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I will be in Long Branch (Ocean Palace Resort) for three nights. I've already been to the Zagat sight and Open Table, but I'm not really getting accurate information. What are the good local restaurants? I'm open to all cuisines, but do love seafood. Also, are the resort's restaurants any good? I am looking for fine dining as well as "holes-in-the-wall" as along as the food is top notch. Thanks.

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  1. We have a geat dining scene in Long barnch and I am sure you will get many great ideas.

    The restaurants in the hotel have not been very even or well regarded. I would check out The Wine Loft next door in the Pier Village for cocktails and nibbles, also you can have great sushi at Sawa in the same complex and The Turning Point is a favorite local breakfast/lunch spot.

    Walking north up the ocean promenade from the hotel you will find Rooney's - a fairly large local seafood place that has good shellfish and an outside bar with a spectacular ocean view. The food is not awesome but the portions are large, selection wide, service proper and the view can not be beat.

    If you are up for Pizza, Freddie's is a must and for old school Italian and a great bread salad can be found at Tuzio's, both off the ocean but not too far past the train station in Long Branch.

    Niko's Trapezzi is just a 1/2 mile north of your hotel and has a good following and many positive reviews on this board.

    A bit of a drive up to the Highlands will find probably the best hole in the wall in the area, The Bay Ave Tratorria, many consider it on of the best places in the state. David Burke's Fromagerie is a ten minute drive away and IMHO the best restaurant in all of NJ, Nicholas is just a twenty minute drive in Middletown

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    The Wine Loft
    32 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ 07740

    Pier Village
    30 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ

    Greek Taverna
    55 The Promenade, Edgewater, NJ 07020

    Fromagerie Restaurant
    26 Ridge Rd, Rumson, NJ 07760

    1. Go south, not north (unless you plan on a couple miles into Monmouth Beach or Sea Bright). While Pier Village is a destination, most people on here would steer you away from it. Along Brighton Avenue and nearby are plenty of places you'll enjoy.

      If by local you mean 5 miles or so, there are dozens, if not 100, worthwhile places. A general rule for seafood places: stay away from the water.

      Search this board for Long Branch or West End. I'm sure you'll have plenty of advice posted before the day is out.

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      Pier Village
      30 Laird St, Long Branch, NJ

      1. I seriously second Nikos Greek Taverna - they specialize in sea food.

        http://www.nikostrapezi.com/index.php

        As far as hole in the wall, Ada's Latin Flavor on Broadway does great Dominican fare and by the time you are ready to leave you will be family.

        http://www.adalatinflavor.com/home.html

        Further down Broadway is Pearl of Lisbon for high end Portuguese.

        http://www.pearloflisbon.com/

        Across the street From Pearl of Lisbon, on the corner of Broadway and Branchport is Acapulquenos, An authentic Mexican place serving the extensive local Mexican community.

        http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/Take...

        To the south, just behind the 7-11 before you get to the Windmill in a little strip mall on Montgomery Ave. is Izu Sushi. A great little sushi place (No website

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        Pearl of Lisbon
        609 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740

        Izu Sushi
        31 Montgomery Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

        Ada's Latin Flavor
        279 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740

        4 Replies
        1. re: equal_Mark

          Is IZU SUSHI Japanese owned and operated? Being Japanese-owned is no guarantee of greatness, of course. But not being Japanese-owned IS a guarantee of mediocrity -- at best.

          1. re: Skillet Licker

            They do great sushi. I don't much care about the genealogy of the owners.

            1. re: Skillet Licker

              Personally I think the sushi here is MEH at best. Try Yumi in Sea Bright..nothing like it around anywhere...except in NYC.

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              Yumi
              1120 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760

              1. re: sockster

                Disagree strongly. While the sushi and sashimi at Yumi are good, the fish is cut quite short and thin and is pricier than many other places IMHO. I enjoy the atmosphere at Yumi, but my clothes always smell like grease when I get home. Izu is exceptional and a good value.

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                Yumi
                1120 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760

          2. Don't know when you'll be there, but this could be of interest:

            2nd Annual Long Branch Chef Challenge
            http://www.longbranchchamber.org/even...

            1. Hey Rockpile, might want to have a look at these threads:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/735587
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/713515

              If I were out of town for a while and had a few days to spend in Long Branch, I would get the following, in no particular order.

              Garlic wings, baby back ribs, & clam strips @Jack's
              Burgers & cheese fries @ Jr's or Hot Dog & cheese fries @ Windmill
              Pastrami (extra fatty) sandwich at Richard's Deli or Corned Beef Sandwich at Celtic Cottage
              Happy hour cocktails, oysters, cheese plate, steak tartare @ Avenue. (Wednesdays/Fridays
              )Al Pastor tacos @ El Rancho.
              Sopes & Huaraches @ El Oaxaqueno 3
              Octopus appetizer & Grilled branzino @ Nico's Trapezi
              Mixed seafood platter (Parrilhada de Mariscos) @ Pearl of Lisbon
              Chicken hearts and top sirloin @ Pezao

              One thing I keep drooling over that I've yet to try is the beach dinner party they do at Ocean Palace. They set up tables outside and everyone gets a lobster and steak on their plate...it looks stupendous.

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              Pearl of Lisbon
              609 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740

              Richard's Deli
              155 Brighton Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740

              El Rancho
              98 Remsen Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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              1. re: joonjoon

                And of course you have the hot dogs at Max's and the Windmill on Ocean Ave.

                1. re: hotdoglover

                  Stick with the Windmill. Best to steer clear of Max's unless you want the agita of dealing with the elderly owner woman.....I speak from experience on that one. Also Max's is pricier than Windmill, poorer value IMHO.

                  1. re: bakersma

                    The prices and bad attitude might have been tolerable when you could sit on an outdoor deck with the waves washing underneath, but when they moved to the new fast-foodesque location that all changed, and not for the better.

                  2. re: hotdoglover

                    Max's might possibly be the un-friendliest dining establishment I have ever been to. I don't care if they're giving free caviar and truffle shavings on their hot dogs, I will not be going there until they get an attitude adjustment.

                    1. re: joonjoon

                      joonjoon we had the same bad experience a few months ago at Max's..never again. Go to the Windmilll if you feel the urge for a hotdog.

                2. Just tried out a spanking new Mexican restaurant called Cinco de Mayo on Brighton Ave (diagonally across from Surf Taco) that was surprisingly really good! I'm no expert on "authentic" Mexican, but it's owned by Mexicans, and isn't like the usual Tex-Mex fare around NJ that's slathered in cheddar cheese, sour cream, and bland salsa. Their salsa actually is probably the best restaurant salsa I've had. My review is here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788381

                  1. I actually liked this place better than the places I ate in in Newark. $19 all you can eat meat+salad bar, rice and beans, fries and a fried banana. .

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                    Rodeio Grill and Restaurant
                    78 Oceanport Ave, West Long Branch, NJ 07764