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Red Bank, pre-Basie dinner

Searching the board for an update on options for pre-Basie dining.

Our preference is to park in the White street lot, walk to dinner and walk to the Basie. We like to enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and not worry about driving and parking before the show.

So we've dined at Dish last year and Via 45 last year and again this past Friday. Both were fine, but Via 45 on Friday was not as good as before. Super sloooow kitchen with only a third of the dining room occupied, entrees were good (dijon crusted salmon and grilled ribeye) not great and just OK service.

Looked at Monticello and Bienvenue as options for an upcoming April dinner. Neither have sparkling reviews here.

Any suggestion for a stellar dining option, greatly appreciated.

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  1. I don't think there really is a "stellar" place in Red Bank.

    As to Bienvenue, I had a very good meal there a few weeks ago. The pates, in particualr, were memorable. As it was only my first visit, I held off posting about it until I went back.

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    1. re: MGZ

      Thanks. I was looking for more on Bienvenue as older postings here were not very favorable, yet recent yelpers rate it 4stars. Appreciate the much more reliable postings here than on that other site.

      How were your entrees and how was the service (noted as unwelcoming on older posts)?

      1. re: Foody4life

        The service was fine and attentive, though we were the only people in the place for the first half of our dinner. All of the food was quite tasty. The coq au vin was the low point as it was made with only white meat chicken and a bit overcooked. I intend to go back and try more dishes as well as have another slab of the Forestier.

    2. Have you tried the Eurasian Eastery? Very tasty, unusual BYOB....very near Count Basie.

      1. I've been wanting to try Temple Gourmet (pan-Asian). On-line reviews not so great, but at least one 'Hound whose opinion I trust rates it well. If your show happens to be on a Friday night, you may want to consider dropping by the Cheese Cave where for $5 entry fee you can bring a bottle of wine and graze on cheese, cured meats, olives, etc. I haven't done this yet, but I intend to soon.

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        1. re: jsfein

          We passed by Temple on Friday and were curious as it was packed (as were all the Broad St places). Older reviews here looked like it started strong then settled to mediocre?

          1. re: Foody4life

            How about Red? Its not BYOB but the food there has been generally solid. BTW, I agree with MGZ. There isn't a restaurant in Red Bank that I would characterize as being "stellar".

            1. re: Foody4life

              I agree with bgut1 that RED is generally reliable, especially for steak or sushi. If you are up for Italian and already have been to Via45, you may want to give Gaetano's a try: http://www.gaetanosredbank.com/. Casual place that I've had a couple of nice lunches at recently. Need to get there for dinner soon.

              1. re: cke25

                Gaetanos is usually pretty reliable but we had an off meal there Friday. Service slow and the food was rather...indifferent. My Bride's 'veal milanese' was simply a couple of dessicated veal cutlets plopped on a mound of greens and my tilapia livornese had a bland unctuous sauce that had no pop of caper or kalamata. I'd go to Red too.

          2. We recently dined at Monticello on a Saturday night with 2 other couples. I was pleasantly surprised after having read all of the negative reviews on Chowhound. Also, my DW & I always enjoy Temple. Our latest visit was in January.

            1. We dined at Via45 last night and the food was excellent but the service was indeed slow.

              Temple is what it is. Please don't go expecting anything but americanized chinese food. However, I must confess that I like their food a lot - reminds me of a higher end version of my childhood chinese memories.

              It is possible to have a really good meal at Red. Get the filet mignon appy and a sushi roll or two or the excellent chicken sandwich.

              Finally the low end options still stand out - El Norte de la Frontera is only a few blocks towards the train station, and the aforementioned Cheese Cave now does nice sandwiches.