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Aug 30, 2011 09:40 AM

Woody's in Sea Bright

Stopped by Woody's in Sea Bright last night and could not get in - It is the refrubished Ichabod's.

Unfortunately it was such a scene I never even got inside to see what they did (dropped my wife and friend off in front and while I was looking for parking they came out saying there was no room at the bar and an hour plus wait for a table!)

I undertsand Ed from The Shack is running the kitchen and we were looking for some of his fabulous fish tacos. I did not get to look at the menu to see if they were on there.

Has anyone bucked the crowds to see what is happening here yet?

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  1. Hope he will serve the Tempura Shrimp Tacos I used to love at the Shack. There is a press release with more details here:

    1. They have a website, as it were...

      The only working link on it is to their Facebook page.

      1. We went to Woody's tonight with the kids. It was good! The decor is very nice: light,, bright, and airy. I had chicken fajitas. These did not come out "sizzling" like they do at some places. They were on a plate with spinach, peppers, and onions. I didn't eat the tortillas but mixed the pico de gallo with the accompanying black beans and it was good. My husband had a delicious burger with caramelized onions, avocado, bacon and cheese. It had a nice smoky taste. The fries were good. The kids had chicken, fries, pasta, and mozzarella sticks. All good. Eight beers on tap, an extensive menu of mixed drinks. I do not enjoy fish tacos but I do believe they were on the menu; I'm not sure if they were shrimp tempura or not.

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        1. re: MichelleM131

          Thanks Michelle, we are looking forward to those tacos

          Looks like equal mark got confirmation from Woody's facebook page:

          Woody's Ocean Grille Equal mark...Tempura Tacos are back.!! Your favorite hot sauce du jour is welcome!! Ask for me, I will come out to say hi.

          Not much of a web site but hey I am ready for Ed's tacos!

          1. re: carlylecat

            Hate to disagree but pretty place food is awful. actually I'm disappointed and annoyed. Ordered crab martini - no taste no lemon no sauce just a few lumps of crabmeat and one romaine leaf in martini glass- 18$ then lobster roll that u can't mess up unless u r from mars!
            they did!! Minced lobster meat- el cheap!! No mayo no dressing no lettuce nothing on a cold
            Slider roll not toasted or even anything on bread no garnish 3 disgusting bland thoughtless sliders!! Awful!!! Date had grouper awful with tasteless cubes of ??? On top. Gross
            Left the food and left. Service good decor nice food DISGUSTING. Why bother opening a place. It's a drinking crowd but some guy wanders around with a miserable face says nothing!
            Someone hire a chef PLEASE!!

        2. We went to Woody's on Wednesday night around 7:15. The bar was two-people deep and we had a 20-minute wait for a table. We got lucky and scored two seats at the bar and ate there. We had phenomenal service by Tarren (sp?), the bartender. She treated us so well it left a lasting impression. She gets it, and it will because of her that we will go back. We both ordered tacos. I had the Al Pastor and he had the Baja fish tacos. He said they were the best he's ever had (and we've had them freshly made on the beach in Mexico! I think he was over-hungry). For $9 or $10, you got three tacos. The Al Pastor was tasty, not Mexican spiced, but good quality ingredients. I asked Tarren which red wine would go best with my tacos and she offered me a tasting of two, for which she polished each tasting glass.

          At the Taste of Sea Bright trolley tour yesterday, they served chicken tacos, which I did not taste, and pulled-pork sliders with marinated red onions that were quite good.

          Friends have told me that they have found the food bland and overpriced. I'll go back for a for-real sit-down dinner and report again.

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          1. re: fershore

            I went with two girlfriends last night and we had a great time. There was a 45 minute wait for a table, but the crowd at the bar was convivial and time flew. One small downside - we managed to get a bartender who had just started that night and he wasn't as organized as he might be - still, the drinks he made were perfect (I had a gimlet, one friend had an apple martini, one had a split of Veuve Cliquot).
            Anyway, up to our table. The upstairs is a bit noisy, but the wood beams did manage to muffle some of the noise (quite unlike the enormously unpleasant din found in that marble shrine to cougar-dom, Le Club at Avenue in Long Branch - but I digress).
            We had fish tacos for an appetizer - a few bites big, but packed with fish and crunchy veggies, with a slightly spicy mayonnaise dressing. So good.
            One friend had the shrimp fajitas, which she loved. Gorgeous colors on the plate, fresh vegetables and perfectly cooked shrimp - not dry or rubbery. Friend #2 had grouper. She ate it so quickly and with such delight, I can't really comment on what exactly was on her plate.
            I was feeling the need for some red meat, and had a grilled ribeye. It came charred on the outside and perfectly rare inside. Big, beefy flavor. Came with a small red pepper stuffed with artichoke and spinach and fried in a tempura batter. Smashed potatoes. Really good. No desserts for us.
            It was a terrific night, albeit packed. I will definitely be back.

            1. re: fershore

              Finally popped in last week as a single -

              Ate at the bar and had the baja fish tacos

              They were just as good as when they were at The Shack - $10 instead of $7 with no basket of chips!

              But the quality was otstanding, the bartender was very pleasant to speak with and used fresh squeexed orange juice and a very generous pour in my cocktail.

              Tons of TV's on to watch the baseball playoffs as I ate.

              Noticed familar local faces scattered about the spot, basically families with a child or two in tow. It is always nice seeing people you know and saying hi!

              Place is decorated very nicely, really a clean, bright look,...very odd placing of reception area way over to the left must cause confusion on busy wekeend nights.

              But the food and the decor are very nice I can see why it is packed on Fri & Sat. Not a destination spot but a good local place, notch above Charlie's in Long Branch in warmth of decor and more spice on the plate.

              Two big nits though - sitting at the bar facing front you have a partial view of the kitchen and underneath teh kitchen opening is a series of expensive glass doored refrigeration units where bottled beers and white wines are stocked.

              I really like seeing into the kitchen, the brand new gleeming stainless steel counters and equipment gave me a good feel that everything was clean and well organized back there...but that good will got destroyed when I looked at the glass doors on the refrigeration units behind the bar, they were really disorganized and sloppy, there were jars of ugly looking stuff in there and opened cartons of half and half strewn about plus a spray bottle of Windex????

              made me really wonder if they have the whole cleanliness thing together or not as this was a Tuesday night with three people beside me at the bar and half the tables filled. Just not what I would want my customers looking at , I would make the bartenders keep that place pristine

              Also I called a few weeks ago and asked for some tacos to go, they said they did not do takeout!

              Is that really that hard to do, I dont know any other area restaurants that arent fine with that - I even get takeout from the Bernards Inn and once in a special circumstance Nicholas did it as well.

              But overall I am happy Ed is cooking those tacos, they are delicious.

              The Bernards Inn
              27 Mine Brook Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924

            2. Woody's official Website is now up and running: