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Christmas Eve dinner near Red Bank or Asbury

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Papa Bing Dec 16, 2012 01:44 PM

Looking for a nice restaurant for Christmas Eve dinner. Nicholas is booked until 9:15. We had a bad experience at Fromagarie a few years back. Looking for something different.

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    SusieQQ Dec 16, 2012 03:34 PM

    Don't know how far south you want to go but you can't go wrong with the Shipwreck Grille in Brielle.

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      Papa Bing Dec 17, 2012 09:59 AM

      OK. Please list your favorite "fine dining" between Red Bank and Asbury Park

      1. angelo04 Dec 17, 2012 06:34 PM

        Being Italian, to me Christmas Eve isn't Christmas Eve without am Italian Seafood dinner. Maybe give Via 45 in Red Bank a try. Not as upscale as Nicholas or Fromagerie but certainly a great place where I am certain you will have a great meal worthy of the occasion.

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          joew99 Dec 27, 2012 03:52 PM

          Well, where did you end up please? And a review?

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            Papa Bing Dec 27, 2012 05:50 PM

            Joe - We ended up at Raven & Peach. I would give it a mixed review. The service and atmosphere was very good. They had a limited menu without the usual petite options. The shushi appitizer was good but served with wooden skewers to be used as chop sticks. Wierd. And the shushi was cut too thick. The main course grouper was very good. A nice evening but not outstanding or memorable.

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              jrvedivici Dec 28, 2012 07:13 AM

              Wow I'm very surprised to hear that. Raven and the Peach is and has been my go to spot for fine dining in the Red Bank area for years.

              Only Nicholas do I put the food quality up against it but to me the atmosphere is far superior at the Raven. Sorry you were disappointed.

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                joew99 Dec 28, 2012 07:39 AM

                Thanks for review on Raven & Peach, Papa Bing.

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                Papa Bing Dec 28, 2012 08:52 AM

                jr - it wasn't bad. we were prepared to be wowed and were not. it was a wierd deal. we plan to go back on a "normal" night.

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