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Monmouth County birthday dinner suggestions please.

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We are willing to travel for good food. We are not into fancy, but really want good food. We love Shirin,Wonderland Seafood, Ming Ying Chinese take out in Long Branch, NIkkos Taverna, As you can see my preference is ethnic cooking. I do not like Indian, or spicy foods. Suggestions much appreciated. Seafood would also be great.

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  1. Pho Le, Broad Street, Red Bank, for Vietnamese?

    1. Taka in Asbury Park would be my recommendation:

      http://www.takaapnj.com

        1. re: Tapas52

          Tapas - Excellent suggestion. I have to keep reminding myself to get back to this fabulous restaurant.

          1. re: bgut1

            b., If you are thinking of going to Shirin, give me a shout. It's been ages since Mr. R. and I have been there, and we'd love to go with you. :)

            Btw, the o.p. mentioned that s/he loves Shirin.

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          1. re: maryanne06

            maryanne06 - Fish .... really? Both mine and other Hound's reviews were less than stellar.

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/740890

            1. re: Angelina

              +1 on Via 45. Not asian, but ethnically mediteranean instead. More and more if we are not going to Nicholas we find ourselves at Via 45.

              1. re: seal

                Seal - On your recommendation alone I am making an effort to try Via 45. I tried to get in this past weekend but they were booked. I must however admit to having some low expectations as I was not impressed with the chef's prior restaurant Vivere. We shall see.

                1. re: bgut1

                  Looking forward to your review. Enjoy your meal.

                  1. re: bgut1

                    I find it hard to believe that there's actually an Italian restaurant in the area that's serving stellar food. But if Angelina and seal think so, I'm putting it on my pathetically short NJ "go to" list.

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