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Sep 18, 2013 02:12 PM

Best braised short ribs in central NJ

I would prefer to stay in NJ rather than go into NYC for short ribs. Does anyone have any suggestions for braised short ribs?
Thank you

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    Normally the places I go to have them on special. I don't recall a "go to" short rib dish that is a regular menu item, but let me think about it.

    The best one used to be Neils in Highlands. They had these monster WHOLE ribs that were outrageous but that place went under with Sandy....dinosaur style cut ribs.

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    1. re: corvette johnny

      Bay Ave Trattoria had a short rib dish that I've since recreated in my own kitchen (even including the onions agrodolce and garlic smashed potato sides). They also succumbed to Sandy before the untimely loss of Joe the proprietor.

      I'd place Dish in Red Bank as a runner up in this category but it seems to have been getting spotty reviews in recent times...

    2. Bay Avenue Trattoria was my favorite but that is sadly no longer an option. Belford Bistro is really good, not sure if they are on the regular menu or if i had them as a special.

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      1. re: angelo04

        For those of you who commented that your current favorite is Drew's, I believe that he spent a few years in Joe Romanowski's kitchen and 'mentored' under him.

        That apple doesn't fall too far from the tree (a stretch yet appropriate here)

      2. Drew's Bayshore Bistro makes the best followed by Belford Bistro and then Dish.

        1. Ninety Acres at Natirar!!!
          Enjoyed them last fall and winter on a couple occasions featuring local sourced beef and their own garden root vegetables. Exceptional

          Served with a porcini mushroom 'gravy' that was worth the price of admission. Paired with a Helen Turley Zinfandel both times that was a sublime match.

          We haven't been back in months but look forward to celebrating a birthday dinner there in a few weeks. Hoping to find the short ribs within their seasonal menu again..

          1. Taka in Asbury Park makes exceptional short ribs....

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            1. re: OGguy

              Not an expert on short ribs but I agree the one at Taka is quite good.