need birthday restaurant help!!
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 :-)
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.