Unfortunately, we haven't attended any of the previous Hodowns. For some, we were in the city on those dates, and when we have been in NJ, you went to places serving Asian cuisine, which I'm not particularly fond of. Now that that's out of the way....
My suggestion is Shirin Café, in Manalapan. @seal, I imagine you've been there? But for those not familiar with it, they serve Uzbek/Russian cuisine. It's been ages since Michael and I last ate there. (I just checked my Flickr. It was 4 years ago.) What got me thinking about it was an email I received from them regarding their 10th anniversary celebration. Amazing that they've been open for 10 years! To celebrate, they are offering a 10% discount for orders of $50 or more, weekdays, through August (cash only). Of course, if a weekday won't work, we can go whatever day works for most attendees.
Needless to say, the food is delicious! We can order a la carte or do a banquet. Here are the menus. Oh, and it's a BYO.