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need birthday restaurant help!!

littlemamaa May 13, 2012 07:46 AM


So I am trying to plan a birthday dinner/night for my boyfriend for this weekend. Does anyone have some suggestions? I would really like to do somewhere that has an outdoor atmosphere also or a great view. Was thinking somewhere with a rooftop such as avenue or something similar. Nothing too expensive $100 or less for two. Something reasonably close in central NJ preferably within an hour. But would drive for the right place. The type of food doesn't matter as much as the atmosphere.

Also in need of ideas for afterwards, was hoping for somewhere that we could walk around maybe somewhere near the water, and enjoy the night. Or possibly get a nice hotel room within a close distance! PLEASE HELP!! thanks :-)

  1. JustJake May 14, 2012 09:24 AM

    You have a bit of a hurdle should you be looking to come down to the shore this weekend as we're going to be 'Bamboozled'. That means the area around Asbury Park is definitely off limits. I'd suggest Atlantic Highlands which will see no pressure, has a nice hotel in town (Blue Bay Inn) with some pretty good restaurants. AMA (Italian), Copper Canyon (S/W with a great tequila bar), Memphis Pig Out, a pruported good Thai restaurant, a vg pastry shop (Flaky Tart). Some good bars, and you can walk to the waters edge (great views of NYC) or you can take the car up to Mt. Mitchell for an even better view.

    Other option is Spring Lake (10 minutes south of AP) with your accomodations being resigned to being B&B's (right on the ocean). Restaurants? Whispers at the Wellington Hotel, the Black Trumpet and a few others that I can't dredge up at this writing.

    Spring Lake is definitely prettier, and it is ocean front, but Atlantic Highlands can work for you as well.

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    1. re: JustJake
      JustJake May 15, 2012 08:45 AM

      Just an addendum. Today's AP Press has an article that most neighboring towns have 'no vacancy'. You're going to have to look inland. Perhaps Lambertville/New Hope will 'fit the bill'?

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      TomDel May 15, 2012 01:09 PM

      How about the Stockton Inn. Have dinner and spend the night! http://stocktoninn.com/

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      1. re: TomDel
        sunangelmb May 15, 2012 06:20 PM

        We've done that. Also lambertville/new hope . Stayed at the inn @ lambertville station. Lovely. Lots of great food choices too

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        ebchower May 15, 2012 03:04 PM

        For mother's day, we took my mother to the Rocky Hill Inn (Somerset County.) Everyone commented that it was a very nice atmosphere. It's only a couple of blocks from the D & R canal, where you can do some walking.

        1. JustJake May 19, 2012 07:32 AM

          Please let us know what you decided on - either any of the CH suggestions, or perhaps you found something on your own. Always nice when a poster is looking for input and gives us 'same' after their dinner. TIA

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