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Jun 11, 2013 05:06 PM

Long Branch Eats

Will be in Long Branch Saturday. Suggestions. TIA

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  1. There's a McDonald's at Broadway and 3rd Ave.

    1. Shaka Burritos in pier village is pretty good.

      Max's hot Dogs are pretty decent.

      I like It's Greek to me, but most others don't agree.

      1. Greek? Italian?, Portugese?, Sushi?, Seafood?, Pub Grub?, NY Deli?, Pizza?

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          1. re: cuddles115

            Not a lot of seafood in Long Branch...the only seafood centric joint is Rooneys. Pearl of Lisbon has a lot of seafood on their menu also, but that's really about it.

            1. re: joonjoon

              Sad to say, but Pearl of Lisbon closed in January.

              1. re: joonjoon

                Nikos Trapezi offers a lot of seafood on their menu, in fact they feature whole fish...


                1. re: equal_Mark

                  Forgot about Nikos! Mmm...I guess you can also count It's Greek To Me.

                  1. re: joonjoon

                    Greek to Me is a corporate chain with indifferent management and mediocre food. Nikos is family owned and operated. Been to both and there is no comparison...

                    1. re: equal_Mark

                      That's too bad. I've always found the It's Greek to Me locations up north to be very good.

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        I've been to both also but I wouldn't say "no comparison." Prices at It's Greek to me are slightly lower and food is slightly better at Niko's. I think IGTM is a fine place to eat if you're in PV and a good value. I like their prix fixe dinner deal...

                2. re: cuddles115

                  Charlie's Ocean Grill in Long Branch has nice half price ($5) appetizers at the bar during Happy Hour (4-6 PM).
                  Woody's Ocean Grill in Sea Bright has very good fish tacos and a decent seafood selection.

              2. As many have opined, you're not going to find good fish/seafood along the beach and that's especially true in Long Branch.

                You're going to drive down right? Not take the N or L line? If so, either of the following two options should satisfy any seafood jag that you may have.

                Take a 10 minute ride up to the Atlantic Highlands to the Navesink Fisheryr, a quirky, eclectic spot that has good seafood.


                From there, take a ride into downtown AH and grab an after dinner cocktail, or just walk the waterfront. It's going to be beautiful Saturday nite.

                Or you can head south to Belmar (away from the beach) on Rte 71 to Mr. Shrimp. A spotlessly clean local hangout with good (not gourmand) but solid FRESH food.


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                1. re: JustJake

                  I live in Princeton. So, anyplace between Long Branch and Princeton is OK.

                  1. re: cuddles115

                    Best bet for seafood would be to drive home to Blue Point Grille. I live 5 minutes from Long Branch, but to me it's worth the drive when I want fish/oysters. My wife and I I will actually be there Saturday night to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. I would agree with prior recs that in LB Niko's is your best bet. Nav Fishery and Mr. Shrimp are also very good.

                    1. re: cuddles115

                      Bite the bullet and go to PIer Village. McLoone's, Sirena, Avenue, or Sawa. They are all serviceable, with McLoones being at the bottom of the list. Plus they are on the water. I know of the old chestnut "the closer to the water the worse the seafood", but it's worth a looksee.

                      1. re: coldbeer

                        Can't miss Rooney's even though it's technically not in Pier Village. Just a short oceanfront walk north or an easily accessible parking lot.

                        1. re: coldbeer

                          Can someone explain to me how the McLoones brand keeps expanding? I was a fan of the original Rum Runners (still closed post Sandy) but none of his subsequent places are worth a dam in my opinion.

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            Location, location, location. I went to Sunday Brunch at the one in West is a beautiful spot, you feel like you are in Europe practically, but the food is AWFUL.

                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              Not only McLoones, but Long Branch, in general, has pretty weak food options for the most part. Sad, considering that the population density is approachin' that of Jersey City. Maybe, they will find another nine square feet of oceanfront to develop and let someone park a truck?

                              Jake's right about takin' a drive if you don't want to just get a coupla hot dogs at the Windmill, or fries and coffee at the Inkwell, or held up by one of those places in PV. I mean, even that dank Hobbit Hole that is the Celtic Cottage might be better? Or, wings at Jacks's?

                      2. For something different, try Ada's Latin Flavor (279 Broadway) for Dominican and Ethiopian food.