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Mar 11, 2012 12:21 PM

BYO recommendations needed

Always looking for a great BYO! I have a big group of friends some drink, some dont so it makes sense to go to a BYO. But we all love food!! Problem, running out of good places. I'm looking for the best of the best! We love good food and want to be talking about it for months after.

Here are a few of my top 5 recommendations.

Brandles - Belmar. Food fantastic, still talking about it, the wait to be sat even with reservations very long!
Dish- Red Bank, been there a couple of times, cant wait to go back.
LouCas - Edison. Again food fantastic, large portions, need reserves well in advance
Casa solar - Belmar. Good food, the best tres leches cake! Food takes a while to come out. Bring cheaper $ wine for their sangria.
Bistro Ole - Asbury park. Food good, not my top pick, but still recommended.

Please tell me your favorites

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  1. Belford Bistro, Belford
    Bay Avenue Trattoria, Highlands

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    1. re: fershore

      Belford Bistro and Bay Avenue Trattoria are two of the best BYOB around, but sometimes difficult to get reservations for a large group. If you're up for Italian, Via45 in Red Bank is another favorite BYOB of mine:

    2. In that part of the world, my vote always goes to Taka in AP!

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      1. re: Curlz

        I'd add Daniel's in Point Beach as well as a restaurant in Keyport to the list.

      2. La Dolce Vita in Belmar, Oh man great food but BYOB is off season only, the bar is open during the summer months.

        1. Ama in Atlantic Highlands- Best Italian food on the Shore...

          1. My top 4 are :
            Za in Pennington, NJ (a little pricey, but worth it... recently renovated, gorgeous space)
            Acacia in Lawrenceville, NJ
            Luke Palladino, Northfield, NJ (a bit of a trek, but a fantastic BYOB... make reservations in advance, menu changes often, same Luke Palladino food as the restaurant in Harrahs, better prices, more intimate)
            Lucas Ristorante, Somerset NJ (OMG, get the agnoloti de cacao!!!! what a treat)