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Jun 4, 2014 03:12 PM

Best new restaurant openings in Monmouth County

Any new ones worth checking out?

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  1. good topic....not sure of how many new ones I have been to.

    one notable one is Gardenia grill on rt35 near hazlet/holmdel border (right past costco.) It is a few months old so I am not sure if you consider this "new."

    They have a very tasty chicken kabob dish for 14.99...big fan. Their babaganoush is great too.

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    1. re: corvette johnny

      +1 for the Babaganoush. Great Gyro's too.

      1. re: corvette johnny

        Gardenia is real suspect to me. I had a bad experience there & know another person who did as well.

        Around the corner, Aligado in Hazlet just changed owners to the guy who owns the sushi place on 36 in atl highlands. I'm curious to see if he puts his own stamp on what Aligado used to offer. While their sushi was always fresh, I grew tired of their 10 y/o menu.

        Right outside Monmouth in Pt. Pleasant - the Poached Pear Bistro opened. I've heard great things from people, minus the typical new restaurant hiccups

        1. re: Lcdsoundsystem

          The kabob dish has been killer...its slow as can be but I am there for the food. If you are in a hurry this is not your spot.

          I tried that place in red bank that you recommend....wasn't blown away but the gyro was decent. That cured beef tenderloin was just too much. After a piece or two I was good LOL.

          yeah jackie is helping out aligado. He will get things fixed up. I was talking to him about it not that long ago. He just needs some time. I am not sure if he owns it yet but he is going to be running the show apparently.

          1. re: corvette johnny

            I work right down the street from Aligado & we always get lunch from them for our monthly staff meetings. While I'm never one to turn down sushi, I'd deem them mediocre at best. My co-workers are far less adventurous than I am and enjoy their spider & California rolls. However, after once receiving spoiled uni, on several occasions picking up still-frozen sashimi with my chopsticks, & never tasting any seasoning on the rice, I have learned to lower my standards & stick to simple maki rolls. Can't wait to see what improvements the new owner is able to put into effect!!

            1. re: corvette johnny

              Gardenia is now gone replaced by ... wait for it ... and Italian restaurant and pizzeria.

              Words fail me on how *unexcited* I am by that.

            2. re: Lcdsoundsystem

              Koi sushi (replaced Aligado) appears to *finally* be open. No website or online menu that I was able to find. Hoping to try it out in the next wk or two.

                1. re: MarlboroMan

                  I did see that when I was searching for some info. However, I had somewhere heard that the new owners/chef used to own a place in the highlands...? I work just down the street from them so I'll check it out soon & report back. Has to be better than Aligado!

          2. Doris & Eds in Highlands, Clam Hut in Highlands, Ye Cottage Inn in Keyport, Sallee Tees in Monmouth Beach, Donovan's Reef in Sea Bright, Something Fishy in Sea Bright

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            1. re: vikingkaj

              Any particular reason for listing a half dozen closed restaurants?

              1. re: equal_Mark

                In fairness, Donovan's re-opened. :D

                Not sure if they have a kitchen though.

                1. re: TomT

                  Where? I drove by last week and it was just an empty parking lot. Checked their Facebook page and all that is posted are promotions for Brannigan's in Red Bank.

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    Ok, now if we are bringing closed restaurants back, we really should start with Bay Ave. Trattoria.
                    May Joe rest in peace.

                    1. re: equal_Mark

                      I haven't been yet, but I thought they had opened something on the spot. I saw pics of the tiki bar going in, and this was from the other day on their fb page

                    2. re: TomT

                      They reopened the Tiki Bar, nothing more. The actual Donovan's Reef is still under construction.

                    3. re: equal_Mark

                      (Thanks thought I was smoking something)

                      1. re: jrvedivici


                        clam hut is opening back up apparently. Tomasso from prosecco is opening it I heard (on this site here)

                      2. re: equal_Mark

                        Just pointing out the salubrious climate for restaurant ventures post Irene/Sandy in Monmouth. As regards the list, some of them bad, some of them good. Most had been here for years, gone forever now.

                        Although I hear Donovan's has a shed behind a chain link fence with a sign on it now and the Sallee Tees lawsuit is winding its way through the courts.

                      3. re: vikingkaj

                        To my knowledge, Ye Cottage Inn and Donovan's are the only two places on this list that are open for business? And I don't think Donovan's is serving food yet?

                        1. re: cke25

                          I drove by this morning. Donovans looks like a barely standing shack. No way they are cooking food in there now.

                          How about neils in highlands? any news on that?

                          1. re: corvette johnny

                            not sure if it's the same Neil, but Neil West is now the chef at Pascal & Sabine.

                          2. re: cke25

                            It would be difficult for the Ye Cottage Inn to be open. All that is left of the place is a dirt patch across the street from the Keyport Fishery.

                            1. re: Herm

                              Good point. I stand corrected. I was thinking of the Cornucopia Restaurant that is a few blocks inland. I've never been.

                        2. The new Golden Corral which opened on May 24 in Freehold seems to be generating a lot of interest:


                          As does the new Olive Garden:


                          That, and the number of restaurants we lost in the storm, should tell you something.