show up on Friday nights, especially in the winter when no one was there and regardless of whether it was 7 pm or 10 pm he would always look down and check his wtach before grabbing the menus and leading us to a table.
Seriously for over 15 years and over 200 visits he would always do this - we thought he was sending a signal to us that "allright its too late to seat you but I will make an exception" and we always shared a silent chuckle with each other when it happened . When they opened the new place I finally aked him about it and believe it or not it was just one of those things that he was not even aware he was doing.
Anyway the food was never outstanding here but its all about the drinks (serving the martinin in the full boston shaker), ritual (chowder or salad - garden or shrimp and egg) and the location and the people, we talk for hours with everyone there....we need more neighborhood spots like these and less Olive Garden's and Muscle Maker Grill's IMHO.
Ted is not perfect and thereis little charm in the new spot, but the ocean views from the second floor deck are pretty neat and just walking in and seeing your neighbors and the same people working the tables and the bar is a rare experience anymore here in NJ and we enjoy going there to support them.
I think we have over 10 $25 gift certificates from their loyalty [program which is pretty good by the way. They let us cash them in even if they are a year old.
Its just that kind of place!
"I dont know how the service could be any different from the OP, Norm is still behind the bar, Merril and Peggy still waiting tables...pretty much all the same crew except Peter is not at the front door very often any more."
I figure keeping the same crew while increasing the seating capacity by 400% might have an impact on service. I appreciate that the folks that you have been friends with for years are still giving you good service, but my experiences since the renovation have been less than satisfactory.