Every December, my office struggles on where we should have our “holiday lunch”. The requirements are that it must be in the Asbury Park/Long Branch area (maybe even Red Bank) and must please our bosses (read: fancier and more upscale). The problem is that most of the places we can think of don’t open until 4 p.m. or later. Does anyone have any suggestions? In the past, we usually end up at Taka in AP or McLoone’s Pier in LB, but I’d like a different location this year. Thanks in advance!
Rooney’s, Long Branch
Molly Pitcher Inn, Red Bank
Depending on the size of your group, there may be places willing to book you a holiday luncheon even though they aren’t open for lunch. Piccola Italia in Ocean Tp. might fit this bill, but would require a call.
Also, maybe Mister C’s in Allenhurst. Food a bit less “upscale,” but a really nice space overlooking the ocean.
Is Rooney’s the place that used to be a health club/spa? I’m almost certain that was the last place we went to (just before the pandemic). We also tried Mr. C’s years ago, but someone got seasick from the view, lol. I can suggest Molly Pitcher to them, though.
Our party varies, but we’re usually under ten, so I don’t think any restaurants would book us specially?
Nicholas in Red Bank.
Avenue in long branch seems to be doing lunch. Have had a few nice lunch/brunches there previously
Full disclosure have not eaten there since covid though.
Ha, I was wrong – I think Avenue is the refurbished health club/restaurant we last went to. That puts Rooney’s back on the list. Nicholas is a good suggestion. I would’ve thought it was too expensive and limited in the past, but the menu is more expanded since it became Nicholas Barrel & Roost.
Sirena in Long Branch has gorgeous views and ‘feels’ fancy. Haven’t been post-pandemic, but they’ve been solid for a long time.
Barrel and Roost (Nicholas) is a good suggestion - covers lots of bases.
Brando’s in AP offers lunch on Fridays…
These are awesome – thanks so much, folks! I’ve texted the office manager the list you’ve all suggested.
Pearl Restaurant & Lounge at the Oyster Point Hotel, in Red Bank, has delicious food, excellent service, and a lovely view (the dining room sits along the Navesink). They serve lunch every day.
Edited to add: The food at Barrel and Roost is much more casual than the food served when the restaurant was Nicholas. It’s fine but, imo, not nearly as delicious.
I would + 1 Pearl, I have eaten there, and it is an excellent location putting out very good food. My other suggestion would be the Raven and Peach in Fair Haven. Very upscale, private room ( the restaurant never re-opened after the pandemic, but he is doing banquets and we recently had my daughter’s wedding shower there)
Guys, thanks so much for all the suggestions. I was told just now the powers that be settled on … Taka. sigh Again. I was pushing for Nicholas Barrel & Roost or that Brando’s Friday lunch but was woefully steamrolled, lol. At least Taka hasn’t disappointed yet.
Totally understand why you feel that way… But Taka IS consistently good, so hopefully you get to enjoy it!