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Saturday dinner - eastern Monmouth County

radiogrl1 Jan 19, 2013 01:48 PM

...hubby and I are antsy for a good, casual-to-fine dinner tonight. Last night, it was sisters' night out at Nicholas' bar, so that's out. The local red-sauce joints don't do it for me (because I can almost always do it better). Noise level at Downtown is awful. We'll eat almost anything as long as it's delish.

Has anyone been to Ama, post-Sandy?

God, I miss Woody's and Drew's and Yumi and Langosta and and and.....

So, I turn to you for any help. Thanks in advance.

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  1. seal RE: radiogrl1 Jan 19, 2013 02:49 PM

    Niko's is always a good choice.

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      HillJ RE: radiogrl1 Jan 19, 2013 03:51 PM

      Nemo's in Keyport has been one of our fallbacks, always reliable, very tasty menu and fairly priced. Casual BYOB.

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        radiogrl1 RE: radiogrl1 Jan 20, 2013 02:03 PM

        We wound up at Gaetano's in Red Bank (I know what I said about red-sauce Italian joints) and we were underwhelmed.

        Noisy room, no atmosphere to speak of and a table that tilted badly (but was fixed when we brought it to the waiter's attention) was the start. We had to ask three times for water. Brought a bottle of wine, which was opened for us in short order.

        Hubby's appetizer was the calamari, which was perfectly done. I had burratta on top of a roasted tomato with greens and a balsamic glaze. Nothing to complain about there.

        He had the rigatoni with chicken and a light tomato cream sauce, which had clearly been sitting under a heat lamp for a while. It was not supposed to be spicy, but was completely bereft of flavor.

        I had a nice, spicy linguine with white clam sauce.

        Points were taken away for the long wait between app and entree. A really long wait. It was obvious the kitchen was in the weeds, so we didn't complain.

        The thing is, I can make all of this at home (and better, most of the time), so there's really no reason to go back. Your mileage may vary.

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          HillJ RE: radiogrl1 Jan 20, 2013 02:09 PM

          Always sorry to hear a lousy experience. Many years ago already, our mileage was the same, probably one of my least favorite restaurants in RB. Long waits they are known for. Sent back cold pizza and greasy octopus salad the last and final time we went there. You were offered two excellent choices. Perhaps you'll try either next time you're looking for a Sat dinner.

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            radiogrl1 RE: HillJ Jan 20, 2013 03:02 PM

            We definitely will...the problem is that we left for dinner before the replies came in. :/

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              HillJ RE: radiogrl1 Jan 20, 2013 03:05 PM

              I had a feeling! Well, now you know one place to skip over.

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                radiogrl1 RE: HillJ Jan 20, 2013 03:07 PM

                You have that right :)

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