DISH: SKIP this DISH!
I've lived in Red Bank for several years now but tonight was my first experience in this unassuming restaurant...might I add my first and last experience here. From the time we entered the door, our experience grew more and more unpleasant. Most of the help were aloof, unpolished and unpleasant. The restaurant is very noisy, which makes it difficult to carry on a conversation...certainly not what you want for a pleasant evening out with friends. Most importantly the food was awful! It was not presented pleasingly, not cooked properly and overpriced for such amateur cooking. We had a party of six and all of us ordered different appetizers and different entrees...not one of us was happy with our choices. Red Bank and the Monmouth County area has a large variety of wonderful restaurants, the six of us go out frequently and rarely ever have any complaints on anything we order. I don't know how Dish stays in business with such inferior service, dismal atmosphere and unappealing pricey cuisine. I cannot imagine anyone going back for such torture a second time!
Favorite Dish: There was not one remotely appealing.
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Elsie's Sub Shop: Awesome Subs!!
Elsie's is a sub shop and Deli located next to the Covert Gallery. Our friend Chris runs both places, tell him we sent you.
Chris and Tish were insulted when we stopped at Wawa for a shorti instead of eating at their deli. The next two days we ate at Elsie's instead. Their subs are HUGE and GOOD!
I like that the subs are served in a plastic bag so you can eat them without stuff falling all over the table or on your shirt.
Elsie's is small and can get busy at lunch time.
Favorite Dish: Oh my God, the Turkey sub with cranberry sauce was the best!!
Teak Restaurant: Hip, trendy spot in the center of town
I went to visit my sister and her family in New Jersey. We wanted to have a fun girls night out and decided to head to this spot. She lives in Fair Haven, which is the town adjacent to Red Bank and is much more of a quiet, suburban neighborhood. Red Bank is very lively, with some great tree lined streets filled with restaurants, boutiques and bars. Teak is on a popular corner and has great big windows that can be opened for great people watching and a bustling noise in the air, which provides great energy. The restaurant had a crowded bar filled with 20 - 40 something year olds laughing and chatting. There are a couple dining areas and all the rooms are dimly lit - very modern, ultra chic feel all around which makes you think you're in Manhattan more than a little town in Jersey. The food was great and I'm picky about my sushi! The drink special was tasty - kind of a fruity martini, but I had a painful headache the next day, which makes me think you need to call your alcohol or else!!
Favorite Dish: There was a great seafood salad that's perfect to start out with and share. And you can't go wrong with the Red Bank spicy tuna sushi!
Tasty, fresh, fun and energetic - check it out!
DISH: American with a twist...
Red Bank was featuring price fixe specials during March of this year at several popular restaurants. Dish was one of the restaurants participating. It is located in a small, unassuming building off the main street. The interior was sophisticated in its decor--the style of cooking is described as American with Mediterranean twist.
I ordered a specially prepared pork chop that was tender and full of flavor. The intimate atmosphere and good service contributed to a nice dining experience, but a noisy one. If you want to be able to discuss the day's events with each other, you'll find it necessary to raise your voice to be heard above the chatter.
Enjoy Dish for it's wonderful cooking and presentation--catch up on news later. Prices seemed to range from $16 to $30 or so.
UPDATE: Reservations are taken during the week, but not on Saturday. Dish is now opened on Sundays. Thanks for the info. ,Shorelady!
Favorite Dish: The pork chop was prepared in a special way that made it outstanding!
Down to Earth: Upscale Vegetarian
Vegetarian restaurant with eclectic options including raw. Mostly vegan however does use cheese with casein and honey. Amazing desserts. The staff is very friendly and accomodating.
Update: They closed January 2007 however the rumour is that they might reopen or another veg restaurant might move into the site.
Favorite Dish: Hemp chocolate chip cookies. Barbecued tempeh. The tomato pudding is fantastic as is the seitan satay.
Zebu Forno: A Popular Place
Red Bank closes its main street on the 4th of July to allow the hoards of people to progress to the Navesink River for fireworks. If you're fortunate enough to find a parking spot AND then see an open table for outdoor dining, you'd choose Zebu like we did!
Although the pizza is homemade and you can watch the pie being thrown into the air as its being created, there are other things one might order here. It was a crowded spot last night during the fireworks! Pizza can be ordered by the slice here, but since there were three of us it worked out better cost-wise to get a large pie.
We ordered the pizza, juggled our drinks so that they'd fit on the small round table and settled ourselves comfortably in the chairs to people watch. It made for a nice perch!!
River's Edge Cafe: The Lightest Pancakes Ever!
If the thought of lighter-than-air pancakes drizzled with melted butter and maple syrup or a delicious Belgian Waffle accompanied by assorted fruits and topped with a dollop of whipped cream sounds like a great way to start your day, then stop at The River's Edge Cafe. All the ingredients are wholesome, fresh and oh-so-good!
The dining room has a surprise--two corner dining tiers raised a bit higher than the larger dining area, making your meal a little cozier since the space has less tables. Our service was friendly and prompt! We also felt rather special looking down from our dining tier at the number of people below---hee,hee.
Favorite Dish: The Blueberry Pancakes are raved about!
Buono Sera: Italian Ristorante
The Old World Decor and two tiered dining areas make Buono Sera a pleasant restaurant to visit, but the noise level always detracts from our dining experience. The acoustics are terrible and it is often difficult to carry on a conversation at your table, however, the food more than makes up for the raucous atmosphere. If you realize this ahead, perhaps it won't be so bothersome.
Each entree we've ordered has been delicious! There is limited outdoor dining on the sidewalk along a heavily traveled street, so we opt to dine indoors. Go with an appetite and you won't be disappointed!
Favorite Dish: You'll get great Italian food here!
No Ordinary Joe's: Casual Eatery/Coffeehouse
No Ordinary Joe's is a small eatery/coffeehouse located on the main street in Red Bank. When you walk through the door blends of aromatic coffee titilate your nostrils! It's a small place with coffee bar in the front of the shop and dining area in the back. A few tables are outside along the sidewalk for people watching.
My favorite sandwich is turkey with cranberry sauce--a fantastic combination! No Ordinary Joe's is a great place to stop for lunch when hitting the shops of Red Bank, because it's conveniently located and serves tasty fare.
Favorite Dish: Turkey with Cranberry Sauce Sandwich--try it you'll like it!
Savanna: Come for Tapas!
Tapas in this Mediterranean style dining room is a delicious experience. We decided to try the meat and cheese sampler with a sprinkling of fruit and nuts for $24.00 and the small assorted spreads on flat bread for $12.00 with a glass of white wine to complete the order. Our choices were tasty, but we thought a bit pricey.
The wait staff was competent and atmosphere very relaxing. We would recommend an evening out at Savanna. Tapas in New Jersey? Why not! It brought to mind our trip to Spain many years ago and it was great reliving those memories. Parking is free.
Favorite Dish: Try the Tapas!
That Hot Dog Place: Famed Hot Dog Shop
That Hot Dog Place is a tiny little eatery that has the reputation for excellent homemade soups and dogs. I've never stopped by when it isn't crowded with hungry patrons. There is no seating and barely enough room to move around, but it's a popular place in Red Bank.
Favorite Dish: Homemade Soups and Dogs!!
The Dublin House: An Irish-Style Pub
The Dublin House is an Irish Pub/Restaurant featuring live music on the weekends and a popular gathering spot for those frequenting Red Bank. We love coming here in the summer on Saturday nights to enjoy the outdoor dining and people watch. Live music is provided and things are hoppin'! If the tables are filled, nearby benches provide seating within earshot of the music. Meals are served indoors, also.
The house specialty is Corned Beef and Cabbage--Guinness Stout is a big thing here! We tried an assorted cheese appetizer tray that was great, but most likely we'll stop by for the music and a glass of wine.
Teak: Asian-Fusion Restaurant
Teak specializes in Asian-Fusion dishes. It's packed on the weekends, especially in the summer when its oversized windows open to the night air, sending the hum of convivial conversation to the skies.
My favorite dish is chicken teriyaki--normally served with yams, but I order Peruvian mashed potatoes instead--believe me, they are great! I don't ordinarily eat potatoes, but there is something surprisingly different about their preparation--I throw caution to the wind, permit myself to add the extra calories and enjoy!
There are two dining areas: one is towards the front of the restaurant where one can feel the summer breezes when the windows are opened; the other area is in the back of the restaurant which is cozy and more dimly lit.
Favorite Dish: Peruvian potatoes--so flavorful, but I have no idea what all is in the recipe
The InBetween Cafe: Red Bank's Secret--A Great Cafe
The InBetween Cafe is a small, but lively eatery serving breakfast and lunch daily. Our stop-in time is usually after church on Sunday for a hearty breakfast, but lately I've taken friends there for lunch. The crowd is friendly and the owners, Bob and Ginny are the best!
Ginny always has the cafe decorated nicely whether for holidays or any day, she makes sure it has a homey feel. Theresa, our favorite waitress, makes sure your coffee is hot and the meals are served promptly. Bob is extraordinary in his preparation of the meals, which are fresh and tasty--highlighting new dishes regularly!
My all-time favorite breakfast is the stuffed croissaint with cream cheese filling, topped with fresh strawberries--this almost always is gone before we get there. Another favorite is the three fruit crepe just oozing with whatever fruit is in season. My husband says Bob makes the best Split Pea Soup he has ever tasted!
The InBetween is open daily for breakfast and lunch Mon.-Sat. 7 am-3pm; Sun. 8am-3pm.
La Pastaria: Old World Italian Restaurant
La Pastaria has moved two doors down from its original location--but don't worry it's the same wonderfully Italian restaurant.
The Old World decor adds so much to the dining experience. The menu features typical Italian fare like Alfredo or Chicken Parmesan, but also includes pizza. It's a byo restaurant, so they don't mind setting up an ice bucket for the wine you bring in.
La Pastaria is a popular place for dinner, but they don't take reservations. There is not always a wait, but usually on weekends you'll find a short line. You'll enjoy just about anything you order here and you'll enjoy the romantic atmospherel.