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Avenue in Long Branch - feedback please

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basil4me Jan 14, 2013 10:48 AM

I just read about Avenue on the NJ Monthly Magazine's weekly email and would like to know more about this restaurant. The chef is French and the menu looks interesting. Any reports back would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Chowhounders!

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  1. jrvedivici RE: basil4me Jan 14, 2013 10:53 AM

    The Ave has been fairly well reviewed on here if you do a quick search you will find all you want to know about it. This Chows opinion over priced and way over populated during the summer to bother with.

    The Avenue is also a highly regarded night club upstairs and that draws a very rowdy crowd during the summer. Do the search you'll see.

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      basil4me RE: jrvedivici Jan 14, 2013 12:44 PM

      Thank you jrvedivici! I'll skip this place and eat elsewhere.

    2. corvette johnny RE: basil4me Jan 14, 2013 11:43 AM

      JR pretty much wrapped it up. I have been a bunch of times. The food is decent but too pricey for me. I go when work clients take me so it is free. I take my money elsewhere but I don't have anything bad to say about it. The open and airy decor is pretty neat, its right on the beach and if you want to be at the "cool" spot in the summer the it could be up your alley.

      I'd recommend Nicholas in Middletown if you want top notch food at a top notch price (all without the beach/shore/trendy ambiance of Avenue.)

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        basil4me RE: corvette johnny Jan 14, 2013 12:45 PM

        Thanks Corvette Johnny. I'll have to try Nicholas soon - I've heard good things about it.

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          JustJake RE: basil4me Jan 15, 2013 05:04 AM

          Basil, It's been one of the top 2 or 3 restaurants in all of NJ. Has been for a while without any discernable drop off - in fact it gets better like fine wine.

          And it doesn't need a boost from NJ Monthly which I put no credence in when they have their Annual Pole (spelled incorrectly on purpose). If the purpose of the article was to state that they were open (post Sandy), I'm all for it as most of the Shore is still hurting. We're all hurting even if we didn't lose our homes - as we've all lost something, a childhood memory, a lost beach club, a restaurant no more, or friends who are still homeless. I'll be helping clean up L. Takanassee shoreline this weekend now that my shoulder has healed a bit from the storm. Enjoy your meal.

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          joonjoon RE: corvette johnny Jan 14, 2013 09:17 PM

          That pretty much sums it up. I'd say one thing about Avenue though - it's one of the nicest places to eat in Jersey. Everything about the place is really lovely. I usually take guests there when they want to eat at a nice place by the water.

          If you want something amazing go to Nicholas.

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            JustJake RE: joonjoon Jan 15, 2013 04:58 AM

            Joon, your post accurately depicts what I would post as well. Beautiful room, hip and even elegant. It being winter, it's probably not a bad choice as there's no crowds - but again, if it's about food, it doesn't come close to being Nicholas.

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              seal RE: JustJake Jan 15, 2013 11:25 AM

              True, true, it is a beautiful place in a beautiful spot but ...

              I had a truly lousy and expensive experience that is documented on the original thread about this place and I will never give them another nickel of my money. If I want good food in that area I go to Niko's or Jack's and then walk by the boardwalk at pier village if I must see the sea.

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          BernieMSY RE: basil4me Jan 14, 2013 07:16 PM

          Avoid

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