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Red Bank area recs needed: Indian food and knife sharpening/kitchen stores

Hi all - new to the area and seeking Indian food near Red Bank/Lincroft.

I am also wondering where folks in the area get their knives sharpened, and hoping that process leads me to some good local-business kitchen stores.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. There are no good Indian restaurants close to Red Bank. On the other hand, there are quite few in the Edison/Iselin area. Search this Board for some of the places to try. See, e.g. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7591... We go to that area from Manasquan for our fix.

    1. Slightly closer than Edison but perhaps not as easy to get too would be Masala on Rt. 9 in Manalapan for good Indian.

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      1. re: jrvedivici

        The other option is to drive south to Ocean and try Tandoor E India. IMHO, they serve the best Indian food in the county.

      2. How about Neelam in Middletown? I have never eaten at an Indian restaurant....just wondering since it is close to me.

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        1. re: corvette johnny

          Just don't tap their buffet and you'll do fine at Neelam. The menu items are the usual suspects, done well...not Little India well...but a nice fix.

          On the other hand Amravathi on Rt 34 in Matawan has gone seriously downhill. Their buffet serves barely warmed food and the cook has lost their mojo.

          It's still Iselin for me and mine most of the time.

          1. re: HillJ

            You couldn't be more correct about Amravathi!

        2. On the knife sharpening, I go to Sur La Table in the Freehold mall when they offer sharpening. Call ahead for dates. And inbetween I ask our butcher to sharpen them.

          1. I work at the Williams-Sonoma on Route 35 in Sea Girt. We happen to be having one of our semi-annual knife-sharpening events today (Thursday 11/29) from 4 to 7. Three knives per person, no serrated blades. There is no cost but we are asking for donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

            Missy
            Missy.