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Jan 5, 2014 09:33 AM

Pascal & Sabine, Asbury Park

I've only JUST read about this place and looked at their website. It's from the folks who brought us Porta, so you know I'm going to have to check it out! Anyone been there yet?

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  1. Interesting! Heard they are also opening 2 more Porta's up "north" maybe Jersey City and ???

    Hats off to the group

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    1. re: tommygphotos

      Newark for sure (The Monk Room, near the Pru Center)--and iirc, Jersey City may be next...? All *I* need is that octopus up in NNJ. :-)

      1. re: Curlz

        I'm just wondering if there has ever been a New Jersey restaurant that has expanded into multiple locations and still been good? It always seemed to me the equivalent of your wife deciding to stop taking birth control. Nothing's ever the same, even before she throws up several mornings in a row and has to confess.

        1. re: MGZ

          But I guess I'd rather give good restaurants a chance at expansion/other concepts than go to one bad one...

          1. re: MGZ

            Not exactly a restaurant, but Jersey Mike's subs have certainly been very successful in multiple locations.

            1. re: SusieQQ

              TGIF's has been very successful in multiple locations. So has Houlihan's, Pizzeria Uno, Papa John's, etc. I asked simply "what has stayed as good?" I'll go the the Seabreeze for a sub, since I don't live in Nebraska and have to settle for a corporate recreation. It ain't like Jersey Mike's is still making the sandwiches they did in Point in the Seventies

              As implied, nothing's ever the same after you start changing diapers before dawn and wonder through bleariness, "Those aren't my eyes, . . . and they're definitely not hers . . . ."

              1. re: MGZ

                My local Jersey Mike's has stayed very much as good as I've had through the years, although I've never been to the original Point, I guess you said...

      2. My friend works there...he told me they have a 70$ fish dish. I guess Asbury's really come a long way.

        Edit: Just checked the menu and everything seems reasonably idea what the guy was talking about.

        1. Can anyone speak of The Monk Room, the new Porta outpost in Newark? I would like to go there tomorrow. If not, I will go to Mompou instead.

          1. Went for dinner tonight. We liked everything and will be going back.

            We shared a cheese plate and some foie to start then had mussels, steak au poive, and pork for mains. We had to use up an extra basket of baguettes to soak up all the great sauce from the mussels and the frites were excellent dipped in the pepper sauce.

            For dessert we shared a great chocolate mouse and hot chocolate.

            Very cute place with a really cool circular secondary bar.

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            1. re: seal

              We were there tonight too! I was beyond excited to have this place open - I've been saying for 2 years this is what the AP dining scene needs.
              Needless to say I had high expectations and they did not dissapoint.
              Food was fantastic. Had the chartucherie platter and some cheeses to start. Steak au poivre and the burger for mains. Side of fried baby artichokes were to die for. They fry their frites in duck fat. Both the burger and steak were cooked to perfection. Creme brûlée was outstanding. Great drinks menu as well. Service was friendly, efficient and informative. They did a beautiful job with the space and they have free valet parking which is a nice touch. I couldn't have been happier. We can't wait to go back for Brunch!

              1. re: seal

                Great early reports. Tried getting in last night, but fully booked. Ended up at Taka ... not terribly impressed. P&S high on my list of places to try.

                1. re: jsfein

                  Forgot to mention that they do not take reservations. But, they do have a call ahead list that is worth getting on if you are sure you want to eat there. We called Thursday afternoon to get on the list for Saturday night and were seated right away.

                  I would also consider eating at the bar. Looked comfy enough and there was a nice scene.

                  1. re: seal

                    Seal, we had reservations! They had a full list and could only fit us in for 6 pm and we called on Friday they were already almost completely booked for Saturday.

              2. I just looked at their menu and I must say that it was interesting, but lacking in much of what I would order...